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12:01pm 23/08/2016
 
 
Syona aka the Silicon Shaman
Timber I'd ordered to build darling daughter's new bed arrived...at 7:30am. I've been out and working since 8am [couldn't get back to sleep again, so might as well.] To give you a bit of context, normal waking time is more like 10-11, with Beloved woking the 2-10pm shift and we get to sleep around 3am.  So.. rather early start today...

She wants a Tibetan style bed, although somewhat simplified, and it's not like they sell those around here. So far it's cost £75 for the timber, and I estimate it'll cost another £50-ish for the upholstery webbing and other ancillary bits and bobs... which isn't a bad price for a custom built bed frame.

It's going to be big though, 2M by 1M [or whatever that is in feet and inches], but the structural frame of 2x3 timbers has a interior frame to take the webbing and futon under-mattress, plus the sides are padded so it can also serve as a sofa, so it needs to be a bit wider than usual so that the final interior dimensions will accommodate a standard single bed mattress.

Other news is I scored a dozen or so kilos of hi-strength ready-mix mortar that had literally fallen off the back of a lorry... there's a sharp right-hand bend as you come off the motorway off-ramp and lorries often shed bits of their load there. So, rather than leave it there and let it get rained on, I 'tidied it up'... which is handy, because I've a few jobs that need that, and no money to buy it.

I know they say the universe provides, but normally it's not quite so literally!

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Negotiations  
05:22pm 18/08/2016
 
 
Syona aka the Silicon Shaman
"Negotiations" by siliconshaman
Follows on from "Guido"
Story date: Week 4 Thursday.
Summery: Guido negotiates with Ms Octavia for the services of someone to act as a trainer for the Ring Mistress.
Characters: Guido and Ms Octavia.
Cameo: unnamed bit players as bodyguards and waitress.

 

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The RNV Exeter Incident pt 8  
02:14pm 11/08/2016
 
 
Syona aka the Silicon Shaman

Lt. Cmdr. Declaan gratefully took the iced tea from the steward as he stepped into the airport lounge, which was quickly becoming known as the ‘Officer’s Ashore Mess’. The 400-yard walk across the concrete apron had been like a brief stroll through a kiln, the heat drying out his skin almost as fast he could sweat.

 

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The Exeter Incident at Wattpad
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Signal boost: poetry fishbowl.  
09:58pm 02/08/2016
 
 
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</a></b></a>ysabetwordsmith 's Poetry Fishbowl is now live. This time the theme is "unexpected SCIENCE occurs." Crossposted from: http://siliconshaman.dreamwidth.org/1217336.html comment count unavailablecomments so far over there.
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Thank Muse it's Friday..  
11:17pm 29/07/2016
 
 
Syona aka the Silicon Shaman
DW user shiori_makiba is holding her Thank Muse it's Friday prompt session, here, which basically works like Ysabetwordsmith's poetry fishbowl only with prose as well.

This weeks theme is "I Need a Hero." In her words:
I'm soliciting ideas for superheroes, superheras, capes of no particular or both genders, ethical supervillains, ordinary folks doing heroic things, everyday heroes, doing the right thing, standing up for others, standing up for yourself, saving the world, saving others, saving yourself, and anything else that fits the theme.

Go, prompt, and get story stuff... and drop her a dime or two if you care to. [but it's not required.]

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signal boost!!  
09:21pm 19/07/2016
 
 
Syona aka the Silicon Shaman
Ysabet is doing a bonus poetry fishbowl, with theme.. "anything goes"... here.

Go along and feed the fishies, ask for whatever you want, or just suggest random stuff and see what happens!

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Aw mann...  
12:39pm 19/07/2016
 
 
Syona aka the Silicon Shaman
If anything, it's even hotter today. There's a bit of a breeze, but it's like standing in front of a hot air gun...

I am SO not doing forge work today! Today is a day for cold drinks in the shade and writing, and maybe a bit of painting later on this evening.

I think I begin to see why Hemingway was a prolific writer... if I lived in Key West, I'm sure I'd not want to move around too much either!

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Now this is just WRONG...  
02:45am 19/07/2016
 
 
Syona aka the Silicon Shaman
Current temperature here, according to my thermometer is 28.1 degrees C [82.5 F] at 3am...

Current temperature in bloody Cario is 25.4 C [77.7 F] and pretty much everywhere north of that is cooler...

Apart from Britain... what the chuffing heck?!

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Thing I made...  
03:40pm 16/07/2016
 
 
Syona aka the Silicon Shaman
So, the plan is to start forging sometime next week, which means I needed a set of long tongs.

Now, on amazon they cost about £30, for a 300mm set. At the moment there's a bit too much month at the end of the money, so I looked at what I had, and banged a steel pole that used to be a line prop, into what I needed.




