I try to write these update blog posts around the middle of the month. That gives me plenty of time to make sure I don’t forget to write one of these every single month. I’m doing a bad job. We’re beginning the final week of November, and I completely forgot that I’m supposed to do this!
I already said it in the title, but I’m going to say it again: I’m excited about the new DJI Mini 2!
Yes. This is an older video. I was working on one of my FPV miniquads with one of Destin’s other videos playing in the background, then this video of his from last summer queued up.
I usually write a paragraph or two talking about stuff. Everything else is already written, so I think I’m going to skip that this month. Is that OK?!
I was excited last week when I saw the announcement for the Shapeoko Pro. Yesterday, I saw the preview of the upcoming X-Carve Pro from Inventables, and I was blown away.
First we saw the Samsung Galaxy Fold. It is expensive and looks fragile, but I was and still am quite excited about it. I used to love my 8.3” Android tablet. It was great for reading ebooks, surfing the web, keeping up with social media, and playing games like Pocket City. Sure, I can do some of these things on my phone. That’s what I do now. The experience just isn’t as pleasant.
I started working on this blog post on September 6. I’ve completely forgotten to write these posts or been late several times this year. I wanted to make sure I did a good job this month.
I was out flying with some friends yesterday. At one point, we were all talking about similar but different YouTube videos, and some of us thought it was possible we were talking about the same video. Each of us thought this for different reasons, though!
I didn’t expect to be buying a new travel router this week. I posted about my project to design a nice case for my network engineer’s toolkit, and all sorts of tool suggestions started popping up. One of them reminded me of my outdated RavPower FileHub Plus.
I don’t know that this is still a good name for what I’m designing. When I worked for a giant insurance company, everyone had the word “analyst” in their job title. At all the telecom companies I worked for, everyone with a technical job was an engineer. My father worked on the railroad, but he was a totally different kind of engineer.
Hey everyone! I’m doing a bad job!
I’m a fan a Rotor Riot and FPV freestyle. When I heard that Rotor Riot did an episode where they were attempting to chase an arrow in mid flight, I was excited about it!
I’d like to tell you that I have, but it isn’t true. My friend Malfunction54 lives nearby. I know where he lives. I know how to get there. Many years ago, he told me about the Rickrolling toilet in person, yet I have never actually seen this infamous toilet!
My friend Andy pointed me at this $15 HDMI capture device. I don’t have an immediate need for something like this, but it is so inexpensive, and I figured it might come in handy, so I had to try it out!
I am an electric unicycle (EUC) enthusiast. I bought [a little InMotion V5F][v5f] in February. I got the hang of it pretty quickly, but then many of my friends all bought personal electric vehicles (PEV) with more range and top speed than my little $400 unicycle, so I had to upgrade.
I thought this build was cool. Our friend and Butter, What?! contributor Jeremy Cook is at it again. This time, he built a contraption to attach a Raspberry Pi and a Digilent USB oscilloscope to the back of an old monitor.
I fly FPV freestyle miniquads. The hobby is constantly pushing the limits. For flippy, energetic freestyle, most of us are now flying pretty similar setups: 5” propellers, 2207 or 2306 motors, and a GoPro. These builds tend to come in at 650 to 750 grams while in the air, and this seems to be a sweet spot for freestyle. You have plenty of weight to help fight air resistance and wind while being light enough to be efficient and smooth.
I’m subscribed to James Hoffmann on YouTube. Some of his advice has helped improve my daily coffee routine, and he reviews a lot of neat stuff that I can’t afford. When I saw the 9Barista review in my feed, I was intrigued!
I’ve been waiting to see Kuji review the Veteran Sherman. Not because I want to buy or ride one, but because the specs on this thing are absolutely crazy, and I’ve just been wanting to see what this thing can do!
I try to remember to write these monthly updates somewhere near the middle of each month. I nearly missed June, and I’ve had a surprising amount of stuff going on!
NOTE: In my rush to get this post out before the sale on the Wowstick 1P+ was over, I didn’t notice that the Wowstick TRY is also on sale for $15.59 until June 30. As far as I can tell, the Wowstick TRY is exactly the same as the Wowstick 1P+ that I use. It just doesn’t come with the magnetic case.
It has been a while since I saw video snippets of Nintendo Entertainment System games running on 3dSen PC. I saw a post on Reddit today saying that 3dSen PC and 3dSen VR are now available on Steam, so I figured I should check it out again!
