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Keyboard cleaningJanuary 29th, 2017 at 4:54:05 pm
My keyboard had been having a trouble with the letter E. After being pressed, it stayed down for about 15 seconds. Sometimes it made lots of extra e's, sometimes it didn't. I didn't have a spare keyboard with a USB plug in my large bin of old computer parts, but lots without them, and didn't want to go to Best Buy for another one, so decided to try solving the problem myself.

I had to fight my way past a lot of clutter my wife put in front of my tool area of the garage. All I needed was a simple small Phillips screwdriver. Then off went the screws. I then snapped off of top and man there was a lot of crud inside. And how did all that hair get in there? I shook both parts upside down and could have formed a small pile with all the crud that drifted to the floor. I suspect most of it was crumbs of food and dry skin flakes.

After I snapped the top back on and screwed the pieces together, it was good as new. A rare repair job that went well.

January 30th, 2017 at 3:04:28 pm
Sticky keys often don't need an entire board disassemble. They're usually (I've only done it 2 or 3 times) made so any liquid dropped on them can't easily get inside, where the rubber mat and electronic parts are. Most times you can just pry the key itself off (using anything stiff, like a pen or knife) and just wash that button and its seat with plain ol' water. Typically it's a drop of soda or coffee, something completely simple.

I've heard they're dishwasher safe. Probably an urban legend, but I can confirm they can be submerged whole and whisked around without issue, providing your water isn't hard and it's dry before use.

I suggest never cleaning them. Especially in a common area like an office or library, you simply do not need to know what and how much nastiness it's holding for you to rub your hands all over everyday.
February 2nd, 2017 at 7:26:43 am
>I had to fight my way past a lot of clutter my wife put in front of my tool area of the garage

I have the same problem. So far she is deaf to my complaints and is discounting how much this REALLY PISSES ME OFF .
February 2nd, 2017 at 1:31:22 pm
I just throw the thing away, buy replacement at a yard sale. Anytime I see a typewriter for sale, I ask if they have the mouse that goes with it. Some think I am DUMB. No argument here. Haha
On the good side, I always buy lemonade from any kid selling it. And wait until I am a block away before spilling it out.
On the bad side, never see kids playing outside, ball fields , etc while driving to garage sales on weekends.
No wonder childhood OBESITY is such a BIG problem.. pun intended. I am the buzzard, after all.

Mindy CohnMay 30th, 2014 at 9:47:59 am
Normally I'm not one to remember dreams, but last night I thought I woke up around 3 AM, as I often do, went downstairs to dink around on the Internet, and read that Mindy Cohn died. It seemed very realistic, as I read reports of her death online. Then I went here to write about my thoughts on Mindy and the Facts of Life in general. Finally, I finished and went back to sleep.

When I got up I went to check on comments about my personal obituary for Mindy and didn't see that I wrote anything. I Googled her name and she seems to be alive and well. Obviously, I must have dreamed that I woke up and did everything I just wrote about. Very odd. Maybe remnants of feelings over my father's recent death. However, it is strange I would dream about Mindy. Although I will take anybody on in Facts of Life trivia, I never especially identified with Mindy's character Natalie.

I welcome the psychoanalysts of the forum to provide their own interpretation.

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May 30th, 2014 at 10:22:23 am
Dream reading or interpretation I find to be similar to self-help in that you can’t do it for someone, you can only supply them tools.

There’s just too much that an outsider couldn’t know to even begin. What was the focus of the dream? Was it her? Was it the show? Was it writing? Was it death? Was it going up and down the stairs? The answers to all these questions will change the answer to what your dream meant.

Mostly, I find dreams to be one of two things. One is just something that struck you and stuck in your mind. I find I often times will dream of something if something noticeable happens that I immediately forget about. Say I was gardening and turned over a log to see a snake. There would be that moment of shock. Now, if it was either a plain snake or if it ran away before I could inspect it, I’d immediately forget about it. But since there was that shock, it’s almost as if my brain demands it be processed and it will come up in a dream. The same goes for random thoughts while daydreaming, or startling ideas that I have and forget. Anything that hits my brain hard and then gets immediately forgetten always reappears. I don’t consider these dreams worthy of evaluating. It’s just your brain doing whatever it is that it does.

The other dreams, the “weird ones”, are almost always your brain working out a problem, which is why I said it’s important to know what part of your dream was the subject. The shock of her death could indeed be your brain working out your own stress over your father. If it was the shock of Mindy’s death that was the subject, there’s a good chance that it is. But it’s sort of up to you to try to read your own dream. You should know what the subject was, what parts were important or “hit you hard”, and what parts where just filler to allow it to all make sense. Where the stairs a filler? Or was there meaning in the transit of them? Did “taking the stairs” carry weight in your mind? If they carried meaning, how do you feel about stairs in waking thought? Are they enjoyable? Miserable? A challenge? Do you take pride in using them? Every part of what “mattered” in your dream, what had meaning, needs to be evaluated.

