Alaskan Lupine in Iceland

I visited Iceland for a week on a class trip during the summer of 2016. One of the first things I noticed upon leaving the airport was the prevalence of the Alaskan lupine, a tall plant with beautiful violet flowers. It covered the fields, the mossy shores, and the mountainsides like an indigo wildfire. Our guide explained that although the plant was invasive, most Icelanders enjoyed the appearance of it and thus did little to prevent its spread. I lifted my camera to take more photographs of the plant, wholly agreeing with Icelanders’ sentiment.

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So I've been vlogging

At least, sort of. A few days before I left for my vacation, I made the decision to record as much of it as possible through vlogging. I wanted to record it because I have been absolutely addicted to the videos of Tokidoki Traveller lately. They’re so visually and auditorily pleasing, and Emma does a masterful job with the feeling her channel creates. It feels like she’s a close friend, and her viewers get to come right along on her journeys in Japan.

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LEGO Universe Reconstruction (universe.blake.earth)

I am building on the progress of the (now dysfunctional) LUNI team to create my own servers in a project called universe.blake.earth. I plan to release updates to both a modded client and a server. To download the files necessary to join me in my world, select an option and read the directions below.

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Garden Survey

I will be building an indoor garden for my AICE Design and Technology Final Design Project. Please take the this survey to help me research what aspects of gardening define what an indoor garden should accomplish in addition to design aspects of the garden. I appreciate your support!

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Your prints aren't sticking? Masking tape isn't working? Try this.

I was an amateur, and I couldn’t figure out why my prints weren’t sticking to my print bed. For a while, I panicked, wondering if one of those faulty G-Codes messed up my printer in some irrevocable way. After all, I’d tried (almost) everything: I must have leveled the plate 20 times, cleaned every little component with acetone, and even purchased a roll of blue masking tape to try to help the prints stick.

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FlashForge Creator Pro with Raspberry Pi and OctoPrint

I’ve connected my FlashForge Creator Pro to a Raspberry Pi using OctoPrint and opened the status to the public! To check on my printer history, active prints, temperatures, or just about any other aspect of the printer, click “3D Printing Status” in the navigation menu.

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Iceland's Thingvellir National Park

When I visited Thingvellir (spelled Þingvellir in Icelandic) National Park, it was clear that the place was a true natural wonder, both environmentally and geographically. Located near the fissure zone between the North American and Eurasian plates, the park provides both an educational experience and plenty of magnificent views. It’s also where much of Season 4 of ‘Game of Thrones’ was filmed!

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