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Solar-Powered 3D Printer and Sinter Style Prompt!

Happy Monday,

After doing the research on the Up-Cycled 3D Materials, I stumbled onto a couple of other very interesting methods that print with sustainable materials. I wanted to share one of those ideas to spark the Monday Blues away.

From the wandering genius, Markus Kayser, comes the SolarSinter Project.

SolarSinter

Check out this Printer in Action HERE.

If that picture isn’t enough to wet your Creative Whistle, here is some bowls made from Moroccan-Flavored Sand.

Morocco Flavored Bowls

Between the SolarSinter and the SunCutter (Solar-Powered Cutting Tool) Markus has provided some spectacular building tools that can utilize both Sun and Sand. Of course my mind questioned what else a Solar-Powered SLS (Selective Laser Sintering) system that produces a solar beam of over 1600 °C (2912 °F) can do.

But first, I want to thank Markus for risking the dangers of the desert to prove this fantastic concept. You are a DIY Pioneer.

With that being said, many elements can be melted with this powerful thermal beam. Iron melts at about 1550 °C, Aluminum melts at 770 °C but those are just the pure powdered metals. Alloys melt at lower temperatures and a lot of the most interesting applications would most likely be in the alloy arena.

Useful Alloy Examples

Stainless 18-8 melts at about 1380 °C
Hard steel melts at about 1370 °C
Inconel steel melts at about 1350 °C

Monel melts at about 1320 °C

Easier said then done of course, but I think Markus Kayser’s amazing SolarSinter is just scratching the surface of its capabilities. I want to throw out a challenge to the Hackerspace Community to either contact Markus to see if he is willing to share the design in a true DIY fashion or go out and build your own thermal beam powered SLS.

Hint – Four Large Fresnel Lenses

I am going to end this entry here before I pollute any one’s Prompt Writing with my own ideas.

PROMPT – How would your character utilize the thermal beam power of the SolarSinter. For community good? For purposeful evil? For sibling shenanigans?

Have a Fantastic Monday,

Sir Drewster III

PS – I want to thank 3DPrinter.net for the wonderful ARTICLE that started me down this particular Research Rabbit Hole.

PROMPT Fishing!

Hey Everybody,

I don’t know if you know, but my last  post was numbered 100. My feelings towards this achievement are mixed to the point of a marbled cooled, cream based confection confined in a styrofoam half circle.

Desserts aside, lately I find myself pondering things of a currency aggregating nature. Things like my proposed eBook of Prompts so people don’t have to click-through all these links to get at something tasty for their minds.

Thinking out far-reaching goals leads to an ADD inspired thought jumping. The primordial ooze that this self-produced eBook currently inhabits baited my thoughts to the iPad 3. I am not partial to a specific OS, but the iPad 3 rumors are overtaking the many tech blogs that I visit on the daily. This constant exposure to Apple flavored speculation has led my mind to believe I will get one of these pieces of tech art so I can better interact with my own “art.”

What do I mean by this? Aside from justifying a $500 tablet purchase, this culmination of ADD thought jumping and tech rumors equates to enhancing my potential eBook of Prompts with touch, video, and web connected interactions.

How and why are these thoughts worth anything to the Internet’s pool of thoughts? You tell me.

PROMPT – Allow a character to express their true feelings through an anonymous persona, through a publishing format familiar or fantastical, which contradicts that character’s true life. Focus on personal relationships and possible political ideals that cause some heated dialogue that forces the character’s true beliefs or feelings to be exposed.

Hope you have a great day,

Sir Drewster III

SciFi Inspirational Websites and PROMPT!

Hey Everyone,

I wanted to put together a nice guide to MY future looking sources of creative inspiration. These websites aren’t secret but some of them are a little more on the down low. I will start with the more popular, well-known websites and break down to the more rare ones aimed at the underground scientific community, and throwing a few companies to follow at the end.

