The demise of Maplin in the UK is starting to bite. I really don't want to order a single capacitor online, or maybe two, to fault-find and fix a friend's stereo, and then wait for it to drop through the letter box. But there isn't a Maplin now, nor an independent component shop in a 20 mile radius that I know of.

Looking at making robots, I pondered about using MIDI to control one. Saves me from learning CAN buses or similar, and had enough variables and options to cover a big old setup.
Side benefits:
- you could take your bot MIDI script and play it on a Flugelhorn or Funky Clav patch and see what it sounds like
- conversely, take a page of Mozart or Techno and see how the bot flips and spins to that shit.

Spending years working around factories in technical functions has obviously influenced me deeply.
Watching a programme on TV, where a metalworker unexpectedly struck a welding arc with a MIG torch, I immediately looked away from the screen without thinking.
It's a self-preservation reaction - walking through factories there will sometimes be unshielded arc welding happening, and the UV radiation is harmful to the eyes.

Please boost if it’s okay to befriend you, ask questions, ask for advice, rant, vent, let something off your chest, or just have a nice chat.

Quit my job today. Boost to celebrate. 🎺

Got one of those situations where original signed documents have to be sent off, where there are no master digital records and copies are always unacceptable.
Very nervous about entrusting it to a carrier where any compensation is about the value of the materials in the parcel.
I'm wondering how any sender or carrier can mitigate the risk of losing literally irreplaceable items.

okay so my proposal is that we make companies data mine research papers and we put our personal data behind paywalls instead

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"I dream you, and You dream me"

from "Mysticism and the new physics"
Dated: Around half a century ago
Published by: Smart people somewhere

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Favourite made-up unit of measure:
Gallon radians per cubic calendar month.

Dream up an application for it if you like πŸ™‚

I made a mason jar lamp with a magnetic switch!

RT @vgkits@twitter.com: Have roughly 100pcs of these 800 point breadboards with power rails to give away to community and schools projects for the price of postage from UK, or pick up for free from our @MorecambeWest@twitter.com HQ. Usual Freecycle rules... wiki.freecycle.org/How_To_Use_

Mysterious phenomenon (and also embarrassing thing wot I did during a recent maritime aviation exercise):

Reported an aircraft inbound to the ship, facing us head-on (deduced from being able to see both its red and green sidelights).

It was inbound for a *really* long time.

It was, in fact, Capella.

I didn't even know it was possible for stars to twinkle red-and-green!

(Since then, I have been looking out for ones that do; the best examples I've seen so far being Sirius and Betelgeuse)

RIP Chas Hodges (from Chas and Dave), 1943-2018..

Central heating wasn't that common in British houses until the 1980s, 1970s era fridges weren't always that big either (so the matriarch of the house would often object to them being filled up with booze), so the sideboard was cold enough to keep English ale in at a reasonable temperature πŸ˜† 🍻

youtube.com/watch?v=axm8c2ble0

Read this. This article pretty summarizes what I see every day. And when I criticize it, half of the audience doesn't understand my point. They are simply to young and grew up with smart phones and fast lines.

"Software disenchantment": tonsky.me/blog/disenchantment/ via kurtm@bsd.network

I got this banana phone as a joke but it turns out it's the best Bluetooth headset I've ever used.

Help, I'm managing an international consulting firm via banana.

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