Peter G (sinetimore) wrote,
Peter G
sinetimore

Why It Pays To Read Directions

I'm sitting at my workbench, playing with different combinations when I hear the knock on my door.

Who is it?

"'Who is it?'  Who do you think it is?"

Ah, yes, my head of research and development!  Come in!

"So what is it?"

I'm trying to build the component circuit, and I'm having problems getting it to work.

"What exactly is the problem?"

The purple LED lights.  They turn yellow after a split second, and then you smell the blue smoke that tells you electronics don't work anymore.

"Did you read the package of LED lights?"

No.

"It says, 3 to 3.4 volts.  You are plugging them directly into a 9 volt battery.  Fuckin' derp, dude."

Oh.

"How many of those things have you fried?"

Five.

"How many do you have left?"

Based on math of how many I ordered?  95.

"Oh.  I thought you were out."

Nope.  Bought them in bulk.  Real bargain for only five bucks.

"So.  What has your play told you?"

Well, I was hoping to power the entire circuit with only one AAA battery.

"Not working?"

Nope.  The light alone needs two AAA's to run.  And when I put the buzzer in series, it doesn't work at all.

"Tried different buzzers?"

Yup.  No dice.

"So you can have one or the other, but not both?"

Well, no.  If I put three AAA's in there, it works in series.

"Will it fit in the housing you are considering?"

Don't know yet.  I will need to see if I can find a three battery harness that will still fit.  If not, I need to come up with something else.

"You can do without the noise.  It doesn't even sound like what you are aping."

I want a light and I want a noise.  That's all there is to it.

"Okay.  Let me know what you figure out."

Wait.

"What?"

Aren't YOU supposed to be doing the research around here?
Tags: did not do the research, duh, important life lessons, school of life is in session, science in action, stupidity, technology is a beautiful thing, things that make you go hmm, this ought to be interesting
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