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I did some very good work yesterday, doing some rework on $employer hardware.

Fuck gas stations.

A friend is loaning me a 48A Clipper Creek EVSE until I can buy an EVSE of my own (basically no one has 48A ones in stock right now).

Very excited about showing off two robotic vision demos at AUTOMATE 2022, this June 6-9, at Huntington Place in Detroit, MI.

We will be booth 3100, right inside the gate.

Not only have I had a lot of fun hyperfocusing on these, I got paid to do it!

I really like the micro Slimrun cables from monoprice.

Making my rack patch panel more visible with no degradation of service.

I got new toys at work! These are terminal actuation tools, with a long, narrow taper that easily opens up the contact on a DIN-rail spring terminal (like the Allen-Bradley 1492 series). No more breaking slotted screwdrivers! The orange-banded ones on the left are for 1.5mm2 terminals (Phoenix Contact ST-BW 0), and the blue-banded ones on the right are for 2.5mm2-4.0mm2 terminals (ST-BW).

I needed a place to put chat clients. Of course, turns out 540px is too narrow for Discord and Signal (Slack minimizes the sidebar so it is fine) so I cannot use them in quadrants like I wanted, but stacked fullscreen works fine too.

Also also, the overall installation, and I looked hella cute in my new apron from Savage Industries!

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Now with error-protection (checking the part-present sensors to verify pick/drop) and path-segment annunciation (the lights are the number of the active path segment, that a PLC would use for collision avoidance multi-robot cells). And she knows her payloads now, so the motion is more accurate.

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I just got the *silliest* Ethernet cables for my desk panel. The inkjet reads `MONOPRICE MICRO SLIMRUN CAT. 6 U/UTP PATCH CONFORMS TO ANSI/TIA-568C.2 32AWGx4P CM(UL) E164469-B2 RoHS`.

And while I do not trust them at all to do gigabit or even hit the rated Cat6, they sure as shit will do fine with the 10/100 in this panel.

Though I was cute (and gay) as _fuck_ yesterday, so there was a plus there.

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Well this is 100% garbage, but the plate looks about right so far for the price. I have not indicated it at all though.

However, it was mostly purchased as a square/level reference for a 3D printer build so...probably more than overkill already.

Saw this great graffiti south of The Loop in Pontiac, MI on this morning's commute.

Image description: A dilapidated building with red stenciled graffiti saying "EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ALL RIGHT WE HOPE" but someone hastily spray-painted an "X" over the "WE HOPE"

Nettle is U N C E R T A I N. Just got home from her fifth vet visit ever.

Ok but I need to share just how fucking amazing my legs are all of a sudden. I shaved for the first time in...7 months, and somewhere along the way I developed damned fine pins.

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