Pausing for thought, lost in the intringue


Though austere, given that she was only copying down Chinese characters, her study conditions were adequate for what she was doing. This was on the first time I’d seen her, in my repeated visits (for my evening meal), she would be always at it. Possibly her mother owned the shop she sat outside. Along with her study brother seen in the previous post, these sons and daughters of working mums and dads, were hard at it.  Good on them I say.

On another topic, the people of Guangzhou take to being photographed well, and with a certain amount of dignity.

The study is intense


Too much furniture, use the stairs and then walk away

IMG_2285Space, really is the final frontier so, you have to get rid of some furniture. In the case of the recently vacated apartment lived in by my parents-in-law until recently. Getting rid of the mattresses and other bits and bobs without paying the local council surcharge? Easy. Do what the locals do and discretely dump the unwanted mattresses and table into the stairwells that connect the floors. Most of the locals were students that studied at Sunmoon university. Upon moving out, some of them have done what I’ve described and put whole desks and chairs out in the stairwells. Sadly the downside of it all is that it’s a scorched earth policy. Disable the appliance or piece of furniture, rendering it useless.

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In this case, the computer that I had a look at, it was a relic. Examination of the hard disk revealed that it had IDE connectors instead of the more contemporary SATA connections. Not so good since I was in need of a harddisk. The pictures you see in this entry were all taken in one building. Chairs, a low table and mattresses, you could if you wanted to decked out a whole apartment in relative, albeit dusty comfort.

Laptop donor graft onto broken chair, results in Franken-chair

The one good thing about living in Korea is the things that people throw away. Outwardly the office chair that I’d spied and then repossessed from the garbage area was in perfect nick. It wasn’t until I sat down I found out it’s flaw. The amount of friction that the chair recline was way too much.  It wasn’t until the next day that I’d had a chance to examine it that I’d found the crack in the fibre-reenforced plastic. Someone had lent back much too often, literally ripping an incomplete rectangular tear in the backing. Looking at the design I concluded that the plastic was, too thin. Surprise, surprise. It needed strengthening with something. Looking around at the neatly stacked rubbish pile, all I saw was cardboard and plastic bottles. Something more staunch than what I could see was needed. In the end I used the back cover of a used laptop that a friend of mine had given me. The plastic cover from the Harddrive fit the bill. though, a bit on the thin side but I was hoping that it, combined with the preexisting plastic, it would hold.

Making a hole in the plastic was the easiest part of the fix-it-up project.  The Chromium-Vanadium alloy of my ‘X’ screw driver I use for opening up the backs of laptops was surprisingly robust. Next to enlarge the hole, for that I used the Phillips attachment on my Swiss army knife and then the metal file attachment to bring it up to the 8mm diameter. Shavings of plastic were now sprinkled over a small area. Mounting the former laptop part cum re-enforcing was easy. No glue required but simply the unscrewing and re-attaching of the tension knob. Yes!

A post script:  It works, but to a point. Maybe I need to graft on more parts of the laptop to aid the back support.