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Waiting Again

Posted 2012.07.31 9.12 in Computers/Internet/Technology, Pointless Blather

Back to the waiting once again. I hate this part.

There was a week or two there where I managed to distract myself with some photography fun, had a nice daytrip and that sort of thing.

But now it’s just back to waiting, hoping the mailperson brings me some goodies.

I’ve about exhausted all the coding and testing I can do using the partialy-built-out rejected board. I’ve added more modes, more functions and features. But I can’t add or test sensors without building them, and I can’t do that on the reject board – I have to wait for the good board before soldering the expensive bits.

Here is one of my favorite new features – it’s not useful or informative, it does not accomplish anything. It’s just fun to look at. That’s right, it’s Conway’s Game of Life running on the ISEB-6 Mk II.

Hey, with 128kB of flash and 16kB of ram, there’s room for all kinds of crazy stuff in there.

I Hate Waiting

Posted 2012.07.11 8.45 in Pointless Blather

Waiting is always the worst part.

I don’t like to think of myself as impatient (although I surely am) but rather, waiting is where you lose momentum, or get distracted and something else comes up that catches your attention.

I’m the person who’ll usually kick in the extra few dollars for the rush shipping option. Unless the rush option is outrageously expensive, or isn’t available, or isn’t really ‘rush’. Or if I figure it won’t make a big difference because it’s something small that shouldn’t take very long to get through.

Anyhow, so the thing is I’m waiting for my circuit boards for the ISEB-6 MkII and I was really hoping they’d be here Friday.

Then I was really hoping they’d be here Monday.

Then I was really hoping they’d be here Tuesday.

I’m not faulting OSHPark – they’ve been great, excellent communications and the boards were finished and sent nice and quickly. It’s the mail that’s holding things up.

There hasn’t been any mail delivered here so far this week. I can’t remember if there was any mail on Friday.

It happens sometimes. I never know if there was legitimately no mail, or if the carrier is taking a wee holiday. Like when I first moved here, it was about 3 years before we had mail delivery on a Monday. That can’t be a coincidence, that there was simply no mail for anyone on the block on any Monday. It seemed a lot more likely that someone was just taking 3-day weekends.

Anyhow, I’m frustrated and impatient. I want to solder stuff; I’ve got the stuff, but I’ve got nothing to solder it to. Adding to my frustration is that I’m pretty sure the boards will have at least one mistake on them, and there’s at least two features I want to add/change.

Which means I’ll have to assemble one, identify and fix what’s wrong, tweak what needs tweaking, create a new schematic, order new boards, then be right back into the waiting game again.

Next time, I think I’ll try the rush shipping option.

UPDATE

It came it came it came it came today! Along with a few days’ worth of mail. But forget the other stuff. The OSHPark package came! Yay!

Flims Awaiting Processing

Posted 2011.10.17 19.15 in Hobbies

Soon I’ll have to mix up a new batch of colour chemistry. I’ve got a small-but-growing backlog of films impatiently in need of processing.

Still Waiting For My Super-Powers…

Posted 2008.06.06 0.00 in Pointless Blather

I got injected with radiation last month! I was in a lab and they had a tiny little syringe that was delivered in a great big lead box. They stuck it in my hand and pumped radiation into me. (Side note – radiation is slightly cool and you can feel it travelling up your arm.)

After getting irradiated, there was a thing like a giant photocopier that I got (slowly) slid in and out of, while big chunky sensors called “Gamma Cameras” detected the radiation.

It was pretty freaky, you could just go and stand next one of these “Gamma Cameras” and it would start picking up the fuzzy glow of radiation emanating out of me.

I forgot to ask how long I’d be radio-active for, but it’s been a few weeks now, so I’m probably safe. Still no sign of any super-powers though, which is dissapointing. I was hoping to be able to fly, or at least teleport. Laser vision would not be unwelcome, either.

The “Power to Imprint Images on Gamma Cameras” is ok I guess, but I think it has a pretty limited range of usefulness. And it’s a mouthfull – by the time you’ve said it, the bad guys have already finished their Evil Plan and escaped.

Come to think of it, I don’t think the bad guys would be all too impressed anyhow. Unless they had some Gamma Cameras that they needed to keep in an unused and pristine condition. Maybe you can’t get a refund on them if they’ve been used… they’d be back at Henry’s or Blacks, they’d have the receipt and everything, trying to return the Gamma Cameras, and the store manager would be all like “Sorry, this camera’s been used. I can’t give refunds on used equipment.” And they’d be all “We didn’t use it! Curses – it was that masked heroine with her ability to imprint images on gamma cameras! She foiled our plan!” and the store manager would try and smile in a sympathetic but noncommittal way, while gradually edging back away from the conversation.

So take heed, troublemakers! Abandon your treachery, or I will come and seep radiation on your gamma cameras, preventing you from returning them for full refund! Ha ha!

Yeah ok, it’s a slow week and my mind has been wandering. Laser vision would have been really cool, though.