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Hi, I'm aekis, I'm a nonbinary queer person from Germany. On this account I post about the things I do: I'm an engineer doing work in both at work and at home with a passion for all things mechanical, , & manual , and especially and machine (re-)building.

I post about my projects here and sometimes make videos about them which you can find on & youtube, links below. 1/2

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Selfishly hoping that gas goes to $40 a gallon so I never have to hear a gas-powered lawnmower again.

I wired the brick up as a very small external monitor, so you can, for instance, play Doom on it.


don't forget that schematics are Documentation, not just graphical netlists

if there's anything that'd be useful to someone poking around on your board with a probe, put it there!

From MARCcold on birbsite:

"I do not want a smart home, I want a HOME OF FOOLS.

There's no point in my refrigerator getting ideas above its station.

Your job, refrigerator, is literally to chill. You are not a hopeful laptop waiting for its big break."

😂 😂

Just because you’re trash doesn’t mean you can’t be good at things. It’s called garbage can. Not garbage cannot.

If you have a Quad PnP machine, you know this problem... the butane rollers, that are used to peel the tapes, do like to perish and turn into forbidden chewing gum. (and replacements are stupid expensive!) Someone came up with a low cost solution for this, using 3D printing, and sells them on E-Bay. Sometimes they need slight modifications depending on the version of the feeder, but they seem to be working ok so far. Will report after doing some more assembly how well they works out for me 🙂

@Lafiel yeah, doesn't that look cool! This has to do with the shape of JWST's mirrors! Because they're not a circle, when we look at a point source like a star it doesn't show up like a circle on the detectors. There's a bunch of fancy physics that goes into this, but this image is an example of what shapes different mirrors turn point sources like a star into

Did you see the news that all of the #JWST instruments are aligned now?

Check out this comparison of one of the newly released calibration images from the MIRI instrument compared to images taken of the same region of space by the WISE and Spitzer space telescopes! Look at that resolution! So many newly resolved stars and structures! 🤩

I can't wait for all the new discoveries we'll make with JWST! #Science data starts in only a couple months!

(Image from @/AndrasGasper on birdapp)

Wow, the astronomy picture of the day actually made me want to throw up today.

I don't want our shared night sky to look like this! With much better regulation and better engineering, it doesn't have to be this way. Do better, engineers!

Flatpak’s `create-usb` is so cool. It sticks the specified app and its dependencies onto a drive (e.g. flash drive or even network share) so you can install from it w/o hitting the Internet. Useful for offline deployments or corporate networks.

I really don't like the ethical scenarios people come up with around self-driving cars because people tend to draw conclusions that simply accept the lethal risk cars pose without questioning that itself

food, vegan 

Made the classic mistake of starting with cooking only after I already was slightly hungry, but the wait is over and I finally have some nice food \o/

Replace every article about Elon Musk with an article about someone fixing/maintaining important infrastructure. A person repairing buses. A person repairing and tweaking wheelchairs. A person tending to a community garden.

The new one is more opaque and a closer match to Lego Blue. I also painted the edges of the screen with black lacquer, which got rid of the glowing surround. It’s a very fiddly construction. If I’m going to make more, I need to work on tooling.

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While that one cures, I added the trench run and got capacitive touch working in the studs.

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printed electronics 

here's a bit of silver inkjet-printed circuit with a flip-chip die bonded using anisotropic conducting adhesive. The resistance of the traces are still too high for the device to function. photonic sintering might help but that equipment is offline for repairs with a blown capacitor bank. so I'll try wider traces next.
#printedcircuitboard #pcb #electronics #inkjet #pickandplace

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