So I got to spend a little time last night working on my great experiment in watercooling. I'm keeping hush about it, because it's really a prototype for something in the case mod competition. And oh man, what a disaster. Water was everywhere. The funnel didn't fit, the barbs didn't seal, the pump choked on an oxygen-rich atmosphere, and my impromptu, temporary reservoir did a fine job of being way too tall. I learned a few practical tidbits about the what's and why's of water cooling, even though I still haven't ordered the parts for my system.
"Hey, nice pump you got there with the XSPC top, where's the CPU you're cooling?"
"What CPU? Oh THAT CPU. Who needs a CPU? I'm using water to make ME cooler!"
"It isn't working."
I'm giving very serious thought to pulling out of the case mod competition. Even though the contest administrator has been AWOL for several weeks, it seems likely case mod build logs will have to be private, and if last night's debacle indicates anything it's that I could use some feedback. In any case, there's a good chance I've already said to much according to the as yet unknown rules of the competition, instantly disqualifying myself. Ah, well, ya know ... shuttin' up's not my strong suit.
I've had a regular stream of packages coming in, including another one from McMaster Carr hopefully tomorrow. The stream has been so regular that my girlfriend is getting annoyed. She's beginning to suspect that my computer building projects are in direct conflict with the clean-the-garage project. She may have a point, but I'm confident that the net result is I do have more space in the garage than I did before. Ok, so, yeah, new tools, lots of them, BUT I've got a peg board that's filling up nicely. And I built a dolly! No no, not that kind, the furniture moving kind. Meh, she made the same joke.