6 foot hot wire foam cutter

I made a 6 foot long foam hot wire cutter for a project.

Finished product:



Hot wire connection point:IMG_3587


Power side:



The cut started out great! then went downhill as we moved left.


It stretched and drooped, sadly.



I’m planning on getting some thicker wire and trying it all again.


Cat Tax



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Cat Wheel activity tracker on Strava

My wheel from OneFastCat needed something. I wanted my cat to be able to compete on Strava with other cats but there was nothing available. Strava is a website and mobile app used to track athletic activity via GPS.

So, I made this system.

It is a breakbeam sensor connected with a Raspberry Pi computer. A fin on the outside of the wheel breaks the path of the sensor. Each rotation is mapped into a GPS location in the real world, moving 3.5 meters per rotation. After 100 seconds of no activity, the Raspberry Pi automatically upload’s to Toonces’ Strava page. The system resets automatically for the next wheel run.

Next up: Figuring a way for Toonces to run on the wheel without interaction from me. He can drive a car, but can’t run on a wheel.

Do you even Strava, cat?


3d Printed bracket for break beam sensor from Adafruit connected to Raspberry Pi breakout board.


Raspberry Pi B



Breakbeam sensor and Raspberry Pi installed under the OneFastCat cat wheel.


3d printed fin in PLA. Needed to cover the fin in gaffe tape so the IR beam would reflect.

Thanks to CrashSpace for giving me the push to get it done and the sweet writeup!

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Kevin & Mel!

Kevin + Mel
In less than a week I’ll be married to Melody! So happy.

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Welcome Maddie to the world!


My newest niece. So happy she and Jenn are healthy.

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Christmas Tree Siphon

I didn’t like the Christmas Tree watering options out there. None had everything I wanted, so I made my own version. Christmas Tree Siphon


It has been working great for over a week. Tree is all green and happy. I’m happy that I don’t have to go under the tree ever again.

Science is happy I used it. Feel free to make a version of your own.


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Time Warner Cable throttling server downloads

After much research, I’ve found that Time Warner Cable is throttling downloads to my server. Downloading the same 200MB zip file directly from my site, or through a proxy shows 4x speed up using a proxy server.


I’ve contacted Bluehost(my datacenter) and Time Warner Cable. Time Warner Cable’s tier 3 support said they do not throttle but had no idea why my issues were happening.

More information on this at my thread on reddit.

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