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03 January 2009 @ 06:22 pm
End of the holidays  
I hope everyone's had good holidays. After a mandatory (use-'em-or-lose-'em PTO days) three-week vacation, I'll be back to work Monday, and I wouldn't really mind having longer off...so long as I still got paid. Ah well.

pyrodon and I got each other a Roomba for Christmas, and it's pretty much the cutest robot ever. Does a good job cleaning the floors, too. My folks got me a Fuzebox kit, which I promptly built, and then bricked by trying to load a too-large demo. I've ordered a different programmer cable, so I think I should be able to reburn the bootloader and get it working again. And if that fails, I've ordered a replacement chip, so one way or another it'll be back to functional. It's a great little project, lots of fun to solder up. And my brother got me a shaving set from The Art of Shaving (though curiously not one listed on their site — it has the things that come in their carry-on kit, plus a nice handle for Mach 3 blades, but came in a box like their starter kit), with pre-shave oil, badger brush, shaving cream and aftershave balm (as well as a razor). For those of you who shave your faces, I strongly endorse this product and/or service. (Though I don't particularly care whether you give TAoS your money; but a badger brush, good shaving cream or soap, and some kind of pre-shave oil and after-shave lotion, are worthwhile investments.) Best. Shave. Ever.