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Nite SodaStream Alchemy So, okay, I actually got it exactly one month early, since my birthday isn't until July 24th, and I received it June 24th.

Not much to say really. I like the thing, and I do find it fun to try carbonating things...with varying degrees of not recommended...
(Apple Juice in particular is pretty good carbonated, though.)

I have one of the non-electric units. with a push-button on the top. (They call this one the "Fountain")
I can't imagine why one of these would really need electricity. If I had one of those, I would likely find out how to trip the system manually.

Currently, I've only tried 3 of the flavors available.
Cola, Dr. Pete, and Pina Colada Mocktail.
Cola isn't bad, reminds me of the Walmart store brand. Closer to pepsi. I think some lime might offset the sweetness a bit.
Dr. Pete, from the perspective of someone who doesn't usually drink dr. pepper, is decent. closer to root beer.
and Pina Colada is TERRIBLE!
This is from the perspective of someone who actually likes Pina Coladas.

Other flavors are available, but due to a shortage, and an unwillingness to try the 0 calorie and diet verities, those are all I've tried.
(Seriously, I might have even tried the Extreme Energy flavor if it wasn't sugar free)
All the sweetened ones are advertised to have 1/2 the sugar of regular soda...not sure I believe it.



Other experiments, such as juice, tea, etc, go directly against the warning in the manual stating that this is a very bad idea....
...But when has that ever stopped me, MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!


So far I've tried:

Tampico fruit punch, which ended up more sour. Not bad.
Cold Coffee....which I would rather not describe the results of...
Iced Green Tea (Arizona), which made it less sweet... I would say this is so-so.
Apple Juice, as noted above. Less sweet, but smooth. the carbonation really compliments this stuff. This would be good for holidays.
And a recipe I heard from Dr. Stone (Anime)... THIS is interesting on so many levels, and leads me to wonder how accurate the things I don't understand from the anime are. The recipe is Cilantro, lime zest, lime juice, and caramelized honey. I need to figure out the actual amounts, but, I can't believe that this worked so well. My result tasted like watered down Pepsi.

I've also invested in two additional carbonating bottles, as well as two additional CO2 tanks.
While services exist to exchange, or refill an empty tank, research suggests I can do so using dry ice.
While again, THIS GOES DIRECTLY AGAINST THE WARNING LABEL, AND THE WARANTEE, I should be able to refill a canister by matching the weight ratio printed on the bottle.
It's also good to know that those services exist, since I cannot get dry ice in the winter time.
I may find myself investing in a full-sized CO2 welding tank at some point. those can also be used.


As a side experiment: I'm also researching the possibility of using the canisters as a computer duster. CO2 is the exact opposite of flammable, I just think it would work well... no results as of yet.
Tiny Tobasco!
Adventures in 3d printing.
Last year, I acquired an Anet A8 3d printer from my family, as a christmas present.
After looking them up, they are rather inexpensive compared to most, and assembly is definitely required.
They are definitely also not one to count out either. while they take a good deal of work, they do produce quality results if you have your settings right.
Most of the stuff you need to start is free. Ultimaker Cura works great for getting the files set up properly.
Some code required, but the work is already done there, and just needs to be copied, and pasted into the right areas.

Once I got that set up, and the bolts tightened, I was ready to do my first prints... needless to say I failed... a lot....
Things got better after learning that PLA binds to blue painters tape like it was glue.

I was however able to print one important thing.
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https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2059082 (Spool bolt) The giant bolt and nut from this model
It wasn't perfect, but it worked well enough that it was able to spool by itself properly without needing to be constantly monitored. I may reprint this eventually, and get the spool guide set up.

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I eventually learned that I was leveling the print bed wrong. It doesn't refer to actual level, but level in relation to the position of the extruder head. once I had that, I was more or less good to go for my first, at least partly successful prints.
Theese ended up being a few parts that were not included in the kit.


https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2149867 Y (Bed) belt tentioner,
https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2507473 X (Extruder) belt tentioner


These two parts are key to making anything with any amount of precision. as they get the belts tighter than is doable in the assembly process.
I had to do them twice, because the belts were loose when printing initially. and the resulting parts needed to be forced together.
The 2nd attempts worked perfectly, however. I shot for a level of tension that allowed the belts to vibrate much like the E string on a bass guitar.
Less slack=Higher precision



Once I had those, I had my first precision parts. They amounted to being basically nuts and bolts, but still. they worked!


