Near fixtures are halogen far fixtures are LED. Color temperature is almost identical! these were inexpensive GU10 LED bulb, I am very impressed with what’s coming out of the factories in China lately. – A SPWS One Shot

Posted By on November 23, 2014

Near fixtures are halogen far fixtures are LED. Color temperature is almost identical! these were inexpensive GU10 LED bulb, I am very impressed with what’s coming out of the factories in China lately.

Review: Endsinger by Jay Kristoff

Posted By on November 23, 2014

As civil war sweeps across the Shima Imperium, the Lotus Guild unleashes their deadliest creation—a mechanical goliath, intended to unite the shattered Empire under a yoke of fear. Yukiko and Buruu are forced to take leadership of the rebellion, gathering new allies and old friends. But the ghosts of Buruu’s past stand between them and the army they need, and Kin’s betrayal has destroyed all trust among their allies. When a new foe joins the war, it will be all the pair can do to muster the strength to fight, let alone win. And as the earth splits asunder, as armies destroy each other for rule over an empire of lifeless ash and the final secret about blood lotus is revealed, the people of Shima will learn one last, horrifying truth. An exciting, vivid conclusion to a critically acclaimed series, Endsinger is sure to have fans racing through the pages to savor every last revelation.

The publisher was kind enough to provide a review copy of this, the last in the Lotus War Trilogy. You know, the one I’ve been gushing over in my reviews of the previous two books.

It’s funny, going into this book, you know. Having loved the first two books, I came into it with fairly high expectations. But at the same time, remembering it’s his first trilogy, and I’ve never seen him finish a story before. Take George R. R. Martin, who I don’t really believe he’s ever going to finish A Song Of Ice And Fire because the story is just so sprawling, and Kinslayer started getting spread out over a lot of viewpoint characters, kind of like that, and even though it never felt like it was getting out of hand, I know authors don’t always figure out how to pull all the threads back together satisfyingly.

What Air Purifier Should You Pick?

Posted By on November 22, 2014

It’s quite simple, to improve your house’s indoor air quality you’ll need to install an air purifier. But did you know that this type of appliance can do more than just eliminating pollutants from your home. If you consider your options wisely, you can find a unit that can also remove unwanted smell from the air allowing you to breathe easier.

This type of unit is especially useful if you have pets at home or if one of your family members is smoking. Although you can just vacuum your house regularly, the airborne particles won’t be eliminated thoroughly.

What type of unit you must consider?

Air PurifierThis will depend on what your needs are, but what’s generally considered the best air purification method is the HEPA filtration system. It’s the most popular unit for those with asthma and respiratory problems and it’s highly recommended by doctors because it can remove airborne pollutants more effectively.

If you opt for a filterless unit, on the other hand, it can only eliminate 80% of the airborne particles. It also can’t control or remove pet or smoke odors.

An air purifier that can remove odor must have a pre-filter feature. Obviously and unfortunately, it’s a type of feature that you can’t find in filterless brands. If you go for a HEPA-designed unit, the pre-filter is attached to the primary filter. It contains activated charcoal that absorbs smaller particles that have been causing the bad odor. When they’re absorbed, they’ll be eliminated from the air.

While shopping for an air purifier, it’s a must that you know where you’re going to install it. If you choose a smaller size unit, it might not be 100% effective in controlling or managing indoor air quality. As a result, it’ll work too hard, thereby, shortening its lifespan.

Before you settle for a certain unit you need to conduct a thorough research so you’ll know which model has the right features that meet the requirements of your home. Combine it with a handy thermostat and you’ll heave the perfect atmosphere in your home!

Calling! Salon (Edited transcript)

Posted By on November 17, 2014

Bookworm Hienrichs: I think we’ll get started now. And please excuse me if I fall silent – I may freeze up while talking.

Welcome to this month’s Aether Salon! Today, Lord Mayor Perryn Peterson of Mieville has come to give us some insights into the world of manners and etiquette.  Before we get started, a few housekeeping items:

1) To ensure you can hear the speaker, stand or sit on the

Calling! Salon (Unedited transcript)

Posted By on November 17, 2014

[2014/11/16 13:54]  Arthur Serpente (gauisartephiusserpente): oooooo coffee, hello Miss Psaltery, how are you?

