August 26th, 2014

pigtails

In which I air my clean laundry in public

Turns out Jaycar, the shop that sells the electronics goodies in Wellington, has moved. It hasn't moved that far out of my way, but by the time I'd got to their old location, going to the new one was more of a mission. Still, I decided it was worth it and came home with my little treasure trove of resistors, cables, hookup wire, and battery snaps, ready to fire ahead with my project.

By the time I'd tested all the LEDs it was dark, and unfortunately I don't have a lamp that allows fine soldering at night-time. Especially since on count, I have exactly one good LED up my sleeve for if mistakes are made. I'm a little disappointed that out of the 50 LEDs I bought, 7 were duds straight out of the packet. Although, it does bear out my theory on why my array didn't work properly the first time.

Today, today I shall get home in time to solder some stuff. Yep.

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Apparently it's raining in the Black Rock Desert. Like, enough for there to be standing water and sludge all over Black Rock City, the playa is undriveable, and the gates stayed closed yesterday. They say that the gates will stay closed into Tuesday but may open midday Tuesday, which is about 6am Wednesday for us. I'm thinking of Dr Wheel, Mangle, and their companions, and hoping this doesn't have too big an impact on their week. I am picturing them setting up on the side of the road and getting on with it. After all, everyone goes to BM equipped to camp and be self-sufficient, right?

* So vague that I might be imagining it because I have a chip on my shoulder about such things.
** Catch 22 - bed is the warmest place for reading, being warm in bed makes me sleepy.