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Commented 1 day ago2019-11-19 09:22:44 UTC in journal: Atomic Number 28 Comment #102434
the nerve some guys have to come here after weeks to wish you a happy birthday, amirite?
Yeah, who even does that?

Happy Birthdaymonth! (ish)
Commented 1 week ago2019-11-10 12:19:20 UTC in journal: #17 Comment #102429
klever dimberaQ?
Commented 4 weeks ago2019-10-22 14:01:43 UTC in journal: What a time to be alive... Comment #102367
Hippy Birthdiy!
Commented 4 weeks ago2019-10-22 14:00:16 UTC in journal: I got my braces removed. Comment #102366
Am I the only one confused by the fact that "18 months ago" was 5 years ago?
At the time they were put on it was going to be for 18 months, which plays a large part in why I was so glad to have them off.
Commented 7 months ago2019-04-19 01:36:43 UTC in journal: #1 Comment #101960
lemons
Commented 1 year ago2018-10-10 21:21:48 UTC in journal: Just turned thirty Comment #101551
Late Happy Birthday!
Commented 1 year ago2018-10-10 20:54:36 UTC in journal: So I just bought a dehumidifier. Comment #101550
I bought a 3d printer a few weeks ago.
I've actually been using it to make a small scale dehumidifier, as PLA filament absorbs moisture surprisingly quickly.

I got it with the intention of making mechanical devices, but so far I haven't actually had the time to do any of that.
Commented 1 year ago2018-07-15 23:13:59 UTC in journal: TJB has a go at not crashing a plane Comment #101373
Dad keeps nagging on about how we spent a lot for that flight
Definitely true. I think in total it worked out to about 65 hours of wages from my old job. Worth it though.
Also it seems pretty crazy that we were both at the same place, there has to be at least a few places like that around the world.

Thanks all for the birthday wishes!
Commented 1 year ago2018-07-12 01:24:19 UTC in journal: No Title Comment #101355
Happy Birthday!
Commented 1 year ago2018-06-04 20:58:24 UTC in journal: #1 Comment #101217
time
Commented 1 year ago2018-01-20 04:41:39 UTC in journal: #8905 Comment #44150
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Congrations!
Commented 1 year ago2017-12-02 11:09:56 UTC in journal: #8889 Comment #54671
I forgot to mention, his name is Joey.

Also he seems to be surprisingly smart, he learned how to sit after less than a minute of prompting.
Commented 2 years ago2017-11-10 15:32:49 UTC in journal: #8889 Comment #54670
Puppy is going to get chipped today. We've been arguing about what to call him but his name has to be on the chip so I guess I'll know what he's called when he's back from the vet.
Commented 2 years ago2017-03-09 21:03:08 UTC in journal: #8780 Comment #62920
A wee bit late, but better late than never:
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Good god, Simpsons characters really don't translate well into real life.
Commented 2 years ago2017-03-09 21:02:44 UTC in journal: #8779 Comment #68111
A bit late, but better late than never:
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Commented 2 years ago2017-03-09 21:02:12 UTC in journal: #8778 Comment #67603
A fair bit late, but better late than never:
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Commented 2 years ago2017-01-03 18:10:16 UTC in journal: #8772 Comment #49736
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Commented 2 years ago2017-01-03 17:57:10 UTC in journal: #8773 Comment #66616
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Commented 3 years ago2016-11-17 17:41:58 UTC in journal: #8765 Comment #61280
Damn, I actually would have gotten this had I noticed the journal, it's an SSTV signal isn't it?

