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Saturday, April 28, 2007

Cthulhu Update

So, I have been experimenting with how to lay down the most optimal amount of foam. Because I am using a positive molding process (positive: material goes over a surface; negative: material goes into a mold), I have to contend with the material I lay down expanding in the wrong direction. The spray foam (e.g. Great Stuff) slowly and inexorably puffs in the direction of least resistence-- the air. When it sets it looks like a burn victim/bubble bath gone wrong. So, I started experimenting with corralling. The downside: it uses ALOT of duct tape. The upside: it does work.
I have to take a one week break from this project. When I resume, I will try experimenting with tin foil (it's not just for hats anymore) plus some duct tape. If it goes very well, I may write a long piece of sculpting with Great Stuff foam and post it to "So Very Helpful."

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Colombia is Blacked out

This from the Tribune:

BOGOTA, Colombia: A nationwide blackout hit Colombia on Thursday, with authorities struggling to determine the cause of the electrical grid's collapse.

President Alvaro Uribe told journalists in the southern city of Cali that authorities would "know in a few minutes" the cause of the blackout, which took place approximately at 10:15 a.m. local time (1515 GMT).

He said the blackout "appears to have affected the entire country."

Luis Alarcon, manager of state-controlled electricity distributor ISA, told Caracol Radio that the power outage appears to have begun with an undetermined technical glitch at a substation in Bogota and quickly spread to the rest of the country.

He said work crews had re-established power to about 20 percent of the country and hoped to reconnect the capital Bogota and other cities in a few hours.

So an entire nation drops back to pre-1850 levels in a heartbeat. No one in the North American/Northen media thinks to cover this. Isn't this a story? Check CNN, CBC, BBC and others. No one is talking about this. A suicide bomber blows himself up in a bathroom in Jerusalem and it's breaking news. Tens of millions of people are left in the dark and it doesn't register. Man: the media is idiotic.

Happy Birthday to Kevin James and Jet Li

Happy Birthday to Martial Arts Master, Jet Li and darn funny guy, Kevin James. What else happened on April 26th? Take a read! These links go to Wikipedia. Wikipedia is great: if a topic sparse on information, they allow to go in and add new information.

April 26 is the 116th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (117th in leap years). There are 249 days remaining in the year. It is the first day following the spring equinox which cannot be Easter Sunday in Western Christianity.




Holidays and observances

Liturgical feasts

In the Roman Catholic Church:

In the the Russian Orthodox Church:

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Feed The Poor

Here's a wild mash-up: prosumers and the poor. The premise: you find a poor person and team up with them. Capitalize on their misfortune and then split the profits. I don't know what to think about this. Is it a kinder, gentler version of bumfights? Is it using them as fodder? Is it a bad idea?

You the jury decide. For me, I'm ordering a "I'm on the street, drunk and homeless and all they gave me was this lousy T-Shirt" t-shirt. By thew way, if you have a hankering for irreverent crap: click here

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Vancouver 2011

2011: the year of financial ruin. Nuff said.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Cthulhu Foam Home

Tail's Eye View I have continued to work on my Cthulhu sculpture. What was a woeful combination of cat litter bins and a leftover BBQ is now looking a little more sculpture-like. If you missed my last post, the plan: turn all of my recycling and leftover junk into the foundation of a sculpture. My goal: to make a sculpture of the Great Cthulhu from the Lovecraftian mythology. While I started with a very precise look, I looked around for artwork-- examples to talk a lead from. It turns out that almost every artist has their own take on what Cthulhu looks like. So, Add me to this pile. I have built mine with a big tail, small legs, large arms. It will have large wings with the characteristic head o'tentacles. My logical foundation for the dimensions: Cthulhu is a sci-fi/horror character built as a creature of space where legs (read: walking) are overrated. The tail is a counter balance. It's true means of propulsion will be its wings. For that matter: wings, arms and legs mean that Cthulhu is six-limbed creature-- almost insectoid in that respect.
Where I am at now in this design: over top of the base layer, I have built up plywood shapes, metal strapping, soft foam and wire mesh. Next, I will completely coat the shape in spray foam. That will require a couple of passes: shape it, shave it, repeat. It does have to be perfect at that stage. All it is was to be is either accurate or welcoming of a new layer atop it. When I am at that step, I will start to work up layers of fibreglass. Put on the layers, sand them, tweak them, then buff the surface down to a freakish polish. Did I mention that this sculpture comes with a surprise?
Meshed tail In last couple of weeks, I have almost wholly coated this sculpture in a layer of wire mesh. Today, I sheaved the wooden tail (made of plywood and wood) in wire mesh (also called metal cloth). The wire mesh will catch the spray foam as it expands. That will give the foam and the mesh a rigidity that each didn't have separately.

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Happy Earth Day!

On this Earth Day with the Inconvenient Truth before us and ice melting and all the plagues unleashed upon the Earth, Starbucks did something nice. They offered free coffee for people who showed up with their own mugs. Aw.... In the two stores I went to, most of the A-Holes in the line-ups didn't bring their own mugs. They just wanted to have paper fills with coffee.

