I Love Kluging!

Jul. 26th, 2017 12:05 pm
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I pride myself on being able to make repairs. Often very unconventional repairs. 
 
I was checking one of my Aladdin mantle lamps (strongly recommended, BTW) and noticed that the ring which holds the chimney in place wasn't staying attached to the base. Looking closer I noticed a partial split in that ring. 
 
I don't have replacement parts for that except to replace the entire burner assembly. I don't think anyone sells just that part; it's not supposed to come off. The split wasn't complete, so if I could get the ring to stay on the burner the chimney would lock in place normally. How to do that, though? I don't have any welding equipment, and soldiering wouldn't work because the parts get hot. 
 
Then I remembered something. I had some epoxy for high temperature repairs on cars, such as patching exhaust pipes. (I also had some high temperature vulcanizing stuff but decided on the epoxy as it had more body.)
 
The epoxy comes as a concentric roll, with epoxy and catalyst one inside the other. You cut off what you need and knead it together. It's pretty thick, but I mixed it good and rolled it as thin as I could. I then pressed this around the outside of the burner assembly. Then I pressed the loose ring on. This actually shaved off most of the epoxy, leaving just a thin layer between the burner and the ring. Which is exactly what I wanted. I made sure the ring was fully seated, rubbed the outside clean and now will wait a while before trying the chimney. I believe the epoxy/catalyst mix needs heat to fully activate, so I'll probably burn the lamp for a while. Or maybe not. It has enough tack to hold firm even uncured. 
 
There's lots of stuff at auto shops which can be used for non-auto repairs. I like aluminum and stainless steel repair tapes. I also like a fiberglass tape which is impregnated with heat-activated epoxy. This is normally for muffler repair, but if you have something hot which is leaking... These are also good places to find high-temp Loctite and generics. 
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Editorial: Remembering the importance of life 1 year after Sagamihara killings

Quote 1:
Uematsu, 27, has yet to go on trial over the killings, and central elements such as how he came to hold the irrational [sic]* motive for his crime -- that the disabled are not valuable enough to live -- have not yet been divulged.

Survivors of the attack are now living temporarily at a facility in Yokohama and elsewhere. Many of them are said to still suffer from the trauma of the horrendous incident.

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Quote 2:
The prefectural government has now proposed opening new, smaller facilities in Sagamihara and Yokohama in four years' time. Building small, homely group facilities would open more options, officials say. Time will be spent on checking the opinions of disabled people to decide where they will live.

The group representing families has expressed firm resistance to this proposal**...

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*Eugenics is morally wrong, but, given the bigotry we are all force-fed from birth, like a goose whose liver is destined to be pâté -- it can hardly be called "irrational."

**The government is not even proposing sending the survivors back to live with their families, only building new, smaller, group homes closer to their communities. ...And the residents' families are still protesting. What a nightmare to survive the horrors of that night, only to realize how much your own families do not want you.

...And next year, Tokyo will host the Paralympics.

...I feel slightly sick, right now.

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Download Problems

Jul. 25th, 2017 09:32 am
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Win10 is downloading an enormous update. So enormous that after running most of yesterday it was literally just over 50% when I went to bed last night. Unfortunately, it was only at 56% when I woke the computer this morning!
 
Who designs a large download to pause when the screensaver comes on?!
 

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Jul. 24th, 2017 07:17 pm
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Brainstorming For Yuletide

Jul. 23rd, 2017 06:12 pm
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I am compiling a list of things I would want to see nominated (or might nominate on my own) when Yuletide nominations do open in September. These are what I am currently taking into consideration:

-Makt Myrkranna | Powers of Darkness - Valdimar Ásmundsson
-The Haunting (1963)
-The Innocents (1961)
-The Uninvited (1944)
-Dark Shadows (1991)
-Dracula - Bram Stoker
-Dracula (TV 1968)
-Count Dracula (1977)
-Nosferatu (the 1979 remake) -Hammer Horror Films
-Universal Monster Movies
-Crimson Peak (2015)
-Fright Night (1985)
-Ghostbusters (Movies 1984-1989)
-The Last Unicorn (1982)

At the moment, I suspect that I’ll be nominating Makt Myrkranna (the Icelandic version of Stoker's Dracula that I discussed a while back) in that first slot. Either Dracula (TV 1968) or Dracula - Bram Stoker would go in the second slot unless someone else eventually nominated either one of those.

If it were going to be being released sooner than December, I would be able to add Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water to my list of potential things to throw in there.

Oh, and on a note that doesn’t involve Yuletide: I finally watched Jack The Ripper (1988), and I loved it.

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Jul. 23rd, 2017 04:19 pm
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Feeling Better

Jul. 23rd, 2017 10:17 am
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I am feeling vastly better this morning. 

I got to bed at 11 last night (I meant to go to bed earlier, but zoned out in front of the TV and didn't realize how tired I was until I got up to do something). I finally got out of bed at 9:30 this morning. With a couple of delays and some minor interruptions (How do some people *still* have fireworks?!)  that was about ten hours of sleep, the last four in one solid block. (The rain helped with that.)

I have said more than once that if I can just get enough sleep I can recover from anything. More likely, once I'm finally in recovery mode I'm better able to sleep well. 

I just wish I had done this a couple of days earlier, so I could have made gaming last night. 

