Some Taobao merchants sell PTFE-coated wire and others sell spools

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Some Taobao merchants sell PTFE-coated wire and other sell little spools, but I couldn’t find any offering spools of PTFE-coated wire, so I got some of each and did the spooling myself. I neglected to include any known-size objects for scale but I the center-hole of one of those spools is just large enough to […]

Failure mode for a cute lil’ magnet: separation of chrome-y paint from magnet’s working surface

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Another neat little magnet bites the dust and the failure mode, as usual, is the separation of the shiny chrome-like coating from the working surface of the magnet. So long, seal with stripey beach ball, I hardly knew ye.

How come nobody knows? Introducing NighIsTheEnd.rb, a helper script for making signs

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First I acquired (read: bought cheap) some packs of velcro-backed felt letters. Then I got some large-ish scraps of thick black felt. On a completely unrelated project, I tried using a hot-glue glue gun for the first time in my life. It clogged. Boo hoo. I still needed a glue gun, so I ordered some […]

Homework’s whack, and so are rules! Tucking in your shirt’s for fools!

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Lots of portable electronic gadgets use Li-ion batteries, so I can understand why an Li-ion battery warning sticker would arouse the interest of thieves somewhere in the logistics chain between Amazon.co.uk and me. Fortunately, they weren’t interested in hot-glue guns and the holes which they poked in the box, including one through the Li-ion battery […]

Why is Genki Sushi’s hip-hop bear mascot sweating? Why is it making a finger gun gesture?

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Why is the tissue-dispensing version of Genki Sushi’s new(ish) hip-hop/gangsta-themed bear mascot sweating? Does it want customers to use more tissues, faster? Or is it worried that restaurant patrons will exhaust its supply of tissues quickly and a staff member will thrust more into its maw? Other depictions of the bear bro are just as, […]

Interesting living (and formerly living) things … at the beach a couple of weeks ago

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Better late than never is the principle at work here. I processed these images weeks ago but didn’t get around to posting them. Though I haven’t actually nailed down the identity of any of them, in some cases, I have a guess or two. There’s a lot going on here on this rock. The finger-shaped […]

Found: one left-foot flip-flop (prestigious Chynel brand)

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A typhoon passed through Hong Kong recently. Afterwards, at low-tide time, I donned a pair of low-rise duck boots and headed down to the small beach nearby to see whether any interesting sea life had been washed closer to shore or, less-fortunately for the creatures concerned, ashore. I did see some interesting living and once-living […]