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Please make your voice heard against this unlawful bill that hasn’t died yet, H.R. 2193, the Remote Transactions Parity Act:
via eBay (FB and Twitter share option): www.ebaymainstreet.com/campaig…
via Etsy (Tweet to representatives): secure.everyaction.com/49aX_55…

According to U.S. Constitution, Article I, §9, ¶5, “No Tax or Duty shall be laid on Articles exported from any State.”

DO NOT let anyone get away with telling you there’s a “remote seller exception.” You can read the summary and text here: www.congress.gov/bill/115th-co…
IN SHORT, “Under the remote seller exception, a state may only require the collection of sales and use taxes by a remote seller if the seller: ……or (2) utilizes an electronic marketplace for the purpose of making products or services available for sale to the public.”

While I wouldn’t have a problem taxing the likes of Amazon and the items they them themselves sell through their marketplace, (actually, I think they should be broken up!), that second exception to the exception affects nearly all micro businesses. (Unless you advertise on a website, sell through your own website, and/or just do business through e-mail I suppose.)

A judge with any ounce of competency would strike this law down, but competency in general is in short supply these days. Unless some serious editing is done, Amazon would be negligibly effected compared to someone struggling to make a decent living through online sales.

...Kind of a shame my latest journal entries have been about politics. :hmm: I am actually still working on patterns when I can. :eager:
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lcddisplay Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
We sent a MLP bluray to yall's house. We'll come to get it later, I don't know when.
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adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2018  Professional General Artist
Okay. I'll be looking for it then. Is it the movie? :D
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lcddisplay Featured By Owner Edited Nov 26, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, it's the Blu Ray that has both, the new and old MLP movies. I've read that the old movie is in HD! :) :O

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adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Edited Nov 29, 2018  Professional General Artist
Oh, cool! :D

Woo. I suppose those bulbs I have are fairly old. ^^'
Awesome find! :nod:
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lcddisplay Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
We also ordered 2 SATA to USB adapters and had them sent to yall's house. They're for booting Raspberry Pi computers from SSDs! :D (Big Grin) 
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adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2018  Professional General Artist
Alright, will keep in mind! :D Also, it looks like your Blue-ray arrived! Not sure if you wanted me to open and check it for issues or not, so let me know if you do.
I'll be on the lookout for the adapters. :)
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lcddisplay Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, you can look at it but be very careful with it. :) (Smile)
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adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2018  Professional General Artist
Of course! ^^ Clean dry hands only. :iconrarityknowsplz:
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lcddisplay Featured By Owner Edited Nov 22, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
How's that 5 x 7 bulb matrix doing?

I'll see you on Saturday! :)
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adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2018  Professional General Artist
I'll have it on when you get here. ^^
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lcddisplay Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Dad left y'all a message on the phone about Thanksgiving.
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adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2018  Professional General Artist
Mom messaged back. Do be by 4-4:30pm :D
And make sure he brings his food containers. ^^

See you tomorrow! :iconapplejackhappyplz:
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lcddisplay Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Mom wants me home tomorrow for Thanksgiving. Find out if y'all's Thanksgiving could be moved to Friday or Saturday.
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adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2018  Professional General Artist
Ah, well, that's what my mom should expect for not planning and coordinating in advance. I'll let her know all the same.
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lcddisplay Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a clear 200w Sylvania incandescent bulb that only failed in the base for some reason. Shrug The bulb still works. :) (Smile) I also have a GE reveal LED bulb that failed. Oh Noes! Nebula Nova: Shrug  I think the led part might still work. :) (Smile)

I sent you an email with artwork on it.
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adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2018  Professional General Artist
Huh. Did it just come lose or something?
...Can't say I'm too surprised to hear about the GE bulb though. ^^

