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Aaron Greengrass

It's almost October, and coincidentally almost payday. The latter is of course much more exciting than the former.

In just over a week it'll be time to pack my bags for a flight down to SF... I'll be there a week, working in the south office. It's been just over 2 years since I had to fly anywhere. I've managed to tentatively fill almost every evening with a visit with friends.. I haven't even had a chance to reach out to most of the folks I know, and I'm almost out of days!

I'll miss home, but it's only a week, and then life will return to normal.

Aaron Greengrass

After ordering a second laser chiller to replace the DOA one I received, I am close to seeing a refund for the first one.. at pennies on the dollar. More than I expected to be honest, a lot of dispute resolution requires a reasonable seller, and mine was nothing like that at all.

So Patricia and Stacey came to visit this past weekend. I've known Patricia since I was .. 16? Stacey I didn't know at all. It's been at least 13 years since I saw Patricia last, and when I did catch up with her, she was married to a guy named Garnet.

So, a few little changes then. I have to admit, I worried it'd be awkward -- and by that, I mean I worried I would be a poor host, or insensitive.. or something. I'm not really sure what I was concerned about, but I invited them none the less, and I was determined to be a good host.

Unsurprisingly, it was a great visit. They are of course lovely people. Their relationship is simple and matter of fact, which suits me just fine.

In case you haven't gathered, I'm not homophobic. I'm in a permanent relationship, so who anyone else sleeps with is none of my business, NOR SHOULD IT BE. That being said, I'm a big fan of positive relationships and happy couples, and they certainly fit the bill. I was amazed at how quickly the time passed, before i knew it they had to go to their next destination.

It was nice to see that there's another friend from my childhood I can still consider as a friend -- that I met a new friend as well is something to not dismiss. They offered their hospitality next time, I think we'll make the effort and visit, if not this year then certainly next.

I bought a trampoline.

Yeah. Really.

Why not? I'm not getting any younger, and I've always wanted one (Christina's never been on one even). A few years ago I'd assumed one would be in the works eventually, back when we thought we'd be having kids. That time came and went without producing much other than grief, but that is not the end - not of our lives, nor our ambitions to seize our youthful impulses while they still remain with us.

We assembled it today, and it promptly rained. Christina still had a chance to bounce on it briefly, so it wasn't a total waste. Now I'll be watching for sunny periods I think.

I think I'm going to start to get busy soon, but I'm going to try to remember to keep writing here. I write a bit into some of the 3D printer and laser groups I'm in, but I do not tend to write much in depth on Facebook, primarily because it brings what I've written to the attention of people who otherwise wouldn't look for it, probably do not care, and might even spend time being offended.

This is better for me. You, dear reader actually had to come find this. Well done.

There's quite a bit more I could write about, but it's all observed toxicity, and none of it affects me directly. Moreover, none of it can be affected by me. No point in cluttering up the one place I can write about my life with things that don't have anything to do with it.

Aaron Greengrass


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The laser arrived at the end of april.  Getting it through cuatoms was hair raising, but in the end not especially difficult. I had never imported something this way, so I was tense mostly because I did not know what is normal, and what is actually a problem. 

When it arrived the box was absolutely massive!  I was quite concerned as they were taking it off the truck, I had an image of a bad youtube video where the lift jack operator goes flying and the package crumbles.  Thankfully they rolled it off without any issues, and even brought it right into the garage.  After they left i was glad, it was HEAVY!

The box was reinforced with steel tubes, even so one of the upper tubes was crushed.  I was pretty concerned, but after getting the top and sides off, the only visible dmage was a crack in the top window.

Next problem promptly arose... The pallet this was on was almost a foot tall.  The unit itself weighs about 300kg.  How to get it down without a disaster? 

We had some spare garden ties, and i salvaged some plywood and built a ramp.  It has wheels, which wasn't clear in the pictures when i ordered, but it was essential. Two of us carefully guiding it, we maneuvered it to the ground and into its final position.

The first few days were spent just trying to figure out what went where, and what some of the mystery parts were... the unit came with no actual instructions. 

The supplier is great though, and responded to my questions with a combination of answers and videos. Turns out all the machine didn't some with was water.

First pulse test went well, then it was time to walk away for a bit and figure out the software.

Aaron Greengrass

Laser has been ordered, and will be here at the end of april.

Aaron Greengrass

Making an anti-hero (Part 1)

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We know for example, that he came from a small village in the west.  We know he served in several militia as a foot soldier.  We know the armed force he served with was ambushed during their final battle, and slaughtered almost to the man.  We know he escaped, wounded but alive.

We don't know what happened to him after that, and until he made his reappearance several years later.

People were passing stories around about him as far back as 5 years ago.  We know this.  Appearing suddenly on the scene of bandit attacks and clutching a large black sword, he made a name for himself protecting the weak. Eventually his travels led here, to the heart of the kingdom and the home of the princess.  Led to an oath of service to the crown, and new stories of heroic deeds.

Led to the end of the legend of the hero, and the creation of something new.. an anti-hero.


What is an anti-hero?  If you had asked me 2 years ago, I would have replied 'Oh, a villain of course, what else could it be?'  A year ago even, I would have said the same thing, if with a bit more hesitation.

A villain does evil with intent.  Focused on his own wants and needs to the exclusion of all others, he pilots his life with a broken moral compass.

A hero performs acts of good, also with intent.  Focused on doing the the *right* things, he serves the people while adhering strictly to the pull of his compass.

So what then is an anti-hero?  If a villain is the polar opposite of a hero, where then does the anti hero fit into this scale?

The truth is more complicated.


An anti-hero isn't born, he's made.

There is still a little time before the fires reach this part of the city.  I have taken precautions against the smoke, and I have ensured that this room will survive this conflagration.  I have nothing left to do now but to wait, and to recount this story.

I leave this for you.

Aaron Greengrass

Story concept. 'Making the anti-hero'. Details to follow.

Aaron Greengrass

I have printed the parts for that I need, and ordered the rest. Soon I'll start the great conversion.

Aaron Greengrass

I'm discontented. I think I need to find a good book. I've started and abandoned about 15 over the last week, primarily because they were .. horribly uninteresting. What the hell?

I'm likely going to be forced to pick an author I know, and choose among the unread from that group. Picking unfamiliar authors has about a 17% success rate at this point.

Aaron Greengrass

This morning I woke up to a failed SSD. Worse, it was in my primary storage node. Worse, it necessitated reinstalling my hypervisor on THREE servers.

End of the day, everything works, minimal loss, more irritation than anything.

Aaron Greengrass

Had the opportunity to do something nice for a friend. Took it. No regrets.