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Hmm, seems like Toot is broken in the attaching videos department, so here's a still, instead.

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Oh, wow, such choice. No version of the Xilinx ISE for MacOS (no surprises there,) just Windows and Linux. So I go to download the obvious choice (Linux) but find it’s only RedHat.

Windows 7 version, here I come! At least I’ve got an official MSFT-provided VM to run it on.

Anyhows, a lot of weird shit has happened recently, still trying to unwind a load of it myself, but I think we’re about 99% positive stuff, I’ve been very sick, for a very long time, now I’m not (sick that is, not a long time,) and right now, I’m dangerous, and to myself, but highly self-aware, so not worrying about it, because I know what’s going on, and am accomodating.

…bugger in the local health system knows, and respects Fred - and seem a bit in awe of him. From my perspective, he’s a really nice guy to deal with, and I can recognise one hell of a professional. Who is probably better qualified than the shrink. (I’ve known a few nurses; my trust factor compared to anyone calling themself “Doctor” who isn’t a real one (ie: has PhD) is orders of magnitude apart.

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Barring @TechnicalKO, who probably knows me better than anyone, I’ve managed to freak out pretty much my entire support team, but now there seems to be some acceptance. Saw my GP yesterday, NOT whilst manic, and could see him relaxing. Have a tele-consult tomorrow with a shrink, as part of my having caused another GP to hit the MH Panic Button (and bugger, I’m impressed - it works) with Fred. I’m not entirely sure what Fred’s qualifications are (I’m assuming an RN) but every last…

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So, after a few years where getting over 15 hours of work into a week was like something to celebrate (8-12, and struggling, more the norm) - Clockify tells me that I’ve nearly hit 18 hours since Monday, my eyes are still pretty much OK, and I’ve still got this evening, and three more days to go. (I work 7/7, due to former incapacity.)

Nett result: can clear down debt, acquire some awesome kit that we’re all going to have fun with, and do a bit of micro-philanthropy.

I'm an auld fart, I can see the attractions of 3D printing, but want to do my making in the old, subtractive ways. And that includes photolithography, and anodic precision machining.

Who's in for the ride? Got ideas? I want to hear them.

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...and would probably be safer using them than this clumsy oaf (totally not sub-tooting the likes of KO and Z here) so - where was I - if you want to scan a family treasure and don't want to shell out ArtLab prices, my kit will be our kit.

Imminent kit list will be shitty little CNC router/laser engraver that I need to play with so I can write the software I need, scanner as just disclosed, 300x200mm 40W laser cutter. Followed by a small CNC-capable milling machine.

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I have some, I guess they are the special supplement editions that come out with popular periodicals, VGC (for the age,) and of reprographic quality that quite shocked me, when I photograped and zoomed an image.

Anyhows, of course there was Nazi influence, was able to date, last edition set in Fraktur, that I can tell - I will be digitising and chucking on the web.

But not my point - I have a long-standing rule about not lending tools unless you are someone I know REALLY well...

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There was a bunch of Russian titles but a) my Cyrillic is bloody rusty, and b) the titles didn't convey a lot of meaning to me, which makes me wonder if they weren't fiction (which isn't what I'm after, at least at this stage.

BTW, next on my purchase list for the new venture is an A3 book scanner, as in one specifically engineered to cope with spines, fragility, and all the other characteristics that separate the unbound page from our greatest treasures.

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Books! An English/Czech dictionary, an English/Malay dictionary, a 1934 book on some rock carvings in Jena, a book on historic Gdansk, a couple of Polish almanacs (1969 and 1979) a Polish book on Business English, and one on letter-writing. Oh, and a Lithuanian/English dictionary, as I definitely want in on the Finno-Ugrics, and didn't have the heart to leave it there, sad and unloved.

I went to Moonta looking for some furnishings for my new second office/studio, and came away with a chicken, some sausages, two frozen gluten free pasties and some GF ravioli for Herself, and BOOKS.

@TechnicalKO My Machinery's Handbook, 1941, whilst they still covered the likes of forge work.

Status: reading the Wikipedia article on halftones, and getting more excited about it than I probably should. Ooh, that’s right, need to find someone who will sell me sulphuric acid in sensible quantities, now that “battery acid” is no longer a Thing. (Which pisses me off as, for most of the electrochemistry I want to do, it’s spot on, ready to go.)

@TechnicalKO …some early photography, as in getting dirty with chemicals. From scratch.

I was on my way to this 7 years ago, before the bugs made things go pear-shaped, but I’ve woken up to boxes of - STUFF. Why, yes, I have. 240V to 18V silly Amps surplus electroplating transformer. And a 15A (at 240V!) Variac, a huge (and earth-bonded) shed. Cutting a short story long, I’ve got nearly everything I need to kick this back into action, and most definitely inviting you along for the ride.

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@TechnicalKO Laster? I meant laser. Everything else will be photochemical. Steve (my boss) and Deb (Steve’s other half) are photographer and photographer and doing art with things with your hands artist respectively, have annual safaris to various African nations, basically imaging charismatic macrofauna. (And doing it very well, too.)

So working on reproduction of some of their images onto different physical media.

And I think that you and I should be looking to reproduce…

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@TechnicalKO The Deed is Done. Smiffytech has been nudged back to what I really want to do, another company (letting accountant thrash that out with my boss, it’s just a paper exercise) will be doing the day gig.

So I just ordered a cheapie CNC router where you can swap the spindle motor/chuck out for a 500mW (not MW as per listing!) laser head. Plan is to get the feel with that, then split for anything bigger, a CNC’d Sieg mill, and a 40W laster cutter.

WHAT are the odds, eh? If anyone is going to get shingles AGAIN, it’s just going to be me, right? Right. But detected two days earlier than before so (hopefully,) anti-virals, here I come!

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