Calling! Salon (Edited transcript)

| 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)

| 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!

[2014/11/16 13:54]

SteampunkNews is back on Twitter!

| November 11, 2014

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

@SteampunkNewsUK

 

Cuisinart Interlock Repair

| November 2, 2014

Articles:

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

 

Cuisinart Top Interlock Repair

| November 2, 2014

Articles:

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

 

Nightmare Blues – New from Aaron J. Shay

| October 27, 2014

Articles:
Friend of SPWS Aaron J. Shay has released a new music video for his banjo-rock barnstormer "Nightmare Blues" just in time for Halloween!

Described by one participant as what would happen "if Neil Gaiman art directed the ballroom sequence of Labyrinth at Burning Man," this video follows a band as they awaken in a strange place, performing for a surreal group of concertgoers, whose actions become less and less dreamlike and more sinister as the song continues.
 
Directed by Ben M. F. Rapson of Breathing Media.
Featuring Seattle's folk-punk street band The Mongrel Jews, and Bat Country's Bill Bullock!

Long horns are back!…..

| October 26, 2014

Can anyone think of a good steampunk use for these?  They’ve been cleaned up now and are glistening chrome.

Adding the iPad

| October 26, 2014

I have now included the iPad and controls (not shown) which are functioning very well.

AEther Salon: Orientalism! (Edited transcript)

| October 21, 2014

((Well, semi-edited transcript.  There was a great deal of discussion during the second half of the Salon, which I did not attempt to edit.))

Bookworm Hienrichs steps forward, flipping through her notebook.

Bookworm Hienrichs: Welcome to this month’s Aether Salon! Today, we celebrate the anniversaries of both the Salon itself, and the city of Mondrago.  The Salon is starting its seventh season

AEther Salon: Orientalism! (Unedited Transcript)

| October 21, 2014

[14:01] Tepic Harlequin: oh,,,,, Mr Baron, Sir, here’s the stuff yer were wantin fer my talk next year!

[14:01] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Excellent.

[14:02] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander) reads and chuckles

[14:02] The Doctor (callidus.waydelich): Hello, Baronin, Ms. Hienrichs.

[14:02] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander) bows

[14:

AEther Salon: September Planning Session

| October 20, 2014

[2014/09/21 14:04]  Bookworm Hienrichs: Hello, Jed.

[2014/09/21 14:04]  Jedburgh Dagger (jedburgh30.dagger): Hello Book

[2014/09/21 14:06]  Jedburgh Dagger (jedburgh30.dagger): oh well, good meeting :D

[2014/09/21 14:07]  Bookworm Hienrichs: /me chuckles.

[2014/09/21 14:08]  Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Guten Abend, Damen.

[2014/09/21 14:09]  Bookworm Hienrichs: Good

Adding bits…….

| October 20, 2014