[2014/11/16 13:54]  Garnet Psaltery: I’m very well, thank you, and you?

[2014/11/16 13:54]  Arthur Serpente (gauisartephiusserpente): /me attaches himself to the coffee machine with vigor

[2014/11/16 13:54]  Stereo Nacht: Good day Herr Baron, nice to see you back!

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Mold Rammer for Sand Casting

Posted By on November 15, 2014

Thor has his Hammer, I have my Rammer.

Mold Rammer for Sand Casting

Posted By on November 15, 2014

Thor has his Hammer, I have my Rammer.

Celebrating Dieselpunk Day

Posted By on November 12, 2014

On Dieselpunk Day, we set aside the constraints of normalcy to celebrate the dieselpunk community.

Created by greeting card manufacturers in the mid-1970s, Dieselpunk Day was a way to boost their pre-Christmas revenue. As we all know, people across the world needed something to celebrate after the terrible atomic dust storms earlier that year. Halloween had already passed, and Santa Inc. had not yet claimed a stranglehold on the last five months of the calendar.

So, while we know this is a corporate shill of a holiday, we should still recognize it as a way to bring a little light into our lives. Since the robot invasion of the late ’90s, the world has become a little smaller. We keep our individuality, but the teachings of the machines still influences us. We are colder. More predictable. More efficient with our feelings.

Let this be a day to say “thank you” for being alive. To put on your boots and goggles and stare at that bright part of the sky where the sun used to be. It’s what our grandparents would have done (if they weren’t eaten by mutants shortly after giving birth to our parents).

For the future,
-Tome

SteampunkNews is back on Twitter!

Posted By on November 11, 2014

After quite a gap, SteampunkNews is back on Twitter.  Apologies for the absence!

@SteampunkNewsUK

 

Cuisinart Top Interlock Repair

Posted By on November 3, 2014

We got our first Cuisinart in 1982. It served us well for more than a decade so when it finally gave up the ghost we purchased another one. We were dismayed to find that the new Cuisinart Custom 14 had changed the interlock on the mixing bowl and top. There was now an additional tab so that […]

Cuisinart Top Interlock Repair

Posted By on November 3, 2014

We got our first Cuisinart in 1982. It served us well for more than a decade so when it finally gave up the ghost we purchased another one. We were dismayed to find that the new Cuisinart Custom 14 had changed the interlock on the mixing bowl and top. There was now an additional tab so that […]

Cuisinart Top Interlock Repair

Posted By on November 2, 2014

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We got our first Cuisinart in 1982. It served us well for more than a decade so when it finally gave up the ghost we purchased another one. We were dismayed to find that the new Cuisinart Custom 14 had changed the interlock on the mixing bowl and top. There was now an additional tab so that the large plunger had to be in place and you were limited to the 2 inch diameter hole for feeding to process while the machine was running. It was annoying but we lived with it. But the plastic tab on this complicated interlock eventually broke. So we decided to design a 3-D printable replacement part that would return the operation to the way the old-style Cuisinart worked.

Broken Cuisinart interlock tab

I removed the broken interlock tab and drew a sketch of its dimensions. I sat down at the computer with Autodesk's 12 3-D Design and created a part that would fit where the old tab was but not engage with the plunger interlock pin.

The steampunk workshop

Once I completed the design of the part I exported it as an STL file.

Cuisinart replacement part in 1-2-3 design

However the part had some errors and was not interpreted correctly by Slic3r. So I loaded the part into Netfabb and re-exported it. That seemed to repair the errors.

Fixing the mesh in net fab for the Cuisinart part

I brought the part into Slic3r, which I set up for ABS plastic, 10% infill, three layers tops and sides, and 35% fan RPM for layers that would take less than 30 seconds to print. That last setting is necessary to get a clean fin on top of the block. I printed in ABS because sometimes these parts go through the dishwasher and I think ABS should be able to withstand those temperatures. PLA most likely would not.

Preparing the Cuisinart part for 3-D printing

The part took about 40 minutes to print, and it fit in place beautifully. I also printed out a plastic pin to retain it.

The 3-D printed Cuisinart interlock tab