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WEIRD keychain pocket tool

Jan
20
Been looking at a lot of pocket tools and every day carry stuff recently, keep coming across these multi-tools again and again and struggling to figure out what they're for. Doesn't have many functions on it though there's a little spanner in there. Also looks too heavy. Is it for hooking on your belt and hanging your keys off? Took me ages to figure out what it's main use is their homepage gives more of a clue, though they are very clear:
By purchasing this pocket tool you assume any risk in the use of it, it is designed to be a novelty bottle opener and handy tool for light duty. Any misuse of this product is strictly at customers risk and Koch Tools Co. will not be held accountable for such negligence in any form
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Paul Clarke's blog - I live and work in Hythe near Folkestone, Kent. Married to Clare and father to Harry and Tommy, I am a web dev, and I do mostly javascript, nodejs, python, ruby, and php. I like pubs, restaurants, home automation and other diy jiggery-pokery, history, genealogy, TV, popbitch, squirrels, pirates ☠, lego, and time travel.

Another scraping of the car today

Jan
18
No, not "scrapping", and no it's not been damaged in any way. Rather, I was out scraping the ice off the inside and the outside before work today. It was -3 when I got up this morning, last night was the coldest night that I have noticed. There must not have been as much moisture in the air, as it wasn't so frosty, but was definitely hella cold.

Woodford Old Nog didn't work, went down the sink! temperature probe is back outside the bedroom window. Sure the aquarium heater is broken now.




This on the day that it is reported 2016 was the hottest year on record, beating the previous hottest year on record, er, 2015. I'm sure it's nothing to worry about.

Eighteen days into 2017, eighteen days of no drinking, this must be some sort of record. Still feels like quite a long month ahead of me. Not that I am gasping for a drink but I'm really looking forward to the end of this month as a) it's payday, b) it's a profit share payday, and c) I can buy some mad stuff I have seen on http://edcgear.co.uk and http://everydaycarry.com, but also d) we're taking the boys to London then. Looking forward to that one.
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Twenty years ago today I was at the Wedding Present

Jan
17
The Wedding Present 17th Jan
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Don't remember the band so much as meeting up with some friends there, someone from uk-indie. It was Wedding Present at ULU, that's all I have really. Think we might have gone on to another gig or club night or something after this.
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2 degrees today, but dropping

Jan
17
Had to scrape the ice off the beetle this morning. Went to get petrol this morning with H before school, car seems to run particularly nicely in the cold.
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My raspberry pi is fried

Jan
16
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I must have shorted something out, will not power up at all now, it' snot even giving me the secret flashing led signals that indicate what the problem might be. Good job they're cheap and I have a few spare!

Glossary:

raspberry pi: cheap low powered computer
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Strangely dark out there

Jan
16
Very cold and a bit of a dark sky, no more snow on the way is there?
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Got one of those "hello this is microsoft you have a virus" phonecalls today

Jan
16
From overseas, pretty bad line. I did not have the patience to string them along and have some fun as some workmates have done. Look out, obviously it's a scam, do not engage with them unless you know what you are doing and are happy to waste their time. Do not give them any details.
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Getting me a key smart

Jan
15
Enjoyed browsing http://www.edcgear.co.uk found a few things that I NEED on there... going to get me a key smart key holder thing. I only carry two keys with me because it annoys me how much space they take up. Now I can keep them even neater, maybe carry another key or two that I don't need quite so often! So I'm not locked out of Mum and Dad's house, or Jim's.

More stuff there I like too especially the oh no definitely not a handbag section.
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Common earth on the adafruit powerboost worked, up to a point

Jan
15
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I had some time to fix my adafruit powerboost experiment, and joining up the earth of the powerboost with that of the raspberry pi just about worked.

Had some soldering to do, and that went well, then had to bend another of the gpio pins through ninety degrees[sup]*[/sup] and did not break it. All good so far!

I forgot for a while that I had put some code in place that said "if we lose mains power, then power down right away", and was trying to use the pi without being connected to the "I have power" output of the adafruit powerboost. So every time I booted up the pi, it powered down again. Got me for about half an hour that one... so I connected everything up and powered up and all good, and then changed the script *not* to power down but to just log what was going on. And then pulled the mains power, so it was only powered from the battery, and it logged, hooray so all working. But then reinstated the "power down" again, and disconnected everything. And now the raspberry pi won't power up at all, bah.

So all was working as expected for about five minutes, quite pleased. But not pleased any more.

Brief recap of what I'm trying to achieve - power the raspberry pi from a battery in the car. If the ignition is on, power the raspberry pi from the car battery, and stay on. When the ignition goes off, shut down the raspberry pi so as not to drain the car battery. When the ignition is turned on again, turn the pi back on again.

Not quite sure what the pi is going to do in the car, but I do have the sense hat on it right now, so it can log the mad acceleration and g-force I'm generating in the beetle...

[sup]*[/sup]I didn't *have* to bend the gpio pins, but if I want to plug the sense hat in at the same time as having access to the pins that that is not using to connect the powerboost, then I have to do something.

Glossary:

raspberry pi: cheap low powered computer
gpio: general purpose io pins, probably on the raspberry pi
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Favourite new website - Every Day Carry

Jan
15
http://everydaycarry.com - stumbled across this website, while I was looking for a belt buckle toolkit. Not a tool kit specifically for fixing belt buckles, but a this tool kit on a belt buckle. It's not quite right for me but I like the idea so was browsing around it. That's where I found Every Day Carry. It features some things I like and seems to be aimed exactly at hobbits like me with too much rubbish in their pockets, but also frequented by mentals who feel they need to carry a skinning and gutting knife with them every day.

How long between me describing them as mentals and posting my entire pocket contents there? Place your bets...

Here's a sample quote from a review of a bag on there I was just reading:

Conversely, most laptop/messenger bags are stellar at safely storing a laptop and hauling literature, but are insufficient for also stowing a handgun; especially into a non-permissive environments where "security" may insist on looking inside the bag` that everydaycarry website is amazing


Maybe there's more than one kind of user on that site. I'm more of the screwdriver-and-a-pen type than the neck blade and hand gun type.

From there I also found http://www.edcgear.co.uk, I'm going to tool up ready for the zombie apocalypse. Articles like this are fun but when you get into the comments it gets far scarier than the thought of zombies.
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Party party at the Burstin

Jan
14
Just back from a party T was invited to at the Burstin in Folkestone. They fitted a lot into a two hour party there, it was good!
☠ party host
☠ dancing
☠ games
☠ bouncy castle
☠ nuggets, beans, chips, and ice cream
☠ and a magician
There was even spare food to go round, they tried to give me burger and chips and ice cream.

Off into Hythe this afternoon for a hair cut, just waiting for H to finish watching Harry Potter on the TV.
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Paul Clarke's blog - I live and work in Seabrook near Folkestone, Kent. wed to Clare and father to Harry and Tommy, I am a software engineer, and I do mostly js, Node, python, ruby, and php. I like pubs, restaurants, home automation and other diy jiggery-pokery, history, genealogy, TV, popbitch, squirrels, pirates ☠, lego, and time travel.

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