I get more calls from the power company updating me on outages that didn’t happen than outages that did.
Something to add to last night’s quake: the alerts aren’t actually that helpful if you’re close enough that the shaking arrives at the same time as the signal.
Anyone know what these electronics components are? They’re in an Arduino kit, but they don’t look familiar and we can’t match them with anything on the list. The kid & I both think they’re some sort of capacitor, but we can’t decipher the markings.
Kid’s gotten interested in playing music & has been trying out various instruments over the last few months. (Yay for rentals!)
The latest is cello. When we got it home he noticed the bridge was off-center. He can replace a string, but we all agreed to wait until his first lesson & let the teacher adjust it.
He had his first lesson yesterday, with the same teacher he took violin from a few months ago. First order of business was to adjust the bridge…
So the teacher started carefully loosening the strings while holding the bridge (which is held in place entirely by the tension of the strings) until she could shift it into place. And as soon as it moved, we all heard a loud *THUNK* from *inside* the cello.
The sound post, which both provides structural support and transfers vibrations between the front and back of the instrument, had fallen out.
And was rattling around inside the cello.
(He wants me to point out that when it happened, he reacted immediately saying “Oh no! SOUND POST!”)
So she immediately had to retool the lesson since he couldn’t, you know, play an instrument that was his size (he’s tall for his age, but it’s all in his legs) and just kind of introduce him to bass clef and the basics of how violin and cello differ.
Amazingly, we were able to make it to the music shop before closing (10 minutes to spare!) and swap it for another one.
So in theory, he can actually practice before the next lesson.
Too many Mondays this week
A bronze age stone slab found in a prehistoric burial mound turns out to be Europe’s oldest known map that we can link to a specific territory.
Well, that didn’t take long.
So I opened up a random article collecting photos & video clips from Louisiana over the last couple of days and we looked at them for a bit.
I think he got the hint this time, ’cause he stopped asking for that hoverboard.
For now, at least.
He then proceeded to quantify exactly how much he wanted the hoverboard. 😬
“I just donated to relief efforts to help people who were hit by a hurricane, flooded out of their homes, and have no power. Now, how much was it that you wanted a hoverboard?” 🙄
“Free from Does Not Contain Declaration Obligatory Allergens.”
Yeah, you might need to work on that template a bit….
If your movement can’t survive without its founder, you don’t have a movement. You have a cult of personality.
Thought I’d messed up a date value because a test showed it at exactly 00:00:00 UTC.
Then I looked at the clock. It read 5:00.
Apparently I’d run the test at exactly midnight UTC.
Kid: “Which game is it?”
Friend: “It’s called Game.”
Kid: “There are two games called Game!”
Anyway, the “Everybody Dies: Shakespeare’s Tragedies” poster.
Unfortunately it’s hard to read at this size, so here’s an article with an earlier draft that went viral (the artist shows up in the comments to plug the official poster):
“Introducing YouTube Shorts…”
Because no one’s been able to just upload a short video until now?
Or maybe it’s a line of apparel merch… 😜
Me: I forget, did Doom Eternal ever come out?
Internet: Doom Eternal launched in March 2020.
Me: Of course it did.
Kid playing Minecraft with his friends: “I just broke an anvil naming a cake.
I named it ‘Lie.’”