August 22nd, 2002

senior project

geek girl's guide to ghetto electronics

So I woke up this morning all determined to switch out case fans, and was very dissapointed to open things up and find that all my connectors were different.

The chassis fan was connected directly to the power supply, which was interesting but not an issue, since my motherboard had a three-prong connector for a chassis fan. I did that instead. Something tells me it's better this way, I know it's cleaner, I hate power supply connectors being strewn all over in there.

The power supply fan was a two-prong connector, and my new three-prong fan (it's got an extra yellow wire for directional stuff that I'll never use) wouldn't fit. Wouldn't you know it. So I cut the wires off the old fan, stripped and tinned the ends, and stuck them right into the connector for the new fan. Kinda wondered while doing this if there was a special connector for this purpose, and adapter of some type. But what's the worst that can happen? The fan doesn't start up, maybe I lose a power supply?

Anyway, it started up just fine. I'm sitting here considering how long the connection will last, the wires have a good .5" in the connector, something about it just seems sort of wrong because they're just shoved in there. But I didn't want to cut the connector off my new fan, and I didn't want an extra yellow wire just sort of roaming around in my power supply. I'll consider this as the future progresses.

For what it's worth, my computer is a little quieter now. Not a lot, but some. I think if I ever build a computer again, my goal will be to make it the quietest ever. The goal with this one was to make it boot up, because I'd never built a whole machine before, but now that I've got confidence in that I can look to new things.

And my solder iron really needs a new tip. I hate buying those. They aren't cheap, hell, not much less than a whole new iron. Radio Shack: You've got questions, we've got markups.

Got word from my future employers that I passed my physical and drug test. yay me! I'm really hired now!

love at first sight

sorry to post twice right in a row like this, but ohmigod, I just saw the most beautiful thing in the world:


oh heart... i promised myself I wouldn't order chairs I'd never sat in. But they look comfortable enough, yes?


I called the people :) Talked to a very helpful person on the phone who said if I didn't like it, I could send it all back, but I'd have to pay freight for both directions, which is about $150 each way. Then she said that I could buy it and just have a chair shipped, which would be about $20 each way if I didn't like it.

Then she said the table might not be in their warehouse, in which case it would take 20 weeks to get it from italy.

GREAT! I'm just coming to terms with a possible 8 week wait for a couch. 20 weeks is impossible. No way.

I think I'm going to go to my store in wichita, the contemporary one, and see if they have something similar. It's not that complicated, really. sigh.

insider trading... pssshaw!

Well, my dream table is just going to keep being my dream table because it's just not practical right now. Pretty, yes. But the contemporary store guy in wichita called me back and said there was no way he could do it for me, and I can't bring myself to pay that much money for something I don't get to sit in. Besides, there's light on the horizon now. But let me get to that later.

Woke up. Cleaned birdcage. I was trying to get the birds to take a bath, which must be done in their little bath bowl on the bathroom counter top because if they actually decide to jump in, a lot of splashing occurs. Naboo didn't want to take a bath, she wanted to sit on top of the shower curtain which is forbidden, so I sprayed at her with the misty bottle (aggy loves it, naboo does not) She went into this wild crazy fury and got so confused she landed on my hand.

This was weird because naboo never gets on human fingers. She's scared to death of people, won't do it, I was astounded. I sat there for a second looking at her, then talked to her for a while. Aggy came over and flew on my other hand, then Naboo went over to that one too. It was a breakthrough. I feel like we can really bond now, you know?

Left the house, got a haircut, went to see Grandma. We actually had a lovely visit, talked about everything, I hardly ever visit Grandma by myself but I really should have more often this summer. While I was there I told her about my bedding crisis and the annoying Dillard's sales lady and all that, then all the sudden she's like, "Why don't you go to K-Mart? It's right down the street. They've got the Martha Stewart stuff, it's neat." So I went.

And you know what? It was neat! Martha didn't let me down! I got this amazingly cute paisly bed-in-a-bag, some extra throw pillows, and a curtain for like $130 or so, it was on special. All sort of a soft greenish with warm undertones, I couldn't believe it, totally gorgeous. And don't shoot me, but you know what else? K-Mart has some fantastic furniture. They actually had a table and chairs I loved, light solid maple wood for $200. Let's weigh the options:

Option 1Option 2
K-MartWho Knows?
Comfy chairswho knows?
Made in VietnamMade in Italy
Pretty decent lookingTotally beautiful looking
Take it home in the carAllow 20 weeks for delivery

Yeah, hi? So it's safe to say I will not be ordering previously mentioned italian furniture. What was I thinking?

Before I go on though, let me say that today's $1400 feature was not the most expensive thing I've considered. I mean, a lot of the furniture stores I've looked at, I'd say the majority in fact, only carry dining chairs that retail at $150 or more each. Throw in a table, and you can't really do it for under $900. That's a furniture store for you. And I was thinking that was my only option, because that was the only place I'd seen stuff I liked. Yes, it's a lot to pay for a table and chairs. But if that's what it's going to cost, that's what I'll pay.

Came home, family went out to applebee's. All in all a good time. Computer still works fine, fans still blowing, am proud of handiwork.

I hope Martha Stewart doesn't go to jail. I'm really happy with my new comforter set, I'm glad she was around to create affordable designs available only at K-Mart, if she sticks around maybe I'll buy curtains in the spring.