Arcanotech

Thoughts and tinkerings

It's been pretty quiet here at Arcanotech for the last few months, and there's a very good reason why. I've been working and taking classes at the local community college, and they've been keeping me very busy.

First things first: I love my job. I work at a makerspace, and it's pretty much the coolest job ever. And my boss is amazing. But the coolest part? I get to learn how to use all the equipment. Over the past 6 months or so I've learned MIG welding, manual mill, manual lathe, 3D printing, CNC plasma cutting, and the ShopBot CNC router. I've also polished my woodworking skills. Here's a look at some meatspace projects I've been working on.

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I've gone back to school for Programming and Web Programming certifications. This is a mixed bag so far, as I've been programming since two years before the Web was invented, and yet the admins won't allow me to test out of any of the "how do I program?" classes. Because apparently all my programming courses from the last time through college have expired or something. Whatever. The point is, this entire first semester is all review before I can take courses in newer languages and technologies, and as such, despite the professors being nice and overall pretty solid teachers, I am so bored.

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Now that I've announced Elysiad finally, I've taken a moment to check in on my social media presence. It turns out that the Mastodon host I'd been using, Witches Town, has closed. This does present an opportunity, though, for a more focused presence, so I now have a few Mastodon accounts across...

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So I joined a rock band...

One of my partners (B) invited me to jam with her and a friend one day a few months ago, and we gelled so well that we decided to make it a thing. We're called Hard Data Soft Spot. I play bass and sometimes write songs, and also handle most of the social media presence (...

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