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!


Eagle Eyes Adventure Goggles!

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!


Another Round of Thoughts in Monte Cristi

Submitted by eagle on Thu, 12/05/2019 - 17:51

An idea I had, not sure if it already exists: make 3D graphics (either for display on a screen, or 3D printing) that represent the sound wave of a song or other audio. A cube shows a graph of the wave, like mountains or a terrain.

Another idea: 3D print a small house, e.g. 1 cm cube size. When people ask me where I live, pull it out and answer, "aqui mi casa!" ("here's my house!").

Jejej. As I was working, some animals walked up to me along the sidewalk. I was about to shoo them away, thinking they were dogs, but it turns out they were goats! Goats have strange eyes.

Dominican companies don't seem to believe in having as many layers of packaging as American companies do. I often open a product, such as the bizcocho (pound cake) ice cream tub I just opened, thinking there will be a protective seal underneath the cover, only to find that it opens directly into the product.

I feel like some companies cater to the Dominican market (and other developing economies) by making products in smaller, more affordable packages. Yet, some other products come in larger formats, which I guess at least offers economies of scale.

Here, marketing is often conducted by people driving around in trucks while blaring announcements.

Interesting to see which American or international companies do better here or in other countries. Coca-Cola seems like one of the most international American companies. Lays, too. Google, Facebook, and WhatsApp are other common brands.

Energy drinks cost less here. The local ones often cost around half a dollar per bottle. The American or international ones often cost a dollar or two per bottle.


Eagle Eyes Adventure Goggles: Another Session!

Submitted by eagle on Wed, 12/04/2019 - 21:48

It's so hot & humid, I don't feel like doing much (but am doing stuff anyways).

My hands get so sweaty that using a laptop touchpad is prone to problems.

The insects like the humidity!

I'm now reworking the goggles to make them more fit for printing!

Maybe I'm getting older, becoming more balanced. I don't want to work too hard or insufficiently hard. Instead, a medium amount.

I'm gaining some knowledge from doing these goggles. I hope also to make something of enduring use. However, it's costing tons of opportunity. I guess I was going for a challenge anyways. Next year, more practical?

It's interesting as I go back to address various issues, seeing the frame from a different perspective!

Once you have a shape, you can modify it more easily!


Eagle Eyes Adventure Goggles!

Some More Thoughts

Submitted by eagle on Tue, 12/03/2019 - 21:07

I think soda makes my teeth and digestion feel worse than other beverages, even including sugary and caffeinated beverages like coffee or energy drinks.

It seems to get loud in the afternoon. I guess that's when the noisy people wake up.

I feel like I've been getting considerably more done on a daily basis while staying in one spot than while traveling. I think that's a common occurrence. I hope that I can keep a solid schedule next time I'm back on the road!

Republica Dominicana (and I think other Latin countries) have a common cookie that's like an Oreo, only it tastes better and costs less. I've been eating them like crazy, plus putting them in my cereal (a tasty combination). Yesterday I also put rum raisin ice cream in my cereal!

Often while traveling, due to variations in my personal circumstances and the social circumstances, I wind up having considerably less or more money than the people near me, feeling either rich or poor but not average. I guess that goes along with doing non-average activities.

So many beautiful places on this Earth!

Wherever I go, I often find places that make me want to stay there, at least for a while.

I often decide to go on not long after. I think it's important to take in beauty on the go.

Appreciating beauty as an attitude, rather than an activity like going to the museum.

I feel like I have had numerous struggles, yet also numerous achievements.

Work can pay dividends!


A Romeo Santos Weekend

Submitted by eagle on Mon, 12/02/2019 - 19:04

Another rainy night.

After Monte Cristi, I'm planning to spend more nights indoors, fewer nights camping.

Now, work!

What a weekend!

Went to see Romeo Santos, who had a concert here. Seems that he's touring small towns in Republica Dominicana. Great minds think alike!

Here's to a new month, and in the Eagle Gamma calendar, a new quarter!


Eagle Eyes Adventure Goggles: Version 0.8!

Submitted by eagle on Thu, 11/28/2019 - 22:03

Another day in Monte Cristi!

Doing some more work!

I'm going through changes. As I stay in one place, I'm working on myself, traveling in other ways.

I'm getting set to work on the goggles again!

This may be my last chance to edit the goggles this month!

It can be difficult to get going on a project.

I want to make these goggles so that I have a design that fits my face.

I hope also the faces of others.

They look solid to me!

I want to expand the strap holders.

That's functionality.

The style, there are a few areas that I want to edit. However, I may leave those for future iterations.

I find it hard to find a productive working environment.

Often, the places with resources (wifi, AC, water, etc.) are busy, loud places.

To a certain extent, one has to work anyways, regardless of the environment.

However, I think that some environments are so "dirty" that one loses instead of gains by working in them.

After a while of fighting, I found a way that I think works to angle back the frame!

Introduces some more tough stuff, but I think I like this!

After a bunch more work, I now have a larger holder!


Here's another draft, let's call it version 0.8!

This has the basic features that I wanted. Still presumably numerous adjustments before finishing.

Some imagery!



Eagle Eyes Adventure Goggles!

Eagle Eyes Adventure Goggles: Another Session!

Submitted by eagle on Wed, 11/27/2019 - 20:49

Now working on the goggles again!

I'm aiming to make the appropriate frame shape. Then, print!

I think it's now starting to look somewhat more aquiline!

I make some edits by hand, others by calculation. Each has its advantages. Working with concrete numbers enables one to reach exact locations, and makes it easier to adjust or reproduce results. Working manually enables one to reach outcomes that look or feel appropriate, and to work more flexibly.

I now feel like I can modify this design as I desire.

When first working on it, I felt like I had to think through each maneuver beforehand. Now I have more freedom!

I've often been reluctant to throw away work. However, one benefits from doing the work itself, such that it's often easy enough to regain the lost work, plus a fresh start.

In this case, the manual adjustments gave me some sense of how I want the shape. However, I messed up in a choice I made to switch editing from one source side to the other. As a result, I have to redo these steps. I'm going to use numbers, so that I have a repeatable process. It's ok to make mistakes. That's part of how we learn.

Many difficulties along the road!

The model now feels real, physical, to me.

Like I can hold it in my hands, wear it on my face.

I'm having difficulty getting the frame to curve around the face in a way that I want. Also, I'm getting to like the flat look. Considering just leaving it flat, at least for the first run.

I kind of like this version. I'm tempted to leave the geometry/shape. That would leave only working to fix other aspects of the model.

Looking at the model with a photo of my face underlaid, the goggles look phallic. Not sure that I want to wear these!

Maybe it looks different in person. :)


Eagle Eyes Adventure Goggles!


Eagle Eyes Adventure Goggles!


Eagle Eyes Adventure Goggles!


Eagle Eyes Adventure Goggles!

Eagle Eyes Adventure Goggles!

More Headway in Monte Cristi!

Submitted by eagle on Wed, 11/27/2019 - 20:47

It looks like the 150 days would end on December 28, so maybe Friday December 27 would be my last available date for leaving Republica Dominicana.

As we practice, we improve!

Plausibull (n.): Fakery that makes sense.

Step by step!

Continuing to work, here in Monte Cristi, Republica Dominicana!

It's so convenient to have a consistent place to work, stay, etc. I'm considering spending much longer in one place, then carrying on!

We continue to make minor adjustments. Occasionally, we reach breakthroughs, making more major adjustments!

Another loud day full of mistakes!

Plans often go awry. It's important to have alternative plans.

Our understandings are limited.

So, let's make do as best we can.

Keep at it!

Eagle Gamma - November 27, 2019!