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Author Topic: GAAAAAHHHHHH Mk.VI: The Return of the Son of the 50ft GAAAH that struck back!  (Read 46976 times)
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« Reply #200 on: October 27, 2016, 10:55:03 pm »

Just noticed that I have lost the garnet stone out of the ring on my little finger. Cry


No idea when it fell out, didn't even know it was loose. It probably fell out today when I was applying roofing felt on an outhouse at one of my properties. I'm really pissed off at losing the stone, the ring belonged to my dad and I only wore it due to that reason. I don't wear rings or jewellery of any sort usually due to the type of manual work I do and when I'm making stuff, it all usually just gets in the way or is likely to be damaged.

It has not been off my finger in nearly 20 years. Feels odd not having it on anymore (now in box with my other rings), but pointless wearing a ring with a gaping hole in the top.


BOLLOCKS!   Angry

GAAAARRRRRGGGHHH!!!!!!


I might see about getting a replacment stone, depending on price. But it's not the same though...  Undecided

During all the bad things that have happened to me in the last decade, I lost my grandfather's 1942 graduation ring and my own graduation ring. Nothing seems to last forever and everything you own is fleeting depending on circumstances.  All we get to keep is memories.
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« Reply #201 on: October 28, 2016, 12:41:33 am »

Siliconous, replace the stone, wear the ring to some place you and your dad used to go together and 'rededicate' it - nothing religious, necessarily, just symbolic of what you and your dad did together.

On special occasions I have been known to wear my dad's silver RAAF dress wings - they are one of the few physical things I have of his, apart from a pipe and some other little odds and ends.
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« Reply #202 on: October 28, 2016, 12:51:00 am »

They will never be foregotten.
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« Reply #203 on: October 28, 2016, 04:04:53 am »

Wells, that is so true. My dad died 41 years ago in July (quite young, alas), and barely a day goes by that he doesn't pop into my head at some time or another.
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« Reply #204 on: October 28, 2016, 05:18:08 am »

I'm sad to announce the demise of the Birdnest.  Taken by the Roaring Lion fire storm on 31 July, 2016.

The important things were saved ... lives and critters. All else was completely destroyed.

We've gathered our wits and have moved on to Port Townsend, Washington .. to restart amidst the grand cedar trees and wonderful Victorian homes (and pretty good beer ...).

Though we were driven to the four winds by a careless act of a mindless 'human', life goes on ... along with a ton of retail therapy and the opportunity to create new treasures (some to be posted here fairly soon!).  We've purchased a new home on the peninsula and will move in early November - carpets will be torn away and replaced with oak floors ... the interior will be getting a dramatic turn back in time ... over a bit of time (not too much fun at once, ya know ... got to spread it out a little for added enjoyment)

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My word.  I was about to post moaning about the wretched cold I've had this last week (which has kept me off work the last few days), but that rather pales into insignificance when compared with your problem.  I'm so sorry for your loss; I have been very impressed with your handiwork whenever you've shown photographs of it and plainly quite aside from being your home, it was your life's work too.  I can't begin to imagine the feelings evoked seeing it destroyed thus.  I know if it happened to me I'd be utterly heartbroken.  I suppose the only positive that can come out of this situation is the opportunity to rebuild, bigger/ better/ improved.  You'd just sooner it wasn't brought about by these circumstances. 

Thank you for your kind words ...
Although it has been quite rough at times, I must say that it has been a blessing in disguise. Our new location is an inspiration for new creations to come.  This place (Port Townsend WA) is stuffed full of history, beautiful Victorian homes and a proper 19th century downtown (albeit small). I hear that there is a local Steampunk festival ... during which I will find fellows in the Art of our style. As soon as we get settled in our new home, the creations will begin to take shape.  So much craftsmanship here ... so much wood porn ... so much to be imagined into glorious thingys!

