Coming up on the X-mas Break [12/21/08]

So, I’m still getting clobbered timewise. This may be the last post until after The Holiday.

But while we have a moment together:Kitchen 2.0This is what the kitchen looks like from the cam on my laptop right now.

So there’s some cosmetic thing that still need to be done, but everything basically works and/or holds weight. Good Enough.

God gave us cordless drills and recipricating saws because He loves us, and He wants us to get stuff done.

Spend a Friday driving back and forth to the hardware store – learn stuff from NPR Science Friday. Mainly, that I am not alone in my quest for documentation about eggs and whiskey. NPR focuses on egg nog, because, well, tis the season. My curiousity came from the mythical “miner’s breakfast” where you break an egg into a glass of whisky and drink.

This may require more research.

Meanwhile, I have 10,000 things to do in the next few days, and so do you. Back after X-mas.

Now you know.

Forensic architecture [11/7/08]

The main portion of my former kitchen cabinets were installd circa 1954 (judging from the newspaper we found in the wall – more on that later. The 10’x6′ shelf/cabinet combo was fabricated as a complete unit and then shoved into place, meaning the back and top of the cabinets formed part of the back wall and ceiling. So when we pulled it out, as a unit, because we really ahd no choice, it rained insulation.

Consequently, I have learned how to cut, mount and tape drywall.

4 days into the project and most of the wall units are up, and most of the floor units are in place. I’ve run into a stalling point cutting the counter-top, so we still have no sink. Or counter.

I’m a few beers past photos (besides, everything in my house is piled on top of everything else, including the camera).

Always suspected, but confirmed at a recent social gathering: if I’m around more than 4 other adults, I don’t have tworry about starting the fire. One of them will reveal as a bigger pyro than I am.

Remember the stop-action X-mas show “Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer”? Didn’t something abiout that bother you? You were right!

Zombie Haiku by famous poets. No further explanation required.

Now you know.

My kitchen and Antarctic urinals may be nothing but waves [11/30/08]

So what my wife and I learned that we have the room on our credit card to plausibly rennovate the kitchen, which has the same cabinets from original construction circa 1949. So they’re a little dated. All told, this is a $3000 project if you include a new dishwasher – which we will. If our tax return is what we expect it to be, this ought to be off the books by the end of the year.

The question is: can we install it all before Chistmas?

I expect to learn a lot about installing cabinets in the next four weeks. I’ll share.

And now, for toilets in Antarctica:

Here’s some collected photos of them. Here’s some history of how they were maintained in the past. And here’s the website of Cedar, one of the people who cleans them right now. So now you know what stalagshite is. And Cedar’s Flickr set is way worth it. And remember, it’s summer in Antarctica.

Oh, and there may be no such as things as particles. It might all be waves.

Now you know.