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Star Trek badges

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I recently bought a copy of Artemis, the space ship bridge simulator. I intend to play it with various groups of friends so if that wasn't geeky enough I felt we needed to have some com badges to go alongside the system. As it only took 2 hours from start to finish it's not even like it was a massive waste of time :) 15 should see us right for quite some time. (svg here)



Laser Down

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I've been keeping myself pretty busy for the last few weeks but unfortunately for you guys my laser cutter has now developed a fault. For a long time now my laser has been playing up, it appears to be a problem with data corruption between my PC and the laser. Files can cut fine one day but download it again and the laser fails (in the on state) and draws a line right across the piece I'm working on.
Well in between those failures the machine has developed a second fault. The insulating shield on the laser tube has now failed. Large sparks were jumping from the tube straight to the laser case. Obviously this is not a good thing and the laser stopped cutting anyway so I investigated and found the smouldering lump of rubber pictured about. I don't know why it did this, but I turned the tube around in an effect to keep running. That worked for a few hours but then it started sparking from the same place.

It's not all bad news HPC were coming down to visit my on Wednesda…