Post a Picture of Your Silly Purchase of the Month.

Paleocon wrote:

I would love to visit, but you have to promise not to smash my head open with a wooden mallet.

Just don't land on your feet and you won't have to worry about it.

Paleocon wrote:

I would love to visit, but you have to promise not to smash my head open with a wooden mallet.

Can he use something other than a wooden mallet?

The worst part about that was that he intentionally fell feet first. W. T. F.

All are welcome - I won't hit nor bite

Got a Husqvarna automower. It's taken 2 days but it finally chopped the entire lawn to a uniform length. It is surprisingly fun watching it bumble around the yard, mowing things.

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From here on out we will slowly lower the deck every few days to cut the grass shorter. If kept short, Bermuda will grow sideways rather than up and should fill in the bald spots in our yard, which I am very much looking forward to.

So now the only thing we have to mow is the strip along the road where there's a hill too big to get the mower down, and we need to weed-eat a few places. Rock on!

This may sound weird, but I never got into drinking coffee until about 2 years ago. For the longest time, I simply didn't like the taste. I never really needed caffeine in school, or early in my career, and then after that I got to like black tea. So, I've never had a coffee maker at home.

Until last week, that is. I've really been missing my morning cup or two, so -- knowing that my spouse will not drink coffee (she loves the smell, but avoids caffeine herself) -- I went ahead and bought this comically tiny coffee pot. It looks like the sort of thing that would fit in a child's play kitchen. Pictured here next to my very normal-sized toaster, for a sense of scale:

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omg, that's adorable!

Ranger Rick wrote:

Got a Husqvarna automower. It's taken 2 days but it finally chopped the entire lawn to a uniform length. It is surprisingly fun watching it bumble around the yard, mowing things.

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From here on out we will slowly lower the deck every few days to cut the grass shorter. If kept short, Bermuda will grow sideways rather than up and should fill in the bald spots in our yard, which I am very much looking forward to.

So now the only thing we have to mow is the strip along the road where there's a hill too big to get the mower down, and we need to weed-eat a few places. Rock on!

How much trouble was it to lay the sensor wire around the areas you want it to cut?

Nevin73 wrote:

How much trouble was it to lay the sensor wire around the areas you want it to cut?

Not at all because we had someone come to install it for us.

He used a mini ditch-witch type thing and was done in, like, 3 hours including the robot setup, install, and testing. You barely need to bury it, though, it's best if it essentially gets woven into the roots of the grass, which especially for Bermuda is not deep at all.

If you don't have kids and dogs and such potentially tearing it up, I've seen folks talking about installs where they got away with just laying it on the ground and it would end up basically burying itself in a season.

It does have to be a continuous wire though, so if you have islands and such you want it to not cut, you come out from the edge of the property, go around the island, and come back along that same line and continue. It seems like the robot is smart enough to go over the double-line, I wonder if they cancel each other out or something, or the double-strength power lets it know it can pass through.

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So when I can convince the wife to let me get this, go for the professional install. Got it. Thanks!

Ranger Rick wrote:

If kept short, Bermuda will grow sideways rather than up and should fill in the bald spots in our yard, which I am very much looking forward to.

If only that worked for male pattern baldness...
:sigh:

Nevin73 wrote:

So when I can convince the wife to let me get this, go for the professional install. Got it. Thanks!

If you have a smaller yard, Worx has a much cheaper one (~$1000) that's supposed to be pretty good also. But they nickel-and-dime with addons so it depends on what functionality you need as to how much cheaper it actually is.

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Silly because 1. I do not need another fountain pen and 2. look at the colour.

MikeSands wrote:

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Silly because 1. I do not need another fountain pen and 2. look at the colour.

Fountain pens are not silly.

Paleocon wrote:

Fountain pens are not silly.

Yeah, but that's number seven or so. I'm a bit scared to actually count them all.

MikeSands wrote:
Paleocon wrote:

Fountain pens are not silly.

Yeah, but that's number seven or so. I'm a bit scared to actually count them all.

[yawn] wake me when you get to 30.

And make sure you have some vintage Deltas and OMAS pens in there as well.

Paleocon wrote:

[yawn] wake me when you get to 30.

And make sure you have some vintage Deltas and OMAS pens in there as well.

The most pricey ones I have are an Aurora and a Lamy 2000. I think that ~$250 price point is going to be my limit for buying a pen

BTW, that Caran d'Ache 849 is pretty nice too. I got it as a slimmer pen for more convenient carrying, and it's definitely good for that. Build is solid and it's great to write with.

MikeSands wrote:
Paleocon wrote:

[yawn] wake me when you get to 30.

And make sure you have some vintage Deltas and OMAS pens in there as well.

The most pricey ones I have are an Aurora and a Lamy 2000. I think that ~$250 price point is going to be my limit for buying a pen

BTW, that Caran d'Ache 849 is pretty nice too. I got it as a slimmer pen for more convenient carrying, and it's definitely good for that. Build is solid and it's great to write with.

I have an Aurora Optima I like a lot. I think my priciest is probably still my Homo Sapiens Dark Age, but the Pineider Arco probably comes close.

My old 360 controller my kids and me use when they play a game on the PC finally started drifting and the A button is not very reliable anymore. So I did the responsible thing and ordered 2 custom colored Xbox One controllers with a recharging docking station.

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Colorful controllers are a weakness of mine.

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How is it?

For obvious reasons, I am very interested in that game. Kinda hoping it comes to Stadia though.

BadKen wrote:

How is it?

For obvious reasons, I am very interested in that game. Kinda hoping it comes to Stadia though.

I watched the Giant Bomb video of Jason playing it, but I only had time to play the opening bit. It's very much an open world collectathon from what I can tell. That's kinda why I bought it. I just want a game where you can turn your brain off and giggle while munching down puny humans. The swimming around feels pretty good! I had a little trouble launching up onto boats, but enough button mashing eventually gets you up there.

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Looks pretty good when dark!

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When I was living in an apartment in SF, my neighbors did this on the side of my apartment building once a week during winter. I couldn't see the movie as it was being projected onto the side with no windows, but I could certainly hear the sound being blasted from their open window.

Not that I needed different sound protecetion for when I'm mowing/taking care of my yard, but wanted to listen to music while mowing my half acre.
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Brilliant tuffalobuffalo.

Moggy wrote:

When I was living in an apartment in SF, my neighbors did this on the side of my apartment building once a week during winter. I couldn't see the movie as it was being projected onto the side with no windows, but I could certainly hear the sound being blasted from their open window. :-)

The problem with sound is that we have to wait until it's dark to see the movie. Houses are spaced pretty far apart, so I think if we limit ourselves to doing one movie once in awhile on hot evenings, we'll be fine. I am going to have to work out a different sound setup from the built in speakers because it's hard to hear dialogue. I have a crappy two speaker stereo I can set up out there or I can use a small Bluetooth speaker if that ends up being enough.