Autobiography makes for lousy literature, even Errol Flynn had some trouble making an interesting story of his life. Short bios for art shows rarely rank much above high school poetry or personal ads for entertainment value. Still, the only personal ad I ever posted hooked me up with my special-lady-friend of eighteen years, mrs. a-go-go, so some skillful show and tell can do some good. (A word of advice, if you're an internet dater, don't use Brown Gargantua as your alias. It'll get you into all sorts of trouble, and even Johnny Sokko will have trouble arranging an extraction.)
Ukuleles at The Tinkers Damn
Say... what's the big idea?
I write (but I wouldn't call myself a writer), I make art (but I wouldn't call myself an artist), I draw cartoons (but I wouldn't call myself a cartoonist). I make sock monkeys, cookie tin ukuleles (pictured above), and spazimals, but none of those activities qualify as a profession or reason for a clambake.
Big fat gnarled roots
My father and my grandfather were engineers. The sort of engineers that had influence ranging from Second World War weapons and orange juice to space exploration and funny looking sunglasses. Granddad designed many of the stamped sheet steel parts for the Ingram machine pistol which became the MAC-10. Before that, in the 1930's he patented some marvelous air hardened stainless steel knives making it possible for the Santa Barbara Orange Juice Company (in Santa Anna, California... oh well) to mechanize the slicing and juicing of the acid fruit. My dad worked at Rocketdyne before joining The Jet Propulsion Laboratory of Caltech. He was there nearly until the end of his life designing bits of rocket engines and building space simulation chambers to torture space robots with extreme cold, hard vacuum, and ionizing radiation. As a bonus he had a part in the optical science that went into creating Blue Blockers.
My first set of wheels. Dad taught me how to work the nuts and bolts
So why did't I become an engineer? I spent most of two decades pursuing galleries and trying to sell my art work. I didn't go to art school. No, I got a degree in economics. Why, because the history and sociology attached to the stuff is fascinating. I have had jobs all over the place to support my art habit. My previous day job was at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art where I became a supervisor of installations after just a couple of years as lackey. It was fun and excruciatingly frustrating. Seeing some extraordinary art up close is exciting at first, then it gets really heavy and hurts your back and the curators get on your nerves. I don't miss the weird bureaucracy at LACMA or the idiocy of Planet Fine Art, and we don't miss living in Los Angeles... except for the tortas and the phở.
How did I get here?
The engineer blood in my veins leaked into my artwork and the stuff became more and more mechanically complex, but I never managed to sell enough art to quit my day job. I'm a squarish peg and have never fit any hole, even a square one. I've been a hack artist, patent research assistant, printmaker, picture framer, cartoon scribbler, video editor, machinist, janitor, artist's assistant, encyclopedia fact checker, auto mechanic, art installer, art conservator, textile designer, carpenter, plumber, electrician, roofer, luthier, bassist, banjo-ukeist, canjoist, seamster, and toy smith. I have a green thumb, a sweet tooth, and a black heart. I'm a reformed misanthrope, a doting uncle, and an avid bicycle loon.
After a lifetime in Los Angeles mrs. a-go-go and I (we're older than we look) quit everything for a three month road trip across North America. We landed here on the central coast where we're rebuilding our lives in a new place and with new jobs. I'm happy as a clam to have found a pretty dern good fit (in a swell nonagonal hole) here at iFixit where there's never a dull moment. Heck, they even let me take things apart.
Someday soon I'll have a studio space again... and a garden. Until then cartoons, sock monkeys, and a little writing will have to suffice for my creative outlets.
Teardowns I've Worked On
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Guides I've Contributed To
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Answer to "Headphone jack replacement 1 vs. 2"Unfortunately, the iPad mini 1 and iPad mini 2 headphone jacks are different parts despite looking very similar. At this time iFixit does not stock the iPad mini 2 headphone jack. I am notifying our parts buyer that we're missing that part but it will take a while before we have them in stock. Curiously, my quick search of the internet did not turn up the iPad mini 2 headphone jack for sale individually as you said in your question, otherwise I could send you a link to someone who is selling them now. Our parts buyer said the part is in one of our supplier's catalogs so I'm sure it exists. Keep searching, it may turn up and I'll do my best to get the part added to our shop soon.
Answer to "Trackpad not flush with the keyboard surface"Is your battery working? That is, can you charge the battery and run the laptop for at least a few hours without AC power? If the battery is aging, is not working at all, or is working poorly I suspect that your battery may have swelled and deformed. Aging or malfunctioning batteries can swell and change shape dramatically. You say you removed the battery, did you look to see if the trackpad was in its normal position while the battery was was out of the upper case? If you remove the battery again inspect it carefully. The top and bottom surfaces should be quite flat and sighting along the edges it should not be bowing. Unless the laptop case has suffered some physical damage from a drop or other trauma a warped battery is my best guess as the cause of a "raised" trackpad. I can't help you identify the two loose screws for certain. Are they black like the other internal Phillips on this laptop? I believe the longest black Philips screws inside that model are 7.1mm (1 from the fan), 8.3mm (4 with a...
