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So yesterday, after the Aussie magnet folks had refunded me and I'd… - Tactical Ninja

Oct. 10th, 2013

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So yesterday, after the Aussie magnet folks had refunded me and I'd ordered and paid for some from a NZ firm, I got home and - you guessed it - there they were. And I tested them, and one of them is substantially better than anything I've tried so far. However, now I have a potentially even better one on the way. So we shall see.

Meanwhile, I emailed the Aussie firm and told them what happened so I could organise to make sure they get their money. Cos I'm honest like that.

And now, I have ALL THE MAGNETS. I'm told I shouldn't play with them, they are not toys. Even the websites that sell them to you waggle their fingers admonishingly at you as you enter your credit card details.. So I really don't know what I'll do with all these magnets. I guess I could make a series of hall effect sensor based toys?

Here, have a thing, courtesy of roobarb:


Dancers doing real-life stuff


Yesterday I returned my first requested beta edit. After last time I was nervous that the author would be offended by my comments, but she's not and I'm stoked. *phew*

And I am falling in love with Parker pens. Well, Parker pencil to be precise. I inherited a nice set from Mum when she died, and like a lot of things I just stashed them away and forgot about them. But they resurfaced in the move, and with my template making frenzy in full swing, I'm appreciating the little pushy-pencil sharp pointy end bit enormously. Also my tech drawing training. I got forced into tech drawing when I was in high school because "It's sort of art, right? It uses pencils!" and all the teachers and career advisors thought my talent for drawing ponies could be channelled into something that actually made money.

At the time, I mostly just drew ponies on my bits of paper, thought three-point perspective was stupid and wrong (I still do although I now see a use for it), and was creeped out by the teacher who was one of those ones that'd lean over you and put his hands on the desk each side of you when he looked at your work. And all those straight lines and the silly frame you had to put round each bit of paper? I hated it. But apparently I still managed to absorb something from it and now I'm glad I did. And it's probably a good thing I didn't stab Mr Spears in the hand with my compass too right? Not that it didn't cross my mind every time he breathed down the back of my neck..

*cough*

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From:malchienne
Date:October 9th, 2013 08:46 pm (UTC)
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if you don't swallow a magnet and then have it rip up your insides trying to get out, what harm can it do? other than erasing magnetized stuff?
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From:tatjna
Date:October 9th, 2013 08:48 pm (UTC)
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There's a lot of warnings about 'nasty pinches'. I can well believe it. Someone told me a story about someone getting their fingers crushed as well, but that was by much larger ones. Mine are teeny-tiny!
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From:richdrich
Date:October 10th, 2013 11:54 pm (UTC)
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They probably affected the compass on the freight plane bringing them from Australia and sent it touring all over the Pacific, hence the delay.

Anyway, aren't those safety instructions that This Is Not A Toy very Weberian? - this is the 21st century: work==play==work
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From:ms_hecubus
Date:October 9th, 2013 08:48 pm (UTC)
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LOVE the ones with the toe shoes in the construction zone.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 9th, 2013 10:51 pm (UTC)
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That one seems to be a general favourite. I really like Happy Surfer Dude. He's so enthusiastic!
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From:ferrouswheel
Date:October 9th, 2013 08:51 pm (UTC)
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Please keep all the powerful magnets away from the NAS and computers ;-p
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From:tatjna
Date:October 9th, 2013 08:53 pm (UTC)
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OK. At the moment they are in my metalwork drawer, which is well away from the computers.

It would probably help if I knew what a NAS was though. ;-)
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From:ferrouswheel
Date:October 9th, 2013 08:54 pm (UTC)
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The NAS is the white box with all our media.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 9th, 2013 08:55 pm (UTC)
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Right, I think that's pretty safe. It's a good 7m from where I am storing them. ;-D
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From:jvmatucha
Date:October 9th, 2013 10:10 pm (UTC)
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Y'all edit writing? Because I might be in the market for a fiction editor sooner or later.

That dance meme makes me want to do a jump through the organic produce market. Sproing!
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From:tatjna
Date:October 9th, 2013 10:15 pm (UTC)
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If you do, it's important that you photograph it and post it to your LJ for my everyone's entertainment.

And, sort of. I am a technical editor as part of my job, I'm very pedantic and have an eye for continuity. I've not done a lot of fiction editing but I seem to get asked every now and then.
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