My gahhhhh ... banks.  The things that they want are absurd - and we are putting up a 65% down payment.  NO ... we don't have past records ... THEY BURNED.   worthless chavs.
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« Reply #205 on: October 28, 2016, 07:14:21 pm »

Some ******* of a **** has thrown a bottle through the rear window of my car and then, not content with causing that damage has attacked the top of the tailgate with something like a hammer denting it so badly that the whole thing will have to be replaced.  The police were very sympathetic and the forensics people came out to look at it in only about an hour but no fingerprints, no witnesses and no CCTV so no chance of catching anyone. So I now have to pay the insurance excess to get it fixed (my mechanic friend said the excess would be a lot cheaper than repairing it privately).
They didn't steal anything, they could see there was nothing to steal inside.
It was parked outside the nursing home where I work, so a good chance I was inside either visiting or looking after our frail elderly clients.
It's a 10 year old ordinary Suzuki hatchback, the sort of thing ordinary people drive, not something to be jealous of.

It makes me feel ill/angry/hurt to realise (once again) that people can just be so nasty.

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« Reply #206 on: October 29, 2016, 09:56:57 am »

That sort of mindless vandalism does leave a sour taste, doesn't it?

Some time ago my motorcycle was stolen from the hospital carpark while I was inside receiving treatment for an injury - did the mindless moron who stole it think I might need to get home on it - nah, it was just a bit of fun! HA! It was 9.30pm before I was finished, and I lived about 4/5 miles from the hospital. Fortunately a friend was able to pick me up, take me to the police station then take me home - I even had a little sherry to settle the temper. Oddly enough, I got the bike back a couple of days later, out of fuel, but undamaged!
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« Reply #207 on: October 29, 2016, 12:59:07 pm »

I have my ticket to a wonderful event in London today. It's just starting and I'm too ill with a cold to even get dressed, let alone go out. I'm so down and so angry with myself.  Even if I was suddenly well it's at least an hour to get from here to there.
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« Reply #208 on: October 29, 2016, 02:23:05 pm »

Came home from a weekend break on Monday 10th October.
It turned into a chest cold and then a chest infection.
So, here I am 19 days later with pleurisy.

And it would appear around 50 of the people that were on the same weekend break are in the same boat.
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« Reply #209 on: October 29, 2016, 05:53:51 pm »

So, here I am 19 days later with pleurisy.
Pleurisy? That's taking re-enactment a little far, isn't it? That level of Victorian authenticity really isn't required.

Get well very soon.

That's an order.
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« Reply #210 on: November 02, 2016, 08:20:13 pm »

A small alternative power project I've been working on required an automatic transfer switch, while these exist "off the shelf" they are expensive and not quite what I need for my project, and thus I had to 'DIY' it from scratch.  Found a metal household consumer unit (fuse box) for £8 online (so got two, one for spares) and suitable mechanical relays and  hardware needed to mount them inside the fusebox case. Total cost including next day delivery - £22  Grin

My design Switches between two sources of AC power - the utility company grid supply, and what I generate myself via my inverter - and it also switches the 12V power source for my 12v DC - 240V AC inverter (saving power and making the whole process fail-safe and automatic). As I am switching a 12v source that is exposed in various places (solar panels, battery connections etc), I do not want to switch the 12v current via a 240V powered relay in case "something bad happens" and 240V power finds it's way in to the low voltage areas that may result in a unhealthy risk of death...  So as a result the relay that switches the 12V side is powered by 12V via an isolated power supply (switching converter or small transformer) which means the whole system is suitably isolated, safety wise at least.


