The Big Think

November 21, 2005

Shop Time!

Filed under: Woodworking — jasony @ 11:52 pm

Oh yeah, shop day. Well, to each their own odd hobby.

Today I spent a few hours going through the 20bf of quartersawn red oak for Erin’s piano music bookshelf. I took about 45 minutes to plane the stuff down from 4/4″ to 3/4″. And yes, in woodworking wood is measured in “four quarters, five quarters” etc, and not “inch and three quarters”. Don’t ask me why. Must be some code to keep the uninitiated in the dark and make all the Tool Owning Elite feel special. Well, it works. 🙂

After everything was planed I laid the four pieces (each 10 feet by 8 inches) out and chalked in the rough outlines of each of the final pieces of the bookcase. On this project I’m allowing myself the luxury of not cutting the expensive wood efficiently. Instead, I’m laying the cuts out to take maximum advantage of the beautiful grain and rays of this most beautiful wood. It means more waste, but it also means that every piece will have perfect grain.

In making my board foot calculations, I tried to include 20% for wastage. Unfortunately, the one big piece that I had decided to use for the top has some grain imperfections on one end. I could use it, but the less-than-perfect grain would haunt me. So I’m going to save this $33 board for something else and go back to the lumberyard. It’s not really a $33 mistake since I’m going to eventually use it, but it’s a bit of a pain. Taught me to be more careful when I look for the good stuff.

Next time I get some shop time I’ll joint the edges and begin the careful process of cutting the pieces to final dimension. I’ll also cut the large pieces for the bookmatched side panels. Then I’ll start in on the joinery, plywood cuts, and eventually the top. I’m taking pictures as I go for a big write up here.

So nice to get back out there.

Don’t Steal from Homer

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 11:48 am

51-year-old carpenter gets smacked down by Home Depot after absent-mindedly “shoplifting” one of their cash register pencils. Duh.

HD later apologized, but seriously? A pencil?

Christmas Lights Spectacular

Filed under: Humor and Fun — jasony @ 11:13 am

Okay, sorry about all the media files lately, but this is too good to pass up. (.wmv)

Tivo to iPod

Filed under: Macintosh — jasony @ 11:08 am

via WSJ:

Digital video recorder maker TiVo Inc. (Nasdaq:TIVO – news) is expected to announce a plan to allow its users to download any television program stored on their recorders to video iPods.

TiVo is making the move without Apple Computer Inc.’s (Nasdaq:AAPL – news) involvement, the paper said. Apple launched a new generation of its iPod digital music player that can play video on its 2.5-inch color screen.

So far, users of the device have only been able to download episodes of only five television series from Walt Disney Co.’s (NYSE:DIS – news) ABC and Disney Channel units. Short films from Pixar Animation Studios Inc. (Nasdaq:PIXR – news) and music videos have also been available.

TiVo plans to begin testing software to enable video downloads to iPods from its digital video recorders within the next couple of weeks, the newspaper said. It said the company intends to make the software available to all TiVo users in the first quarter of 2006 for a one-time fee, most likely between $15 and $30.

The Journal said that using TiVo’s software to transfer a one-hour television program to an iPod could take more than two hours from the time users finish recording that program.

Steve Jobs on SNL

Filed under: Macintosh — jasony @ 1:38 am

Okay, this is a pretty funny SNL skit. (QT)

A Kick in the Ego

Filed under: Disclosure — jasony @ 12:53 am

So I’m up in Waco today helping a group audition singers for the show in February. In two hours we went through a dozen different singers, trying out different soloists on different songs, various permutations of background singers, etc. We had a great time eating pizza, laughing and cracking jokes. I though “how great that I’m able to do something creative and fun around so many like-minded people… nothing’s really changed in the last 15 years.”

As I was leaving, one of the members walked me out and commented about how at ease they felt working with me. “We really feel comfortable around you, Jason. Kinda like you’re our dad.”


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