Those are about half a metre, 50cm or 500mm long, or in imperial, 20 inches. One of the arms is slightly longer than the other and folded over and flattened, so that when you squeeze the handles together, they lock. Which I hope makes them easier to use. I think I might hot fold and forge weld a couple of pads of steel into the ends, to widen the gripping area. 

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The Exeter Incident pt7  
03:42pm 15/07/2016
 
 
Syona aka the Silicon Shaman

At 0740 hours the next morning Francis strode onto the bridge and immediately winced. The sun was already bright enough to give pause even reflected off the ground below. The Exeter was slowly making her way across the alien landscape of red rock, buff yellow sands and glaring white salt flats, at less than a few hundred feet altitude.

 

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The Exeter Incident at Wattpad
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and on DreamWidth 1 2 3 4 5 6

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Forge update..  
10:43pm 08/07/2016
 
 
Syona aka the Silicon Shaman
So, this is what I've been working on this week..




Basically, I turned a pile of scrap timber and an old iron bed frame, into a work bench.
It's braced on the concrete and held in place by the iron frame with underpins the wooden top.

I've also learnt more about metallurgy... regarding the phenomenon of work hardening. I.e, why certain types of metal and absolute pain in the ass to drill though... and I need more drill bits now.

Those are slate slabs either side of the anvil, which is bolted though the wood into the iron sub-frame, which rests on the masonry and wooden pillar. The ground under it is cement stabilised rammed earth, retained by brick and an old railway sleeper. [which was almost as hard to drill as the iron.]

Oh, and yes, that is a box of scrap lying under the bench... well, it's kind of a man cave now, isn't it..

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Signal boost...  
09:53pm 05/07/2016
 
 
Syona aka the Silicon Shaman
Ysabet is doing her usual monthly poetry fish-bowl; here

Theme for this month: "Is there a word for that feeling?"
She is soliciting ideas for counselors, psychologists, linguists, writers, poets, emo people, emotionally conflicted characters, people with burnout, neurovariant or mentally injured characters whos intensity is dialled up to 11, other folks who deal in emotions and the words for them, feeling overwhelmed, falling in love, learning about emotions, struggling to identify what you feel, coping with other people's emotions, getting confused, feeling like you are a different person when speaking a different language, counseling, bedrooms, classrooms, counselor's offices, laboratories, the corner booth in a restaurant, the wilderness, other places where people deal with intense or ambiguous feelings, emotional intelligence, emotional labor, emotionally complex responses, gender differences/discrimination in emotions, like at first sight, language gaps, anhedonia, comfort objects like teddy bears, and poetic forms in particular. But anything is welcome, really.

So, have fun and feed the fishy...

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Forge update.. we have fire!  
11:05pm 02/07/2016
 
 
Syona aka the Silicon Shaman
So, I finished the forge. Mostly. The oven needs lining but that's it.
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So, one good thing got done.

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Hail to thee oh Goddess, Guardian of the Rainbow Bridge,  
04:34pm 01/07/2016
 
 
Syona aka the Silicon Shaman
Greeter of all animals in the Hereafter.

I commend to you the soul of Niccodemous Bannertail The Eternal Kitten, Lord of the Endless Fluff, Scourge of the Red Dot, Gourmand of Gooshy Noms.

He was the gentlest, most loving of cats. Never once did he bring home a dead bird or mouse, choosing instead to forswear hunting for a life of quiet observation and contemplation. He was always ready with a purr or a head-butt of love even to the last moment of his life. A good and faithful companion.

May he rest easy in the fields of Summer, snuggled and groomed by those that have gone before.

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A little help from my friends...  
02:12pm 01/07/2016
 
 
Syona aka the Silicon Shaman
I'm in kind of a bad place emotionally right now [read, depressed as anything, for a reason I can't do anything about] and in need of something  to remind me that not all is doom and gloom, woe and anguish.

So... share with me something that's good about the world right now, please. A bit of good news, a pretty picture, a happy making thing... heck even an atrocious pun... something... anything...please.

Because at the moment... it seems like life is just an exercise in pain and futility.

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A Monday thought...  
01:30am 28/06/2016
 
 
Syona aka the Silicon Shaman
Some days, it's ok to have chocolate cake for breakfast, ice cream for lunch and hot dogs for tea... and some days, it's rather necessary!

Today has been a day...but it's over, and I got everything that needed doing done, and everything that I needed to buy, bought. [although not everything that I wanted.  I have some impulse control.]

and now I have a garden with some rather nice solar lights.

and ice cream.

