I have recently undertaken a journey of cooking*. What started out as complaining about the price of ground beef (ridiculous), has turned into an obsession over cooking the perfect burger. This is one of my better results. I’ll probably make a few more posts as time progresses about the equipment that I’m using, but suffice it to say that this was one delicious burger. Special thanks to my buddy Joe for the delicious homemade pickles.
*Despite a few more posts, I promise not to turn this into a foodie blog. If you like that sort of thing, check out A Hamburger Today, which I blame entirely for my obsession.
You have to remove almost everything to get to the power connector, which is what almost always fails.
This is what happens when you send your laptop home with me to fix it.
Things break. Sometimes it is sad. Sometimes it is beautiful. This is one of the latter times. In this particular case it is a 500 Watt theatrical lamp that burned out. I like how the filament melted into the quartz before it vaporized.
I was walking around the downtown area of a small town and I found this posted on the door of a store. Hit the More link for a cleaned up version.
Absorbed by grass, a chair finds new life as a sort of unnoticed statue in a junk yard of abandoned things. Oh how I love old stuff…
When I was doing my CFL Teardown I mentioned that I thought the PCB would make a cool keychain. It does. I have had it on my keys for a little while now and it works quite well at helping me find my keys without getting in the way. I like the side with the components silkscreened on, most people like the green side with the traces.
To make it work as a keychain I had to widen out one of the holes to fit the key ring through. There are a ton of ways to do this, but I happened to have my Yankee Drill sitting on my counter as I was working, so I used that. Next I wanted to take off the excess solder so all the holes would be visible. I was feeling lazy so instead of using a solder sucker I just used solder wick. Once I was happy with the amount of solder I had left I put the keychain in my toaster oven to round off any sharp bits of solder that were left over. This made the board a bit discolored, but it also kept me from cutting myself when pulling my keys from my pocket.
After a few weeks using it the only problem I see is that I am slowly wearing the hole larger. I figure that in a few months I will wear completely through. I could cover the whole thing in a clear epoxy and it would probably last much longer. Probably I will just take apart another broken CFL and use the PCB again.
Sometimes, things that are old and falling apart can have an amazing amount of beauty. New does not always equal the best. When looking for something worth gazing at, you might have to explorer a junk yard.
How many times have you been somewhere unfamiliar and you just had to find your bank, or, for that matter, the closest In-N-Out???
Stop and ask for directions?
I think not.
Not everyone knows but Google has a free 411 service worth trying.
Dial 1-800-GOOG411 or 1-800-466-4411
Mmmm… In-N-Out is sounding pretty darn tasty right about now…