Gye Greene's Thoughts

Gye Greene's Thoughts (w/ apologies to The Smithereens and their similarly-titled album!)

Monday, October 27, 2014

Ikea equipment rack

If the below makes you wet yourself just a little...

...then you need a good place to put them.

Apparently, the spacing between the legs of an Ikea "Lack" table are the same as for electronic "rack" gear.

That's pretty clever.

More here:

Addendum:  no way!  There's one on wheels!  US$50.  That's a **very** good price for a wheeled rack unit...


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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Vocal stylings

Hat-tip to Cynical Brett for turning me on to this guy, who does very convincing impressions of the vocal stylings of various singers:

(Adam Levine:  singer of the band Maroon 5, apparently.)



Saturday, October 25, 2014

Idyllic morning

This morning the kids Tae Kwon Do class had a special "Saturday session":  an optional class where all the various branches met at the same place and had a three-hour training session, with a potluck afterwards.

During that session I sat in the car, with the windows rolled down, and read recording magazines.  It was a warm, but not hot, morning, with fairly consistent breeze -- so it wasn't at all hot while sitting in the car.  I'd brought along a "fake beer" (non-alcoholic), and after I finished that I walked to the 7-11 less than a block away and picked up a large slushie.  Then, back to reading.

It was the nicest morning I'd had in a long time!  When I win the lottery, I aim to spend most mornings like that...


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Friday, October 24, 2014

Are your truffles too squeaky

Two days ago (Wednesday), during my lunchtime walk, I happened across a small "natural foods"(?) store downtown.  It had only been open for three weeks.

Among other things, they had Mrs. Dash seasoning.  I hadn't noticed that it's not available here in Brisbane, until I saw it and realized that I never see it in the grocery store.  Bought a shaker of it.

They also had truffle oil: little bottles of oil, with slices of black truffle in it.  I'd never tasted truffle before, but I'd heard of it, so I was curious.

Yesterday and today, I tried putting it on my microwaved veggies at work.  It was tolerable -- but it didn't make my food taste better -- just "different" (and a little weird).

Since I was just tolerating it, rather than enjoying it, I figured it was a waste to force myself to use up the bottle -- because someone else would actually appreciate it.  So I'm giving it to a co-worker.

But, now I know:  I don't appreciate black truffles.



Monday, October 20, 2014

Tiny houses

A friend sent me this link to a blog about tiny houses, sheds, and such.

The blog has videos, as well, such as this one:

I can totally see myself building something like that.

Good stuff! 


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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Being odd

I liked this.

It's apparently a quote from the movie The Breakfast Club.



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Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Possible wood from Chinese elm

I'll preface this blog entry by saying that although The Lady's family refers to this tree as "Chinese elm", this is technically incorrect -- although it's a typical misnomer.

It's really "Chinese celtis" -- although it also goes by the names celtis, Chinese elm, Chinese hackberry, Chinese nettle-tree, hackberry, and Japanese hackberry.


It's a "junk" tree around here:  not only is it an invasive species, but it also rots pretty easily, if left out in the weather.


I have a piece of it that I carry around in my pocket for good luck.  It's a wedge that's about the size of one-eighth of a ping-pong ball.  I've had it for a few years, so it's thoroughly seasoned.  It's hard enough that I can't make a mark in it with my fingernail.

A few days ago I rescued two small logs (sections of the trunk) from my in-laws' firewood pile:  each about a foot and a half long, by about 6 to 8 inches diameter.  I split them into eighths (to minimize splitting while they dry), dunked the ends in boiled linseed oil (to slightly retard checking), and used a scrub plane on one of them to check out the figure, then rubbed on some Danish oil.

Here's what I got:

You may want to click to enlarge:  I've intentionally left it full resolution (and thus, full filesize) per photo.  On the left it's essentially quartersawn.  You can see a hint of flecks -- not as much as I'd hoped.  It might show up better with some stains or dyes.

A fairly subtle grain:  that could be a good thing, or a bad thing.  Reminds me a little of balsa wood.

Whiter than pine.  I've left this piece where the sunlight can hit it:  I'm curious to see if it yellows over time.

Here's the end grain (with boiled linseed oil) of the same piece:  the left, underside is essentially quartersawn -- and it drifts into something beginning to approach flatsawn.

An Australian woodworking forum says it's not very good for woodworking -- but so far I'm finding the opposite.  Your mileage may vary.

Meanwhile, I've stored my sections of wood -- most of them riven "blanks" -- and I'll come back to them in a year or two.  Might make an interesting (or, bland?) wooden box or small wooden chest.


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Monday, October 06, 2014

Asymmetrical bench or pew

Just got back from a trip to Sydney.

Saw this pair of wooden benches (or, pews?) in a lounging area of a museum, and thought they were interesting.

They're not part of an exhibit: they're just for sitting on, while waiting for your kids to finish drawing. 

Why are they asymmetrical? The right ends are capped, but the left ends are open.

I asked the two staff members on duty -- but neither of them had noticed the benches' asymmetry.

The benches are old enough that I don't **think** the creator would have done it just to be "funky". (But, maybe?)


There's two of them -- which suggests that these are part of a set.

The Lady thinks that maybe they're church pews -- and that the ends along the aisle were open, and the "closed" end was near the wall. But if so, why not just make **both** ends open?

She also suggested that the "open" end was done that way to conserve wood.  But it doesn't seem like it would save enough wood to bother:  seems like it would be faster to make benches where both ends were the same.


Any ideas?