Turns out, I'm very low on propane, and obviously the man at the propane shop has gone home to eat mince pies.
How will I get through the festive season without melting anything ?
What's not to like ? Apart from a slightly mawkish family-friendly plot, which is best ignored.
I have misplaced a hammer. Specifically, an iron-headed carver's dummy. Bah.
I have discovered a new thing:
When drilling through two bits of thin brass, holding them together to make sure the holes line up properly, one should not have any of the holding fingers under where the drill is going to come out.
Even when that is on the far side of the wooden benchpeg, up at the end where the drill will go through it in half a second and continue into unresisting fingertip.
Repeat after me, one million times:
! is not bitwise NOT. ! is not bitwise NOT. ! is not bitwise NOT.
This has been a public service message from the Bit Twiddler's Association. Thank you for your time.
In today's lesson, we learn that silver/copper, 50/50, comes out looking remarkably similar to tin/copper, 10/90.
In this way, an expensive metal can be used to simulate the appearance of a cheap one. Ho hum.