Curated

Interesting links: October 2018

 

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Unattached Vortex above floating dandelion seeds (Copyright: Nature)

 

The doctor noticed that the student’s head seemed a little larger than normal and he referred him to Dr Lorber for further examination.

Dr Lorber examined the boy’s head by Cat-scan to discover that the student had virtually no brain …

In hydrocephalus the cerebrospinal fluid, which circulates through brain channels called ventricles builds up pressure that balloons up the ventricles pressing the overlying brain tissue against the cranium. This insult from within causes a loss of brain matter and many hydrocephalics suffer intellectual and physical impairment …

Hydrocephalus is usually fatal in the first months of childhood and, if an individual survives, he/she is usually seriously handicapped. However, the Sheffield student lived a normal life and graduated with an honours degree in mathematics.

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Doodles

Surrealism, Duplo-style

Doesn’t get more relaxing than this; it’s like doodling in 3-D.

Self

Monthly recap (October 2018)

 

Wings, wand, and glow-rings

 

Major updates:

  • Ran a 10K! (Stevens Creek Trailblazer at Shoreline Park)
  • Fun weekend trip to Seattle
  • Visited the Monterey Aquarium and finally saw the Giant Pacific Octopus moving around!

Minor updates:

  • Updated my older Series 1 Apple Watch to the newer one
  • Halloween fun

Watched/read:

  • Disney on Ice … not bad
  • Listened to The essential guide to NLP
  • Couple of episodes of Altered Carbon
Life, Uncategorized

Plumbing adventures

About a month ago, the faucet in one of the bathrooms started leaking. I ignored it, until I couldn’t … and then I turned off the water supply to the faucet, thinking I’d get to it later.

All I was able to figure out was that I needed replacement cartridges. I bought these on Amazon, and then they sat around, since I had no clue how to proceed.

Luckily, Youtube is full of helpful videos on all sorts of little topics, and I found lots of “cartridge replacement” videos. But this wasn’t too useful, since there are (as I now know but hadnoidea earlier) manytypes of cartridges, with not a lot in common.

Luckily again, I was able to find a video about my specific cartridge type… phew!

Now I just had to follow the steps and … one of the steps involved two wrenches. I dug up my extra wrench, but it was no good, I needed something much larger. Okay, now I had to go buy a large wrench.

Wrench in hand, I was able to get the previous cartridge out, put the new one in and … the faucet wasn’t leaking anymore! Except now the cartridge assembly was leaking. I took everything out, put everything back in and … still leaking.

Eventually, it turned out to be a washer that either never existed, or must have fallen out when I first took the cartridge out of the packet. Either way, I reused the washer from the old cartridge, and … everything just worked.

I ended up spending an hour and half on all this today, but … totally worth it! 😀 (and not just because I have a working faucet now).