Project: 1, Drugs: 0

Posted 2009.09.28 13.10 in Life On Drugs, Pointless Blather, Work by Stephanie

It’s funny, how suddenly things can change course. The cryptospam wasn’t working, wine wasn’t helping, and in the last few days even things like my hobbies (photography, snails, etc) had very suddenly lost their interest. Then Pow! things are all different. What was the catalyst? What kicked in? I bought a notebook. No not the computer kind, an actual notebook / notepad. 250 pages, lined both sides. And some pens, don’t forget the pens.

A pad and some pens, in and of themselves, are of course quite meaningless and banal. It’s what they represent, that is key. A clean, fresh, brand-new notepad and some brand-new pens, are symbolic for the start of a brand-new project. A project big and important enough to merit its very own notebook.

Now, lately work has not got me excited whatsoever. And this is not surprising, as lately work has just been the same old drudgery and toil. Bang the rocks together. Make big rocks into little rocks. Metaphorically speaking, of course. There is little to be excited about, in administration, tech support, maintenance, same-old day-in day-out grind.

Projects though, projects are big-time. Well, big projects are, anyways. Projects big enough to get their own notebook are super-big-time!

As projects go, this one doesn’t even have any guarantee of pay – it’s all speculative. But money doesn’t matter – I mean, money is nice and all, but it’s not a goal, just a means. This project has actually been bouncing around for several months, but it was not fully concieved, it was not ready. Now it is. Now it has a real deadline and schedule and meetings and it’s important. So, I got my notebook, I got some pens, and I started writing. The first page, a checklist of what needs to be done. First page off the top of my head, the start. What do I need to do right now, and when does it need to be done by?

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single trip to Staples to get a new notebook.

And some pens.

Don’t forget the pens.


  1. malmal says:

    Well you could use your notebook to design a laser soldering wand/burner.Shortly I will be doing some work soldering SMCs on a motherboard. Hot air is expensive and I think your laser soldering solution would be the way to go![if you decide to make it] 🙂

  2. Stephanie says:

    I’ve soldered SMCs by hand, it’s a challenge. When I had to do it, I used a loupe so I could get a good view of it, and I took the tip off a normal soldering iron and replaced it with a sort of modified sewing needle, so I could get a super-fine point. I’ve also used a normal tip and just filed it down as fine as I could. For BGAs though there’s really no options other than hot air.
    The thing with a laser is that the solder is all shiney and reflective, even more so when it melts. So it’d be reflecting rather than absorbing the energy. And a laser strong enough to melt the solder would also be likely to be burning holes through the circuit board itself…

  3. malmal says:

    Hmmm, forgot about the shiny part.:(
    As to burning the m/b , that could be handled by practice and skill. 🙂

  4. Lezley says:

    I care not about the soldering (but no disrespect to those that solder – solder on good folks… solder on._).

    I’m intrigued by the notebook worthy project. Please explain.

    1. Violet says:

      Lol I’m reading these old posts and I have NO IDEA what the project was. She never friggin mentioned it anywhere. Just ‘the Project’. What was it?

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