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So another weekend and me not posting much. Um...lets see. What did I do. On Saturday I did absolutely nothing, except play "Destroy All Humans" a lot. Very funny game even if I do appear to be stuck already.

Couldn't find any of my calculators with solar panels on, so on the suggestion of darklittlefox and having a desire for lunch, I wandered into town to see if Tescos sold a cheap one. They didn't so I tried Woolworths instead who had a wide selection of them.

On a whim I decided to see if they had any small screwdrivers, cos I have plenty of large ones. I found a complete set of tools for 4quid so I got that. Then I spotted a solar powered racing car for 14quid, so I got that too. I don't know what spec the solar cell is, but it's meaty enough to power the motor without any extra gubbins.

Sunday I did Hatfield Mage. Due to a lot of faffing about, I managed to arrive at the station in time to miss the train by a couple of minutes. Which meant, as it being Sunday, a really long wait for the next train cos they've spread them out a bit. Managed to arrive at the game only an hour late and thankfully it seems everyone else was late too, so the game hadn't started. The game was great fun, even if I have no idea what was going on and cryx was very distracting in her skimpy/see-thru outfit.

Did SFA when I got back too and watched From Hell, which I managed to cope with quite well cos the gory corpses were so fake looking. Also watched BB too. I know I shouldn't and it's bad and wrong, but the latest twist - 3 people hiding in a secret room in the house and having to steal food and stuff to survive - is very amusing.

Brought the solar racer in to work today to see how it fares in sunlight as the cloudy weather was a bit crap all weekend. Plus I get to prove noseynick was wrong that a solar cell would have to be HUGE to power a motor.

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... and did you? :-p

I got it to fire up on the way home :)

I'll bring it in on Thursday to try and organise a pre-pub or lunchtime showing again.

I think there's a vast difference between being able to barely crawl along a flat surface in bright sunlight, versus being able to lift your entire weight off the ground, even if only for a few seconds every hour!


... anyway, by me disbelieving you, I'm sure I'm just increasing your motivation to prove me wrong :-)

It didn't crawl as such even under the lower light levels during the evening. It did however not have enough oomph to start by itself. Gave it a gentle nudge and it started moving slowly forwards and accelerating. Don't know how fast it would have got because it crashed into one of those drainage ditches that criss cross Tesco's carpark, but it was going quite a lot faster than a crawl.

But the main point, is that this is just a normal motor. If that cell can power a motor that is on solidly, it shouldn't have too much differculty powering two motors that are only on for a fraction of the time.

Not really trying to prove you wrong, just to prove me right.