Saturday, March 12, 2016

Factions

One can not look at USGOV without recognizing that there are various factions within it. 

To get the big picture, one could break down some of the various factions such as democrat, republican, commie, jew, moslem, euro centric, afro centric, libertarian, etc.

Often times people belong to many different factions at the same time. 

However to look above the various faction fights, the more important thing to view is the trend line.

At present the trend line is such that the authoritarian, communist types have the upper hand.

The trend line we are looking at is nothing short of civil war in the US.  When?  That picture is murky, however it is coming.

What I see coming is a technocratic dictatorship inspired by the East German model with a 'American Twist" 

As a dedicated socialist arrogantly told me the other day "Socialism failed because WE did not try it and WE are so much SMARTER and BETTER able to do it than those stupid backwards types in Venezuela, Cambodia, Cuba etc"

The dunderhead does not realize that socialism is the lie that the oligarchs use to have even more power.  The bigger lie is that all societies ills can be blamed on 'capitalists' and the unspoken word is the oligarchs.  So in essence all the worlds ills are to be blamed on the elites and therefor to fix the ills we should give them even more power. 

Either way the only solution is to take care of yourself. 

Distributed resilient tech, learn to utilize the abundant wealth around you. 

Why I am no longer a supporter of Open Source Ecology Project

Several years ago, I learned about Open Source Ecology project via a Wired magazine article. 

I read the manifesto of Marcin, its founder and pretty much agreed with it.  To this day I agree with most of it.

However it has become a project that is "good idea, piss poor execution". 

I guess the seeds of my disillusionment was planted along the time where I realized that Marcin was not participating in the discussions in the forum on his site.  He had a full roster of qualified volunteers willing to give money, and do actual work.  However he pretty much squandered that goodwill.

Some of the projects listed after living in the turd world, have zero chance of wide adoption as the designs require parts from McMaster Carr and quite frankly required too much cash up front to be useful.  There was no sense of bootstrapping in the way that Gingery outlined in his books.  Never mind that the whole goal of the thing was bootstrapping.

Along the way, the REPRAP and maker project came into being.  Marcin and his project was fully equipped to ride the wave to achieving the project goals and to fame and fortune so to speak.

However it was not to be.

Lately I have been getting youtube emails saying that there are new OSE (Open Source Ecology) videos.  Yet when I check, he is building stuff that is not even new and fresh, just tired old stuff that everyone else has done and was new in 2013 not 2016.   

Along the way Marcin received funding from some large foundations, stopped soliciting funds from the little people and stopped really doing anything of relevance.  The stated goals and timeline I saw in 2011 are way past due without completion.  The documentation for the projects is woefully inadequate.  Seriously if a college student turned in the documentation for the majority of the projects as a assignment, they would get low to failing scores.

I just do not understand how a brilliant guy can submit such lousy reports to those who funded his work.

Anyways here is a link to the original project goal

http://opensourceecology.org/about-overview/

Good stuff..

Poor implementation.  The leadership is just not there.








Wednesday, March 9, 2016

3D printer heated beds.

Experimenting  with screen printing pcb boards this weekend to make heated beds for 3d printers.  

I have not made a pcb since high school, so this should be a adventure. 

Fortunately I got a employee who does screen printing on the side, so not too much of a challenge.

What surprised me the most is the costs of materials.  Quite cheap to do.  Currently I make a big giant bed heater but it is a pain in the ass to make and it is a bit heavy. I also occasionally buy them from china, but the costs of $20 each plus shipping and customs makes the prices expensive fast.

Always nice to be able to beat the Chinese at their own game.

Building a CNC mill this week, pics to follow.  I need to hire more people, but good help is hard to find.

The machine shop seed kit is still on track here, I find more and more refinements to do to it so make it better, cheaper and more reliable, along with reducing the china parts count.


Sunday, March 6, 2016

Reprap Mechanical Kits

I got REPRAP 3D printer mechanical kits for sale at the crazy price of $140 plus shipping

Build area is 130x130x130mm  

Right now the cheapest mechanics

Parts kit on EBay is from China, made from threaded rod, has no stepper motors and costs $150.

Mine includes stepper motors which if you buy separately is about $40 in itself.  Includes all hardware.

Use the contact form to PM me for the PayPal address if you want one