I just finished watching Potato’s review of Zhiyun’s new $60 2-axis phone gimbal. I think it is neat, and it looks like it manages to fill an interesting niche. I don’t own this gimbal, but I do have two 3-axis phone gimbals and an Osmo Pocket. You should watch Potato Jet’s video, then I’ll tell you why I think this new gimbal is interesting.
James Hoffmann has been YouTubing for a long time, but I only discovered him fairly recently. If you’re a coffee fanatic, and you want to up your game, you should definitely check him out on YouTube.
I am not a knife guy. The only things I carry every day are my phone and wallet. I don’t get into a lot of situations where I need a knife.
Humble Bundle is currently offering a Cities Skylines bundle, and the base game is included at the $1 tier. This is a great deal on a game I enjoy, so I figured I had better tell you about it! I might have to pick this bundle up myself, because the higher priced tiers include a whole bunch of DLC that I don’t have yet!
I haven’t posted any videos to Butter, What?! in a long, long time. I can’t recall why I stopped. I imagine I missed a week or two, and then who knows what happened!
I know we are in the middle of a pandemic, and we tend to be repeating the same boring days over and over again, but somehow it feels like only last week that I was writing one of these monthly update blogs! How can this be?!
We bought a real electric bike for my wife. It is already here. I just finished assembling it and taking it for a test drive down the street. I have no idea if this Pace Aventon 350 will meet our expectations, but I’d like to tell you about the motivation behind our purchase, and how we zeroed in on this particular model.
UPDATE: I’ve had my Gotway Tesla for about six months now, and I just posted my 500 miles on the Gotway Tesla V2 update blog post! You should check it out, but I’ll spoil it for you here. I’m extremely happy with the Tesla. I can’t imagine that I could have gotten a better wheel for $1,350 six months ago.
Hey everybody! This is my monthly blog post where I scroll through my Twitter and Instagram feeds and write a few paragraphs about the things I’m doing, working on, or failing at over the last three or four weeks.
I don’t usually post Humble Bundles. They’re usually good deals, but my view of most bundles is probably skewed by the fact that I have nearly 1,800 games in my Steam library. When a new Humble Bundle comes out, I usually already own most of the games. Being a Humble Choice subscriber certainly doesn’t help me with that problem, either!
When Mr. Head, AKA, Pat, and Brian asked me to contribute to Butter, What? I was both flattered and intrigued, but was extremely busy with other projects, plus I didn’t quite know what to write about here. Now that these same two finally convinced me to buy a TinyHawk 2 (TH2) drone kit, and I have a tiny bit of extra time, I finally decided to contribute.
As you might know, I finally bought a Nintendo Switch last month. I immediately purchased a stack of Mario games and Dead Cells. There are quite a few other games in Nintendo’s store that I would like to play. I already own many of these games on other platforms, so I figured I would wait until something I wanted went on sale before expanding my library with games I already own elsewhere.
Early this year, I was interview by The Creativity Podcast. I had a fun time being interviewed, and last week when I saw Jeremy complaining about being so isolated by COVID-19, I asked where the special quarantine episode of the podcast was coming out.
My friend Alex is awesome. He introduced Brian and I to the world of drones and FPV miniquads. His OneWheel adventures were a strong influence on my own decision to learn how to ride an electric unicycle. He’s also helped me make some important video and audio equipment decisions for my own vlogs.
I have learned how to ride an electric unicycle (EUC), and I’m confident that you can too!
I’m trying to write one of these posts every month, but I’ve accidentally skipped these posts a few times. As I’m writing this paragraph, it is only March 5. I don’t plan to finish this post up and publish until the middle of the month, but I figure that getting a head start will help me fail to skip this month!
I don’t own an iPhone, iPad, or any other Apple products. When I was a kid, we had Apple 2 computer hardware in the house, but those weren’t genuine, either. We had a Franklin Ace 1000 then a Laser 128.
I accidentally skipped my January update! Either I wasn’t doing much that was exciting, or I was doing too much stuff, and the month just blew right by. You’d think I’d do a better job remembering to write these monthly posts after I yelled at myself for skipping November.
This looked like so much fun. I always tell people that I have no interest in being a professional drone pilot. I don’t want to hunt for gigs, negotiate contracts, or fly my quads on demand.
I’ve had my new self-balancing electric unicycle in my possession for three days so far, but I’ve only had a chance to take it out to practice with it once. I’ve already learned some very important lessons, and in hindsight, this was mostly quite obvious!
