Post a Picture of Your Silly Purchase of the Month.

JC

Love how it turned out. I wish I knew you were doing this before I got mine. It would have saved me shipping from Turkey.

Trachalio wrote:

I bought a teeny thermal printer to print stickers for my Bulletjournal

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It may be my dumbest purchase I made in a long long time. :D

My wife has one of those and she uses it allllll the time.

Bought something a little silly:

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What is it you ask? Well, it's a JoyCon holder for my iPad!

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I think this qualifies. Meet Leelou (or as I prefer - LeeLoo). My wife thinks she's named for a French Lily, nut we all know she's really the Fifth Element

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She will be joined by a brother (provisionally called Lenny after Leonard Nimoy) at the end of March:

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Adorable!

KITTY!

Moggy wrote:

I think this qualifies. Meet Leelou (or as I prefer - LeeLoo).

Years ago we adopted a cat whose name on petfinder was stylized as "Hey-Heyyyyyy!!!" Mind you, this was the loafiest, chillest, lump of a sweet cat we ever met. We tried several other old grandpa names like Winston out, but our toddler at the time overheard us say, "hey-hey" and she could say it, amd repeat it, so it stuck. We decided he was named after the chicken in Moana and just kept it as Hey-Hey.

Mixolyde wrote:
Moggy wrote:

I think this qualifies. Meet Leelou (or as I prefer - LeeLoo).

Years ago we adopted a cat whose name on petfinder was stylized as "Hey-Heyyyyyy!!!" Mind you, this was the loafiest, chillest, lump of a sweet cat we ever met. We tried several other old grandpa names like Winston out, but our toddler at the time overheard us say, "hey-hey" and she could say it, amd repeat it, so it stuck. We decided he was named after the chicken in Moana and just kept it as Hey-Hey.

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Mixolyde wrote:
Moggy wrote:

I think this qualifies. Meet Leelou (or as I prefer - LeeLoo).

Years ago we adopted a cat whose name on petfinder was stylized as "Hey-Heyyyyyy!!!" Mind you, this was the loafiest, chillest, lump of a sweet cat we ever met. We tried several other old grandpa names like Winston out, but our toddler at the time overheard us say, "hey-hey" and she could say it, amd repeat it, so it stuck. We decided he was named after the chicken in Moana and just kept it as Hey-Hey.

I fully support letting little ones name pets. Years ago, we brought home a puppy the shelter had ominously dubbed "Doo Doo." It turned out not to be related to anything, she was super easy to house train, but we didn't want to keep the name. When we brought her home the neighbors came over with their kid who was three or four. I asked her what its name should be, and she responded immediately, "Fruit Tree." The name stuck, and for the next 16 years Fruit Tree was the best dog ever.

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During my EOY vacation, I went to a party where the host had set up for Karaoke--sort of, as they were relying on YouTube for videos with the vocals removed and the lyrics showing--but it nonetheless seemed like fun. Then I learned that Apple Music Sing had been available for a year to all subscribers including myself, and that they'd built a lot of playlists for it already. Then while idly looking at machines at Wal-Mart, an employee pointed out that they had a model that still had some weird pricing like a leftover Black Friday doorbuster, making it $7 out the door.

So now I own a karaoke machine.

Kurrelgyre wrote:

So now I own a karaoke machine.

Oh no.

On a crazy whim, I decided to really go whole hog into locksport. The lockpicking trainer called the "Revolver" is surprisingly awesome. The first bible with standard pins was super easy to pick. The second with spool pins was a bit more difficult. The third with serrated pins has me stumped. And I am told the fourth with mushroom pins is diabolical.

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It's shocking how bad most locks are isn't it?

Orphu wrote:

It's shocking how bad most locks are isn't it?

Absolutely. First thing I did was rake every lock in the house and it took me all over 5 minutes. I don't know if I will ever feel secure again.

IMO Most locks are a scam. They are designs that are 100+ years old and have been easily defeated for nearly as long.

I'm convinced that entire industry just relies on secrecy and the general public's poor understanding to sell their products.

I'm amazed no one has come along with a better design and just cleaned Master Lock's clock. Better designs have happened, but no one seems to care.

Orphu wrote:

IMO Most locks are a scam. They are designs that are 100+ years old and have been easily defeated for nearly as long.

