3D Printed Clarinet Mouthpiece

MouthpieceBehold!  My newest creation!  I designed a clarinet mouthpiece that can be 3D printed and inserted into any clarinet without the need for a cork seal!  Just slap a reed on it and play ’til your heart’s content.  It’s gone through several revisions to get it just right.  It’s functional and sounds great, actually.  Now I’m on to designing the rest of the clarinet, which will be a feat 10x more difficult however I’m always up for a good challenge!

If you think this is totally awesome and want to pick one up for yourself, I have the mouthpiece available for sale on Shapeways.

 

 

Say Goodbye to Peter Pan Syndrome, San Francisco

All this backlash against Google and other tech companies and their employees invading San Francisco is getting ridiculous.  This sense of entitlement that San Francisco locals have in regards to the places they rent needs to stop.  When news articles state that “people are being evicted out of their homes” this is a misnomer.  You can’t be evicted out of your own home if you OWN IT.  What’s happening is that renters are being priced out of their living quarters in favor of higher salary workers.  Just because you are a long time renter in one particular place does not make it YOUR home.  If the bratty Peter Pan Syndrome suffering locals want to be mad at someone or something and start yelling and protesting, they should stop and think about the situation first and reevaluate their way of thinking.  Maybe then they would come to the realization that all things change.  It’s simply socio-economic displacement at work.  In other words, gentrification.  It’s a natural process and happens everywhere all the time and to think that it can’t or won’t happen to you is foolhardy.

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Now if there’s one thing San Franciscans like to do it’s protest.  They will protest practically anything and anyone.  A related protest that happened recently was in regards to tech companies paying the city of San Francisco to use bus stops to pick up their employees.  In my opinion, this is a fantastic program.  It helps reduce the amount of traffic congestion, pollution, and adds $1.5 million over 18 months to the city’s pocket book.  Why would locals want to poo-poo that?  Oh, that’s right.  Tech people are taking over and we can’t have that!  Get off my land!

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Another recent incident of backlash was an act of theft and destruction of an individual’s personal property.  That piece of personal property?  Google Glass.  The incident may have spurred from the recent events of gentrification backlash.  The victim did his best to try and understand why it happened and justify its occurrence but it doesn’t change the fact that in reality this was a criminal act of theft and vandalism.  Gentrification is not justification to act like snot-nosed bratty children that don’t get their way and it’s certainly not justification for criminal acts.

Gentrification is not a bad thing. Yes, the people who have to move are angry and upset (and yes it sucks), but maybe if they took a moment to reflect on the recent changes they’d realize tech companies aren’t the enemy.  The enemy is their own false sense of entitlement to live in San Francisco.  The enemy is thinking that the status quo is static and will never change.  If you rent you should realize that you may have to move at any time and you are not entitled to staying simply because you’ve stayed in that same place for a few years.  You do not have the “right” to rent a place for as long as you want at the price you want.  Hey, San Franciscans, grow up and stop acting like whiny children.  You just might learn some valuable life lessons in the process.

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San Francisco used to be a place that promoted change and now that change has come home to roost it’s suddenly a completely different story.  I, for one, applaud this change.  I believe it will help improve the city’s image from that of a place of a consequence-free environment where you can act as childish and immature as you want to a place of innovation, maturity and respect.  If the locals can’t accept this than maybe it’s time for them to move to the kid’s table where they belong.

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Even Noah had a Montage

Whenever I’m off driving from point A to B, most times instead of listening to music I’ll listen to some podcasts.  This past year my auditory canals have been tickled by one podcast in particular called The Scathing Atheist hosted by Noah Lugeons.  Every episode he starts off with a diatribe, which is a quick two minute rant about situations, events, and religion and their shenanigans.  The audio linked to this post is a compilation of all my top favorite diatribes from the past year.  The host has an eloquent way of conveying sound and valid arguments that are direct and to the point.  Hope you enjoy the montage!

Accept Failure to Succeed

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I came to a realization today after watching “The Internship” of all things.  I’ve been so preoccupied with trying to succeed at things right off the bat on the very first try that I forget to learn valuable lessons when I fail.  I realized that failure is inherent with success.  Success drags failure along with it.  The only way to be happy with it is to learn to accept the failures and move on.

