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Joe

Joe

Born in 1975, Joe has always had a fascination with technology, and how things worked. While growing up he was known for taking things apart just to see what made them tick, and while he was not always able to put things back together with any success, the knowledge stuck and he learned from those experiences.

Flash forward a few decades there is very little that Joe cannot successfully fix/rehabilitate. This interest in computers and technology got Joe his first fulltime job in 1994 in computer store while a senior in high school. He was responsible for designing, building and repairing computers. Since then Joe has moved on to many things, but his roots have always been computer related. Joe is currently a Sr Network Engineer for an internet service provider.

Joe’s other hobbies, include playing video games, designing and building Halloween props, electronics, 3d printing, graphic and web design and everything Star Wars.

 

Printers Owned:  Geeetech Perusa i3 Pro C w/ Dual Extruder
  Geeetech MeCreator 2
  M3D Micro
Playing: Fallout 4
  Star Wars Battlefront
  Minecraft
Listening to: SModcast 
  Tell'em Steve Dave 
  Radio Lab 
  Nerdist 
Watching: Star Wars 
  @Midnight
  Gotham
Reading: Mostly Star Wars Novels
  Occasional Magazines
Empire or Republic: Empire
Han shot: First
Gaming Platform: Xbox One
   PC
  PS4 
Stalk me: Thingiverse
 
 

 

Do the things!

Sunday, 17 July 2016 17:41

The weeks seem to go by faster and faster in the summer. So many thing to do no matter where I turn. It does not matter if it is at work, at home, or with anything else I have going on. Podcast included. This is not a complaint, because there was a time when I would have liked to have had something to do, however I do wish I had more hours in the day to get it all done. No matter though, things move along, projects get finished, more get and added, and the cycle continues. It's all good and keeps me and my mind fresh. 

Lately I find myself being called into my shop to get some projects started that I have been looking at for the last year. One of those projects is for my wife. It is one of those things that should have done a year ago, but the time has really helped me decide how I want to do design said item (yes I know I'm being vague mostly because it is a surprise and she reads this . - Hi honey!). I know I could have used 3d modeling software to help with this, but I find some things are more fun using the image I have in my head. That is generally how I do the Halloween props build. I will be sure to post progression shots as I start working on it.

I will be spending some time this Tuesday with the North Idaho Computer Users Group doing a 3d printing demonstration and discussion. This should be interesting, exciting, and a little frightening. This will be the first live thing I have done with 3d printing, though I do have more planned. The nice thing is that I was part of the group several years ago, but because of some life events it was one of those things I just had to stop going to. I have been in contact with the members from time to time, but it will be nice to attend a meeting again and see how things have been coming along. Come on by if you are in the area.

Thank you everyone for your support, and thanks for stopping by. 

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Pains

Sunday, 10 July 2016 18:55

This last week was a tough one. I spent the first few days dealing with depression. Just after I got over that, and about the time I started my weekend, Andrew dropped the bomb on me that he had to step down from the podcast. This was not expected but, as things go, was not the worse thing he could have told me. I wish him well, and hope everything gets better. I am sure the decision was not made lightly since he was just a part of the show as I am. The good news is that the show will still move on, though I will need to make sure adjustments not to mention get used to talking to myself. Who knows maybe the cats will help. They are... good... at that. So, while my work load will increase, I don't think it will be anything I can't handle.

Thank you everyone for their support, and thanks for stopping by. 

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Who ordered the stress?

Saturday, 02 July 2016 22:33

I have been wrapped up preparing for a new job opening at work, so I really don't have a bunch to say this week. My accomplishments otherwise what been a few multi-part prints that are not finished and I helped a user with some printer issues. Things should calm down in a day or so that way I can get back to printing and have more to say next week.

Aside from that all of the news for this week is below since we did not talk about any of that on the show.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Just a quickie

Saturday, 25 June 2016 23:48

I feel that we have things down when we record on Saturday. The amount of time it takes to get things wrapped and out the door is a far cry from where it was which I, and my wife, are happy about. 

I started my physical therapy this last week, and I have to say my ankle pain has reduced. Andrew also got a server that I am working on (as I type this actually) which will be our new Minecraft server! Finally, this weeks episode is being compiled in the background as I type this. As always there is a decent amount of news and some refreshers on beginner tips. 

Thanks for stopping by, and any articles that did not make the recording are below.

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Watch that first step

Saturday, 18 June 2016 23:36

Hello listeners, new and old alike! This week ended in pain. Lots of pain. Physical pain. Since you may not be aware, 4 years ago I fell from a ladder at work, and as a result broke my calcaneus (heel). While I have a very high pain tolerance; the pain I went though during and since the break has, at times, been damn near unbearable. It seems like the more I use it (standing, climbing, walking, etc.) the more time I need to take to recover. I know that the break is supposed to be life changing, but like most people I don't like change. :) Thankfully I am starting a new round of physical therapy here on Monday and I hope to get better, but only time will tell.

