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Micciche's Experiment

(Bear with me, please; I've had cable modem problems out the wazoo and am getting caught up.
And please petition your congresscritter to look into consumer protection legislation for regional cable and broadband ISPs.)

Micciche! Micciche! And this is the upshort of your experiment!

Last week, shortly before DaranaCon, I gave masteralida these instructions for making a starship Enterprise (NX-01, NCC-1701, NCC-1701-D not specified) from the metal parts of a plain 3.5" floppy disk.

Some late-night fun ensued, as masteralida put it, after "octaviakrysk, darana, phawkwood and ldymlissa went to bed last night, leaving [me, deire and masteralida] to our own devices". I do love combinatorics. masteralida, would you say that was:

  • me chaperoning you and deire (bwaha)

  • deire chaperoning you and me (wheeeenh)

  • you chaperoning deire and me (YRAINW!)



(Yeah, Misa Jes Bar aka miajesbar was there, too.)



Isometric, on the wet bar sink in my basement library:


Top view orthographic:


Front view orthographic:


Side view orthographic (note the aft ion cannon improv with the write protect tab):


A rock and a hard place - Darana above, Rubik's Borg Cube below:



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Banazîr

Comments

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gondhir
Mar. 28th, 2004 05:05 am (UTC)
LOL. I shall have to try that the next time I have a floppy disk that needs destroying. Doesn't look too hard, even without the instructions.
banazir
Mar. 28th, 2004 07:59 am (UTC)
Nah
It's easy.
And I think masteralida had the saucer on the right way.

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Banazir
gondhir
Mar. 28th, 2004 05:14 am (UTC)
(Bear with me, please; I've had cable modem problems out the wazoo and am getting caught up.
And please petition your congresscritter to deregulate cable and broadband ISPs.)

Err... you want us to petition them to DEregulate?! Doesn't that link point out how deregulation has already FAILED?
banazir
Mar. 28th, 2004 08:03 am (UTC)
Oops - deregulation
Trask, thank yew.
Knot deregulation (or privatization) so much as antitrust.

This is wot happens when yew sleep 3 huors a nught fro a weenk.

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Banazir
marm
Mar. 28th, 2004 08:05 am (UTC)
Yes, that seems to be what PIRG is saying (I don't think PIRG has ever asked for anything to be deregulated!).

The essay was interesting (I agree that there isn't sufficient competition in cable, else the rates would not be rising so high), but I don't know if it gets at the heart of the problem. It seems to me that the reason why cable companies can profit like this is because they get to negotiate area-wide franchises. It might be something that is incorrectable, though - is there any technology that can make it possible for cable provider choice household by household? I know that was recently done for local phones, and in Virginia we even have competition in gas and electricity, but I really don't know whether cable would be possible. Cable is crap though, especially in my area. That's why I hug my dish every night before I go to bed.
gondhir
Mar. 28th, 2004 08:10 am (UTC)
Yes...
is there any technology that can make it possible for cable provider choice household by household?
Yes, and that is done in some places, but the problem is that the physical cables are owned by a certain company and they currently can charge competitors practically whatever they want to use those lines. In addition, the same cable companies actually own most of the CHANNELS and can again charge their competitors practically whatever they want to use the channels. And in the area of broadband Internet access, the cable companies are under no obligation whatsoever to allow their competitors any access at all to the physical infrastructure.
masteralida
Mar. 28th, 2004 05:29 am (UTC)
I am so not awake yet, but what does my maiden name have to do with this?

Ah... here comes the first cup of coffee.....

Loverly ship!
banazir
Mar. 28th, 2004 10:57 am (UTC)
What's in a name?
I am so not awake yet, but what does my maiden name have to do with this?
Ever read the Hawthorne short story "Rappacini's daughter"?
Synopsis - Romantic era "it isn't nice to fool Mother Nature" morality play:

  • mad scientist guy raises his daughter in a garden of very lethal poisonous plants

  • strapping protagonist seeks to rescue her by finding an antidote

  • scientist complies to much tsk-tsking by deistic scientist neighbor

  • daughter takes the antidote and promptly expires

  • neighbor sees and yells "Bwaha, told you so!"



