Thursday, October 13, 2016

Dear Diary #27: Microwave Popcorn, Index Fingers, Chargers

Dear Diary,

Hit my own head slapping a fruit fly away. Yes, I was under the influence.

Thank you, ad video that played at full volume despite the fact that I muted you before you started playing. No, I do not value my hearing.

Apple had their own "regular" AA-ish cell battery charger? New to me. And it looks like I was too late because the Wikipedia article for it said it was discontinued in early 2016.

Destroying my index finger one click at a time and thousands of clicks per hour, especially when I'm editing videos one frame at a time.

I'm avoiding getting a microwave popcorn popper so I don't have to look at the amount of butter I would have to dump into a bowl to get that buttery taste -- the ones that are prebagged make me feel less guilty?


Sunday, October 09, 2016

Pricing for "Canadian Professional Engineering and Geoscience" (5th Ed.)

This is a brief discussion about things I've found about the price for "Canadian Professional Engineering and Geoscience: Practice and Ethics" (Fifth Edition) by Gordon C. Andrews -- mainly to follow up on the other post about "Law for Professional Engineers" (Fourth Ed.) by D. Marston. Again, it may be a textbook used in courses and/or for exam preparation.

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Pricing for "Law for Professional Engineers" (4th Ed.)

The usefulness of a book after completion of a course can vary. I had more than a couple textbooks back in college that I barely used during the course and almost never touched again after finishing. Regardless, it is understandable that one may want to spend less than necessary for textbooks -- and maybe other things too.

For reasons unknown, I've been researching the price for what appears to be a somewhat popular book: "Law for Professional Engineers" (Fourth Edition) by Donald Marston. It may be a course textbook and/or reference used to help in preparing for an exam. The uniqueness of this book may be that it doesn't seem to get updated very often -- according to, a fourth edition copy of the book had a publishing year of 2008 while a third edition was noted to have a 1996 date. This may not be great as the book's contents can become outdated, but it may mean something for its availability if one were interested in getting a copy.
Covers of "Law for Professional Engineers" (4th Ed.) by Marston

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Dear Diary #26: Robertson Screws, My Name, Gift Cards

Dear Diary.

Used the Robertson screw bits on my screwdriver for the first time ever. And I also found out that my Ikea toolbox came with hex bits -- I always thought they were Robertsons.

Appalled by the mess of cables behind my monitor. It's almost as if I should have routed them under the table where a basket has been installed for specifically that...

Got a new resident spider. Didn't notice it camping by my feet for the past day or more. Can't wait for the mess of webs to start showing up everywhere.

Googled my name because I wanted to feel bad and found over two dozen entries... And they all appear to be more successful than me, but more importantly, how is my name so common.

Bad Craigslisting experiences. Can't wait to be rid of my excess stuff and be "free."


Monday, September 19, 2016

Dear Diary #25: Joule Heating, Natural Light, Sound

Dear Diary,

And I spent a few hours trying to figure out what compressors, levelers, and limiters were.

Cleaning out a bunch of graduate school notes. Come across the notes for a course I dropped: stacks of manuals for course notes. Now I remember why I dropped you...

I hate filming with natural light. It's beautiful but STOP MOVING!

Spent an hour learning Joule Heating and there's no test tomorrow... That was some interesting stuff. Seriously.

No one appears to want to buy my decade old textbooks from college that are multiple editions out of date. I can't figure out why.


Thursday, September 15, 2016

Review: Ikea MALM 2-Drawer Chest

Time to fix that big mistake I made years ago: buying a KULLEN 2-chest drawer instead of a MALM 2-chest drawer I actually wanted. That's what happens when you don't bother to remember the name of the product you're buying, the exact aisle and bin number in the warehouse, or the price of the item -- I was wondering why it was so cheap.
Ikea MALM 2-Drawer Chest: Just out of the box
x1 - Ikea MALM 2-Drawer Chest: US$ 54.99 (CA$ 69.99)

Paid: ~CA$ 55 (sale)

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Dear Diary #24: SPL Meters, Audio, Voices

Dear Diary,

Not in the business of recording my own voice -- ever. Now that I'm forcing myself to do it, I don't know who that person coming out of the speakers is. Sure isn't anyone I've been listening to for decades.

