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Where can I find some good furry t-shirts? I've looked through Rabbit Valley's offerings, but much as I enjoy Backbreaker Studios' works as prints, none really appeal as shirts. As an indication of what I'd like, the MFM2004 winner (the "8-ball" skunk) was one I'd like to've had, as was the recent Circles design. Are there any 0r0ch1 shirts, maybe? :-9

This clip from Japanese TV (5.9MB) shows a game involving the tossing of "wax frosting", which freezes on impact with the contestant. Quite curious.. looks like fun, too. ^_^

Every now and then, a supermarket, for all its lumbering inflexibility, can (somehow) come up with a brilliant idea - as such, I should like to share a recent discovery bordering on genius: carrot cake cookies. No frosting, but still.. they're really rather good.

*sigh!* Graywolf does make the most lovely corsets..

I'd like to get back into amateur radio, I think. I'll have to look into reactivating my license, and checking into whatever reciprocals I'll need. Sadly, my ol' FT-290R is history, bought from the tutor who taught our license class. ^_^

Via rubberskunk, word that XP Home will cease to receive security updates as of the end of 2006.

Have you ever let magic smoke escape? (And then, purely by chance, I come across this clip, illustrating what happens if you have a Duron at 3.8GHz, notice the fan's stopped, and take off the heatsink.. it's worth watching :)

I thought this test might be fun. ^_^


You scored 60 masculinity and 83 femininity!
You scored high on both masculinity and femininity. You have a strong personality exhibiting characteristics of both traditional sex roles.
Link: The Bem Sex Role Inventory Test written by weirdscience on Ok Cupid, home of the 32-Type Dating Test
I wondered about the legitimacy of the clip, but then decided, hey, it's January and I'm easily amused. ;) If it was squibbed, well, so it goes.

I've let the magic smoke out of.. Uhm. Too many. ;) Here's three.

  • Homebrew power supply - that was just a few strands of the line-carrying wire crossing on the psb, but they vapourized with a bright lovely spark when I powered it the first time. Gave the electronics teacher quite a shock - never heard him swear in Greek before. Worked fine after the pyrotechnics, though.

  • 2-line 20-char LCD display: Wired up the supply voltages wrongly. Did you know LCDs can boil? Neither did I.

  • PC brought to work was acting wonky. Had it sitting on the workbench, powered up and running while I checked on another machine and ran a drivescan - there was a loud pop!, and when I turned back, thick white smoke was venting out of the power supply louvers and drifting downwards slowly, like the 'smoke' from dry ice. Very cool, if rather alarming. An electrolytic had blown - found the now-empty can inside the ps when I did an autopsy on it later to find out what had pfft'd.

Ooh. Don't suppose you've got a photo of the boiled LCD? That sounds like something worth repeating, save for the problem I think my innate prohibition against inflicting harm on the defenseless would kick in. That LCD wants to grow up and raise a bunch of little pixels too, after all.

I've mostly been quite fortunate in having power supplies trust me and maintain a pact of non-violence (electrolytics can be such hot-heads), with one exception, after fitting a DSP board into one of my work systems at a previous job - turned it on, and soon started smelling That Smell. I engaged Mongoose Mode and darted around in search of the fatal scent, determined it was the dual G4, and yanked the power.