Bender

A day of buying unusual things

I need a tux for performing in a group I just joined. Went to a few places, was quite put off by the first, one didn't have anything in my size, wound up getting a jacket and pants from Macy's. Ordered the accessories online. I decided to buy the jacket and pants locally since I wanted to go somewhere that knew what they were doing for sizing, and didn't want to turn around and then order online. Macy's didn't have the accessories though. In future I'll probably just go online. The prices are 1/3 to 1/2.

I stopped by REI and bought some wet lube for my bike chain. The small bike shop in town had absolutely nothing suitable for winter riding. REI had several things, I wound up with a blue colored synthetic that looks fairly thick.

Then when I got home, I had an alert that the Brother label printer that I've had a price watch on for a couple of months just dropped to $70, where historically it has frequently gotten to before, so I picked that up. I figured it was about ready to drop given the price charts so I actually ordered aftermarket labels for it yesterday. And just for the heck of it I threw in an HDMI switch (one that allows one SOURCE and multiple TARGETS - to send the BD to TV or projector) and a UV flashlight. I used to have a UV flashlight but I loaned it to concom at Windycon about 3 or 4 years ago and I don't remember if I ever got it back or not. I thought I had but I haven't seen it for years now.

I also found that there's a new version of the Raspberry Pi, a quad core with a full GB of RAM and 4 USB slots, still for $35. So I picked up one of those as well. I think it's likely that I'll be able to use it as my everyday web browser/generic online noodling machine. It only draws 9 watts, so I like that. I would still retain a Windows machine in the lab to do "real" work (audio/video editing, remote desktop to work, 3D printer CAD/slicing, board layout, etc).
The good hack for cheap tuxes is to ask for any abandoned ones at the dry cleaners.

K.