Friday, July 25, 2014

My First Rifle Build - M4 Carbine - Black

'Dick Butt' Laser engraved TN Arms Co Lower Receiver  - Lifetime Warranty

5.6oz stripped. Constructed of high strength nylon 6-6 and Marine-Grade Brass inserts

Palmetto State Armory Magpul STR Lower Build Kit in Black

Contents include Mil-Spec Magpul STR Stock. MOE grip. MOE Trigger Guard, Lower Parts Kit, Mil-Spec diameter buffer tube assembly

MOE grip. MOE Trigger Guard, Lower Parts Kit

Mil-Spec Magpul STR Stock

Mil-Spec Magpul STR Stock

DSG Arms Mag Pack - 10 Black Magpul Non-WIndow Mags (Only 3 Mags shown)

CORE15 MOE M4 Upper 16" Black 1:7 twist with Low Profile Gas Block (LPGB)

Upper receiver chambered in 5.56 x 45 mm NATO with Magpul MOE Handguard - Lifetime Warranty

Assembled without the Magpul Magazine

Almost complete. Magpul MBUS Generation II Sight Set Front and Rear coming in next week.

Total cost: $770.27
-TN Arms Lower Receiver + Shipping = $58.50
-FFL Transfer Fee = $15
-Palmetto State Magpul STR Lower Build Kit + Shipping = $163.49
-CORE15 M4 Upper 16" Black 1:7 w/LPGB + Shipping = $365
-Magpul PMAG 30rd Gen M2 10-Pack + Shipping = $87.63
-Magpul MBUS Generation II Sight Set + Tax = $80.65

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Slick Deal Of The Week - 2 Herman Miller Mirra Chairs For The Price Of One

A brand new Herman Miller Mirra Chair, fully loaded, costs $959 sans tax and shipping. My original Mirra chair was purchased during the bi-annual sale with 15% off at $720. Unfortunately I had to sell that chair because shipping it to Texas was over $200 via UPS, the cheapest option.

I searched on Craigslist and found someone selling a fully loaded Mirra for $400. I was a bit skeptical and thought it was either a fake or it had defects. Another downside was that the seller lived an hour away from me. I figured driving an hour away to save a few hundred dollars was worth it. When I got to the seller's house, I asked him why he was selling and if he was unhappy with it. Turns out he works for Herman Miller and these chairs were mistakes on his part. He messed up the client's orders.

There I am, in his garage, looking at two brand new Herman Miller Mirra chairs that have every option on them. This deal was too good to pass so I asked him "How much if I take both?". He replied "$375 each". I drive to a nearby bank to pull out more cash. Since I only had twenties, I handed him $760 and asked if he had a $10. He didn't so he handed me a $20 back. Two chairs with every option for $740.

$370 each. Amazing deal. Can't complain. Color looks great. In the photo, it looks purple but it's much darker. The 12 year warranty is still valid too! Sweet!

A Dozen Accidents In Los Angeles And It's Not Even Rush Hour

I arrive in LAX Los Angeles and check the traffic at 2:45PM PST. There are literally a dozen accidents and it wasn't even rush hour. What a bad first impression LA. 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

My First Reddit Gift Exchange Experience

I had thought about participating in the 2013 Reddit Secret Santa Gift Exchange but backed out due to limited funds at the time. Now that I have a steady income, I decided why not as it was TMNT themed too!

When I saw the TMNT Reddit Gifts, I immediately signed up. I got my match, purchased her gift and had it shipped via Amazon. Thankfully she was descriptive in what she liked and disliked. She likes Michelangelo so that helped narrow it down to a LEGO set that only had Michelango and Krang. 

She received it today and posted this picture. 

Here is a screenshot of the photo page.

Sadly my "Santa" hasn't pulled up my information. No worries. I'm optimistic as the exchange ends July 25. Two more weeks!  

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Oco Biomedical Level 1 Implant Placement Seminar

I just attended a 7 AGD Pace CE Credit seminar hosted by Oco Biomedical to learn about the fundamentals of initial stabilization that provide osseous fixation, the various implants offered, treatment planning and finally hands-on placement & restoration on models.

The inside of Marriot Hotel has a small shopping mall

Oco Biomedical Implant Surgical System. I really like this system. It is organized and color coded. Very simple to use. The burrs are lined up in order of steps so you won't have to guess which burr is to be used next.

The implants we got to place. SDI (Small Diameter Implant) is less than 3.0mm.
I got to place 5 different implants into a typodont. 


After blowing in the patient's mouth

Sums up the implant seminar. Next up: 2-day cadaver implant seminar?

Friday, June 13, 2014

Cold Water: A Negative-Calorie Beverage

What is a "negative calorie food"? A food that requires more energy to digest than supply.

Cold water requires the body to expend a greater number of calories just to warm the water to body temperature, 8.8 kcal to be exact. Drinking one glass of cold water a day, it would take a person over a year just to lose one pound.

American Airlines, Delta And United Cut Carry-On Width Down To 14 Inches

Three major airlines have decreased the width of carry-on luggage down to 14 inches, formerly 15 inches. Pack light and efficient!

King's College Is In US To Accept BItcoin

The first US college to accept Bitcoin for tuition goes to King's College.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Comments Of The Day

Patient told me "I like the way you work. You make me feel comfortable. You're going places. I appreciate it."

My last patient was very nervous. This was her first visit at the office. She allowed me to do four fillings on her and at the end she said "This is the best experience I've ever had!". Awesome way to end the long day :)

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Electron Microscope Of Used Floss And Toothbrush Bristle

Used floss. This is why you don't want to reuse floss.

Toothbrush bristle. Change it every time you go to the dentist for a checkup.