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I was recently invited by AT&T to a 3D printing demo at their Innovation Center downtown. I couldn't attend -- but I sent my single, educated, financially stable neighbor, Stephen, in my place. He's into technology and 3D printing and gladly represented RHNOVA :)
guest post by Stephen "the big" Diehl
3D or not 3D, that is the question...at least that was the question posed by AT&T representatives at their Innovation Center in Washington, DC. I had the privilege of attending a presentation where AT&T reps demonstrated 3D printing capabilities. AT&T strives to stay current with the latest technologies and innovations and have partnered with Cubify in order to bring 3D printing to the masses.
The basic process demonstrated is as follows:
1. Get a 3D model file (either downloaded from a website such as thingiverse.com or for the more industrious DIYers, design one yourself using CAD-type 3D modeling programs).
2. Import the 3D model file into your 3D printer either wirelessly or via a USB drive and select the correct file from the 3D printer's interface screen.
3. Click GO!
Depending on the size and intricacy of the design, the printing process can take minutes or hours. Looking for a unique gift idea? Print out an iPhone case customized with the recipient's name. Having out-of-town visitors stay over? Print out their own Washington Monument model as a keepsake from their visit to DC--that was one of the items AT&T hooked us up with.
My overall thoughts of 3D printing is that while we are still far away from "The Jetsons" and having a 3D printed cheeseburger materialize on a whim, we are getting closer. Food has been 3D printed including chocolate and pizza--no accounting for how it tastes. :) It will be interesting to see if every house ends up having a 3D printer like a "chicken in every pot" but the industrial and medical applications are limitless. The medical community
has already 3D printed partial faces, limbs, organs, and things like ears. Geeky side note: The ears are pretty cool--3D ear structures are printed and attached to the patient's skull. The patient's own skin/tissue then grows up and around the structure which slowly dissolves leaving a new and natural looking ear in place.
A 3D printer could prove invaluable aboard a spaceship should the crew need to manufacture a replacement part. That ability *could* also translate to the ability to manufacture replacement parts at home--how cool would it be to be able to download a replacement part design from your washing machine maker's website and print it out and fix your washing machine yourself? The possibilities are endless and can involve much more than simply making paperclips, juicers, and combs.
Additional technical notes: The demonstrated 3D printer is produced by Cubify which uses special cartridges similar to inkjet printers. Each cartridge retails for $40-50 and contains enough plastic material to print an entire chessboard worth of chess pieces. There are other 3D printers on the market (including those owned by this author's friend) which use spools of plastic and can handle multiple colors at the same time. Other more industrial printers are available that can work with other substances such as metal which can be used to mass produce intricate metal working such as ornate drawer pulls. Now if we could only figure out how to use a 3D printer to print other 3D printers we could RULE THE WORLD! BWAHAHAHA! (END NERD JOKE)
Disney on Ice returns to the Verizon Center to celebrate 100 Years of Magic. Unfortunately, I couldn't personally make it to opening night tonight due to the impending snow -- so I sent a friend in my place. As usual, the skaters of Disney on Ice put on a great show for the kids. It's so great to get to see the magic of Disney live :)
If you'd like to take your family, there are several more shows running through Monday night.
· Thursday, February 13 @ 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
· Friday, February 14 @ 7:30 p.m.
· Saturday, February 15 @ 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
· Sunday, February 16 @ 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
· Monday, February 17 (President’s Day) @ 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Verizon Center Ticket Prices: $80.00 (Front Row)/ $55.00 (VIP)/ $30.00 / $20.00
Venue/Ticket Information: Tickets can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets via charge, by phone at 800-745 -3000; via www.ticketmaster.com; and at the Verizon Center box office.
To discover more about Disney On Ice, go to www.disneyonice.com.
I am a Feld Family Ambassador and I was provided complimentary tickets to the show and media events in exchange for posting about the events.
I'm traveling overseas next month, and while most of my stay will be in a 5-star hotel, I'll also be makling a few pit stops at lesser known destiantions before I get to Dubai. I've been reading so many traveler reviews stating that no matter where you go, you ALWAYS have to check for bedbugs. I've never seen any and don't know much about them, so I asked Patty Pierleonardi from Pest Management Services, Inc to give me the inside scoop of how to avoid bedbugs while traveling.
Last week, I was invited into Red Lobster to check out their Lobsterfest promotions at a media dinner. I have not been to a Red Lobster in maybe... 15 years. Probably longer actually. I'm not sure why either since I really like seafood.
I took my girlfriend as a +1 and met with the Red Lobster team at Dulles. I was so happy to arrive and see my friend Sarah from Capitally Frugal join us at our table for dinner with her +1. It was like an impromptu girls night out!
We were served everything you could imagine, including Lobster Pizza, Dueling (stuffed) Lobster Tails, Coconut Lobster Tails, and even a Bar Harbor Lobster Bake with scallops and shrimp over linguine. And, since it was somewhat family style, we didn't feel bad just having a few bites of each dish and passing it on. My two favorite items of the night were the Sweet Chili Shrimp appetizer and the Surf and Turf with a stuffed lobster tail (pictured below). I like anything spicy, so the shrimp was right up my alley... but not everyone at the table could handle the heat.
