There’s an innate masochism trait built in to the average Do It Yourselfer. You have to be willing to spend time, money, blood, sweat, tears and sanity to produce what is probably lower quality and more expensive than what you could have bought.
Pride is a bitch.
All that said though, I finished* the enclosure for my Car Mac Mini project last night. I got the carpet on, mounted my connectors, soldered the switch and put it all together. The only thing left as far as the box goes is to screw down the lid and the window. Here’s a picture
I’m happy with how it turned out but it’s definitely not perfect. You can see seams in the carpet, there’s some spare glue, the power connector doesn’t stay in very well and the window is a little messy. But it’s mine! MINE MINE MINE!
I was up till about 2am getting this far last night and I realized how seldom I stay up late any more. How sad. By 11pm I was like “I need to wrap this up so I can get to bed!” and then I thought “I used to play EQ till 3am every morning and still usually make it to work by 9am. What the hell?” Getting old I guess.
Also last night I went to Line Creek Community Center and learned how to ice skate with Charles. He plays ice hockey and is a great skater so while I stumbled around the outside of the rink he skated in circles around me and did flips and won awards and such. It was pretty cool. I don’t think I did too bad but I was terrified that I was going to fall and land on one of the 900 12 pound kids all skating circles around me and pointing and laughing.
It really was fun though.
* For a given value of “finished”