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.
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!
Meow Wolf: TheHouse 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
This is the anniversary of the infamous hack that interrupted a television broadcast in Chicago, Illinois. A Classic Tom Baker Dr Who episode was replaced with a lunatic in a Max Headroom mask. A prank from from 1987, it remains unsolved to this day.
So I did not “complete” my hat until very late Friday when i finally got it to announce its link status on its new set of 14 segment displays. It performed admirably all weekend. Thanks to Paul for safely transporting it to and from Vegas. I must also thank Stephen for his late night help on Wednesday. (tacos are not enough) Without his amazing soldering, i’d still be trying to figure out what i had done wrong. Here are some pictures from that night and the con to follow. . .
It was an incredible surprise visit to Comic Con! Exhausting and exhilarating! I finally made it to a Simpsons panel thanks to a very special fan of my own who provided me with a most coveted invite. I saw some incredible costumes, amazing artwork, and talented performers. I bought too many t-shirts and not enough comics and artwork. I went to an awesome panel on building communities in Sci-Fi and it turned into just an insightful talk on all manner of writing topics by some incredible writers (only some of which i have already read). Let’s just say that i have a pile of new books to read now. Until next year!