June 13, 2010

Telsa Coils, Quilts, and Fans

I recorded ArcAttack's stellar version of the National Anthem played with Tesla Coils at the Maker Faire. But I couldn't figure out how to save it as a Quicktime file (yes, I can build a computer*, but I can't save a video) so I was all bummed that I wouldn't be able to share it with you. But, then I found this!


Also, I'm making a quilt and I wanted to show you the "before" picture. It's for a baby shower we're going to next weekend. I know it looks a little wacky now. But, I'm hoping that by a week from today, it will have come together (Magically, perhaps? Or is that asking too much?) to make a really cute (but not too baby-ish) quilt.

*By the way, Jerry's PC (the one we built) was broken and we took it to a fabulous PC repair guy who was able to get it in working order. But guess what was causing the problem? Well, you know how I said I can build a computer? It's only partly true. I can build one, but not exactly the right way the very first time around. It turns out that we didn't install the fan correctly (it wasn't latched) and we didn't put the hard drive in the right slot (in front of the other fan), so the computer has been overheating all this time! The guy said he was surprised the mother board hadn't burned out. Luckily for us, we just needed to replace the hard drive. So it's up and working and now Jerry and I know how to properly install a fan and where to put the hard drive for the next time we build one. Ah well, live and learn!

3 comments:

Shady Lady said...

Ooh! I can't wait to see the quilt! And computer building, too?! You are impressive!!

Colleen said...

Building it correctly would have been more impressive, though....

Sheri said...

Don't knock yourself for trying. I'm totally impressed that you built a computer from scratch.

And "live and learn" is an excellent motto.

Besides, think about the future when Jerry is building his own computers blindfolded, he'll be able to say, "Yeah, my Mom and I built one together when I was a kid."

And ooooh, quilting...that's something I've been dying to try for years.

I love the fabrics, you've got a real eye for colours.

Go girl!