Moves are so odd. Someplace you are used to feeling a connection with, you willingly force into a state of foreign dissarray – only to feel saddened at how foreign it feels.
Things look wierd
Home network in a box
Does yours look like mine? Doesn’t look like terrabytes and trans-platform robustness. Just looks like colorfull wires and perforated plastic boxes.
Ok, mostly done – they still need a finish, but if I’m lucky, were gonna clear coat them so they will stay pretty!
Old door is old. So I relieved it of it’s old veneer, sanded it down, cut some new veneer, screwed it on, puttied in the low bits, sanded agane, painted, and reinstalled. Doesn’t feel like a whole weekend when I type it like that, but yeah. It was.
So… The stairs to the basement were pretty rickety, and just generally gave you that unsettled, “yeah, this might be it” kind of feeling – everytime you went to get the laundry. So I started with removal of the treads and rizers only to find about 47 other random bits of wood that were clearly from 100 years of crappy patch jobs. THEN Mike & I decided to deinstall the floating stringer as well, which found us another set of 74 random bits of wood, and what seemed to be the first anti-gravity stronger known to mankind! Aside from all the patchwork fixes and two (2) nails going UP, neither of us has any idea how this thing was originally supported.
So, anyways, a trip to The Loading Dock had yielded 3 2x10x10′ and 3 2x12x10′ from which mike and I fashioned a stringer brace with which to sister the original stringer, and all the treads. The rizers I cut out of scrap 1/2 inch white faced mdo I keep around, although I will need a few more to finish up. Also two ‘teeth’ on the wall side stringer needed to be amputated & replaced, while about 6 of the floating side were already broken off – but poorly mended- and needed reinstallation.
So once the old and new stringer sandwhich was cemented with about 50, 2.5″ exterior grade screws, it was hefted into place and the measure-cut process of tread & rizer fab began.
Currently the treads just need mounting and the last few risers need making and that’s it! Course, a finish might be nice, but for now, Heid & I really like the wood/white/wood interplay as they are!
Backyard Barbeque, son!
qwote of the day
“They’ll be up for a couple of weeks, before midnight crews pull them down and replace them with the next project, the next blockbuster, the next 90-minute exercise in toppled tropes. It’s what movies pass for now. “
- from a scathing review of ‘elycium’ on boing boing here.
Bikes & beers baby, yeah!
So…. No beers really, but the spirit was there. E-Rice and I, post mega-hill bombing.
The Hyperion Cantos is read. At +-700 pages each, I’d say it took me a few months for the lot, although maybe it helps that I had originally read the first one some 13ish years ago, but yeah. 2800 pages is still worthy of note in my book.
The King at his Throne
Mr.T at his station, gettin’ everything ready for today’s festivities. Oh yes, that’s an old smokey in the foreground.
For we have achieved crital mass, or in his words, “The Grill Mecca.”
San Antonio, Texas
River Walk, Saint Anthony, Texas
Mount Fuji: LED standoff p.o.c.
So E.Rice says to me, ‘hey, check out these bangin’ light emitting diode standoff’s!’ So for those if you who don’t know what a regular standoff is, it’s basically what it sounds like, a tool allowing you to mount something parallel to a surface, but stood off some distance, usually an inch. THESE bad little mothers actually are wired with a tiny halo of LED’s that – if properly counter-sunk – will illuminate a piece of acrylic throughout. ESPECIALLY if you’ve built in some custom engraving that’s designed to catch the light!
So this is specifically a sample made for my sales guy to take to a company who has a number of conference rooms that are all named after mountains. Eric’s recommendation and Dan’s inroads simply made for a happy coincident.
Design wise, it’s pretty simple. Make sure the concentric corners have matching radii; posterize the snow, and then clean it up a bit; use the top portion of the vinyl as a third (or forth) layer of information beyond mountain edge, snowy area and text, use a clean font for the textual content, in this case Gotham. Then it was a simple task of measuring depths for the variety of engravings, recesses, holes and cuts at voila!
Awesome little sign!
United Remodeling Magnets
Here’s one of three magnets I made for our man Ron, who so expertly installed our window! He had no- as in none – marketing efforts going on, so I thought I might donate some design time to the cause, while I was able to coerce work to donate the raw materials – upsides of being a manager and all.
The mag pictured is about15 x 20, while the others are 30×20′s, same design.
charles eames on design
i dont normally post youtube videos (or, at least, content i didnt create) but i thought this was too special to not share (with my 5 followers).
logo design: lake charles liquefaction project
Uncle randy (one of heidi’s) asked i do a graphic for a competition put on by a company that is coming together pending a merger. Its my understanding that the major stake holder British Gas, in a move to encourage ownership, asked the local employees to make and submit logos so that whatever gets picked, they (the local employees) can feel some degree of connection with and thus ownership of the new brand. The irony, of course, is that i live neither in Britain, nor in Louisiana. But whatever.
As requested, contents include the state of Louisiana, a star indicating where Lake Charles is, a Pelican, reedy-marsh, an “LNG” (liquified natural gas) Boat, and the British Gas ‘orange’ although i wasnt given PMS on that, so i have no idea how accurate that is.
typo test: symbiote
just a quicky experiment; used a bold condensed gothic font, with a slight (were talking .3%) roughen on the edges, then two drop shadow versions, one masking lines set at 45 degrees. simple. but nice.
doggy tags for buttman in england!
matt & vic & lil’ buttman got their dog tags, but they are too flavor-flav for lil’B to rock outright (he’s like, what, 8 pounds?) so they are going to put them on his harness. still, hell be lookin good, for all them bitches!