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Devac  ·  272 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 18, 2018

The package I ordered was held back at customs because it said: "jacket, colour: burgundy wine" on paperwork and it took a while to explain that I'm not attempting to skip the import tax on alcohol. Then the week only went dumber from that point onward.

Both the steel and glassmaking projects I attempted last Friday failed in one way or another. Glass ended up all cloudy and with a slight grey tinge, either because it leeched some trace aluminium impurities from my earlier projects or because of my method of sand purification not being up to the task. Manganese alloys got contaminated with an excess of sulphur due to my own negligence. It's not what I wanted, but it's not as bad as it could be. Bit of a bummer about how flaky it got, almost like shale. Either way, it was a lot of fun. It also made me appreciate all the glass and metal that's just lying around that much more. My lab work made things like superconductors and graphene feel almost mundane, so it's nice to get some new perspective.