Adventures in Ender 3 Pro Noise Reduction (plus a Review)

I recently acquired an Ender 3 Pro. I was immediately impressed with how nicely organized everything is with it. Granted, the last printer I actually bought was one of the very first MakerBot kits. Anyway, I love my little Ender 3 Pro. As someone who’s done a lot of custom printer work, I couldn’t help but make changes, as much as I bought this machine specifically with the intent of changing nothing.

In my case, I decided to try to keep the machine looking fairly stock. I like mods that are subtle but high-impact.

Here’s a video I’ve made to largely convey the same noise reduction info that’s in this post, plus a bit of an overall review:

Here’s a quick list of the changes that I made that have substantially reduced the noise generated by this machine.

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Maine Coon Kitty Hunt: Round 3

Here’s the sequel to my last Maine Coon Kitty post, round 2 (here)

After the wild success following our adoption of our (first) awesome Maine Coon, from Major Tom Maine Coons located in Nova Scotia Canada, we decided to adopt another kitten from this awesome breeder.

I’m now finding I’m getting asked from folks looking for a good breeder for comments on my experience with Major Tom Maine Coons. So I decided to create this post to help aid in my replies.

First, I’ll review the first kitty. Then introduce the second and finally discuss why I like this breeder.

Maine Coon Kitten #1: Whiskey

The first kitten we adopted contains to thrive and grow. She’s got a bubbly-happy personality and she jackie-chan sprint-climbs, like a mountain goat, high on caffeine.

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Maine Coon Kitty Hunt: Round 2

Following our initially discouraging attempt to get our first Maine Coon kitten (discussed in my Maine Coon Kitty Hunt: Round 1 post), we kept pushing and made connections with various Maine Coon Breeders that were all very easy to talk to and seemed quite knowledgeable.

After another several weeks, it all came together wonderfully we and we now have a little ~11week old Maine Coon kitten.

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Decent Fiction

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

Upon my recent acquisition of a Kobo eReader, I’ve been recreationally reading quite a lot lately. Two books I recently finished reading were Ender’s Game and Pirates Latitudes. Both were entertaining in their own right.

Ender’s Game

Ender’s Game is a classic Sci-Fi novel that I’ve heard referred to on multiple occasions. It seems to be a classic favorite amongst the geek crowd. I had high expectations of it and upon reading it, found it to be reasonably predictable. THAT said, I really quite enjoyed it. I often found myself thinking: “I knew they’d do that! .. huh, that’s STILL awesome”.

The novel is written in the form that I think makes for a good story – that is, in being a sci-fi, the ‘technology’ involved is only a plot device. The story is about people, perceptions and human nature. It’s a powerful commentary that I feel warrants at least a single read. I think I’ll find myself re-reading this book every few years.

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