July 31st, 2005


The packing, it is done...

...and not a moment too soon.

For those of you not inside the drama (well, not really drama, just impending doom... er... travel), we're skipping town Monday morning at 9:30 for Glasgow. We got a decent price on first/business class to Glasgow through O'Hare, so it should be a nice flight.

Why? Well, as much as I'd like to be going to Glasgow just for the sake of going to Glasgow (and for the slightly chilly weather), we're going for Interaction, the 63rd World Science Fiction Convention.

This is a relatively low-load WorldCon for us.

Friday night we host a League of Evil Geniuses Reception at the Hilton Glasgow.

Saturday kproche runs the Masquerade half-time show, Ready, Steady, Sew!. The name was chosen because more Britfen and Eurofen will recognize Ready, Steady, Cook! than would recognize Iron Chef, but the format is going to be Iron Chef all the way. We've got an American team and a European (mostly Brit, I think) team, a floor reporter and a panel of illustrious judges. Downside? Wednesday, I think, we've got to run out and pick up a pair of used sewing machines to complete the work areas.

We've also got a few panels, but not many.

On Monday, we have the annual BASFA Meeting-in-Exile.

We fly home Wednesday.

Wouldn't be so bad, but then on Thursday, we pick up the K75 from the shop and then head up to Saratoga Springs Conference & Retreat Center for Leather-Levi Weekend. Steele is hauling our camping gear up, so most of it also has to be packed for pick-up today. We'll be doing a quick rearrange when we get back on Wednesday night for a last-minute pickup of our remaining clothes, but that's got to be a small amount.

Two weeks, two trips.

It's going to be a glast.

Hooray, Hooray!

After 2 weeks of fighting with it, I've finally got all 7 colors and nearly all ports on the used Stylus Photo 2200 that we bought firing.

Big kudos to fixyourownprinter.com's Epson Stylus Head Cleaning Solution. The instructions aren't perfect (they don't explicitly say "leave the printer on after dispensing solution), but the stuff works.

It's not perfect yet. The dump sponge (where waste ink is pumped during a cleaning cycle, and what caps the head so it doesn't dry out) is a bit oversaturated with ink and cleaning solution, so the heads are getting a bit contaminated with mixed ink, but printing a sample page clears that. By the time we get back from Glasgow, the head will probably be totally contaminated with mixed ink, but a sample page or two should clear that for good, and the dump sponge should be dry enough then.

On the really good side...

The Canon S450, which has been cranky and printing everything with a purple cast (the yellow head wasn't printing) was also cleared up with a dose of the cleaning solution. That one was a bit easier; the heads are designed to be removed by the customer, so I could pop the color head out, clean it, and put it back in. We're back to all the printers in the house working.