Ah, time for another one of these:
- Settling into a bike choice, it seems. 26″ wheels (because it’s what I have/know/love), hardtail, steel. Sticking with my initial thinking that all I really want is steel/rear disc brake/more tire clearance. Currently researching rear axle standards (9×135 vs 12×142)
- Working on the logo more, and once I finalize it, having some patches made. Not settled yet, but thinking currently about embroidered (compared to PVC or printed vinyl)
- The new car spreadsheet grows- I’ve opted to keep all my options open, and include everything relevant on the sheet, and I’ll narrow down from there. Anything with three rows of seats right now. I’ve got fields for MPG, cost/mile to operate, max hitch tongue weight, wheels driven, and desirable years/variants.
- Studio 3.0 organization is under way- slowly and surely things are finding homes, storage is being purchased/built, and workflow utopia lies ahead (surely!).
Trying to do these more often.
- Wireless multi-monitor options
- Cars with third row seating
- Commonplace books (via Patrick Rhone)
- Sewing Trousers (this is wildly ambitious)
- Alternative PLEX hosting (via custom NAS?)
- Potential USB3 to DVI video outputs
- Sourcing better 100% wool felt sheets
Oh, summer, where have you gone?
- Custom rack mounting rails (parts built, assembly needed)
- Hard disk storage & rack mounts
- Seam-sealing coated Codura 500d
- Human Epigenetic shifts
- Patterning hooded sweatshirts
- Shoe midsole foam sourcing (fiber-impregnated EPA foam?)
- Large scale re-positionable VESA monitor mounts (via 80/20 extrusion?)
- Backpack (NF-P-815) v2.0 (full post on this coming soon)
- Broadcast DVR via Plex & Internet enabled tuner (beta)
Things I’m up to (the real quick version):
- Mechanical Keyboard Proj #2 is wired- working on firmware now.
- My Chip and Dip from NTC finally came (needs to be flashed and whatnot)
- Fly Rod Tube proj is painted- needs mounts made next
- Working to source Grip Heads and 5/8″ pins for mounting monitors
- Shoe re-sole proj (v2) parts are ordered and on the way
- MTB #1 drivetrain (v3) parts are en-route (1×9 w/ a Narrow/Wide chainring)
- Mechanical Keyboard Proj #1 is shipped- should be here shortly (custom key caps are already here and waiting)
- Working on lighting options for the garage (led work strips?)
- Working on web-based dashboards for realtime updates
- Beginning to source frames for a massive art-hanging project
Lots of balls in the air right now, as it were.
- Custom re-work of a NOS Desert Storm-era fishtail parka. Re-fitting the entire coat, as it was designed as an over-over-coat, and that’s not my intended use.
- Backpack V2.0 needs attention. Fabric choices, paints (yes, paints), hardware, etc all to be picked- but progress!
- Roof top fly rod tube- for transporting multiple fly fishing rods. Finalized hardware today, started amassing parts and paints for the build. Not a complicated thing, but the paint job is non-trivial. Pictures will follow.
- Just finished a small “impossible artifact”- it’s a ceramic set of “brass” knuckles made as if NASA during the Apollo era might have spec’d such a thing. Sort-of. They were a fidgety thing to make- air drying clay is fickle, and free-handing a red worm NASA logo as an embossed thing into the clay? Yeah. Again: pics to follow.
- Custom macro keypad (as mentioned in the previous post). I’ve got the key layout done, the keyplate bought (but not cut…), and I’m making progress on the enclosure. Some hardware sourced, some decisions still to be made.
- New camera storage unit is built- needs some tidying of wires and whatnot, but it’s holding all the cameras and looking good.
- Project Xserve is complete- it’s up and running 10.11.4 with no problems, it’s got a new video card and a USB 3.0 card (with a separate controller for each port), and tons of storage. Odds and ends to come, I’m sure, but for now: done.
- My 1970’s KLH speaker overhaul drags on- turns out making wooden ring spacers is tricky. I’ve not given up yet, though.
Annnnddd that’s it for now. Plenty of other things, but those can all wait until next time.
Oh man, I’m in deep.
My (most) current obsession is monochrome everything. Here’s the run-down of how that’s manifested (thus far):
- My iPhone’s home button has been set to toggle the entire phone into greyscale mode with a triple press.
- I’ve installed Lenka on my phone- it’s a camera app that only does B&W photos. I know you can apply a B&W filter, or that you can set the stock camera app to B&W mode, but you can’t make the camera stay in that mode, and applying the filter after-the-fact robs you of a B&W viewfinder.
- I’ve spent a mildly embarrassing amount of time researching B&W only digital cameras. Yes, there are (a few), but they’re wildly expensive (Leica) or super-specialty (custom conversion).
- I’ve got my analog film processing gear all located and ready- I’m likely due for some new fixer, but we’re nearly ready to develop the growing backlog of film I’ve shot.
-  I’ve also just swapped the display on this computer to greyscale, too. Lovely.
Oh, my, how times flies. Things that have/are happening:
- The shelf project lags on. Honestly, I’m polyurethane away from being done, but the temperatures have just been too low.
- New computer project- progress! A slightly batty solution, perhaps, but interesting none-the-less.
- Summer shoe purchase has arrived- the spiritual successor to my favorite summer shoes of all them, the mesh slip-on converse all stars (which, for reasons I don’t understand, they don’t make anymore).
- At work, I’ve been working on some best practices for online video- and now I’m at the storyboard-it-out phase. I’m not looking forward to being on camera for this end product, but that’s part of the job, you know?
- I’m shaping spacers to replace the tweeters on my vintage KLH Model 30 Speakers- these are hopefully destined for the study room, and they’re two steps away from done: new tweeters installed and speaker grill fabric replaced with something less hideous.
- This site saw a bit of a behind the scenes overhaul- there were some nasty people trying to brute force their way into the WordPress install here, and I had to take some steps to deal with that. Done, anyway.