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ilex  ·  10 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski Craft Fair v2.25 - February 6, 2020

Hey, that's a big milestone in your recovery!

ilex  ·  11 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski, February 5, 2020

Good morning hubski!

We are getting snow here so the university is closed and I am sitting at home watching the birds on the birdfeeder.

I have a big survey paper that needs to be updated that I keep putting off because it's mostly busywork....but it is also the next thing I need to finish to make progress towards graduating. Other than that, I need to make sure to drive a lot of progress on one of the projects I'm on this semester as one of the really good undergrads is graduating in May, the MS student is probably switching advisors, and another undergrad on the project just started a PhD and will probably be pursuing a different project.

I also recently picked up a knockoff Noga indicator stand for $20 on eBay and I will probably buy another — it's quite nice and much better than my super cheap mini version. I'm sure it's not nearly as durable and will require a bit of modification here and there to make it perfect, but the magnet and the arm locking mechanism are quite strong!

Also gotta replace one of the fuel pumps in my truck as it's been whining for a while and one of its check valves has gone bad. Maybe if the ground freezes enough I can get it into the basement so I don't have to sit on the cold gravel for hours.

ilex  ·  17 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: January 29, 2020

It seems to me like this guy wants you in his wedding primarily because when something inevitably goes sideways, he wants to put the responsibility for unfucking that on you. You really don't owe him that. Also, it is pretty disrespectful to say, effectively, "let's reconcile but we're doing it on my timeframe so you can do a bunch of work to make my life easier." Yeah, it sucks that you have to be the one to say no here, but this guy is clearly the asshole for expecting you to do the work of sorting out the issues between you two by fucking July.

ilex  ·  18 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski Craft Fair v1.75 - January 24, 2020


Soooooo, the first ring we made for my metamour was a surprise for her, so we guessed on the numbers and made it a bit too small. Attempt two fit perfectly, but it broke while my wife was sanding for the very last coat of finish. Attempt three starts this week! When we were doing attempt two we cut and prepped about four blanks, and since the ring fit great we already have the dimensions to make it to and the appropriate collets and mandrels. I will attempt some progress photos this time through. I don't think in practice the rings will be that fragile, but we will see what happens! The two failures we've had have been failure in tension -- one from being expanded too far on a mandrel and the other from excessive pressure while sanding the inside of the ring. When you're wearing them, though, most of the bumps and knocks on them should be compressive, which wood handles a lot better.


My metamour recently acquired a sewing machine and the two of us intend to do some projects with it. I eventually want to get into tailoring but we're going to start a bit easier first. She wants to make a vest for my wife for their wedding so we are going to go pattern and fabric shopping here soon!

A small diversion

Saturday morning I was grinding coffee and this happened:

The pin the handle turns on is just swaged on, kinda like a pop rivet. Over time, the forces from grinding worked it loose, allowing it to turn and machine its own end off:

So I made up a new one out of some stainless stock I had sitting around. It was a fun little lathe project: turn the end down for a 10-32 threading die, then a slightly bigger diameter and shoulder above that to press fit into the hole in the crank pin, then a bigger diameter for the knob to turn on. I don't have a milling machine, so I cut the screwdriver slot with a hacksaw and I am incredibly pleased with how well that worked out.

ilex  ·  18 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: January 29, 2020


Two Thursdays ago, I went in to meet with my advisor about a journal paper we're finishing up, and she says to me, "let's split this into a conference paper and a journal paper. There's a conference we should publish in, the deadline's already been extended and it's due Monday"

so rather than being able to take a long weekend right before the semester, I spent a bunch (but not all, fortunately) of it making edits. We got it in on time and then they immediately extended the deadline again. Ain't that just the way.

Anyhow, the journal version should be in soon too which I am jazzed about as it's hung around for FAR too long. I'm a bit frustrated now with the quality of some of the work I did for it, but most of that happened while I was an undergrad and let's just say I've learned a thing or two since then! At least now I have ideas for more work in that vein.


Friday my metamour's car got stuck in the muddy part of our driveway, so Saturday I pulled it out with one of these

using the truck as a dead anchor. Then Sunday my wife came home with it on a tow truck. It was very low on coolant but after a bit of filling and burping it seems to be doing alright. No immediate signs of a blown head gasket so I suspect a small leak instead.

Same time I found a fuel leak on the truck that I think I fixed with a new hose clamp. I also recently tried to start it while it was on because I was not entirely awake yet and chipped a tooth on the starter or ring gear. Hopefully it's on the starter because I do not want to do a ring gear laying in the cold wet mud.

ilex  ·  30 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: January 15, 2020

I have extremely conflicted feelings about it but at least this way it won't keep eating up my energy so I can spend it on things I want to do instead like graduating

My wife proposed! I taught her how to use the lathe and helped her make the rings. She is really fun to work with — she's got the clever ideas and the art skills and the enthusiasm and I have the planning skills and fine motor control and the patience for picky detail work.

ilex  ·  31 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: January 15, 2020

Lion's settled in with his new flock and everyone seems to be getting along quite well!

I'm not talking to my parents anymore because they're trying to pass off shitty behavior as respect!

The spring semester starts next week!

My wife's engaged! I have to get downstairs and take pictures of their rings so I have something to post in kingmudsy's next craftski thread.

ilex  ·  39 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: January 8, 2020


We said goodbye to Bertha on Sunday. She got all the Forbidden Snacks, cuddles, sunshine, and dirt she wanted. I'm honored to have had her in my life and happy that she can rest easy without pain or discomfort.

Lion, our rooster, moved to my metamour's sister-in-law's flock of easter egger hens Monday night. I spent all Monday with him and even though we had a nice time I could tell he was already lonely. Now he has a rooster man job to do and another family that adores him :) We'll definitely visit, if nothing else to make friends with all their hens.

My wife pointed out that we actually gave a pet to a big farm upstate with lots of friends and space to run around and no phone service.

Unfortunately, this is the last regular chicken update for a while. We will definitely keep birds in the future, but we are going to wait until we move somewhere slightly more permanent than our rental. Life feels weird and empty without them. I'm such a different person than I was before we got them.

Everything else

I've spent so much time on chickens these last couple weeks that I've done basically nothing else. My wife and I have gotten some time in on the lathe making jewelry from scavenged oak tree branches and trunks she found in the woods behind our house. I made a nice round medallion for a necklace that I'll post pictures of when I get the finish on it, and maybe I'll do a post about some of the other stuff we've been making. Next in line is I think pushing one of my project cars into the basement so we can start fixing it up.

ilex  ·  44 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: It Was a Good Run
ilex  ·  45 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: It Was a Good Run

    Ironically, the one cohort that utterly failed to benefit from the boom times was the professors, who are really the only people adding value and remain vastly underpaid. When the cuts come, they won’t come for the administration or the diversity staff. Academic programs will be the first to go, which raises some interesting questions about what the purpose of a university is.

This is a big reason I want out of academia. It sucks to really care about something, put a ton of work into it, and get all of jack and squat in return because the higher-ups don't give a fuck and are only interested in making numbers get bigger.

ilex  ·  45 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: January 1, 2020

Well, just got her blood work back and she has, at best, a malfunctioning liver. So, we'll do our best to take care of her as long as she wants to stay and if she gets better i'll be the happiest girl alive.