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What's the origin of "full dance card"? My intuition is that it's based on some American practice at formal high-school dances, or something like that?
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Also, Tolstoy.
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Stange conversation with an eBay seller

I bought a bunch of 'Arduino' header strips on eBay but I failed to note that the description said 2mm instead of 2.54mm, because I used Arduino as my main search point. 2mm headers turn up which clearly don't fit and aren't much use for anything. Standard PCB hole pitch, proto/veroboards etc are 2.54mm.

So I get in contact with the seller and admit that the error is partially mine but it was not helped by him calling them Arduino headers.

I get belligerent reply. He's personally used 2mm with Arduino in some unspecified way, while also pointing me to his correct 2.54mm listing. 

Give it was just a few bucks it's a cautionary tale. Again if I'd just have bought from someone in China they would have apologised and sent the correct ones. At the same time I need to pay more attention to listings...
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Customer experience? Not so much.
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Dear Malaysia, please sort your shit out. Kindest, Rest of World.
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Apparently a frickin' 777 can fly over the country with no transponder and no one in the military raises an eyebrow. 
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Your cat does not have a facial expression. It is not thinking what you think it is. It is not thinking at all.
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I smell felicinism.
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Fecking Australia Post

Just what is it with leaving cards for packages without even trying the front door? I've been reading academic papers all day in an alcove right next to my front door so I have full visibility of the path to the door. The missus just found a postie card, stealth popped in the post box.

Maybe they don't even have it with them and they're just delivering cards?
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They have the package with them.  My postal carrier, who I affectionately (not) call Mrs. Andretti, used to do this all the time.  She'd throw the card she had already filled out in the box without even honking. I caught her at it and complained twice.  The week after the second time my mail, for the first time in half a century, was accidentally shredded by a machine.  Now I know better than to complain, don't I ?  The Postal Bitch always wins, and I put my bills in the box in town.  Yes, bills, guess how much fun that was getting straightened out.
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I've dumped AVR and moved to the #Teensy 3.1 for my hacker projects. I thought I'd briefly post about why. A combination of me not being a great coder and my projects tending towards the complicated end of the spectrum means that I've run into the severe limitations of the 8-bit MCUs in Arduinos. Mostly RAM, then speed.

That said, I like the Arduino IDE in so far as it's just C. I paste it into the window and hit upload and it just works. There have been various boards out there which have tried to cash in on the Arduino popularity but implementing more modern MCUs. ChipKit was the first I came across. I tried this out but almost nothing in the way of code I wanted to run actually ran on the board.

Then I stumbled across the Teensy 3.1. This is in a long line of Arduino-nano-a-likes. The first ones were AVRs but since 3.0 it's been an ARM Cortex M4 based. The 3.1 is the first I tried. It's got 64k of RAM and runs at 96Mhz. It has a really solid dev community mostly based in the US since distribution worldwide is presently shithouse. 

Having used it to implement the Funky Plank, I can say I'm a fan. It's a lot of power for a US$20 board and the level of support from the PJRC forums is astonishing. There's also exciting stuff happening with regards to real audio processing (and an audio adaptor board), just the sort of thing I like to do. There's also the possibility of emulating different types of USB devices so I have project plans based along MIDI in the pipeline.

The only small niggle I've had so far is that it has proven to be unreliable starting up on external power and the reset pin is tucked away on a pad on the underside which is piss all use.  Other than that it's totally gold and I unreservedly recommend it for anyone looking to upgrade from Arduino while staying firmly in microcontroller territory rather than full Pi-like full OS.
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Can certainly give a thumbs up for the Teensy. Been great for the few times we've had to hack some prototype thing together.
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Unfortunately it doesn't include your intro text but I read it at YouTube
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Ex-journalist and ex-videogame industry guy with an electronics engineering background. Obviously that wasn't odd enough so I several years ago I abandoned my career to go back to university to study Chinese and linguistics. I'm now a PhD candidate in theoretical linguistics and my research aims to combine technology and new methods to scale up endangered language documentation.

I'm also broadly interested in China, I  brew my own beer, build weird robotic contraptions, play psychedelic synthesizer and grow chillis. Things I post about: Various computing and technical subjects, linguistics, Australia and Melbourne, China and the Chinese language and all sorts of political commentary, somewhat left of centre.

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    PhD linguistics, 2014 - present
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30 years old apparently, and looking it. There's not many good venues on the south coast and sadly this isn't one of them. The decor is shabby worn 1970s with the owners feeling no need to update the venue in the last 30 years. Strangely despite ample room available in the lobby the operators like to have everyone queue up outside in the cold for a random abitrary length of time. Maybe to make it look busy, like nightclubs do. Inside the toilets are under a puzzling state of construction without you precisely knowing which are and aren't. Likewise internal signage is very poor and at any gig there's crowds of people walking around asking where anything is. If it's a seated event you can look forward to hard plastic seats big enough for a child at best. It's a horrible venue and the only reason anyone uses it at all is that there isn't anything better of this size.
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It's somewhat tricky to find a genuine australian burger in Melbourne but this place is the real deal. One guy working in the shop with a large grill often gets a bit overloaded so you need to wait to put an order in but the results are spectacular. A proper 'the lot' burger with bacon, egg, beetroot and pinapple is pretty tricky to cram into a box but cram they do. One thing though, they don't serve real chips - just those american style string fries. They're also not very good so skip the fries and up your burger to 'the lot' and bob's your uncle!
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