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Oh, what a day... what a lovely day!  
02:20pm 24/06/2016
 
 
Syona aka the Silicon Shaman
Well, looks like David Cameron's little game of chicken with the British public resulted in him being roadkill... so that's one good thing to come out of the whole kerfluffle..

OTOH, the slimly little goit Farage is going to be bloody insufferably smug now.

So, about what I thought really.. nobody has a clue really what the effects will be either way, other than being something of a mixed bag. I guess we'll see what happens now we've decided to say F.U to the E.U...

Pity there wasn't a "shut the hell up and leave us alone" option. That would've won.

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Guido...back in the day...  
12:19pm 24/06/2016
 
 
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Guess which one's Guido!

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Guido...  
02:37am 24/06/2016
 
 
Syona aka the Silicon Shaman
"Guido" by Siliconshaman
Follows on from Chase [Part 1] [Part 2]. [but before "liquid time"..sorry, blame the muse]
Story date: Week 3 day 4
Summery: Mr Guido muses about his life and what to do now his Boss is gone, while planning his next step.
Characters: Mr Guido

 

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brief update  
05:35pm 23/06/2016
 
 
Syona aka the Silicon Shaman
Brief because it's hot and humid and I feel like a limp noodle...

So, I figured out why the forge wasn't drawing properly, I'd tried to be too clever and built in a spark arrester at the top of the chimney. Except it was doing more than stopping sparks escaping and had furred up with soot to the point that not even daylight could get through. So, short sojourn up a ladder and it was removed. Sparks be damned... Also sawing up bits of tongue&groove board to make the wooden oven door I managed to saw open my knuckle a bit. It's not actually that bad a cut, but boy did it bleed. I left a trail of scarlet drops all the way down the garden path. [the first aid kit lives in the kitchen].

Meh though, half an hour later and it's fine...doesn't even hurt. Must remember to get a first aid box for the patio/workshop. Saves the walk.

Documentation for the mortgage is in the hands of the solicitors now, so that's slowly grinding it's way towards being done... which is good, because today's the first day this week I haven't had to go somewhere and do something with other people I don't know. I was getting perilously close to the; "No more spoons left, only knives." stage... to borrow a phrase.

And now...I'm gonna go sit in the freezer for a bit... why the fuck can't we buy A/C units in this damn country?!

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Liquid time...  
12:05am 20/06/2016
 
 
Syona aka the Silicon Shaman
"Liquid Time" by Siliconshaman
Follows on from Chase.
Story date: Week 4[ish]
Summery: The Ring Mistress aka Hila Bruckawitz aka Holly Harewood, is recovering in a secure mental Health facility. She is a bit loopy from drugs and neural damage. She makes a discovery about her powers.
Warning: Creepiness and abuse of mental control power.
Characters: The Ring Mistress.
Cameo: Unnamed other patient.

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forge update...  
01:09pm 16/06/2016
 
 
Syona aka the Silicon Shaman
Although not exactly an update, just I was able to nip o.ut while it wasn't raining and get some pictures.
[and it's raining again as I type]

Ok, so this is what it looked like last.


And this is what it looks like after modifications.



and inside



The inside tapers up towards the chimney, although the shadow from the raised [lowered?] arch at the entrance makes it look as if it dips.

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Surprise..  
02:06am 14/06/2016
 
 
Syona aka the Silicon Shaman
Ok, so I got hit by a drive-by prompt on [personal profile] dialecticdreamer 's Magpie Monday post.

Surprise by [personal profile] siliconshaman , from a prompt by [personal profile] technoshaman 
Story date: week 3[ish]
Characters: Ashley
Mentioned: Marcie [Ashley's younger sister]

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Forge update...  
11:55pm 13/06/2016
 
 
Syona aka the Silicon Shaman
Sans pictures unfortunately...because it started chucking it down minutes after I finished.

So, 4, 5 or maybe 6 [I lost count] buckets of sticky concrete, half a metre squared of wire mesh and a number of strips of mild steel bent into arcs and my forge has been modified to include a tapering arch and lintel. Plus I plugged a few obvious gaps in the chimney stack with scraps.

Now I wait a week while it sets... maybe longer. The rain doesn't help.

I'll get a picture if it stops raining tomorrow. [Or later if it doesn't]

Meantime, the blower is wired up and ready to go, I just need to connect up the salvaged hose to it and the forge, and we're good to go. Which means time to place the anvil and build myself a work table. [I have a wood and slate top for it already].

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Magpie Monday..  
11:46pm 13/06/2016
 
 
Syona aka the Silicon Shaman
Dialecticdreamer is doing her usual Magpie Monday thing on the theme of "Surprise!"

Please go here, and suggest a shiny prompt or two, or three... and receive spiffy fic-lits in return.
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