The problem is that the realy requires a 12V AC supply (like grid power), DC current (like from a battery) does not work. This is not really an issue, I just need to use an AC output switching supply like a small halogen lighting supply, or a small 12v output type transformer - simple, right?...  NOPE! Two switching supplies have problems, one cannot power such a small load as the relay coil and fails to start correctly, the other has some sort of fault and has no power output. So I tried to use a small 12V transformer. I found a transformer in every possible voltage EXCEPT 12V nominal output.  Roll Eyes

Finally I found a suitable transformer in another of my electronics junk bins, wired it all up, fabricated some mounting brackets to mount it inside the fuse box. ANNNnnnnnndd........Nothing.  After some swearing and head scratching, I pulled the transformer back out and tested it -  sure enough the mains input side of the winding was open circuit (meaning it's broken). Seems it must have had a weakness that decided to fail now. Roll Eyes


WHY can't I find a working 12v power source for this damned thing!?   Huh

I must have turned over every toolbox and boxes filled with electrical scrap / parts in my house, and yet I can't find something as common as a 12v transformer (even an old car battery charger would work). They have to be among the most common devices available, and 12V is one of the most commonly used voltages.


*sigh*   Undecided
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« Reply #211 on: November 02, 2016, 08:48:02 pm »

DC current (like from a battery) does not work.

What kind of Relay do you need?
There are plenty of 12V DC relays on the market here.
PM me the spec (load to be switched,....) and I will see what my spares box contains.
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« Reply #212 on: November 03, 2016, 09:00:54 am »

DC current (like from a battery) does not work.

What kind of Relay do you need?
There are plenty of 12V DC relays on the market here.
PM me the spec (load to be switched,....) and I will see what my spares box contains.

Thanks, but I'm pretty much limited to what I have - Thanks for the offer though!  Smiley

I need a 30 amp relay, however it needs to fit inside the fuse box case that I'm using to contain everything - and not all DIN rail compatible items will fit (I had to do a bit of checking on data sheets to make sure it would all line up correctly). The bonus was that the relays I used and the DIN mounting bases were far cheaper than anywhere else I searched (price was £6 total). It's a three pole 10 amp relay, but combined it handles the 30 amp draw just fine. 30 amps is the peak draw, as it is only a 300W inverter that runs my computer, a couple of lights, and possibly my TV at a later date, usually the current does not exceed 15 - 20 amps.

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I'll make this work somehow, probably just have to go out and buy a cheap transformer from RS or Maplin etc. I just want to keep the cost low, hence reusing parts from the junk box. Smiley
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« Reply #213 on: November 03, 2016, 10:28:43 am »

I would recommend a cheap automotive relay. Look here:

https://www.conrad.de/de/kfz-relais-12-vdc-30-a-1-schliesser-66-e-70g-30-840629.html?gclid=CJOM8eCfjNACFUoW0wodwXIFhQ&insert_kz=VQ&hk=SEM&WT.srch=1&WT.mc_id=google_pla&s_kwcid=AL!222!3!155090976372!!!g!!&ef_id=VaejYAAABXaIHC4D:20161103091429:s

12V, 30 Amps, SPST Relay. There are some of those in my Box o´Bits. Also SPDT if needed.

They are used in many of my projects as they are cheap and easy to replace (only had to do this once as one set of contacts welded due to a failure elsewhere in the circuit.)

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« Reply #214 on: November 03, 2016, 11:01:08 am »

A bit of a gaaagh, I really ain't having much luck with pets lately......

Lifted the lid on the fishtank to feed my Oscar and he lept out!

Trying to grab a manically thrashing large fish from the floor was a challenge, but I think I managed to do it quick enough, he looks a little shell shocked, but no obvious damage as far as I can see, apart from a few lost scales.

Will leave to settle for a few hours then do a water change.

Pets........ Gaaaahhhhh!
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« Reply #215 on: November 04, 2016, 08:56:09 am »

GAH! I can't believe it's November 4. Nothing against this month, but time is passing too fast and I'm not getting any younger!

And I fear the end of the world is nigh. Even the Chicago Cubs, against all expectations, and in spite of being hated as losers (even by Chicagoans) managed to win the [US Baseball] World Series... after not winning the series for the past 108 years!



As Neil DeGrasse Tyson commented on Twitter, the last time the cubs won there were only 85 elements in the Periodic Table!

I don't even want to think what will happen in a few days...

