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Forgot to budget time to blog

I went on a 200k Dart on Saturday with the Nebraska gang. It was great to be outside, even if we had to tough it out into a headwind for the first half. This puts me just (ha!) a populaire and a 1000k away from earning a RUSA Cup, most noteworthy for being a fine-looking drinking vessel. Oh wait, except I have to complete a domestic 1200k. Hmm.

So then, Sunday: get up, make waffles on Grandpa's waffle maker (sadly, the Epoxy job was not fully successful), return rental car, get groceries, go to the lab and work ~3 hours, do laundry, cook food for the week and start bread dough, wash dishes, sleep.

When I reached the lab this morning I learned that our walk-in cooler room malfunctioned overnight due to some problem with the building-wide cooling system. Fortunately nothing in there got ruined, but it wasn't the stressor I needed while trying to gear up for a combination of glucose injections and palmitate injections. Glucose and palmitate don't go together as well as acetate and palmitate did because glucose goes too fast (1-hour incubations).

It's going to be another one of Those Weeks.


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Oct. 27th, 2015 02:31 am (UTC)
So I may have missed something: what's the epoxy/waffle story?
Oct. 27th, 2015 02:52 am (UTC)
You haven't missed anything...I haven't filled in all the details!

I acquired my grandpa's waffle iron maybe about a year ago, but left it with my parents up in Seattle up until my last visit there. During the visit, I boxed it up and my father kindly shipped it back to me in Nebraska. I had detached the legs, but not the handle for raising/lowering the top portion, and it got bashed in transit (sigh). I tried to Epoxy it back together, but Epoxy apparently isn't sufficiently heat-resistant.

It's an old Toastmaster with a bakelite handle (broken portion at the bottom of the photo below). I am just about to throw away the worn out nonstick plates, as it was accompanied by some brand new-looking aluminum ones that worked great during this test run! ...unless you have any evil genius ideas for how to salvage the old nonstick ones for some nefarious purpose.

Waffle iron refurbishing
Oct. 27th, 2015 04:21 am (UTC)
Man, don't have any good ideas at all about salvaging non-stick. However, I may be able to fabricate something for a new handle, out of some bakelite-like material.
Oct. 27th, 2015 01:02 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the non-stick isn't a big deal at all (I actually HATE "non-stick" cookware)...I just wonder about some method for recycling the metal. The aluminum plates that were not non-stick looked brand new and worked fantastically with a generous coating of butter.

And Oooo, I would love a newly fabricated handle! I don't even care that much about replicating the material (although something insulating would be a good idea). I can send you the original handle along with some other fun items (heh heh heh). It was one of those things where I looked at the damage and thought, "If I had the right tools and know-how this would be a sweet repair!" but of course it's outside my realm of expertise. Totally only a worthwhile project because of the awesome sentimental value (plus old waffle irons are fun).
Oct. 28th, 2015 01:08 am (UTC)
I could white trash recycle the irons by simply melting them. I wouldn't be surprised to find out they're actually some magnesium/zinc/copper alloy, because it's soooo amazingly good for die-casting.
It'd be a fun challenge to replicate the handle. I'm actually tempted to do it in some exotic wood.
Oct. 28th, 2015 06:21 pm (UTC)
I wonder if there's some way I can get the irons into the hands of someone using metal to make casts of ant nests (a la Walter Tschinkel, who is retired but might still be doing it?). At the same time, I'm pretty sure it's not safe to inhale the fumes as the nonstick surface burns off.

Exotic wood will be cool! I'll take another picture or two as I get ready to ship various things over to you, so you can see how it is put to use. It's an interesting 3D shape.
Oct. 29th, 2015 01:29 am (UTC)
When I was faced with this problem I made a remote burner setup to melt toxic-coated aluminum into a crucible and then into an ingot mold. Most serious scrapyards have something similar in the back somewhere.
Nov. 4th, 2015 08:45 pm (UTC)
Budgeting time to blog is totally a thing! I basically didn't last week because I was spending all of my time on either work or vacation-with-partners-please-go-well (it did!), and I don't grudge either of those massive time efforts, but I did miss the Internet and my friends. Spending like 15 minutes or less a day on recreational Internet is so weird and different from my normal life that I felt super disconnected.
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