Cerebral Gibberish

What's on my mind, might just blow yours.

Oh Nos! I’ve Sprung a Leak!

Posted by heymoe on September 5th, 2007

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Well on Tuesday when I got to work I noticed a odd sound coming from the car when I opened the door while it was idling. It sounded like something rolling / rattling around in a tin can toward the very front of the car. I turned the AC off to see if the noise would go away and it didn’t. The noise did change as I revved the engine so it would seem to be something run by one of the belts. Well I am just about due for my 60K service so I called and scheduled an appointment to get the service done and to check on this new noise as well as a few other items like my wheel bearings.

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Leaving work the car started fine but the noise seemed louder then it was in the morning and a few guys from the office even heard it from across the parking lot. I got home without any problems but I was taking it easy and kept my eyes on the gauges just in case it the noise was the water pump giving up the ghost. The engine was running fine but still making that noise so I shut it down. I popped the hood and pulled out a light to see if I could see anything but the way the engine is crammed into the front of the car I could not really see anything wrong.

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This morning I decided to take the motorcycle to work and upon opening the garage door I noticed water dripping from the bottom of the door. I thought to myself “Humm.. thats odd, I didn’t think it rained last night”. As I got closer to the back of the car I noticed two puddles of liquid that lead to the front of the car… Not Good. I could not see where it was coming from since the the bottom of the car has a cover under the engine so I could only tell it was coming from somewhere under the cover. I’m pretty sure the liquid is coolant since it looked like water (not thick like oil) but had a slight slickness to it and look kind of red / pinkish maybe (says the guy that is color blind). Since my car is manual, it can’t be Automatic transmission fluid, granted I’m sure the manual gear box has some fluid in it but I think it would be dripping further back. So it looks like I’ll be towing the car to the dealer on Monday and I’ll be riding the motorcycle until then. The dealer should provide me with a loaner on Monday.

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Now I guess some good news might come out of this if it does turn out to be the water pump. My Certified Pre-Owned warranty should cover the cost of replacing the pump and since the water pump is driven by the timing-belt, they are going to have to dismantle the whole front of the car just to replace the pump. So while they are in there I’ll tell them to go ahead and replace the timing belt since most of the cost of replacing the timing belt is labor due to having to dismantle the front of the car. Crossing my fingers.

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Bodies Everywhere..

Posted by heymoe on September 2nd, 2007

I went to “Bodies…The Exhibition” today and I must say it was amazing. I was a little worried that it was going to be crowded since this is the last weekend it was going to be open at The Streets at Southpoint location in Durham, NC (It closes 9/5/2007). A friend of mine, who has already seen it, said I should go there early in the morning, so I got there at 10:30am (they opened at 10:00am). There were no lines so I was able to walk up, buy my ticket and walk right in. By time I was done going thought the exhibit and left the building, around noon, there was already a ticket line as well as a line to let people in. Of course they would not let me take any pictures so I purchased the book about the exhibit in their gift shop. They had a really neat shirt of which showed the torso of a human skeleton on the front. If they printed the back of the skeleton on the back of the shirt I would have bought it. I don’t care much for shirts with large graphics on the front and nothing on the back. I guess I’m just crazy like that.

Any ways, I was not sure what to expect when first entered the exhibit. The first section just had four glass enclosures with small items to look at as well as a full size human skeleton, like the ones you would see in science class. I think they started out with this room to kind of warm people up to the rest of the exhibit (start out small then work your way up to the bigger items). In the next room the first thing that caught my eyes the the first glass case which had an arm and a leg in it without any skin, exposing the muscles and bones. Also in this second room you get to see the first complete body without the skin. If I remember right it was the one kicking the soccer ball. Each room basically showed a different body system like the skeletal, muscular, nervous, reproductive, etc… The room about the circulatory system was very interesting in that they were able to show you all the arteries and veins without anything else in the way. They were able to do this by circulating a epoxy like compound though the circulatory system which then hardened. They then soaked the body in another chemical which dissolved everything but the hardened arteries and veins.

