Hannibal (TV)

I recently somehow got sucked into this from merely seeing a clip of the main characters’ ending. Like the rest of the internet, I’m conflicted with preserving a perfect series ending and wanting it to continue – but first I have to actually watch the series.

Because it’s not on netflix or hulu, I have to decide whether it’s worth the extra effort to check the library or to just wait until it’s available. However, a bigger obstacle is my squeamishness towards gore because I am really a big baby.

I have to wonder how Clarice would fit into this story had it continued, since it seems like Will basically replaced her. I like to imagine Hannibal sticks with Will.❤

2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

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A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 7,400 times in 2015. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

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Toshiba Satellite C55-B5356 Keyboard Replacement

I recently needed to replace my keyboard but found it impossible to find instructions related to my exact model. The closest YouTube video I was able to find of a C55 laptop still did not have my exact layout, but it was still very helpful:

The key steps to remember:

  1. Remove the bottom cover of the laptop.
  2. Remove the screw (with the triangle/arrow) that is connected to the keyboard.
  3. After the screws are removed, you are now able to remove the keyboard tray.
  4. Unlock the laptop keyboard connector from the motherboard (nudge the black corners upwards)
  5. To remove the keyboard tray, it is important to start at the bottom. I prefer the bottom left (CTRL key). The keyboard is very delicate, and feels like thin aluminum. You risk bending the tabs holding the keyboard in place, especially the top tabs, which are shaped differently and larger than the bottom tabs.

The video cuts away when he shows how to remove the tape from the keyboard webbing because it is very frustrating.

  1. To remove the tape, I recommend unscrewing as much of the motherboard as possible: I removed the hard drive and some of the wiring.
  2. This will allow you to wedge your hands between the casing and the motherboard to be able to pry the very sticky tape off of the keyboard webbing. I have small hands, so it may be necessary for others to completely remove the motherboard.

I purchased my replacement keyboard from this ebay seller.

The layout of the inside of my C55-B5356 laptop:

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Notice the key difference from the video is that my keyboard’s webbing is fed through a small opening behind the motherboard, not above.

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Before removing the keyboard, you must remove the screw where the white triangle is pointing in this photo!

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I would later remove the hard drive as well as the second screw (triangle/arrow)

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The photo also happens to show the keyboard webbing already unlocked.

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My keyboard that needed to be replaced.

2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

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The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 13,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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University of Santo Tomas

I traveled to the Philippines last year (2013)  for my cousin’s wedding in May and still have not gotten around to updating the places I visited. My mother graduated from Santo Tomas, so she gave me a tour. She found the most interesting change was the huge presence of franchise restaurants/fast food places right next to campus. She also told stories of how the fathers would use rulers to check her skirt length.

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Chicagoland 2013

A recent post from my blogroll reminded me of my trip to Chicagoland last year for a three-day weekend:

The Art Institute of Chicago: What I really enjoyed about this place was the free wi-fi and a free app created just for this museum. Using the android app, I was able to view maps, the exhibits, and listen to some audio recordings.  However, it took too long for me to download; I think their wi-fi speed  is hampered by the heavy crowds.

Food: Although Lou Malnati is a franchise restaurant, it is still very good despite questions of how “authentic” it is. I also went to the Yolk (South Loop) for breakfast foods and their famous red velvet french toast.

2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

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The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 19,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 7 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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