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a plot hole, plothole or plot error is a gap or inconsistency in a storyline that goes against the flow of logic established by the story’s plot. Such inconsistencies include such things as illogical or impossible events, and statements or events that contradict earlier events in the storyline.

This definition suits my life pretty well.

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Failed skateboard pimping

When my 3rd niece was born, I thought it would be cool to avoid the ubiquitous name tag made of wooden letters.

boring
boring

Instead, I wanted to print/stick/paint her name onto… a skateboard, that maybe she would use later on. The project was a massive failure. Out of laziness, I did not test the procedure. If I had, I would have for example realized that I should have removed the tape before the paint had completely dried.

First, do some doodling.

trials
trials
more trials
more trials
even more trials
even more trials
WINNER!
WINNER!

The right way would probably have been to print the wording on some kind of sticky paper, not use paper and tape. I don’t know. Again, I should have tried various techniques.

tape the deck, glue the wording onto the tape
tape the deck, glue the wording onto the tape

Cutting the letters out on the board was dumb, because I was basically cutting into the wood. Obvious, no?

cutting out letters
cutting out letters

Last minute changes…

fix the shitty “a” with another one
fix the shitty “a” with another one

It was tricky to remove all of the glued paper, but I should have. Because while applying the paint, the remaining paper detached and I panicked, thinking it was the tape.

done cutting, remove (most of) the paper
done cutting, remove (most of) the paper

Paint it black.

so far so good
so far so good

The result looks pretty good!

TADA 🎉
TADA 🎉

Except, close up, it does not. At all.

sticky tape + dried paint = oh no
sticky tape + dried paint = oh no
what have you done, you fool!
what have you done, you fool!

Sparkling stars to the rescue!

Fixed (not)
Fixed (not)