I got it! :D Maybe someday the tables will turn, if not Texas' nationalization, then probably an inevitable revolution. ^^;
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lcddisplay Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
The strange part is it did not come loose and it was working great for while in an enclosed light fixture that had no vibration or moisture and the connection inside the bulb base that goes to the black part mysteriously separated. Maybe the wire or the solder had a weak spot.
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adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2018  Professional General Artist
Yes, I think that's the case. It might not have been properly soldered from the start.
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lcddisplay Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
What do you know about driving mercury vapor, sodium vapor, and metal halide bulbs?
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adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2018  Professional General Artist
Not much detail actually, but I do know they all use a ballast, (probably electronic in some cases these days), so they don't operate far from the principles of how classic fluorescent lamps work since they are essentially a discharge/arc based light source.
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lcddisplay Featured By Owner Edited Oct 19, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
What brands make the most reliable, longest lasting microwaves? We have a Panasonic microwave and the door button mechanism keeps breaking. :( We're going to buy another microwave and use this one as a spare when it gets repaired. Do you know of any newer microwaves that could actually be trouble free for 20 years? Some manufacturers use too much low grade fragile plastic and cheap parts unfortunately. :(
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adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2018  Professional General Artist
Heh, I can honestly say I have no idea. :XD: Most of the time it's a bad relay switch that fails with respect to the door mechanism, but I guess guess it all ties together. We have a Panasonic that has lasted for years despite having to replace a micro switch. It recently failed the same way, so I'll take a look at it later. We had a "Magic Chef" form a garage sale that took it's place for the longest time which has failed like that a couple of times as well though fixed and working now. It was a mechanical issue with the plastic that caused the micro switch to make either poor contact, or contact at the wrong time, ruining the switch's contacts.
But we recently bought a new Panasonic with "inverter technology," (which means the high voltage side is actually a switching DC power supply rather than the classic giant transformer). Of the greatest irony, the logic supply still uses a small transformer like all the rest of them, (I only know because when it's not heating anything, you can hear the thing hum quite well when everything else is quiet). But I think it's still cheaper, so I guess that's why they use a classic transformer supply for the logic.

So, unfortunately, no. For all the microwave door switch problems I've troubleshot and repaired, I can honestly say I don't know of a single brand that doesn't have the same persistent problem. But then again, I've only repeatedly repaired the same 3 brands or so, (don't remember the third one which was a one-off for another family). My dad also considered an LG with inverter technology, so you might try something different and let me know the results in however many years you use it. :) Might do some other research online too. (Now, I do know that the relay for the drain pump on the main board of our LG washing machine failed, and we've only had it for a few years!)
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lcddisplay Featured By Owner Edited Oct 22, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, we bought a Fridgidaire microwave and and it has a great beeper because it will stay beeping until you take the food out and it has the inverter technology. :) The Frigidaire microwave might actually be a Sharp Carousel microwave. I implanted a mega screw that came out of an old table and a small eye bolt in 'sonic (our broken Panasonic microwave that also has the inverter technology) to fix the microwave door button mechanism and it works great. :) :3 It also has no mega transformer and a logic board old school transformer. Ironically the new microwave has an old school mega transformer (I saw it though the mesh in the back along with some other parts.) :3 My dad has a 20 year old Samsung microwave that he has used every day and it has never failed. :D Have you ever seen that old movie that is about a machine that somebody would lay in and it would scan a head made out of white clay and make the person's head resemble the clay head? Who ever lays in the machine would wear a hat that looks like a brain and the main bad guy was forced in the machine and someone squished some clay heads together and the bad guy now has a messed up head as an obvious result. One time the antagonist had printed a picture of a guy with a potato as a head and made someone's dad's head turn into a flat, 2D, cartoonified potato head that matches the one on the picture. :3
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adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2018  Professional General Artist
Heh, can't say I'd care much for the beeping, but otherwise sounds awesome. :nod:

Ah, so the broken microwave also has the inverter technology, eh? Then I very glad to hear you got it back to working! I think that's something similar to what I did with the Magic Chef.

But if the new microwave has the big old-school high voltage transformer, then how would it utilize inverter technology? You might be seeing a different form of a switching transformer. They might use switching, or "inverter" technology, but they may still be a fairly good size. Maybe you're seeing the broad side? :iconflutterthoughtfulplz: Should be able to tell by the weight.
Awesome to hear about Samsung! :w00t:

From that description, I vaguely recalled the movie, Spy Kids, and the villain I googled as Alexander Minion. Spy Kids was definitely a strange movie. ^^ I also remember the death of Captain Amazing from Mystery Men, in which they actually had scanned sculpts of his head to achieve the special effect.
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lcddisplay Featured By Owner Edited Oct 24, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm guessing it has the sensor cook feature without inverter technology.

