* Posts by Mark Tribble

3 posts • joined 8 Aug 2012

World's oldest person scoffs daily ration of bacon

Mark Tribble

Some folks last better than others

Agreed, but as you implicitly suggested, lifestyle makes a difference.

During a memorable visit to a nursing home, I had the pleasure of dining with my grandmother (who lived to age 98) and my aunt (my grandfather's sister, who passed away a couple of months later at the age of 99). There was a spry old man at another table who had been a dancer in his youth, and he was enjoying his 100th birthday. They lived in a rural Texas community where just about everyone worked hard and ate a "traditional" breakfast. My aunt said she knew she would get old someday, but she didn't realize how "old" she would feel. No one ever worked harder on a daily basis than she did, but carrying around heavy feed bags took its toll, and she suffered from constant aches and pains when she reached her 90s. She told me, quite seriously, that she wished she was my age. (I was 50 at the time.)

One of the aides offered the old man a dance to celebrate his reputation as a dancer, so he stood up and they danced right next to the dining table for a few minutes. She asked him if he wanted to sit back down, but he didn't want to stop. He received a round of applause. I approached him after dinner to wish him a happy birthday, and I asked him, "When you were 50, if someone had told you that you'd be dancing on your 100th birthday, would you have believed it?" He smiled and replied, "Would you?"


They WANT to EAT YOUR COMPUTER - welcome your ANT overlords

Mark Tribble

Re: Sigh..

Thank you for your informative post. I was going to write a similar post explaining the nature of the sting and its effect, but you covered most of it already. One sting is bad. But if you accidentally step on a nest, you can get hundreds of stings at once.The venom is a combination of toxins, histamines (they cause allergic reactions), and formic acid. It causes a small, very painful blister, and the surrounding skin is also irritated. The blisters take about two weeks to heal. Words like "fire" and "burning" only begin to describe the effect.

Most of the nests I've seen were adjacent to or underneath logs and boards on the ground. The ants also fill up junction boxes if there are conduits leading to the ground. The boxes I've seen were filled with moist dirt. I'm not sure if the ants were eating the wires, but the moisture ruined the electrical parts.


Intel 330 120GB SSD review

Mark Tribble

Re: SSD Mounting kit

I resorted to Velcro strips with adhesive backing. If you ever need to remove the adhesive strips, lighter fluid dissolves the adhesive and it can be cleaned up easily with a paper towel, leaving no marks on the metal or plastic as long as you're careful.