3D Printing, first steps..

After hearing that our local library system generously offers up 3D printing services, for free, to library patrons, I decided to start taking advantage of this service. I’m really glad I did. The combination of cheap, easy browser based modeling and slicing tools (TinkerCad), giant repositories of existing models that are cropping up all over the place on the web (most importantly, Thingiverse), and most importantly, an affordable way to turn the printouts into tangible things you can touch and use is just a fantastic combination for me. First Print job: ships guns for my Cruel Seas 3rd Party freighter I bought at Cold Wars I know, I know, this is probably old hat for a lot of you. Understand, I have wanted to get into 3D printing for a while now, but I found the idea of learning sculpting using Blender to be incredibly daunting. I’ve tried in the past– back when anything you wanted to create for printing, you had to create out of nothing. That was a tough road to hoe. With the advent of Sh

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Still crazy with Dungeons and Dragons, after all these years..

See this little guy?  He’s visually significant.  Someone in the Scrummers suggested we try good old fashioned Dungeons and Dragons for one of our game night choices.  I enthusiastically agreed, as did my son Garrett.  Enthusiastic.. despite D&D not being very “old fashioned” any more.  I haven’t played the game in at least 20 years or more so I know I’m too rusty to weigh in on the virtues of the current version 5.0.  I have been listening perhaps the best and funniest podcast on playing a roleplaying game ever, BRIAN POSEHN’S NERD POKER, on Apple Podcasts for the last 3 years or more– including a long break as they departed Earwolf and set  up shop independently.   Under the DM Dan Telfer (as good of a DM and storyteller as any player could wish for), the players have transitioned from the D&D ver 2 that I pretty much grew up with and used forever to the newest version 5.0 which is far more in depth than the version I got used to (inconsistencies and all). B

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Fall-IN! 2018: The Sinkhole that wasn’t

Or: the toilet that got ideas above its station and tried to be a bidet Standard disclaimer.  I’m not a member of the HMGS BoD.  If I say anything in this post about HMGS plans or policies, it’s just me saying it, and not officially from anyone but me. So another early November dawning, and a cold and kind of rainy drive Northward to Lancaster for FALL IN!  The new pickup truck packed up pretty snug, as I was running a game for the first time in a long time.  The drive was pretty long for a change.  I like to head to Lancaster using the 495-270-15-30 route rather than drive on the Interstate.  It’s a more bucolic drive. This time, there was a pileup at a major intersection along the way, so they closed Route 30 for a few miles.  I got WAIS to help me figure this one out but I did lose time– it was nearly dark when the standard proclamation rang out on the Wright’s Ferry Bridge. Pulling into the parking lot, immediately I was getting a weird vibe from the Host.. for one thing, the

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