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Now I am become Tats, the Destroyer of Soldering Irons - Tactical Ninja

Apr. 8th, 2013

11:07 am - Now I am become Tats, the Destroyer of Soldering Irons

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This morning I got to work and checked my emails, only to find a reminder for an appointment at the other end of town in 3 minutes' time. Cue flailing and galloping and being 15 minutes late after discovering that the lifts in the Asteron Centre only have buttons on the outside. That's right, you press the floor you want at the bottom, then it tells you what lift to get in, and it takes you straight there. Neat idea, until someone like me comes along and gets into the first open one, and ends up in an unauthorised area.. *cough*

Anyway, it was a user testing interview for a service I've been receiving for about 4 years, and they gave me a $50 Prezi card for a 15-minute interview, and I reckon that's not a bad hourly rate and worth the 15 minute gallop to get there.


On Saturday I shore some sheep. It says something about my clientele that it's a novelty for me to shear bog standard Perendales. The thing about commercial breeds (as opposed to specialty breeds which is what most of my run consists of) is that they grow wool like whoah. So these sheep, despite having been shorn in December, now had another three inches grown. And while that's not all that long, by the time they lamb it'll be 4-5 inches, and the farm being on the flat means mud-dags and lambs sucking on mud-dags because the teats are hidden under all that wool, and that's not good for lambs. So they get a second shear in April and probably a belly crutch in August.

Anyway, there were 9 of them, and the first one was the biggest (it always is - consistently choosing the biggest means the job gets gradually easier). She didn't like being bent for the last side and registered her objection by straightening her spine at just the wrong moment, which picked me up off my feet (did I mention she was big?) and tipped me over. I landed ring-finger first on the concrete with my handpiece still in my hand, and made some cusswords because OWIEOWIEOWIE. I also still had my legs wrapped around her neck, so me and this sheep laid there groaning for a while, then we got up and finished the job. Then I put my head between my knees for a while to avoid fainting, because all the blood had rushed to my finger. It's still there, actually. I think the nail might go black and drop off.

But I didn't let go of the sheep and I didn't drop my handpiece on the concrete and break my comb, and I was able to finish the job for a score of me:9, sheep:1, so I count that as a win? Um.

Also, I did soldering. Remember how My First Wiring Loom was comparable to one's baby looking like Winston Churchill? Well by comparison, this one is Brad Pitt:



I realised there was a tidier and easier way to do it, so started again. Those numbers will eventually go up to L12, and then there'll be R1-12 on the other side, then they'll be joined in the middle by a cable that's not attached yet. In the process of doing this I learned that having your soldering iron going for several hours at a time is not good for it, especially if it's a $20 one from Bunnings. I now have a slightly more expensive, temperature controlled one, and as a result (and probably because of all the practice), my soldering is getting much tidier. And I'm starting to be on a first name basis with the folks at Jaycar.

After the success with The Loom That Will Henceforth Be Known As Brad Pitt, I felt brave enough to tackle the Magister's Staff. This is the one that took ages to put together because of having to cut the vanes from aluminium by hand with a coping saw, and has electronic gubbins and whatnot, and that just after I thought I'd got it sorted, it fell and got all broken and munted and I threw my toys and ignored it for a while. Yesterday, I picked my toys back up, including a voltmeter, and did some diagnostic testing. I discovered that one wire had broken, a switch was buggered, and that it wasn't anywhere near as bad as I thought it was. It still needs a switch, but the circuit works and I've put it back together in a stronger way, and had a brainwave about how to do the bottom bit, and I'm feeling optimistic about it again. And now, it's sitting somewhere safe.



If it falls out of there and breaks, I give up.

You can see Cold Blooded in there too. The ice part is finished, and now I'm making the metal ice-holder crenellated casing bits out of Bright!Yellow! Neoprene. You can sort of see the supporting rings in the picture, but here are the crenellations all up close and personal:



They need to be painted on the inside before being put on so the yellow doesn't show when it's moving around, so I'm hoping there'll be enough light tonight to get that done before it gets dark. Because the daylight savings being over means we have nights of getting home in the dark to look forward to. Joy.


