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In which I get Twitter famous and try the 'broken windows' approach to broken windows. - Tactical Ninja

Oct. 7th, 2013

09:01 am - In which I get Twitter famous and try the 'broken windows' approach to broken windows.

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So this weekend I got 15 hours of internet fame, because the @dragonage account tweeted this:




That account has like 90,000 followers. Thus, I woke up on Saturday morning with 200 or so messages in my DeviantArt inbox, and duly spent a sizeable chunk of the weekend dealing with that and answering questions about how it was made, and generally being all "OMG people like my stuff." Notable is that there have been zero haters. Dragon Age people are clearly awesome.


So there was that. The thing is, I know that what I make is good, but I don't really think it's any particular talent - it's just a bunch of learned skills and a lot of determination and attention to detail. And some folks in the morass of messages have been asking questions about how to do things. And of course apart from the journal I kept here while I was making it, I don't have any tutorial type thingies online. So with the Cullen suit, which I started this weekend, I'm going to make tutorials as I go.

While it would be nice to have a website that does that sort of thing, I'm too busy actually making things to bother building one - I know what I need to do and in order to create that I'd have to spend a couple of days on it and, well, I can't be arsed. So instead, I'm going to post my tutorials here and link to them from DA. It'll do in the meantime.

So yeah, I did a bit of Cullen but that'll be in another post for those who give a crap. Meanwhile, there was no shearing on Saturday so instead I got out in the garden and planted up the bit I dug over a couple of weeks ago:



So now the vegie garden contains pumpkin, squash, tomatoes, broccoli, chilis, spring onions, celery, spinach, beans, and radishes. Oh, and the ubiquitous potatoes. The nasturtium border is also sprouting. I lost a pumpkin in the wind last night, so now there's space to maybe grow peas up that frame on the opposite side from the remaining pumpkin. I have also realised that the bit behind the shed will have to be brought in for the seedlings that are coming up now, so guess what I'll be doing next weekend?

And just to get my hand in for that, I dug over and planted another 5m of the driveway. Well, I started doing that, then one of the windows fell out of the house. It has those stupid long metal lever catches that supposedly keep your windows safe but actually don't. This one's obviously had problems before because it'd been bodgied together, and when that fell apart and the window slammed back against the side of the house, the whole frame just came to pieces.

The upside of that is that the panes didn't break. We were able to pick it up and transport it indoors and piece it back together:



It's all dowelled joints which is a good thing. So we did that, added some wood glue, retrieved the bit that was still on the hinge, and sat it in the shed with bags of compost on top for a few hours:



Then we put it back. Of course by then it was even windier, and it took both menfolk outside holding the bloody thing still against the wind while I screwed it back onto the hinges. But it was done in time for us to sleep (it was our bedroom window) and luckily it didn't rain yesterday.

I'm under no illusions that gluing it back together with wood glue has made it good as new, but there was sufficient evidence underneath where it fell out to tell me that window's had a few mishaps over the years. It's pretty fucked anyway, and I think the best thing we could do is putty it, and then paint it over so it can't be opened. We have another window that works, let's use that one. ;-)

So then I went back to my flowers. Here is a picture of me looking very tall as I walked up the drive this morning.



Things of note include the agapanthus in the foreground, which basically signposts the half way mark for this strip of border. Again I can't remember the names of what I planted, there's a red manuka in there and some more salvia (salvia's becoming a theme here, they better perform!) and some dianthus because they were cheap. Other things too, bushy things with pretty leaves!


Also achieved this weekend: getting Yorick to more-or-less behave himself. He still has a bug, but it's not a loose-connection type one. It's weird - the longer you hold the magnet near the sensor, the longer the sensor keeps the eyes on before fading out after you take the magnet away. It's not supposed to do that, but hey - it's for pombagira and therefore it's apt that it has a mind of its own. Also, the rare earth magnets I bought at Jaycar didn't trigger the sensor from any further than the cupboard one I've been using as a test. So I have 2 options - wait for the ones from Australia - which are now nearly a week overdue - and see if they are any better, or put the cupboard one in and be done with it. What would you do?

And and and! Last night Dr Wheel cooked us corned silverside with roast spuds and steamed beans. Like proper farmer food, it was! OM NOM NOM NOM. I support Dr Wheel's ambition to become proficient at making a wide variety of things!

Also, I need to add: the whole window falling out thing? We made a plan to fix it and executed it under crappy circumstances without having an argument or being shitty at each other. Couples DIY is like the ultimate acid test of communication, right?