Earth Day, like Christmas, is the one day you can act totally different and feel good on the remainder of the days for having done so. Not me. I made a point of driving to as many Starbucks as I could to get free coffee. If I could have left the car idling, I would done so. It's not that I hate the environment: I hate Starbucks (though I seem to love their coffee). Also, I hate all of the arbitrary ways that we are a working for a better planet. Here are my ways to help the Earth:
Download music. CDs are toxic. Shipping them is causing an onslaught of greenhouse gases. Shift the model to downloads for money. Better yet, let piracy run rampant: does Britney Spears or Fifty Cent (Fidy Cnt?) need more money?
Make primetime two hours long. TV is gasping for life. Cut out 1/3 of the schedule and only the fit will survive. Which do you think came first: 11PM bedtime or wrapping up primetime when everyone goes to bed? If TV switched back to news and re-runs at 10PM, alot of people may turn out the lights and call it a night.
Screw (more) with Daylight Savings. Bush has proven that you can screw up everyone with the stroke of a pen. I'd say shuffle things so that sunset on December 21st is at 7PM; and 8PM on June 21st. Go to work in the dark in the Winter, but your leisure time will occur in daylight. Time is arbitrary so why not?
Outlaw SUVs and sportcars. You can't outlaw them, but how about a formula that is tied to the stated MPG? 25MPG: 75% tax. 100MPG: 0% tax. Those A-holes can pay for it. If not, there will be less vehicular homicide.

If Starbucks wanted to send a loud-and-clear message they could flip this the other way. Earth Day is the day they will make no money off of their coffee. If you show up with a refillable mug, you get free coffee. If you don't have a mug, NO COFFEE FOR YOU. Starbucks has these idiots strung out on coffee, it's time to make the monkeys dance.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Alec Baldwin: Prepping for Father's Day

And here's a transcript of what he said:
I wanna tell you something okay, and I wanna leave a message for you right now because again its 10:30 here in New York on a Wednesday and once again I’ve made an ass of myself trying to get to a phone to call you at a specific time. When the time comes for me to make the phone call I stop whatever I’m doing and I go and I make that phone call at eleven-o-clock in the morning in New York and if you don’t pick up the phone at 10:00 at night and you don’t even have the god damn phone turned on. I want you to know something okay, I’m tired of playing this game with you. I’m leaving this message with you to tell you, you have insulted me for the last time. You have insulted me, you don’t have the brains or the decency as a human being, I don’t give a damn if you’re twelve years old, or eleven years old, or that you’re a child, or that your mother is a thoughtless pain in the ass, who doesn’t care about what you do as far as I’m concerned, you have humiliated me for the last time with this phone, and when I come out there next week, I’m gonna fly out there for the day just to straighten you out on this issue, I’m gonna let you know just how disappointed in you I am and how angry I am with you that you have done this to me again. You have made me feel like shit and you have made me feel like a fool over and over and over again, and this crap you pull on me with this god damn phone situation that you would never dream of doing to your mother and you do it to me constantly, and over and over again. I am gonna get on a plane or I am gonna come out there for the day and I’m gonna straighten your ass out when I see you, do you understand me? I’m gonna really make sure you get it. Then I’m gonna get on a plane and I’m gonna turn around and I’m gonna come home. So you better be ready Friday, the 20th, to meet with me so I’m gonna let you know just how I feel about what a rude little pig you really are. You are a rude thoughtless little pig. Okay?

Monday, April 16, 2007

Google Anal...

I like to see what happens when automation goes a little wrong. Start stacking tabs and things like titles get shortened. Take Google Analytics, shorten it and a little too much...

Friday, April 13, 2007

Google: Blotting Out The Earth

There was a Wikipedia piece on parts of the globe that Google Maps has purposely blotted out. Alot of the locations are military installations and nuclear power plants. Ironically: the security in these places is strong. Go to the Ukraine and you can likely use a credit card to jimmie all of the locks that lead into a nuclear plant's reaction chamber. Mask those locales from suspect purposes? Nah.

I said, "was a Wikipedia piece" because it was slated for deletion. Before it's gone, I snagged a copy:

Google Maps or Google Earth contains digital images of the earth; a number of sensitive locations are digitally obscured or blurred [1]. Many other areas in Google Earth have been blurred by governments keen to stop people seeing sensitive sites [2].

There was This is in contrast to portions of google maps where only low resolution photographs are available, or where atmospheric or photographic conditions resulted in reduced resolution or clarity.





Ramstein Air Force Base
, flight line area.

The Netherlands


  • Town of Sighet and surrounding area


North America

United States of America

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Behold Cthulhu In All His Plastic Container Glory!

No Cthulhu. No!I have started a Project Diary on my part of the ThoseDeWolfes site. Over the course of the next few months. I am going to build a 6-8 foot tall sculpture of the Lovecraftian creature, Cthulhu.

Why Cthulhu? He looks cool. Lovecraft had some great ideas and some lousy ideas. If he were alive today, he'd like be a shut-in and a trekkie. Back in the 1910s and 1920s, he had to make up his own combination fo sci-fi and horror. As I am a shut-in and a geek, I guess I'm drawn to his work.

Why a sculpture? I love to sculpt. Because of space limitations, I haven't been able to work on anything large. An overhaul of the deck and a cheapness on my part (I ain't paying no junk man $30!) I thought this could be a wild project.

What am I using? I am recycling. We did an overhaul of our patio. We junked old wood. We had chunks of a BBQ. I had rolls of wire mesh. I have a lot of crap. Rather than throw it away, I am going to work it into a sculpture of Cthulhu perched upon a pedestal holding one arm to the heavens (see right). He'll be holding a surprise (stay tuned).

Over the course of the next few months, I am going to post updates: the travails, the materials used, the anecdotes. I will also post stuff on Youtube.

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