This is my (in)activity log. You might like to visit my employer
Novell which is an amazing company, and also
Dell who in days of yore provided me with a
free laptop for Gnome development / conferences.
Also if you have the time to read this sort of stuff you could enlighten
yourself by going to Unraveling Wittgenstein's net or if
you are feeling objectionable perhaps here.
Stuff Michael Meeks is doing
- Up earlyish, hovered the room, moved the
tools downstairs. Set off for the Griffins this time
with the platinum wire we needed to make the rings.
- Arrived, had a nice fondue lunch, and
disappeared into the garage. Mr G' had made a couple
of formers and a tool for bending the wire to a
spindle of the correct size.
- Then tried to cut the rings on the lathe,
but had problems mounting the pieces, so cut them by
hand instead. Then for the platinum soldering, I did
J's which worked fine, but my ring ( being somewhat
thicker and by far more cussid ) refused to solder
correctly, cracking whilst being stretched.
- It appears with rings you want to make
them too small and then stretch them. After breaking
my ring several times during stretching we decided to
solder a spare ~3mm bit of wire into the gap somewhat
- Gave them a bit of a filing to strip the
various marks off, and to hide the joins, rounded them
off, various emery roughnesses to get them re-shaped.
- Polished the rings inside by sticking a
piece of plastic dowel in the pillar drill with a
vertical slit anchoring a strip of emery paper which
spun, the piece being held over the drill and pushed
onto the spindle to suit. Got a fine polish.
- Finished them up on the buffing wheel, for
a beautiful shine, tried it on the other half,
stretched it ( with some trepidation ). Left them in
the Griffin's safe in my ring box. A very satisfying
- Had guinea fowel for dinner, and drove
home earlyish. A coat of varnish on the floor, and
In case it's not painfully obvious: the reflections reflected here are my
own; mine, all mine ! and don't reflect the views of Novell, The
Lithuanian Gov't or Arnold Schwarzenegger. It's also important to
realise that I'm not in on the Swedish Conspiracy.
Occasionally people ask for formal photos for conferences,
Michael Meeks (email@example.com)