So shouted the kids from Why Don't You as I settled down on a Saturday morning, in front of the telly, to watch other kids going out and doing something less boring instead.
But it's become something of a by-line for nerd club. Maybe we should bring it up-to-date and make it "switch off your Xbox" or "shut down YouTube" or "put down your phone" or something. But the idea is the same - actively making stuff and doing something is far more interesting than gawping at a box in the corner of the room, passively taking in what is beamed into your living room.
I don't understand gamers. I don't see where people get the time to devote hours and hours to playing games. I don't watch much telly. If I were left alone in the house for three days (as sometimes happens when my missus goes away to visit family) there's a very real chance the telly won't ever get switched on. I'm too busy making stuff, planning stuff, designing stuff.... just getting up to stuff (although a large proportion of that time is spent browsing the interwebs for ideas or information).
But sometimes you might just need a break from being all creative - especially when things start to go wrong.
For me, it happened when I tried printing some large-format PCB designs on the cheap press-n-peel alternative paper. It wrinkled up, so instead of mounting it onto a backing paper, I shoved the press-n-peel straight into the laser printer paper feed.
With the paper wrapped around the imaging drum, and the paper so super-thin and fragile (it rips so easily if you try to ease it out of the rollers) this was going to be more than a five-minute fix.
Normally I can dismantle a printer in about three minutes. But that's using hammers and hacksaws, and assuming that I'm after the stepper motors and not wanting to use the printer as a printer again, any time in the future. This was a much longer drawn-out affair!
After about an hour of (careful) dismantling, it took about an hour to re-assemble the printer and get it producing pretty pictures on paper again. So this time, I made sure to always use a carrier sheet for the press-n-peel, no matter how large it was.
It took me three goes to get a good etch on my pcb.
Because of the large areas of black, the boards were heavily pitted in places. Not much of a problem. But that I was using 0.3mm thick traces for the various SMT parts meant some of the traces were fractured or completely broken throughout the board. It probably wasn't helped that I left one board in the heated ferric and forgot about it while I went for a brew and a biscuit.
That's when it became apparent, I'd designed the board using the wrong sized SMT pads for the circuit. An entire five-hour day effectively wasted.
And I'd missed Bargain Hunt on the telly.
Today's life lesson:
Most PCB layout software has a "proof" print option.