July 16th, 2008

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Tragedy strikes the world of Shiny!

My psi hoop got broken last night. *cries a little* I'm not sure how it happened, but I suspect it was probably just dropped one time too many, maybe stood on (it happens, I've done it). All the internals still work, *phew* but the casing has snapped clean through right beside one of the batteries, about 6 inches from the switch. Considering that in the year I've had it, it's had a hammering, I'm not surprised that the stresses it's endured have led to a weak spot.

Now, what to do? I'm told that plastic welding is probably not a good idea, because of the heat so close to the battery and also because the integrity is already compromised and a weld won't take it back to 100% strength, so it'd be temporary at best. My next option is to email the guy who made it and ask him. I'm guessing the casing can't be repaired and that I'm looking at a new one. Since the internals still work, it'd be a matter of taking the old ones out and putting them in a new casing, similar to the process when the batteries need replacing.

I have no doubt it will cost me a pretty penny, but considering the amount of enjoyment it's provided to me and to other people, I think it's worth it.

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Today I shall cave in and buy the textbook for the course. It's $89 in the student bookshop, $113 at Fishpond (wtf?) $80US on Amazon, $365US in Germany through Abe Books (Double WTF?), and my various forays into RedBean and TradeMe have either resulted in folks who don't answer emails or witnessing bidding wars from desperate students that go over the price where it's worthwhile to buy second hand.

Welcome to the world of popular course textbooks I guess. ;-/