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Is anyone skilled in the ways of minor repairs in clothing, by any chance? To my dismay, the washer/dryer punctured a few tiny holes in probably my favorite shirt, Daft Pon3. Small enough, I think, to be repairable.. even aside from the hassle and expense of replacing it, it's no longer available. Any recommendations as to how to go about it myself, or anyone I could send it to, would be most gratefully received.

Here's quite the gem of Americana, courtesy of jeriendhal: scans from an issue of Front Page Detective (complete with sultry woman portrait on the cover) from the 1950s (?), "the magazine that featured my Dad in a story about finding illegal radio transmitters at Belmont Racetrack." He kindly includes the full article.

As found by patch_bunny, these true wetsuits are rather special - they look like formal officewear, but they are indeed fully functional wetsuits. =:D (There's a YouTube version over here)

Show me a favorite music video from this year. ^_^ What makes it stand out?

You otter hear rigelkitty's Fur The More 2015 set. Pretty damned cool. =:D As he warned me, it's a bit of an energetic mix for a bath, but that hasn't stopped me. =:)

If you want to help keep some rescued rabbits happy, huskyteer dropped mention of Fat Fluffs, a rescue in the West Midlands. You can donate to them by SMS, post, or online, through BT MyDonate (no PayPal involved!), with the latter offering the option of GiftAid, making a UK taxpayer's donation worth 25% more to them, at no extra cost.

Eee! Another rendition of me, this time from Vinters/Grinimal, so very kindly offered for free. =:D

When you're pondering seeing a film theatrically, do you pay much attention to the price? If so, is there a cut-off point where you flip from being about to pay, to just leaving it for the home release? I was all set to see Tomorrowland, with the local soulless megaplex's cheap Tuesday pricing, but then found that they'd eliminated that - it's now £9.30 after 5pm, £7.30 before. (And more for 3D) Previously, it'd been about £4.70 all Tuesday.

austin_dern explains "jobs". ^_^ "For that matter, what’s a job to a kid? It’s just a place adults go to become tired and unhappy somehow. There are maybe five adult jobs a kid understands. There’s being an astronaut, there’s fighting stuff (fires, supervillains, crime, wrestlers [other]), there’s being a nurse, there’s being a teacher, and there’s driving a snowplow. Everything else is a bit shaky. For example, when I was a kid all I quite grasped about my father’s job was that he worked in a chemical factory in the parts that normally didn’t explode. He had to go in for eight or sometimes sixteen-hours shifts and I understood that most of the time things didn’t explode. But that leaves a gap in the imagination about just how he filled his working days. Come in, check that things hadn’t exploded, sure, and then it’s four hours, 56 minutes until lunch.

A kid might understand what someone in a service job does, because they could see a person bringing them food or taking clothes to clean or so. It’s why someone would be hired that’s the mystery, because getting that service means giving someone else money. Money’s hard stuff to come by, what with birthday cards arriving only for a one- or two-week stretch of the year, and maybe a bonus at Christmas if they’re lucky. The tooth fairy can help cover a little capital shortage, but that’s too erratic stuff for a real economy."

What did you want to be as a child? I recall vaguely thinking "nuclear physicist" would be fun, but, TBH, didn't really have any specific ambitions - I was fine with just seeing what I'd grow into, as it were, and my parents were thankfully similarly unhurrying. It probably had to be something in the scientific line, though - I took so easily to chemistry sets, and that first electronics kit I had, with a mess of components terminated in little springs, to be connected by wires - I took that everywhere. =:D

I can't say I'd mind one of these drones for wildlife photography.. behold - the Tayzu Robotics Titan X8. Forget GoPros - this will haul a RED. =:D

Bah. Looks like the ethernet cable linking the AirPort/Time Capsule upstairs to the switch downstairs is going flaky.. re-running that should be entertaining. =:P Meanwhile, I'm leaving Hazel on the AirPort's WiFi so it can see the backup disk and the connected drives, and tethering it to the iPad, now flipped over to the roomie's WiFi. SCIENCE!

