More Challenges on the Goggles and Travels

Submitted by eagle on Tue, 12/17/2019 - 22:22

Went back to the phone shop, where they said they'd have a phone. Nope. Maybe tomorrow.

Went back to the bike shop. Blew the morning finding out that the town doesn't have any parts for my bike. Maybe buy a different bike. The mechanic offered to get me laid. Bike shop/brothel?

Went for a ride on the mechanic's motorcycle, to look at a bike for sale. The bike seller wasn't there, but the motorcycle ride was fun!

Seems that spoken Creole is much harder than written Creole, as with other languages. I tried speaking with my Haitian avocado women. Somewhat understandable, but difficult.

I'm finding it informative to read about Creole in French. Also, my French remains rusty!

The verb conjugation, adjective matching, etc., seem way easier in Creole than in French. Instead of je parle, tu parles, ils parlent, etc., m pale, ou pale, li pale, etc.!

Now trying to get the goggles into their printable shape!


I now have a version that I think contains more or less the ready components!

Still more to fix!!!!!


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Ongoing Activities: Travel, Goggles!

Submitted by eagle on Mon, 12/16/2019 - 21:27

Oreo-style cookies on bread:Nutella::Crunchy peanut butter:Smooth peanut butter.

Went to bike shop. "No parece" ("We don't carry those parts.") Walked to various other places, still no parts.

Went shopping. My avocado women asked about me, as I hadn't shown up over the weekend. I'd thought of them, too.

Went to the phone shop. No phone. Maybe tomorrow.

It's hard to go shopping in the Caribbean. Often there isn't anything.

Last full week before heading for the border! Here we go, Haiti!

The weather's so fine, I feel like doing nothing.

Warm air, cool breeze.

Doing stuff anyways!

Went back to the bike shop. They had a fixer-upper bike that they offered. "How much?" I asked. "I don't know," mumbled the person. I asked the other worker, a mechanic. "Ask the guy inside," he said. After the runaround, it turned out that the owner wasn't there. Go back tomorrow.

I'm reading up somewhat on Haitian. The language is fun to read. I can make out a solid chunk of it on the basis of my half-forgotten French!

I don't know exactly why Haitian Creole makes me laugh. It's like reading a funny way of writing French, but when you pronounce it you figure out the word, often with an African accent!

For example: "jiskaprezan". "Just ce qu'a present". "Up to now."

I'd say I can make out about 70-80% of text that I read.

Feels different in a different week, after rest!

Our brains get to know ourselves.

Just found a fix for a problem I was having with the goggles. Thanks to advice from other people, and continuing to work!


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Eagle Eyes Adventure Goggles: Version 0.9!

Submitted by eagle on Fri, 12/13/2019 - 20:54

"I'm ready to wear a pair of these!"

My thoughts on seeing latest draft.

I think that the frame shape is almost but not quite there.

To a certain extent, I'm just adjusting by eye.

Also, measuring.

After making larger changes, fine-tuning.

One notices any slight discrepancies.

It feels wrong.

There's a palpable sense of relief when a problem is ironed out.

I feel Japanese or something, fine-tuning.

Such a different way of working for me.

I feel like I now have the rough shape. After all that refining!

We'll see. This fine-tuning isn't my fine point.

I feel like the shape is now more or less the same as the lens. Still unsure how precise it has to be. I guess it's time to get to the next step!

Here's version 0.9!


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Working through Distractions

Submitted by eagle on Wed, 12/11/2019 - 21:18

Conflicts seem parts of stuff, so instead of just getting stuck on wanting them gone, deal w/ it.

I often have a hard time with loud noises.

It's part of my sensitive nervous system.

Instead of getting upset, I'm aiming to incorporate the noises more into my routines, my ability to function.

For example, to ride sudden bursts of noise towards productive actions.

Or, to let disruptive noises through, then return to task.

What bothers you? How do you handle it?


More Commentary from Monte Cristi!

Submitted by eagle on Tue, 12/10/2019 - 21:46

Feels like not much left here!

Probably only a couple more weeks before I leave town.

Some people setting up mirrors and paintings across the street, looks like for sale.

Delicious foods in Republica Dominicana! Boiled starches (rice, yucca/casava, spaghetti, etc.), breads, fruits, vegetables, etc. For decent prices!

The goats here seem to herd themselves. Not sure if that's normal goat behavior.

Keep at it!


Approaching Printing!

