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(no subject) [Jan. 20th, 2017|08:41 pm]
sprockets, sockets, grommets & gaskets
Coworkers walk into my office, say "time for a bike ride." I'm all IT IS COLD OUT THERE. They say "cowboy up." I'm wearing: socks, warm socks, shoes, shorts, insulated tights, shirt, fleece pullover, cap, helmet, earmuffs, cold-weather gloves. We're riding west by Haystack Mountain and this woman is jogging towards us.
She's wearing a bikini.
And matching purple gloves.
She was a redhead, but even so: some people are far tougher than I am.

We pushed pretty hard the whole ride. When we went out yesterday a coworker only had his mountain bike and just about threw up trying to stay with us, and today he was still thrashed from that so I had to keep dropping back a bit to get him in behind me and catch up with everyone else.
Lungs managed fine even though we were close to freezing.
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(no subject) [Jan. 19th, 2017|08:01 pm]
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I apologize for having been so quiet. I'm working on a bunch of things, but just don't have much going on that bears talking about.
It's been snowing.
I love it when snow slumps.

manintheboat has been training Monty to get into and out of the bathtub on command because lifting an unenthusiastic 35 kilogram dog into the bathtub is no fun.

Monty now has half a dozen commands she understands, and most of them she actually does when asked, often without any treats in sight. Progress...
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(no subject) [Jan. 15th, 2017|11:23 pm]
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I'm assembling bits and pieces of this 3d printer. Man is it obvious this thing was designed by hobby people. Half the screws are covered by subsequent pieces of the structure, and there are places where you need to adjust the distance between two pieces, installed, but the adjustment mechanism means removing one of the pieces to get to the screw heads. Everything on this is finicky and needs shims. I wish I had a 3d printer to print all the little bits I need to finish this.
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(no subject) [Jan. 9th, 2017|08:52 pm]
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There was a death ray shooting in through the window.

and then we found a pupper nose.
(it did not come home with us. We have all the dog we need and then some.)

A coworker is in training to be a firefighter. They have those firefighter helmets, and those firefighter helmets have flashlights clamped onto the rim, pointing straight forwards, so if you didn't get it in the right place, too bad.
I machined a replacement mount based on the original, that adds a lot of yaw and some pitch adjustment.

The yaw friction is set by two nuts butted against each other, so they don't loosen in use. The pitch is set by both that and, because it would be fighting gravity, also has a spring-loaded ball bearing and a set of detents.

Here are the butted nuts and a little finger screw that adjusts the ball bearing detent pressure.

I almost hit a bald eagle on the way into work. I was driving downhill, and it soared in from the right, so close to my car that the air movement flowing over the car deflected it upwards. Those are big birds.

Tonight we had a mushroom tart. It was fabulous.
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sleeping dreams [Jan. 8th, 2017|09:15 am]
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I dreamed I drove a hotrodded 1965 Ford Mustang to all the local dumps, where I was employed shooting large venomous snakes. I used a Thompson submachine gun with a giant foam dildo on the end of the barrel as a silencer.
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(no subject) [Jan. 7th, 2017|12:50 pm]
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There's a church with distinctly Japanese styling down the street, that I'd always been curious about. A friend from google plus, who speaks some Japanese, moved to Denver (largely on my encouragement) recently and let me know that there's a japanese class saturday mornings, taught at the church. I went this morning. Wowie. The first class of the intermediate level was deep-end-of-the-pool. I can handle direct, short, present and past tense sentences, like "we went to the movie theater." She is expecting us to be able to crank out things like "the airplane leaves Tokyo at 10 and arrives at Kyoto at 11:30" as the warmup, and "I took the subway to the restaurant with my older brother last Friday" mid-class. *sob* However, after talking to my friend and the teacher after class I'm going to stick with intermediate: I can read and write simple Japanese and understand basic grammar. Oof. This is going to be a challenge.
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(no subject) [Jan. 5th, 2017|08:42 pm]
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I'm modifying some bicycle pedals for a friend by adding extra pins for more grip. They're 4mm wide by about 6mm long, and the ish is that I need to add them into a piece of metal that's only about 3mm thick. That's not a lot of material for forming threads. I spent some of today making models in a CAD program to see if it's even viable, and will try it out over the weekend, once the shop is at least close to freezing. (It's supposed to be downright warm by Sunday.)
I'm also trying to get a software chain set up for running the 3d printer. After three different attempts to get three different packages installed, all of which claimed they'd installed correctly and then crashed utterly once I actually tried to run them, I managed to coerce a fourth one into working, so that's a plus. Now I have to figure out how to use it.
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(no subject) [Jan. 5th, 2017|01:48 pm]
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Lily was willing to sniff at something and let herself be convinced that it wasn't food. Like, say, a power supply I'm carrying. Monty refuses to believe we would ever do anything with anything that isn't secretly food, so even when I hold something out to her to convince her that it's not food and she doesn't have to be bouncing up and down right where I'm trying to stand, she still has to lick it a time or two just to be convinced that it is not, in fact, secretly food.
Which is the more difficult when I'm trying to put away clean dishes, that are not secretly food, and I let my hand hang down for a minute and she licks it in the hopes that secretly there's food on it and then I have to go wash my hands again to finish putting away the rest of the dishes.
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(no subject) [Jan. 5th, 2017|09:39 am]
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Today it is legitimately cold, like -20C or thereabouts. I stayed home from work, insofar as it took me about 2 1/2 hours to drive home last night. I took Monty out for a walk and she started shivering heavily about 1/4 the way through our normal walk so we curtailed it and ran back home. I'm gonna clean the house within an inch of its life and try to get the 3d printer moving around as my main projects for today, because it's too cold to do anything in the workshop.
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(no subject) [Jan. 2nd, 2017|06:26 pm]
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Day part two: went shopping in the Spitfire, regardless of freezing temps. It did fine. I also picked up about 300kg of firewood from a field where it's been sitting for two years (NOT in the Spitfire), took the dog out, and did a bunch more cleaning. Whew.
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