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Kind of like telling people their baby is ugly - Tactical Ninja

Apr. 5th, 2013

10:38 am - Kind of like telling people their baby is ugly

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I am about to send in a terrifyingly large order to Adafruit. This is partly because I need another 8 metres of LED strip to make the rest of the Brainfart, and partly because us here in Way The Fuck Past The End Of Nowhere Land have to pay stupidly large amounts of money for shipping, so we tend to put the word about if we're putting in orders on anything and go in together to piggy-back on each other's stuff. Anyway, the order is big enough that they are sending me a free Raspberry Pi. No, I really don't know what I'm going to do with a Raspberry Pi. Suggestions?

Ok, it's time to play "Guess What That Thing Is!"



Is it rave spaghetti? Is it the remains of Freddy the Disco Clown? Did my toaster have an unfortunate encounter with my blender?


It's My First Wiring Loom. Aw, isn't it cute?

Well, um, ok it's not. And it probably won't grow up to be Miss Wiring Loom Universe either. But BUT! I have rationalisations!

1. "How to make a wiring loom" tutorials on the internet are almost without fail about motorbikes and cars, and give you finished products that look like this:



So basically I've had to work out how to do this for myself.

2. Heatshrink is awesome but with so many sticky-outy wires being all up in its grill, the longest bit I've used is about 2.5cm long. It's bitsy.

3. I haven't put the connectors on yet. You can see on the right-hand end where that's started. Being a "Learn as you go along" sort of girl, I think for the next ones I'll put the connectors on first and do the attachments to the main cable after. I suspect that'll be tidier.

4. I have tested the connections and they work.

5. Eventually, the whole lot will be covered in hot glue, wrapped in electrician's tape, and covered by leather. This bit is designed to just sit there and do its job, so it won't be moving around or being fiddled with once it's made (she says, in the full knowledge that any one of those connections breaking could lead to days of fault finding).


So, um, nyah?

I have sheep to shear tomorrow. I think I remember how to do it. Gotta be easier than jackhammering, right?

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From:tatjna
Date:April 4th, 2013 09:49 pm (UTC)
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I am taking that as a compliment, since nearly all babies do.

Meanwhile, I am expecting pithy quotes from it in 3, 2, 1...
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From:pundigrion
Date:April 5th, 2013 03:01 pm (UTC)

I cannot disappoint...

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Once in a while you will stumble upon the truth but most of us manage to pick ourselves up and hurry along as if nothing had happened.
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From:kehleyr
Date:April 4th, 2013 10:08 pm (UTC)
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I look forward to see the finished product :-)
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From:tatjna
Date:April 4th, 2013 10:22 pm (UTC)
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That will be a while yet, because I really don't know what I'm doing.

I'm hoping to have a working prototype by the end of May, but it'll be by no means finished.
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From:pombagira
Date:April 4th, 2013 10:12 pm (UTC)
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why is there a shiny sparkly gold ball, is it to distract Cthulhu when he comes for his baby?

*ponders this*
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From:tatjna
Date:April 4th, 2013 10:22 pm (UTC)
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Believe it or not, it's a brillo pad, for cleaning the soldering iron. But I suspect you could abrade Cthulu with it pretty well.
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From:t_c_da
Date:April 4th, 2013 10:13 pm (UTC)
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Just an observation here... You might get a better photograph if you turn off the flash on your camera and rely on natural light instead.

It has been my observation that recent digital cameras work pretty well, even in low light, if left to their own devices wrt speed and ISO ratings. Certainly, manually cranking up the ISO helps keep the shutter speed (and hence image blurring shaking) down.
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From:tatjna
Date:April 4th, 2013 10:21 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, normally I would, but that was taken this morning, it was dark, and I was using my phone. I couldn't even see the thing I was photographing on the display screen. So I just went "Fuckit" and used the flash.
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From:t_c_da
Date:April 5th, 2013 12:11 am (UTC)
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Fair enough. Most phone cameras don't have the options that dedicated digital cameras have as standard.

I have 3 built in cameras within arms reach right now, and none of them have flashes, which is why I assumed you were using a real camera rather than a phone camera...
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From:bekitty
Date:April 4th, 2013 10:25 pm (UTC)
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You're shearing sheep tomorrow? That would explain the weather forecast... :p
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From:tatjna
Date:April 4th, 2013 10:27 pm (UTC)
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*goes to look*

Oh you're bloody kidding.

But if it's gonna rain, it better do it properly, just saying.
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From:bekitty
Date:April 4th, 2013 10:31 pm (UTC)
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You should be alright if the owners can get the sheep under cover today. But since it's going to be a cold rainy day with southerlies, I'd postpone until next weekend or something. Sunday's going to be rainy too.
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From:tatjna
Date:April 4th, 2013 11:03 pm (UTC)
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For some values of fun, yes. But it seems my clients can get their sheep undercover tonight, so it looks as though I'll have to sacrifice the shovel for a handpiece.

Shame, really. You do better lunches. ;-)
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From:pombagira
Date:April 4th, 2013 11:41 pm (UTC)
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i shall sew and send you random texts...just cause

*beams*


also vitiman D thanks for that heads up..

*bounces*
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From:bekitty
Date:April 5th, 2013 12:10 am (UTC)
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Ooh! I just read on Wikipedia that vitamin D3 is another one of the many wonderful things that sheep give us! Apparently, it's extracted from lanolin, so the sheep doesn't need to be killed to get it. Awesome! :D
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From:goffburd
Date:April 6th, 2013 11:29 pm (UTC)
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I must admit that 'wiring loom' wouldn't have been the first thing that sprang to my mind (mainly because I wouldn't have a clue what it was).
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From:tatjna
Date:April 7th, 2013 03:42 am (UTC)
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Nor did I, till someone suggested I make one! O.o
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