Tent Poles Repair

My brothers, my father and I used to go camping every summer up at Tobermory or Killarney. In recent years I’ve been able to get away a few times but usually on my own. Last summer my eldest brother decided he would like to go camping again near the end of June and then again as August turned to September. He invested in a $30 tent on Kijiji. The previous owners were honest about how much it had been used. In particular the only thing “wrong” with is was the elastic in the poles was shot. After we returned from the first trip I replaced the elastic as shown below.

Keychain Repair

My keychain recently broke ties with my keys. As I’d rather not loose my keys I decided to repair the bond between them.

Debugging Torche Lamp Failure

The other day my torche (pole) lamp failed to turn on. It’s one of those with a three setting rotary switch (off, low, high) and a halogen bulb. So we set about debugging/fixing it.

Aglet Upgrades

“An aglet is a small sheath, often made of plastic or metal, used on each end of a shoelace, a cord, or a drawstring.” Wikipedia You know, that thing that at the end of your shoelace that disintegrates after a few years and leaves your shoelace exposed and unravelling. Or if you’re of a certain age that thing Phineas and Ferb wrote a song about.

Struct Packing in C (Linux vs Windows)

I’m currently taking an introductory Computer Graphics Course using OpenGl and C++. As part of our first assignment we were required to export an image as a bmp. The general format of a BMP file is 3 or 4 sections. Two headers, an optional color pallet, and the bitmap information itself.

Fixing Our Broken Food Processor

I was preparing to wash some dishes the other day when I saw some plastic bits in the bottom of my sink which looked suspiciously like bits of my food processor. Upon further inspection it turned out I was correct and that they were part of the mechanism for telling the machine that the lid was on correctly (it refuses to turn on otherwise). The entire mechanism is spring loaded and of course the spring was no where to be found.