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Chatterbox / Re: Talking Thermodynamics
« Last post by steam guy willy on Today at 01:31:09 AM »
Hi MJM, i suppose with a naked flame  lots of other things can affect it ,like fido waging his tail....mother in law leaving the front door open....the cat finding a warmer place to  snuggle up to ...!! lots of things that don't ever appear in the formulas. I suppose laboratory situations can nullify extraneous effects like these, costly and quite time consuming. I don't have a fridge at home so may have to do the zero centigrade in the local cafe.. but could do the boiling water at home !! Good progress with the graphs btw....

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Chatterbox / Re: Got the shakes
« Last post by Brian Rupnow on Today at 01:09:47 AM »
My oldest son has Parkinsons disease. Nasty disease with no real cure.--However, as a matter of interest, you can buy self stabilising spoons that let you eat your peas without spreading them around the table.
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Chatterbox / Re: Got the shakes
« Last post by 10KPete on Today at 12:37:54 AM »
Don, I know exactly what you are going through.

Essential Tremor (sometimes called Intention Tremor) is usually something you are born with. It usually isn't noticed at all until much later in life. Then, it can come on quickly or slowly.

Mine became a problem about 25 years ago and I sought treatment. Good docs, all, but at the time the drugs available did the best they could. An improvement for a few months then failure. Many times.

Fast forward to about 14 years ago. We moved to the Puget Sound, Washington, area. Small town. Local doc trained UW. He looked me up and down, asked what had been tried, etc. Then he gave me the name of a neurologist at Swedish Med. Center in Seattle.

In less than 6 months I had no tremor whatsoever. I received what's called a DBS Implant. Wired for stereo.

Two years ago I went in to have the unit replaced (batteries replaced).

I can pretty much do the small stuff again, although watch repair is probably off the list.

Don, send me a PM !!!

Pete
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Chatterbox / Re: Got the shakes
« Last post by philjoe5 on Today at 12:35:59 AM »
Don,
I have the same condition.  First manifested itself almost 50 years ago with a neck tremor.  Got worse with time especially since 2001.  There are meds, but effective only if you want to be doped up.  My shop time hasn't suffered too badly, but I must avoid soldering and operations like changing some inserts (but not all) on lathe tooling.  I've learned to accept it and found many workarounds for hand work that most folks take for granted.  I'm still fortunate compared to some of the ills of my friends.  Keep trying that's all I can say.

I'm lucky in that I don't care for eating in restaurants so I can plan meals that are easy to eat.

Phil
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Chatterbox / Re: Got the shakes
« Last post by zeeprogrammer on Today at 12:17:05 AM »
A true engineer speaking there. "Got a problem...going to solve it".

Post your solutions...many people will be able to use them.  :ThumbsUp:
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Chatterbox / Re: Got the shakes
« Last post by ART on Today at 12:14:39 AM »
Don, I'm sorry to hear about your troubles. My Father had a similar condition for many years, and took various medications. one of the Doctors explained that the condition was partially the result of both sides of his brain trying to work to do the same task, like eating, and each side over compensating with the movements. He suggested isolating one of his hands by sitting on it, especially when eating, thus letting only one side of his brain control his hands movement. My Father tried it and it worked. This might be worth a try. Good luck. Earl
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Introduce Yourself / Re: New here
« Last post by zeeprogrammer on Today at 12:13:13 AM »
I was in the Netherlands some years ago on business and I was lost.
Some people could tell I was lost, that I was foreigner, and without my asking, they helped me get to where I needed to go.
Such kindness and help I've seen in other places but that particular experience is a very fond memory.

Welcome to the forum!
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Oddball / Re: Colibri Hummingbird Dynamic Sculpture - WIP
« Last post by b.lindsey on January 17, 2018, 11:53:31 PM »
Glad to see you back on it after CF Kirk. Should be an amazing end result!!

Bill
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Chatterbox / Re: Got the shakes
« Last post by b.lindsey on January 17, 2018, 11:50:12 PM »
Great attitude Don. I really admire you for fighting this and will look forward to seeing whatever you come up with.

Bill
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Oddball / Re: Colibri Hummingbird Dynamic Sculpture - WIP
« Last post by kvom on January 17, 2018, 11:43:11 PM »
Back from CF to find freezing temps and snow last night.  Good reason to stay in the shop most of the afternoon.  The first job was to cut the wings from the translucent acrylic sheet I bought at the show.  There was even enough room on the sheet to make another set of petals in case I like the color better.



As long as I was on the wings, I decided to do the drilling and tapping on the shoulder parts I made earlier.  As I needed to drill a very deep 1/8" home into parts with no flat edges, I cut out the actual size drawing and help it against the part in the vise for alignment.



More drilling and tapping for grub and mounting screws:



And here's how the shoulder and wing go together.



There will be a thin shoulder on the opposite side of the wing to clamp it.
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