Archive for November, 2012

Loricraft PRC6 Record Cleaning Machine

Saturday, November 24th, 2012

I ordered a Loricraft PRC6 Record Cleaning Machine early this month, and it arrived today while I was out.  I’ve got it unpacked, but not all set up yet.  I’m excited to try it, but I know if I do I’ll be up all night playing records and messing with it.  So, sleep first.  Record cleaning tomorrow.


New Cartridge

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

I have just discovered that the prior owner has put an entirely inappropriate cartridge on my “good” turntable. Not only did they use the cheapest one they could find – it is a Shure, but old and bottom of the barrel when it was new – they used a P-mount on a standard tonearm, which adds weight and made connecting it difficult.

So. Shopping for cartridges. This leads easily down the audiophile rabbit hole, and I don’t want to go too far. (more…)

Making Paizo-like pawns AKA stand-ups

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

There are often cardboard stand-ups used for characters on a map when playing a role-playing game. They’e cheaper than minis. Paizo has sets of them they market as “pawns”.

The plastic bases commonly used hold 1/16″ chipboard, perfectly. It’s also numbered 0.06″ or just 0.06. It can sometimes be called Binder’s Board and is used for making book covers. Check the scrapbooking places.

I got a big box of it on eBay – possibly a lifetime supply – for $16, including shipping.

It fits the stands perfectly. I’ll print the art, glue them to the cardboard, and cut them out on the laser cutter at TechShop.