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Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

Time Event
The kiln arrived early(!) today so it's now set up and I'm test firing it. The kiln's empty, I'm just bringing it up to 1000F, in part so see if the circuit breaker will trip. I'll borrow my dad's current meter this weekend to measure the kiln's actual draw (hm, I wonder if the kill-a-watt goes up to 15A). I've already noticed that, when the kiln heating elements are on, the lights in the garage dim. Exciting.

I expect the rest of the day will have me running other errands and being at home, rather than the garage, and maybe even going for a run.
Version number
Also, advice for embedded system designers: don't use "E" in your version number. When I power on the device I don't want to see "E-1" on the screen, even if it is innocuous.
Glass and cookies
If you're thinking that I baked cookies in the new glass kiln, you're the third person to suggest that to me. And no, I didn't. FedEx kindly arrived early at Doug's garage, I set up and fired the kiln to 1050F, noted it worked, then headed home. I spent a few hours in the afternoon mixing cookie dough and half-watching movies, then a few hours in the evening baking cookies. Melinda and I dropped in to Doug's garage around 10p to try out the workshop - it worked. We made a few small items -- turtle, a couple of pendants, and a disc of glass out of a remnant -- and we'll pick them up within a few days. The kiln table needs a work light -- standing in front of it casts a shadow from all the other light sources in the workshop (ceiling fluorescent tube and two work lights on the flameworking table). Also, the gas level at the torches fluctuates, which is both weird and inconvenient. I'll check the internet for ideas how to diagnose and fix that problem over the next couple of days, too.

Tomorrow I fly to Seattle for a few days and for a family annual picnic. Back Sunday.

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