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Dear Spammers,

Posted 2012.11.15 9.21 in Computers/Internet/Technology by Stephanie

Dear spammers,

I sincerely wish that all of you would be burned alived.

That is, I don’t think ‘die in a fire’ is specific enough (you’d likely expire from smoke inhalation before you had the chance to burn.)

I don’t just mean one kind of spam or another. Email spam, website comment spam, fax machine spam, telephone marketers, and hell even the snailmail kind of spam (unsolicited admail I think they call it? Junkmail?)¬†At least with junkmail it cost you assholes money to send us each piece of annoyance, but thanks to the internet you can now annoy everyone almost for free.

You leaches do nothing but clog up the systems with useless noise that serves no-one but yourselves.

So please, for the good of all humanity, may you all burn to death.


Selvage the Interface

Posted 2010.09.08 11.24 in Hobbies, Pointless Blather by Stephanie

First time in a couple years, I blew the dust off the sewing machine and had at it.

See, I wanted a sort of purse. I’ve been using these little pouch/purse things, and I quite like them, but I’ve never found one that’s perfect. I’ve bought 4 or 5 of them, but they’re always the wrong material, or the wrong size, or the wrong colour, and so on.

Then yesterday, it struck me. Why not just make one? I mean, how hard can it be? It’s just a little pouch, with a couple pockets.

I made a sketch, to help visualize what I wanted. I put it together in my head, then took it apart to see how to shape each piece. Actually I did that a few times, but was having some trouble getting all the pieces sorted out in my head.

Finally I just figured heck with it, I’ll just wing it. I mean, if I can make a camera without any plans, surely I can make a little purse without a pattern.

So I dug up all the fabric I bought back when I was excited about sewing. Interestingly, the fabric that I had in my imagination did not exist in my cupboard. Still, I found one that was good enough – black denim.

I measured out what I wanted, added a bit extra for mistakes and sloppiness, fired up the sewing machine, and got to work.

Or at least, I tried to get to work. I literally fired up the sewing machine. I mean, I pushed the pedal down, it made a noise that translates as “Gosh I’m really trying quite hard but no, I’m not actually going to move.” Then to ensure I did not miss it’s point, it let out a big belch of smoke from it’s back end.

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Is the Skin Supposed to Dissolve Like That?

Posted 2009.07.19 14.12 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

So I was having a nice relaxing Sunday bath, but eventually the relaxation time was over and it was time to get cleaned up and get on with the day. About a month ago I decided to try one of these ‘body wash’ liquid soap products instead of the appallingly stone-aged soap bar things that neanderthals used. I’ve been using a fairly well-known name-brand ‘body wash’ product, and it’s been ok. Till today. When it all went wierd.

See, I have these bizzare medical mystery shins, with unexplained scars that are really tender. So of course I’m always careful when washing them, like being gentle and all. Today though when I got the body-wash lather on there, I suddenly found myself transported into a television commercial…

Are you tired of grubby-looking scars that are difficult to clean? Are you tired of being in constant chronic pain? Then we have the product for you! That’s right, with our new body-wash, you’ll look sparkly clean and that annoying old pain will be long forgotten.

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Business End of DVD Laser

Posted 2006.10.05 0.00 in Lasers by Stephanie

More tinkering with lasers. I’ve pumped up my DVD laser even more. A better lens gives it higher output. From 180mW to 205mW, on week-old batteries.

Enough power, when focused, to cut through electrical tape in 6 seconds. Enough power even, to burn the wood-like-finish of my desk!

Stephanie likes lasers.

6-Second Tape Cut Movie

Business End

Balloon Bust-A-Thon

Posted 2006.09.02 0.00 in Lasers by Stephanie

I’ve put together a little movie with some music and stuff, it’s good fun, a nice tune, and amusing images. At least, I think so.

It’s called Balloon Bust-A-Thon.

It could be subtitled though, ‘You know you’re a laser enthusiast if this movie makes you giggle non-stop.’

Warning: It’s just over 2 minutes long, and about 20MB download.


Balloon Bust-A-Thon


Lasers vs. Baloons!

Posted 2006.08.07 0.00 in Lasers by Stephanie

It’s not all wine and fine dining – there’s still laser fun going on around here!

Here are three more movies, of baloons and the lasers that burst them.

Pulsar Blowing Green and Black Baloons

Pulsar Blowing White Baloon through Electrical Tape

Greenie Blowing White Baloon and Match

Pulsar vs. Green Baloon - Pop!

More Fun With Lasers

Posted 2006.07.28 0.00 in Lasers by Stephanie

A couple small videos, of fun with lasers!

In addition to the laser diode I ‘rescued’ from a DVD burner, I have now got myself a Pulsar from Wicked Lasers and a nameless Greenie from the Bay.

The Pulsar is 150mW and the Greenie is 80mW. I don’t know the wattage of the diode from the DVD burner, but after comparing it to what the Pulsar can do, I am thinking that the DVD diode is in the 100mW range. It is mighty strong.

I still haven’t finished perfecting a collimator for the DVD diode so it’s pretty much a ‘contact’ sport using it. The Pulsar has a long focal length; the beam is about 4mm at the apterture and they tend to be focused to about 20-40 feet, so to do close-up burning, an external lense is required. The Greenie’s beam appears to be less than 1mm at the aperture, it’s very tight and compact, although it does seem to spread a bit at a distance.

Needless to say, proper safety precautions must be taken while working with these devices. After experimenting with these, the typical little red pointers are very sad and anemic.

DVD Diode Burning Through Plastic

Pulsar Burning Match With Extra Lense

Greenie Burning Match At 6 or 8 Inches

Lotsa Lasers
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