Verbose reply incoming - I just got some new switches and I’m breaking them in!
I hadn’t heard of the Tric 60 - looks like a super solid little board. Customs like that remind me of the way lots of my neighbors relate to their guns; when they’re not in use, they’re passively accruing character, value, and personal significance for their owners.
I never shot (or had a reason to shoot) my grandfather’s shotgun, but I did admire its craftsmanship and use of durable materials. Treated well, a robust keeb could be a legit heirloom in the same way. And hey, it’s slightly less dangerous, too!
While I’ve modified quite a few commercial boards, populated hot-swaps with my favorite franken-switches of the week, and even built an easy-mode custom for a friend - I still haven’t gone all-in on a proper custom for myself.
Well, until today, anyway. I went to the Protozoa website after seeing your post and realized I like the P.02 way too much to pass it up. I’ve de-soldered and re-soldered a keeb or two, but this kit will definitely be a next-level challenge for me. Looks like it will require… discipline
I swear I don’t have kids, I just like dad jokes.
Ethiopian and Guatemalan coffee are two of my favorites as well. Both were really easy to get at this cool little market / sandwich joint in Knoxville - and here in Nashville there are quite a few Ethiopian restaurants that serve it in the traditional ceremony style. That’s one of the things I’m still looking forward to trying when things can open back up here.
That Christmas Sleigh one looks pretty wild. One of my friends in Asheville loves succulents, and does the occasional watercolor painting of them. Any recommendations for one that’s easy to care for? I love having plants around but I’m also not the best plant dad yet.
As for other hobbies, the big one for me is cycling - at least it was until spinal problems became a significant issue. I’m on a treatment path right now, so fingers crossed, maybe I’ll be back in the saddle again sooner than later. Either way, I’ve got this fun contraption to zoom around on after recovery.
After cycling, and keebs, I love natural light photography. (Yes, that’s a younger me accidentally making the Max Payne face.)
It’s been around two years since I’ve had a proper photo sesh - one of my eyeballs decided to start taking itself apart from the inside (hence my username) and that put a temporary damper in my will to go out and shoot. I’m over that and intend to dive right back in as soon as I’m past the current spinal shenanigans - I’ve still got one good eye and I’m gonna use it.
My favorite thing to photograph is komorebi - the illuminated glow of leaves and flowers as sunlight passes through and scatters within them. I legit can’t get enough of it, so naturally I’m also a big fan of those succulents that can diffuse light or have transparent bits.
I haven’t thought about how much I enjoy all that stuff in a long time and now I’m in a good mood.