I have to admit that during the first minute or two of this video, I thought I was going to be disappointed. It felt like it was just going to be an ad for Starbucks, and then when he revealed the method they’d be using to pull nitrogen out of the air was going to be an expensive piece of laboratory equipment, I got even more worried.
Earlier this year, my friend Jeremy S Cook asked if I would be interested in being interviewed by his podcast, The Creativity Podcast. Of course I said yes! I told him to watch out, because I’m good at talking, and if he and Max Maker don’t slow me down, I probably won’t stop.
I decided that I’m going to try to post one of these “What’s Pat Up Been To?” blogs once a month. The last one showed up at the very end of July, and that was only two weeks ago. The last update required 1,300 words to cover four topics.
I haven’t posted a keyboard deal in a while, and this looked like the sort of keyboard I might have on my own desk, so I thought it was worth bringing to your attention!
I enjoy Jehu Garcia’s videos. I fly FPV freestyle quadcopters, and that hobby requires me to find good ways to make electricity portable. Jehu is often building one kind of battery pack or another, and I’m often jealous of some of his portable battery builds.
If you know me, then you know that I’m an amateur FPV freestyle pilot. You can probably guess that I’m extremely envious of Le Drib of Rotor Riot.
I’m always trying to figure out better ways to utilize Butter, What?!, and I believe I may have come up with a good idea! I don’t often keep things to myself. I’ve been writing about the projects and experiments I’m working on over at patshead.com, and I’ve been vlogging about some of this stuff over on YouTube, but these are all self contained write ups.
I’m only just realizing that two out of today’s three videos are already pretty old. I’m OK with that, because at least one of those old videos are new to me!
I’m not usually excited about these retro gaming consoles. I’ve been emulating classic video games for twenty years. I have all the old classics on my arcade cabinet already. Why would I buy some overpriced box with a limited selection of old games?
Walmart currently has the Razer BlackWidow Ultimate keyboard on sale for $45.99 with free shipping or in-store pickup. That’s marked down from its regular price of $109.99. That sounds like quite a good deal to me!
I’m not exactly sure how I came across these modified $3 speakers, but the video has inspired me to order some parts to work on a similar project of my own!
I always say that I don’t like telling you about deals unless the product is something I use. This looks like a good value, and it is two products that I use almost every day! I guess this is an early Prime Day deal.
Extreme Long-Range Miniquad Flights, Room Divider Made on a Maslow CNC, and a Mini Gauntlet Arcade Cabinet
I am an FPV drone pilot. All my flying is short range. Sure, the GPS module on my quad tells me that most of my flights cover more than two miles of distance, but I rarely fly even 1,200 feet away from myself.
Across the years of all my DIY NAS builds, I’ve had a few people leave comments in the blog, send me emails, direct messages, and other forms of communication asking me what I thought about their DIY NAS. I’ve always appreciated hearing how people have tackled the same kinds of problems that I wanted to tackle with my own NAS builds, and I’ve always really appreciated seeing how people’s different preferences have wound up creating different solutions.
Manually Operating a CNC Machine, Can You 3D-Print a One-Way Bearing, and Perfect Timing with the Marble Machine X
I seem to post a CNC-related video every week, and this week is no exception. My friend Mike sent me this video because he was intrigued by the clamping setup this machine uses for holding work pieces in place.
I don’t like recommending products that I haven’t used myself. This is inexpensive enough, though, and it sure looks like a good way to try out a mechanical keyboard without investing in an expensive piece of hardware.
Steam is currently in the middle of their annual summer sale, and there are a ton of awesome games that are deeply discounted. With so many games on sale, is it worthwhile for me to tell you about them?
I’m not sure when I found Jehu Garcia’s YouTube channel. He’s famous for building DIY batteries for powering your house, and he has all sorts of interesting battery builds for other purposes as well. I can only assume that I found his channel while in search of better ways of charging my miniquad batteries on the go.
I’m excited. It isn’t even on sale right now, but Motion Twin just released a fantastic update for Dead Cells, and I just have to talk about it!