Am I crazy? Is this a stupid idea? I figured there’s only one way to find out!
Can a Racing Drone Outrun a Flamethrower, My First Flight Edit In Forever, and Brian's Sunday at the Golf Course
Who would have thought that miniquads and flamethrowers would complement each other just as well as peanut butter and jelly?!
Fincky is awesome. I already posted his amazing skateboard-chase video. This cinewhoop video is a bit different. The whole video takes place in one room, and as miraculous as it may seem, this video was shot in a single take!
What is this?! A helmet for ants?! Winston Moy has been playing with graphite. This time, he decided to machine a small storm trooper helmet out of a chunk of the stuff.
What happened?! I planned on doing one of these update blogs every month, but it sure looks like I completely forgot about doing this in November! Does that mean this update is going to be huge? Let’s find out!
I found Alice’s Rapid Strike build video by way of Winston Moy’s YouTube channel. Winston CNCed the beautiful aluminum flywheel cage for this build. You should check that out, too, but it seems like I’m constantly featuring Winston’s videos here. Let’s check out this project from Alice’s angle.
My old friend Brian Moses usually publishes one or two DIY NAS builds each year. If you’re looking to build your own storage server for your home office, and you’re interested in having a shopping list that will just work, you should check out Brian’s builds. He usually alternates between an economical DIY NAS build and an insane, top-dollar NAS build.
Brian Moses is at it again. He’s put together an excellent write-up about his EconoNAS build for 2019. This year, the heart of his build is an AMD Ryzen CPU. I’m excited about this, because there’s such a wide range of Ryzen processors, and most motherboards can accept anything from a power-sipping dual-core chip all the way up to 12-core and 16-core monster CPUs.
It says that only a limited quantity is remaining. Is Valve discontinuing the Steam Controller? Is a new revision on its way? I have no idea, and Valve tends to be pretty secretive.
I started writing these little Christmas gift idea blogs back in 2013 with the intention of publishing one every year. I did a pretty good job maintaining my tradition right up until 2015, then I completely forgot about the idea. I think it was a good idea, so I’m going to restart this yearly habit!
I was running low on green coffee beans, so I started perusing the offerings at Sweet Maria’s. One of my favorite beans I’ve roasted so far is their Ethiopia Guji Shakiso. So I did exactly what you’d expect, and I put a giant 5-pound bag of that stuff into my cart.
Everyone is excited about the new Ryzen 3950X. They say the 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X beats Intel’s 18-core i9-9980XE in both single-core and multi-core performance while costing $1,250 less. That is something to be excited about, but it isn’t what I find interesting.
I used a Moka Express pot for a long time. It is a rather heavy-handed way to make a strong cup of coffee. Not quite as strong as espresso, but it is as close as you’re going to get for $30 or so. I would never go back to using a Moka pot for my daily cup, but I would think about bringing it out to quickly make a big batch of extremely sugary and milky iced coffee in the blender.
Machining Steel on a Shapeoko 3, Power Loop the Whole Damn Building, and the Marvels of Injection Molding
I usually rifle through my liked videos on YouTube over the weekend to pick out three fun videos to post on Monday. I usually have the post written on Sunday and queued up to post the next morning. It is Monday right now. I haven’t even picked any videos yet! I’ve had a bit of a cold or something all week, and I feel like it has been putting me behind on everything by at least a day.
I thought we had a good deal in August when I saw a mechanical keyboard with blue mechanical switches for $18.81, but this keyboard is priced even lower!
I enjoy almost every single one of Claire’s Gourmet Makes videos, but I’m not sure how I feel about the Ruffles episode. It didn’t feel like she was trying to make a gourmet version of one of my favorite snacks. It seemed like she was trying to create and almost exact replica.
It has been a fun month. Chris decided to head out of town for two weeks. She’s cruising to Puerto Rico, then spending a week with her family in Georgia. That means I have to fend for myself. I had to do the grocery shopping, and I had to remember to take the trash and recyclables out on the correct day. So far, I’m doing a good job. I hope.
The Gun Detector, Pastry Chef Makes Gourmet Sour Patch Kids, and How a Film Camera Puts a Date On Photos
I don’t know what your thoughts are on guns or gun violence. My own views probably don’t belong here on Butter, What?!, but I think Destin’s video about his friend’s gun detector does belong here, because it is really cool.
