My design dilemma

Should I or should I not?

This is the question that has been bothering me (that is, whenever I remember to think about it). This is a Lighting system for the Polar Lights's 1/350 Star Trek Enterprise which I finalised the design in 2009. What is does is to light up and strobe the appropriate LEDs (Navigation and Strobe lights) for FOUR different Starfleet ships, namely:

1. Star Trek NCC-1701A from the Motion Picture,
2. Star Trek NCC-1701A from Star Trek VI,
3. NX-01 Enterprise, and
4. NCC-1701 from the 2009 JJAbram's movie

Yes, I spent quite a number of hours searching, rewinding and forwarding on each DVD and using my watch's to get the timing on each flash/strobe. Its not easy because for each movie, the Enterprise has different timing, thanks to different SFX companies doing them. In the end, I analysed the timing and sort of compromised them a little so that I have enough memory on the chip to give me at least four different timing options. (I mean, hey, I want to build those models too)

This is also the first time I actually had a Professional PCB done and I was quite excited about it until I realised the consequences of accepting the MOQ conditions (Minimum Order Quantity). In the end, I had way too much PCBs on my hands and even if I decided to give it to some of my friends, they would not even know what to do with it. So, I decided to sell them. Yeah but unfortunately, there were a lot of things I have not experienced yet, some of which are manufacturing problems, doing the instruction manual and also, getting people to buy them.

So, it was not until this year that I more of less have a little bit more confidence in getting the product out. But man, there are so much soldering to do...

And so, this is one module out of four which I am still designing.
There are still the Photon Torpedoes, the Ward/Impulse system and also, the Navigation Dish. And all to be controlled by one optional main controller board.

However, the Cylon Raider have overtaken this project and so, I'll start with that first.

Mass Ridsecticide

I am not sure what came over me for the past decade. Usually, when there are insects, especially ants, I would just step over them or kill them without any thought but nowadays, I caught myself sparing their lives as often as I could. Instead of killing them, I usually just 'blow' them away.

But for the rest, it was business as usual. Still, I think the girls are following my example.

Oh, but oh, the poor lizard. I don't kill them as they did nothing to me.
But for one certain family member, its instant death or something like that.

And the poor Ants trying to salvage the situation too.
All done my Mr. Ridsect.
Still, how did the lizard lose its tail? It seemed fresh...

Where is the Tooth Fairy?

And so, this is a first for Kristine. One of her teeth has fallen out. It was not painful but more of a normal expected thing for her. When it was during my time, all I could ever remember was the ickiness of it all and the metallic taste of my blood.

There you go, one small teeth.
And she kept asking about the Tooth Fairy, of all things

Well, at least she can use the straw creatively now.