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Sep. 24th, 2013

08:46 am - Here is a picture of a thing

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It's a Lilypad slide switch. For those not familiar with NZ money, that's a 10c coin and it's about the same size as a US penny. Thus, that is a really small switch. It's probably the most challenging bit of soldering I've done since I learned to solder 5 minutes ago. That goopy looking stuff is the hot glue that'll protect the join when it's on Yorick.

Yep, the project's at that stage. There is a mess of hookup wire all over my craft table and solder fumes in the air. Mmm, solder fumes!

I have to say, it's nice to be able to open the window and have the fumes go away.

Also, we keep getting visited by a dog. Only Dr Wheel has seen it and I suspect it might be able to turn invisible, but last night I heard it. It barked at Dr Wheel as he got home, as if to say "What are you doing on my property?" And Dr Wheel told it "Well actually it's our house" and the dog disappeared into thin air. MYSTERY DOG IS MYSTERIOUS!

And now, the sugar snap peas are coming up too! Will I ever get over my gleeful gloating every time something pops up out of the soil? Probably not..

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From:labelleizzy
Date:September 23rd, 2013 09:05 pm (UTC)
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whee!
fun with solder!
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From:ferrouswheel
Date:September 23rd, 2013 09:47 pm (UTC)
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I swear it's a hell hound coming to collect on that deal I made so long ago!
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From:tatjna
Date:September 23rd, 2013 09:48 pm (UTC)
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Quick, grab the goofer dust!
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From:pombagira
Date:September 23rd, 2013 10:02 pm (UTC)
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do you need to borrow my demon trap?

also *squee* doggy!!

*coughs*

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From:m_danson
Date:September 24th, 2013 02:17 pm (UTC)
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What pretty coinage.
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From:tatjna
Date:September 24th, 2013 08:19 pm (UTC)
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;-) I like our money. Here is the rest of it.
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From:pundigrion
Date:September 26th, 2013 08:52 pm (UTC)
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Oooh, I love seeing other folk's money!
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From:tatjna
Date:September 26th, 2013 09:08 pm (UTC)
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Here is a picture of all our money. It mostly has native birds and historical people on it:

10c - koruru/Queenie
20c - Pukaki/Queenie
50c - Endeavour (first colonial boat)/Queenie
$1 - kiwi/Queenie
$2 - kotuku/Queenie
$5 - Yellow eyed penguin (hoiho) and Edmund Hilary
$10 - Blue duck (whio) and Kate Sheppard (led the Votes for Women charge)
$20 - NZ falcon (karearea) and Queenie
$50 - kokako (no english name) and Sir Apirana Ngata (prominent Maori politician and advocate for Maori culture in the early 20th Century)
$100 - Yellowhead (mohua) and Lord Rutherford (kiwi physicist credited with being the father of nuclear physics)
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From:pundigrion
Date:September 27th, 2013 01:03 am (UTC)
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Oooh, pretty! The Queen is big on our currency as well as another Commonwealth country and we have a boat too plus critters.

Coins: http://0.tqn.com/d/coins/1/0/h/1/-/-/canadian-money-coins.jpg
All of our coins feature the QEII on the obverse
1c - Maple leaf
5c - Beaver (had to know this for the citizenship test!)
10c - Bluenose (famous racing ship)
25c - caribou
50c - Wait we have one of these?! I've never seen one, but that is the Canadian seal
$1 - Loon, this coin is commonly called a "loonie"
$2 - Polar bear, commonly called a "toonie"
I am personally rooting for a five dollar coin. If we put a Canada goose on it, it could be a "goosie" :-p

Bills: http://www.craigmarlatt.com/canada/images/images&downloads/currency.jpg
$5 - Sir Wilfred Laurier (first Francophone PM)/Canadarm2, Dextre, and a Canadian astronaut (first two are cool Canadian space things, we are known for robotics)
$10 - Sir John A. Macdonald (first PM)/The Canadian train (Toronto to Vancouver, this is the one I plan to take!) and a map of passenger railways in Canada
$20 - Queen Elizabeth II/Vimy Memorial and poppies
$50 - William Lyon Mackenzie King (longest serving PM)/ CCGS Amundsen (arctic research vessel), a map of the North, 'Arctic' in Inuktitut
$100 - Sir Robert Borden (yet another PM)/researchers, DNA and a vial of insulin

You will be amused to know that Canada also claims Rutherford! His earlier work that led to his Nobel prize was done at McGill University over here. His most famous stuff was after that of course, but he did that in the UK :-)
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From:tatjna
Date:September 27th, 2013 01:20 am (UTC)
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Back in days of yore, I went to university with his great nephew.

They were a posh family, apparently.
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From:tatjna
Date:September 27th, 2013 01:22 am (UTC)
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Also, your money is pretty and sensibly in different colours like ours. I find US money unnecessarily difficult to distinguish.

Also, yours has bears. That makes it infinitely cooler.
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From:pundigrion
Date:September 27th, 2013 05:49 pm (UTC)
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Oh yes, I don't like US money at all. So flimsy and....green. Plus the dollar bills fall apart.

The new Canadian bills also have Braille which is totally awesome! And yeah, polar bears! Plus you used to be able to pop the toonie apart into two pieces which sounds kind of fun. :-)
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