The Ultimate Altimeter

Last day of Butthouse!

OK. I signed up for an online Secret Santa thing with redditgifts, and my giftee was into RC planes and such. I made this Altimeter for him, and published how I made it. Check out the Instructable: http://tinyurl.com/UAInstructable

Also, you can vote for my post (top right corner of the post) if you think it is worthy. If I win we get free stuff!

Bye.

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3D Printed Gear Cubes Flashback/Update

Remember when I posted this?

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I just returned to a similar design and decided to print that! The designer of this made a new version in which the pins are better designed for many different printers so they work better for everyone. Here is a video of the new and improved version:

The magpi is here!

Hello people!

The magpi is here! The Micro Arduino Gaming Platform Interface (magpi) has been released to Instructables, and the rest of the internet! My dad and I have been working on it for a while now – coding games, printing cases, designing hardware, etc. – and we wanted to get it out there!

You can see the instructable here: http://tinyurl.com/lu65w3r

If you’d like to take the time, you can vote for us in the Arduino contest (“Vote” button in the upper right hand corner). You will have to make an account. If we win we get free stuff!

Thanks!

On the Internet, No One Knows You’re a Teenager

The internet is a very powerful tool. Weighing in at around as much as a large strawberry (seriously) this mind-bogglingly giant “network of networks” is a hugely important part of many people’s lives, and can be a great tool for good. People can dislike it for its creepy, strange, and NSFW content, but this is only one of the internet’s many glittering facets. The internet provides a global means of communication and can be used for amazing things.

Recently, I joined Reddit (watch this if you don’t know what Reddit is), and that gave me a very wide and thorough view of the way people and the internet work, and how it can be used to make the world a better place. Since then, I’ve been helping other people who don’t have 3D printers make use of 3D printing technology by printing things for people. This also lets me use the money from this to keep the 3D printer running and supplied with filament.

I found that while doing this and other things on the internet, I become a slightly different person. When I am allowed to intentionally select what I am a part of, and I have time to edit what I say and do (because it’s mostly in text) I am able to choose what people see of me. This has advantages and disadvantages. People that I interact with solely online will never know who I am in full, but they will also see a side of me that is more informative and polite than I could ever be in the flesh, simply because I have more time to think online. This brings us to the title of this post. Just like in the famous cartoon (except I’m not a dog), on the internet, no one knows you’re a teenager. The people I am 3D printing things for have no idea who I am. I have been told I write well for my age, and I would not be surprised if they thought I was an adult. And for all I know, I am taking 3D printing requests from extremely literate pandas with Reddit accounts. On the internet, no one knows that I am 15, and it doesn’t really matter. People think I am an adult, I act like an adult. I can’t see any disappointments there.

A Look Into my Week

This will be a look into my week. There will be names of some of my Kanban Board sticky notes and short explanations as to what they were and what I did. I will be doing this sometimes when there is no other big event to write a large post about.

Scale of the Universe

Looked at Scale of the Universe for about 30 min. It was very enlightening. Especially the part about the sun (haha).

Scale of the Universe is a website that ingeniously represents the biggest and smallest things in the universe. I highly recommend you take a peek at that.

Quadcopter Aerial Videos

Went outside to film houses around the land with quadcopter. At some point I will make a video of  “QIVC from the air.”

Stream Trips

Went to stream with Eric Bear and others. Found Glass Bottles and Watercress. Tightrope-walked across stream on small bent over sapling. Fell into stream. Twice. Made prototype catapult out of bent over sapling. Found old boot. It was awesome to find old stuff and to be outside for a chunk of time.

Stranger in a Strange Land Paper

Wrote paper for Lit. Class about Stranger in a Strange Land and what people think of it based on reviews. It was strange to talk about a book that many people really love, and many people really hate, and try to view it from both sides.

Cool Tools

Looked at some cool tools on the Cool Tools blog.

Cool Tools is a blog where community members post about and recommend their favorite tools. It contains posts about awesome products such as this Wireless Rechargeable Touchpad and this Lithium-Ion Mini ScrewdriverIt is extremely cool!

Fix 3D Printer

Replaced broken motor on the 3D Printer. Took Printer apart, untangled wires, unplugged old motor, plugged in new motor, re-tangled wires, put printer back together. Frustrating but a relief to have a working printer!

October MFS Trip

The October MFS trip was great. It was the first time that intend of replacing my “normal” schedule with doing other interesting things, I kept up with my other work while doing cool projects. This way, I didn’t have to scramble to catch up once I got home. These are some of the things we did. Some parents brought in a fog machine, so we got it running and filled a couple of rooms with fog. Then: Light bulb! There was a pumpkin sculpting class happening in another room, so I went over there and and told them my idea. A few minutes later we had a beautifully carved pumpkin with fog gushing out of its open mouth!

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A while late (after I went off to do some other things) a few people took the fog machine and started pumping fog out of the window. At that moment, a Google Street View Car drove past the building. Maybe in a couple of months, if you look up Manhattan Free School on Google Maps, you’ll see fog pouring out our window!

Geva, an MFS parent, brought in an extremely strong laser, strong enough that we had to wear special goggles and go into a separate room. After burning and melting several things as tests…

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Before

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After (Back)

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After (Front)

a laser was attached to the head of the 3D printer and, using some code I wrote to control the printer from the command line, we were able to laser cut paper into shapes. Here’s a video:

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There is a plan to cut cool stencils out of vinyl with this at some point.

Other things that happened included:

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Destroying stuffed animals,

Skateboarding and Ripstiking in the park,

and of course, tons of Pokémon!

More 3D Printing Adventures

Today we’re back in the city at Manhattan Free School!

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Douglas (an MFS student) and his dad Geva got a 3D printer for the school–in kit form. I came down to helped them set it up. It was an awesome experience. Since I got my 3D printer pre-assembled, it was great to be able to build a similar (same company, different model) printer from the ground up. I also had a great time joking around about rhinos, bicycles, superglue, nanobots, and hegemony/world dictatorship with Douglas and Geva. I’ll be going back down at least once a month. Some of the things I’ll be doing include helping set up the Makerspace there and, at some point, helping Geva run a “Make Almost Anything” class for the students and others.

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Building it…

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Almost there!

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Finished!

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Setting it up to print

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It works!!!