Ukraine Mom

UKRAINE-RUSSIA-POLITICS-CRISISLet’s put the fact that this Ukraine Mom is a hottie aside for the moment.  Her child is in Kindergarten.  She feels she needs to patrol the school with an assault rifle.  As screwed up as our country is, we got it good.


I would provide a link to the NYPost story, but, the URL is broken already.  So, here is the text from the article…

She’s a mom on a mission.

This assault-rifle-toting blonde patrolled the grounds outside an eastern Ukraine kindergarten Tuesday.

Looking more like the star of a playground action flick than a pro-Russia militant, this “secessionista” had no use for flak jackets or balaclavas as she flip-flopped her way across a hopscotch game strewn with smashed glass.

Instead, she stuck to the basic accessories: a rugged fanny pack, jeans worthy of the trendiest East Village brunch spot and an assault rifle clutched to her chest with perfectly manicured French tips.

The anonymous soldier was spotted in the economic hub of Donetsk, where more traditional fellow fighters are sticking to camouflage and where conflict could erupt any minute.

Russian insurgents have infiltrated the regional capital as Ukrainian forces continue to try to maintain a hold on the area.

Tuesday was another violent day for the unstable country, with an airstrike leveling a four-story apartment building, killing at least 11 people in the town of Snizhne in eastern Ukraine.

Igor Chernetsov, a resident of the crumbled building, lost his wife in Tuesday’s attack.

“I heard an explosion, and suddenly I was thrown out of the apartment, out of the fourth floor,” he told the Associated Press.

The attack follows a recent spate of violence in the region, including a Ukrainian military transport plane carrying eight people getting shot down Monday. Defense Ministry representatives said that of the eight passengers on that plane, two were taken as prisoners by rebels, two are missing and four escaped, the AP reported.

Rebels and Ukranians were quick to point fingers at each other over the two incidents this week. Ukraine Security Council spokesman Andrei Lynsenko called Tuesday’s incident a “cynical and bloody provocation.”

In February, Ukraine’s then-president, Viktor Yanukovych, fled the nation’s capital after months of protests.

Russian President Vladimir Putin annexed the Crimean peninsula back in March.




Welcome to my blog running on a new server.  It was nice that this blog could actually be ran on a little $35 Raspberry Pi, but, my blog has over 700 media uploads and over 3 years worth of posts.  It was just so darn slow on that Pi and I did just about everything I could do to speed it up.

So, it now lives on an old laptop thats now running Linux since I’m so accustomed to running my site on Linux because of the Pi.

Anyway, enjoy the speed and hopefully I’ll post more now since its not just a pain in the ass for me anymore.


My Latest Upgrade

WP_20140627_17_49_00_ProThis is a “before” picture of my first 3D printer made of wood.  Printrbot had a sale on the upgrade kit to bring a wooden Simple up to the current version numbered 1405.


WP_20140627_19_50_50_ProI had to completely disassemble the thing.  I had already Frankensteined my printer by printing and installing new pieces to increase the Y axis potential and the very talented individual who designed those pieces has since improved them and made changes for the new 1405 model.

WP_20140628_21_28_06_ProSo, I threw aside upper half of the hardware that came with the upgrade kit, printed the new Y axis pieces on my other printer and installed them.  It works and looks great.  It has a very low, clean profile now much like the newer, metal model I bought.

WP_20140629_13_44_29_ProNow I have two fully functional 3D printers that I have total confidence in.  They’re both basically using the same exact parts, the motors, gears and belts are the same.  It’s just what’s holding all that together that’s different.  One plastic and wood, the other completely metal.

Maker Faire

Panorama_Maker_Faire1So, the Maker Faire was interesting, but, very, very crowded.  I hate crowds.  I eventually found the Printrbot booth which was the main reason for going.  I was able to speak with Brook Drumm, the inventor, founder and CEO of Printrbot.

BrookI didn’t take a picture of him at the event, but, here is one of the many on the internet.  He is sort of a celebrity to me.  We got to chat about 5 minutes or so as I didn’t want to monopolize his time.

On Sunday I got an itch to purchase their latest design.  It’s called the Printrbot Simple Metal.  I went online to purchase one and before I clicked the checkout button I decided to jump in the car and go back to San Mateo to the event and buy one there directly from Brook.  Parking was crazy, there were hundreds of thousands of people at this event.

BlackMetalSimpleHere is a picture of what my new printer looks like.  It’s quite sleek compared to the Frankensteined monster I currently have.  I’m not going to modify this printer at all, I’m going to leave it stock and use my old one to play and ticker with.

More to follow…

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