I did end up needing a few more things. but those were able to be gotten at the dollar store.
A sheet of glass, and binder clips...
It turns out that glass makes the perfect surface for PLA plastics. I just took one out of a dollar store picture frame and held it on with some binder clips. It's a bit ugly to look at, but it works like a charm.
The object bonds to the surface while printing, and breaks off easily when it's finished and cooled off.
Once the excess is scraped off, simply cleaning the surface with glass cleaner makes it ready for the next print.


The rest comes down to configuring the print settings. This comes down to good old trial and error.
My prints are rather slow, compared to many other people's, With a max print speed of 60 mm/s, a layer height of 0.06 mm/layer, and the infill being set to 100% for most tasks, things can take a day or more to print. My settings are unusual compared to most however, but this guarantees me the best possible print quality.
In the case of the object being printed in the picture above, which is handle grips for Nintendo Switch in portable mode, it's expected to take 6 days, and two hours to complete. That picture was taken at around 30% completion on day 3.


So far my printouts have been relatively few.
In addition to the things noted above, I have also printed:

4 Raspberry Pi B+ housings
Various nerf gun parts
1 Raspberry Pi 4 housing
A Mario themed ? block coin case with lid

A dead-bolt for my bedroom door.
A small sprocket chain (as a fully assembled linked part test, [Test Successful])



Currently active print (As of typing)
Handle grips for Nintendo Switch: portable mode (3 days of 6 expected. no problems in printing)



And for things that were actually my own work:

An [poor] attempt at a virtual sculpture of a head (As of writing this, this is the only 3d printed object that is of my own creation)


And things in planning:
RC Car/truck body(s) ... So far hasn't gone through however...
The Meg II is going to be even bigger than The Meg!
Pleasedontkillme
Spiderman Cartoon Maker resources. I've ripped all the resources from Spiderman Cartoon Maker (Win95) and compiled them into the following .zips


.wav files. (sfx and music)
https://www.dropbox.com/s/0jwuz5f2xnzsa78/SpidermanCartoonMakerwavs.zip?dl=0

MIDI music
https://www.dropbox.com/s/vpyh6mjawcb2n92/SpidermanCartoonMakermusic.zip?dl=0

Character animations and stamps
https://www.dropbox.com/s/kd46njs557expd4/animations.zip?dl=0

Outlines/coloring book pages.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/9onlk97r7p8byvd/outlines.zip?dl=0

Backgrounds
https://www.dropbox.com/s/20nzx9qqmwdyf2x/Backgrounds.zip?dl=0

BONUS! Backgrounds remastered.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/c5z8uryzrnxzbez/backgrounds%20remastered.zip?dl=0


Nite's 3-D printed chaos
Since I now have a 3-d printer, an entire world of possibilities has been opened up to me.
Give or take needing to do some calibration on occasion.


Anyway, I decided to start off with an NES controller I had planned awhile ago, but didn't have a means of doing it at the time.
Here it is!



Unfortunately, due to a scale mismatch in the model, this is NOT a functioning controller.
But, it does make a pretty badass Christmas tree ornament.

I now have a 3d printer!
Just got my Christmas present from my family a bit early this year! (It's not even December this time)
They got me an Anet A8 DIY printer (My brother assembled it, which has me thoroughly impressed.)
All the complicated stuff was done for me! So from here, it's just calibration.



I'm going to start off by printing some recommended upgrades to the printer, then I will likely move on toward other things, such as this raspberry Pi 3 board that I plan to use for an arcade machine.



It needs to be fine-tuned, obviously. but I think I'm going to have some fun with this bad-boy!


I'll let you guys know how things go with this thing!
The NESronomicon
What the hell am I reading? (Fowl Language Warning!) https://archive.li/UuEJw



I seem to be having some trouble pasting that in here. but be forewarned... this is pretty bad.
It's David Crooks talking about TotalBiscuit's death.


I would put this out there: You like someone or ya don't, but what do they hope to gain by kicking a dead man?


Slightly modified NES zapper
So, unfortunately the cord for this thing got severed at some point. (What a bummer! I loved this thing)
After a little bit of thinking, (About 5 minutes) I decided to take advantage of this to see if I could set up an interchangeable cable system. Simple enough concept: Ethernet couplers, and a cat5e cable.

The end result was actually a better success than I had expected. It works exactly as it should, plus I can interchange the cable for something longer if I wanted. (I also have an additional cat5e cable if I need one)
This was a simple modification. only requiring an ethernet coupler (Broken in half) some electrical tape, and some shrink tubing.
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