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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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You want WHAT in your coffee?

Posted 2010.03.08 8.41 in Pointless Blather

Usually, I don’t take blood in my coffee.

This morning though, I discovered my water dispenser has a sharp bit of which I was previously unaware.

Maybe the child safety thingy wasn’t to protect kids from hot water after all, maybe it was there to protect kids from the painful finger lacerations.

Darn Those Meddling Kids!

Posted 2010.01.17 9.41 in Pointless Blather

So I got a new water cooler recently. Excuse me, a new Water Dispenser. Nowadays they do hot, cold, and room temperature, so you can’t call them a water cooler any more. You know the things – metal and plastic, big water jug goes on top, place for a cup or glass, water comes out when you work the buttons or nozzles.

Anyhow, I do like the hot/cold/room temperature options. Hot is fantastic for making coffee, it’s very hot, like just a shade lower than boiling. I prefer to drink room temperature water, and the cold is available for guests. So far, so good.

Except every year they make the child safe protection stuff more insidious, more annoying.

I’m sorry but if parents are going to let little Johnny Dumbass play with the water dispenser, then little Johnny deserves the life lesson about hot water that he’s going to get. And for that matter, it’s also an excellent opportunity to learn about respecting the parents’ authority, assuming they at least told him not to screw with the water cooler.

But no – instead it seems society is bent on raising stupid children who will eventually grow up to become stupid (and litigious) adults. Nobody wants to take responsibility for raising their children, and so every damn thing has to become child-proofed and child-protected.

It just really agravates me that every morning I have to be inconvenienced trying to get my coffee, so that someone else’s dumbass kid doesn’t have to learn that hot water is hot (until they figure out how to defeat the safety thing.) Oh – and it’s not just for hot water – to save money, they made the hot valve also the room-temperature valve so I have to screw around with the safety device just to get a glass of water?

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Concrete and Rubber

Posted 2009.11.16 7.42 in Photography

With all the road work and construction going on around the office, I have been wanting to take some pictures of the giant watermain tubes for a while.

I finally threw some film in my Canonet and went around on Sunday when I figured nobody would be around. Oops – they were working Sunday! I stopped and took some shots anyways though.

There’s something about the big massive roundness of these watermain sections that I find oddly compelling. They are over 2 meters in diameter – big enough to stand in.

Technical Details: Shot with Canonet GIII QL17 using Silvertone ISO 100 aka Agfa APX 100 film. Pushed to ISO 400, processed in T-Max 1:4 for 12 minutes.

Sunday Pictures

Posted 2009.10.19 22.50 in Hobbies, Photography

There were a few pictures from the roll I developed last night that were ok, or at least mildly interesting. I need to find something interesting to take pictures of.

These were shot with my Canonet GIII QL17, on Ilford HP5+ at ISO400. It was developed in T-Max for 6 1/2 minutes.

Is Algae Bad For You?

Posted 2009.10.08 15.45 in Pointless Blather, Work

I just noticed in the water cooler at the office, some splotches of green fuzzies appear to be growing inside the water cooler jug. It’s the kind where you get the 5-gallon jugs, and when it’s empty you take the old jug back for a refund and get a new one.

I don’t know that it’s algae but I assume it is – you wouldn’t get mould growing under water, would you? Algae is the only kind of green fuzzy I can think of that would exist in water. Makes me wonder how it got there and how it survives, though. I mean, I suppose it’s like a plant right? Photosynthesizing its food, from the florescent lights in the office? There’s no natural light (I mean, at all) and on weekends it’s in the dark the whole time.

The water itself tastes all right, there’s no musty or vegetal odor or flavour that I can detect.

It’s just not the sort of thing you expect to find in a water cooler.

I think.

I guess maybe we’d need a new cooler thingy though – if the water is ‘contaminated’ where we can see it, then goodness knows what might be growing in the places we can’t see – in between the jug and the spigot. I think we’ve had this one for about 5 or 7 years. The cooler I mean, not the jug. The jug is probably a couple months old – we don’t drink much (enough) water at work.

algae

I like my water to be room-temperature, like mid 60’s to 70’s. At home, my water cooler has three valves – hot, cold, and room temp. I like that. We should get one like that here – I’d drink more water at work if it had a room temperature setting.

Actually the best thing I’ve seen was just a pump that you stuck inside the jug – the jug sat upright on the counter and you put the pump in it, then like an old well, you pumped out water when you wanted it. It only had the one setting – room temperature. If you wanted coffee, you’d pump the water into a kettle and do it the old fashioned way. Or we could get a coffee maker… a coffee maker and a water cooler jug pump. That would be sweet.

I don’t know where to get the pumps though.

Loafers Lake

Posted 2009.08.09 15.26 in Hobbies, Photography

After I’d given up on photography for the day, the sun came out! So I got in a little photo expedition after all. Not too far afield this time as it was a late start, but I went to a local conservation area / park called Loafers Lake. As with the earlier pictures today, these were all taken with the 30mm f/1.4 prime lens. The majority were taken with a moderate aperture, around 5.6 to 8.

Cheers!

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