Answer to "text on half of display, graphics other half"The Kindle Paperwhite screen uses e-ink which will keep displaying the last image it was changed to even if the device runs out of power or if the display is disconnected from the rest of the device. Power and input from the paperwhite's processor is only needed to change what is displayed. It is possible that your display is damaged and only part of it is now receiving new information from the processor. This is likely if one part of your display keeps a fixed image while the rest of the display updates to a new page, but it is hard to determine this from your short description of the problem. If you have not already done so try a standard reset. Press and hold the power button on the bottom of your Kindle for 20 to 30 seconds. This will reboot the operating system. Give the device time to work. A reset may take several minutes. For more information about the standard reset and trying a factory default reset, read through this list. If you think you have damaged something internal you may find more...
Answer to "I went through a metal detecter with my paperwhite tablet"If you have not already tried a standard reset it may solve your troubles. Press and hold the power button on the bottom edge of your Paperwhite for 20 to 30 seconds. This will reboot the operating system. A reboot may take several minutes. If this first step does not solve your problem you can read more about the standard reset and the factory default reset here. If you have important documents saved on your Kindle that are not backed up you should connect the Kindle to a computer with the USB cord and backup any important files. Note that a factory reset will erase everything saved on your Kindle. You should be able to restore any content that you purchased from Amazon as it will be linked to your Amazon account, but third party or personal documents may be lost. If you are still having problems after trying the resets above have a look at the Paperwhite troubleshooting page.
Answer to "I am replacing power supply"If you are looking at this power supply it should be compatible with your EMC 2105 iMac. The compatibility of this power supply includes some G5 and Intel iMacs. EMC 2105 is a 2 GHz Intel Core Duo 20" iMac.
Answer to "Is there any way to change the storage?"The memory for the iPhone 5c is part of the logic board. There is no way to increase the storage capacity without replacing the logic board or doing some rather tricky micro-soldering.
Answer to "Low battery warning alert"If you have any warranty coverage for your device try to have it replaced before attempting any reapir on your own. In addition, it may sound stupid, but try shutting off the Paperwhite and restarting. Hold the power button down until the screen goes completely blank. Then restart it. You could have a malfunctioning wall outlet adapter, a damaged USB cord, a damaged USB port on the Paperwhite, or a bad battery. You will have to swap some things around to find the trouble. If you are charging using a wall outlet adapter try connecting to a computer or laptop with the USB cord, or if you are charging from a computer or laptop try charging from a wall outlet adapter. Try a different USB cord if you have one. If none of this changes anything and if the Paperwhite is not recognized when you plug it into a computer or laptop you may have a damaged USB port on your Paperwhite. Has the cord been yanked while charging? Has the Paperwhite been dropped? Does the USB port feel loose when you insert or remove the cord?...
Answer to "Can the USB socket be replaced without replacing the motherboard?"The USB socket is soldered to the motherboard, so it can not be easily replaced without replacing the motherboard. In theory the socket could be replaced with some careful soldering work if you could get your hands on a replacement socket. For someone experienced with replacing small components on circuit boards I'm sure it would be possible, but if you are a beginner with this sort of thing you may do more damage to the circuit board by overheating it. Look closely at the photos in this guide before deciding to try this repair.
Answer to "Can you reuse the double sided adhesive holding the glass panel down?"Replacing just the glass cover on your display assembly is a difficult task. If you have not already, take a look at this guide. The procedure for removing the display assembly from the computer will be different on a MacBook Pro 13" mid 2012, but the procedure for separating the front glass is the same. iFixit doesn't sell the front glass or the adhesive anymore. A quick internet search for "MacBook Pro 13 display glass" turned up several sources, and some of them, have adhesive included. It is very unlikely that the old adhesive will be in any shape to reuse when you get the old glass off. It is an easier but far more expensive repair to replace the whole display assembly. Replacing just the glass requires tons of patience removing the broken pieces and all the left over adhesive, and the result may not be aesthetically pleasing. Getting it all back together like the original assembly with no lumps can be challenging. Good luck on your repair!
Answer to "Will replacing the upper case fix my problem?"Unfortunately, the answer is maybe. Replacing the upper case is not an easy repair. Have a look at this guide if you are thinking of doing it. Read through all the steps so you get an idea of what you are getting into. Whether this would fix the problem depends on how much liquid got into the guts of your machine and how far it went. You won't know that answer until you open the case. If the liquid is only in the keys and track pad you may be in luck and the repair should fix the problems. On the other hand, if you find the logic board and other components covered in sticky residue you may have corrosion happening in the connectors between parts. If you want to give this repair a try read this guide too. If liquid got all the way down into the little connectors, turning on and using your computer before doing a thorough cleaning may be encouraging more corrosion. So if you think you are up for the repair do it sooner rather than later and leave the computer off until you can do the cleaning.
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