Submitted by eagle on Tue, 12/10/2019 - 21:44

There are in general distractions. If one wants to accomplish something, one has to go ahead anyways.

I'm continuing to refine the design.

It's hard, especially for a clumsy guy like me, to adjust the fine details.

Still, it's coming together!

I'm not even sure what the tolerance is for this thing.

I guess I'll go for approximately correct, then see how the objects feel!

Here's the latest draft!

Still some more revisions remaining.

Looking solid!


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More Thinking in Republica Dominicana!

Submitted by eagle on Mon, 12/09/2019 - 21:41

Bad music, barking dogs, and other gross noises make me sick.

"Some guy w/ a peace sign. Or a Mercedes logo."

"Oh no, not eating my vegetables!"

"Oh no,  not getting exercise!"

Things that reasonable people should exclaim instead of worrying about murder, etc.

I'm messy, sloppy, lazy, etc. We all have our failings. I think it's important to know one's own failings, and I think that it can improve one to admit it. Not to focus too much on it, though.

Impoetant :)

People often have irrational fears about foreign places. However, Haiti does have some serious problems. I predict that I'll like the country more than people often warn me about, but not as much as some other countries like Mexico.

After Haiti, I plan to get back to RD, see southwestern Republica Dominicana.

Then, other islands!

I like planning. It's one of my favorite parts of travel.

Even when I'm tired of travel itself, needing a break, I still like daydreaming.

Looking at maps & calendars.

Figuring out whenwhere to go!

There are some heart-stopping moments whenever a laptop gets exposed to large amounts of water! Especially if the battery is low or there are other confusing factors.

Luckily, this laptop runs!

It's funny to go to the bank in developing countries. I just used an ATM to withdraw 10,000 pesos! Made me feel rich. Hard even to count the zeroes while using the ATM. However, the ATM failed. So did the two other ATMs nearby!

Off to another fun week!


Eagle Eyes Adventure Goggles: Another Session!

Submitted by eagle on Mon, 12/09/2019 - 21:33

I think it's important to do the work that leads to one's larger goals, even when it feels difficult.

Getting set to do some more work on the goggles!

I have a new idea for how I want to make the beak/nose!

Came up with it over the weekend. We'll see how it goes. Often the best ideas happen on weekends!

"I think that looks kinda cool."

My mental reaction on seeing the latest model.

I have a beak design that I like!

May go with it for the first print!

Still some more adjustments to make!


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Eagle Eyes Adventure Goggles: Preparing to Print!

Submitted by eagle on Fri, 12/06/2019 - 20:38

The goggles are coming along!

I'm continuing to revise, now in preparation for a first print run!

Tons of distractions.

I want to wear these!!!!!


Eagle Eyes Adventure Goggles!

It's hard work to make or improve a 3D design.

The tools are extremely powerful.

Yet, figuring out how to use them to accomplish your visions can be difficult.

Which makes it more rewarding when you do figure out improvements!

"This is tough as f*ck, but I can do it!"

My thoughts on dealing with the nose/beak.

You have to develop methods to deal with individual challenges.

It often takes sacrifices to get to one's goals.

It's slowly taking shape.

Quite nitpicky. Not my favorite/best type of work. But important!

The tools are there. It's a matter of how to use them!

Still struggling. I'm going to restart tomorrow using a different method, incorporating many of the lessons from these struggles.

(Er, maybe I'll restart next week!)

Often it takes numerous tries to get through tough parts!

I'm happy to see the goggles coming along!

I think I'm going to take at least another week to refine the model, so that it's ready for the first print run.

So many things to learn. This production of a print 3D object is far different than what I've done before. So far, I've done a fair amount of modeling, for 3D graphics that remain on computer screens, or in VR goggles. Now, going into the material environment, introduces questions such as materials, shipping, production techniques! Exciting!

After the first run, I plan to refine it further. I think that it's important to incorporate lessons from failures, or maybe a better way of saying that is to build on partial successes.

I'm optimistic!

If this works out well, I'm tempted to take on more 3D print projects. However, I think I'll lean more towards continuing to develop these goggles instead of starting more projects. It's something that I can use a ton. Other people may also benefit. As much as I like starting new projects, I think that one can make better products by focusing on one.

I'm also learning more about the importance of working with bigger systems, other people. I've often preferred working on my own. For these goggles, I can see how it requires so many people, technologies, etc., that it's quite important to collaborate!

This is a passion project for me. Yet, I also want to make it into something bigger & better!