2017-06-30 08:11 am
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I was SWATed last night.

I want to bed really early last night, 6:30 or so, so I was sound asleep when I was woken up by the police pounding on my door at 10:36. Apparently I was accused of running around the apartment building naked, pounding on people's doors and making a ruckus. Someone claimed they saw a person come into my apartment. Thankfully, it didn't take them long to go away after I invited them to check and make sure I really was the only person in my apartment. I hadn't locked the door last night, I will from now on, I think.
I found myself in a strange state of mind during this whole event, sort of like I was outside myself looking on as things happened to someone else. I remember looking at the flashlight beams sweeping across my apartment and thinking it could have been a scene out of Twin Peaks. It took until 12:30 or later before I progressed through feeling detached to upset to finally being calm enough to return to bed. But during the calm-down time I did go over my security camera footage. Last month I found it in the clearance bin at Walmart and played with enough to realise I had payed too much, and had left it clipped to a computer case pointing nowhere in particular. But it did capture some audio of the police invasion.

This is the second time this has happened. Last time it was an accusation of running around out behind the apartment building waving a gun around.

So, does anyone have any experience or suggestions on how to deal with this?? Is there anything I can do?

AV here: https://youtu.be/d5MfLLzaBLk
2017-04-14 12:32 pm
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Project Notes

I got the laser mounted on the router table and recorded it burning my name into a piece of wood. Since I don't have the on/off switch mounted yet, I effectively turn the beam off by pulling the laser back till it is way out of focus. It does leave little pits at the spots where it should have just turned off or on.
2011-12-31 02:45 pm