Awesome, I've been wondering what the name of that movie was for a long time! :)
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adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2018  Professional General Artist
Ah, I gotcha. :)

Haha, I just happened to remember it! But you gave a good description and my brain was just able to piece enough fragments together in recalling how strange the Spy Kids movie was. ^^
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lcddisplay Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
What brands do you think make the best laptops?
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adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2018  Professional General Artist
I think Acer is decent, but I've never used one. I generally prefer Toshiba though, or something that has 1) a standard two conductor laptop power supply input jack and 2) harmon/kardon speakers. ...Well, actually I guess I don't care much for the speakers as I did back then, but definitely a standard power supply jack! :nod:
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lcddisplay Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
How are y'all doing? How's the 5x7 bulb display doing?
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adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2018  Professional General Artist
Well, we at least got a break this weekend. :phew: ...Well, it's still working, but I had previously used an ATtiny44 as a PPS for it to keep the time because it has a 16 bit timer. But I finally got some small ATtiny85 chips and a circuit to take its place. While they only have 8 bit timers, I was able to just use a synchronous prescaler to divide the clock by 16.384kHz so the counter increments only every half second (using a 32.768kHz watch crystal of course). At first I thought I was going to have to maintain counter variables every time the counter completed it's maximum cycle of 255. The code is pretty simple, (and could actually be reduced to a pin toggle or square wave without using any delays):


/*
   ATtiny85 PPS 1.0 (C) 2018 Adam L. Humphreys
   using Arduino 1.6.11 IDE for the ATtiny85 @ 32.768kHz external clock.
   adamlhumphreys.com/
*/

#include <avr/sleep.h>
#include <util/delay.h>

int main(void)
{
 /***Pin Setup***/
 DDRB |= 1<<0; //Output

 /***Timer Interrupt Setup***/
 TCCR1 |= (1<<CTC1) | (1<<CS13) | (1<<CS12) | (1<<CS11) | (1<<CS10); //p89, 12.3.1
 OCR1C = 1; // 1Hz @ 32.768kHz clock, compared to TCNT1
 TIMSK |= (1<<OCIE1A); //p92, 12.3.7

 sei(); //Enable global interrupts

 set_sleep_mode(SLEEP_MODE_IDLE);

 while (1)
   sleep_mode();
}

// Interrupt
ISR (TIM1_COMPA_vect)
{
   PORTB |= 1<<0;
   _delay_ms(50);
   PORTB &= ~(1<<0);
}


How are ya'll doing!? :)
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lcddisplay Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
We're doing good. :) I found a way to make all Raspberry Pi computers boot off USB. Unfortunately, some hard drives / SSD drives won't be recongnized as a boot device. :( Flash drives seem to work good though.

You paste a boot code file on to the SD card and put it in the Raspberry Pi to make it boot off USB. :D I'm hoping to get it to boot off an SSD for maximum reliability overall.
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adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2018  Professional General Artist
Awesome! :D But yeah, that makes sense.

There ya go! Nice and speedy too. :nod:
Sorry for the delay. This week has been kind of hectic. ^^;
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lcddisplay Featured By Owner Edited Sep 27, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
How are y'all doing? How's that 5x7 bulb screen doing?
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adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2018  Professional General Artist
Handing in there. Work around the house to do before it gets too rainy and cold. ^^;
So far still working great. Hope to make something similar with addressable LEDs in the not-so-distant future. :eager:
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adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2018  Professional General Artist
Off hand, I'm gonna say that looks like part of a filename from derpibooru.org, "1794475__safe_artist-colon..."
Otherwise, I wouldn't have a clue, though such a name wouldn't surprise me :XD:
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lcddisplay Featured By Owner Edited Sep 27, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I think it means more than one pony in the image because there's some that say "safe artist solo".

By the way, have you heard of React OS? It's an awesome project and concept. :) (Smile)

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adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2018  Professional General Artist
Huh. Or maybe a different naming convention was used at the time. But I have seen them list multiple artists.

I have not! :O It looks pretty sweet. Wonder if it could run WarCraft II!? :D
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lcddisplay Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
What are your thoughts about this-

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adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2018  Professional General Artist
TBH, I've only heard of Bambi and Felix the Cat. That's would be pretty interesting to see a remake of Felix the Cat, though trademarks aren't quite the same as copyright. ^^
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adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2018  Professional General Artist
This is honestly the first thing that immediately comes to mind: www.dropbox.com/s/6xw6l2pdgoj1… It's quite a good lesson despite a grim but necessary starting illustration. :nod:
I can't say I read all of the the second article, but it does look quite interesting. I can say that I find this statement highly questionable: "Jen and Danny had to admit that nothing seemed to make a difference—not affection, not discipline, not therapy." The "discipline" most people use today is a bad joke compared to the effectiveness of corporal punishment. One thing for certain, it is still a matter of free will on a child's part, but they're not born with any certain disposition considering Zechariah 12:1, Psalm 139,
"13 For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother's womb.
14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them."

and Ezekiel 18:20ff.

