Tomorrow I'm doing a treasure hunt in San Francisco. More about that tomorrow night.
I've been foiled twice now on eBay while trying to buy a variable voltage power supply. I'd like something that could drive 0-30VDC at 0-3A. Even on expensive and odd items like oscilloscopes and power supplies, people on eBay bid all the way down to the last seconds. It's a prisoner's dilemma, too: if everyone bid rationally (in the mathematical sense of the word), then you just bid whenever and be happy. But if some non-trivial fraction of bidders are not rational (eg, they will bid intermittently and often late in the auction), then you actually have a better chance of winning and item, and for less money, if you, too, wait to the end of the auction. Rrrrr....
At work today, they set a laptop on fire, doused it with water, then smashed it with a sledge hammer. A very effective presentation that was. Don't contact the sysadmins directly -- contact Helpdesk instead.
I successfully bent the City of Mountain View's public works department to do my bidding. They fixed a street light that was out. I'm very pleased with myself.
I bought some fancy-pants LEDs the other day. They arrived yesterday and I tried them out. The white LED is 10,000 mcd. That's bright! Even at half power it was way brighter than most LEDs. Pretty neat. The tri-color LEDs I've already talked about. The others I bought were UV LEDs. They glow blue but also put out UV light. I'm sorta nervous about pointing it at my skin or anything (who wants a dose of skin cancer?) but I don't think it really could do much harm at 10mW of power. Making a black light flashlight would be pretty keen, though. I just need to find a good housing.
Okay, enough for tonight. Fun for the treasure hunt starts at my place at 8:15am tomorrow. I'm navigator, so I need to collect maps and my bearings. And, some sleep, very soon.