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Sonic the Comic job lot
I lucked into a relatively reasonably priced job lot of some of the 1999 (fifth year) issues of Sonic the Comic, so I've now got a lot of physical reading material instead of quite as many scans, which is nice!
It's taking me a little longer to get through them, but I think it's worth it.USB fairy light conversion
I bought a set of fairy lights that takes 3 AA batteries to power it, but lacking rechargeable AA batteries, I wanted to adapt it to be used by a USB power pack. I figured the 4.5V the 3 AA batteries output was similar enough to the 5V that USB supplies, so set about modifying a short power-only USB cable.
I tidied the wiring up a bit, and added a small resistor to the setup to dim the LEDs a bit, which should lengthen their lifespan, and decrease the battery usage too.
Really pleased with this as a little hack, and you'll see these lights making an appearance in my next entry, because I took them to EMF Camp to light my tent!Button
Separately, I've got hold of a large red button, which I've always loved the look of. I'm trying to hook it up to a Trinket M0, which is like a mini-arduino, so I'll be able to get it to trigger an action on my laptop when that's plugged in. So far I have some code on the Trinket that can detect whether the button is pressed, and also lights up the button's built-in LED, but no communication with the laptop yet.Wild garlic
This year I remembered where some wild garlic was growing last year, so I went off to the woods and collected some. I got there just in time, the leaves are best before the flowers arrive really.
I made garlic pesto with the leaves and some roasted hazelnuts, one of my favourites, and gosh it was a very strong but good one! I have put it in the freezer so I don't have to go full garlic for a week!EM-Con (or rather, after EM-Con)
I didn't make it to EM-Con in the end, due to covid worries since it was only a few days before I was due to go to EMF Camp, but I did want to meet up with my friend Hayley (AngelBless) for the first time, so I cycled into town and met up with her and her siblings afterwards for some shopping. It was nice to meet a friend I'd only known online in real lie for the first time, it's been a long time since I've done that!
In town, I bought a novelty Sonic mug from Forbidden Planet, and some rainbow socks from a fancy dress shop, along with some Fruit Pastilles.
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In fairness I also procrastinate when there's only one item to do, but at least it isn't panicked procrastination
I do wish my brain wouldn't scare itself into inaction whenever my chores todo list goes above a certain number (1).
@basilbrushoff Just the local skate rink! They're not very formal lessons but my aims are mostly to do stuff that looks and feels cool, so I'm not too worried about having the officially correct technique or anything :)
First roller skating lesson tonight since February! Bit shaky to begin with but I feel like I was back in the swing of things by the end, and got to pick up the technique for backward crossovers too! (in one direction at least!)
tender love is when you really have a thing for steam trains
Listening to a couple of ex-conductors on the train; hadn't occurred to me that 1st Class can be used as a safe area if someone is being made uncomfortable or harassed. "Upgrade" the innocent party to First; make sure there are staff at the station to meet them when they get off.
Dreamt the Mayor of London encouraged me to walk across the Isle of Wight in just my post-shower towel. Unfortunately a tornado struck, so in addition to holding onto the grass to avoid being swept into the air, I also had to hold onto my towel for my modesty.
Also, something for the stream tomorrowBeavis and Butthead: the game, …
In the post today: probably the first time I've held an Amiga formatted floppy disk for over 25 years.(I have not ordered an actual Amiga but I now have guilt alleviation for sideloading the Amiga Mini)Two blue 3.5 inch floppy disks,…
I always tend to levitate and glide rather than fly per se, but gosh darn do I know exactly how to do it.