Oh, no! The sky is falling! Heaven is burning! Hell is freezing! Aaaargh!
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« Reply #216 on: November 04, 2016, 01:19:01 pm »

Well done, Chicago Cubs!!

Two eternal underdog loser football teams, Western Bulldogs (Australian Rules Football) and Cronulla Sutherland Sharks (Rugby League) both won their respective Grand Finals this year! 'doggies hadn't won the big prize for something like 64 years, Sharks had never won it at all! Next year, all bets are off!

Cubs will become one of those eternal sports quiz questions now!
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« Reply #217 on: November 05, 2016, 12:27:38 am »

What's GAAAAAHHHHHHH X 100?
A friend of mine went for a scan Thursday morning and his terminal cancer has spread to his lymph gland.
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« Reply #218 on: November 05, 2016, 07:33:53 am »

What's GAAAAAHHHHHHH X 100?
A friend of mine went for a scan Thursday morning and his terminal cancer has spread to his lymph gland.
I remember that one well and my deepest sympathies. But it can be beaten; with daily blueberries and custard creams and a positive attitude I have been all clear now for two and a half years. I'm not sure, but doing a regular 'Cancercast' on Mixcloud focusing on the comedy side of the whole thing seemed to help too.

Though I'm not happy about the recent list of 'worthless treatments' that included chemotherapy for terminal cancer patients. When I was diagnosed at 3b (the penultimate stage where the cancer was in the lymph glands) they gave me palliative chemotherapy. That shrunk the tumors to half their size so they gave me radiotherapy which cleared the rest. Being told that the treatment that saved me is worthless feels like being told that I'm worthless. But what do they know, they said it was incurable...
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« Reply #219 on: November 05, 2016, 07:18:50 pm »

What's GAAAAAHHHHHHH X 100?
A friend of mine went for a scan Thursday morning and his terminal cancer has spread to his lymph gland.
Best of luck for your friend and fingers crossed here. Not much I know, but my thoughts are with you.
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« Reply #220 on: November 06, 2016, 08:28:55 am »

Thanks guys. It's now in his spine, liver and lymph glands he's had chemo to shrink it but it's spread anyway. It's sadly just a waiting game but we'll have a bloody good laugh while we wait
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« Reply #221 on: November 06, 2016, 08:06:58 pm »

In pain at the moment.  Was on my bed and turned over to plug charger in. As I turned it groaned and my cat went absolutely crazy. She launched at my back and bit me so I had to lie back on her the grab her tightly round the back of her neck. So now I've got scratches all over my hand that bled and bite wounds on my back along with scratches.  The other cat came to see what was going on and she got attacked as well. She's in the other room waiting for psycho cat to calm down. Unfortunately psycho cat seems to feel it's her fault and growls at her if she comes near. Psycho cat is now lying on the bed next to me wanting to snuggle under the duvet all the while growling at me every time I move so there's no way she's getting under the duvet with me!
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« Reply #222 on: November 06, 2016, 11:05:35 pm »

Fell over again yesterday - third time in a month! Now have bruises on bruises as yesterday was only a week after fall two. And, of course, landed on bad side, re-hurt already hurt bits plus a few extra. Fortunately yesterday was on grass, and I managed to twist myself under a steel fence rail! Dunno how I did that, but worth the extra strain not to belt head on said railing! Feeling it a bit today, but tomorrow will be worse - not game to look at new bruises!
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« Reply #223 on: November 08, 2016, 08:05:18 pm »

In the week leading up to my birthday, we've had the following weather: Two days of near-freezing temperatures, followed by a +20C day, followed again by near-freezing temperatures. Now it's been the fifth day of near freezing temperatures with heavy rain. (Entire country is on yellow alert)

I'm sick as a dog, and this weather is not helping in the least.
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« Reply #224 on: November 10, 2016, 02:03:48 am »

Modified to better reflect and explain the intent since vagueness seems to have only made it worse.
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