The first grouping of sites offer a wide range of announcements, reports, discoveries, and just interesting reads.

engadget.comgizmodo.comwired.com, and gizmag.com  – This grouping of sites offers a wide range of announcements, reports, discoveries, and just interesting reads into the technology and gadgets arenas.

technologyreview.com (MIT), newscientist.compopsci.com, arstechnica.com, and popularmechanics.com – This group focuses a little more on the scientific.

i09.com – This is a sister site of Gizmodo, but it is worth running into the strange articles and announcements found there.

ted.com and wesolveforx.com – Great sites for cutting edge VIDEO presentations. We Solve for X is a newer site sponsored by Google – the videos are focused on new discoveries in technology and how to apply them to big world problems. TED is a huge resource of all kinds of interesting stuff.

nextbigfuture.com and acceler8or.com – These are the more down low websites for interesting reading to expand and inspire.

I have to apologize, this post is also an informational probe into the viewers of these Prompts. If any other website or company provides some awesome articles, POST THE LINKS IN THE COMMENTS SECTION to share with everyone else.

These are companies that have products or innovations that can set the creative energies boiling!

SpaceX.com and Telsa.com – Of course Elon Musk has to be listed in this section. Check out the forums for some fun reading.

chamtechops.com – Spray on antenna. This technology is one of Google’s We Solve for X featured technology talks. In his talk, Anthony Sutera seems to be asking anyone in the audience to collaborate with him to make new stuff.

jouleunlimited.com and EssentientDavid Berry is an amazing man, in charge of at least six companies. These two companies will transform our world. Both companies have physical plants and will blow your mind.

bigelowaerospace.com – Inflatable modules for space! This site doesn’t update too often but the Forums are usually a great area for discussion.

energyfromthorium.com – This is not a company but a crazy source of information on nuclear energy. Thorium Remix 2011 (2012 seeking funding) is a good primer for information about Thorium, but their forum and Facebook page updates with new information all the time. Flibe Energy is one company working on solving the short-sighted vision of previous presidents.

I am trying to think of other sites or companies that need to be on this list, but I am getting hungry. Just for kicks, here is a Prompt!

PROMPT – Remember Luddites? Write a Luddite prophet in a future heavy civilization, who uses technology to spread their message.

Hope this is a great resource for those days that the internets have turned into a slug of a time.

Have a great day,

Sir Drewster III

Thoughts on Editors Little/Big Influencers and PROMPT

Hey Everyone,

Little thicker Post/Prompt today. This is an excerpt from a paper about the “Little Magazine.” This doesn’t even address the relevance of the “Little Magazine” for today’s audience or the failing reproduction rate the English Department all over the country has created, that is a Prompt or two away. Of course these are all my opinions, sprinkled with assigned readings from one of my classes.

Money is not the only corrupter of influence. Lord Acton’s words echo, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men [editors] are almost always bad men.”

I couldn’t help but smile as I read my assigned readings for this week. Robinson’s article “Academia and the Little Magazine” was one of my favorites, calling out the university “Little Magazine” and their copious publications for diluting the true literary “Little Magazines.” Robinson argues this onslaught corrupts the spirit of rebellion against the traditional and commercial magazines (27).

Parisi’s article “The Care and Funding of Pegasus,” broke down the financials of Poetry and Miss Monroe’s struggle with funding during her tenure (218). Parisi reinforced the dangers of Robinson’s argument, but Miss Monroe’s constant fund drives flavors whatever choices she ended up making.

What is the difference between favors granted to deep pocketed ladies versus university sponsorship? Replace the fancy ladies with funds collected from thousands of students and Robinson’s argument becomes slightly moot. Why slightly moot? The selection process of one or the few will always be flavored with bias and personal opinion that may slant a publication outside of their mission statement. With each set of editorial eyes, I will admit a lessening of slant, but Lord Acton’s words should serve as a warning and a corner-stone for any publication to avoid a premature death or mistrust of their readers.

END of Excerpt

Does anyone want a Prompt? Fantasy/SciFi Fund Raising.

PROMPT – Plain and simple, write a high-ranking character in an awkward door approach. Make the project the character is raising money for beyond goofy.

Note – Have fun, it is Monday night!

Hope this wasn’t too out of no where, sometimes aiming a school paper for an internet audience helps the paper’s message crystalize to something a professor might appreciate more.

Sir Drewster III

Classical Monster Children Prompt!

Hey Everyone,

Just wanted to get a post out for the Friday night writing gangsters.

I am starting a research paper involving Frankenstein and Dren from Splice. Focusing on Dren being one of Frankenstein’s Great Grand Daughters (around 7th generation).

