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What, no hot sauce?

Posted 2011.02.28 19.10 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie


Posted 2011.02.21 17.12 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

Because when you’re feeling down, there’s nothing like a depressant to chase away the blues.

Still Here

Posted 2011.02.18 8.04 in Hobbies, Pointless Blather by Stephanie

So it’s been about 3 weeks since I was thinking about quitting. Although I was talking about quitting electronics, it was also a bit of a metaphor for quitting everything. I hung up my soldering iron, boxed all my half-finished and never-started projects, and walked away from all my hobbies and interests.

On the one hand, it was surprisingly easy. There was no urge to do anything, no itch to build or make or create or learn. What little extra energy I had, I used to get some housework done.

Actually I suppose I didn’t ignore all hobbies – aquariums is still sort of a hobby, sort of. I’ve been spending a little more time just watching my snailies and fishies and froggies. I got two new snails, too – a pair of little dark guys:



One other thing I’ve done — though it’s not like I’m getting into some new hobby or anything — is I did a little bit of gold electroplating.

See, I have this ring that I bought some years ago. It might be an antique, or it might be modern but made to look like an antique. Either way though, it was made of brass and it turned my finger green and I wanted to fix that.

So I did some research, learned how to electroplate, and found a source of the electroplating solutions. I polished up the ring then plated it from brass to silver, then from silver to gold. It was kind of cool.

Plating with Silver Plating with Gold Finished Plated Ring

Amazingly, the whole process only took about an hour – and most of that was polishing the brass ring before getting started, or cleaning up afterwards. The actual plating process was very quick. Silver only took a minute and gold about five minutes.