Religion Becoming Less Important

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It’s no wonder that religion is becoming less important to people in this day of age.  Agnostic and atheist leaning people tend to be more prevalent among the college educated and young generations.  As more and more free online educational content becomes available via the interwebs, I’m sure it will help enforce the current trends.  Below are some links to a few articles that have really done their homework on this matter.  Check it out…

This is from Gallup Politics with a great list of metrics
http://goo.gl/uXEyt

The Pew Forum
http://goo.gl/o8aWR

The Washington Post on the rise of atheism
http://goo.gl/3KrfH

A 25 page PDF file with some interesting data
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Confessions of a Hopeless Romantic

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I keep hearing success stories from my friends and coworkers in the online dating scene. I’ve dabbled in the online sites for a few years now with bupkis to show for it. Lately I’ve been more active, but it doesn’t seem to change anything. It’s very discouraging to email scores of women only to get zero responses. I can’t blame the sites as they generally cater to women in that they don’t have to pay a dime to use their services (unlike us men who have to pay a ridiculous amount of money just to send a damn email) so all those messages I send have no financial reason to go unanswered, at least. I’ve also tweaked my profile numerous times over the years in the hopes that maybe I didn’t have enough information of relevance. If I had any hair left, I’d be pulling it out right now to keep me from going insane, but maybe it’s just inevitable. Is doing things differently and getting the same result the definition of insanity or what? Why am I venting my frustrations out on my website instead of Facebook or Google+? Frankly, no one reads my website, which I’m okay with. If you do read it, more power to ya.

Mostly I’m posting it here because then I won’t have to read the same irritating comments everyone in the world frickin’ uses. What comments, you ask? Let me list a few. Maybe you’ve heard some of these yourself…

1. Just be yourself.

No shit, Sherlock! Gee, thanks for the stellar advice! The people that spew out this precious gem tend to be the ones that either got married just after high school or have natural good looks and a natural ability to hook up with anyone with hardly any effort at all.

2. Don’t worry. You’ll find the right person eventually.

Well, yeah that’s the general idea, isn’t it? Thanks Nostradamus but I can get more helpful advice from a daily horoscope.

3. There are plenty of fish in the sea.

Please, just stop. *FACEPALM*

4. The right one will come along when you least expect it.

I’ve had that philosophy for ten years now and it’s gotten me nowhere. Next…

As you can see I usually get pretty shallow advice that everyone’s heard a million times. Why is that? Is it that no one cares? Maybe they’re just as clueless as me and can only barf out a canned response. Who knows. This is a question I just can’t answer. The only thing I can do is to keep stumbling though, keep sending those emails, try more sites, go out more, make myself known and hope something sticks. I suppose that’s what we all do and from a statistics standpoint, some people see results immediately, some over time, and some not at all. All I can hope is that it’s not the latter. At what point do you throw in the towel and give up? My twenties was a bust. My thirties are looking pretty bleak but still promising opportunities exist. If I don’t find anyone, I’ll probably give up in my forties and just accept the single life forever.

Resident Evil T-Virus Canister

T-Virus Canisters

Here’s one of the movie prop replicas I used to make.  I thought I’d post some details for anyone who wants to make them for themselves.  Below are links to pdf’s of drawings I have made up that show all the dimensions needed to make a T-Virus canister..

The aluminum end caps were bought out from a local machine shop.  All the acrylic tubing was purchased from TAP Plastics.  The outer tubing was a simple cut-to-length using a chop saw.  The double helix was formed by applying heat to the tubing using a heat gun and wrapping it around a 5/8 inch dowel.  The helix was then cut to length using a dremel.  One end of the helix is clamped shut by applying heat and squeezing shut with needle nose pliers.

The colors for the liquid is just food coloring and distilled water.  For an added effect you can substitute food coloring with UV fluorescent dye!


Since the inside diameter of the helix tubing is too small to pour liquid in from the top, we have to fill it from the bottom up.  In order to do this I used a syringe with a long piece of small plastic tubing attached to it.  I filled up the syringe with liquid and inserted the small plastic tube all the way to the bottom of the helix.  As I started filling the helix with liquid I would pull the small tubing out at the same time.  Once filled I would heat up the open end and clamp it shut with the pliers.

Once you have your coils with with liquid filled and clamped off, you’re ready to start assembling everything.  I glue the end caps on using 5 minute two part epoxy purchased from any Lowe’s or Home Depot.  The epoxy has a yellow tint to it, but when it cures it turns clear.  Mix and pour the epoxy into one of the aluminum end caps.  Insert the outer tubing and the two helix’s and let the epoxy cure.  Once cured do the same with the other end cap and then you’re finished and ready to display your epic awesomeness!

Merch

I thought I’d kick off 2012 by getting back into selling a few of my creations online.  I notice a lot of youtubers use spreadshirt.com as their swag selling site of choice.  I’ve also been bouncing around the idea of doing more youtube videos, but we’ll see.  In the meantime, take a gander at a couple of designs I’ve uploaded so far…


Men's Heavyweight T-Shirt - T-Shirts Krispy Krap

Spreadshirt Market Place Product

Krispy Krap