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Putting the Squeeze on a Rattler

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How I DIY'd my rattling catalytic converter.

[The story you are about to read is true. The ideas presented here are for entertainment only. This is not to be misconstrued as advice. If you choose to follow the trail I have blazed be aware that your results may vary. You may be seriously injured or even killed by trying to duplicate the procedures presented in this tale. Proceed with caution.]

 

The Bane Of My Commute.
Image Source:autopartsnetwork.com

 

The cost to replace my catalytic converter was enough to persuade me to put up with the annoying rattling from underneath my truck for longer than I care to admit. At first I thought the heat shield was loose (I have had that happen in the past) and a spot weld or two would likely shut up the rattle. However, on closer inspection I discovered the heat shield was firmly attached.

 With the engine running at idle there is no mistake that the catalytic converter is the source of the clanking rattles. It must be that the guts of this thing are loose and causing the racket. So, resigned to the fact that it must need to be replaced; it's off to the interwebs to prepare myself for the inevitable.

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Brilliant Artist Brian Chan - Origami Master

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I came upon a post on essays & effluvia entitled Realistic Insects Made From One Sheet of Uncut Paper. This facinating article features photos of Brian Chan's origami constructs showing intricate details and each purported to be made from a single, uncut sheet of paper. Thanks to links to Brian Chans Website I found myself engrossed in an amazing bit of visual entertainment and mental excersize. Please do yourself a favor and discover the art and magic of...

Origami by Brian Chan


Moebius Strip - Source: http://web.mit.edu/chosetec/www/origami/moebius/
folded from an uncut square - designed by Brian Chan (July, 2006)

 

Here are some examples - click image for enlarged view - click name to view its' source page.

 

Be sure to visit Brian Chans Website for countless other examples including "Crease Patterns" of many of the designs. You will find several links to other origami related sites as well. Click "Read More" for information about Brian Chan.

 

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Extreme Sheep LED Art

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" We took to the hills of Wales armed to the teeth with sheep, LEDs and
a camera, to create a huge amazing LED display. Of sorts. "

Found at Cynthia Yildrim's Google Plus Page

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Sound Of Rushing Water

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Photo courtesy Jason Evans.
Photo courtesy . Jason Evans

I was setting on the sofa the other day and experienced a weird sensation; my left ear sort-of rumbled and I heard a distinct sound of rushing water. The whole thing lasted all of maybe ten seconds and was not accompanied by any other "symptom."

Now if there is one thing I really enjoy about the internet it is my ability to run off to visit an endless number of "quacks" when experiencing even the slightest of ailments. This ear thing was just weird enough that my curiosity was piqued to the point of requiring a visit to Doctor Google.

Enter Search Term: rushing water sound in ear

I must confess, I did not get to the bottom of my concern because I came upon the following blog post which restored my perspective (an important quality to maintain if one is to ward off cyberspace induced hypochondria.)

Friday, January 14, 2011
The Sound of Running Water
Source: http://stephenparrish.blogspot.com/

A few days into the new year I contracted a virus and lost nearly all of my hearing in both ears. The degeneration occurred over three disheartening days, at the end of which I could only hear people if they shouted in my face.

Otherwise stifling, suffocating silence. Frustration rising to panic as I banged objects known to produce distinctive sound waves yet sharing none with me. Finally a macabre claustrophobia, the feeling of having woken up inside a buried coffin.

Sudden deafness.

As I was about to discover, however, gifts come in strange packages.

I visited an ENT doctor immediately, of course, and declaring myself an emergency, got in right away. My community of 43,000 is a medical mecca, with numerous clinics and several large hospitals. I sometimes refer to it as "the Mayo Clinic of Germany." Given that German medicine is unsurpassed to begin with, I have the best doctors in the world at my service. When your dermatologist has to schedule you around his international lecture tour, you don't need the Yellow Pages anymore.

My ENT played around with a tuning fork, said my problem would "probably" repair itself, and told me to go home and be patient.

I went home and tried to stay focused on writing and reading, activities that not only don't rely on external stimuli, they tend to dampen them. They make you forget you're deaf. But you can't write and read all the time. After a few days I was in such a panic I was nearly hyperventilating. That I would "probably" recover wasn't good enough. I wanted out of that coffin. Yesterday a friend ordered my ass back to the doctor to insist he do something.

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SpaceX / Elon Musk - Looking to the Future

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Check out the animation below for a sneak peek at
SpaceX’s exciting plans for the future.


Re-usability is key to the dramatic cost savings that will enable advancements in human exploration of space. The Dragon spacecraft is fully reusable and SpaceX is working toward the goal of delivering the world�s first fully reusable launch vehicle. Source: http://www.spacex.com spacex-rtls-green.mp4

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Dragon Landing   Dragon Landing


SpaceX CEO & CTO Elon Musk discussed the future of human spaceflight
at a National Press Club luncheon at 1PM EDT on Thursday, Sept. 29th.

"Read More" for his historic / inspirational address to the media. -------------->

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The World Is Flat

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The World Is Flat

Source: ILLUSION
and http://whitewinengoodweed.tumblr.com/

UPDATE: Sorry, but those are dead links above.

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Anonymous Declares Sept 24 "Day Of Vengence" In The US

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Source: TechCrunch.com / Robin Wauters

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Hacktivist group Anonymous have been busy bees this year, and theyre not planning to cool down any time soon. Earlier this morning, Anonymous (or some 12-year old kid labeling himself Anonymous, who knows) issued a press release announcing that the collective and other cyber liberation groups will peacefully yet forcefully protest all over the United States.

Anonymous announced that a nationwide "Day Of Vengence" will take place in dozens of cities across the USA on September 24, 2011 at high noon. See horribly designed poster above.

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Closed Source, No Exceptions

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Source: http://planet.samba.org/

September 08, 2011

Chris

Closed Source, No Exceptions

 

The first few days of the school year are always a rush of working out schedules, buying books, buying supplies, and fielding the administrivia associated with the education system.  Annoying and difficult, particularly when there are multiple schools involved, but still surmountable.

Until this morning when we hit an unexpected roadblock.

My daughter is a Junior in High School but, thanks to a really cool program offered through our public school system, she will be attending a language class at the University of Minnesota this semester.  She started yesterday.

It seems, however, that the UofM has signed up to provide audio media via iTunes.  Specifically, Apple's iTunes U service.

We don't own a Macintosh.  Neither do we own an iPad/iPed/iPid/iPod or iPud.  We also do not run MS-Windows, which is the only platform other than Apple's own that has an iTunes application supported by Apple.  We run Linux, OpenBSD, and Android at our house.  Those tools work for us.


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SpaceX F9/DRAGON PREPARING FOR ISS

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F9/DRAGON:  PREPARING FOR ISS

Over the last several months, SpaceX has been hard at work preparing for our next flight; a mission designed to demonstrate that a privately-developed space transportation system can deliver cargo to and from the International Space Station (ISS). NASA has given us a Nov. 30, 2011 launch date, which should be followed nine days later by Dragon berthing at the ISS.
 
NASA has agreed in principle to allow SpaceX to combine all of the tests and demonstration activities that we originally proposed as two separate missions (COTS Demo 2 and COTS Demo 3) into a single mission. Furthermore, SpaceX plans to carry additional payloads aboard the Falcon 9's second stage which will deploy after Dragon separates and is well on its way to the ISS.  NASA will grant formal approval for the combined COTS missions pending resolution of any potential risks associated with these secondary payloads. Our team continues to work closely with NASA to resolve all questions and concerns.

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