“Say what now?” said pretty much every person I told this to, but it is crazy how close the plot of these two stories are.

Here is an excerpt from my Paper Proposal:

Fear of losing control and the fear of the unknown irrationally dictates the decision-making process.

In modern times, advancements in genetics, robotics, medical and energy research, and many other areas has moved so fast that Splice translates into a warning of the not too distant future and what it may hold for humanity if we are not careful.

In Frankenstein, Shelley doesn’t condemn science itself, but rather the abuse and misuse of it by ignorant or irresponsible individuals.

PROMPT – Create a scion of a Classical Monster, like Frankenstein/Dren, and introduce them into the world of the not to distance future.

Hope this loosens the kink in the hose of your creativity. Happy Friday night.

Sir Drewster III

Publishing App for That, Prompt!

Good Morning!

A morning of snow, black ice driving, and frantic essay reading forced me to look elsewhere for a couple of moments. A break for my mind is usually found in mindless internet browsing, filled with tech news and funny pictures. But my absence from aJonester.com has bugged me for quite some time, to the point that my mindless internet browsing was viewed from my third person POV as a bigger waste of time than usual.

I guess what I am trying to say is I will try better to get these Prompts back on track, though Senior year of college came with such a workload change that I may have to try to get my homework done (reason why my essay reading was frantic instead of nap inducing).

One reason the guilt of not writing these Prompts, that may or may not inspire at least a new Word doc to be created, was so overwhelming today was Apple’s announcement of the revamped iTunes U, free iBooks Author OS X app (for people to create eBooks/eTextbooks!), and iBooks 2 e-textbook platform with support from 90% of publishers, offering interactive Textbooks for around $14.99 or less (compared to $80 dead tree textbooks)!

That long, confusing poor excuse for a paragraph has reignited my desire to get a Prompt book created so I can pay for my never-ending college classes descending upon my bank account without the help of the Government. This announcement also holds promise for people like my almost high school graduated brother who could be released from the $500 book bill each semester (it is too late for me). I will most likely expand on this information at a later time, though right now, I just want to get to the Prompt.

To end this unorganized and rambled preamble before the internet gets tired of reading, here is the first Prompt of 2012!

PROMPT – Write a conversation, two characters (Fantasy or SciFi setting), where information is needed from a book and that information is stored in a singular device instead of the stock Wizarding library of never-ending books/bookshelves. 

Note – Since the hunt of said information is no longer the lynch pin of the scene, force a new focus for the characters to discuss. What happens to our worlds (Fantasy/SciFi) when unlimited information becomes common day and the journey for this information no longer occupies the middle part of the story?

Hope this Sunday Prompt has something of value to jumble up the creative juices.

Have a wonderful Sunday!

Sir Drewster III

Black Friday Tips and PROMPT!

Hey Everyone,

So this is a little off base for a Writing Prompt today, but I want to share some Black Friday planning knowledge I have gained over the years. I will also include a Prompt at the end of the post to make sure this is not a waste of time for those who could care less about Black Friday, but I have already shared this information with friends and family and the surprised reactions I keep getting made me want to share with anyone who reads the site.

To make this as short as I can, my biggest tip for a successful and ensured lowest priced Black Friday adventure is,

Slickdeals.net

This site is an amazing site to find deals all year, but Black Friday is when they heat up.

HINT – to find the best deals on Slickdeals.net look to the right of the page for TRENDING DEALS, Click on that. Then sort the thread by clicking on THREAD STARTED. This will let you see all the newest stuff that is posted before it hits the front page which will increase the chance of getting the deal.

Also, Slickdeals.net has a whole Black Friday section found on the top of the page. Click that to see a breakdown of all the printed ads and where and when the best deals are.

Another site that is fun is Gizmodo.com (a Gawker blog branch). They have a “Black Friday Cheat Sheet” (http://gizmodo.com/5851137/the-ultimate-black-friday-gadget-cheat-sheet) that they update all the time. This is organized by-product type (mainly gadgets) and location of deal so it can be a good place to pre game before you go battle the deal-seeking hoards out in the wild.