We win.

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From:pombagira
Date:October 6th, 2013 08:19 pm (UTC)
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hooray yorick.. *skips about*

i spent my Saturday taking photos it was fun.. i even posted some photos on my LJ.. O.O gosh..

and yay cosplay.. i like taking photos of cosplay more please!!
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From:tatjna
Date:October 6th, 2013 08:21 pm (UTC)
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Working on it! ;-)

I am looking forward to seeing your pics. ;-)

Also, are you willing to wait for Yorick till I get to test these disappearing magnets, or would you prefer I fire ahead with the magnets I have?
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From:pombagira
Date:October 6th, 2013 08:29 pm (UTC)
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yup am happy to wait for Yourick.. and *coughspizzacoughs* *beams*

and i posted pics on my lj yesterday so you can go see thems now.. i have entered the orchid one in the competition.. is pretty..

:)
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From:ferrouswheel
Date:October 6th, 2013 09:17 pm (UTC)
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I reckon we should review the code used to track the LED brightness, and check the details of the processor.

Could be that the LED only needs a value in a particular range, but the accumulator for the brightness is going much higher than that value and the conversion is just truncating it. e.g. the accumulator increases to some big number like ~65000, but the led only differentiates between values from 0-255.

I mean, I feel it's unlikely because I'm pretty sure we considered that... but if the hardware is ok, then it's worth double checking the code!
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From:tatjna
Date:October 6th, 2013 09:18 pm (UTC)
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I'm pretty sure our code told it to stop at 255, but now that you mention it, maybe I should check....
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From:ferrouswheel
Date:October 6th, 2013 10:09 pm (UTC)
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Another thing would be to check the code your brother converted your Arduino code into. Translating code from one platform to another, while often straight forward, can also result in bugs... especially if the translator is not the person who wrote the original code.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 6th, 2013 10:12 pm (UTC)
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It's true, I haven't seen that code at all..
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From:tatjna
Date:October 6th, 2013 09:32 pm (UTC)
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It's definitely not that, I remember that conversation. ;-)
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From:t_c_da
Date:October 9th, 2013 04:00 am (UTC)
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But it's possible the determinants of when wrap-around occurs are different for the two codesets.

I've had that problem when converting code from one system to another - particularly when using half-words as literals - different hardware can make different assumptions about the missing half when loading full words from half word literals.
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From:meathiel
Date:October 7th, 2013 05:24 am (UTC)
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Does your day have more than 24 hours? Or didn't you sleep at all???
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From:tatjna
Date:October 7th, 2013 05:29 am (UTC)
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Heh. I'm caffeine powered. ;-)

Nah, mostly I just save up stuff for the weekend so it's just a constant string of activity from start to finish. I don't really know how to relax. But I'm willing to take tuition. ;-)
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From:pixiebelle
Date:October 7th, 2013 05:58 am (UTC)
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That's so cool about the Twitter fame! I've tried to be retweeted by big names recently, just for fun... But no luck. I did have a conversation with Neil Gaiman where he actually talked back to me, so maybe that's it for my 15 minutes of Twitter fame :p
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From:tatjna
Date:October 7th, 2013 10:06 pm (UTC)
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It was quite exciting, and I've met a whole lot of like-minded people because of it. It mostly happened because I happened to luck out attracting the attention of the main Dragon Age social media dude.

Neil Gaiman has never talked to me! ;-)
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From:helianthas
Date:October 8th, 2013 10:41 am (UTC)
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Determination, attention to detail,
and being able to teach yourself a new skill ARE huge talents!* </p>

You also had the creativity to come up with the idea in the first place, decide which types of materials to use, visualize the final piece, and design the costume without a pattern. Don't downplay this with "anyone can do it" because if they could they would, but they didn't. ;) well done!!!

*Determination, persistence and above all practice are (at least according to I believe it was Malcolm Gladwell who researched what makes people successful) supposedly in the end way more valuable than innate ability. I 100% believe that.

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From:tatjna
Date:October 8th, 2013 07:18 pm (UTC)
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True. That's kind of what I was trying to get at - that it's more about determination than innate ability. Thanks for speaking it so clearly. ;-)
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From:adam_0oo
Date:October 17th, 2013 01:56 am (UTC)
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Your popularity is well deserved. That is an awesome costume and a great picture.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 17th, 2013 07:13 pm (UTC)
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Aww, thank you, it's kind of you to say. I'm very proud of it so getting some recognition from the makers of the game was pretty nice, eh? ;-)
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