My Flickr contact rainy day took this fantastic picture of the Shanghai, China skyline.
My Flickr contact and friend Gary Sharp took this picture with his iPhone 7 on the Dellenback Trail on the southern Oregon coast. I’ve not seen Gary use people for scale before and it really works here. Plus, the lighting makes the dunes look flat. Amazing really.
My Flickr contact rainy day posted this terrific image of a shop loaded with melons in Shanghai, China.
You spill water on a book and the pages get wet. What to do? This excellent video shows you what the pros at Syracuse University Library do to bring back a wet book.
Note: Drop an iPad in the water and it’s a different story.
[via The Kid Should See This]
My friend Edward told me about an episode of Chef’s Table on Netflix about Ivan Orkin, a ramen cook with a fascinating life story. The food aspect of the documentary is great but his story is even better. Nice Jewish boy from Brooklyn becomes most famous ramen chef in Tokyo, Japan by putting a little schmaltz (Yiddish: chicken fat) in his traditional Japanese cookery. Brilliant.
If you stream Netflix give it a go:
Anne and I plan to eat in one of Ivan’s two restaurants the next time we’re in New York.
He’s also got a book out that includes his story and the complete recipe for his shio ramen dish, including his ramen noodles with rye flour.
Of course, pictures of Ivan and his food are all over Flickr.
I just had my truck washed at a “typical” car wash: drop it off at one end, they vacuum it, it runs through the car wash on a conveyor and they finish drying it at the end. People drive it at each end although just for a moment.
I’ve been using this car wash for years and it’s under new ownership and they’re doing a great job. The owner is right in there doing all the various jobs so everyone’s paying close attention.
I drove away and noticed that the shift knob was loose. Odd, this is a 2016 Toyota Tacoma pickup and it’s never been loose before. Oh dear. Wondered if the guy who vacuumed it and got it started on the conveyor struggled with it. It’s an automatic, nothing to really struggle with.
What to do?
Bring it back and complain? Maybe but not sure what that would accomplish.
Make an appointment with Toyota to have it fixed? Can’t imagine the fix would be too tough.
Or, search the internet to see if others have had this issue and what they’ve done.
I typed the following into Safari (defaulting to Google search):
“2016 Toyota Tacoma loose shift knob”
The first hit was this one:
I read through it, found this:
“If you push down on the plastic ring at the top of the leather skirt it’ll pop off, then see if you can screw the knob on tighter and snap the skirt back on.”
I went back outside to the truck, did exactly as the commenter said, and fixed it.
I’m not boasting or attempting to pat myself on the back for having fixed this minor issue, I’m pointing out that the web coupled with an intelligent search query can provide amazing support very quickly.
Underlying this is Google and the fact that it does an amazing job of indexing all the various pieces of text information on the web. In fact, this post will no doubt be part of future search results for loose Tacoma shift knobs.
I had one of the first 128K Macintosh computers in Eugene, Oregon and while I did a lot of writing with MacWrite, I also did a lot of “drawing” with MacPaint.
MacPaint was written by Bill Atkinson (one of the core members of the original Macintosh team at Apple) who added lots of fun touches to all of his early software. MacPaint had various distortions and to be honest, I can’t remember which one was responsible for this image (maybe “invert” and/or “trace edges”). I didn’t draw this; instead I drew some random shapes and chose what would now be called a “filter” and this was the result. It delighted me to no end and I made hundreds of these which I printed on my ImageWriter dot matrix printer.
I’m posting this now because I’m cleaning our basement and found boxes and boxes of old Macintosh related keepsakes, including some of my old writing and drawing done on my first Mac (not my first computer but close).
I had to run upstairs and pop an antihistamine; between dust and mold it was like an archeological dig.
UCLA researcher Melanie Barboni is the hummingbird whisperer. Los Angeles is loaded with hummingbirds year round and Melanie has attracted hundreds right outside her office window.
“They are, in every aspect, remarkable. They are tiny but fierce. They have so much personality, an amazing metabolism,” Barboni said of the birds that drink 8 to 10 times their weight in nectar daily. “They are Mother Nature’s best creation. … She was trying to make one tiny perfect jewel, and I think she got it perfectly right.”
My late mother lived about ten miles west of UCLA and we had hummingbird feeders in her backyard. She was loaded with them and it was incredible to watch, year round. Here in Connecticut we only have one species, ruby-throated and they migrate so we only have them from late spring to early fall; they’re getting read to fly south right now.
[via The Kid Should See This]
Flickr member taro kunugi posted this great shot of a crushed can that used to contain coffee. We noticed coffee in cans from vending machines twenty years ago when we were in Japan.
This shot reminds me of the work of Irving Penn: large format prints of half-smoked cigarettes he found on the ground.
Building a crude furnace with a hand-powered blower. The furnace is not only good for firing clay (to higher temperature with the blower) but he’s starting to experiment with glazing with wood ash and iron.
He’s an expert at both coming up with great projects and breaking them down into steps but also video editing to show process without narration or dramatic music.
I’ve been a fan for years.
[via The Kid Should See This]