Could be handy for some folk - Synergy is a utility for sharing a keyboard, mouse, and clipboard across multiple systems, as well as permitting drag & drop of files between them. It runs on OS X, Linux, and Windows. Just move the mouse across to which ever system you want, as if it were one system with display spanning.
 
 
 
 
 
 
A drone that can carry a RED? That would be so crazy awesome! And I would be so terrified of crashing it!

There's one advantage to living in the sticks: our movies are still under $10. They don't have a discount day, the are a buck or two cheaper before 6:00. So naturally there are no more 5:30 showings. Tomorrowland is on our hit list, but it's a little tough trying to get to see it. My wife is unexpectedly working four nights next week, there's a remote possibility that we can see it tomorrow afternoon or possibly tonight.

I had an electronics kit like that, with the spring terminal connectors! It was quite awesome, or so I thought. I guess it was actually an 'electrics' kit as I can't remember playing with transistors, resisters, etc. with it. And that's one of the reasons why I bought a whole bunch of Arduino stuff from Radio Shack as they went out of business. Our local store screened off over a third of its former floor space because of sold-out inventory, they're gone at the end of the month.

My dad was a plumber, and I went to his job sites if they were in bicycle distance during the summer or if he had to visit one on a weekend. So I always knew what he did. I don't think I ever had a plan for what I wanted to do to earn a living when I was a kid. My primary school got a dial-up 110 baud (it might have been 300, but I doubt it) connected to a teletype, and I was hooked. My high school didn't have a computer lab initially, though they acquired some TRS-80's later. I started taking college classes in computers and programming in 11th grade, I just barely missed working with punch cards. They still had the equipment but weren't teaching it, aside from the basics, to the new students.

My wife's father was a pathologist, he was the deputy coroner in a county in Ohio. The deputy was a hired position, the county coroner was elected, so he was always employed and never had to mess with election nonsense. She was seriously considering a medical profession when a family friend gave her brother a book on astronomy. He wasn't interested in it, she was fascinated and immediately captivated. And subsequently earned her PhD and operates a multi-million dollar, multi-ton, telescope and bounces a laser beam off the moon.

Good luck with the ethernet! We have one cable coming in straight to the router from fiber, the satellite receiver and an external cable for misc use plug straight in to it. Otherwise, all of our devices are WiFi.

Including my new Chromebook....
It's a fairly impressive beast - and at that cost, indeed, one would want to be quite confident with flying such. ^_^; I wonder what the home construction scene is like for "heavyweight" drones like that? Seems like it ought to be perfectly possible, even with the need to get into microcontrollers to govern the low-level functioning.

Of course, for me, the big thing would be if I could get the bunnycam airborne, and quietly. (Whereupon I'd likely find they'd scarper at the first sight of it =:) But to do that, I'd have to be able to haul - well, not really all that much, but a D7100 + Nikkor 300mm f/4D is what, a bit under 2.5kg? No need for a gimbal, if the shutter speed were kept high, although I've no idea how vibration would be - might well need some kind of "suspension", whether active or passive.

Still, just a simple drone would be fun to play with, just to see if I could get one relatively close to them without them minding too much. (Of course, it'd have to be something capable of standing up to stiff breezes without getting blown out of the sky)

Yay, dialup! I suppose one nice thing about v.21/23 was, being plain FSK, handshaking was easy and rapid - the server would pick up, beep away, and they're partying straight off. With 56k, of course, the mating ritual was a good deal more involved. ^_^

TRS-80s! I spent quite a few happy Saturday mornings in the (sort of) local Tandy, playing around on their display model. They were fine with it - I was having fun, and they had someone giving a sort of live demonstration of the system. ^_^ The school lab was - well, it started off as a PET 8032 with dual floppies and printer (we were amused that the peripherals had more processing power than the computer =:), an Acorn Atom, and several PET 2001s. The 8032 and Atom were only for "A" class Computer Club members - the geekiest of the geeks. ^_^ Later, though, they set up a large room with BBC Micros, all Econetted together. No fileserver, though - all just tape based. Oh, the joy of debugging a program when I'd have to load it off tape, edit, write it out, rewind, let the first pass of the assembler have its fun, rewind, then complete the second pass, and then I'd see if I'd fixed the problem. ^_^; Ye gods and little fishes - there are some things I miss about those times (especially the huge diversity of manufacturers, not all clinging around the same OS, but doing their own thing), but I'm absolutely, entirely fine with 1TB of 1GB/s flash in Hazel. =:D

