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Borrowing Trouble 2/49

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All-purpose spelltech grooming multi-tool

[vvvvvmmmmm] “Razor” setting

“Brush” setting

Thorn (thinking): I get to be with him this whole evening . . .

Tiernan: YOWL!

Thorn: Ahh! Sorry, Tiernan!

Tiernan (thinking): Wrong setting! WRONG setting!

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Sometimes… tools with multiple use settings….. are worse.

Seriously, I know myself well enough to know that anything that can both cut and brush hair is not coming anywhere near me, because I will hit the wrong button.

Of course, my first thought on seeing “all-purpose grooming” included being a toothbrush, and that’s just SO much more dangerous.

I’ll keep my grooming implements separate and extremely visually distinct, thanks.

I think this is probably more safe, as we know crystaltech can differentiate on its own somewhat, e.g. Lief’s leaf rake and Lief’s snow shovel both use the same spelltech, one tuned for leaves, and one tuned for snow, so the personal grooming tool probably only cuts ‘hair and hairlike substances” in razor mode, and displaces and neatens in “Hairbrush” mode. As for tooth care, I suspect that while you probably can’t do yourself a mischief with it, you’d want one with a smaller head.

I find it interesting that this device doesn’t have a ‘manual override’ for the brush setting, though.

So it won’t cut you but can still shave your hair.

I suppose that it won’t pay off to make device which can shave and can’t groom, because it already needs all components used for grooming. Device which can just groom should still be cheaper, though, and I would totally buy it.

Agreed. Before I even got to the last panel, I was already thinking, “Man, I guarantee I would get the ‘razor’ setting mixed up with the ‘brush’ setting at least once.”

I’ve already gotten mixed up between a ‘razor’ setting and a ‘short hair’ setting on a tool that’s decidedly focused on cutting hair. If I had a tool that did ‘razor’ and ‘brush hair’, and I actually used it for the latter setting ever, I’d absolutely sometimes accidentally shave part of my hair before I realized I had the setting wrong. And, at that point, there’s nothing to do but to shave the rest of it and pretend that it’s just something I meant to do.

Sure, there’s hair styles that involve only part of the hair being shaved. But chances are good, I wouldn’t start with a stroke that was consistent with one of them, and I’m not sure any of them would really work on me anyway since the hair on the top of my head mostly either falls out before it amasses a sufficient length to notice or it doesn’t grow any more in the first place.

One would think that a tool like this, with such very opposite settings, would be able to make different sounds for each setting, but I guess spelltech manufacture and coding only goes so far.

I think it’s probably similar to computer programming. As a computer programmer, I understand that most software could do *so* much more, but doesn’t.

The example on that one I get complaints about most is error messages. Most of the time, it’s technically possible to make error messages that explain the situation and explain what you should do about the situation. Most of my code does this. Of course, I also understand a lot of why people don’t, because I *still* get a lot of user feedback messages saying, “I ran your script and it gave me an error message. Can you fix it?”

To be clear, that is not a paraphrase, that’s a feedback message I got last week, word for word. I’ve literally written hundreds of scripts that this particular user has access to. The error message the user got was one of those that explained the issue and how to fix it, but I needed to actually ask the user to copy and paste the command line and error message to find out what it was.

In this particular case, it was admittedly a case where a more sophisticated script could have looked at its input and performed based on that input, but unfortunately, I’ve not managed to get the priority to add that sophistication because the tool is capable of reading multiple formats, it just currently requires the user to identify them, and there’s a lot of feature requests in the queue that don’t have any way to handle them yet. So that’s actually exactly this case.

I think that spelltech programming is EXACTLY like computer programming. Like … you can probably write a perl interpreter or java compiler for spelltech.

However, that sound is probably something like engine running (or COOLING) and for different sound you would need to add “speaker”.

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