Can You Swim in Shade Balls, Machining an Easter Island Moai Statue, and the Cheapest USB Oscilloscope
Last month, I watched Veritasium explain why there are 96,000,000 black shade balls floating on a reservoir in Los Angeles. If you watched this video, you may have wondered the same thing that I was thinking about.
I often mention in my writing just how important it is to back up your data. I worry that people will think that if they make their storage more reliable, then they don’t have to worry about backing anything up. I worry even more when I explain how to make things more reliable, because it might be my fault that people think they won’t need backups anymore!
I have been playing Kerbal Space Program for years. I always say that I don’t like recommending things that I haven’t used myself. I have over 100 hours invested in the Kerbal Space Program, and I know that I’ve only scratched the surface.
Since building and blogging about my first network attached storage (NAS) computer way back in 2012 and then writing all my subsequent DIY NAS build blogs, I’ve tried quite a few different cases when building these machines. Beyond that, I’ve stared at the specifications of countless other models of cases looking for things that fit my criteria: typically something small and can fit at least six 3.5” hard drives.
Both patshead.com and briancmoses.com earn money from affiliate sales. My blog earns me all the coffee I can drink, enough money to pay for all our hosting costs, and sometimes even enough to buy me a fun toy or two each year. My blog doesn’t earn me a living. Brian’s blog generates quite a bit more revenue than mine, but he’s not close to earning a salary, either.
I saw this deal on
r/buildapcsaleson Reddit, and I had to order a 2-pack for myself.
Last year, my wife and I bought a house. We bought Brian’s house. Isn’t that weird?
Upgrading Kitchen Cabinet Doors with a CNC, Liftoff Drone Simulator Update, and Designing 3D Printed Buckles
When I was trying to decide what size Shapeoko CNC machine I needed to order, my kitchen cabinets were the deciding factor. My kitchen cabinets are old, basic, and starting to deteriorate. I wanted a CNC machine large enough to cut awesome new doors for my kitchen cabinets.
Internet of Things is a process that aims to transform the way humans and machines interact. While it has far reaching consequences in most sectors across the globe, education in particular will see a significant revolution as a result of it.
Brian and I often blog about server and network related topics, so our social media following tends to skew in that direction. If you’re reading our blogs, there is a good chance you don’t know what you’re doing. Don’t worry. Brian and I will both be happy to tell you where the limits of our knowledge and abilities lie!
Watching the Bon Appetit crew research the perfect pizza has been a lot of fun. I watched every minute aside from the episode on toppings. I don’t care about toppings. I don’t believe a pizza is a pizza unless it is a cheese pizza!
One of the things I’ve wanted to do for a long time is to publish other people’s DIY NAS builds which I have come across and share them with our audience. Shortly after I finished the latest in my DIY NAS blogs, the DIY NAS: 2019 Edition, Pat and I were talking about when we’d launch Butter, What?! and the kind(s) of topics we would wind up sharing here, and this topic immediately jumped to my mind.
Brian and I have been writing about our adventures with home servers for a long time. He’s been giving away DIY NAS builds for years, and he’s explained his ZFS disk configuration. I’ve been running a little virtual machine host at home, and I’ve explained my home server choices on my blog, too.
I have an awesome coffee brewing equipment at home: A Rancilio Silvia espresso machine, a Baratza Preciso grinder, an Aeropress, two Moka Express ports, a couple of French presses, and a cheap pourover cone. Until recently, I’ve only been buying coffee that’s already roasted. Can you believe that?
I was checking my notes and looking for some interesting things to include in today’s post, and I remembered that Brian Moses’s DIY NAS giveaway has just come to and end!
I love pizza. I enjoy eating pizza, and I enjoy making pizza. I’ve been watching Claire at Bon Appetit make gourmet versions of all my favorite snacks, so when I saw they were making a series about making the perfect pizza, I knew I was in for a treat!
Butter, What?! has finally gone live, but what in the heck is Butter, What?!
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