In Matthew 18, Jesus illustrated the general innocence of children:
1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, "Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?"
2 Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them,
3 and said, "Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.
4 Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
5 Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me.


But even considering Proverbs 22:6, "Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it," though this is a well known general truth as all of the Proverbs, certain things are not always true in every circumstance. A child has free will as much as an adult does, but it seems some may value their own opinion of themselves over that of any other person, even God, which sadly is often the case, even if they're not psychopathic.

That could well be Cozy's problem, or at least that seems to be how she's portrayed. ^^;
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lcddisplay Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
How's that Oculus rift headset doing?
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adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2018  Professional General Artist
Well, when I tried to install the software on my Windows 10 machine before I got my 4K monitor, it said I needed two standalone update packages for Windows. The problem was, those packages were actually already installed when I tried to install them. I haven't tried it on Windows 10 yet, but now the problem is, since it didn't seem to function as a plain monitor the first time, (because the device is more like a game/virtual reality platform than a monitor), I can't really try it because my current monitor used the only HDMI port I have on my video card, (though my monitor does have a Display Port). :iconrarityderpplz: There is someone who worships at my congregation that says she'd gladly bring me a fairly capable card she had laying around that she couldn't use... if or when she can find it. ^^;
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lcddisplay Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
What do you think about the MLP season 8 episode, 10 Break up Break down?
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adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2018  Professional General Artist
Pretty nutty with Discord, but at least it ended on a cute note for Big Mac and Sugar Belle. :aww: Definitely a great episode about communication and assumptions. :nod:
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lcddisplay Featured By Owner Edited Jul 2, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
How are you doing? What are y'all's plans for 4rth of July? I successfully repaired a spiral CFL bulb this weekend. I had a CFL that had a bad ballast and took the good tube off and put it on a CFL that had a bad tube, but good ballast. :) (Smile) I've repaired several CFLs through the years with good success. :iconapplejackteenagehappyplz:  Note, make sure the tube has no really dark ends, or it may be bad or problematic, obviously. You may have to shine a flashlight through the ends to make sure they're not very dark because dark ends may appear white until you shine a flashlight through it. And obviously, match the tube with the same type of ballast as the original ballast or very similar. Yeah, some bad CFLs have good tubes with lot's of life left in them. :o (Eek) Pony Applejack Happy Emoticon. 
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adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2018  Professional General Artist
Okay. ^^ Nothing in particular. I surprisingly won't be working though. :iconapplejackhappyplz: (Though I will at home. ^^')
Awesome! I used to do that when it was expedient until we started using LEDs, so I certainly know what you mean. Some of those bigger CFLs are still worth it, though it's cool they can drive smaller classic style fluorescent tubes as well. :) And yeah, matching the wattage is certainly important. I've also used a CFL ballast for our UV tube in our ozone generator for the hot tub. :XD: Didn't last too long though in such a harsh environment though. But yeah, no point in wasting a good tube.

So how are y'all doing? :iconraritysmilingplz:
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lcddisplay Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm doing good. My dad's TV cracked unfortunately. I 'm using gel super glue as a filler for imperfections in plastic! Clapping Pony Icon - Complete Mane Six Clap That's a totally unexpected use for super glue, but it works great and is cheap! Pinkie pie (except it does!) plz  Bouncy Meow Meow Bounce 
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adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2018  Professional General Artist
Oh man, seriously? Not the screen part, but just the bezel, right? :icontwilighthuhplz:
Actually, it does sound like a perfect fit. :D Even more-so considering I recently used super glue to fix a Nikon D80 for someone at my congregation with it. X3 It was a problem common to that particular model, a cheap plastic post broke on an electrical sweeper contact on this wheel that told the camera what position the aperture was in. Had to do it quick otherwise I'd forget where all the screws went. ^^; Only one screw was unaccounted for and it worked again. ^^

How are your projects coming along? MLP Applejack (Excited) Plz 
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lcddisplay Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Nope, it was the screen. I'll be your huckleberry! MLP Emote Shining Armor Crying It will be turned into a nice big led ceiling light, so at least some thing good could come of it. GIF My Little Pony - Smile 

The base of the rotating led clock cracked and warped a little, so I put gel and non-gel super glues on it and it seems to be doing well. MLP Emote Twilight Sparkle Happy 

Everything else seems to be about the same.
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