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sprockets, sockets, grommets & gaskets

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[Mar. 19th, 2006|09:02 pm]
sprockets, sockets, grommets & gaskets
Ride Wed was curtailed by wind, sleet, and hail. We rode a short distance down the Diagonal, but were rudely assaulted from the West and did a quick about-face and hightailed it home. So Friday we tried again: A., cyclelicious and I, and it was much nicer. We rode on a whole scad of weird little Boulder county dirt roads, mostly because A. wanted to go find beehives. He reminds me, in some ways, of my father: using odd personal hobbies to justify riding through dirt fields on washboarded, rutted roads. In my dad's case it was a desire to ride every county road in every county in the state; in A's case it's purely interest in bees. I'm okay with that. I'm even more okay that he doesn't share my dad's pre-emptive commonality-of-experience. Picture me as a child: "Here, smell this." "What is it?" "Just smell it and tell me what you think." *sniff* "Gyaaaaaah! that's SOUR MILK! I hate sour milk! That's the worst smell ever!" "Don't you think it has a faint hint of butterscotch, though?" "AAAAAAAAAAAAAUGH!" Rest in peace, Dad.

This morning my brother came over at 2:Early and we built a cheese press. As usual, it's completely overdesigned: to make hard cheese you usually need like maybe 50kg of pressure on your press. This thing's probably good for 300. We tig-welded a box structure out of channel and angle steel, and put an acme nut on it for the press screw. I mention this because when I was in Christchurch, a couple days before I got to meet theuns and shenya (name dropping! sorry!) I was wandering around in a bazaar near the church itself, and where everyone else was buying cut jade and kiwi-themed jewelry, I got into a deep conversation with an old crotchety guy selling antique tools and bought a big ol' fat used-but-still-useful 5/8"x10 acme tap. So this afternoon, we welded the acme nut onto a box section, which involves a lot of heat since it's a lot of steel, and afterwards the threaded rod didn't fit through because of thermal distortion. The tap cleared it right up, so that New Zealand trip was quite productive! Granted, that's a long way to go to buy a tap, but it was much cheaper than you can find them stateside.

This afternoon maribou and birdmojo came up to eat great food, hand out great dessert, check out pirate_bunny and sit in front of a blazing fire until we'd all contracted glassblower's cataracts. Yaaay! Now it's snowing, so no bike rides tomorrow. Booooo.

I'm going to try out Second Life coz it might be interesting. It allows for programming! They need a carrot bonker, I bet. Anyone else done anything with this?

edit: never mind about the second life thing. They require some crazy video card or something. Pfeh. If telnet's not good enough for them, they don't deserve my auto-pun-generator skillz. I'm sure they're crushed.
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[User Picture]From: sistawendy
2006-03-20 04:37 am (UTC)
Second Life looks like it could be a major time sink. I'm afeared.
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[User Picture]From: randomdreams
2006-03-20 04:47 am (UTC)
Yeah, well, so was/is MOO. It's fun. I don't have to pay for it. What more reason is needed?
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[User Picture]From: birdmojo
2006-03-20 05:07 am (UTC)

We got home okay.

The ride home would have been perfect (if snowy) if only trucks didn't spit so much g-darn slush.

The food was HEAVENLY. I loved the rice and the sauce on top of the chicken was faboo.
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[User Picture]From: randomdreams
2006-03-21 01:44 am (UTC)

Re: We got home okay.

It was a pretty amazingly good lunch today, as well.

That icon still makes me giggle.

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[User Picture]From: shenya
2006-03-20 05:49 am (UTC)
It's a bit like hearing your name in a conversation... seeing my lj popping up in a post tends to flick me from skimming to reading :P
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[User Picture]From: theuns
2006-03-20 07:50 am (UTC)
But I always read randomdream's entries. Particularly the techie ones.
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[User Picture]From: wig
2006-03-20 05:00 pm (UTC)
even his 'uneventful' entries are ace.
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[User Picture]From: randomdreams
2006-03-21 01:45 am (UTC)
Especially when they involve me hurting myself?
I see how it is -- like the dumb kid at summer camp, and you get him to go jump in the water first before you do it, right?
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[User Picture]From: wig
2006-03-21 07:10 am (UTC)
gah, no, please... we likes you better unharmed!
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[User Picture]From: tuliphead
2006-03-20 06:00 am (UTC)
D. and i have spent a lot of time in SL. it's fun, but i'm not a programmer. it also in an odd way made me wish for a simple text-based moo again; eating all my computer resources and running full-screen made me wonder what was so great about being able to fly. but as far as these kinds of games go, it's not bad.

mmmm, cheese press. are you gonna make cheese?
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[User Picture]From: randomdreams
2006-03-21 01:46 am (UTC)
My brother is. He is cranking out lots of mozzarella and soft cheeses currently but wants to move into the tougher stuff. I figure this should be plenty for where he's heading in the forseeable future.

You did some coding on MOO, didn't you? Do you dislike LSL or did it just not grab you that way?
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[User Picture]From: okterok
2006-03-20 01:18 pm (UTC)
lol :) (about the second life thing). our copy of second life is sitting by the door. not sure why actually.
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[User Picture]From: randomdreams
2006-03-21 01:46 am (UTC)
As in, unused? Hm. 'course y'all could make something better in your spare time, so I'm not sure why you'd stoop to SL.
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[User Picture]From: okterok
2006-03-21 02:05 am (UTC)
hehe its unused. evidently, it was too much of a time sink for mike and i have a real-live baby so i guess that explains it :P
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[User Picture]From: maribou
2006-03-20 02:56 pm (UTC)
Dude, you guys have got to stop linking to pirate_bunny instead of bunny_pirate. I'm *way* too easily confused this early in the morning! Heh.
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[User Picture]From: randomdreams
2006-03-21 01:47 am (UTC)
me too, obviously...
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[User Picture]From: 9thmoon
2006-03-20 03:05 pm (UTC)
Second Life stinks. Try There. =)

Haven't had time at a full-sized keyboard in a couple days... will write back soon.
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[User Picture]From: randomdreams
2006-03-21 01:47 am (UTC)
I'll look at it. If it doesn't have craaaaazy multimedia requirements and lets me create new things I might try it out.
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[User Picture]From: 9thmoon
2006-03-21 01:52 am (UTC)
User-developed content is submitted for approval. Submissions cost small amounts of Therebucks (bought with real money or by buying and selling things in-game) and are subject to decency standards.
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[User Picture]From: randomdreams
2006-03-21 06:26 am (UTC)
"decency standards" hmm? I might fail that, not for lewdness but for annoyingness...
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[User Picture]From: firesign3000
2006-03-20 03:07 pm (UTC)
i tried second life for awhile. they need a decent graphics card because its pretty graphics intensive, not text based like moo. i found it, well, meh. it was like moo but with pretty pictures and some sound, and the novelty of that wore off pretty quickly. what i *really* objected to was that if you really want to make or build anything it costs real world money. want to build a house? you actually have to buy "property" with real cash. fuck that.
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[User Picture]From: randomdreams
2006-03-21 01:48 am (UTC)
Hrmph. You're pretty convincing. If I have to pay to create new stuff that I give to people, well, that's not even slavery.
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