Had to visit Meow Wolf Las Vegas inside Area 15!

OmegaMart - be3n owl

Area 15 is like a mall of the bizarre and interesting (and also bars).  Inside, the Las Vegas Meow Wolf installation is called Omega Mart.  It begins with a store and takes a bit of a turn.

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Beyond and behind the Omega Mart is the Factory with alien motivation and unbelievable equipment.  Everything is interactive, there are stories and backstories and branching pathways.  puzzles, games, and mysteries to unravel.  I went on a mission to hack the Omega Mart!

OmegaMart - MotivationOmegaMart -Emergency CoolingOmegaMart - Miracle LiquidOmegaMart - Phones

Meow Wolf - Factory? OmegaMart - Hackers Poster
OmegaMart - be3n mirrored room

Discovering the Meow Wolf exhibit: Santa Fe

Meow Wolf - Giant Robot Statue

Meow Wolf: The House of Eternal Return is a 20,000 square foot building (once a bowling alley) now filled with over 70 room uniquely decorated with incredible interactive art.  Yesterday we spent hours exploring.  Just when we thought we’d seen it all we would open a cabinet or move a bookshelf and suddenly entirely new avenues opened for us to explore.

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My favorite game from 1987 is fun again thanks to updated FS-UAE!

Ports of Call - Main Screen

This classic from my childhood has for some reason, never worked in emulation.  Until now!  i am finally able to play this game again after decades.  it’s more challenging than i remember.

Ports of Call - pirates

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My original shadowbox idea finally realized in all its glory!

Apple Mouse Shadowbox

This was actually the idea that started it all!  It took me a while to finally complete it.  I know that i am missing the serial mouse from the original Macintosh and 128.  Despite having one, i decided to keep my 128 with all its pieces.  Besides, i never touched one until after college.  The mice represented here had my hands all over them most of my life.  I am very happy with how it came out.

Ducati Motorcycle for sale!

be3n sits on Ducati motorcycleI have acquired a 2001 Ducati Monster 900 Dark i.e. that was purchased for the movie Mission Impossible 2.  It has practically no miles (1886).  It was ignored in a garage for a decade so it required a fair amount of paperwork and some maintenance to get it working well and street legal.  there are a few minor cosmetic issues like a small dent in the gas tank and broken and taped on turn signals. (i believe the signals were removed for the film)

A few people have asked me to get them pictures and info so i figured this was the fastest way while i work on my actual sales page.  I tried to document all the flaws.

be3n ducati dashboard
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Cartesian Geometry is for suckers!

be3n unboxing monoprice delta pro

I am very thankful for an early Thanksgiving toy!  It’s a Monoprice Delta Pro!  (originally $1400, they have dropped a few times and are now on sale for $550. Delta printers are so cool.  They do not move at all like traditional 3D printers. i can watch mine all day.  you can too, the live cam is back!

Delta Printerhttps://printer.be3n.com

It was a snap to get it setup. The opposite experience of my Maker Select V2. Oh i love the auto bed leveling. There is no official Cura profile for the Delta Pro, so i had to throw one together from the Delta Mini and the specs.  I did have a few failures.  I bought some inferior filament and it would continually get clogged. After switching to the good stuff, my prints were beautiful.  Then i started to play with the speed rate options.

S.S. Cheap rainbow filamentSpeed Printing with Delta Pro
That articulated slug is a great example.  you can see the first layer is a bit sloppier on the head segment compared with the other segments. I turned the speed rate up to 130%  I’m not sure exactly what that does, because it certainly doesn’t have that profound of an effect on the print speed.  but if you raise it high enough it gets very sloppy.  i shaved about 30% of the time for a print by upping the speed rate to 200% but the first few layers had much more serious flaws than the slug. On the whole it wasn’t a bad speed print.  I’m sure i can improve it with tweaks.