SitRep

Updates!

  • The new shoulder bag prototype is done. I’ve used it for about a week now, and while it’s answered some questions, it’s prompted others. I like having a good small shoulder bag again. I like the colors and textures I went with. I’m not sure I love how narrow it is. And I’m not in love with how the main access zipper moves when it’s converted into a backpack. But that’s what prototypes are for.
  • I’ve done a draft of a vest (waistcoat?) for myself. This is new territory for me. I’ve sewn lots of things from scratch. I’ve altered and repaired all sorts of clothing. But I’ve never made clothing from scratch. So: pattern first draft is made; I’m going to source some suitable material and sew a prototype of that. It’s one of those things I’ve wanted for a long time that I’ll never be able to convince myself to spend the sort of money required to buy a commercial version. So I’ll (eventually) make my own.
  • Finally figured out some organizational aspects of the studio space that should leave me with significantly more room to work in. I’m not sure it’ll ever be done (or stop evolving), but it’ll be a nice step forward.

Current Research:

  • Apple M01110 Keyboards
  • Apple HiFi conversions
  • GoogleVoice over a “real” cordless phone
  • Pallet blocks (machining style)
  • USB Embroidery Machines (and the apparently awful software that runs them)
  • Robust-ness of the PLEX live tv (and DVR) functionality

Research List #38

Things I’m Researching:

  • Correct flux/brazing rod combinations for brazing steel
  • Rackmount enclosures for Hackintoshes (plus multi i/o breakout boxes)
  • Mini (micro) amplifier stereo setups (Dayton DTA-120 et. al)
  • ACRNYM shoulder strap configurations
  • shoe rubber midsole suppliers
  • Magnetic door latches
  • Modifying a Circular saw into a Track saw
  • DIY Car Vinyl wrap application (and sourcing supplies)

Research List #37

Things I’m digging deep into:

  • Re-tailoring jackets- especially jackets with felled seams.
  • Making picture frames (larger format…)
  • Real-time digital dashboards (importing custom data?)
  • Analog representations of digital data
  • Vegas cubes
  • Cable Cord cutting (as it exists in 2016)
  • Custom firmware for hand-wired mechanical keyboards
  • Nomenclature/Directory structure for logging large amounts of digital footage
  • Rack-mounted large storage arrays (see above)
  • TIG welding

Research List #36

Trying to do these more regularly. Though I’ve no idea who (besides me) finds them useful.

Current Research:

  • Mechanical Keyboards (as in mechanical-switch actuated vs membrane switch)
    • 35% vs 40% vs 60% Keyboard form factors
    • Custom Keycaps for said mechanical keyboards (for mounting on Cherry MX Clear switches)
    • Fully custom aux keyboards for media keystrokes
    • Aesthetically pleasing USB -> Mini USB cables
  • Alternate graph paper patterns
  • Curing Air-drying clay without cracking
  • Sizable Mid-Century Dining room lighting
  • TIG welding rigs (110v units)
  • Military Nose art

ResearchList #35

I haven’t done one of these in entirely too long.

Current Obsessions:

  • Desert Storm Night Camouflage
  • Document Boxes (aluminum)
  • Rack Mounted Firewire 800 (or, maybe USB 2.0) Storage solutions
  • New Shoulder bag design parameters, referencing
    • TOPO Designs
    • Able Archer
    • The Hill People
  • Air-Hardening Clay
  • Custom Palet racks

Research List #34

Current Obsessions:

  • Brunley Kwaiken (and the offshoots…)
  • Kodachrome processed via Caffenol (weird cyanotype effect)
  • Caffenol recipes (and the best uses for each…)
  • Reloading 126 film cartridges
  • Workflow for a BMPCC into FCPX
  • Vintage Russian 35mm lenses
  • Building a new fly fishing bag (NF-P-126)
  • Waterproofing/resisting cotton duck cloth
  • Better sourcing for ITW GT Cobra Buckle (black, 1.5″)

Research List #33

Things I’ve been looking into and/or have been fascinated by:

  • Wardrobe trunks (generally) and Goyard trunks (specifically)
  • Bubble and Squeak
  • Montana Gold spray paint
  • Carhartt B01 (made in USA version, new “original fit”)
  • Squirt.io speed reading bookmarklet
  • Manfrotto model 209 tripod
  • the Ambitious Card
  • as always, looking for better small part storage
  • Principles of building a RPG (a game, not a grenade)

Research List #32

Things I’ve been looking into:

  • Paetron
  • Better sourcing for Really Useful Boxes
  • Durability of 10oz Duck cloths vs. 300d Codura
  • Kong’s survival pack from Dr. Strangelove
  • Jax Blackener
  • AluBoxes
  • Longitudinal palm
  • MOLLE sunglass case
  • Strikingly web hosting (for future project)
  • Better source for plastic/metal harness hardware
  • Konica Rangefinder cameras

Research List #31

Things I’ve been looking into:

    • No-No (a documentary about Dock Ellis)
    • Our Magic (a documentary about… magic)
    • Mamiya Press Camera
    • 3.5mm 4 pole extension cable
    • Bonding Cuben Fiber
    • Diamond-pattern ripstop lightweight Codura
    • Feasibility of iPad Air2 as my only computer
    • 205/60/16 winter tires
    • Konica Hexanon glass
    • How to mold Kydex
    • Finding a satisfactory camera strap
    • MOLLE construction specifications

Research List #30

Things I’ve been looking into:

  • “The Straight Line is a Godless Line”
  • Pinball legend Roger Sharpe
  • Purchasing Bulk (100′) 35mm film rolls (and loading)
  • Josh Long’s 8-Day book “Execute”
  • Citizen AW1360-04E Aviator
  • Tellason T-Shirts
  • Sourcing Carpenter’s pencils
  • Sourcing think Black felt (for re-lightsealing a camera)
  • Nikon Nikkor 50mm 1.8 AIS (later version)
  • Better sourcing Uniball Signo 207 Micro (0.38mm) refills
  • Better Shemagh sourcing
  • Better Washi tape sourcing
  • Better small parts organization (less expensive than Sortimo)
  • Sourcing material for camera straps (via tripod mount?)