As If!

Posted by Steve on Sat, 12/30/2006 - 12:02am


Here's the dubious segue to an on-topic post.

My local dog run is under political attack from some panty waist co-oppers who started a petition this week to close it down because of barking dogs at 8am. Don't these people have frikkin jobs? But I digress.

So we're going to have a summit with the various Owls Head dog run groups: the 7:30-9am "breakfast club" (my dogs' pack), the 10-12 noon "lazily retired", etc., elect a spokesmodel and assert ourselves in The System to save our precious dog run and perhaps convince the Parks Dept to spend a few bucks making some sorely needed repairs. Screw these whiners; we need a new fence!

Another mini-milestone reached

Posted by Steve on Thu, 12/28/2006 - 8:31pm


Just like software development, I like to break big projects down into milestones and mini-milestones.

MilestoneMini milestone
Wall prep (done)
Structural carpentry (done)
Finish woodworking Wainscott east wall + outlets
Window and door trim - large room
Complete wainscott - large room
Window trim and wainscott - ante room
Construct and install dresser and cupboard - ante room

Ahhhh... here were are (check!)



Bah, humbug

Posted by Steve on Thu, 12/21/2006 - 10:51pm


It looks like slow going at BrooklynRowHouse but you'll have to take my word for it: trim like this takes a lotta time. I probably have 60 hours of woodworking just into this tiny ante room and it's still far from done. So what's the hold up?

I won't spend a lot of time talking about my "real world" obligations, but my two oldest clients, Children's Health Fund and Operative.com, both hit me with a pile of work to complete before the end of the fiscal year, which is 12/31 in both cases. It's SNAFU for consultants like me this time of year. I'm used to squeezing in Christmas during a cigarette break.

By the way, these are technically some of the worst pics I've ever taken but I liked the dogs in this shot.



Insteon Rides Again

Posted by Steve on Sun, 12/10/2006 - 12:10pm


I thought I'd post an update on my trials and tribulations with the Insteon home automation network here. A couple of months ago I posted an X10 and Insteon home automation primer. At that point I was just getting into upgrading my problematic X10 stuff here with the newer, wireless Insteon hardware from SmartHome and didn't know how well this stuff would work or what problems I'd find. However I was fed up with X10's flakiness and Insteon looked like an improvement, at least on paper.

I ran into problems with Insteon from the git-go, mostly devices that either didn't work or worked only part-time. I was ready to go back to the toggle switch world. But I decided to forge ahead with the upgrade anyway. I'm glad I did because things magically started working.

Face Frame 101

Posted by Steve on Thu, 12/07/2006 - 4:02pm


There's a subculture in the carpentry world that one could call "wood nerds". They passionately argue with each other over arcane topics like fish glue and lumber humidity, armed with canons of really impressive woodworking knowledge. I learn a lot from them but after a while it's like listening to trekkie geeks debate the relative pulchritudes of Lt. Uhuru versus Seven of Nine.


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