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Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

word question

Dear LJ brain trust. There is a word I knew but have misplaced. The word means, roughly, "a creature brought into being by intense emotion, a thriving creature, not necessarily evil but certainly uncontrollable and maybe dangerous, born from desire or sorrow or rage". This might be a Gene Wolfe word -- I mean, not a neologism but a rare word that people used to speak or write. I cannot think of it now and my usual reference library is not on hand. Do any of you know this word? I remember it as an archaism and I remember it was not found on dictionary.com. But that is all I remember. Thanks for any advice.

p.s. I'll post an update on the audio input extraction operation, when it finally happens. Your advice was very helpful. Thank you, fiends.
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Monday, May 27th, 2013

1/8 inch (3.5mm) auxiliary audio input jack question

LJ brain trust:

I know some of you are handy.

It seems a foreign object has lodged or broken off inside the 1/8 inch (3.5mm) auxiliary audio input jack in the stereo of LA's car.

When we try to insert her iPhone connector, the connector proceeds partially into the jack, then stops, blocked by something.

Beyond taking apart the dashboard of the car or replacing the car stereo completely, does anyone have an idea how to extract a foreign object from a dash-mounted auxiliary audio input jack?

The object might (we are not sure) be the broken tip of a previous audio connector from another device.

Thank you for your ideas.


Her iPhone should plug into the input jack as illustrated in photo. As described, it does not:

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Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010


Nurse measured my height today and put it at a towering 5'7", startling me. I measured it just now at, I reckon, a more accurate 5'6" which is what I've always figured it to be, and what it says on my Illinois DL. Benefits of stretching and exercise.
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