I know there are a lot of other sites out there, and a simple Google search will pull up the most common ones. These two sites are what I am working with, so I hope this information is helpful. If you want to put your favorite site and tips for Black Friday in the comments, I strongly encourage you to do so to help others out there.

Now time for the Prompt. This is a challenge Prompt.

PROMPT – Write a convincing Black Friday type of event based in the Fantasy/SciFi realms. The character can be as flat as a pancake, but make the things they are trying to buy as vivid as possible. Make the buying lust ooze from each paragraph.

HINT – Remember, as sad as this is, people have sustained major injuries in Black Friday events. The passion to find a deal can be as strong as a Hero wanting to defeat the evil warlord.

Hope this information was helpful and the Prompt slightly entertaining. Have a great Holiday weekend,

Sir Drewster III

Little bit of Sunday PROMPT!

Hey Everyone,

Good Sunday to you! Hope the weekend has been good to you. I wanted to get a Prompt out this morning just in case there is others out there not wanting to get to their real work that may be due tomorrow. This is a Sparker Prompt or a journey kicker, where your character happens upon something to get them going on their journey.

PROMPT – Have a character stumble upon a giant piece of statue from “ancient” times. This statue is the key to the character’s initial push out of their warm-blanket kind of life.

Have fun everyone! Hope the week is filled with good food and great family,

Sir Drewster III

I am Back! Prompts!

Hey Everyone!

I am so sorry that I have been gone for so long. I hate that. I bet anyone that needed some Prompts hated that too (or at least in my head, I think there is people out there that hate that). Here is a Prompt.

PROMPT – Write a Character that is composing poetry trying to out do another poet (using the opposing poet’s last poem) to win the hand of the Dragon Princess! 

Here is my attempt at a poem about poetry.

Lightly Dusted Poetica

Cinnamon

Waves smashing against

The minuscule hairs

Guarding your nose.

Cones netted, soaked,

In loud red ceramic.

 

Gusts of frost kissed air

Invading the decked halls,

Swirling the simple spice,

Igniting saliva glands,

Thrusting a base want for

Your Mother’s sweet snicker

Doodle embrace.

 

Cinnamon

Notes whisks your thoughts

Back to skinned knees,

Played in jeans, and red

Cellophane guarding tannish

Bears who received

Spiced kisses.

 

Focus

Don’t let your mind’s

Expectations steer you from

Scenes of cookie-infused

Delight, carefully crafted in

To neat lines.

 

Let go of those pressed smile

Bears, the grass infused jeans

Too, Come back to your

Artificial dream tormented

By my Cinnamon.

Since I am about to restart this Prompt machine, any suggestions for future prompts would be amazing!
Have a Wonderful Thursday,
Sir Drewster III

Odd Poem to Steve Jobs

Hey Everyone,

Had an odd assignment, write a poem of prophecy. Think scripture verses. If you want, you can write your own as well if the mood strikes you.

PROMPT – Write a piece for Steve Jobs.

Here is my Poem,

Turtleneck

 

From beyond death’s door, black turtleneck and 501s will win our hearts.

Four years times Four, shall round glasses look beyond that cold door.

Gorilla Glass and Machined Aluminum formed, shall appease the masses.

 

Wallets will part as a flower’s petals to the sun, eager for product,

For work touched by the black turtleneck, will be considered divine inspired.

Each weld, each line of code, can be viewed as his desire.

 

Others from the valley of Silicon will try, but fail to gain.

The guiding of his hands, will be a sure way to deny,

Any other challenger who has not stepped through this dark door.

 

The masses will demand, command, and never falter from his design.

The mantle left, hard to bear, but the one named Cook,

May have a chance to bring to past the Four Years times Four.

 

Masses be patient, Masses be humble, ever be gracious, ever without grumble.

 

Launches spaced too regular, but was the way established by black turtleneck.

Lines, server traffic, delays that shall be handled by the untold masses.

A glimpse behind that sterile barrier, an honor that few will hold.

 

Servants of the Red Delicious, will walk the hallowed halls, head bowed.

Oaths and swears to ensure the spoils of his dedication and time,

Will not be ruined by the frothing rumor hounds at the doors.

 

Masses be patient, Masses be humble, ever be gracious, ever without grumble.

 

Have a great Night!

Sir Drewster III