Anyway, (very) belated happy birthday!
Commented 3 years ago2016-11-07 11:33:04 UTC in journal: #8703 Comment #62843
And 32 is a nice round number.
Commented 3 years ago2016-10-03 10:55:51 UTC in journal: #4920 Comment #49851
Do they? I hadn't noticed.
Commented 3 years ago2016-10-03 10:05:04 UTC in journal: #5704 Comment #52173
Hi
Commented 3 years ago2016-10-03 09:46:17 UTC in journal: #8752 Comment #49720
For some reason I find if I'm a bit late in doing something I tend to delay even longer until it's too late, a habit which I really need to get out of.
So until I'm back at my proper computer, have this here placeholder:
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Commented 3 years ago2016-10-03 09:28:46 UTC in journal: #7673 Comment #52709
Probably, but I guess we'll never know for sure.
Commented 3 years ago2016-09-21 01:40:06 UTC in journal: #8748 Comment #62901
The year my sister entered secondary school, her school had decided that instead of textbooks the students would each have a tablet with ebooks, for a number of reasons including the effect the weight of daily carrying a bag full of books has on growth. I certainly see the point of that; in my school all first year students had to take every available subject. I was a very small until about 15 or 16 so I would say the bag I had to carry would have been an appreciable fraction of my weight.
I think it's a good idea in theory, but the way they implemented it wasn't. One of the factors in the decision was that over the time spent in school it would be cheaper for the parents than buying new textbooks every year, however they chose iPads as the tablet of choice, which only one company sells, at quite a high price. Of course since the student owned the tablet there was the question of what level of control the school could have over them. From what I have heard a lot of the students spend most of their time in class using the tablet to browse Facebook. And there is also the fact that at this point most of her classes have gone back to using textbooks anyway, which defeats the purpose of the idea.
I can see many reasons why a scheme like that, if implemented well could be beneficial. As well as that, since technology is becoming more and more important as time goes on I can see reasons for introducing children to technology relatively early. However that also depends on implementation. Using it as a substitute for parenting is no good. I would at least argue that a tablet is a better parenting substitute than a television, as there is at least some level of interactivity there.
Commented 3 years ago2016-09-20 17:23:15 UTC in journal: #8749 Comment #46200
New Card, what do you think?
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I picked them up from the printers yesterday.
That's Bone, and the lettering is something called 'Silian Rail'
Commented 3 years ago2016-08-11 17:31:40 UTC in journal: #17 Comment #34112
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Commented 3 years ago2016-08-03 22:41:09 UTC in journal: #8728 Comment #65743
Ah, but now the page height is 4063 pixels which is evenly divisible by 17, so I actually made it better: http://i.imgur.com/VZqOHL1.png
Wait nevermind I ruined it again.
Commented 3 years ago2016-08-03 22:08:15 UTC in journal: #8725 Comment #38790
I still think Muzzleflash was the best one.
(late) Happy Birthday!
Commented 3 years ago2016-08-03 22:07:08 UTC in journal: #17 Comment #34111
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Commented 3 years ago2016-08-03 22:06:51 UTC in journal: #8728 Comment #65742
Hepy Burtde!
Commented 3 years ago2016-05-12 17:40:49 UTC in journal: #2016 Comment #50180
2016 was an interesting year, full of twists and turns and unpredictable goings on.
Probably the most shocking development was that TJB beat Jessie to being first commenter on one of these year journals.
Commented 3 years ago2016-05-11 21:12:01 UTC in journal: #128 Comment #35570
Don't hate the player, hate the game.
Unless the plater is 2muchvideogames, I hear that guy punches babies for fun, although don't tell him I told you that.
Commented 3 years ago2016-05-10 09:10:35 UTC in journal: #8702 Comment #68016
I remember being in your situation. For the first two and a half years of my TWHL existence, my copy of Half-Life was a pirated disk that my friend had copied for me. I had the money and would have been willing to buy it, but I just didn't have any way of buying things through the internet. Up until December 2011, I had gotten my games on Steam either by buying them in a physical store, or by giving my friend money so he would buy them for me.
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(With the exception of Half-Life 1, which was gifted to me by Urby and Archie as a competition prize).

Eventually I managed to get a hold of a prepaid card, which is like a debit card that's not tied to a bank account. You go into the place where you got it, and give them money to top up your account. If rufee's right, you might want to try getting one of those. Although I can't remember if there's an age limit for them.
Commented 3 years ago2016-05-04 20:34:32 UTC in journal: #5555 Comment #51213
Tasty flesh.
Commented 3 years ago2016-05-04 20:31:58 UTC in journal: #111 Comment #35481
How did you know?
Commented 3 years ago2016-05-04 01:07:26 UTC in journal: #1 Comment #33001
Hello thar Daubster
Commented 3 years ago2016-04-15 18:17:24 UTC in journal: #8690 Comment #54656
I took longer than I was expecting, as getting photos off my phone is a huge pain in the arse.

I've uploaded an album here: http://imgur.com/a/f0TYp
Our team's plane is the white one.

