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Omari Stephens
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Student, teacher, and lover of light
Student, teacher, and lover of light

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Step 1: Admit that you have a problem
Step 2: Repent
Step 3: Stumble across 6 more hard drives that were squirrelled away in a suitcase...

What kind of monster am I?
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"Life is mostly pain and struggle; the rest is love and deep dish pizza."

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More welding yesterday! Not pictured is the work on the actual hole-filling project. I had the machine set to 90A DCEN and things weren't going well — the instant a puddle would form, the base metal would fall out.

I was ready to give up when it occurred to me to give AC a shot. Set it to 50A, AC, 200Hz, 50% balance on a whim, and I ended up with dramatically more control. Amazing!

With that, on to the pictures:
1) A reminder of the 1G butt weld I had done on Friday.

2, 3, 4) A 2F weld that I did yesterday. The first pass was horrible. The second pass graduated to just "bad." Extending the tungsten to a full cup diameter helped pretty dramatically, as did holding the torch upside down.

I was welding with my right hand, moving clockwise around the pipe, and holding the torch upside down allowed me to control roll and pitch easily without the handle bumping into the table.

5, 6) Behold, a TIG torch rest! I was getting tired of resting the torch in precarious ways, so I improvised a shape out of 1/8" filler wire using a small pipe stub, a vise, and a pair of pliers. Then shoddily tacked it to the shoddily-welded stand. Magic!

The base needs a little more weight, but I decided to leave that addition for another day.
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29/05/2016
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Needed to practice using TIG to fill holes in dirty mild steel tube. I took the opportunity to buy a pair of TIG gloves that actually fit, which helped dramatically with my ability to maintain control of the rod.

1) Full pedal on thin-wall tubing is a convenient way to make a hole.

2) First one, filled up. Having trouble striking the balance between having the new metal fall out, and building up a ton of reinforcement.

3) A little flatter. But only a little

4) Another hole. Forgot to get an after shot

5) A long gouge. After shot also missing, but this is the first one where I did some successful lay-wire.

6, 7, 8) On a whim, decided to butt-weld two of the tube coupons that I had found. Went surprisingly well for a first-time effort.
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28/05/2016
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Happy belated birthday to me <3
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Didn't manage any real jumps today. Sometimes that's what progress looks like, though. If you have to take two (or more ;o) steps back to take that next step forward, sometimes it means struggling to implant new behaviors where you previously had bad (but functional) habits.

In my case, I've always had a pause during my last stride — I would get my right hand to my right shoulder early, hold for a bit, and then finish planting. As I'm working to be more aggressive with my plant, I no longer have time for that pause, and so I end up confused right when I should be getting ready to take off. Hopefully, the next jump that I actually finish will include that more-aggressive plant with no pause in the middle. I was actually pretty close on my last attempt.

Unfortunately, I re-aggregated my left hamstring injury during that last attempt, so I called it even though I was close to getting off the ground again. Sometimes that's how the cookie crumbles.

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Pole vault is hard sometimes :o(

Things started off well enough, then I missed the box while focusing on keeping my arms out at takeoff, and then I let the inconsistent winds get to my head.

#SwirlingWinds #AllInMyHead

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I had forgotten about this, but it turns out that The Internet predicted Neko Atsune...

https://youtu.be/mTTwcCVajAc

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Videos from my two practices this past week. For the first practice (where I have hair), I was focusing on keeping my left arm extended at takeoff. Things start off well and gradually regress as I transition from drills to real jumps. Poles are 14' 170lbs (yellow), 14' 180lbs (black), and then 15' 170lbs (white/pink). Run is 4 lefts (57 ft).

Second practice (no hair), I was trying to pull the left arm progress into my long run. It was a short day, but I'm pretty happy with how things went. First two bars are ~12ft. Last two are 15'6". Pole was 15' 185lbs from a 7 left approach (101 ft)

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First of five stories from the 25 Hours of Thunderhill endurance race
Confident (Stories from the 25, part 2)
http://blog.doppler-photo.net/2016/04/confident-stories-from-25-part-2.html
"I feel confident all the time. I'm an old man."

I bumped into Timothy "Red" Bray under the Thunderhill Grill canopy, warming himself by a small fire pit during the final rain-soaked hours of the race. He had a way of cutting to the chase that made each response seem like a nugget of hard-earned, well-worn wisdom. After a short false start, where he told me "I don't give a s___ about motorsports," we spent most of the interview discussing something he does care about: fires.

Check out the full story:
http://blog.doppler-photo.net/2016/04/confident-stories-from-25-part-2.html
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Confident (Stories from the 25, part 2)
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