In reality this is an example of how the mature generation don't set a decent example for the upcoming generation to follow, we make increasingly tougher laws aimed at the young but they don't seem to have the mentors previous generations had.
For the few minutes it takes to go shopping I have to wonder why smokers can't leave their addiction at home, Grace did for a few years before she stopped altogether but that's a concept very few consider.
Then I noticed they had captured what appears to be a 747 in flight, probably heading to Jakarta.
I'd say flight paths may be a bit further away from it currently.
I envy the age of decent haircuts and proper combing, though sadly because I'm so frugal and have cut my own hair for 25 years it's been a forlorn hope.
Often I long for the feel of a comb again, perhaps it may happen soon enough.
I heard a rumour and had to find out for myself so I ordered a cheap remote shutter that suits earlier SP models in Olympus' range, happily I found that for some cameras it does. It works on my newer SZ-16 and XS-10 compacts but not on my older TG-610 or E-PL1.
Anyway still a very handy and cheap addition.
Being just a mere bloke who mucks about a bit I found out about a lovely little shunt regulator called a TL431 the other day, it seems all switchmode power supplies use these and they're effectively an adjustable zener diode. I did a bit of reading and theorising and decided to tackle a power supply. The TL431 is the TO-92 cased semiconductor shown as U2 on this board and the voltage output is set by the voltage divider made by the resistors R7 and R8. It looked very convenient that they printed a box and drilled holes for VR1.
Much cooler now, and I get the satisfaction of adapting junkbox parts.
Many people now insist on buying warm colour LEDs but I take plenty of photos and much prefer cool colour temperature ones.
No lead means not having the pain of lead deposits.
A couple helicopters probably heading for Tacloban City which suffered wicked damage.
Olive will be volunteering to help the emergency supply effort today.
It was foggy this morning so I popped out in the hope of grabbing a foggy cemetery shot, but the fog lifted too soon and instead I found local farmers were intent on watering their sugarcane crops in the noisiest manner possible, involving diesel engines upon which silencers are thought of as optional extras that even if fitted originally are usually dispensed with.
Our local news has said it's bigger than any cyclone that's hit Australia on record.
I was in contact with a very concerned Olivia last night but I think she's under a blackout now and it may take a few days to find out the result. Flooding for her is a very real worry with past events known to put a metre or so of water through the house. My real concern is the roof that's made of compressed rust will fly away and not just leak as it currently does, the house however is concrete and quite solid.
If immigration had done a bit more than sit on their hands delaying her visa application then she could be monitoring things from here. Frustrating to me is skilled working visas can breeze through the system in a month but her spouse visa has to gather a thick enough layer of dust before the difficult chore of rubber stamping it can occur, despite the system being able to deport her for any anomaly for a couple of years after arrival.
I sure hope it stays on and she doesn't cop bad flooding but plenty of preparation is happening, power outages may make communication patchy.
Now would not be a great time to receive her visa, so I suppose that makes it terribly likely.
I was thinking they would be a taper fit but they're just a simple bolt with the trick being a 14 mm hex on the back of the bolt part that putting an open end spanner onto will aid the removal and fitting.
Pity is that there's still a little bit of a rattle left after fitting the new ones, more homework for Jimmy.
The work fitting them is the price I pay for being in control of things, buying tyres in regional Australia is full of pain, choice is limited, prices are high, and you have to deal with salesmen who invariably make life awkward. These Goodride tyres I bought a little while back have a UTQG 480 A A rating, shops here rarely sell anything even with a UTQG rating and then seldom above 300, their belief is that despite our straight and generally dry roads that have conservative and strictly enforced speed limits, we should all be driving on boy racer rubber with an expensive brand label on it. In reality under our road rules compressed cardboard would be adequate.