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Stilt house and a gaggle of geese

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Last weekend, I visited my friend at her stilt house in Marin County. It was overcast, but still beautiful, and there was lots of wildlife on the water.

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I'm fascinated by all the communities of people living in houseboats or stilt houses, on various shores here in Northern California — there seem to be a lot of them (several weeks ago, we went to a party on a Sausalito houseboat, which was very cool — the houseboat was floating right in the San Francisco Bay). In contrast, my Marin friend's home is in a community perched atop a pretty marshland, and facing out onto a river-like finger of San Rafael Bay (no, that's not it in the picture below).

You walk down a long wooden boardwalk to get to her home. There are several blocks worth of boardwalk, and each home has its own mini boardwalk. As with the Sausalito houseboats, and each home has a different architectural style, and they are in varying states of repair. There are several geodesic dome type structures and A-frames.  My friend's place was originally a small home in San Francisco, built at the turn-of-the-century.

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A neighbor fed the geese and ducks.

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Kitties stalked.

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The birds were unafraid.

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Moddler printed some diamond earrings for me — they look great

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A couple weeks ago, I had just gotten some orders for black Wireframe Diamond Earrings. I was worried I wouldn't be able to fulfill the orders in time — my incoming order of black diamonds was late, because the machine my usual supplier uses to make them was down.

So I ordered some diamonds from Moddler, a small 3-D printing shop located right in San Francisco. Moddler's price per diamond is quite a bit more than my usual supplier's, but he can produce an identical product in 2 days! And I can just hop onto Muni to pick them up -– which is quite an advantage when you have a deadline.

Moddler is located in a nice brick warehousey building. John, the owner, is very friendly and helpful, and makes sure every piece is perfect — a one person business makes for great quality control.

As you can see, in the photo above, much of Moddler's business appears to be printing of avatars.

The space has great light.

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You can see his 3D printer in the background here.

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Printing with Moddler was a really good experience, and I would do it again.