mdietz.org is back.
I've taken a long hiatus from writing outside of the writing I do for work. Because of Covid-19, I've been working on lots of little projects and hobbies and this space is meant to be a place where I can talk about and document those.
The first piece of coding I want to work on is actually for this blog. I want a "github style" daily tracker for each of my hobbies / projects that way I can at a glance tell what I'm focusing on, when progress has been made, and try and get past some of the samey-ness that the Covid WFH lifestyle has been leading to.
I'd also like to restart work on my ray tracer.
I picked up a new 3D printer in May, it's a massive improvement over my old printers. Turns out that the technology progressed in the 6 years since I last built a printer. I've got the new printer setup to print very quickly. It's got a 0.8mm nozzle and can knock out a large scale print that's got low definition but high strength in no time at all. This means I can use it for real engineering projects and not have to babysit the printer or wait weeks to get everything printed.
My first big project with the 3D printer is an equatorial mount astrotracker for my DSLR. The construction on that is done and the arduino code is loaded now I just need to do calibration and fine tuning; which I've been putting off. With the shorter days and long nights, I'll probably find the time to finish that soon.
I'd also like to try my hand at building a telescope. The PiKon project looks interesting, but it's built with european hardware in mind which'll make it more difficult to source in the states.
I've been slowly but surely building a small woodshop in my garage. I'm working mainly in plywood which is great since I make lots of mistakes and the cost and consequences for failure are low. I've realized I really need a table saw or a way to efficiently do rip cuts with my circular saw to make more progress. My next project is likely going to be the construction of a jig that'll let my circular saw act like a track saw.
I'm going to try and split my time between creative / fiction writing and non-fiction writeups of my hobbie projects.Contains 418 words