Learned to do basic audio editing. Been avoiding this for years because it'd take a lot of work. Wasn't that hard but I clearly don't know what I'm doing. Didn't know my mouth made so many clicking noises when speaking.

Almost googled "free iPod." Wow, that has to be rock bottom. On the other hand...

Blew my budget getting a new SPL meter. Been using the same Radio Shack model for a decade now, I'm surprised it still works and no batteries have ever leaked -- think I've only changed it out twice or thrice.


Monday, August 29, 2016

Dear Diary #23: Shipping, Puisque, Mics

Dear Diary,

Bought a bunch of stuff that ships from the U.S. of A. Things are taking forever to arrive.

Bought a microphone stand. Found out I may not really need it and may even prefer not having one considering I paid extra to get a mic that isn't as sensitive to every small noise or vibration. Good thing I got the base model stand?

Keep forgetting the meaning of the word "puisque," keep looking it up, keep forgetting it again. Same with "d'ailleur."

A bank machine I used didn't check my PIN until I got into the menu, making me think the PIN checked out. Five minutes later, I got locked out. Woops.

Trying to buy things and I keep seeing reviews about people receiving potential counterfeit items. I hate being so cynical but looks like I can't turn away.


Monday, August 22, 2016

J.Crew Abingdon Briefcase Impressions: Not the Laptop Bag?

For the past while, I thought the Abingdon line of bags at J.Crew was being replaced with the Harwick bags. This assumption came about as I saw the Abingdon Laptop Bag disappear from the American or Canadian J.Crew website. If I remember correctly, the Messenger Bag remained available and there may have even been a duffel bag. It was the Abingdon Laptop Bag that I paid attention to because I liked it enough to purchase one and use it for a while -- I have since Craiglisted it at a substantial discount.
J.Crew Abingdon Laptop Bag: Front
During a recent "trip" to the American J.Crew website, something familiar turned up: an Abingdon bag that looked like my old Laptop Bag. This one, however, was called the Abingdon Briefcase. That's funny because I purchased my Abingdon Laptop Bag with the sole intent of using it as a briefcase. And if you're wondering, I noticed the Abingdon Duffel Bag, Weekender Bag, Messenger Bag, and Travel Kit on the site as well.

Disclaimer: I had not had any firsthand experience with any J.Crew Abingdon Briefcase products when I wrote this piece. Details were quoted from the J.Crew United States website or Canada website in late August 2016. Details on this page are NOT guaranteed for accuracy.

Ikea Allen Key and Wrench Measurements: Trying to estimate?

What size are common Ikea Hex Keys and Wrenches?
Up until yesterday, despite having put together over a dozen pieces of Ikea furniture and having accumulated about a half-dozen keys/wrenches, I did not know -- only a half dozen because I didn't start collecting them until more recently. Why would I want to know anyway, they come "free" with the furniture set every time. And most of them seem to be roughly the same size.

But if I'm putting together so much furniture, why don't I do a bit better and get myself a better tool that doesn't make my fingers ache after assembly? Like a ratchet with changeable sockets? Guess it could also be useful if I threw out all my keys and needed to do some work.
Hex Key and Wrench Collection: Six hex keys, one wrench
Ikea Hex / Allen Key Dimensions: Trying to get an estimate
I've been meaning to do this forever but didn't have a caliper and didn't feel like doing it with a cheap plastic ruler. There was also that thing about having to pay for a ratchet and a collection of heads once I had measurements. So, guess who finally got a caliper and decided to get that ratchet?

Below is a video of measurements being taken of a small collection of hex keys and a wrench that should have come from Ikea. This was my first time using a caliper in years, maybe even a decade, so accuracy is definitely not guaranteed. The last time was in high school or college. Thank goodness for Google. Video and images should be high enough in resolution to be able to read the caliper.