Month: April 2018

Braces off!

After a couple disappointments, first and second, Hudson got his braces off today.

Now he only has to wear a retainer for 18 months. To celebrate, he wanted gum balls so I took him (and Eva) to Rocket Fizz for some gum balls – he’s never had gum balls, he says, which might be true come to think of it.

Silicone Wedding Rings

Gay lost her wedding ring on our trip to Oregon for about 12 hours. She realized she wasn’t wearing it in the evening, couldn’t find it anywhere and was very upset. At 5am she woke up, drove to the pool thinking it came off in the pool. It did, she saw it at the bottom of the pool and she got it back with the help of the pool cleaner person who happened to be there that morning. Lucky!

After that, I decided to buy inexpensive silicone wedding rings that we could wear when we’re being active. I got Enso rings but didn’t like them because they are very narrow in width, thin and did not look at all like our real rings. So I decided I’d have to make my own that looked exactly like our titanium rings. Our rings are simple with a flat outside and a curved “comfort fit” inside and have a thickness to them that I like. Simple but unusual.

I discovered that it’s pretty easy to make anything out of silicone: make a mold, inject liquid silicone in it and wait for it to cure. There’s a few details but nothing difficult.

I could have used liquid silicone to make a mold from our existing rings and, in turn, used that mold to inject silicone into it and have exact replicas of our rings. However, that requires making vents in the original mold so air can escape the mold as it’s being injected which seemed difficult to build into the mold. And I’d have to repeat that every time I make a mold, making it more difficult to keep making rings. I’m going to lose them in pools, apparently, so I need a lot of them.

I have a 3D printer so instead of making molds I could design the mold that includes the vent holes exactly how I wanted them (on the inside of the ring). I could print them again and again with little work and they turn out the same every time.

So I designed a mold in Fusion 360 and printed it on my 3D printer. I use Smooth-On’s Dragon Skin silicone and colored it with pigments to make various colors.

These cost pennies per ring and only about 20 minutes of my time and it’s pretty fun. I then made a second mold so I can make two at a time, doubling my ring production capacity!

Using this Fusion 360 file anyone can change the sizing, make the mold and start making silicone wedding rings that look just like mine.

Ben Franklin’s Song

Havana is sooo into Hamilton and the soundtrack that I’ve heard a million times by now but it took The Decemberists to take Lin Manuel Miranda’s lyrics and make a song I like:

Ben Franklin’s Song

Yeah, you can all thank me
Took some lightning, a kite, and a fat brass key
And they’re putting up streetlights in Gay Paris
You’re welcome from our young nation

I’m the only American the French wanna see
They call me a genius, I can’t disagree
They have guns, they have funds
They can set us free
Invest in my reputation

So I play my ambassador part with pride
I am known in the world, and the world is wide
To my children, my sins may be magnified, but I’d do it all again, no hesitation

And do you know who the fuck I am?
Yeah, do you know who the fuck I am?
Do you know who the fuck I am?
I am Poor-Richard’s-Almanack-writing
Polymath, bifocal-wearing
Harp and glass-harmonica-playing
Benjamin Fuckin’ Franklin

Bang & Olufsen headphones

I got my first Bang & Olufsen piece of equipment today, the H9i wireless headphones.

I remember the first time I ever saw and touched a B&O stereo. This was probably in 1982 or 1983 and I was 12 or 13 years old. A friend’s dad had a stereo that had no physical buttons, everything was controlled by touch. It didn’t look like a piece of electronic equipment. It was flat whereas stereo equipment was rectangular. It had a few subtle lights compared to the big LED displays on audio equipment. It felt futuristic, or maybe very European, to me. I was amazed by it. I don’t know what model it was but it was a lot like the Beomaster 1900.

Since then, I’ve never been able to afford anything made by Bang & Olufsen and by the time I could afford it I had no need for receivers or compact disc players or turntables or tape decks because all my music was on a computer or an iPod.

Looking for a high quality pair of wireless headphones I discovered that B&O made some highly-regarded ones. It didn’t take many reviews to convince me now is my chance to have something made by Bang & Olufsen.