Married To An Engineer: When Does Repair Become Replace?

“I know engineers better than that! They would never throw away a 3D printer that quit working without trying to repair it first.” These words were exclaimed by my wife as she watched a credit card commercial showing engineers trashing a malfunctioning printer and...

The SainSmart Jinsoku LC-40 Laser Engraver, A Review

I’ve always been fascinated by lasers. When I was much younger, I tried to make one using an LED and a transistor for amplification. Fortunately physics was against me and I think we’re all happy my attempt was a failure. That failure did nothing to diminish my...

Why Can’t I Find A Good Book, The Evolving Nature Of Literature

There's nothing as wonderful as starting a new book and finding yourself totally immersed within the first chapter. Sadly, such books are becoming scarcer than finding a worthy political candidate. I find myself reading more books and enjoying far fewer of them. I...

From the Doghouse

A look at dogs having fun

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My gallery of pictures I’ve created in Poser

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  • 3D Printed Christmas Presents, A Good Idea Or Not?3D Printed Christmas Presents, A Good Idea Or Not?
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  • A Design Principle Frequently ForgottenA Design Principle Frequently Forgotten
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    When I started Opinionbypen, I had long discussions with myself wondering if I was tough enough for all the criticism I would get. I knew my writing needed help. I knew I my paragraph separation was accomplished by feel rather than doctrine. And, if we’re doing true confessions , my comma placement is just shy […]

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    If, like me, you read a lot of reviews before making a purchase you wonder why a lot of big name companies are sending out shoddy merchandise.  Sure it looks like the majority of people are completely satisfied with the product but there’s always a few dead on arrival or dead within a few weeks. […]

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From the Doghouse -It’s all about them

A look at dogs having fun!

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With posts like these, ever wonder what kind of fiction I would write?

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    I’m not going to say I was manipulated into my solar powered potting table but looking back at it, the signs were there. Shortly before our anniversary, my Wife started showing me potting tables made by other men for their wives. The thing was, none of these tables looked like …
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    It always irritates me when I see commercials preying on our stupidity. I guess that’s why watching Sprint’s commercial extolling how their reliability is within one percent of everyone else, always results in my wife having to endure a rant on the difference between reliability and coverage. My lecture on …

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