tried to fix that headphone wire. i didn't solder it, i just twisted the parts together to see if it would work. it didn't, so either that's not good enough of a join or there is another break somewhere in the wire. i don't have a multimeter to test with and the cable is eight feet so i'm not about to start guessing where a second break might be.
i'm just going to put these aside for a while. maybe just get some other headphones for work and use these as a backup if i ever fix them.
A cool community, I guess.