Galen Wolffit (wolffit) wrote,
Galen Wolffit

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So last night I spent some time soldering together a 555 timer circuit in preparation for a mod to the audi's clutch switch. By keeping the clutch "home" switch tripped open and closing briefly once every 8 seconds, the drive-by-wire throttle changes modes to that of a MUCH more responsive (and less refined) one that accurately tracks the position of the gas pedal. For reference, stock, if you're driving through a parking lot and stomp on the gas a few times real fast, the car just keeps moving forward at it's original speed. It's as though the gas pedal is connected to nothing. The ECU has decided "No, you really don't want to do that, that will make the car buck forward and that would be unrefined." ... there is a slew of bullshit like this, the least desirable being it's unwillingness to apply 100% throttle at any time without taking about 2 seconds to do it. It produces this sort of "turbo lag" effect except that there are no turbos. I want my throttle response NOW and when I stomp on it I want my head to snap backwards. If I wanted a mercedes with a slushbox automatic and have it be all cushy and smooth and "refined" ... I'd buy a mercedes.

So. This mod fixes that.

Unfortunately, one of the things used during this soldering job was a small latex bulb desoldering tool. Galen and Alaskanwolf felt it amusing to use it to shoot air at Saku. Saku got very bent out of shape over this, trying to bite at the air and very aggressively trying to steal the "toy" away from us so he could destroy it like some arch nemesis. From the moment I saw his ferver, I knew.. that night.. no matter how well guarded. He would get that desoldering bulb.

So I carried it around in my pocket. I never lethim near it. If it was on the table, I was next to it.

That night when I went to bed, I left the bedrom door open a crack on accident while brushing my teeth. When I got done brushing my teeth, I found him quietly sitting in his cage. Too quiet. And positioned oddly. I reached under him and found the desoldering bulb. Covered in spit, full of holes. I grumbled to myself and hid it high up on a shelf where he can't reach it. Veerrry sneaky. :P
All that aside, I'm listening to my co-worker hack and cough. This is not the first time he has done this. I'd say he's been going through heavy bouts of coughing for about two months. It comes and goes, he is acting clueless and oblivious, claiming it's just a cold. I've never heard a wheezing cough like that from a cold. Anyone know what it could be, and how contagious it might be?

- Keman
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