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Hitch in bed making... and experimental process.  
04:33pm 22/09/2016
 
 
Syona aka the Silicon Shaman
Problem:
I need to saw two very large [2.4meters by 1.2meters] sheets of hardwood 5mm plywood into smaller rectangles to make the panels for the bed. The problem part being I don't own a circular or jig saw.

I did have a small circular saw blade thing for a dremmel... but the plywood was too hard for the dremmel and while using the power drill to cut worked for a bit, it eventually melted and snapped the mandrel [the shaft].

Test 1;
Having tested the hacksaw I have on an off-cut of the plywood and found that it cuts without splintering it too badly, I decided I could finish the remaining sawing by hand... except that I need in a  couple of cases to make a cut as long as the sheet of ply is wide, and the frame of the hacksaw limits how far I can cut before it runs into the sheet.

Test 2:
However, removing the hacksaw blade and wrapping one end of that in a cloth allowed me to cut the ply..although it wasn't an ideal method. The hacksaw blade isn't very stiff in a sideways direction, but back&forth it's ok. So by holding around half the length it worked just...knackered my fingers though and I wasn't able to apply much force.

Conclusion:
I need to make a new type of saw... or at least, new to me. Something like a knife handle that instead of a blade has a stiff metal socket that's just a fraction bigger than a hacksaw blade. With a nut&bolt at the end that fits though the attachment hole in one end of the hacksaw blade.

Then with a sort of stabbity-stabbity motion I can saw through the plywood for as far as I like, or until my arm falls off!

Science, it doesn't just happen in labs!

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The RNV Exeter Incident. Part 9  
01:46pm 22/09/2016
 
 
Syona aka the Silicon Shaman

Lt Commander Edward Decclan awoke to a cool breeze blowing over his chest, and a pounding headache that had him groaning even before he opened his eyes. He felt the bed shift slightly as someone moved, and a cool wet cloth was gently placed on his brow.

 

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The Cane Heist. pt 1 of 2  
12:04pm 21/09/2016
 
 
Syona aka the Silicon Shaman
"The Cane Heist" by siliconshaman
Follows on from "Negotiations"
Story date. Week five Monday.
Summery. Guido plans and executes a robbery at the commission of Ms Octavia, which runs into a snag.
Characters: Guido, Jimmy the Sneak [a thief], Fetch [a teleporter], Wheeler [the getaway driver].
Cameos: Fast Tony and Mouse. Also mentioned: Inky [a forger]. Haruko and his lodger Manón Raquera

 

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Note  
12:00pm 21/09/2016
 
 
Syona aka the Silicon Shaman
At a readers request the prior bit of Blight has been foot-noted with details of Voudoo, Voodoo, Hoodoo [and the difference between them] and the various Loa mentioned.

Ok, it's really just a bunch of links to wikipedia, but it's a start.

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Blight [pt 4 of probably 6]  
01:29am 19/09/2016
 
 
Syona aka the Silicon Shaman
"Blight" by siliconshaman
Follows on from "Surprise"
Story date week 4
Characters: Ashley. Bernie.
Cameo's: Dr Facilitator [a bad guy], Adalina, Facet, Haruko, Cpt Holly Perez, Marcie [Ashley's sister], Unnamed NOPD officer...
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Blight. [pt3 of ??]  
11:46am 17/09/2016
 
 
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"Blight" by siliconshaman
Follows on from "Surprise"
Story date week 4
Characters: Ashley. Bernie.
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T.D.H!  
03:12pm 13/09/2016
 
 
Syona aka the Silicon Shaman
When the power tools which have been sitting in the sun are far too hot to pick up, much less use, it's time to call it quits!

So... I'm building a Tibetan style bed for my daughter. Which in case you're wondering, they look like this:



This is what I've built so far:



Actually, I'm a bit further on than the photo taking into account today's work. The sub-frame that takes the strapping for the mattress pad is finished. Next job is assembling the middle leg and strut. The 'front' aka the side nearest tot he camera and the lowest side, will have a couple of lift-up panels so under-bed storage boxes can be slid under the bed.

