Beware of Fraud

Last night I got the text message shown below. It is obviously fraud. They want you to click the link so they can: a) steal your data; b) install malware, ransomware, and/or a virus on your device; or c) sell you something.

How do I know it is fraud: First, I don’t have a Debit card with Chase. Second, none of the financial institutions I deal with send text messages with a 10 digit number. Third, there is a space before the semi-colon. Fourth, I get text messages and notifications every time a charge is made on my card.

How can you protect yourself? Never click on a link in a text message. If you are worried about your account, go directly to the website or log on to their app. Get notified when charges are made on your card. You maybe able to detect fraudulent charges before the financial institution.

3D Design of Houmas House

Here it is!  This is what I have been working on since May 14.

I selected the Houmas House in Louisiana because it is one of the most beautiful and peaceful areas in Louisiana, and because I had a bunch of pictures.

I worked on it about 20 minutes per day.  On July 3, disaster happened.  For some reason the image was locked.  I could not make any changes.  This event was very discouraging until I decided to see if I could “duplicate” the design in the program.  Success, I now had a copy of the original that I continued to develop.  I also decided to create parts of the design in other files and import them into the design so it would load faster.

I designed it so it could be 3D printed; each floor, the post and steps, the railing, the original building in the back.  One day soon, I may try to print it.   The stairs will not print, not enough support structure.  Everything in the design, is no smaller that .4 mm.

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This is the view from the front door.  I decided to make the windows panes transparent so the inside of the house could be viewed through the windows.

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The house is not exacted.  I did not have pictures of some of the areas of the house.

This is the design in Tinkercad.  It will take a while to load because there are numerous parts. Houmas House

Here are a couple picture of the Houmas House.
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Balloon Cart

Three years ago, I designed this Balloon Cart in Tinkercad.  I thought I would feature it in this blog because I been finishing up another similar project.  This design has been downloaded numerous times from Tinkercad.  I think they are just after my balloons.

Here is the link to view it in Tinkercad:  Balloon Cart

This link will let you view it in MakerBot Thinkverse:  Balloon Cart

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I do not believe that it can be 3D printed without some tinkering.

https://www.tinkercad.com/embed/lsOGqEv4J22?editbtn=1

Inktober 2019

Here is my Inktober Drawing for 2019.  It was done on a 20×16 Bristol Board.  I used the Zentangle method for the drawing.  I marked the four corner, drew wavy lines and circles.  I made sure there was 31 sections and use the 2019 Zentangle Inktober list to fill one section a day.  On October 31, I shaded all section of the drawing.  Below is the results.

20191122_155116.jpg I also did mini (3.5″ x 3.5″) drawings for Inktober.  I used the list provided by Pattern-Collection website.  Those drawings are on the Drawings page.

 

Autoplay Videos – Argh

I can read faster than I can watch a video.  There are numerous sites where the video automatically start playing – first the ad then the video.  I can read usually read an article in the 20 to 30 seconds duration of the advertisement.  However, if I try to read the article, the video seems to act like a little child saying “No, no watch me! Watch me!”

I have learned how to disable the auto play of videos.

Microsoft Edge:

  • Launch Microsoft Edge
  • Click the three dots in top right corner or press Alt+X
  • Click Settings
  • Click Advanced
  • Under Media autoplay select your preference from the drop down box.

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  • If you select Block, it will warn you “Some sites might not work as expected.”  This will prevent the videos from autoplaying.  You will need to click the video to play it.

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Chrome:

The Chrome browser settings did not have an option to turn off autoplay.  It is done on their “flags” page.

  • Launch Google Chrome
  • In the address bar type: chrome://flags/#autoplay-policy and press Enter.

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  • The flags screen will be displayed with Autoplay policy at the top of the screen.

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  • Under the dropdown list, select your preference.  To stop autoplay, select “Document User Activation is Required”.  The video on a website will not play unless it is clicked.

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  • Click “RELAUNCH NOW”

What I did not test was, if I was logged onto my Google or Microsoft account, if changing these settings would propagate across all devices.

 

Sarah’s Roomba

In 2011, I created a Facebook page for my Roomba.  My Roomba has many adventures, most about getting trap under furniture and shut inside rooms.  The page had many post for a few years, but alas things happens;  Roomba gets put in a box, taken out, and ignored.

A few weeks ago, I cleaned my Roomba’s brushes and changed its batteries.  Now the daily adventures with the Roomba continues.  Most of the adventure involve blocking it’s access or getting it unstuck.  Still, you have to enjoy the moments, even if it is with a small robot.

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Here is the link to follow the Roomba’s Adventure:  Sarah’s Roomba Page

Now, I just need to work on the robot that daily goes from room to room cleaning the toilets.

Klingon Adventures – Part 2

I am not a Klingon.  I did not marry a Klingon, but my sister did.  Over the rIntaH DIS (past year)  Kur’Den and his be’nal (wife) ‘u’ leng (traveled the universe) looking for qaD (challenges).  Upon their visits to jISop Daq ‘ej leS yoS (places to eat and areas of rest) they ta mIllogh (recorded pictures) of belmoH poch (pleasant plants) and chaH Daqvo’ targhHom (transmitted them back to me).

Here are a few of the belmoH poch:

I took the flower pictures and Kur’Den’s official photo and made him a plaque.  Below is Kur’Den, Tuq BelmoH Yotlh (Clan Pleasant Pastures)!

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No, he will not take his Batleth to my mong (neck).  Kur’Den has received many unique and interesting gifts from me that he batlh bey’ (displays with honor).

Yes, he did send me a human version of the sign.

Seed of Life

My latest 3D project was to print a sphere with the Seed of Life Design on in.  I created it in Tinkercad; Seed of Life. On the bottom of the object I left a 12 mm hole for a LED light.

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It took me numerous attempts to get it printed.  Finally, I had to add supports to the sphere in Cura, the 3d slicing program, to get it to adhere to the plate.  Approximately 10 hours in to the 13 hours print, I noticed the translucent filament that the printer was using was about to run out.  I therefore replaced the filament with white.

Here is the final result.  The printer obviously needs some more adjusting.

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After I put the light in the bottom of the sphere, it look so good I made a video.  The video is posted on YouTube.  Seed of Life Video

Here are some pictures with the LED light.

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I posted the STL file on Youmagine for anyone to download.