Creator of Real Life Comics way back in 1999, and occasionally since then. Mover, shaker, and raconteur. Old™ of some repute. Enjoyer of things. 🏳️‍⚧️ she/her.

California, USA
Joined November 2018
Here it is - the final video showing the detail of my Warp Core Lamp! Sit back and enjoy the ambient womp-womp-womp, and then get a 3D printer and make one yourself! I'll drop the thingiverse link in the next tweet. #StarTrek
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Thingiverse Files: thingiverse.com/thing:519296… As mentioned in the Thingiverse link, this is a redesign of a previous lamp, but most of the files were completely remade from scratch by me. I will be adding code and additional info there soon.
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more trek! More Trek! MOAR TREK!
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We got our first computer when I was 10 (it was a shared family Christmas present) and Sid Meier’s Civilization was in my stocking. I have played more Civilization than almost any other game I’ve ever owned, pretty much juuuust behind the various MMO’s.
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Did a little final hand-painted detailing. Can’t have a warp core without @MikeOkuda‘s signature warning labels and detail lines, after all! (And yeah, they’re STUPIDLY small.)
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You can see the panel lines in a little more detail here.
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I’ll be posting a much more high-quality video tomorrow from the good camera, but for tonight, enjoy Warp 1. I rewrote the code entirely to make for a smoother energy flow, even though it doesn’t exactly match the look of the screen-used warp core.
WELL. Everything is painted and top coated. Nothing left for it but to do the final assembly!
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I’m about 90% certain the core on the actual set used some kind of neon tubes in the center, which would explain the stair-step effect you see. I still have the old code, so I may upload the whole thing eventually.
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Btw, this actually isn’t even my first Warp Core lamp. The one on the right was one of the first things I printed when Liz got me a FDM printer 7 or 8 years ago. It looks like garbage next to my new one. :)
WELL. Everything is painted and top coated. Nothing left for it but to do the final assembly!
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I made the core of that one using plain blue LEDs, and a small arduino board that I also powered with a secondary power port. Here’s a video I took of it back in the day. I hadn’t fully printed the side light bars of the MARC unit at this point.
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WELL. Everything is painted and top coated. Nothing left for it but to do the final assembly!
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Real Life Comic for January 14, 2022 reallifecomics.com/comic.php… Share and Enjoy!
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All wired up and test fit before painting and finishing! The core of this thing is a MESS, but it works, and that’s all that matters. Took me damn near 6 hours to finish. *dies*
Replying to @maegodhavemercy
A little more progress - only got 3 coils wired up before bed, but it looks good so far!
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Real Life Comic for January 12, 2021 reallifecomics.com/comic.php… Share and Enjoy!
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It ain’t much to look at, but it’s the rudiments of the code that will make the warp core work. :)
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A little more progress - only got 3 coils wired up before bed, but it looks good so far!
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And just... fuck, man, I just miss my goddamn mom. This is time we can never get back, and it's just being wasted because her husband is a stubborn asshole. Then I start to think "Am I being the stubborn one?" But no, asking for basic decency isn't stubborn.
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I just... don't see a way out of this morass. He's got it in his head that we were the rude ones, so I don't see an apology happening, and even if it did happen, there's a lot of hurt lying under the surface for the years of psychological abuse he caused when I was a kid.
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This is a lot to dump, and I'm not usually this open about my personal stuff, but it just fuckin' HURTS. I've broken down sobbing like four times today, so the nerve is very clearly raw even though it's been over a year. I just miss my mom. :(
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