If Apple made watches, they would look a lot like Tag Heuer’s new belt-driven model. Tres chic.
Check out the cool animation on their website with the groovy music.
Aesthetic note: shouldn’t have ducked the music during the watch fly-through, and keep the end extended harmonically! It’s Also Sprach Zarathustra for crying out loud!
But that watch! Nobody needs a belt-driven, kinetically-wound wonder like this. But I want one.
Ooo! Gear lust!
April 30, 2004
For some reason this felt appropriate today. It’s pretty long so I’ll post it in an extended link.
Sogudi is an add-on for Apple’s Safari Web Browser that allows you to visit and search your favorite sites using just a few simple keystrokes instead of long and complex URLs. These shortcuts allow you to enter additional parameters that would not be possible with standard bookmarks. Sogudi comes loaded with several common shortcuts and more are available on the website listed at the end of this document.
April 29, 2004
Take the quiz: “Which American City Are You?”
Belt Buckles and Boots. You’ll give a hoot and hollar but you ‘ll never give up your core values.
The FCC has required Firewire cables on all new cable boxes. Check it out.
Just booted up the computer and had a kernel panic WHILE BOOTING. Very weird. I had gone about 20 seconds into the boot and hadn’t even reached the blue screen (still on the grey screen). I think I’m going to try and disable some extensions and see what happens. Frustrating.
April 28, 2004
It’s 65 degrees outside today. It’s almost May and it’s still beautiful. Mostly cloudy with a very slight breeze. Wild horses couldn’t keep me inside today.
An illustration that modern politics is nothing more than posturing for the greatest gain. Feh.
“One way or the other, we are determined to deny Iraq the capacity to
develop weapons of mass destruction and the missiles to deliver them.
That is our bottom line.” – President Clinton, Feb. 4, 1998
“If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear.
We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq’s weapons of mass
destruction program.” – President Clinton, Feb. 17, 1998
Iraq is a long way from [here], but what happens there matters a great
deal here. For the risks that the leaders of a rogue state will use nuclear,
chemical or biological weapons against us or our allies is the greatest
security threat we face.” – “There is unmistakable evidence that Saddam
Hussein is working aggressively to develop nuclear weapons and will
likely have nuclear weapons within the next five years … We also should
remember we have always underestimated the progress Saddam has made in
development of weapons of mass destruction.”- Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D, WV), Oct 10,
“He has systematically violated, over the course of the past 11 years,
every significant UN resolution that has demanded that he disarm and
destroy his chemical and biological weapons, and any nuclear capacity.
This he has refused to do” – Rep. Henry Waxman (D, CA), Oct. 10, 2002
“In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show
that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological
weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program.
He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including Al
Qaeda members.. It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam
Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and
chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons.” –
Sen. Hillary Clinton (D, NY), Oct 10, 2002
“We are in possession of what I think to be compelling evidence that
Saddam Hussein has, and has had for a number of years, a developing capacity
for the production and storage of weapons of mass destruction.” – Sen. Bob
Graham (D, FL), Dec. 8, 2002
“Without question, we need to disarm Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal,
murderous dictator, leading an oppressive regime … He presents a
particularly grievous threat because he is so consistently prone to
miscalculation … And now he is miscalculating America’s response to
his continued deceit and his consistent grasp for weapons of mass
destruction … So the threat of Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction is
real” – Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Jan. 23. 2003
More pictures from the wedding I was just in. Paul Soupiset said he wasn’t a “real” wedding photographer. I beg to differ.
Erin’s console table is coming together nicely, in spite of a finishing scare tonight. I spent a few hours today sanding all the parts. And sanding, and sanding. Did I mention sanding? Took each part from 80 grit up to 220 grit in 20 grit steps, carefully blowing/wiping off the large grain sawdust particles from the previous grit paper. I wetted the top several times after I had gotten to 220 grit to raise the grain, then sanded it with 220 after it dried. After the grain didn’t raise any more, I put on a thick coat of grain filler on the top of the table… then I read the fine print on the can: “work in grain filler in a small area, such as a drawer front.” Well, I had gone and slathered half the can on the top of the table- an area measuring about 10 square feet- and it promptly dried to the consistency of concrete on a summer day. Took me 2 hours of rubbing with old socks, t-shirts, towels, you-name-its, until it was mostly removed. It’s okay, but I had a bad scare there. The grain filler makes the grain pop under the dye (next step), and acts to smooth the final finish.
Also today I did the inlay work to cover the transition between the field of the top and the breadboard ends. This decision was made after I realized that my joints weren’t very clean on the breadboard ends. The inlay fills the space perfectly, thanks to my new router table, and looks fantastic.
Tomorrow I’ll dye-stain the top a medium dark mahogany stain, then start the 3 coats of varnish. Look for pics sometime next week.
April 26, 2004
“President Bush on Monday will call for making high-speed Internet access more affordable and stepping up hydrogen fuel cell research.
After a week focused on environmental policy, Bush will use a speech in Minneapolis to promote his high-tech agenda, including plans to provide universal access to high-speed Internet, known as broadband, by 2007.
He will order federal agencies to make it easier for companies to deploy the service and he will prod Congress to make access to broadband permanently tax-free…”
read more here.
April 25, 2004
Learning a lot about finishing the mahogany/maple table. I’m amazed at the variety of finishes and finishing techniques out there. I’m reading a couple of finishing books now and am completely overwhelmed. An old-timer at the local Woodcraft graciously spent about 20 minutes with me today going over all the different types of finishes that I can put on the table. Nice guy and he gave me some great advice.
What I’m planning is a 3 part finish. First, I’ll sand to 220, then seal the grain with a grain filler, then sand to 320 or 400, then stain with an oil based dye, then put 3 or 4 coats of Tried and True varnish down. Then after a week or so put 3 coats of wax. The maple will just get T&T and wax, no stain or grain filler.
Is all this worth it? I sure hope so. The table looks great right now in its unfinished form. I want the finish to look as good. I’m trying to get it finished before Erin’s mom and grandmom come up for a visit on May 8th.