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Jul. 22nd, 2017 04:04 pm
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Jul. 22nd, 2017 03:48 pm
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Rest In Peace, John Heard

Jul. 22nd, 2017 12:14 pm
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John Heard has passed away at the age of 72. May he rest in peace. He was found dead in his hotel room yesterday, two days after having minor back surgery. He might be most well known for the role of Peter McAllister (Kevin’s father) in the first two Home Alone films. I also vaguely remember him from Cat People (1982).

Strange Days

Jul. 22nd, 2017 08:58 am
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Argh. I missed Saturday night gaming two weeks ago because I was exhausted after having a cat put down the day before. (As much from the relief of his suffering being over as from grief, I admit.) So, I really wanted to go last Saturday. I therefore went even though I hadn't slept well the night before. 

That was a mistake. I didn't participate much and actually dozed through part of it, which was no reflection on our novice game master but on my poor judgement. 

Then I had trouble staying awake to drive home. Which could have been Very Bad. 

I haven't slept well this week. Nothing serious; just off and on being a bit less than alert during the day. Mostly due to restless sleeping from multiple causes. One of them being a cat who has somehow picked up the habit of occasionally meowing loudly at random times of the day and night.

I had all those last night. Plus a leg cramp waking me at 7:20 (on a Saturday) then not being able to do more than doze afterwards. I finally gave up and got up early (at least for me on a Saturday morning) about an hour later. 

If I can't get a good nap - maybe after lunch - I won't be going to Lexington today. 

I hate missing again. However, as demonstrated last week, this could be a matter of safety. 


 
Addendum:  Looking back, I was a bit under the weather all week. I was even coughing up phlegm most mornings. I just thought it was allergies. Maybe it is allergies; with the weather we're having there's lots of dust in the air. 
 
Oh, well; I'm resting today and slowly feeling physically better, if not more alert. 

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Jul. 22nd, 2017 03:12 am
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Confirmed: I really just don't like the taste of alcohol very much, nor the taste of hops. Beer is just not ever really going to work for me, nor any liquor neat.

Not that this is any great loss - the gouty aren't supposed to be drinking much anyway - but it's kind of nice to know that this isn't just a psychological thing.
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1. The travelling exhibition Let Me Be Myself - The Life Story of Anne Frank is in town for a month. Having been to see it, I'm a bit bemused that it's come to rest in the town's art gallery when we also have a museum that hosts travelling exhibitions, and I would have classed this as a historical presentation rather than an artistic one. It could be just that it was the gallery who had the exhibition space free at the relevant time, but I could be missing something. Apart from the historical material about Anne Frank and the world she lived and died in, there's a section devoted to reminding visitors that prejudice and discrimination continue to be live issues, with members of today's youth talking about their experiences of being discriminated against on the basis of race, religion, disability, or gender non-conformity.


2. The announcement of the new Doctor weirded me out a bit when I realised that the new actor is younger than me. (Matt Smith is too, but that didn't bother me because he seems young. But I still reflexively assume that anybody who seems like a responsible adult is older than me until proven otherwise.)

Apart from that, my reaction to the announcement is pretty much what it usually is at this stage, which is that I've never seen anything this person has been in and won't have a solid opinion on whether it's good casting until I've actually seen the new Doctor in action.


3. Since I mentioned last entry that I had hopes for the Doctor Who season finale, I should probably report on how that turned out, which is that I was disappointed. To be honest, I was pretty much expecting to be disappointed, because I know Steven Moffat's thing with two-parters is always to send the second part shooting off in a completely different direction, I just didn't say so because I was hoping it wouldn't happen if I didn't say it. But it did go shooting off in a different direction, and sidelined most of what I'd found interesting about part one. There was also the problem that it sidelined what I'd found most interesting about the season as a whole -- after a season where the interesting thing was Bill and the Doctor interacting, and the business with Missy felt like a pasted-on afterthought in most episodes, the finale is built around the Doctor and Missy and it's Bill who's left feeling like an afterthought. Looking back, I reckon that's been a recurring thing with Moffat's version of Who; he's brought us some amazing individual stories, but he's never been terribly good at making the season-long arc work.


4. The improv group has not collapsed yet.


5. I am looking forward to the DuckTales reboot.

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So, I updated my desktop wallpaper

Jul. 21st, 2017 01:26 pm
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This is my main image. I just thought I'd share:
tree-forest

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Rest In Peace, Deborah Watling

Jul. 21st, 2017 12:09 pm
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Deborah Watling has passed away, at the age of 69, following a battle with lung cancer. May she rest in peace. She played the role of Victoria Waterfield, companion to the Second Doctor, on Doctor Who. Unfortunately, most of her episodes were destroyed.

The Tomb of the Cybermen and The Enemy of the World managed to survive from her tenure on the series, along with the second episode of the serial The Evil of the Daleks.

He Had a Bad Day

Jul. 21st, 2017 11:50 am
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A bit of the background history from the setting of my Masks stories:

October 29, 1955 In a landmark court case, a jury accepts a criminal mastermind's defense that he didn't intend his deathtrap to actually kill a costumed hero, but only delay him while the mastermind committed other crimes. It just happened that in this case the hero had a bad case of the flu and died due to being unable to escape in time. The jurors - and many others interviewed on the matter - say they had no problem believing this is the actual purpose of deathtraps, given how often they fail. The mastermind was subsequently found guilty of accidental manslaughter instead of murder. 

The first two Masks stories can be found at:

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Not My Vacation Photos, Unfortunately

Jul. 21st, 2017 09:04 am
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Beautiful Mars panorama, brought to you by Opportunity:

https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/spaceimages/images/largesize/PIA21723_hires.jpg 

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