…a man rejoices in giving the right answer, and a word spoken at the right time—how good it is!
The trouble with Faster Than Light travel is that if you jump away for a day, several months have passed for those left behind.
I wish I could use FTL travel as an excuse for not posting since the 9th of October, but I suspect some of you might have trouble believing it. And it would be a lie. And FTL travel hasn’t been invented yet (come on, scientists. What the hell are you doing all day?)
No, the truth is, I got out of the habit. The reason I got out of the habit is that – brace yourself, this sounds strange – I suddenly got absolutely sick and tired of the lathe.
This has happened to me before with long projects. When I get close to finishing, I start to get all excited. Then one day I realise how much I still have to do. Then I look at my sparse amount of spare time. Then I realise by how much I’ve missed my – admittedly artificial and arbitrary – finishing deadline. Suddenly, the project seems like a bully (remember Big Bad?) and I don’t want anything to do with it anymore, or anything related to it. Crucially, though, having done the lathe course, I saw how the machine would get very messed up very quickly if I was to actually use it.
That set up a quandary. I want to use it. But if I use it, I’ll undo months of cleaning work. But if I don’t use it, what was the point of all those months of work? So I don’t want to use it; but I do want to use it. A Loop.
So I “got sick of it”. I did nothing for a couple of weeks. Because I did nothing, I had nothing to write about; so no blog entry.
Then I started to dismantle and clean the chucks. But I’d got out of the habit of blogging and so when I remembered to blog, it was usually at an inopportune time, so I didn’t.
Anyway, enough of the excuses. The lathe is actually finished. Over the next short time period (note how I didn’t commit myself there..) I’ll write about the chucks and stuff. Bet you can’t wait…