There were two other teams, the red team and blue team.
Red team's plane performed fairly well. Apparently their wings weren't as rigid as they could have been but they didn't have any hiccups and all of their flights were successful.
Blue team's was interesting. Their first flight attempt (without a payload) ended badly. The plane didn't take off very well, and it lost control and entered a flat spin shortly after taking off, damaging the landing gear and the tailplane when it hit the ground. It had a number of flight attempts, most of which resulted in the plane flipping before takeoff due to the damaged landing gear. They had one successful 'proper' flight (minus payload), which ended with the landing gear being completely bent to the point of uselessness when it landed. It wasn't able to fly with a payload.
At the end of the objective flights each team had a flight where the planes were just taken for a spin and made to do tricks, just for fun. The blue team's plane managed to take part in this flight, although it had to have all excess weight removed, and it didn't have any functioning landing gear at this point; it had to be launched by spinning the propellor up then throwing it into the air. During this flight, the pilot attempted to fly a loop and ended up flying straight into the ground. The impact was so severe that some of the heavier components were ejected through the front face of the plane.
One of the lecturers saw the plane as they were taking it back inside and he said it's the worst crash damage he'd ever seen. The wing spar and tail boom were fairly thick carbon fibre tubes and they were broken in several places.

Overall it was a pretty fun day.
Commented 3 years ago2016-04-15 18:14:18 UTC in journal: #8692 Comment #58519
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Happy Birthday!
Commented 3 years ago2016-03-08 16:38:01 UTC in journal: #8678 Comment #60144
Heppy Borfday!
Commented 3 years ago2016-03-02 00:11:11 UTC in news: Happy Birthday Ant Comment #100267
I know I've kind of forgotten about this, but I don't think Ant has ever had a cake:
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Commented 3 years ago2016-02-28 05:44:12 UTC in journal: #8672 Comment #62806
Time was flying pretty good, but then I remembered I left the oven on so I had to turn back.
Commented 3 years ago2016-02-26 01:12:44 UTC in journal: #8672 Comment #62805
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Commented 3 years ago2016-02-10 23:58:36 UTC in vault item: Tokyo Complex Comment #4317
I didn't manage to give it a go over the weekend as I didn't have CS:GO installed, but I did notice that the download link seems to link to the wrong map.
Commented 3 years ago2016-02-04 08:38:39 UTC in vault item: Tokyo Complex Comment #16581
I'll have to give this a look when I get home to my good computer.
Commented 3 years ago2016-02-04 00:13:58 UTC in journal: #8662 Comment #40517
Late Happy Birthday!
Commented 3 years ago2016-01-22 19:06:56 UTC in journal: #8656 Comment #54652
I haven't gotten around to making any more keyrings, but I have got more progress. Today we had a session where we had to have the parts we have so far laid out for some local model aircraft enthusiasts to look at and provide constructive criticism.
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There you can see the fuselage (not yet fully fitted) and one of the wings. The aileron and leading edge were both 3D printed at the insistence of one of the technicians, but we're very likely going to scrap the aileron and make one out of balsa, as it weighs more than either the rest of the wing or the fuselage. It's a shame, as it cost about €200 to print.
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Here's the fuselage. Only partially complete, with missing parts and no glue or fasteners still, it was able to support a container about half-full of water, so about 500g. The guest 'judges' seemed impressed by it.

However there's a problem we hadn't really anticipated; Since this year we're using LiPo batteries instead of NiCad (if I remember correctly), we have to carry an extra weight to compensate for the lower weight of the batteries. We had intended to carry the battery and the dead weight at opposite sides of the central boom, but we learned today that they have to be attached to each other.
This means that they won't fit into our design without modifying it, unless we want the weight massively off-centre. We're debating whether to mount the battery outside, or to remove some of the internal structure to make room for it in the centre. I'm leaning towards modification to mount it internally.
Commented 3 years ago2016-01-22 05:32:28 UTC in journal: #1 Comment #33000
Aww yeah, 250th comment.
Commented 3 years ago2016-01-14 23:55:02 UTC in journal: #8656 Comment #54651
With the magic of laser engraving. This is how I'm thinking of making the design:
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I plan on doing something similar for the one with my avatar on it.
I could also cut them out and then glue them onto a backing material. I'm thinking of making two copies of the Black Mesa logo and then sandwiching a sheet of aluminium between them. That should help prevent it breaking as that one would be fairly fragile.