Fluid Film rattle cans

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Got new cans of Fluid Film after a long drought. On the left is one of my new cans. My last, empty can is on the right. Fluid Film is great, but it was difficult to obtain (for yours truly) for a long while. I’d gotten my last cans of the stuff courtesy of someone […]

Overkill: Aramid thread to mend a woven-PP bag.

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Fixed the zipper on a woven-polypropylene (PP) bag aka 蛇皮袋 (Snakeskin Bag in Simplified Chinese). Recently, I stuffed a woven-polypropylene bag a mite too full of stuff and managed to pop the its zipper slider (the thing with two nostril-like orifices which one pulls back and forth) off one side of the zipper’s “chain” (the […]

Here’s the obligatory thermal camera hand selfie

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A human hand as viewed by a FLIR ONE Pro infrared camera dongle for Android phones. Temperature measurements with K-type thermocouple probes (to which I alluded in a previous entry: Hardwired auto-off sucks. Don’t build it into tools/instruments you design.) are useful, but you’ll only get readings at the precise locations where you place the […]

They want cats to eat ze bugz too, it seems.

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All My Friends Are Insects HerpDerp Is that the way it is? The Diary of Lupin Pooter
S. and I stopped in a local pet supplies store this afternoon and some peculiar flavors of canned cat fodder caught my eye. Sandwiched in between some of the traditional fish-and-fowl-based products were rows of unusual combos, proudly labeled as having been made in Taiwan: CRICKET & CHICKEN, RAT MEAT & CHICKEN, MEALWORM & CHICKEN, […]

Hardwired auto-off sucks. Don’t build it into tools/instruments you design.

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Hardwiring an auto-off feature into a measurement tool or instrument, like a digital thermometer, is dumb and bad. Don’t do it. Providing it as an option is probably useful in a lot of cases, but turning a tool off after an arbitrarily chosen length of time is dumb and bad. Five-minute-and-change-long clip of two DJI […]

It is easier to bamboozle than to debamboozle.

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Years later, Hong Kong and a few other holdouts are demonstrating the veracity of variations on the truism that It’s Easier To Fool People Than To Convince Them That They’ve Been Fooled. For the title of this brief entry, I went with one of the verified-real and attributable statements in this vein, It is easier to bamboozle than to debamboozle.

Decadal review of the Belkin Verve Tab Folio for Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Touch, Black

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Nearly a decade ago, S. and I bought Belkin ‘Verve Tab Folio’ cases for our then-new Kindle Paperwhites (1st-gen EY21 Wifi-only units). Neither of our Kindles, which we got out of an abundance of optimism, has been used terribly often. Mine was almost always kept in airplane mode and employed as a portable PDF reader, […]

Life Goes On, Save Me, Good Day, Save Me, Good Day

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Snickers in purple wrappers emblazoned with odd phrases on a 7-11 shelf. I found myself in a 7-11 a few days ago, needing to make a purchase, any purchase, and scanned the shelves for something small to buy. I’m not bigly into candy and rarely buy any, but the purple-wrapper-ed Snickers bars printed with odd […]

Some smaller HOPs

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I like my Wera 42-piece 8100 SA 2 Zyklop Speed Ratchet Set [1/4″ drive, metric] and it sees a fair bit of professional-amateur tinkerer usage, particularly the included 8784 A1 Zyklop bit adaptor, 1/4″ (05003529001), with hex-inner or Torx drive bits. Often, though, I’ve had to dig out a separate bit assortment to get a […]

Hello from Judson’s Garage: Fiddling around with upscaling and enhancing low-res, low-quality video

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Concluding frames of the commercial for MEGO’s ‘Forbidden Zone Trap’ Planet of the Apes playset. Vault of Vintage Toys recently posted an image of the box for a 1970s-era MEGO Planet of the Apes (check out All PLANET OF THE APES Original Franchise Trailers (1968 – 1973) if you’re only familiar with the remakes) playset: […]

Having a gander inside a SMART SENSOR AS808 (an inexpensive, standalone 1xAAA-powered temperature and humidity sensor)

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The screen of the (reassembled) SMART SENSOR AS808, displaying the ambient temperature and humidity as well as the date. We have some small and accurate-enough temperature and humidity sensors (“SMART SENSOR AS808”). They run on single AAA batteries and the batteries last for months and months. Their biggest flaw is the lack of any way […]

A mildly satisfying micro project: increasing the run time of a pull-string cat toy by making the string longer

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The pull-string cat toy, disemboweled. Some recently-bought cat toys came with spring-powered vibration motors. The springs (likely spiral torsion springs, i.e. watch springs) are loaded by drawing back a length of string attached to the motor’s axle. When you draw back the pullstring and release it, the eccentric mass on the motor’s axle causes the […]