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Today we took a trip to down to Portland to pick up some things and while down there we stopped in at the hardware store to buy some useful bits (eyehooks, a 1x4, and 2 carabiners). These bits were for an indoor cloths line. When we first moved into this house I thought about putting one up, but never got around to it. Then when Jim moved in, it was no longer a consideration because he spent a lot of his time in the space where the line would go. But yesterday the drive belt on the cloths dryer gave out. So I suddenly remembered the design.

Did some measuring, dug out some scrap wood and some wood screws, and had at it. In a few hours there was a fully functional cloths line, held in place by gravity and friction, removable for when we have guests, requiring no holes in the walls or other permanent changes to the house. Total cost $27.

I also got to try out the bit brace that [livejournal.com profile] derien got me. It was not well suited for drilling the little tiny holes, like using a sledgehammer to put in a tack. But I've never seen a tool better for driving wood screws. Big long wood screws went in smoothly and easily. I'm never going to use a screwdriver or a power drill on those again!

I'm quite pleased to have it done, but bummed that I can't cross it off my list, it wasn't even on my list.
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This week I've been on a little coding binge. I finished three programs to create epubs from different data sources: my address book database, my recipes html files, and an export of my librarything catalog. I had a version of each of these for the older RCA Ebooks, but the formats are so different that I rebuilt each more or less from scratch.

I'm debating whether to make the code for the LibraryThing one public. I don't have any problem with the idea of people using it, but I feel the coding is such a hack job I'd be embarassed to be seen with it in public.
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Wow, been a long time since I updated on here. Well, I'm still reading my f-list, even if I'm not interacting very much. Fall is here in earnest and I'm alternating between invigorated by the cooler weather and completely motionless from the lack of light. I have made a kayak rack, started painting some doors, and made it halfway through 3 books. Well, I've done a lot more than that, honestly.

At work I've been busy as a one armed paper hanger. There has been a little big project. Big because it will be high profile. Little because I had little help and a week between concept and first deadline. Working on it has raised my profile a bit in certain quarters. As a result I've had some interesting interactions this week. I'm always rather dense in the ways of the mating dance, but I think I'm being courted (in a strictly work sense). Good I guess.

I really want to work on my audio rack, but I haven't been able to get started on that yet. My design will be based on thisl.
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I've been toying the idea of creating an auxillary brain for myself. No, nothing doctor Frankenstein. Think of it of a reference of everything I think it might be useful for me to know at some point in the future. Much of the motivation comes from work, where I'll periodically figure out something really obscure. If I save it in an ordinary file, I'll never be able to find it when I need it. If I don't, I'll end up re-inventing the wheel. I also tend to need the same thing at home, with recipe hints, things I want to do later. I save bits of paper, but for someone with my varied and changing interests that quickly becomes worse than not saving anything.

I toyed with the idea of using livejournal and tags, but I can see two downsides to that. 1. I don't access my livejournal from work, nor do I ever intend to. Keeping work in a separate world from home is sensibly and legally a good idea. 2. I feel all the stuff that I have to braindump is of interest only to myself. It's not like most of the things I'll be putting in there are complete thoughts, just bits that I want to deal with later. It would be even less interesting than my LJ, which sets a pretty high standard in uninteresting.

So I'm thinking a file on my PC formatted so that I can use a utility to make it into an ebook and load it easy on my reader. Getting that figured out and set up is certainly on my short list. Now if I can just find my shortlist.
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Wow, quite a bit of radio silence on here lately, huh? Well, it is summertime and I've been even busier than a usual summer. Last week was dominated by two projects: the awning and the rear cabinet. In between picking away at those was work and a quick visit by [livejournal.com profile] derien's brother and his girlfriend.

details of projects )

I should probably be out ripping the fridge out of the van and replacing the drain pipe, but I don't want to take on that intricate a task at the moment. So I'll try to get caught up on my email and LJ comments.

yipee!

Apr. 1st, 2007 01:53 pm
eor: (westy)
Yesterday I spent hours working on the propane heater installation in the van. I made good progress, getting almost all the holes and air piping bits taken care of and snaking the power cables from near the back seat to under the sink. I also constructed a shelf to go over the heater (with appropriate air gap) so that I can use that badly needed space for storage. Today I finished wiring in the power complete with fuse. It works! Still no propane to it, so heat doesn't come out, but it responds correctly and will blow as much cold air as I want.
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