Of course, work is being supervised...


Yuri thinks the tarp I hung as a temporary fix where there's a slight leak in the roof, makes a fine cat hammock... 

Of course, the other reason I haven't got quite as much work done as I ought is this..



Little Miss No-Name was acquired by darlin' daughter on Saturday, and so far is settling in. Although she does like attention! The other cats are less certain about the newest family member, but are coming round slowly.

Update:
Apparently the kitten responds to the name Autumn! [as in, she ran over and Prrpt'ed!]
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DemiFiction: A letter to a young fan from a Super Hurrah!  
05:15pm 06/09/2016
 
 
Syona aka the Silicon Shaman
Story date: I'm saying weekend of week 3
Follows on from 'Letter To A Super Hurrah'

Letter mailed to Kaytee c/o her parents.
Written in elegant copperplate script with purple ink on a light slate grey paper bordered with a black pinstripe. There are pencil sketches of spiderwebs along the top and graveyard complete with dancing skeletons along the bottom. One of whom is wearing a long flowing dress and top hat, and holding the hand of smaller one.


Dear Kaytee,
 Oh wow! Thank you for your letter! I think you're my first fan...certainly the first one to write to me. Also, thank you for the kind words.

I don't always think I'm strong or smart or cool. Like everyone else, I have bad days too, days when I just want to hide in bed. That's ok though. I am going to frame your letter and keep it where I can see it to remind me that I can be all those things you said I was. That I can be a super hurrah! I do like your name for it too. So, thank you for helping me.

I like bugs too... I think my favourite are luna moths. They aren't the prettiest, and they don't have cool things like poisonous stings... but they're like little ghosts when they flitter, and I think someone needs to love them,

I like black-widow spiders too though, they're glossy black and round and they have a pretty red warning hourglass, and they eat pesky flies and mosquitoes that spread diseases. But I agree ichneumon wasps are pretty cool. Did you know there are types of them that will carefully sting tarantula spiders who much bigger than them, so that the spider is paralysed but still alive. Then they drag the spider back to their nest, and will lay their eggs on it so that when they hatch, the wasp grubs have fresh live spider to eat! Isn't that cool and clever!

Thank you for the picture...I honestly haven't seen a berettafly up close since I got stung, but they are pretty to look at. If you see one, run and tell an adult though, you don't want to get stung. I stepped on a hot coal once, and believe me, being stung by a berettafly hurt way, way worse! I don't need to tell you to be careful with other bugs either, you know which ones can be dangerous. Just make sure you take proper care. Thick gloves and so on. Also make sure you tell your parents what you're doing and how you're keeping yourself safe. They worry about things like that and it's good to tell them so they don't.

I hope your project got an A, it sounds like you worked hard on it. But if not keep at it, you sound just as eager to learn stuff as the doctors and scientists I'm helping understand the berettaflies and they're the best at their jobs! Maybe you'll be like them when you grow up.. as well as a super hurrah. Because not all soups have powers, some are soups because they work really hard at what they do.

Love, Ashley.

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Blight pt2 of ??  
01:12pm 04/09/2016
 
 
Syona aka the Silicon Shaman
"Blight" by siliconshaman
Follows on from "Surprise"
Story date week 4
Characters: Ashley. Bernie.
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Blight [pt1 of ??]  
09:26pm 30/08/2016
 
 
Syona aka the Silicon Shaman

"Blight" by siliconshaman
Follows on from "Surprise"
Story date week 4
Characters: Ashley.

Ashley sat in the kitchen of her Hab, staring at the mug in her hands as if to will it to reveal... something, anything, that would be a clue.

 

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Footnote:
Edited the format of the Bleats for clarity of who's talking to whom, even though it's not exactly how it works.
 


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Busy day...  
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
 
 
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"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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and on DreamWidth 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

 

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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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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
 
 
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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
 
 
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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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