As I stood in my little workshop, waiting for glue to set on the fake Crocs from which the puppy removed significant portions, I noticed the laser portion of my printer dissection. I assumed it would need to be broken open, but now picked it up and saw it had four little plastic tabs – piece of cake! And very cool! The laser is at the arrow on the right. The hexagonal disk has mirrored edges, and is attached to a motor. The bizarrely-shaped plastic…Continue Reading “More laser discovery”

You may have read my account about dissecting the dead kitchen scale, and maybe thought well, that’s a silly thing to do. And maybe you’re right. I had pulled my wife’s desk back so I could work on a window, and a certain dog who is not allowed upstairs apparently got upstairs while we were out, went to look out the window, got tangled in wires, and pulled a computer and laser printer from the desk. I immediately ran diagnostics on the computer (a Mac…Continue Reading “Laser printer dissection”

This is what I saw on our refrigerator yesterday morning. 66-44-77-66. Struck me as rather unusual, but then it’s been happening a lot lately: glancing at the clock at 11:11 or 15:15. I even glanced at the electronic odometer in the new car a few weeks ago to find it was the same as the time on the clock. Anyway, I never imagined I’d live in a place where I would consider 60% relative humidity “dry,” but Uruguay is that place. As you might surmise…Continue Reading “The numbers”

I refer, of course, to Uruguay getting booted out of the 2018 World Cup by France. Cavani didn’t play. And it’s been kind of cold. And overcast: dreary. But my new bath brush arrived from China!  It’s been almost three months since it was shipped. It’s also almost exactly three years from the first replacement. This time I paid $5.29 instead of $4.02. Before this order, I paid the same for two brushes, but mistakenly sent them to our official U.S. address. So now my my…Continue Reading “Unhappy day in Uruguay”

This is a pair of fake Crocs my wife bought at Géant for a few bucks. They turned out to be just a half size too small for comfort. And she prefers open-toed shoes for summer. All it took was a few minutes with a razor blade and voilà! Do they sell razor blades in Uruguay? I have no idea. I almost didn’t bring these from the United States. I’ll explain. When we flew to New York in 2012 for my niece’s wedding in Connecticut,…Continue Reading “Fake Croc Mods”