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Friday, November 28, 2008

Weiner Straws


It turns out you can bend bendie straws into ANY shape.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Turkey Day!




















"As God is my witness: I thought turkeys could fly..." - Arthur Carlson, Station Manager - WKRP
More on Thanksgiving

Monday, November 24, 2008

Five LONG WEEKS of Frakkin' Renos


stairwell
Originally uploaded by triviaqueen
When we looked at the house, we came in realizing that the stairs super-sucked: 23" wide, one part had 3'9" clearance and rickety. So we moved in and immediately went into the renovation mode. I took out a lower cupboard, then popped a hole through the wall. Over the next weeks, we demolished a wall downstairs and a wall upstairs between the kitchen and stairs. A friend guided me through electrical fixes (ZAP). For example, they hid two junction boxes in the wall and seriously frakked up the wiring (red? sure-- or black, use whichever). We had to build a new alternative support for the wall (keep the wall up!). The wall between the stairwell and our bedroom has an unknown amount of vertical beams and maybe an extra layer of wall/drywall. In this process, we found that someone in the past used tremendously long screws (3" screws to hold drywall). The poor asbestos removal people found a similar dynamic in the stuff built in the attic. Downstairs, they built two walls on top of the carpetting. I built a fake-y bed/hang space and closet downstairs off of the new office. Now, we have an office that is immediately adjacent to guest room space-- technically, we've added a bedroom to our home.
The carpetting and trim is still to come, but the upper trim upstairs is in place. Upstairs, we have to put a small cabinet in place along with trim and counter space in the kitchen space. I will be on the lookout for a thin piece of granite for a pastry working space. Then we will be on the return path for this renovation. Still to come over the next couple weeks:
  • Putting flooring in the attic
  • Taking two walls worth of crap to the dump
  • Re-exposing a window in the workshop
  • Putting a drain from the deck (purposefully) through the workshop
  • Finishing a raised bed (and doing a dig down in the workshop)
  • Bringing in a uPak's worth of stuff (help would be welcome)
  • Bringing in a storage locker worth of stuff (it will require a cargo van to clear it out)
More renovation photos

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Comics Links Galore

Here are some snazzy links to Geeky comic stuff:
(thanks to Daylife)

Friday, November 07, 2008

One Step Closer to Flying Monkeys

This from the Daily Mail:

While most cats are renowned for having nine lives, these moggies are clearly living on a wing and a prayer.

The cute little devils began sprouting bumps on their backs, which later turned into wing-like growths, during a recent spell of hot weather in China's Sichuan province.

Cat

Cat owner Feng says her Tom cat grew wings after becoming stressed during the recent mating season

One cat owner, known only as Feng, claims her cat's wings are a result of stress after he was 'harassed' by females looking to mate.

'At first, they were just two bumps, but they started to grow quickly, and after a month there were two wings,' she told Huashang News.

'Many female cats in heat came to harass him, and then the wings started to grow.'

Cat

This moggie also has the wings which genetic experts say does not harm his quality of life

Cat

The harmless growths appeared during a recent spell of hot weather

And while she says her lovable Tom is no devil, his wings, which contain bones, make him look more like a 'cat angel'.

But genetic experts claim there is nothing angelic or magical about the condition, which doesn't hinder the cat's quality of life.

They say the wings can form through poor grooming, a genetic defect or a hereditary skin condition.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

October : A Month That Will Live in Infamy

Here's a rundown of my October in lieu of the 50 blog posts that the month would have generated:
  • Staged a house for sale
  • Strep Throat -- nothing like two weeks without sleep
  • Found asbestos
  • Bought a house -- some key details were botched
  • Moved
  • Sold a house -- no key details were botched: I rode the deal like a horse.
  • Found a surprise workshop
  • Met new neighbours
  • Tussled over a non-plussed moron who some mistake for being smart. He is the hallmark example of the difference between knowledge and wisdom.
  • Tore out a flight of stairs
  • Put in a flight of stairs
  • I had a 40 hr. meeting
  • Found out how to double the load speed of a Drupal site.
  • I got an Alienware laptop
  • Saw some great photos from India and Pakistan
  • Dealt with server callioping (similar to but different from a server crash)
  • Realized I may have spawned Sarah Palin 2.0
  • Watched Steven Harper's musical chairs
  • Dressed as a zombie
  • Did barely any walking
  • Drove to Nanaimo
  • Drove back
  • Took too few photos
  • Shot no video
  • Missed all of my favorite DVDs
  • Got to see MST3K
  • Chuckled each time "homeless" David Johnston got arrested
  • Ate too much take-away (with a decent share of sushi)
  • Almost burned a wardrobe in my backyard
  • Picked apples
  • Felt a re-kindled affection for CBC Radio
  • Found a couch
  • Found out that Urban Barn pads their delivery times
  • Upgraded a gaming website then watched it rattle itself apart (doh!)
  • Capped off the basics of a dating website
  • Bought some nice cruel shoes


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