When I saw the headline, I was expecting to be disappointed. Could Josef Prusa manage to make a smaller, more budget-friendly 3D printer that is worth owning? When 3D printers start getting too much smaller than the original Prusa i3, they quickly lose their usability. And where can you save money? You’re still going to need stepper motors, stepper drivers, a heated bed, and a micro controller. The non-moving parts are cheap, no matter how big they are.
This week is science heavy with a touch of hot chocolate!
This is an interesting deal. Banggood has the Royal Kludge RK61 keyboard with your choice of blue, brown, or red switch at a 33% discount. They have free shipping on orders over $50, but the shipping on this keyboard is only $1.70 for me.
Pastry Chef Makes Gourmet Hot Pockets, Can a 1kg Racing Drone Do Freestyle, and an Epoxy Sandwich Headphone Stand
I enjoy almost every one of Claire’s attempts to create gourmet versions of our favorite foods, snacks, and candies. I am not a fan of Hot Pockets, but I was intrigued by one particular part of her gourmet Hot Pocket. The crust looked amazing.
UPDATE: This deal has expired. When I last checked, they were up to $12.99 with Prime shipping for a 2-pack. That’s still cheaper than most USB 3 flash drives of this size, often quite a bit cheaper, but those drives are probably faster!
UPDATE: The deal on the Z-88 keyboard is expired. That’s the keyboard I’m typing this update on. It is back up to $42.99. The Redragon K552 is still prices at $27.99.
One of the things I want to start doing here on Butter, What?! is to throw up a small post whenever my favorite products, services, projects, or games have an update. Maybe only major or noteworthy updates; we’ll have to see how I feel about this.
When we moved into our house a bit over a year ago, I promised my wife that I’d stop hijacking the kitchen table for my video recording and photography studio when capturing digital media for my blog if I could use one of the bedrooms for that purpose. Because my wife is amazing, she said yes, and she didn’t even get too upset when the kitchen table was hijacked for quadcopter repairs and spare parts. My recording studio’s not the biggest of rooms, but one of the things that I worried about was the amount of echo there was in the room.
I’m always posting Winston Moy’s videos, but I realized today that I’ve been linking to more of his work on Carbide 3D’s channel lately than I have been to his own work on his own channel. I feel like I should make up for that!
It has been almost a month since my last update. I haven’t been working on a single, big project, but I’ve been making progress on several fronts.
I’m excited! This deal was submitted to me by a Butter, What?! reader that purchased a couple of the $18.81 mechanical keyboards I posted a last month. Like that keyboard, the RECCAZR has imitation Cherry MX Blue switches, though I can’t tell what brand.
Cinewhoop the Minnesota State Fair, Plastic Injection Molding, and Machining a Steel Knife on a Desktop CNC
I don’t know for sure if it was Paul Nurkkala that started the cinewhooping craze, but his video at the City Museum in St. Louis was fantastic, and it definitely got me hooked on these kinds of videos.
This is an older video on the Veritasium YouTube channel talking about the real moral dilemma of self-driving cars. I’m posting it, because he includes real data with real numbers enforcing what I already assumed would be the case.
I’m doing a bad job at Patreon. I don’t often remember to tell people that it exists. I don’t remember to post on Patreon. It also doesn’t help that I’m very public about everything I do or work on. You can’t really get a peek behind the curtain at Patreon, because that stuff is already out in the open!
Why do light switches make that clicking sound? Does it serve a purpose? Do people just enjoy that satisfying clack? Or are switches just cheap, so they make noise?
This is most definitely the most generic looking mechanical keyboard I’ve come across since I started posted mechanical keyboard deals here, and it is also the cheapest. It has imitation Cherry MX Blue switches, but it doesn’t say what brand. It has some sort of RGB lights, and I have absolutely no idea what they do. I can’t really tell if the keys light up, or if the RGB is just some sort of backlight. At $18.81, who cares, right?
What?! Good Eats is back?! I’m excited about this!
While I was hitting publish on the blog I wrote today about getting started with FPV quadcopters, I figured it might be a good idea to see if there were any fun quadcopter deals going on today. I found one.
If you follow me and Brian on social media, you probably already know that one of our hobbies is flying FPV freestyle miniquads. I’ve designed traditional carbon fiber frames that I cut at home on my Shapeoko CNC, and also a 3D printed nylon frame. We’ve hosted quadcopter build classes at our local makerspace here in Plano, TX. Brian has done some crazy things, like adding a payload release mechanism to one of his bigger machines.
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!
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