I'm convinced that entire industry just relies on secrecy and the general public's poor understanding to sell their products.

I'm amazed no one has come along with a better design and just cleaned Master Lock's clock. Better designs have happened, but no one seems to care.

There are small, incremental improvements companies have made to defeat the most impactful bypass methods, but they are not as widely adopted as you might hope and they don't always work. The bump key bypass, for instance, still seems to work despite most countermeasures taken to combat it. Higher priced modern padlocks have anti-shim measures, but a surprising number of even the most expensive ones are still susceptible to a simply bypass hook attack. And residential locks are even less secure in general. I am novice but I don't think there is a Kwikset or Schlage out there that would take me more than 2 minutes to single pin pick if I even bothered. Most will go down in seconds to a rake attack.

If it wasn't for my alarm and my dog, I am pretty sure I wouldn't sleep again.

I hope you are following the Lockpicking Lawyer on YouTube, because that channel is a delight. Especially when he goes after "unpickable" locks.

Mixolyde wrote:

I hope you are following the Lockpicking Lawyer on YouTube, because that channel is a delight. Especially when he goes after "unpickable" locks.

He is the one who convinced me to upgrade my tools. I have a pretty big Covert Instruments set at this point and find that the difference between cheap Chinesium and an actual professional set is astounding.

Holy carp! I managed to pick my way entirely around the Revolver! I lucked out a lot though and managed to back tension out of overset pins at least four times, so very flukey.

I am not nearly good enough at feeling the pin positions or when they are truly binding and am thinking of getting a cutaway lock to help me confirm where I am with my pick position.

This is a very addictive hobby.

I watch McNallyOfficial for pure amusement.

The solution is not to secure important things with one incredible lock, but to secure them with a hundred mediocre locks.

Nevin73 wrote:

I watch McNallyOfficial for pure amusement.

Yeah. He's a lot better than I am, but a lot of his bypass attacks really are as effective as depicted. I do the knife attack on combo and mortise locks all the time and find they work with near complete reliability. The same goes double for the padlock hook bypass.

Speaking of McNally, this video pretty much explains how I defeated the last two bibles in the Revolver. I could feel my pick hit the false set and the moment I let up on the tensioner just slightly, I felt the pins fall into place and rotate forward.

For anyone who hasn't ever picked locks before, the sensation is a bit like setting the hook on a big fish.

I too did enjoy lockpicking for a while after watching too much lockpickinglawyer. It's quite a fun if slightly pricy hobby. Sadly had to stop cause it hurts my hands oddly enough. Oh and I ran out of locks.

I was pleased my house locks were very hard to pick or rake. Of course the reason was they can barely be opened if you use the actual key...

master0 wrote:

I too did enjoy lockpicking for a while after watching too much lockpickinglawyer. It's quite a fun if slightly pricy hobby. Sadly had to stop cause it hurts my hands oddly enough. Oh and I ran out of locks.

I was pleased my house locks were very hard to pick or rake. Of course the reason was they can barely be opened if you use the actual key...

Lockpicking Lawyer is really informative for exploits against actual locks, but if you never, ever want to feel secure again, I suggest following Deviant Ollam. His stuff is far more bypass and exploit oriented than pure lockpicking and gets you thinking like an actual thief in ways that make you paranoid.

lol. After telling someone I was a fan of LPL, she sent me this

I remember learning how to pick locks in college. Back in '92-'93, the only resources you could find were on Usenet and I had to make my own pick (from a bicycle spoke) and turn bar (from a nail). It helped that I worked at Ace Hardware and I was their key specialist.

Quintin_Stone wrote:

I remember learning how to pick locks in college. Back in '92-'93, the only resources you could find were on Usenet and I had to make my own pick (from a bicycle spoke) and turn bar (from a nail). It helped that I worked at Ace Hardware and I was their key specialist.

I can make better tension wrenches and picks than I can find on amazon out of wiper blade stays.

PaladinTom wrote:

Bought something a little silly:

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What is it you ask? Well, it's a JoyCon holder for my iPad!

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Can I make this work with PS streaming?

Capitalism got me again!

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I went full on deviant and bought a set of security bypass tools. I am sure this puts me on some sort of a list now.