Quarter’s drawing to a close. Good riddance. I’ve finally piloted my user study on the robot (thanks MK!). It still needs work but in most ways it’s pretty deployable. I really need to figure out why the robot’s verbal responses are delayed almost 3 seconds; that part’s just not working.
Anyway! I have been painting my nails, just not blogging as much. Just busy. Well, and also Tachyon discovered that if I play console games instead of sitting at my computer, I make a really comfortable lap:
So that’s been something of a showstopper. Yeah, my life is hard.
Anyway, I got nail-mail yesterday from the Born Pretty store, a source of cheap stuff that’s based out of Singapore. (My last two packages had customs labels describing them as “cell phone case” and “electronics misc,” so that’s definitely legal.) Shipping to the US is free. All of this means it takes arbitrary amounts of time to arrive. I basically place an order and forget about it, and whenever it shows up it’s a nice surprise.*
If you’re anything like me, when presented with new toys, you have to try them out right noooww. This is how I came to be sporting Born Pretty Holo Polish:
This is a “linear holo,” meaning the holographic excellence shows up along lines defined by the curve of the nail, rather than being randomly spangled about. I am very excited about future polish!
Unfortunately, the above is about the best holographic presentation I got. It was taken in the weird cold fluorescent elevator of my 100-year-old apartment complex. Below is what it mostly looked like in practice.
It was still interesting. Also, this is a rather low-end holo polish;** I may step it up to an expensive one.
In the meantime, since I still had new things to play with and less-than-exciting nails, I promptly bunged on a ton of stuff. Behold: stuff.
Left to right:
- Silver… errr… crown? sort of? stickers. They were fine, they stayed on, I’ll use more.
- Silver rhinestones. Also fine. I got to use my new teeny-thing-picker-upper tool!
- A black-and-clear 3D sticker. Iffy. It tore when I tweezed it off the backing, and subsequently came off the nail in blobs.
- Water decal of some generic part of a clock. If you haven’t built models of aircraft or tanks or (in my case) giant space robots, you probably didn’t know that water decals are the devil. But I was prepared for it, and I love the designs on this sheet.
Then a bunch of stuff fell off. But hey, toys! TOYS. Expect rather more… er… reasoned adornment pix in the near future.
* Actually this is how I cope with almost all shipped goods. We order so much stuff from Amazon that we get several packages a week… so why track? Mr. Fix-It will ask me what’s in an incoming box, and I’m all, “Clothes? Toiletries? Electronics? Cats?”
** Actually, at $7/6ml on sale <!!>, it kind of isn’t! Should have read the description more closely. But there are companies who specialize in this nonsense and may produce shinier holographics.