Newish Raster / DEM image → STL tool in the Shiny-Apps repo:
See the (non-load balanced!) live example on the Heroku page:
Summarized for a forum member here too: https://www.v1engineering.com/forum/topic/3d-printing-tactile-maps/
CAD / CAM Updates:
Been revamping my CNC thoughts-
Basically, the next move is a complete rebuild (primarily for 6061 aluminum).
I am aiming for:
FWIW: Sketchup MPCNC:
Also TinkerCAD version:
Electric Drivetrain Development:
BORGI / Axial Flux stuff:
Designed some rough coil winders for motor design here:
Also, an itty-bitty, skate bearing-scale axial flux / 3-phase motor to hack upon:
The first ones to arrive in MA, brush up!
This is usually the first one to arrive. Gold bird, medium sized warbler, rufus hat. When they arrive in MA they are often found lower than usual / on the ground looking for anything they can munch on. Song is a rapid trill. More “musical / pleasant” than a fast chipping sparrow, faster than many Junco trills.
Slimmer than palm, no hat, very slim beak, has streaks on the breast usually. Also a triller. They remain higher in the trees on arrival.
Spectacular bird, if it has arrived you can’t miss it- also they will arrive by the dozen so worth waiting for a good visual. These also trill, which is another reason it is good to get a visual. The trill is slow, very “sing-song”, and has a downward inflection at the end. If there are a bunch sticking around for the summer, try to watch some sing- soon enough you will be able to pick out this trill from the others.
— Yellow warbler says “sweet sweet sweet, I’m so Sweet!” and can get a bit confusing with Yellow-rumped warbler
— Chestnut-sided warbler says “very very pleased to meet ya!” and can get a bit confusing with Yellow warbler
Looks like a zebra – always acts like a nuthatch (clings to trunk and branches). This one trills like a rusty wheel. It can easily be distinguished after a bit of birding with some around.
Adult males look like a late 50’s hot-rodded American muscle car: long, low, two tone paint job. Matte/luster black with flame accents. Can’t miss it. The females and young males are buff (chrome, to keep in style I guess) with yellow accents. Look for behavior- if a “female” is getting beaten up while trying to sing a song in the same area, it is actually a first year male failing to establish a territory due to obviously being a youth.
Joplin for all your Operating Systems and devices
As a lifelong IOS + OSX user (Apple products), I have used many, many notes apps over the years. From big name apps like OmniFocus, Things 3, Notes+, to all the usual suspects like Trello, Notability, Notemaster, RTM, and others, I always eventually migrate back to Apple notes, simply because it is always available and always up to date. There are zero “features” besides this convenience, which is why I am perpetually willing to give a new app a spin.
Joplin is free, open source, and works on OSX, Windows, Linux operating systems and IOS and Android phones.
Find it here:
brew install joplin
The most important thing this project has nailed is cloud support and syncing. I have my iPhone and computers syncing via Dropbox, which is easy to setup and works…. really well. Joplin folks have added many cloud options, so this is unlikely to be a sticking point for users.
Here are some of the key features:
Hopefully this will be helpful.
My computer recently crashed very, very hard, while I was removing an small empty alternative OS partition I no longer needed. This is a fairly mundane operation that I do now and again, and is a ongoing fight to keep at least a few gigs of space free for actual work on precious 250gb Mac SSD.
The crash results? Toasted GPT tables all around. My 2015 computer’s next move was to reboot- only to find essentially no partitions of memory… at all. What it did show was (wait for it) Clover bootloader of all things, with a single windows boot camp icon (nothing in there either). That is so wrong…. On all levels!
I brought the machine to the local university repair. They declared this machine bricked and offered to wipe it. Back to me it came…
I scheduled an Apple support session with a phone rep, which after around 45 minutes of actually productive troubleshooting ideas (none helping though) was forwarded to a senior supervisor. She was interested in this problem, and we scheduled a larger block of time. But, in the meantime, I still wanted to try again….
How to recover a garbled GPT table for Mac OSX:
Start with clean SMC and PRAM / NVRAM.
Clearing these actually made accessing internet recovery (how we get to a stand-in OS with a terminal) dozens of times faster. 2.5 hours to 7 minutes. I actually waited 2.5 hours twice on separate attempts before I cleared these.
Follow these Apple links to perform these operations:
Get the computer with a text editor open.
Restart the computer into internet recovery. Command + R or Command + Shift + R.
Open a Terminal. The graphical disk utility is useless because the disk / partition we want is unreachable(so it will say everything is great).
For me, I see disk0s2 is 180.6 gb. That’s my stuff!
I also found /dev/disk2 → /dev/disk14 to be tiny partitions- don’t worry about those.
The syntax you are looking for is:
Name: “untitled” Identifier: disk#
Write down ALL of the above information for the disk you are after. That is probably disk0.
gpt -r show disk0
Copy the following readout in your terminal for all entries bigger than “32”. The critical fields here are Start, Size, Index, and Contents. Each field is supremely important.
Here is mine (formatted for web):
# Disk0, with contents > “32” :
# First Table:
# Second table, the one with my data:
Note, this is the initial Contents. I rewrote this once with the correct Apple Index 2 data but did not create a new table (leaving the rest of the broken bits broken). We are replacing / destroying a table here, but not the data.
# unmount the disk. From here we are doing tables, not disks / data.
diskutil unmountDisk disk0
# Get rid of the GPT on the disk we are recovering. We are not touching the data.
gpt destroy disk0
# Make a new one to start with some fresh values.
gpt create -f disk0
# perform magic trick
# USE THE DATA YOU WROTE DOWN FROM “gpt -r show disk0”. THIS IS IMPORTANT.
# we must add that first small partition at index 1. Verbatim.
gpt add -i 1 -b 40 -s 409600 -t C12A7328-F81F-11D2-BA4B-00A0C93EC93B disk0
# index two (for me) is my data. We are going to use the default OSX / Mac HD partition values.
# the Length of “372637568” is not as sure fire as the GPT Contents.
# YMMV, but YOLO.
gpt add -i 2 -b 409640 -s 372637568 -t 7C3457EF-0000-11AA-AA11-00306543ECAC disk0
Again, that Contents value is 7C3457EF-0000-11AA-AA11-00306543ECAC.
written in the recovered computer xD