Posts Tagged 'Pictures'

Got to love them

After all, who doesn’t love kids?

Rosie is getting bigger and sweeter every day.


Leo loves his new bicycle!


On the lake

We haven’t been keeping up our blog nearly as much as we’ve wanted to. Almost every day we think of something that would make an interesting blog entry, but the limits of time and energy always get in the way!

We’ve been enjoying the unusually good weather here in town, recently taking a little paddleboat ride on the large lake in the central district. You can catch a glimpse of the world’s sixth- or
seventh-largest (depending who you ask) building, the Nanjing Zifeng Tower. We have yet to visit the observation deck, but it’s supposed to be magnificent. It finally opened this year- we’ve watched it under continual construction since arriving in 2008.

China continues to build and build, but I wonder where it’s all going to end up. All this newly created real estate is selling like wildfire, but who will actually end up using it? Keep in mind that in our city of 6 million people, probably more than half are migrant workers who have come to work ‘lucrative’ service jobs that pay about $200 to $300 a month. They’re not the ones needing these office high rise suites!

In pictures…

Just stop!

Where do they learn to do this??

OK! It’s yours! Whatever you want! We can’t resist! Just stop torturing us!


Kids and more kids

You may have wondered where we’ve been the last few weeks. It’s pretty much been kids, kids, and more kids all the time. Friends and family have generously gifted us with so many clothes for Rosaline- we’ve been having a hard time finding enough occasions to dress her up to use them!

A Smile For Two Months

Rosaline wanted to say hi to everyone!

Happy Lantern Festival!

Short circuit

About a month ago, I (JM) thought our Apple laptop was toast. It’s five years old, a pretty venerable age in computer years. It suddenly decided not to power up, but only turned on showing a black screen with the cooling fan running in the background. This may have had something to do with my dropping the computer last year, but it had been working fine since then with only occasional blackouts.

This problem was pretty serious. I used another computer to google the symptoms, and sure enough, "The Black Fan of Death" was a common problem for other iBook G4 users. To my delight, a website offered a do-it-yourself solution to this problem, professing to save you the $500 asked for by Apple retailers for the fix.

Too good to be true? This website ( has 500 testimonials from other users. So, I thought, what’s to lose? I can’t really find much in the way of authorized Apple support in China anyway.

Nerve-wrackingly I followed the instructions on his site, opening my laptop up for the first time ever. This is what the back of an iBook looks like without its case on:

The fix involved shimming a loose microchip that everyone was having the same problem with. You can see my cut-up blue credit card sitting with a piece of chopstick over it, placed under the black power cable.

I fixed it in place with some tape, and voila! With the computer cover back in place, the shim puts enough pressure on the circuit board to fix whatever the problem was with that chip. The computer has worked with no problem for over a month now!

I should mention that the original chopstick piece in these pictures was too big- I whittled it down lengthwise so it is now only half as thick as it looks. I didn’t want the board underneath to crack from too much pressure!

I wonder what else MacGyver would have done with a chopstick and a credit card?

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