It’s a hot hot hot hot day in parts of North America. If you’re like me, your only access to cooling at home is something like a struggling window unit.

Libraries can be cooling stations if you can get to one. And they mostly won’t kick you out. They’re a place you can be and not buy anything. Keep safe if you can. 💜💜💜💜

Eesh, the new Cats movie is EXACTLY the wrong amount of furry.

Seeking book recommendations, boosts welcome.

My daughter is turning 3 this month and she LOVES spooky stuff. Foolishly I told her last Halloween that if she hurried up and learned to read, she could read the Goosebumps series, which are the Spookiest Books Ever Written. I underestimated how seriously she'd dive in and now she's reading at a second grade level. How young is TOO young for Goosebumps, and what, if anything, is a good intermediate step?

this means you can do completely silly things like tape a chip to its pads on a circuit board or tape a ribbon cable to a memory card!

this “z-axis conductive tape” is absolute witchcraft and I want a roll of the stuff adafruit.com/product/1656

it’s double-sided tape which is conductive only from one side to the other, conductivity is not present along the length or width of the tape!

Welp the car's gonna need a whole new exhaust, prob coupla grand

Which kinda sucks given that I'm about to be INTENSELY busy

Anyway I went through the operator settings and there are options to disable the camera, disable photos for high scores, and DISABLE THE CAMERA WARNING.

If you disable the camera then the game takes your picture anyway and then crashes.

On the new Willy Wonka game, there's a brief message during attract mode that says "This game takes your picture, hold right flipper when starting game to disable the camera." It runs for about five seconds every fifteen minutes.

Well, turns out it's got some face detection software built in, and it takes a bunch of candid pictures while you play, and if you avoid the camera while entering your initials it'll just fall back to one of those. It's CREEPY AS HECK.

My experience of the Jersey Jack Creeper Cam started off with me getting a high score on Dialed In and having it take my picture and use it in the attract mode without any kind of warning. I have a couple stalkers, so I'm not happy about this.

The next time I get a high score, I enter my initials and duck out of the way of the camera, and it _still_ uses my picture in the attract mode. How, you might ask?

New Jersey Jack pinball is in the warehouse. It has a creeper cam, like their last few games. In the backbox, pointing upwards, so it can take a really unflattering picture of you.

Devil's Dare is Gottlieb jumping headfirst into the 1980's Satanic Panic and swimming around going "See? It's fine, guys, it's LOVELY in here!"

A shout of appreciation into the fediverse for the JOY!!! of our domain names. I’m on tootplanet.space??? Or sunbeam.city??? Or wandering.shop? Y’all are on places like jorts.horse? How beautiful are all of these! How open-world

Fix something small that gets in your way. Sew on a button, clean a grimy keyboard.

hi this is catdad here to say that the fact that the greedy nature of capitalism insists that small businesses must always be growing or else wither is fuckin toxic

open your etsy store and if you make $5/mo that's still $5/mo more than you had before and it doesn't matter if you never make more and you have to refuse orders from people.

there's nothing wrong with creating what you can and no more

thanks for coming to my ted talk

More energy-conservation stuff: in addition to fixing coin-ops, I also fix appliances.

If you were to ask me "Hey, Dan Who Fixes Things, what brand of dishwasher / washing machine / tumble drier should I buy," I would tell you "NONE, THEY'RE ALL GARBAGE, EVERYTHING MADE IN THE LAST COUPLE DECADES IS TRASH, IT'S ALL ENGINEERED TO FAIL, 1970'S AC MOTORS CAN RUN FOR DECADES WITH VERY LITTLE INTERVENTION, BUY UGLY OLD APPLIANCES OFF CRAIGSLIST FOR A TENNER AND PAINT THEM IF YOU WANT."

@ifixcoinops @Felthry *looks for knob in life controls*

*discovers amusement knob is too low*

Ahhhh! All this time! That explains a lot.

*sets amusement knob to max*

Boosting my old toots: I WAS LOOKING FOR THE FAN THING BECAUSE I'VE ONLY TURNED ON THE AC ONCE THIS YEAR AND I JUST SAW ALL THE OTHER STUFF ON MY WAY DOWN, TL;DR: open basement windows at night and put a big fan in upstairs window pointing outwards for cheap cold air throughout the night. That's what I was getting at. :P

If you can't get hold of a fishtank pump, you can do what I did with my first attempt - use two beer coolers, one higher than the lower, and just siphon the water through. Bit of a PITA 'cause you have to get up and recycle the water every now and then but it still beats the heat.

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