After that, it’s sort of… well, it’s sort of like reading the Bible. Your dream is like an allegorical puzzle that only you can solve. What does writing here mean to you? Is it just a habit and cropped up into your dream as filler? Is it an outlet for you that in your dream could signify a relief from stress? Do you find it a waste of time that your brain could use as a negative in a dream? All that stuff needs to be thought out.

I had a dream once that my kid was a wolf. I was alone in the woods, a wolf was there, and I needed to protect my kid from it but couldn’t find him. The wolf eventually attacked where I thought my kid to be so I shot it. The wolf then morphed into my kid, replete with the bloody bullet holes from the shotgun blast. It still brings tears to my eyes to think about it now, but looking back, that was my brain dealing with the stress of the custody fight I was in. I was so worried about making the wrong decision and in trying to help him, hurting him. It took maybe a week to interpret that dream, but once you start breaking it down into its parts and finding what has meaning and what doesn’t, its reason and meaning become obvious.

Good luck, and report back =) (sorry for the essay long post =p)
May 30th, 2014 at 5:23:50 pm
You certainly went beyond the call of duty with that response, thank you. My dream was mostly focused on me thinking of what I should say about Mindy. It was mostly me surfing the web and reading about her life. Maybe of all four characters on the Facts of Life it was her because I usually relate the best with women who are upbeat and on the heavy side.

I was also hit kind of hard by the UCSB shooting. It happened on my birthday and I lived a short block away from that convenience store my last year at UCSB. Of course, Mindy is older than college age now, but in my mind she will always be a teenager. I wanted to post my feelings about it, but I'm sure the usual suspects would turn the thread into a platform to denounce gun control laws.
June 1st, 2014 at 5:09:52 pm
>>>I wanted to post my feelings about it, but I'm sure the usual suspects would turn the thread into a platform to denounce gun control laws.<<<

Ah =/ Sorry about that. It's one of the few topics I just can't leave alone.

I'd say the UCSB shooting likely did cause the dream. Close by, personal ties, all of that is enough to get deep and trigger something. Dreams are weird like that. They sort of just grab stuff that "works", even if "working" isn't apparent right away. Mindy was someone you "knew but didn't". She was someone from your past. There wasn't a "personal connection", but there was some connection.

Those people who were killed are also people you "knew but didn't". They were familiar, even if you never knew they existed, just because they've been somewhere you were. That place was from your past. You aren't and weren't connect to UCSB or those people personally, but yet, you're attached to them in a certain way by sharing the same stomping ground.

Of course, that's just one explanation of many, but it's an example of how to sort of dig in and figure out those weird dreams. If the above doesn't feel right, then it's not. Play around with different ideas. You'll know when you hit on it, it's like a bell going off and it'll make perfect sense.
June 1st, 2014 at 9:08:38 pm
Your responses have been so good that I can't think of any angle to challenge them. You should do this for a living.
June 2nd, 2014 at 6:06:40 am
Haha, thanks. I'll add it to my list of "numerous skills with no marketable value" =)

I couldn't with good conscious ever do this for money. Most people who would pay are the types who believe dreams have a deep meaning, like on a supernatural level. I have a number of native friends who I sought out to translate my wolf dream (which was much more in depth than what I offered) and many of them made connections to spiritual overlookers, as the wolf is a powerful sigul in native lore.

I can't dig that. I do believe dreams have meaning, but not on that level. My dream, for example, was my unconscious mind's way of making a very roundabout point - I need to stop stressing as it's only making things worse. It absolutely had meaning, but it wasn't a message from the spirit world. It was all completely logical, just this type of logic gets stretched a little by imagination, by a brain set loose from conscious thought and allowed to run wild.

I'm sure you're familiar with Aesop's Fables. Same thing. A very bizarre and roundabout way to give a simple message. It's just these messages, your dreams, are something you get to live. And there's no moral of the story provided. You have to find it yourself =)
June 2nd, 2014 at 6:22:53 am
Michael, I wonder if you remember me saying that upon the death of a parent, that parent often visits you in your dreams in a *very vivid* way. Other people have told me this too. It's a mixed feeling you get, but mostly a nice, somehow necessary experience. Happened to me anyway this way.

Has this happened at all to you?
June 7th, 2014 at 6:27:38 pm
Regarding the post above, no other really vivid dreams since the Mindy Cohn one. I remembered dreams a lot better when I was younger.
June 8th, 2014 at 4:40:05 am
Here's to your Mom living a long, long time. Assuming though, that she pre-deceases you that might be the time you get the "visitations" , maybe then from both of them. Of course, maybe not at all, not sure how prevalent this is.