Something really horrible has happened yesterday. 12 human beings have lost their lives because of their ideas, because of their art. I was deeply shaken by this awful event and tried to cope, first with sadness, then anger, and then later - just pain.
My heart is with the families of the people who were killed in Paris on January 7th, 2015. Charb (Stephane Charbonnier), Cabu (Jean Cabut), Georges Wolinski, Tignous (Bernard Verlhac), Bernard Maris, Honoré (Philippe Honoré), Michel Renaud, Franck Brinsolaro, Ahmed Merabet, Mustapha Ourrad, Frédéric Boisseau, Elsa Cayat.
They should be celebrated as heroes, and their deaths should not strike fear into our hearts, but strength. Strength to stand up, and sharpen our pencils.
She's on a vacation now, and every other day she wakes up before me and goes on our terrace/balcony, trying to get that perfect bronze tan.
I work late, so she usually lets me sleep an hour or two longer. Today was not that day.
- "Hey love, there's a puddle of water on the balcony. It seems that AC is leaking."
New quest available: Fix the leaking AC.
Identifying the problem.
For those of you not familiar with this type of air conditioner, it's a 4x3x1' box, hanging about 7 feet above the floor, with a hose going from it to the roof drain to remove excess condensate. I went to the terrace, looked at the puddle of water, briefly inspected the AC box, and saw that the hose fitting on the box was a bit lose and that it was probably the cause for the leakage. I've decided that it's not a huge issue, and that it can be fixed with some duct tape.
On to get some duct tape.
I know I had some. Somewhere.
Here? Nope, not here.
Hmm, not there either.
Over there? Ewww... not there.
Ah, I remembered. It's in the "where we throw all the crap in" cabinet.
Yes, it was there.
It was in the yellow box.
And yellow box was under everything else.
So I had to remove everything else, get the duct tape, and put everything else back in.
But yay. I got the duct tape.
Quest completed: Find duct tape.
Fix the hose fitting.
The plan was to remove the hose from the fitting, wrap some duct tape on the fitting and put the hose back onto the fitting.
I pulled the hose from the fitting, and a gallon of filty water that was trapped both in the hose and the AC drain, had an urge to hug me. So it did.
But the result of that action did not look like a hug at all. It looked like me being splashed with a bucket of muddy water.
New quest available: Shower.
New quest available: Change outfit.
New quest available: Clean up the mess on the balcony.
Also, I needed another plan, since obviously, the hose was clogged, and duct tape will not solve this.
New quest available: Unclog the hose.
The hose is supported onto the wall with a couple of plastic clamps screwed into the wall, so I had to unscrew those first, in order to take the hose to the bathroom to attempt to unclog it. 3 out of 4 clamps broke, due to being exposed to the elements over the course of a couple of years.
New quest available: Buy new wall clamps.
So I took the hose to the bathroom, drained it, and then started pouring water through it, foolishly expecting that it would be sufficient to unclog it. It wasn't.
So I increased the pressure, and BOOM. It was unclogged.
New quest available: Clean up the muddy mess in the bathroom.
Quest completed: Unclog the hose.
Quest completed: Clean up the muddy mess in the bathroom.
Quest completed: Shower.
Quest completed: Change outfit.
Quest completed: Buy new wall clamps.
After screwing in the hose into the wall with the new clamps, I wrapped some bloody duct tape onto the fitting, because, you know, that's how you fix stuff. But I noticed some disgusting mucus hanging from the third hose (it's a 3-way fitting). According to the Hose Clog Expert Ed. 1, this means the hose is probably almost certainly clogged. And needs to be unclogged. The thing is, I cannot remove that hose, since it goes through the wall and into the AC unit in the room.
New quest available: Unclog the other hose.
<sigh> I need coffee.
Okay, I've decided to use a bottle of water, fit it onto the hose, and pump the water through the hose by applying squeezing motion onto the bottle. Genius. The other hose was unclogged.
And finally I get to put everything back together.
Quest completed: Unclog the other hose.
Quest completed: Clean up the mess on the balcony.
Quest completed: Fix the leaking AC.
When I tried to turn on the AC, it beeped, but nothing happened. If by "nothing" I assumed the tiny gush of white smoke coming from the AC. But according to my friend Bob, that definition of "nothing" is not true. Bob is an electrician. He says that every electric device works on the same principle. Inside every electric device, there's this magical white ghost, that makes the device work. When that ghost abandons the device, the device does not work anymore.
What I saw was the electric ghost leaving my AC. Damn it.
I unplugged it from the wall immediately.
New quest available: Deus ex machina.
I had to find another ghost for my AC. They usually live inside of a glass fuse, so I had to take the glass fuse out of my AC and buy the exact same one, but with the magic ghost still trapped in it.
New quest available: Remove the outer casing.
