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Ouch! My Rib!

Posted 2012.12.20 9.29 in Pointless Blather

This is a wierd one.

Last night around 21:00 as I was on the computer, I noticed a sharp pain in my right side. Not all the way to the side, sort of halfway round from the very centre to the right side. At about the same altitude as the belly-button.

It was barely noticable when I sat still but if I started moving around, it was a very painful stabbing sensation. It also hurt if I took a deep breath, laughed or coughed.

Sort of felt a lot like a cracked or broken rib.

Wierd though since I was just using the computer and not beating myself about the torso with it, or juggling it whilst unicycling or anything like that.

In other words, WTF?

And it didn’t go away, either. When I went to bed, it was excruciating. I like to sleep on my side – on the right side there was tremendous pain as I was basically lying on it. On the left side, there was almost as much pain, I suppose from gravity pulling on it directly sideways or something.

I’m not well-versed in medical stuff and the only thing I can think of that’s on the right-hand side of the abdomen is the appendix. I’ve still gone mine, so I looked up symptoms of appendicitis. I don’t appear to have that though, my symptoms don’t match.

So I don’t know what to do about it. I finally fell asleep some time after 4am. When I got up at 7, the pain was still there. Now I’m at work and it’s still there.

I suppose I’ll leave it a day or so and see if it starts getting better on its own.

P.s. less than 21 hours to go in the end-o-the-world countdown!

And the Bad Week Continues…

Posted 2011.09.23 9.00 in Pointless Blather

Here we are, Friday already! Still waiting for the punch line from Monday’s running joke.

Instead, it just keeps going, and going.

They wired me up with two IV pumps and two tubes, to fill me full of two different antibiotics. And not a day’s gone by that there hasn’t been a problem. They go into shutdown alarm mode, and start beeping. (At 2:00 in the morning.) Or they act like they’re running fine, but when the nurse goes to swap in a fresh medicine bag, we discover that the old one is still half-full and the machine’s been cheating me.

Till last night, when everything shut down completely.

So come Friday and I’ve had half doses, missed doses, and now complete failure.

Now I’m sitting around waiting for a nurse who may or may not know what to do, may or may not be able to fix it, and in fact may or may not actually show up in a timely fashion.

If the failfest continues, I’ll have no option but to go back to the hospital and see if I can get them to fix it. My main concern is that they’ll just want to admit me – considering the ongoing failure that home care has been, so far.

I just really, really don’t want to get stuck at the hospital…

Late Night Camera Repair

Posted 2011.09.14 22.41 in Hobbies

This week has really been a huge bust. After the various failures over the weekend, I’ve been suffering at the hands of medical professionals and the various tests to which they’ve been subjecting my leg. I’ve been feeling bummed out with photography and cameras.

Tonight I’m sitting here about ready to go to bed and then I decide, just before turning in, I’m going to at least mess with a camera. I’ve got this little Chaika-II on my shelf, I vaguely remember putting some film through it when I first got it, but then the shutter/winder siezed up. It’s just been gathering dust since then.

So tonight I decided, I’m either going to fix it, or I’m going to reduce it to a pile of parts. And based on this week’s track record, I expected the latter result.

Still, it was a very inexpensive camera, and I’m not a big fan of the half-frame format, so I was ready to make the sacrifice. Worst-case scenario, I’d get to see the insides and maybe learn something.

Chaika II

I removed the four screws I found on the top plate, and the top easily slid off. A few parts and a spring fell out, and right away I could see that only three screws should have been removed – the fourth one should have stayed put as it was holding some parts to the top plate. Fortunately I’m pretty good at figuring that sort of thing out, and it only took a few moments to see how the parts fit back together, so I wasn’t any further behind.

Looking at the winding / cocking mechanism, it’s a lot like a funny little clockwork. The shutter speed is part of that clockwork, and setting the shutter speed just tensions a spring – the more the tension, the faster the shutter. What I realized was that, like a number of other early eastern-bloc mechanical cameras, you are not supposed to set the shutter speed until after winding and cocking the camera.¬†Odds are, I did that out of order at one point and got the thing jammed.

It ended up being a very simple straightforward fix, and once again this little camera is clicking along. Not bad for 10 minutes work before bed – it took longer to do this write-up than it did to fix the camera! I’m even thinking about running some more film through this little camera, just for the heck of it!

Broken Pen

Posted 2010.09.14 21.13 in Computers/Internet/Technology

Now this time, it’s totally not what you think! I didn’t break it — I took it apart to fix it.

Honest!

See, I have this Wacom Bamboo Tablet for doing drawing on the computer. I’ve only just started playing with it a couple weeks ago. But I don’t have enough desk space to keep it out all the time, so when it’s not in use, I store it in a ‘cubbyhole’ in the hutch on my desk. So far, so good.

The tablet has a pen. The special pen that makes the tablet go. The pen is all full of delicate electronics, but it’s very lightweight, and rolls easily, and is not attached in any way to any thing…

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I Gotta Dingoo

Posted 2010.04.14 7.34 in Computers/Internet/Technology

I got me a Dingoo. It’s suposedly an open-source generic handheld gaming computer. Designed and made in the People’s Republic.

I managed to brick it in about an hour.

I’ll try and unbrick it today. Then maybe I can have some fun with it.

Shakey Hands

Posted 2010.02.23 9.37 in Hobbies

After about 2 1/2 years, I finally got around to fixing my wristwatch.

Way back when, I accidentally dropped it and when it hit the floor, the second hand popped off, and was rattling around under the crystal. Second hands are so incredibly thin and fragile that I was worried if I kept using it, the second hand might get trapped between the other hands and get bent or jammed up.

So for about 30 months, the watch has been sitting on my workbench, waiting for attention.

Then I found myself going into my watchmaking toolkit as I needed one of the micro screwdrivers, and that’s when I found myself looking at the watch. So as soon as I finished the other project, I got the watch, case wrench, tweezers and loupe, and went to work.

It really didn’t take much time – most of the time I spent was trying to remember how to release the stem. Some of them you have to unscrew a set screw slightly, other ones have a push-release. This one is a push-release.

Then it was pretty straightforward to get the second-hand with the tweezers and press it back onto the spindle thing.

I forget the correct terms. It’s been 5 years since I was into watchmaking, I’ve forgot all the terminology.

But now my watch works again!

Now I’m the sort of person who wears a watch.

Sometimes.

WordPress Calendar Grumbles

Posted 2010.01.07 16.44 in Computers/Internet/Technology

This damn problem is back again! Grrr!

Wordpress Calendar Borked

I had screwed around with the WordPress files back in November and had it fixed. That was on WordPress version 2.8.6. Then they came out with version 2.9 in December, and that reintroduced the bug, and I screwed around with the files some more and it fixed. Now 2.9.1 is out and it’s back again.

The infuriating thing is it’s not just the simple fix that I thought it was – I don’t know how or why, but just implementing the one-line repair doesn’t fix it. First you have to break it worse, then after that the one-line repair works.

It’s very annoying – I actually use that calendar a lot.