Makers Facing Spring Crunch!

After a long winter to plan, dream, bid-snipe, and over-buy, we find ourselves in the middle of “crunch time” this week. What Happens in Crunch? This is the time of year when living in one of the in-city “coops” is actually a much better deal than trying to build a resilient backwoods enclave for yourself in retirement. All those winter plans have to get done. A quick walk through and some before and after views …

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Goodbye Radio Towers – Hello Drones

Although major retailers, like Amazon and Wal-Mart, have extensive drone offerings, the uptake of this new technology into amateur radio has been somewhat slow.  The objective of this article is to review some of the basics, perhaps overcome some ham radio community reluctance to drone adoption and do some “blue skying” for what’s a very cool technology. Ham radio towers could be a thing of the past… Drones to Take Towers – The Basics The …

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The Magician’s Notebook – Supply Staging for Spring

Magic Lives in the Shop Of necessity, we must begin with a short discussion of Magic.  I mean the real, in touch with God (or Universe as you prefer) deal is the setting of our relationship right with Universe. Which in turn sets the tone of our Voyage Through Life.  Alignment with “divine winds” is “the groove.” My exposure to more than the mass-marketed (and thus somewhat superficial) Major Religions took a ginormous leap forward …

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UrbanSurvival ShopTalk Sunday is Moving!

“We’ve Moved” Ultra-Make is where new “ShopTalk Sunday” articles will appear. This is a lesson learned from writing on (and for) the web over a quarter century. Trying to be a “full person” on one website isn’t such a great idea, turns out.  It has created a problem. Let’s walk through this from the ground up. Because I’m a synthesizer of information.  (Not like a Korg or Moog, tho.) I value variety plus depth in Life. In …

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Ender 3 “After-Build” Notes

Process Rules If you’re new to 3D printing, one of the most important things to remember is “There’s very little art” and a whole boat-load of critical thinking and  science involved in making 3D prints.  Process rules in this pursuit. I thought it would be useful next to roll through some common “first time learning” for each step of the 3D process. Designing Things The 3D (and CNC pattern) search engine Yeggi.com is a gem.  …

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