A Car is Just Another Puzzle

A Car is Just Another Puzzle

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When I was younger, my father always asked me to accompany him every time he would go and check his car. He would point out various parts of the car and tell me what it’s for and why I should remember them.

God. I wish I remembered all of them.

A few days ago, I put down my Rubik’s Cube to go buy something from a mall nearby. Like any civilized individual, I got my car keys and tried to start my car.

Now, you must understand that while I am a master of puzzles – I am not a know-it-all. So when my car started to cough and don’t start. I was speechless.

I am not a car guy. My father wanted me to become one but since I moved out, I never really got to see the engine of a car ever since. It was dad who was the total gearhead. He would constantly talk to his friends about Mustangs and Palominos and I knew they weren’t talking about horses.

Now back to my car. It doesn’t even start. It just coughs and sorta fizzles out. It worked pretty fine a few days ago. This never happened before.

That’s when I decided to call a good friend of mine. This friend of mine knew more about cars than me. I didn’t call him to fix the car for me. I called him to explain why it wasn’t working. At that point, I really wished I listened to dad before.

I have good mechanic friends at www.mobilemechanicperthwa.com.au who can help me out with my problem but I opted not to call them right away. I didn’t have anything to do that day so I just called my good friend.

When he arrived, I explained the situation. I said I didn’t want to bring it to the mechanic right away like I would do in any given situation. I wanted to understand why it didn’t seem to work.

His face lighted up and he exclaimed “You have no idea how long I have waited for you to say those words”.

He told me that cars are much like puzzles. Logic puzzles to be exact. Everything follows a specific system of electric impulses and mechanical motions. This means that when something goes wrong during a certain part of the flowchart, the system won’t operate. Your job, when troubleshooting a car, is like solving a puzzle.

The way he explained it really got me excited. If I knew this was how car problems were solved, I would’ve loved being a gearhead. I would have spent some more time with my dad.

After pointing and naming a number of parts in the engine and telling me the root of my car problems, I called my mobile mechanic to visit the car to check it out. They arrived at my home within an hour and had my car running within the day.

Cars are truly magical puzzles.

Hardest Sodoku Puzzle in the World

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If you are puzzle lover like me, you probably like a good challenge. By a good challenge I mean something that will make you pull your hair out just because of the sheer difficulty of the challenge.

So I made a bit of research and tried to find the hardest puzzles I can find. What I found gave me a headache. The good kind.

See, the thing about puzzles is that no matter how good you are, there will always be something out there that will challenge you. I guess that’s the curse of being a puzzle lover. After all, who would want a stale life with no challenges, right?

So like I promised, here are a couple of puzzles that are considered the hardest in the world.

Hardest Sudoku Puzzle

They say that when you rate a sudoku puzzle, you give it a rating of 1-5 where 5 is the hardest. This puzzle I am going to show you sits at an eleven rating. Yep 11 of 5 rating. That means it is harder than two times the difficulty of a 5 rating sudoku puzzle. Wanna see it? Here it is.

Hardest Sudoku Puzzle by Arto Inkala

This puzzle was created by Arto Inkala, a Finnish mathematician in 2012. Because sudoku is the the most popular and most solved puzzle in the world, hundreds of people attempt to answer this puzzle.

World’s Hardest Logic Puzzle

A logic puzzle is quite easy if you try to think about it. All you need to do is think hard and follow your logic. Still, this logic puzzle can crack your head – figuratively of course. This logic puzzle or riddle was created in 1996 by George Bolos. Here’s the puzzle.

Three gods A, B, and C are called, in no particular order, True, False, and Random. True always speaks truly, False always speaks falsely, but whether Random speaks truly or falsely is a completely random matter. Your task is to determine the identities of A, B, and C by asking three yes-no questions; each question must be put to exactly one god. The gods understand English, but will answer all questions in their own language, in which the words for yes and no are da and ja, in some order. You do not know which word means which.

Try answering the Sudoku puzzle and the logic puzzle and come back to me when you do. Tell me how long it took you (if you did).

How to Re-upholster a chair

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Here’s a recent puzzle I had to solve – figuring out how to reupholster a chair.

 

It’s one of those things I’ve never really given much thought to before. I suppose it just never occurred to me that I could reupholster a chair, instead of getting a replacement. As with any new endeavour, I picked up a few new things along the way.

 

The first step is to remove the current upholstery. Up until that point, I had no idea that they used tacks and staples to fix these things to the frame of the chair. If you see any welting or tack strips, keep them handy because you’re going to be using those to measure the new pieces.

 

You’ll want to take notes or pictures as you disassemble. Trust me; it’ll help you figure out what goes where once you have to put the thing back together.

 

At this point, I will reiterate the obvious: don’t rip the fabric!

 

You’ll want to take a moment to clear out any stains. Repair the springs and webbing on the inside. Sand, prime, or paint if that’s your thing.

 

Once the chair is dry, or you’re ready to go, cut a piece of batting. Use that to cover the back. Cut another piece for the seat. Use staples to hold them in place.