I only ever handled punched cards a couple times, in a historical context - I also, mercifully, missed out on paper tape, though ISTR I did somehow obtain a sample from the University who hosted the monthly computer club meetings I went to at one point. (Where I once saw an Exidy Sorcerer! And played the original Adventure, on, I believe, a TOPS-11 system)
(cont'd - apparently, LJ's comment limit is 4300 characters =:)

It's an interesting concept, having a coroner being an elected position. I've never quite known whether that degree of accountability is a worthwhile thing or not - I sort of lean toward not, given the gross abuses of public trust too many police forces enjoy with absolute impunity. I'd sooner see a more regular model of employment, with them simply being fired if they prove incapable, incompetent, or corrupt.

Oh, it's wonderful when inspiration strikes like that - somehow, you know that's what you really want to be doing with your life. Even better, of course, when it works out so well! What's the reason for the laser reflection, then? (Curiously, I was just talking about amateur EME operation the other day, with hastka. It's always appealed to me - it's such a crazy way to communicate, yet absolutely feasible!)

Here, I think the topology's.. ah, fairly straightforward. Ish. =:) Modem goes out to the roomie's main setup downstairs, where a switch feeds his main system, the house server, his WiFi node, and then travels upstairs to my AirPort (there was once a switch too, but it wound up becoming obsolete - I'm all WiFi, and that switch was only 100Base-T anyway) and to his "play" laptop. I suppose I could, theoretically, move the node downstairs, but it's got a few external HDs hanging off it, which'd be a bit of a nuisance to tuck away - in the spare room, they can be in little nooks quite happily, as well as the WiFi being nice and close to me. =:)
I did a 10 minute video explaining her EME program, they target five retroreflectors on the moon to measure the distance (with millimeter resolution!) to refine the moon's orbital mechanics and thus improve some amazing physics.

My site, waynewestphotogaphy dot com, has the vid. You can also go to Wikipedia and look for Apache Point Observatory Lunar Laser-ranging Operation, it explains some of the physics.
Aw, I'm glad you liked my essay about jobs.

The earliest recollections I have of what I wanted to be when I grew up were based on, I think, a Berenstein Bears book which showed different places people could work. It showed on the Moon Colony of the Near Future someone who was adding up sums in an observatory on the moon. That's what I wanted to do, and I suppose that I still do. Drawing Popeye would also have been pretty great.
Sorry to hear about the shirt... :/ ... If it's actual holes, depending on the fabric, you could patch from the reverse side gently with fabric adhesive...

Good lux with the cable too... darn-it I wish things that were "Solid State" would properly last forever as they should!
Fabric adhesive is a thing? I'll have to look into that. ^_^ The holes are quite small, but noticeble - maybe around 2-3mm. The fabric - thin-ish cotton, I believe - a bit lightweight, which I rather like. WLF's shirts feel much less clumpy than most. ^_^

I wouldn't be surprised the cable problem's just at the plug end(s), but there isn't a crimper in the house, and just buying a new cable will be cheaper. (I've tried "manually" crimping those connectors, and it's very difficult to do as good a job as a proper crimping tool) Ah well - it's the first time I've had problems with it, so it's not a huge hassle.

Actually, come to think of it, there might be a spare cable.. I'll have to check if it's just that cable. Worst case, it's not a huge job - just means following the bannister, kitchen doorframe, and under the main room's carpet mat.


Edited at 2015-06-07 04:51 pm (UTC)
ooo yah! Good luck with the adhesive method! Patch is the older way, but it could show the work if not careful... adhesive-and/or-filler is best, and cotton should work out ok. Remember a 3rd way is you can still stitch too if you prefer, but the repair may be more visible if you don't mind that..