Archive for March, 2006

Mesothelioma and Me

Sunday, March 26th, 2006

Mesothelioma - Asbestos in BasementMesothelioma is a serious form of cancer that is related to asbestos exposure. Don’t worry, I don’t have mesothelioma and I don’t plan on getting it.

I had no idea what mesothelioma was until I bought a house with asbestos in the basement. My brother John works as a mesothelioma defense lawyer (among other things), and he told me all about the risks of asbestos exposure. Even though it looks tempting, never lick asbestos, unless that is, you want to get mesothelioma. And if you get mesothelioma, I recommend that you seek legal help from a mesothelioma lawyer.

This is the first time I’ve ever seen asbestos and it’s in my basement. When looking in the basement, my inspector pointed it out to me.

 Uh Scott, I wouldn’t touch that if I were you.
 Why not?
 Because that white covering is asbestos.
 Oh, that’s bad.

Yeah, asbestos is bad, but only if you rub it on your skin, inhale the little asbestos fibers, or consume it. Still, I don’t want to get mesothelioma so I want the asbestos out of my house as soon as possible. Currently the asbestos is covering the wooden support beam above my furnace. It will protect the beam in case of a fire, and it was installed there for that very reason.

A house jack is pinning the asbestos to the support beam so it will need to be moved. I plan to safely remove the asbestos when I replace the columns in the basement. There are a few more house jacks and old tree trunks loosely holding up my house… but that’s another story.

Digital Picture Frame from an Old Laptop

Saturday, March 18th, 2006

I always seem to be in the middle of some sort of project. Well this time, I took apart an old laptop for the purposes of creating a digital picture frame that would randomly display pictures throughout the day. And, of course, I took pictures of the progress. Before any project I work on, I always do research on the internet and chances are likely that someone else has done and documented exactly what I want to do. Thanks internet!

The laptop is an IBM Thinkpad 600 with a 20GB hard drive, a WiFi card, one USB port, and then other features that I won’t be using. I will be able to remote desktop into the laptop and control it from my main computer in the house. Any pictures that I put in a certain folder on the hard drive will be in the rotation of pictures that the screensaver will cycle through. I’m going to have the laptop turn it self on and off at certain times in the day. The possibilities are endless. I can imagine a weather forecast in the morning, or maybe a caller ID text display…

I removed the CD-ROM drive, and the battery since I wasn’t going to use them and I wanted to make it lighter. I removed 29 screws in order to snap open the plastic frame surrounding the LCD screen, and to look underneath the keyboard. After removing as much as possible, including the rubber feet, I mounted the LCD screen to the back of the laptop.

I took the laptop to Darretta Custom Framing & Gallery today to have it framed in a sweet looking wooden frame, and I can’t wait to get it back.

Hopefully any information I provide here might help out some one else down the road. Let me know what you think.

Pictures Now with RSS

Tuesday, March 14th, 2006

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If you have an RSS reader like Bloglines, now you can now subscribe to my Picture RSS Feed. Then you will get notified when new pictures are added to the site.

I recommend Bloglines if you don’t already have a news reader.

Real Life Simpsons

Wednesday, March 8th, 2006

I’m a big fan of the Simpsons. Someone made a video of a real life version of the opening credits of the Simpsons. It’s great and includes all of the details.