Posts Tagged ‘popped’


The doc said that she has what is called mallet finger.

This is a hand actor shown, not Cruel Wife's actual hand.

It’s been a good thing that it isn’t hurting her all that much but it’s a bad thing that for four to six weeks she can’t bend that sucker or it’s going to undo any healing.

This really screws up any chance of a foot-rub.

Aggie… relax, she knows I don’t mean it about the foot thing.  Back when she was preggers I ran into the room to spritz her with water to “keep her wet until we could get her back in the water”, so it’s not unexpected that she’s not bent out of shape about this, either.

If she thought I meant all the terrible things I say… I’d be a dead man.


Yep, she popped her finger good.

She still can’t straighten the tip of her finger out and there’s a knot about halfway between the last joint and the next.

Told her that she’d “better get down to an urgent care and have it seen to sooner rather than later – you don’t want to be sidelined for very long, because my feet need rubbing.”

So that’s where she’s at now.

Worried that she may have busted a tendon.  When she tries to straighten it out she says there’s none of that tension on the back of the finger that you normally feel.  If I remember it right, ligaments hold bones together and tendons connect muscle to bones, so it’s not a great sign.

This is going to be a real hardship since my mistress doesn’t like to rub feet.

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I was powering up a laser diode today.  Had the oscilloscope hooked up to look at the photodiode’s measurement of the output.  Turned on the waveform generator to modulate the current.  So far so good, right?

Apparently if you over-voltage the inputs, the wee beasties can pop.

See, I knew this.  I’m not sure how it happened exactly, but I’m pretty sure the function generator got 5Vp-p instead of 2Vp-p.  Which is unfortunate.  In the I-just-toasted-a-laser kind of sense.

Update:  I have been informed by a co-worker (EE guy) that the function generator defaults at 5Vp-p.  So, mystery solved.  In a hilarious twist proving that the universe is not without some over-arching sick sense of humor, my pet screen-name for him was/is… Rectified Diode.


How is my day going, you ask?

No actual crap was used in this posting.


Elderly man shoots and kills home intruder.

Good. For. Him.

I sure hope he doesn’t run afoul of Chicago’s ridiculous handgun ban.  Handgun bans are the stupidest thing I ever heard of.  Let me make a small observation… in spite of handgun’s illegality… the intruder was armed with a handgun.   How would that law have helped this old man and his wife?  Not one tiny bit.

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