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Functional 3D Printing: A Sub-Reddit

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I happened to trip across this subreddit: Functional 3D Printing and I was jazzed. I thought I would look for something cool on it to share with Hacker News, but a lot of this is just photos of something someone did plus a title. They aren't necessarily articles.

So, the forum itself is cool. Thus this post directing you to it. I hope you enjoy it.

Some good ones to check out:

This is what 80 hours worth of functional printing look like
My vintage Dietzgen Compass needed a case, so I made a little dovetail box for it.
I made a drawer insert to keep my end mill bits organized at work

This subreddit made me think of the book: FAB: The Coming Revolution on Your Desktop--from Personal Computers to Personal Fabrication

The R Word

Here is yet another person suggesting it is okay to force yourself upon someone socially "for their benefit" if they have the right label foisted upon them by society. I did what I typically do in such situations and compared it to rape. They came back to say it was an insulting comparison.Ah, but you wanting to insist people who are different should be forced to fit in against their will is somehow not insulting? Give me a break.I replied with the following:I am unaware of another example that conveys this exact point. I would be thrilled to pieces if someone could suggest another effective example that clearly makes the point that forced social contact is inherently a negative experience, no matter the supposed "good intentions" that justify it.I then thought better of it and deleted it and decided to blog about it instead. I am sure this individual is not actually interested in understanding my point. They have already basically admitted to having zero respect f…

Of Mice and Men

As I write this, I have 18022 karma on Hacker News. Yesterday, someone got banned after making a nasty personal attack against me.

I did not expect them to get banned. I expected the mods to remind them that personal attacks are not okay.

However, this individual apparently has a history. So, the mods decided they had had enough.

If you have your "I see dead people" goggles on for Hacker News, his banned account is responsible for pissing on the mod who banned him and for making yet another attack against me (link, link). So, apparently, it was a good call.

For a time, I had this at the top of my HN profile: Gee, Brain, what do you want to do tonight?

The same thing we do every night, Pinky - try to take over the world! At one time, I even had a link to the scene on Youtube. In case you don't know who Pinky and the Brain are, this is an old cartoon about lab mice. They try every night to take over the world. So, you can infer from that statement that they al…

That's Slumlord-ess, Fool

I have been putting some info together on SROs. That stands for Single Room Occupancy. Before WWII, SROs and boarding houses were commonly available forms of genuinely affordable housing for young single people with entry level jobs. But, most SROs in the U.S. were torn down in the 60s and 70s.These days, most SROs are apparently supportive housing for the mentally ill and chronically homeless. That wasn't always true. It used to be market rate housing for young adults just starting out who couldn't afford much.I think we should bring that back. So, I am having fantasies of doing just that: Get off the street and build a few thousand units of SROs, becoming a real estate tycoon in the process.I figure if there are, say, 2000 homeless people in a city, you need at least 5000 SROs to reduce that by 50 percent or so. Because the first people that move in will not be people who are currently homeless. No, the first occupants would be people living in their parent's basement or…

Blaming the Object of Desire

As noted in a recent post, I participated at one time on a forum where a man alternated between verbally feeling me up and verbally attacking me. I generally preferred it when he was attacking me, in part because it was icky to be publicly felt up by the man. But also in part because whenever he felt me up, his wife would viciously attack me in some other discussion.

So, I was doubly victimized, first by him virtually molesting me and second by her kicking the crap out of me over his bad behavior.

I did not find this man at all attractive. I absolutely was not inviting such attention. I desperately wished he would stop.

This is hardly the only time I have been treated badly by the lady of some jackass who has a thing for me. It boggles my mind that these women attack me and blame me instead of addressing the issue at its source with him.

I probably didn't want your man to begin with. His hard on for me is ZERO evidence that the feeling is mutual. And knowing what a sick bitc…

Helping You Look Your Best

When I was 17, I got romantically involved with my best friend. At that time, he looked like something out of Revenge of the Nerds.

Although he looked truly terrible in the clothes and haircut he had, it didn't bother me. In spite of bad presentation, I could see that he was cute.

But it clearly bothered him and caused social friction for him. It was a personal pain point for him in his life. He clearly was suffering.

So I took him shopping and helped him find more flattering clothes, and I took him to get a haircut. After that, he dressed a lot better and was a lot pickier about who cut his hair.

In our twenties, the moms of friends of mine would say "Wow, what a good looking, sharp-dressed man. I can see why you married him!" In spite of his tendency to try to take credit for everything, he and I would both die laughing whenever this happened because it was simply an absurd thought for both of us.

Then I would say "No, you have that backwards. I didn't…

The History of Women's Work

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I read this book years ago and I highly recommend it: More Work For Mother: The Ironies Of Household Technology From The Open Hearth To The Microwave

It covers about 300 years of the history of household technology. I like it in part because it helps explain why certain kinds of work has become "women's work" and why that work is unpaid without being man-bashy.

In a nutshell, modern housework as we know it evolved alongside the development of paid jobs. Until relatively recently, both man and wife worked to literally put food on the table.

Money was not widely available, so most people did not work for money. Certain jobs that had historically been handled by the man of the house got shifted to the wife with the help of new tech, thus freeing him up to get a paid job.

This was not done to oppress women. It was done because it worked well for the family. It allowed the family to raise its quality of life and income at the same time, instead of choosing one or the …