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April 9, 2006

Brain–dead man performs laser repair while walking backwards on treadmill

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That would be me and my Sony boombox's cranky CD player.

After doing this and that — all manner of stuff, but different than the day before — I decided what the heck, maybe it's a dust mote in the eye of the laser/needle storm, so I puckered up my lips and... whistled.

Fixed.

Alert the media.

Now back to our regularly scheduled programming.

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My busywork of choice two nights ago, while prevaricating about writing this...
http://www.dansdata.com/f5.htm
...was cleaning a blocked hypodermic needle (for my nice vintage glass syringe, which is useful for all sorts of odd things, but not so much for the first thing you all probably thought of, on account of being far too big). The syringe came with three identical needles, only one of which was blocked, so this job was UTTERLY unnecessary.

Drilling out the blockage with a thin wire (some nichrome resistance wire turned out to be the right thickness) held in a tiny hand vise doodad that I bought a few weeks ago for no particular reason, but which turned out to be perfect for this job, did not work very well. An hour in the ultrasonic cleaner achieved nothing perceptible. Alcohol did not dissolve the blockage.

But, finally, my small butane-powered hot blow gadget bubbled out the blocking material (creating a wonderfully toxic smell) without heating the steel enough to ruin its cold-drawn hardness.

Many of my readers suspect I do this sort of thing all the time.

They are correct.

Posted by: Daniel Rutter | Apr 9, 2006 3:20:39 PM

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