The worst part is I could only smile and nod because she knows my family :|
I don't know why this happens to me! Though nothing can ever beat the time my then-gynecologist told me I should get the HPV vaccine just in case "though I'm sure you don't need it *giggle* because you're a good catholic girl and you wouldn't let anyone touch your holy of holies *giggle* Like the Virgin Mary *giggle*"
Trauma psychic trauma ;_;
I did another simple project, this time I didn't follow the diagram perfectly. I thought I knew enough about the underlying connections of the breadboard that I could just wing it. Turns out I was wrong. But I eventually figured out what I'd gotten wrong and fixed it. That makes me incredibly happy.
Something I've been thinking about lately: I feel smarter when I make mistakes and fix them myself than when I just get things right the first time. It would be frustrating if everything was a mistake, but that rush that comes from figuring out what the problem is? Delicious~
It's irrational, I know, but when I already know how to do something correctly it... just feels easy. Obvious. Everyone knows it duh. Start from a blank slate, anyone can get it working perfectly if they just follow the directions exactly. But once there's a mistake on the table, ahh first there's identifying the mistake. Second there's fixing it. Chances are, no one's breaking it in exactly the same way. Recovering from that mistake: that feels like something of my own, whereas the original instructions might not.
ETA: Just remembered something: This all assumes that I have some sort of space where it's fine to make mistakes, though! Either somewhere private, or somewhere nonjudgemental to newbies making mistakes ;) Which is why I'm doing this in my room, not trying to find out if there are electronics related hobby groups in the area.
It didn't break! It worked! I got the polarity correct all around! And, let me repeat, it didn't break!
I am so stoked you all have no idea~
Simple circuit with a battery, resistor, push button, LED:
Simple circuit with the button pushed. LED is lit up!
ETA: ahhahah and I just reread the instructions, and realized that they actually gave which color resistor to use. I tried to calculate it on my own, and ended up using a 10k resistor rather than a 1k resistor. Ooops. Still lit up, like the photo shows, but (not shown) after changing resistors, the light is brighter.
(these two things are unrelated except for how they're both interesting, and both things I've been vaguely thinking of looking at and never actually got around to... and now I am because of encouragement!)
Savory -- and maybe I can stand to cook a little bit? Toast + avocado + fried egg on top.
I could probably just be content with avocado on bread all day long, if I had an infinite supply of avocado and bread :)
The lemon is an addition I just discovered today. I wondered if it would work, and Google turned up a bunch of results saying it would -- thanks Google! -- so I tried it. Adding lemon makes the avocado taste just a little brighter, emphasizing the taste of the avocado instead of overpowering it.
I find that half an avocado at a time works best; if I try to use up the whole thing, I'm too full. So I end up with a snack now, dessert later.... mmm :)
The hilarious thing is that my lunches all look the same but so far they've all tasted very different ;)
Today's is a nice garlicky tangy flavor. I do want a little more color -- hard without the skin but I will see what happens if I do 400°F for the last few minutes instead of 350°F all the way.
(Getting gradually less nervous about undercooked chicken. So far I haven't had any incidents...)
My other favorite part are the market stalls but I felt embarrassed to whip out my phone and take a photo of everyone going about their daily business :)
Glasses broke just before YAPC, so i repaired them with the limited resources available to me (two small rubber bands and a black marker).
After that it was just a couple minutes with tweezers...
Facepalming at self. Facepalming~
It looks like I'll have to do laundry in Austin at some point. None of the other options appeal (same pair of jeans five days straight, wearing a skirt at a tech conference, going shopping when I could be hanging out with DW folks)
On the plus side they fit horribly, so... No no they actually fit perfectly, only had two pairs of jeans that did -- now one. I will miss them, they served my purposes well. (Covered me up, didn't fall off, didn't extend five inches past the end of my leg. Surprisingly hard combination in a pair of jeans)
In other news, I am inland for the first time in a week. Surrounded by mountains and fucking gorgeous trees. Spending a lot of time staring out the window lost in my own thoughts. So nice :)