Archive for December 2005
We’re almost halfway through our kitchen counter renovation… I gotta grout that side of the kitchen… tomorrow. Then, unexpectedly, the garbage disposal just died tonight. Water everywhere, lots of new smells upon cracking open the pipe connections. We’re having half the family over for xmas dinner in 3 days. Tomorrow’s going to be action-packed!
It’s been a long time coming, but we finally have a release from our long-time pal over at SomeSoundsWeLike.com, Steve Cooley. Armed with a G4 Powerbook and a Treo 650, he has produced these five tracks of electronic goodness. Download away and enjoy!
building Q v2
invisible solid storm force v4
Check out some of Mr. Cooley’s non-musical exploits at SomeJunkWeLike.com. Quite interesting.
Attention Austin, Texas:
If you were handed an OMGWTF patch recently, that was me. You can get a small sewing kit from the grocery store in the “gadget section”… usually next to lik, the shoe polish, combination locks, and lightbulbs. You don’t need to get real fancy, you just need to get it to stay on whatever you’re going to put it on. Your backpack is a pretty good place, or a purse, a shoe, or maybe at the hem of your jeans or something. Please send me a photo of your OMGWTF patch in action!
here we are DIY-in’ it up again, making a one molecule countertop into about a bazillion molecules. It’s fun smashing all that shit up, woo yeah. Clearing it out and cleaning it up, not quite as much fun, but… doable. As you can see, we debated how to lay out the granite tiles a lot. I think that’s an important part of this kind of project where you have no experience, and you have no idea how it’s going to turn out… talk it over and try things out before you literally set it in stone.
Since this footage, I’ve cut the particle board “underlayment”, so to speak, overlapped at the right angle so as to flatten it out and strengthen it over time… we’ve gotten a good look at how we’ll lay out the tiles. Next comes securing it down and then getting on to cutting tiles for the front trim and the backsplash. This is going to be fun and scary at the same time.
Welp, we decided that the original tile countertop in the kitchen was looking too much like a bad design decision. Dark grout and light tiles apparently tended to make you not realize how much crap was accumulating on the grout, so we’re taking it out and replacing it with some nice 12×12″ galaxy black granite tiles, fitted together without any grout.
Click the photo or this link for the timelapse movie of us getting started demolishing the old tile and discovering what lies beneath. An inch and a half of very crumbly cement, as it turns out.
My dad is a master deal finder. Over the thanksgiving holiday, I traded him a broadband router for this super nice pro camera tripod that he located for $6.95 at his local Salvation Army store. The only thing it was missing was any way to mount a camera.. a problem I’m sure I can rectify with an inexpensive solution from a camera store, or an even less expensive solution from my garage. While my camera’s in the shop, I figured I can use it for a really great iSight tripod.
So, here I present a solution for a pro-tripod mounted iSight bracket. Even simpler than the last version, this only has 3 pieces. The mounting plate is cut from some scrap hardboard, and has two angle bevels sloping inward like this: /___\ Add to this, a tall piece of hard board of the same width as the mounting plate, and a small piece of hardwood or plywood … whatever, I mean.. this is so basic. The goal here isn’t to match the angles of the tripod’s mounting angles so much as it is to just get the length of the mounting plate such that the cam lever will secure it in place.
Glue it up, and add a couple of counter-sunk short screws for stability (offset from each other so as not to crash into each other in your backer block of wood), and voila, iSight tripod mount v.3… the pro-edition.