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Swiss Ball / Yoga Ball / Medicine Ball / BOSU Ball Advanced Balance Exercises

Here are a list of advanced balance exercises you can do. These are progressively harder and will take time to master. Go slowly. The advanced ones, such as standing up on a swiss ball, are potentially dangerous.

Balance is really important for all aspects of life and sport. The more you practice, the easier it gets. All levels or balance, from really shaky on up, can improve and benefit. Balance, an autonomic system, is controlled by your inner ear, vision and proprioception (feeling of space in your limbs and muscles).

Balance exercises are also a lot of fun.

Nutribullet NB101-B: Cleaning and Internal Review

Nutribullet NB101B was non-functional. A cleaning of the actuator switches fixed it. Three drainage holes were unclogged. Now it works.

Nutribullet NB101B was non-functional. A cleaning of the actuator switches fixed it. Three drainage holes were unclogged. Now it works.

A friend gave me his Nutribullet NB101-B, a small blender used for smoothies. The blender was non-functional but intact. He said that the blender was well used, but started acting intermittently, after which it stopped working. There are many youtube vids on cleaning the blender, and the cleaning did fix the problem. There are, of course, extra details that I discovered.

Jing Teng Chinese Restaurant, Mexico City: Mapping Exercise

Jing Teng Chinese Restaurant, Mexico City, 19.399062,-99.131813, Google Maps, Street View

Jing Teng Chinese Restaurant, Mexico City, 19.399062,-99.131813, Google Maps, Street View

A friend sent me his GPS coordinates from Mexico City. I thought I’d verify that both GPS and Google Maps works as intended.

Plus Code: 76F29VX9+J7
GPS: 19.399062,-99.131813

境腾港式茶餐厅 jing4teng gang3shi4 can1ting1
Jing Teng
Sur 65-A 3256, Viaducto Piedad, Iztacalco, 08200 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico

It is a bit odd that the restaurant’s sixth character seems to be written incorrectly on the large blue sign, but is written properly on the white cloth sign above it. The blue sign only used the top right side of the character for “餐” can1.

Jeld-Wen Patio Door: Install, Comments and not Recommended

This Sunview Victorian patio door came branded as a Jeld-Wen door, bought at Home Depot in Canada. It came with no instructions nor hardware from Home Depot. Further Jeld -Wen customer service refused to send us the mounting hardware.

This Sunview Victorian patio door came branded as a Jeld-Wen door, bought at Home Depot in Canada. It came with no instructions nor hardware from Home Depot. Further Jeld -Wen customer service refused to send us the mounting hardware.

My neighbour recently bought a patio door from Home Depot, and had asked me to help him install it. In fact, this Jeld-Wen patio door was the most expensive they carried. I would not have bought this without a good amount of research, but he is different. The install did not go very smoothly, and the end result was sub-par. After contacting the manufacturer I was left with a negative view of the company and their service. I do not recommend you buy a Jeld-Wen door.

Sheffield, England: Mapping Exercise

I’ve not been here, but a friend is here. I hope my greetings and good wishes will find her and that she is well. Sometimes the journey is difficult. you get stuck in a downdraft and for all your effort, there’s nothing you can do but get sucked down. There is a lot of luck in life, and at times your luck might run down. Friends can help you, if you have then and they can find you.

GPS: 53.378760, -1.480519
Plus Code: 9C5W9GH9+GR
UK, Sheffield, 17 Cavendish St

UK, Sheffield, 17 Cavendish St, Map by Google

UK, Sheffield, 17 Cavendish St, Map by Google

Royal 1212x Paper Shredder: Forensic Analysis

Royal 1212x paper shredder, shredded the teeth on a plastic gear, rendering it inoperable junk. Bought from Costco.

Royal 1212x paper shredder, shredded the teeth on a plastic gear, rendering it inoperable junk. Bought from Costco.

Friend David brought me his broken Royal 1212x paper shredder. The motor runs but the shredding teeth no longer turn. He bought it from Costco for about $100. As with other “Made in China” shredders I’ve taken apart, I suspected a plastic gear broke. In this case the plastic gear slowly shredded its internal teeth, leaving the shredder motionless, useless and broken. This shredder is still available on Amazon and other places, so it is still for sale. I suspect that other shredders from the same brand have the same internal components.

China Shandong Province, Yantai City, Qingnian Jiayuan; Virtual Tour

It is not as nice as actually being there, but when you’re stuck in Toronto it continues to be interesting. It is a lot faster.

Today I’m going to Shandong Province, Yantai City. It’s a coastal town about the size of Toronto’s 4M people. In China that’s a 3d tier city, barely big enough to warrant note on China’s large single page map. The place I’m going to is somewhat near Ludong University, about 1.5km away.

Shandong Province, Yantai City, Ludong University, Qingnian Jiayuan 山东省,烟台市,鲁东大学,青年家园。

GPS: 37.533098, 121.366479
Plus Code: 8Q93G9M8+5J

Shandong Province, Yantai City, Ludong University, from Baidu Maps

Shandong Province, Yantai City, Ludong University, from Baidu Maps

Xi’An Shaanxi China, BinZhou City, ChengGuan: Virtual Tour

BinZhou City is a mere 1.5 hrs from Xi’An. I was touring around here using Baidu Maps. It is a lot of fun. The neighbourhood looks pretty nice. There is a high school and a middle school in the same area, with a mountainous backdrop.

Shaanxi Province, Xi’An, BinZhong City, Chengguan District, north west corner is the Chengguan Town junior high school, Ziwei middle school, and Jiaotong university senior Sunshine high school
陕西省,西安,彬州市, 城关镇初中紫薇中学,交大高级阳光中学

GPS: 35.048437,108.068438
Plus Code: 8P7C23X9+99

Xi'An Shaanxi China, BinZhou City, ChengGuan,North-West corner, Map by Baidu

Xi’An Shaanxi China, BinZhou City, ChengGuan,North-West corner, Map by Baidu

Reiss’ 16 Basic Desires of Meaningful Behaviour

These 16 basic desires, by Professor Steven Reiss are interesting. He says that each of us is an individual, driven by different motivations. No one is “wrong”, just different.

Reiss has found that 16 basic desires guide nearly all meaningful behavior. The desires are power, independence, curiosity, acceptance, order, saving, honor, idealism, social contact, family, status, vengeance, romance, eating, physical exercise, and tranquility.

“These desires are what drive our everyday actions and make us who we are,” Reiss said. “What makes individuals unique is the combination and ranking of these desires.”

Seam Grip Sealer and Adhesive: Usage Tips

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Seam Grip Sealer and Adhesive, McNett, instructions are not good but it does eventually seal.

Seam Grip Sealer and Adhesive, McNett, instructions are not good but it does eventually seal.

I bought this from a local MEC store (new packaging, same product name) here in Toronto for a seam repair on two Goretex jackets, where the seam tape’s adhesive had failed and the seam tape was hanging loose. After reading the instructions it was clear that they were not very good.