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I am the Master of my Domain ... still

Yep, so an eventful last few days. Finished taping all of the Seinfeld marathon. Why can't we have a Simpsons marathon?

I've been working with my old man for the last few days. He can't put a ceiling on a large open bar area by himself, so I give him a hand around the place.

It also means I get to play with all the lovely toys. </evil laugh>

Did I mention how much fun useful compressed air tools are? (Specially the nailguns, and the air hacksaw - just like an electric knife!) *click* *pst-ka-thump*

Interestingly enough, the nails for the nail gun have the lower half of them coated in some sort resin/glue substance, which I assume melts from the heat produced as it enters the wood. Needless to say, nailgun nails tend to be a little more difficult to remove than other nails. And the power! In most cases the nailgun can bury the head of the nail about 10mm or more into the wood. Unlike nailguns I've seen in movies though (Lethal Weapon 2 I think springs to mind) it has a safety mechanism around the barrel; this must be depressed fully by pushing it up against the surface before anything can be fired.

Anyway on to other things, and on Monday I got a call from my brother. Nothing out of the ordinary ... except just before he hung up, he said "see you Wednesday". It took another 30 mins for it to click ... so now its Wednesday (well Thursday technically) and Brendon is now here. Ahh, its so good to have him home, even if its only for ten days. Even better, he showed me this thing in the latest Silicon Chip magazine that he is going to build.

Its basically a backlit digital output panel, complete with an analogue IR port, that sits in a 5 1/4" bay, and connects through a normal serial port. The guys at Silicon Chip have written up a program that:

* Interprets the signals from pretty much any remote control out there
* Passes whatever signals you set up through to Winamp. Thats right, it is tied totally to Winamp!
* Works with playlists and metalists
* Outputs the details of the mp3 being played to the digital output panel
* Lets you control virtually everything in Winamp from the remote control

Farking awesome! I'm gonna have to get one now too. On a side note, I wouldn't mind seeing some of the source for that app. Be great if it could be ported to linux and xmms.

He's going to be doing some range shooting on Saturday as well, so I'll see if I can be in on that as well.

Life is good.


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Oct. 3rd, 2001 07:49 am (UTC)
Did I mention how much fun useful compressed air tools are? (Specially the nailguns, and the air hacksaw - just like an electric knife!) *click* *pst-ka-thump*

Yay pneumatics!!!!!!!!! y'know, you're supposed to use glue when you nail/screw wood together anyway. the nails that have it all set up for you just make it a little less messy. (thus ends the stagecraft lesson for the day)
Oct. 3rd, 2001 08:01 am (UTC)
Why no Simpsons marathon?
Oh, well that's easy, they only marathon really stupid shows and Buffy. So they won't do a Simpsons marathon, because it's actually a pretty cool show.

They might do a Mad About You marathon, though.
Oct. 3rd, 2001 08:07 am (UTC)
darling, you must have one of these devices built for me! and installed! i will make whoever gives it to me the happiest person on the planet for approximately four minute! :D
Oct. 3rd, 2001 08:56 am (UTC)
looooooong time!

i'll have to see how much they cost, see if i can't make one too. i want to play with soldering irons!
Oct. 3rd, 2001 09:38 am (UTC)
Yeah, the yellow-coated nails are "sinkers" and that is a heat-activated glue.

Is this Silicon Chip magazine available in the states, or could you scan the article/schematic? I know that XMMS *does* have a remote-control plugin that works with IRDA and serial-port infrared, and I'm sure a small amount of bodging could make it display the MP3 particulars.
Oct. 4th, 2001 01:26 am (UTC)
Well, I'll try to scan them in for you. The program is at siliconchip.com.au somewhere, and the important section (about putting the display panel and all that jazz together) was actually in last months issue so ...

We'll have to photocopy it out of the library's copy or somesuch.
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