After unscrewing 8 screws, I removed the casing from the AC unit. I've noticed that there's a small panel locked with 2 screws where the control unit is. I unscrewed the 2 screws and removed the panel. Nope, the fuse is not there.
Quest completed: Remove the outer casing.
New quest available: Put the outer casing back.
"Oh look, there's inner casing as well"
New quest available: Remove the inner casing.
Achievement Unlocked: Not going postal.
After unscrewing 8 screws more, I removed the inner casing, and yes, I can see the fuse, but in order to reach it, I had to remove the RC interface. Which is basically unscrewing 4 more screws.
Quest completed: Remove the inner casing.
New quest available: Put the inner casing back.
I got the broken fuse.
New quest available: Get a new fuse.
New quest available: Install the fuse.
I went out and bought the exact same type of glass fuse.
Quest completed: Get a new fuse.
Quest completed: Install the fuse.
Quest completed: Put the inner casing back.
Quest completed: Put the outer casing back.
Quest completed: Deus ex machina.
Ahhhhh. The AC finally works.
Now to continue what I was working on.
What was I working on?
"But the journal is titled 'Programming...' what does this have to do with programming?" - I hear you ask.
Update Wow, this was amazing! I woke up this morning to discover so many awesome entries submitted to this journal. Thank you all!
There were soooo many great entries and it was really, really hard for me to decide who will get a PM, because all of you do deserve it, but I would go bankrupt
So, I first selected the deviations that I personally liked the most, then I took a number of different criteria into account, like the overall gallery quality, if the user had a premium membership of not, and so on, but I still could not decide the top 3 of all the entries, so I that 3 subbies are not gonna cut it, and that I needed to increase that to at least 5, and so, I will be giving out 5 one month premium memberships to you guys.
Without further ado, here's the 5 aspiring artists that will get one month premium membership each (in no particular order):
You got to add some flavour to these winter days, and to go outside and do something nice. That's why ganglija and myself decided to do some street art!
We cut out some people from old magazines, glued them to some cardboard, and took them out for a photo-walk!
All these models are really small, maybe about 3 to 5 inches high, and when you stick 'em in the snow, you get a really cool scene, under your fingertips
Makes me wanna buy a better camera lens (and a better camera for that matter :-/)
Anyways, here are a couple of shots from last night.
(I apologize for the poor quality of the photos, they were all taken during the night - one of the downsides of working for the company across the globe is that I sleep through the greater portion of the *daylight*)
If you wanna try and do the same, AWESOME! Just follow this simple recipe.
Take a pair of scissors, browse through 20oz of old magazines, and cut out some interesting bits (don't go into details yet, just do a rough cutout), and once you picked a dozen or two, glue them onto a cardboard, wait for the glue to dry, and cut out the objects that you've picked (yes you can go into details now ). Be sure to leave a small rectangle shape "legging" bellow your objects, so you can stick them into the snow.
Voilà! Now go out, have fun, take some photos, and leave your models around for other people to find and enjoy!
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Hey everyone, it's time for a new DeviantArt muro contest! The theme for this contest will be... NATURE!!! With a special attention to textures and details
DeviantArt muro Brushpack of your choice! (The value of the prizes may go up, if enough people enter the contest!)
here are the rules:
Leave a drawing comment on this journal entry, or submit a deviation through DeviantArt muro and link it here, and in exactly 7 days from now, I'll choose the one I like the most, and the user who drew it, will receive a brushpack of their choice! Both comment drawings and deviations submitted through DeviantArt muro have to be created after the posting of this journal, and before the midnight of January the 23th (1 week from now).
ready, set, go!
Get your creative juices going to create the best nature drawing! Grab your digital pens'n'brushes and win yourself a brushpack! Go, go, go!
Sunday, August 7, 2011 marks deviantART's 11th birthdAy and we want you to celebrate with us! We're spending one whole week doing something special for the community each day. We've got contests, chat events, and special announcements planned, all of which you can find in this news article.
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We've also launched a brand new community contest called Skribble, challenging you to use a few sketched lines to make a creative masterpiece. This contest is open to all deviantART members, and prizes include Wacom Tablets and iPads! View all the details about this contest here.
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Only two entries were submitted this time, but it was still hard to pick the winner. It was hard, but we do have a winner. So, with no further adue, I take pleasure in announcing that the winner of this bi-weekly DeviantArt muro contest is
Leave a drawing comment on this journal entry, or submit a deviation through DeviantArt muro and link it here, and in exactly 14 days from now, I'll choose the one I like the most, and the user who drew it, will receive a brushpack of their choice! Both comment drawings and deviations submitted through DeviantArt muro have to be created after the posting of this journal, and before the midnight of March the 19th (2 weeks from now).
The theme for this contest will be... CREATURES!!! With a special attention to textures and details (skin texture, background texture, whatever)
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Get your creative juices going to create the creaturiest creature there is! Grab your digital pens'n'brushes and win yourself a brushpack! Go, go, go!