The "other" category
Economist Dan Ariely has an interesting post on what boyfriends/girlfriends are searching for.
I thought - what about the husbands and wives of the world?
- most folks are looking to get in love again
- husbands are looking to steal facebook passwords (two words: keystroke logger)
- husbands are also looking to get their wife to fall in love at all, whether or not it is again
|Length of Stay
|Mexico City, Chiapas
|1 week (yay swine flu!)
|Arica, Santiago, Valparaiso, Viña del Mar, Osorno
|La Paz, Salt flats (Southwest)
When I was a kid I spent a fair amount of time with my mom, dad, and papa working on various projects. We would build things from bare wood up to something fun (go kart! fort!) or practical (furniture!). But I would never consider myself to be a "woodworker" or really good with wood. Wood is fun - the tools and techniques for handling it are fairly cheap and easy - but it is also really tough to do "well." So, here are my secrets to having fun and making decent wood projects, in an environmentally friendly way. I've listed the secrets as part of narration of a little counter that I built for an empty spot in our kitchen. Our stove left an 11 inch gap going to the wall. Given that we lacked counter space, gaining that 11 inches of extra space became a welcome improvement to cooking happiness.
1. Start with Scrap Wood
It's not just good for the environment, it's good for your bank account and your creativity. Start with scrap wood!
These are leftover pieces of wood selected from among the rotten pieces we tore down when we replaced our fence. We're giving life to something that would be trash. It also gives a fun feeling to the end result: weathered and full of character from the first minute. If you don't have your own scrap wood, go to a construction site and scrounge from their dumpster. They'll be happy to let you do that because it's less waste for them to pay to haul off. Other great sources include your local dumpster, the alley, fence replacement projects(!), any business that deals in large goods delivered in crates, wooden sign companies (they have to take them down too...).
Dealing with scrap wood also helps with secret number two.
2. Measure twice, cut once, but only if necessary
Following on from my post last summer about Concerts in Colorado here's a few summer concerts I plan to attend and a new service.
I have two great friends in Denmark.
Freso - Precision King
Freso is the king of precision. He has helped me out a lot in being more precise in the work I do on open source projects.