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WOOOOOCAFFEINEOOOOOOOOOOOOO
So much caffeine. I drank a can of Pepsi aaand caffeine WOOOO! WOOO! I haven't had this much caffeine in awhile! I should check if I did this or maybe if I work on this first oh wait, I already did those so I better go back to checking other things WOOOOOOOOOOO CAFFEINE!!!

Actually,
^My head right now. Seriously, not used to this much caffeine in one sitting and it's a can so I can't parcel it out like I can with a bottle, bah!

One of the coworkers here offered to let me check out a copy of Dr. McNinja that she wanted me to look into. It was in reference to coming to work on Friday in a "KNIFE EYE ATTACK!!" shirt. It's neat because they got it signed, too!

So I just found out that a gift I sent to someone who basically helped me out during some of the rough parts of the transition to a new account did not receive the gift I sent them! Bah! She seemed thankful, but maybe next week with my paycheck I will try again. I will keep trying again (unless my paycheck breaks me in two)!!

DIY and a gift?
So softbox came in along with a new paper lantern, 18 inch diameter. We've been wanting one of these for awhile because our bedroom is lit with a 10" paper lantern covering an LED bulb. The larger lamp is giving a more even light, but also emphasizes how much power you might want to expect out of it. It's a 9V LED, which is equivalent to 80W incandescent, which is still pretty damn bright and more than enough for a bedroom, but I'm not the biggest fan of how much weaker the light feels now.

We did actually get a 15W LED as well from IKEA and we tried it out. It's really bright, but it's also a warm light. Since the house uses a lot of whites and blues, a warm tone doesn't really work with the house, so I didn't think it worked. Michelle was in agreement, you can't do warm lights and blues at the same time unless you like everything to look more brown.

The softbox was tested out with the lamp frame and it looks good. I can clamp the umbrella to one of the unused arms and the rest might have enough room to handle adding the light equivalence. My only concern is if it burns too hot and smoulders the softbox, but we'll see about this. LEDs are known to gather less heat, but four bulbs is still iffy; I'm aware that LEDs are mostly heat sinks for a reason.


EDIT: Wait a moment... maybe I can see about rewiring a clear plastic computer fan into a metal bulb? Might need to see how much I can get away with that without turning it into a fire hazard. I might need to figure out a proper exhaust port too. I am very skeptical about this though as I know computer fans are moderated by a motherboard so this might be a great way to burn out a fan motor really quickly.

EDIT 2: Just looked into it, yeah, I would need a transformer of sorts. Might be able to break down a USB cord to convert, but that means two plugs which just guarantees more of a mess. Plus, I still need to do something about setting up a vent, so I'll just see if force of will will be enough, maybe remove the white screen or separate it instead to allow air flow.

while I was checking out the quality of the softbox, Michelle noticed something on the bed where I unpacked the softbox. A wire with a rounded knob at the end, kind of looks like a wireless charging port?

Sure enough, we plug it (if it infects my computer, at least it's a new version of Windows 10 on it?) and...

it lights up.

It lights up?

Googling lead us to stuff like this!

In fact, it lead to a lot of them! Whether it was a knockoff or not, the thing was dirty and looked like it had been gathering dust, so my take is that it might have been pushed into the bag without realizing it. So yay, free thing! That we can't really use, but yay free thing!

Weekend
No idea again. We got a ton of laundry to do though, so there's that. I might see if we can get a hike if the weather stays cool, but if not then maybe we'll explore the land bridge, or try to walk around the lake again! At least I have repellent, so I'll look forward to that.

I might ask to visit Re:Home again to check on that treadmill.

Also
Speaking of spending garish amounts of money, Kickstarter is annoying me because it keeps pointing me to stuff I'm interested in. Case in point, a super thin jacket that could potentially be gotten for 100 (okay likely 120 with shipping). I love wind shells just because they guarantee protection from bug bites, and something thin like this that also provides warmth sounds amazing to me. I'll see if it's worth it later on. Even if it doesn't provide much in the way of warmth, I like the ergonomics put into it.

I should do maintenance on the garden, so I'll try to take photos!
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