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On YouTube: Best 3D Printer Under $200 – Tevo Tarantula Full Review

March 31st, 2017 Comments off

On YouTube: Best 3D Printer Under $200 - Tevo Tarantula Full Review

It arrived very well packaged with thick protective foam, even the box was unscratched! The building process was enjoyable and is something I highly recommend to anyone as it is a great way to learn more about electronics!

It’s not perfect, it does need a couple of minor modifications. All of which is described in the video. You need a cooling nozzle, spool holder and a reinforced Z-motor mount. Obviously the settings inside your slicer impacts the result as well.

I was happy when I realised the bed could reach high enough temperature in order to print ABS filament. This was great news, as my Anet A8 is not capable of reaching higher than 70°C and ABS requires at least 95°C.

In conclusion the printer is amazing! Not only is the bed remarkable, but it’s way more quiet than my other 3D printers. The quality of the prints was absolutely stunning as well. Because of the bowden extruder it might have a hard time printing with flexible filament, but you will be able to print at very high speeds without compromising quality.

Watch YouTube: Best 3D Printer Under $200 – Tevo Tarantula Full Review

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Noted: 10 Healthy Meal Prep Recipes Everyone Will Love

March 31st, 2017 Comments off
I’m always looking for new recipes to add to our rotation here in the Welch Household and posts like this offer a wealth of information. One recipe that stood out for me was the Curried Chickpeas Bowl, but click through to see 9 more recipes that might appeal to you. — Douglas
Weeks can get busy, and it can be hard to find time to prepare meals for the week! I love picking one day to make a few meals ahead of time to hold me over for the days I can’t find time to cook. Here are ten simple and delicious meal prep recipes to help make meal-prep simple and stress-free!
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Tea House, Storrier-Stearns Japanese Garden, Pasadena, California

March 31st, 2017 Comments off

Get ready for a tropical summer with these “Pink Hibiscus” Tops, Bags, Cases and more!

March 30th, 2017 Comments off

 Get ready for a tropical summer with these

Get ready for a tropical summer with these “Pink Hibiscus” Tops, Bags, Cases and more! 

Even though I photographed these pink hibiscus right here in my own neighborhood, it always reminds me of our one trip to Hawaii many years ago. It’s images like this that keep making me want to return to the islands.

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On YouTube: Punch Brothers: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

March 30th, 2017 Comments off

Amazing bluegrass with some classical elements. Fun all around — Douglas

On YouTube: Punch Brothers: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

Spoiler alert: The Punch Brothers came to the Tiny Desk on Chris Thile’s birthday. We made him a cake and gave him an NPR surprise! This wasn’t the first time the brilliant mandolinist had brought a project to my desk — it was his fourth. The last time was with his longtime band Nickel Creek, but also with his new braces. So the cake we presented here was inscribed “Brace Yourself Chris Happy Birthday.” He blew out the candles and then, along with this versatile and talented band, rocked our world.

Punch Brothers mixes the worlds of bluegrass, pop and classical. It’s a tough combination to imagine, an even harder one to make work, but this band of fiddler, Gabe Witcher, Noam Pikelny on banjo, guitarist Chris Eldridge and bassist Paul Kowert make the unimaginable contagious and fun. They push boundaries and make music like no one else.

Set List• “My Oh My” 2:04• “Boll Weevil” 6:23• “Magnet” 10:36• “Julep” 14:45

CreditsProducers: Bob Boilen, Maggie Starbard; Audio Engineer: Kevin Wait; Videographers: Morgan McCloy, Nick Michael, Maggie Starbard; Assistant Producer: Carlos Waters; photo by Carlos Waters/NPR

Watch YouTube: Punch Brothers: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

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March 30th, 2017 Comments off

Do It 2017 #9: When Life Gets In The Way

March 30th, 2017 Comments off

Did you miss me? Did you even know I was gone? I’m hoping you didn’t notice

I’m hoping you didn’t notice, but I have basically been a housebound invalid since Friday, March 17. We had planned a family trip back to Ohio that had to be canceled and, instead, I have spent these last few weeks moving painfully from chair to chair and doctor to doctor.

What happened? Sciatica, for the most part. I’ve never experienced this before and certainly never want to experience it again. While I am somewhat better now, I am still not 100%. Standing or walking for more than a few minutes is nearly impossible, so I have spent the days sitting — and posting to the blogs, but not much else. While I am improving, I am still not “better.” Right now I feel like it is going to take at least another week before I approach “normal” again.

Pushing through the fog…or getting lost within it

That said, this isn’t about being ill. Rather, I have been having thoughts about how to be creative while being ill. I will be the first to admit it is really difficult. Most of my output has been curated posts from other sources, photographs from the archives and such. When your mind is addled with pain it often can’t think much about anything else. It tends to push out other thoughts, distract you from reading or actively, physically creating, but it can also give you time to think and create mentally by forcing your STOP and heal. It is amazing what thoughts and ideas can come to you when you simply can’t do much else.

Looking back over these last 2 weeks, I think I have generated some interesting ideas that I can start to work on once things get a little bit better. That helps to give me some extra motivation to get better, even I can’t really do much about it. That is a reality about life in general, actually. We often come up with ideas when we have no time or energy to put them in motion. This is why it is so important to capture any and all ideas you have when they occur, so you can go back and “mine” them later. Don’t let ideas get away. You might never get them back. Sure, you’ll collect a lot of ho-hum ideas, but scattered among them could be your next great project.

On some days, though, as it was earlier this week, there is no possibility of pushing through the fog. All I could do was let myself get lost within it. Sleep is one of the best ways to heal, so I took advantage of it whenever I could. As almost always happens, though, sleep bring odd dreams, thoughts, fleeting images and more. Use them. You may have no idea why you were dreaming about far-flung planets, weird animals, odd situations and more, but you might be able to use this different frame of mind to find a new path into your creativity. I know it’s not fun, but there is some solace in making use of something that is otherwise quite annoying and traumatic.

A good distraction

If nothing else, looking to your creativity during an illness can help provide a small distraction from the day-to-day grind and boredom that quickly sets in. I have found great solace in being able to, at least, sit at the computer comfortably and engage in my typical day-to-day work. It has given me a few moments without thinking about the pain — at least until I need to move somewhere else. Small favors are better than none, though.

What distractions can you give yourself when you are ill? Is there a small “lap-sized” project you can start or finish. Can someone help bring your painting supplies closer to your chair so you can paint a little when you have the energy and attention? You might find yourself creating something entirely different from your usual work. You changed mental state is sure to effect your output. I know I have certainly been having different thoughts and ideas over the last 2 weeks. Some good. Some bad. Some weird, but all useful.

So the next time you are laid up, like I am, help yourself heal by staying creative and keeping an active mind, even if your body is still. There is often very little you can do to heal, but you can, at least, try to keep your mind, your creativity, your productivity ticking along as best as possible. I think it is as important to your healing as a good night’s rest. I’ll let you know how it works for me in the coming weeks.

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Bring nature home with these “Mandarin and Mallards” Cards, Totes, cases and more!

March 29th, 2017 Comments off

Tea House and Camellias

March 29th, 2017 Comments off

Tea House and Camellias

Storrier-Stearns Japanese Garden, Pasadena, CA

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Noted: How to Make an All-Ikea Cheese Plate

March 28th, 2017 Comments off