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Making a composite material from ABS slurry

Since I do a fair bit of 3D-printing, there’s always plenty of scrap ABS available. Some of the scraps go into the acetone / ABS slurry that I use to coat the build platform before each print, but there’s still … Continue reading

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3D-printed buildings and military units for King of New York

Here’s a project I recently finished: 3-printed buildings and military units for the board game King of New York:

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Nginx as origin for S3 with authentication, with CDN on top

We recently had a small problem with our content delivery system. The setup is as follows: – AWS S3 bucket that requires authentication – EC2 instance, running Nginx with ngx_aws_auth – ELB load balancer in front of the EC2 instance … Continue reading

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Nginx: Reject request if header is not present

It was surprisingly difficult to find a full working example of this, so here’s my take on “How to make Nginx require that a certain header is present with a certain value in the incoming request”: nginx.conf: http { map … Continue reading

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Obi-Wan Kenobi’s flashlightsaber

I happened to find this 3D-printable model of Obi-Wan Kenobi’s lightsaber, so I decided to see if me and my 3D-printer were up to the task. There’s also an article about designing the lightsaber model in the Ultimaker blog.

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Inns and Cathedrals added to the tile counter

The Carcassonne tile counter I made a year ago has now been extended with tiles from the Inns and Cathedrals extension: Tile counter incl. Inns and Cathedrals.

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Wooden Tsuro tiles

Well, plywood, really. With printed paper glued on top to make the paths. What I actually want is a set of tiles where the paths and the background are made of different coloured wood veneer, but that would require investing … Continue reading

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The number of uses of the word “fuck” in Tim Minchin’s “The Pope Song”

This is a breakdown of how many times Tim Minchin uses the word “fuck” or some derivative thereof during the performance of “The Pope Song”, as performed in the Royal Albert Hall with The Heritage Orchestra. The lyrics have 454 … Continue reading

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Carcassonne tile counter

While playing Carcassonne this Christmas, the discussion turned towards optimal playing, and how that would require memorizing the distribution of different tiles in the deck, as well as keeping in mind which tiles have already been played. We thought that … Continue reading

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OS X 10.10 Yosemite phones home

After OS X 10.10 Yosemite came out, a lot of people noticed the OS sending private information to Apple’s servers without the user’s consent. I haven’t updated to Yosemite yet, and I might not update at all, largely because of … Continue reading

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