Red Lobster finished the night by serving three desserts: Key Lime Pie, Red Velvet Cake, and a Chocolate Wave with vanilla ice cream. I could hardly take more than one bite of any of the desserts after... but you can never go wrong with Key Lime Pie!
After the event ended, my friend and I hit up the bar and grabbed a drink with the super-friendly bartender, Chuck. He made us some kind of rum concoction called a Hurricane (not to be confused with the 40oz malt liquor drink that was super cheap in college).
I actually had a really fun night out with great food, great drinks, and great company! I probably shouldn't wait such a long time before visiting another Red Lobster again :)
In 2014, we're hosting a Real Housewives of Northern Virginia Meet Up on the last Thursday of each month (mark your calendars now!)
The next Meet Up will be at HOOKED in Sterling on Feb 27th at 6:00 p.m.
Please RSVP by joining the Facebook event page: RHNOVA February Meet Up
If you missed the January Meet Up, you can see some of the pics here!
Having previously been an Executive with Target Corporation and armed with an accounting and research background, it was an easy move into the pest control industry 15 years ago for Patty Pierleonardi. As Pest Management Services, Inc, was passed down to Patty and her husband by her father-in-law, Patty knew that her corporate experience could lead the path to success and growth within her family-owned business.
“I couldn’t believe the great customer service potential in the pest control industry." Patty found that she enjoyed helping families with serious infestations that often result in sickness. On top of the rewarding work, she soon realized she had built a second family, "I love all of our employees like they are my brothers and sisters - and have established relationships with many customers over the years that I still call family.” It's clear that with Patty at the helm, PMSI has been picked in the Best Picks Book for 2014 and is established as a Quality Pro pest control company for a reason.
Describe yourself in three words:
Motivated, excited, caring
What do you consider your greatest professional achievement?
I expanded the company into Garrett County, MD which has been a personal and professional goal for me. I was born and raised there and it feels great to be able to contribute to the well-being of the Garrett County community. I have also sponsored events to promote our business in Garrett County, such as the Autumn Glory festival and the upcoming 2014 ICF World championships for Canoe/Kayak that will take place in Garrett County. It’s great to have a positive presence in my hometown!
What are your professional goals for the next six months?
The next six months will focus on detailed marketing and creating more awareness and exposure to our mold extermination program. Mold is a huge problem and a lot of people are becoming sick and dying due to mold in their homes. People need to be aware that there is a solution and we have it.
How does your company stay connected through social media?
We have our Facebook page which keeps our customers up to date with current specials, seasonal pest problems they may encounter, and information about our company and our employees.
What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
I have always wanted to open up a coffee and cupcake shop! I have also thought of a small coffee/book store since I love of reading with a cup of coffee in hand.
What website do you visit every day?
I visit Facebook to keep in touch with friends and family, and to see how everyone’s lives are going. Pinterest is amazing, I get tons of recipe and design ideas from there and its fun to find things I would never have thought of myself! I also enjoy women2.com- it has tons of great articles for businesswomen, and gives lots of great advice for women trying to start up their own businesses.
What is your favorite drink- and where can you find it in NOVA?
I am a coffee girl at heart; I can’t function without my daily dose of Starbucks, but I do love Market Street Coffee Shop in Purcellville. It’s warm and cozy, just how I like it! I like any drink with caramel in it!
What are your top 3 favorite people/places/things in NOVA?
-My favorite restaurant is Palios in Leesburg, their food is incredible and the atmosphere is cozy and romantic.
-For a quick moment of relaxation, I enjoy Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa in Reston/Fairfax. They have an excellent staff and you feel refreshed and ready for the next day when you leave there after a massage or facial.
-My favorite people are Holly Chapple of Chapel Designers and Christie McQuire from Events in the City. We have become friends after the planning of my daughter’s wedding last year. These two ladies are the definition of amazing, in both work ethic and spirit. They will be involved in planning every party for the rest of my life!
What is your goal for retirement?
Retirement is so far away that I can’t really imagine it yet. Eventually, my plan is to own a beach home and work from there part time while my children run the company full time. Until then, I will continue to push forward to maintain a successful business for my entire family to enjoy.
Do you have any advice for women who would like to start their own company?
Everything starts with a dream. I say, GO FOR IT. I am a true believer in passion and drive, and having a mother who was passionate and driven has taught me that successful women are known to get what they want with these qualities. My advice is to create a plan, stick to it, and surround yourself with great supporters and lots of coffee!
Tomorrow, February 6th, is actually National Frozen Yogurt Day! Menchies is giving yogurt-lovers six free ounces of their custom combination! All day, guests are invited to bring in the coupon available on the brand’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/mymenchies) and create the perfect dessert with premium rotating flavors and more than 70 mouthwatering toppings.
With multiple locations across Northern VA, fro-yo fans can find the closest location here: http://www.menchies.com/yogurt-shop-our-locations