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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.

Alert the CTU!

Posted 2009.12.08 19.23 in Life On Drugs, Pointless Blather by Stephanie

So I had to meet the dental surgeon this morning… ¬†folks have been telling me to get my wisdom teeth out, and I finally worked up the courage to go and meet the guy for a consultation. You know, a quick look, then find out how bad it was going to be, how much it was going to hurt and how much it was going to cost.

I should have known better.

Right away, he knew about the microfilm hidden in my top-left wisdom tooth. Either he has great eyes, or he was tipped off. So he says he’s going to take that tooth right away! Next thing I know, I’m in The Chair, in The Room, and they’re hooking me up to a machine.

While they left me for a few minutes to contemplate my fate, I realized they hadn’t searched me – I still had my iPhone with me! I immediately texted my sister, asking her for help: contact agent Bauer, send in the rescue team get me out of there!

By now, the surgeon’s staff had realized their mistake. They activated the x-ray machine, disrupting my iPhone’s GPS, so my sister couldn’t get my coordinates. That’s when they came at me with the needles.

The rescue team never turned up. I lost the tooth, they got the microfilm, and now they know the secret plans and the location of the gold. Plus, I’m “experiencing discomfort” and feeling grumpy.

More Snails!

Posted 2009.08.19 8.19 in Aquaria by Stephanie

Yeah I’m addicted. I couldn’t resist. I adopted two more snailies, a pair of wee little golden snails. They’re somewhere between dime-sized and nickle-sized.

Smushed under a vacation feeder

This one was busy moving the plaster puck feeder when Speed Racer decided to bid a big friendly Welcome! by jumping on the puck and trying to smush the poor little gold snail.

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WTF is Broken Gold?

Posted 2009.07.17 10.32 in Music/Movies/TV, Pointless Blather by Stephanie

Lately there seem to be a lot of ads on TV for places offering to pay you money if you send them your broken gold. Broken gold? WTF is broken gold? Is it worth less per ounce if it’s broken? I don’t think so. These guys are just going to melt it down anyways, so what the heck?

I think they are preying on ignorance and desperation, and I think it puts a bad taste in my mouth.

This probably goes in the ‘impossible never happen’ files, but I’d like to see honesty in advertising. Yeah I know they can’t outright lie, but they certainly can manipulate. Perhaps that is the whole point of advertising? Manipulation?

Hi there, I’m On TV, and I’ll pay you pennies on the dollar for your damaged jewelery because it’s old or damaged. In these difficult economic times, I know that people are desperate and waving a little cash around on your TV screen helps to dull your judgement and senses. So, send me those dusty old heirlooms your great grandmother carried all the way from the old country, send me that silly sentimental jewellery your spouce gave you, and I’ll melt it down and sell it for US$937 per ounce!

Yeah that’s what your old dusty broken gold is worth at the time of this writing: US$937 per ounce. You can find the price at the time of this reading, by following this link:

The difficult economic times won’t last forever. Don’t let the vultures manipulate you into thinking you’ll get rich by giving them irreplacable jewellery. Maybe I’m too sentimental, but really – if you have to sell something to get some short-term relief, get rid of the mass-produced consumer objects. Sell the TV or the car if you can, take public transit and use the library. Your great grandmother will thank you.