edited 25.june.2008 to correct image links
Back in the day (newly married) the DH and I used to watch a lot of the discovery channel. One of the most charming shows was The Secret Life of Machines.
Everyday items like vacuum cleaners, washing machines, and quartz watches explained by deconstruction and wacky little animations. A little like the David Macaulay books.
The full 18 episodes of the Secret Life of Machines is now available online at The Secret Life of Machines website. Also be sure to follow the link to Other Hunkin Sites for more cartoony goodness from the creator.
BTW: there’s a cool site for the David Macaulay’s The Way Things Work book as well. Love those mastodons!
This weekend was garage and barn tidy time. Which inevitably results in a trip to the local transfer station.
Load up the flatbed trailer and hitch it up to the adventure truck (don’t forget to take a dog along!) and off we go.
40 minutes later we pull onto the scale at the transfer station and the cheerful lady looks us over and says “Hey you just slid right in here didn’t you. Nice job with covering your load.” and I’m thinking well duh.
That’s right — taking advantage of the first nice weekend of the year to do a little lurking outside the transfer station ticketing the Escalade and Avalance drivers for uncovered loads.
Note that here in the progressive Pacific Northwest we do not have “dumps” we have transfer stations. Because we sure as hell aren’t keeping our trash here. Also note that irony of the fact that we who live in the middle of nowhere must drive into Kirkland (trendy midtown) to get rid of our junk.
We have new chicks. 12 arrived this morning.
Here’s my favorite. (A rooster with my luck!)
More info and updates on the chicken page.
So here’s what Jim wanted me to make him.
A box for his Nintendo.
It’s similar to the folding box. In fact it started out like the folding box but then I closed up the sides so that it would be easier to use the DS while it was still in the box. (Hence the drop front.) In this case the back side corners are closed only by the book cloth liner. If I had it to make again I’d glue the side boards together.
The box is closed with a button and a loop of elastic.
All together not bad for something I made up on the fly.
One thing that I love about drop front boxes is how they seem to be a part of whatever they hold rather than just incidental to it.
A few months ago I moved some things — including the files for this blog — around on the servers. It all seemed to go just fine — until…
I upgraded the wordpress installs. All the older image links broke. Luckily I figured out just how they broke. It’s taken a couple of hours but all the images and links in the older posts and gallery pages should work again.
I was upgrading WordPress installs this morning and found this in the drafts folder of my old blog Magpie’s Shiny Things.
Is Google the Next Microsoft
Yeah, probably, so what?
The market demands that there be an easy, no brainer, can’t possibly get in trouble for choosing solution for the vast majority.
Tools need to be one stop shopping, easy standardization and all from a single source — If you buy all MSFT products they work together (mostly.) If you use all Google web apps they work together (not yet but Google understands how important this is.)
Just like in the past (and present) everyone else had to offer the ability to read and write to the MSFT file formats in their applications everyone else on the web will have to do so the same with the new Google apps.
So Google will be the next 800 pound gorilla and the sun will continue to rise in the east. (Unless of course MSFT gets it act together and manages to get Live really working.) And we, the masses, will learn that Google is not a benign grandfatherly entity that opens doors to the wonders of the ‘net.
Not much changes, if I were writing this 20 years ago the question would be Microsoft is it the next IBM.
The answer is more clearly yes today than it was in Sept 2007 when I wrote this.
I will be reviving MST. Somehow adding my thoughts on Web Development to a blog meant to be read by family and friends who want to compare the state of our various flower beds and sewing projects seems well… odd.
This photo of Woodinville-Duvall Road through the Snoqualmie valley was sent to Jim by Jerry one of the fellows in SVARC. The “un-official” version is that it will take 4 days to fix. We surmise that it’s damage to the road surface and not to the underlying bridge structure because the traffic camera showed an ambulance crossing earlier this morning.
W-D road rarely closes due to flooding. Now we’ll have to wait for 124th to open. Which could be days yet.
At 11:30(ish) this morning the traffic cameras on 124th (south of town) showed:
Live camera coverage for the morbidly natural disaster obcessed here:
Traffic camera of W-D Road here. (It’s off-line at the moment 11:22 am)
We drove to town this afternoon to get the mail (Yeah, I know no way for us to get out = no way for the mail to get in.)
I got these shots of Cherry Valley and the Snoqualmie River (from a moving vehicle…)
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Note that the little white peaks in the last picture are the tops of a set of 6 industrial sized greenhouses.
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This is also a chance to try the WordPress gallery plugin that now comes with the vanilla install. meh, not bad, but not great either.