Category: Kids

Shielded metal arc welding SMAW Stick Welding: My Ugly but Strong Welds

SMAW Stick welding repair of a metal chair. Thin slats of metal welding to tubular side rail. The slats are very thin. I blew through the metal, so had to use a washer to make up the difference. Photo 2 by Don Tai

SMAW Stick welding repair of a metal chair. Thin slats of metal welding to tubular side rail. The slats are very thin. I blew through the metal, so had to use a washer to make up the difference. Photo 2 by Don Tai

Enjoy I do, wood working. Usually not loud, it can be very relaxing and most times, not dangerous. Touching wood is warm and natural to work with. Metal is the exact opposite. metal is cold but very strong. When you heat it up it can badly burn you. There are sparks that fly when you grind it, which can start a fire. And in a whole ‘nother world, there is welding. I do shielded metal arc welding, or SMAW, or stick welding. I am a terrible welder but I do get the job done.

Anatomy of an IDE Hard Disk Drive: Autopsy

Western Digital WD1200 IDE 3.5 inch 120G disk drive, for a desktop, circa 2002, Made in Malaysia. The outer aluminum shell and cover. Besides the 6 perimeter screws remember the two screws hidden under the label. Photo 2 by Don Tai.

Western Digital WD1200 IDE 3.5 inch 120G disk drive, for a desktop, circa 2002, Made in Malaysia. The outer aluminum shell and cover. Besides the 6 perimeter screws remember the two screws hidden under the label. Photo 2 by Don Tai.

This IDE Western Digital WD1200 hard disk drive, we have had, for a very long time. I do not even think it was mine, passed down by a well intended soul with a “Could you get it to work?”. Well, no. It dates back to 2002 and at 120G, made in Malaysia, was large at the time. Alas there was a clicking noise from the disk and it stopped working. All data was lost. I thought that Little Weed and I would do a father and son device autopsy, just for fun.

China: Worldwide Influencer, Mover and Shaker

China has a lot of people. Baoluan, 暴乱, is the Chinese fear of chaos, of the Government or Emperor losing control of their mandate to rule. The people, having little to lose, rise up and kick their overlords out. Today China’s overlords are the Chinese Communist Party. This recurring issue heavily colours what China does.

From China: They provide employment for their people

The solution in China is to give everyone work. With work they will not revolt and not upset the Communist Party, thus preserving the status quo: The Communist Party stays in power.

Pressure Cooking Pork Ribs: Great Cooking Method

Pressure cooked pork ribs, Toronto, Canada. Photo by Don Tai

Pressure cooked pork ribs, Toronto, Canada. Photo by Don Tai

Meat, always seems to be on Little Weed’s mind. As parents we know this, so when NoFrills offered pork ribs for $1.99/lb there was no question we would be going home with a sizable hunk of pig. But how to cook it, Eschewing the usual 3 hr bake time, the pressure cooker did it in 25 minutes, followed by a sauce glaze and 20 minutes in a 400 degree oven. It came out great.

Remove Thick Vans Shoe Tongue: Step by Step

Vans Hawaiian Ocean shoes. They have really thick tongues. We removed the thick foam.

Vans Hawaiian Ocean shoes. They have really thick tongues. We removed the thick foam.

Like, Little Weed did, his new Vans shoes. The box says they are the Hawaiianocean model. What he did not realize and regretted was the super thick tongue that came with the shoe. Here is how to remove it.

The Vans Hawaiian Ocean model comes with a super thick and squishy tongue. It makes it harder to securely tie up your shoe laces. Little Weed wanted this thick tongue removed, so I did.

Japanese Boy Lost in Woods: What to do about kids

Yamato Tanooka, a 7 year old Japanese kid, was throwing rocks as people and cars, so his parents let him out of the car as punishment. He was lost in the woods of Hokkaido for almost a week.

Yamato Tanooka, a 7 year old Japanese kid, was throwing rocks as people and cars, so his parents let him out of the car as punishment. He was lost in the woods of Hokkaido for almost a week.

Damned if you do and damned if you do not. Yamato Tanooka, a 7 year old Japanese kid, was throwing rocks as people and cars, so his parents let him out of the car as punishment. A few minutes later he ran off and was lost in the woods of Hokkaido for near a week. He was eventually found by the Japanese Army, dehydrated but unharmed.

Slicing fresh meat thinly for Chinese Stir Fry

This Oster meat slicer model 319-66 is not professional but does the job well enough. It is a little hard to adjust and clean, but was inexpensive.

This Oster meat slicer model 319-66 is not professional but does the job well enough. It is a little hard to adjust and clean, but was inexpensive.

Big Boss likes to stir fry, and so if I cut the meat too thickly, I catch hell. Yes, small but terrifying, and I am not talking about the knife. We want fresh meat sliced very thinly for Chinese stir fry, or for Korean hot pot. Thin enough to be translucent. How do you do this with fresh meat? Buy pork loin, drain liquids, cut in half, freeze, slice with meat slicer, and then if you wish, vacuum seal in small bags, then refreeze.

New Moyu Cube Stand with Weilong GTS Cube: Great Design

The Moyu Cube Stand has some clever design, and it looks really good as well. The stand came with the WeiLong GTS cube. photo 1 by Don Tai

The Moyu Cube Stand has some clever design, and it looks really good as well. The stand came with the WeiLong GTS cube. photo 1 by Don Tai

Bought, Little Weed did, yet another cube. This was because the new cube had great reviews from a reputable company, and was supposed to be fast. He was not disappointed. The new cube, a Weilong GTS from MoYu, came with 2 plastic cube stands, convenient for displaying the cube. Or are they really just cube stands?

University of Toronto: Engineering and Girls

Here is a very cool news article about girls in engineering, from University of Toronto. Girls are smart, they work hard and have all the tools they need to succeed in engineering and computer science. We need to encourage them to do well in all technical subjects. Girls add a new dimension to technical fields, a new way of looking at situations, and a new way of reacting to new problems. Go girls! Big Weed makes her mark in the world.

Back at the University of Toronto, the children’s science course instructor, Michaela Tai, explains the dangers of incorrectly connecting a circuit.

Ripstik G Design Defects: Do not Buy a G

Kids will be kids, in that they buy stuff, play with stuff, and then eventually break stuff. My job is to repair the stuff they break. Which brings me to the Ripstik casterboard. There are three variations: Classic, Ripster, Ripstik G, and the DLX. My local group, which includes my Little Weed, rides on Classic, G, and DLX models. Two of their G models broke in the same manner, with two different boys, of different weights. My advice for Ripstik buyers is to steer clear of the G model. I apologize to all for y 6 month delay in posting this info, but I was distracted by work.