 

Now, you’ll want to place the original upholstery pieces on the wrong side up. Watch for grain and patterns, and keep in mind the direction these patterns go. Pin everything into place and cut around the patterns, while keeping an excess of about three inches of fabric.

 

Now, move the markings for direction and placement on the new pieces. This will help you place them properly on the frame. Be sure to keep the fabric taut and in place as you work!

 

Don’t be afraid to use a lot of staples to make sure things are smooth and secure.

 

Use older pieces to determine the width and length of the final welting. You’ll need that to go around the seat apron at the top and bottom. If you’re like me, you’ll want a few extra inches to be safe.

 

You can start pinning strips and welting now. Be sure to mark the places where they need to go, and that everything is a snug fit. The tack strips I told you to save earlier are going to come into play now since you’ll be using them as a reference for length.

 

Some fabric glue came in handy for me at this point, but you might not need it. Depends on your chair, I would say.

 

Finally, cut a piece of black fabric for the underside of the chair. Use the old pieces as a guide again. Flip it upside down, staple the fabric to conceal any springs. Turn the chair right side up, and enjoy!

 

Now, I’ll admit that it is a lot of work reupholstering a chair. If you’ve got a lot of chairs, you might not want to do this yourself. The whole thing took me hours, partly because it’s a lot of work and partly because I wasn’t entirely sure I knew what I was doing.

 

Good thing there are folks like sewcovered.com.au that can handle this thing for you.

 

If you’re just not very handy or don’t like dealing with staples, a professional job is a good idea. You won’t want to ruin a perfectly good chair, right?

Smart and Funny Signs

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Enjoying a walk in and around the metro should be normal for a person like me. Although I have a day job, I always find time for myself and I usually spend it by walking around in areas I have never been before.

While a lot of people have cautioned me because it’s really dangerous, I take time to plan out my route to ensure I stay safe at all costs.

But you may ask, why go over all the trouble?

Well, because I like to look at signs. There are a lot of signs we see in the city but we often overlook them. Oftentimes, these signs turn out to be very smart! Just take these signs for example.

You might be wondering, where am I going with this?

Well, I am a big fan of puzzles but I am yet to see a puzzle made into a sign. That would definitely be glorious! Just imagine how hard but fun it would be to decipher the puzzle to know what the sign is saying. Click here if you want to know more about signs and other nice designs!

What’s Puzzling You Right Now?

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A lot of things puzzle me. From simple everyday maladies to conspiracies all over the world. But to tickle your brains, here are some “puzzling” places around the globe that can be a great way for you to waste a few minutes of your day.

 

 

Digestion

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Whats puzzeling me lately is digestion, and whilst that may sound funny, I am puzzeled.

Why am I puzzeled? Because I am suffering from problems with my digestion that i really struggle to explain and put down a reasoning to.
I am a young fit male, who eats clean, exercises, doesn’t snack and look after my mental health as well.

Yet here I will be struggling to eat or struggling to have my food go down, whilst I watch people around me shove their face with cheap food and do not move their butts EVER…. how does that work? I am puzzeled

 

So…

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Whats puzzeling you?

Can I take your Photo

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The other thing that has been puzzeling me is people’s view on having their photos taken.

Photos these days always need to be perfect, have the perfect amount of makeup, the perfect lighting, the right clothes and the right angle.

We can get so caught up in the opinions of others that we cant even simply just take a photo anymore and be ok with it. It has to be perfect.
Sure there are times when people stray from perfection, however it is normally when they are intentionally ‘pulling a face’, when they were caught out in a photo or are using a device where the photo cannot be changed (click here for an example)

It is a shame, for it will only continue to get worse, until the point where people don’t represent themselves or they simply forget about taking photos.

Acne

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Acne has been puzzeling me lately.

I have suffered with acne for quite a while now and no matter what I do, I cant seem to have it go away. This is a slight problem for me, i am not one who is big on letting the thoughts of others impact me, but why put up with face spots when they dont need to be there.

I have tried tablets, I have tried proactive, I have tried another solution based wash, I have tired face washes and so many things and all of these products fall short of my goasl.

I have tried picking them and not picking them. Leaving the, and not leaving them.

Exercise and no exercise, clean eating and unhealthy eating. I have really tried a lot of things and yet here i am still with acne and it puzzels me.

However just like a jigsaw puzzle there are a number of pieces that obviously need to be in place and I will continue to work at them until I figure out what it is that I need.

The Puzzel of Hard Work

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Isn’t strange. It’s like some people have the gift of being able to work hard where as others have to learn it or force themselves through much pain and suffering in order to achieve the same level of output. It puzzels me sometimes to think of ways in which this can be changed and if it is something you are born into, who knows.

I have been struggling and puzzled with this idea. With a newly started small business, I have been finding it extremely difficult to put the work hours in needed to grow and be a success.

I watch so many around me in a similar position. Flying ahead like they are on the front of a boat with the breeze blowing beautifully into their face. It can’t be something you are born into though, but perhaps you can learn and train yourself into doing.

Finding the right motivation to back you in the troubling and difficult times when work and other tasks are required. Regardless, however, it still puzzels me as to the perfect answer or solution to this. If only there were a magic button you could press when it came to the going gets tough.