Ah... here comes the first cup of coffee.....
See?!
See what happens when one is raised in a garden of coffee plants!
:-D

Loverly ship!
Thanks!
I learned from the master. :-)

--
Banazir
masteralida
Mar. 28th, 2004 11:01 am (UTC)
Re: What's in a name?
LOL! No, I hadn't read it, but I think I'm going to now. . .
oxbastetxo
Mar. 28th, 2004 06:10 am (UTC)
My friend....
You've got far too much time on your hands. ;-)

Smile!
banazir
Mar. 28th, 2004 08:00 am (UTC)
Re: My friend....
You've got far too much time on your hands. ;-)
Some people keep saying that, but if I did, I wouldn't be sleeping 3 hours a night! :-P

Say rather that I know how to waste time. :-)

--
Banazir
masteralida
Mar. 28th, 2004 09:42 am (UTC)
Re: My friend....
Some people keep saying that, but if I did, I wouldn't be sleeping 3 hours a night! :-P

Say rather that I know how to waste time. :-)


Or that you know how to do 25 things at once... tell us what else you were working on at the time! No way could you have been focused on THIS alone ;)
banazir
Mar. 28th, 2004 09:50 am (UTC)
Re: My friend....
Or that you know how to do 25 things at once...
You know that "do, or do not; there is no try" thing?
That's me.
I juggle, but I juggle overambitiously.
I can keep 3 balls in the air, maybe 6, but attempting 25 means that invariably about 20 of them wind up on the ground.

tell us what else you were working on at the time!
No way could you have been focused on THIS alone ;)

Well, I was getting ready to grade my computer graphics exam, which I finished in 1.5 hours (it's amazing how good 3 hours of sleep feels when you've been up for over 20, though the early caffeination prolly has something to do with it). :-)

I'll tell you about the CG exam in a bit.
I think I'm getting soft (but don't push your luck, zengeneral!)

--
Banazir
alidareineach
Mar. 29th, 2004 09:19 pm (UTC)
Re: My friend....
masteralida, would you say that was:

me chaperoning you and deire (bwaha)

deire chaperoning you and me (wheeeenh)

you chaperoning deire and me (YRAINW!)


Got it in 3, you did. That was SO me chaperoning you two! No question about it!
banazir
Mar. 29th, 2004 09:25 pm (UTC)
Chaperones
Got it in 3, you did.
That was SO me chaperoning you two!
No question about it!


ROFLOL!
Yeah, right!

banazir has no chaperone.
banazir needs no chaperone.

Int that wright, yew lal?

Besides, deire is Small and HarmlessTM.
So there. :-P

--
Banazir
masteralida
Mar. 29th, 2004 09:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Chaperones
banazir has no chaperone.
banazir needs no chaperone.

Int that wright, yew lal?


Oh. My. Must. Stop. Laughing.

Besides, deire is Small and HarmlessTM.
So there. :-P


You have obviously never tried to wrestle her to the ground. Small, yes. Harmless? Not likely!
banazir
Mar. 29th, 2004 09:50 pm (UTC)
Re: Chaperones
Oh. My. Must. Stop. Laughing.
Wot wot?
I'll have yew know my innocent loonk is legal tender in Balrog Cuttings, Panmonarchy of TEUNC!

Besides, deire is Small and HarmlessTM.
So there. :-P

You have obviously never tried to wrestle her to the ground.
Bwaha, serves yew wright!

Small, yes. Harmless? Not likely!
Hay, yew stop pickin' on Featherlight! :-D

--
Banazir
banazir
Mar. 29th, 2004 10:06 pm (UTC)
Oh, and
You have obviously never tried to wrestle her to the ground.
Hay waitaminit!
Trooooolll!

I see I was wright to chaperone yew two.
From now on I'm knot leaving her with you unprotected!
:-P

--
Banazir
crypthanatopsis
Mar. 28th, 2004 08:34 am (UTC)
I may not have been paying very close attention, but have you ever defined (or deined) 'YRAINW'? Google told me to ask you.
banazir
Mar. 28th, 2004 10:14 am (UTC)
YRAINW
I may not have been paying very close attention, but have you ever defined (or deined) 'YRAINW'?
Google told me to ask you.


YRAINW (interjection):
Yeah, Right!
As If!
No Way!

There is a street in Balrog Cuttings called "Yraino Way".

--
Banazir
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