Besides the pain, I think I figured out what was causing be issues with my MeCreator 2. In the front right corner there are some wires that go to the LED lights. Those wires were catching on one of the plugs that hold the belt gears in place on the Y rod. Since I have moved the cables out of the way, there has not been any issues so far, and I am almost 4  hours into an 18 hour print. *fingers crossed*

Anyways that is enough about me. Thanks for stopping by, and any articles that did not make the recording are below.

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Better, faster, longer

Sunday, 12 June 2016 22:23

Some explanation on the title:

  • Better: The podcast is improoving each time we record
  • Faster: We are able to get the podcast out sooner
  • Longer: This weeks episode is going to be about 2 hours.

Two hours you may ask? Yes, and it was not even forced. It just happened. There was enough to talk about and happened organically. While we could break this up into two episodes, I don't feel like there is a need since we are able to do more in the same amount of time. This means we get the time off we need, while still making the happy sounds you like.

I will be posting my review of the MeCreator 2 on Amazon and on here this week. This will require the addition of a new "Reviews" section so keep an eye out for that.

Besides that I hope everyone is having a great weekend, and has a good week.

Thanks for stopping by, and any articles that did not make the recording are below.

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What lurks in the darkness?

Tuesday, 07 June 2016 02:44

I had the episode all wrapped in Saturday evening, but I wanted to give it a few listens before posting just to make sure there was nothing strange lurking in the darkness. I have to admit I like the new recording time, and format. It really is making things easier on me. I know we had a listener offer to edit, and I appreciate the offer. It is not that I don't have faith in other people's editing skills (I am sure everyone has better 'skillz' than I do), but I wanted to make sure everything on OUR end was all in line. There are still some things I think we need to focus on, and in reality it just comes down to the minor speech issues which I think come with time.

With all that said I may move the release date to earlier in the week, but I want to see how things go. I think I will know for sure by episode 26. Stay tuned.

I do want to take a moment and thank listener Bobby W for sending us a nice message though our site about the milk scanner we talked about in episode 15. Evidently the milk scanner goes back much farther than its use for 3d printing. Quite interesting!

Thanks for stopping by, and any articles that did not make the recording are below.

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Let us debate

Sunday, 29 May 2016 15:32

We changed the recording time again, and also changed up how some things are done and I feel that we are really dialing the process in. As a matter of fact things went so well that I feel like I do not need to edit the episode at all. I will verify this once I give it a second listen today and if that is the case there is a holiday surprise waiting for everyone (and its not even the "holidays").

My wife and I went over to Andrews last night and partook in his early Memorial Day BBQ and get togther. Not only was the food really good, the company was great, and we had fun as well. Thanks to Andrew and his wife for hosting!

There was one piece of news that I was wanting to cover this podcast which deals with art and 3D printing. Specifically: Is 3D printed art really art? This is such a good debate topic that I think it is better that we go over it later. I find these art debate topics interesting and I feel we could possibly do a whole episode on it because this is something that the video game industry went though years ago, and in some degree still goes though today. I can think of a few people that I would like in on the discussion as well. Who knows maybe a panel or round table show? I know this is ambitions, but I have some local artists in mind and think it would make for something special. I would like to hear your thoughts on if you think 3D printed art is really art by posting your thoughts on Twitter. Be sure to tag me (@NoImSoddOff) and use hashtag #Is3dPrintingArt. I am interested to see what you all think.

As always the articles we did not cover is posted below, and thank you for stopping by!

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Danger Zome

Saturday, 28 May 2016 05:14

Another weekend is upon us. This happens to be a long holiday weekend for most of us in the US and I plan on spending mine testing filament, writing up a review on my new printer, and just hanging out and letting off a little stress. Oh, ya and plan Overwatch. Since my wife and I have been binge watching Archer, I figured the title of the post would reflect it, much like the title of everything I do. If you have not see Archer, and don't mind animated series's then it is one to watch for sure. It may take a few episodes to understand allot of what is going on, but when you do you will be hooked.

Anyways, enough Archer pimping. Time to post the articles we did not have time to cover in the podcast and get to Overwatching!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Ready for the weekend

Saturday, 21 May 2016 02:24

Just finished editing this weeks podcast. Sounds good for sure, but of course I am biased. :D

My computer is harassing me to reboot to update, but I don't want to! I am sure it will make me here soon... stupid windows and it's need to update. 

So, I have been anti-social media forever, but I have been seeing a few things that have been tempting me and here yesterday I finally got to the point and I broke down and did it. Twitter and Instagram. Don't expect much from them, I am mostly there to browse, or as they would say back in my day: lurk. 

Thanks for checking in as always and I will see you next week! 

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