December 30, 2005
I am the InkMan
So I was down at Staples the other day looking for a couple last minute xmas gifts. You know, the MP3 armband holder, and the odd shaped post-it notes. Anyway, on the way to the checkout, I saw this container of do-it-yourself inkjet ink fillers. The kit cost $12 so I figured what the heck. The real idea was to simply get it for Nora's computer lab at school since they use a bunch of ink, but I was just itching to see if it realy works. So on Christmas eve, I decided to dismatle the HP-97 color ink cartidge on my HP all-in-one printer and try to refill it. It was complaining the ink was low anyway so I figured "what the heck".
I carefully pulled back the top label and found that there were a number fo holes that looked the be filled with a sponge or something. I selected a color, matched it to the spongy opening and let the ink flow. I filled them a bit beyond capacity and there was quite a mess soaking out the bottom. I put the cartridge in before it had properly tempered, and made a mess of the inside of my printer. I tried to align the print head and it failed. I cleaned it and then tried to align it and it passed, but the print quality was lousy. I pulled the print cartridge out again... and again... and cleaned it, and shook it... and put it in and cleaned it... and aligned it...
Finally I decided that since it was Christmas Eve and I had wasted my whole evening messing with the stupid print cartidge, I should simply go to bed and buy a replacement in a couple days.
The next morning I ran a test print just for the heck of it and I'll be darned if it wasn't working perfectly. So here's the deal. You can fill your own printer cartridges, but you have to let them sit all night and then clean them pretty well before you use them. The kit should fill the cartridge at least 6 times before I have to buy a full priced replacement. Sweet!
So now, I am the InkMan!
December 10, 2005
Make Me Dance
I was tooling around the web the other day and I ran across and entry on Ask Bjorn Hansen's blog about the new IPod cell phone from Motorola (MotoROKR) and Cingular. He's a guy I used to work with at ValueClick some time ago and he's always up on the latest Apple tech... Anyway, I poked around the site for a bit and found this cool link to a Flash app that lets you make the characters from the TV commercials dance. http://www.makemedance.com/
What is even more cool is that you can put your own head on a couple of dancing bodies and watch yourself get down. It will make you laugh so hard that you wet your pants.
December 07, 2005
Rocking Good Time
So Nora and I went to see Bob Schneiderat the Independent yesterday. It was an awesome show. His opening band was a bit loud, but they could rock. The lead singer had the scary rock and roll fright wig look and spent most of the set drinking beer and saying stuff like "We're Suffrajett don't forget".
So Bob came on to the theme music from the price is right. They started rocking pretty much right away, and Bob seemed a bit put off by the crowd or something. He wasn't doing his normal talk to the crowd and get them riled schtick. Then he swallowed his gum during a song and that lightened things up a bit. He played a great set, and in retrospect, I wished I would have bought the live CD that they offer, but for some reason, I wasn't into it at the time. Oh well, I'll get one the next time he shuffles through town. If you haven't heard his music, you should give it a listen.
December 04, 2005
Lane and I took Nora to the Ahwahnee for her birthday this year. You know, sometimes these high priced mucky muck places are not what they are cracked up to be. That is certainly not the case for the Ahwahnee. It is a classic lodge located in what is arguably the most beautiful national park in the country. What's really cool about the place is the way people just hang around and chill. They just wander in and sit in the great room near the fire and read or play a game of cards. We spent quite a bit of time just hanging out by the fire. You should be prepared to spend some money on food. Even if you do the low budget food court at the Yosemite Lodge, you'll spend $20-$30 on a couple burgers and drinks. The "Grand Brunch" on Sunday in the Ahwahnee dining room was something like $35 a person and worth every penny. I put a weekend at the Ahwahnee as one of those things you need to put on your lifes "Important Things To Do" list.