Speaking of getting home in the dark, I think I might be getting old. You know how the end of daylight savings is supposed to be good because it gives you an hour to sleep in? Not me. I just woke up at 4:30am instead of 5:30am, with my body all ready to Get Up and Do Stuff! And my brain going "Body, what RU doin? Body, STAHP!" And my body not listening, fidgeting about until it came daylight and I could get up.

I am going to be hell on wheels when I'm old if I don't need to sleep. I will either make a lot of things or cause a lot of trouble. Possibly both.

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From:rivet
Date:April 7th, 2013 11:12 pm (UTC)
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I was up before dawn as well. I guess that means I'm well rested?
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From:tatjna
Date:April 7th, 2013 11:14 pm (UTC)
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I like to think of it that way. ;-)
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From:pombagira
Date:April 7th, 2013 11:48 pm (UTC)
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i woke up early this morning, i think it was because i was maybe stressing about daylight savings, and not wanting to be late to work.. or maybe that was a dream i was having..

*ponders this*
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From:tatjna
Date:April 7th, 2013 11:49 pm (UTC)
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Or maybe you are just used to waking up at that time and now the clock says it's an hour earlier..

Whatever happened to us all just sleeping till the alarm went off?
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From:richaarde
Date:April 8th, 2013 01:54 am (UTC)
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the lifts in the Asteron Centre only have buttons on the outside.

I've only seen that once, in an office building I went to on a work assignment about two years ago. Everyone that worked in the building hated them.
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From:tatjna
Date:April 8th, 2013 01:55 am (UTC)
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This is a pretty new building, I've never seen those kind of lifts before at all. When I came back down after my interview, there seemed to be a very large queue for the lifts given that there were 6 of them. They don't seem all that efficient.
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From:richdrich
Date:April 8th, 2013 07:56 am (UTC)
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Thing makers should actually realize that most of the things in the HHG are meant to be satirical, and even if the technology thirty years after its creation allows for such a thing, that doesn't mean you should actually make one.

(Unless it's an Infinite Improbability Drive, clearly)
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From:slavezombie
Date:April 8th, 2013 03:08 am (UTC)

Whatcha making?

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Just like me when I dropped a blow dryer in the bathroom. Huh, wha?! I haven't use that thing in years. Really. 'bout time I closeted it. But to cushion the fall so it wouldn't break, I stuck my foot underneath it. My poor pinky toe took the brunt of the blow. I was limping only slightly at work because the thing wasn't broken, just bruised. The blow dryer is fine.

Then a couple days pass of me whining to co-workers that I may have broke something when Kevin Ware is all over the news (and youtube) about how he sustained a compound fracture to his leg during a NCAA basketball game between Louisville and Duke.
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From:tatjna
Date:April 8th, 2013 03:12 am (UTC)

Re: Whatcha making?

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Yeah, I feel a bit weird about going "Look at my finger" to a whole lot of people,but it really is an impressive shade of purple, and I've never seen finger-bruising before, so therefore everyone should be just as fascinated as I am.

On the making part, I'm currently making two replica staves from the Dragon Age games (one with embellishments invented by my brother) and also a wearable art piece involving LEDs that will endanger the retinas of my friends, and hopefully also look cool.
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From:meathiel
Date:April 8th, 2013 04:09 pm (UTC)
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I was still wide awake at 2 a.m. and definitely NOT awake when the alarm went of at 6 ... I'm not a person to wake up on my own!
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From:kehleyr
Date:April 9th, 2013 02:20 pm (UTC)
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Oh Brad Pitt you say :-DDD.

Oh I love the Goddess you have on your wall there :D
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From:tatjna
Date:April 9th, 2013 08:32 pm (UTC)
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It was made by my good friend pombagira. You can't see it in the pic, but there's a god above it.

She has an Etsy shop.
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