There was a side room off the main path through the exhibit which showed several fetuses representing the different weeks of development. This room had a sign in front of it basically warning the people what was in there since there is always a lot of controversy around fetuses / babies etc… I saw a few people read the sign and turn around. There was a sign in this room that read something like “Everyone was a single cell for about 1.5 hours of their life.” which I thought was a neat (remember I’m crazy..hehe).

The last room had a very large display of a whole body that was cut into thin slices. This is basically what a MRI machine does to your body just in real life. There was also a station setup where you could actually pick up a heart and a brain that was preserved using the same process that all the other body parts in the exhibit used. They were even kind enough to supply some hand sanitizer after you’re were done holding them.

I really enjoyed the exhibit and walked away knowing a lot more about how we tick. The displays had detailed descriptions of everything there was to see. They do offer a audio tour which I can only guess reads to you what is already posted in the display. Seems kind of lazy to me, so much for trying to get people to read more. I highly recommend anyone that is open minded and / or curious to see how our bodies work and does not get grossed out easily to go see this exhibit.

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More Movie Fun…

Posted by heymoe on August 31st, 2007

Getting Lucky At The Movies
Getting lucky at the movies.


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Lets Go To The Movies…

Posted by heymoe on August 30th, 2007

For a bigger version click HERE and then click on “Lets Go To The Movies”.

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2007 Alaska Trip Pictures

Posted by heymoe on August 29th, 2007

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I’ve started to upload pictures from my trip to Alaska. I still have a lot more to process and upload but its a start. Enjoy!

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Update.. [8/29/2007 @ 6:39pm]

OK. All of my pictures from my Alaska trip has been uploaded except for the ones from Adak Island, the panoramas I made, experimental HDR shots and a few misc. shots.

Update.. [8/30/2007 @ 1:00am]

Woot.. All of the photos have been uploaded now except for the HDR ones that I still learning how to make.

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Birthday Pictures

Posted by heymoe on August 28th, 2007

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I’ve uploaded the pictures I took at Justin’s 30th Birthday Party. Enjoy!

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Sunflower Project: The End

Posted by heymoe on August 27th, 2007

Well while I was in Alaska the last sunflower bloomed and today, since the planets were looking pretty sad at this point, I cut off the remaining seed heads and chopped down the stalks. I now have 5 seed heads of different sizes hanging in my garage drying. It looks like I have more then enough seeds to plant next year. I’ll have to take a few pictures of the drying seed heads tomorrow and get them posted.

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Sleep.. Who needs it.

Posted by heymoe on August 26th, 2007

Well I think I do but I have been having problem falling asleep and then staying asleep until my alarm goes off. I seem to wake up 1-2 hours before the alarm goes off. My sleep schedule has been out of whack since I got back from Alaska but its not all jet-lag. I’ve had to get up early or stay up late two days a week for the last few weeks for works related tasks. So I can’t get my back into a normal cycle since it keeps changing.

Today, in order to help keep me asleep, I bought some roman curtains for my bedroom. The idea is to keep it dark in the bedroom by keeping the morning light out thus I won’t wake up due to the sun light. Well see how it works in the morning.

Update:
Humm.. It’s hard to say if the new curtains worked or not this morning since I woke up around 5am and the sun was not out yet. It’s still taking me a while to fall asleep. In any case, if I made and progress in getting back onto a normal sleep cycle I’m going to screw it up again since I have to do morning maintenance tomorrow morning (5am) and stay up until 2am or so Wednesday morning for a conversion. Sigh 🙁

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Singing in the rain..

Posted by heymoe on August 26th, 2007

Actually I washed my car in the rain today, no singing involved, to let mother nature help me with the rinse cycle. Just trying to do my part with the water restrictions. The rain did not last all that long and did not come down that hard but some rain is better then no rain.

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Justin’s 30th Birthday

Posted by heymoe on August 26th, 2007

The party was yesterday but his birthday is today. Happy Birthday old man.. 😛

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