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Old 04-02-2013, 12:00 AM   #1546
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Wetwedding project 14

Did some stress testing, and system measuring, today. Things are pulling into place, DK thinks. She is going to await the wedding dress, before showing the bride. The dress "material" is in transit. Or, rather, "dress" "material."

She also awaits a few more parts, for her tweakings.

She spent some time today chasing some pneumatic parts (y'know, like as in pneumatics and hydraulics), hoping to use them for... well... an alternate purpose. As usual, she casts the die, and hopes it works.

In the meantime, we divert, a bit.

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The Kirkland Peanut Can, a Two Act Play

Act I:

A conversation, between DK and Other Geek, not atypical.

Other Geek: What is this?

DK: Um, that is the can from the Costco peanuts.

Other Geek: Nice can. But why is it here on the counter? Throw it away.

DK: Um. Well, I kept it, 'cause it might come in useful, someday. It's a nice can. Cans like that are rather rare, anymore.

Other Geek: Do you have a use for it? Get rid of it if not.

DK: Um. Well, not exactly. I was thinking maybe it would make a nice scooper.

Other Geek: See that edge on the inside, it would get in the way. This would not make a good scooper, because stuff would hang up on that edge that is too thick.

DK: Um. Well, but it's such a nice can! I'm sure I will find a use for it!

Other Geek: Throw it away! If you think of a use for it, then you can save the next one!

DK: Um. HMmmmmmmm. Well..... OK. Secretly, she has already stashed the can BEFORE this one, in hiding, because it might come in handy.

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Act II

DK sits at her desk, staring at a spiral fluorescent bulb sitting on her desktop, which has been removed from her desk lamp and replaced with an LED bulb. She rolls the spiral fluorescent around in her palm, zoning out.

She isn't even trying, but is kinda fuzzy-brained because she's getting less and less sleep at night, due to the birthday present her best friend gave her, a Nook, which she wakes up and reads by at night, sucking from her sleep hours.

In her fuzzy brain state, she slips seamlessly into alpha waves. The spiral bulb in her hand all of a sudden comes to life, speaking to her.

She jolts back out of the alpha waves, realizing she's going to try something...

...using the peanut can, and the spiral bulb.

Oh, yeah.

She's nuts.

First, it was the Cashews.

Now, the Peanuts.

Well, look how successful the Cashews were...

Curtain is drawn.


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Old 04-03-2013, 12:53 PM   #1547
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Wetwedding project 15

So what is it? A steampunk Peter Cottontail?

Don't put it past DK. She does whacky-wonka-ish things.

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IN OTHER NEWS:

Global recalibration is basically complete. The tanks are responding with a vengeance, let me tell you. There are about ten tweaks to the system upcoming, all at once because to do any of them I have to empty and depressurize the system, and I'm waiting for a certain shipment that has been stuck THREE DAYS in San Diego... grrrrrrrrr.

The "fabric" for the "wedding" "dress" is tracking to arrive today, so since we want to get this show on the road, we will try to rope in a seamstress tomorrow and get the thing made by this weekend. It is so perfect, or will be, DK thinks. Can't wait to show all y'alls.


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Old 04-04-2013, 01:52 PM   #1548
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DK's critical part is STILL tracking in SAN DIEGO, grrrrrrrrrr.

But, another box arrives, from Fedex.

DK is thinking... I don't have any tracking from Fedex, whuuut? All her boxes she awaits are usps, right now.

She rips in.

The Tool Fairy!
It was from the Tool Fairy!

  • Did you know that the tool fairy uses Fedex? Whodathot.


Coo-el. Thanks. That is HOT. An heir and a spare, even.

Someday, when the tool fairy visits, the shrimp fairy may meet them.


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Old 04-04-2013, 02:07 PM   #1549
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Glad the package got to you! Hopefully they come in handy.
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Old 04-04-2013, 02:13 PM   #1550
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That is one sweet tool, gal!
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Old 04-04-2013, 04:19 PM   #1551
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That is one sweet tool, gal!
Yeah. Suh-weeeeeeeeeet. I dunno why, but people send me stuff.

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IN OTHER NEWS:

Wetwedding project 16

For some reason, DK's mind is stuck on Totoro. Those of you who've read the entire thread AND have a memory worth a darn know that DK loves Howl's Moving Castle and all things Ghibli.

Must influence her thinking...


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Are you making a UV sterilizer?
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Wetwedding project 17

Ahem.

Ahem.



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Yay tool fairy!
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Are you making a UV sterilizer?
Fergot to answer thissun.

Nyet.

DK doesn't believe in UV sterilizers for aquariums, anyway.
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Wetwedding project 18

DK was up really early, today.

Because, today, she goes in for the kill. Plus, she's relapsed very, very badly on diet coke for this project and has been sucking down PRODIGIOUS amounts of it, enough to rob 34-ounce-bubba-mug-latte-DK of sleep due to caffeine overload. When DK has caffeine overload, that's WAAAAAAAAAAAAY too much caffeine consumption. She must try to get back on the wagon, after this project is launched successfully.

She's been sweating out one leetle teeny problem, though. She awaits the pneumatic parts, but doesn't know if, when they arrive, they will work.

She needed a RELIABLE part for this segment of the process, and didn't have one. Teeny, itty bitty plug, she needed, to plug a high pressure port for when it's not in use. John guest sells the perfect plug, but DK was loathe to spend ten bucks to get one and wait a week for it (only place she could find them cheapest was five bucks for a pack of ten and five bucks shipping, but she only needs ONE and they are a 50 cent piece - on principle she cannot spend the ten bucks, then.)

She had a fake, but it was deemed UN-reliable by her, and this segment needs reliable.

She pondered.

And stewed.

And, well, obsessed.

And then, it came to her.

Oh, yes, this will do, perfectly. See, she KNEW she'd eventually have a use for it!

Stay tuned...


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How did you cut it DK? Is that cold rolled steel rod?
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How did you cut it DK? Is that cold rolled steel rod?
Well, actually, it's PVC quarter inch rod. So I used a tubing cutter. I'd like to say it is Kryptonite, but I'd be lying.

Wetwedding project 19

And it's a good thing I did, because that little PVC rod was the backup plan for a high pressure joint, and I tried the pneumatic fitting (which arrived today) and it popped at 100 psi, geysering DK's basement temporarily! Do you have any idea how much water mess even ten seconds of 100 psi makes?? 100 psi sprays!! SPRAYS!! The fitting was fine, it's that I was trying to use it for an unrelated temperature probe that was not quite the right diameter.

So, I had to plug the port with said PVC rod, and it worked just fine.

System is COMPLETELY installed, now, except for a GFCI outlet that DK is gonna terrorize Other Geek to install. Doing a beta run as I type this, and possibly will transition over to full automation this weekend. I'm watching a few joints and stress points on the first few runs, and fixing a few oozes.
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