Every Friday I share the five coolest things I’ve found on the web in the last week.
1 – The most portable watercolors set. Ever.
guest post by Jamie
I came across a video of these on a social media feed and it took forever to actually find how/where to order them. I love the idea that I can have a lightweight watercolor kit in my purse, kayak or glove box for those moments of on the go inspiration. It is currently a reasonably priced Indiegogo campaign – we ordered two sets for $30. Other, much bulkier, portable watercolor kits run about $15-$20. Delivery is anticipated in November 2017.
In the mean time, I’ll be experimenting with a DIY alternative using dissolving paper from Amazon. I’m going to try dripping ink pigments on it and letting it dry in the sun to see if I can achieve the same thing for less. Then I would cut out squares and keep them in an old Altoids tin – a trick I learned from a video on making travel soap kits with the same paper and soap.
2 – Ship your 3D print via UPS
I had to return some hardware via the UPS Store and noticed they had a 3D printer. Turns out you can now email them a model and have it printed at more than 60 UPS Store locations.
The location I was at has a Stratasys UPrint SEplus and pricing starts at $20.00 a print. I’m not sure if all locations use the same printer, but the price isn’t bad compared to other printing services, and the convenience of having the job done locally makes up for the difference.
Also, it’s kind of cool that you could ship a physical object in electronic form via UPS.
3 – Let’s Make Music with LMMS
LMMS is an open-source music authoring program for creating electronic music. It comes with a surprisingly large assortment of instruments and effects, and it’s available for Linux, Mac & Windows.
4 – XFCE Desktop Environment
I recently found myself stuck using Ubuntu MATE Linux instead of my favorite distro (Debian) and I got frustrated with the Gnome desktop so I looked for a lightweight alternative (which ruled out KDE) that I could switch to easily. XFCE was suggested to me on Mastodon so I gave it a try.
After spending a few days with it I have to say I like it. It’s easy to customize and performs well on limited hardware. If you’re running Linux on something without a lot of memory or processing power, give it a try.
5 – Parametric Pi holes
Not to be confused with the excellent PiHole ad blocker, this collection of OpenSCAD models make it easy to create mounting plates for all of the various Raspberry Pi form factors.
If you’ve ever had the need to mount a Pi to a project you’ll appreciate how much easier this is than trying to measure the board and create your own model from scratch. It would also make designing a universal mount (that supports any version of Raspberry Pi) a lot easier.