Chinese New Year celebrated in Los Angeles!

Chinese New Year LA

We missed the parade, and even worried that the celebration might be winding down.  Luckily it turned out that the celebration was not even slowing.  Confetti cannons continued to fire, gathering so much on the ground that children were playing in it like snow.  Confetti angles, confetti ball fights, there were even some industrious youths that managed to relaunch a massive pile back into the air and onto the heads of celebrants.  Amazing food, performers, music and art.  Not to mention the typical chinatown fair. I watched performances by dragon dancers, contortionists, martial artists, traditional chinese music as well as contemporary chinese pop music.  It was a great way to bring in the year of the Boar!

Chinese New Year LA Chinese New Year LA - Confetti

More photos from Stan Lee tribute

Incredibly, we were provided with a seemingly endless supply of White Castle Burgers.  These delicious tiny devils were a delight. I ate too many. #noregrets
Stan Lee Tribute -White Castle Appetizers Abound

Amazing art was on display prominently featuring Stan. The honors kept coming.  The army provided a color guard with taps. Celebrity panels and pre-recorded messages from people across the spectrum of entertainment media.  Even the mayor of Los Angeles presented POW Entertainment with a specially produced key to the city.  The documentary and other videos offered incredible insight into the history of Stan and his many many creative endeavors. I probably watched 45 minutes of Stan Lee cameos.  In fact, I am grateful that I had watched Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse before coming to this event.  I teared up during Stan’s particularly moving cameo. I doubt it would have had the same impact seen out of context.  I met many incredible people. From fans to speakers and even the event staff were all comic (or comic based movie) lovers. This was an experience I will never forget.

Stan Lee Tribute - Stanverine art
Stan Lee Tribute - Celebrity Panel
Stan Lee Tribute - Seth Green and be3n

Visiting iFixit and finally fixing my laptop!

be3n at the iFixit set

I got the full tour, the place is amazing and far tidier then any workshop I have been in. They have pieces for nearly everything and almost everything in pieces. I got to try out their tools. I even touched their flame thrower!

iFixit’s Boring Conpany flame thrower

It turns out this little bugger was the cause of all my problems or at least my technical ones. Once I got this guy replaced, my 2011 MacBook Pro was back kicking ass. Thanks Daniel you are awesome!

MacBook Pro 13-Inch SATA cable

I brought this gift to show my appreciation, I hope you like it. It is TechStep diagnostic tool from Apple for testing and diagnosing vintage Macs. I don’t even remember what i traded it for nearly 20 years ago, but i never once used it. I hope you enjoy it and maybe even do something cool with it. I cannot wait to come back.

Apple TechStep Diagnostic Tool

More then printing out, I’m printing up! Experiments with my first 3D printer!

3D Printing: My Third PrintWhen a colleague offered me a great price to buy his barely used Monoprice Maker Select V2 , I was instantly transported into the future. No more waiting for amazon deliveries, now i can download things straight into reality from the inerwebz!  Well, that’s almost what happened.

The learning curve was not as steep as i expected. my 3rd print was actually perfect; or would have been if i hadn’t run out of filament.  Funny story… i inherited with the printer a 1Kg spool of PLA. Unfortunately, the Monoprice Maker Select’s included spool holder doesn’t support large spools like this one.  So I had to maintain the slack on the spool or break off pieces for prints.  That is no way to live. The very next pint was of course was Maker Select V2 Spool Holder Mod by toastedsilicon

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Back to reality after another amazing DEFCON!

I met a pile of incredible people.  Bought some amazing toys (for science), some i’ve even got working.  Saw some talks and demos.  Talked to some of my heroes and listened to even more.  I saw Ladar Levison talk about epoxying your ports and adding thermite to your hard drives.  I played with the ECU of a fake car!  now i just have finish building the DarkNet Badge!  enjoy my pictures. The hat data is still being analyzed.  I’ll try to build something out of it eventually.


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