Hi! I'm Isla! Welcome to my personal website where I'm gonna house all of my personal content, creations, and achievements. If I start selling things, I'll link them here too!

In the meantime, check out these links to some of my other socials!

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Here's a list of my past and present activities online and IRL.


This is my gamersona of sorts... I've never really gotten a public/streamer presence off the ground despite having streamed briefly in the past. My current channel where I would stream anything is on Twitch

My YouTube channel mostly just has a few projects from my primary education though I don't have any new content for it either. I need to relearn how to edit videos with DaVinci Resolve. My entire editing career has been in Premiere Elements and iMovie so that'll be fun 😬.

I have an empty mastodon account at

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Mechanical Keyboards

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Small Form Factor PCs

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Lamentations of a Port or How I (tried) to Repair a Micro-USB Port

In the beginning, the Univers[al Serial Bus micro connector] was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.

—Douglas Adams (mostly)


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Melody96 Repair

Years ago, I built a YMKD Melody96 as a gift for my partner. Unfortunately, the LED underglow started malfunctioning just a few months into its life. As this wasn't a CRITICAL ERROR, I put off repairing it (because I didn't have a soldering iron) or replacing the PCB because it was expensive and shipping from China is annoying. Finally, a few months ago, the pcb finally started functionally failing, resulting in me subbing out her precious keeb with a spare Drop SHIFT I had gotten for free from a friend and assembled. But with this, I was given a quest.


And so off I went planning the greatest comeback since nineteen ninety eight when the undertaker threw mankind off hell in a cell, and plummeted sixteen feet through an announcer's table. I acquired a Pine64 Pinecil (which slipped into the astral realm for a bit while shipping from China), a bunch of starter soldering equipment from Amazon, and got to work on what would actually be the first time I soldered something in like 15 years.

The first step I take will be disassembling the keyboard and reflowing the solder around the USB-C port and the troublesome underglow LED. Ideally this will fix both problems. Or at least the flaky functionality of the whole keyboard... The LED itself might just be dead and in need of full replacement. Based on previous contact with YMKD over AliExpress, its an off-the-shelf LED so procuring one shouldn't be difficult. I might just end up with a 30-pack or something...

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Hello World

Hey There!

Welcome to the blog!

Heres a filler post for the blog on my site, I don't really have anything else to say… Follow me on Mastodon at

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