Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Watch where you stick your finger!

I am typing today with only 7 fingers (I don't count the thumbs since they only have one small task). So, forgive my typos. Wanted to show everyone this cool thing I made to help my finger get well. Also works well if someone needs a good lecture with a finger waved in their face. Here is a photo:


Pretty neat looking medical device, huh? Maybe I will sell them. I snipped the metal part out of a sheet of aluminum, which I bent around my finger. The foam padding is made from a foam paint brush. The purpose is to keep my finger from bending while it heals and, it works great!

Of course you ask ... why? Because Peggy told me I had to have stitches, or it would not get well. I showed her - taped it closed, made my medical device, and it is coming along nicely. I think it will be OK in a week or so.

As for the, how - a simple matter of an angle grinder that zipped through my glove like it wasn't there - skin on my knuckle offered little resistance - not sure the bone was faring any better but, I was awake by that time and decided to end the ordeal.

It was such a smooth cut it did not really hurt, at first. I continued grinding until I noticed my glove was getting wet. Boy, did I dread taking that glove off! So, a minute later, just before the knees buckle, I am lying on the floor with my feet elevated and Peggy going on about how I had to get to the VA and get this sewn up. So there I am in a semi-conscious fog, with the word "stitches" echoing in my head, and I come up with the tape-aluminum-foam paint brush medical device thingy. They say, "Necessity is the mother of invention."

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Eliminate most Adobe Flash problems

I know many people have been experiencing problems with Flash crashing and taking down Internet Explorer with it. You are sitting there with 12 tabs open and up pops the message, "IE has experienced a problem and needs to close" and you just want to sling you computer across the room. If you look a little further, you will find that the original culprit was Flash.

Today, I came across this nifty little free program called Toggle Flash that allows you to easily turn Flash on and off with a simple tool bar button. Now, you can just leave it turned off until you absolutely need it to view some Flash content on a particular page. A side benefit is that you will not see the ads created in Flash.

This little program really works great! It doesn't use up any system resources and just sits there silently on your tool bar until you need it. All it does is enable and disable Flash. If you like it, I am sure a Paypal donation to the creator would be appreciated.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

The only good cedar tree .....

Last Tuesday was a nice rainy day around here and that made it a perfect day to teach a lesson to some lousy, allergy causing, cedar trees. You can see in the photo that these particular ones will not be causing any sneezing or itchy eyes this winter. This is one of the two brush piles we burned on Tuesday and I already have another, bigger pile, ready to light on the next rainy day.

The tractor is our new Caterpillar loader. If you have never driven one, you can not imagine how much fun it is. We had a Bobcat before this one and, don't get me wrong, it was a good piece of equipment but, the Cat will just work circles around it. It has a normally aspirated Caterpillar diesel that I seldom have to run much above an idle. Today I took out a cedar tree that was close to three feet in diameter and it came up with a root ball at least 10 feet in diameter filled with rock and dirt. The Cat just ripped it right out of the ground with hardly a strain. You control forward, back, turns, lift arms, and bucket tilt with small wrist movements through a little, short joy stick in each hand.

Monday, May 05, 2008

My South Austin Truck

Everyone with more than 10 acres needs a truck. So, when we got back from the Rio Grande Valley this year I announced to Peggy that I was looking for a truck and she said, "Sounds good to me."

Now, after 26 years together, I know what is going on in her head before she even knows and here is what was rolling around in there immediately after the words, "Sounds good to me .... Hmmm, I wonder what color we should get? Leather seats would be nice, we should consider that. Definitely want a large back seat. Really pretty wheels are nice too."

So here is the truck I found on Craig's List:



I showed her the ad and she laughed and said, "You're kidding, right?" Nooooo. "Do you want me to ride in it with you?" I hoped you would. "This is an April Fools joke, isn't it?" Nooooo.

Anyway, after some convincing, we went and looked at it and she liked it as much as I do. I bought it for $800 and it had brand new tires and $100 worth of gas in it. I runs great and the a/c is cold. Best of all, it has some character and is not one like everyone else drives.