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Some assembly required

August 22, 2010 14:29 by colin

Two 4'x8' 3/4" ACX plywood sheets later:

The star of the show was definitely the Pony 9.5" pull saw from Woodcraft. This enabled me to make tight, clean cuts, and most importantly, I could cut the large sheets by placing them on the ground on a series of 2'x4's layered two deep, and then climbing on top of them.

Even though I used two folded towels for pads, my knees are quite sore today.


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The Next Project

August 17, 2010 16:44 by colin

A new studio desk:

The cavity underneath will hold my Fantom FA76 controller keyboard. When I'm not playing keys, I'll cover it up with the removable section of the desktop. I'll use dowels or pins of some kind along the back edge to support the back edge.

Each rack bay should have enough room for 5 units. I'll put audio rack gear in the left side (Echo Layla, patchbay, and the GSP21), and MIDI on the right (D-550, TR-Rack, MIDI Patchbay, and master power strip.

The PC monitor and keyboard will fit between the two equipment bays, and I'll mount the studio monitors on top (sitting on Auralex isolation pads, of course).

I will probably need a separate stand the Roland SPD-20 Octopad. Right now it is sitting on my second office desk, and although moving the Fantom into the desk will free up a tier on my keyboard stand, I'm not sure the SPD-20 will fit securely. Some more thought is required there.

The panels will fall out nicely from a couple of 4x8 ACX Plywood sheets, giving me plenty of scrap for, oh, a drawer on the right, perhaps.


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Workbench Update

August 14, 2010 20:53 by colin

Necessity is the mother of invention: Using the old chest of draws to support the OSB while cutting out the back-splash:

After turning it the right way up; clamping and adjusting the backsplash and screwing it in place, then mounting the power strip; dragging it into place and leveling it with the adjustable screw-feet, here it is:

Nice.


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Tomatoes are ramping up

August 13, 2010 18:38 by colin

Today's take: 2 "dark red"s; 1 "stripey"; and a "yellow":


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Deriving a workbench from first principles

August 8, 2010 21:07 by colin

As for the ladder... well Euclid had a compass, so...


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Operation Workbench begins

August 7, 2010 14:15 by colin

My bike ride today involved swinging past the local Lumber and Builder Supplies and ordering some <izzard>PIECES OF WOOD!</izzard>.

In no time at all we will achieve workbench.


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Cycling the Olive Loop

August 5, 2010 21:33 by colin

On my bike ride this evening I did the "Olive Road" loop, which thanks to Google Maps' new "Cycle Route" feature, I can tell you is a 9.4 mile trip. It took me 50 minutes and interestingly that is exactly what Google says would be a typical journey time.

It's a good route because it runs alongside a wildlife preserve. In the early evening there are always birds and small mammals and lizards running about at the side of the road.

It's also pretty much at my limit in terms of endurance, currently. On the other hand, I've started cycling for exercise serious about 2 or 3 weeks ago and the difference between now and then is quite noticeable. So I'm sure if I can keep this daily schedule up, I'll get even better.


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Today's Harvest

July 31, 2010 12:57 by colin

The beans are doing incredibly well. I think we have enough to offer our neighbour, except he has plenty of his own.

Our little nectarine tree has produced 6 fruit this year, and two of them were ripe enough to be picked.

One cucumber from the scraggly plant, and a squash from the plant-that-was-supposed-to-be-an-Eggplant.

The Sweet 100's tomato bush produced its usual daily handful, but the big news is from the other tomato plants. These are plants I grew from seed, from hierloom tomatoes we purchased last year from the market. The tomatoes were so delicious that I saved the seeds, grew seedlings this Spring and now the plants are producing. 

The one on the left is from a variety I called "Tri-Tip" because the flesh is dark red and the internal structure is kind of undefined and you carve it into slices. 

The one on the right is from a variety I called "Stripe", for obvious reasons.


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Gone quiet

July 22, 2010 20:58 by colin

Mid-July already?

The absence of content here might have something to do with trying to get 45 minutes outdoors on the mountain bike each day, and also working on the next version of the prodigal sounds web site.


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I put on my robe and prophet hat

June 12, 2010 12:03 by colin

Six months ago, I went on record* as saying:

 

  • In eighteen months, no-one will be talking about "the Cloud".

 

I may have to re-qualify that statement:

 

  • If your business plan has the word "cloud" in it, you're doing it wrong.

 

The point here is that "cloud computing" is not Web 3.0, or a revolution in IT architecture, but much more about economics and risk.

As usual, Bob Lewis says it better and is more deserving of my Prophet Hat. 

 

* ok, maybe it isn't written down anywhere. But I said it out loud at least once.


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