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Mar. 13th, 2009 10:02 pm

Mom called me today to tell me that Paco was really not doing well. He is horribly thin, mostly unresponsive, and won't blink. He won't even track with his eyes, I think he's blind. He has a terrible time with his balance, won't eat and won't drink. Mom thinks he won't last the night, and we have an appointment with the vet to euthanize him tomorrow anyway. I miss him already.


Mar. 7th, 2009 08:46 pm

Saw Watchmen tonight. It is a surprisingly good adaptation of the graphic novel; I was expecting something more hamhanded. Those of you who are squeamish may want to pass; there are a number of rather brutal injuries inflicted during some of the fight scenes. Recommended to everyone else.

My cat Paco, from whom I constructed the screen name I usually go by, has a large build-up of fluids in his abdomen. The fluid is being tested, but the vet says that only happens for cancer or heart failure.


Feb. 25th, 2009 12:00 am
It is, like, 12 C outside. I have spent the last few hours milling lumber in a T-shirt and am pouring with sweat. Man, that is hard work.

On the plus side, [ profile] vivianteddybear, your table top is gluing up now.

Octopus survives 5 days on the run; a Kiwi octopus managed to escape from its tank and hide in a drain for five days while they looked for him. A different octopus from the same tank made it halfway up the stairs before being discovered.

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Feb. 16th, 2009 04:42 pm

Did you know? People in Palm Springs are so bored that they will back up traffic for 40 miles because one cop pulled one dude driving a truck over?

I hate LA.


Things I am very happy to have:

  • iPhone

  • Google Maps

Things I am incredibly happy I know how to do at night with no flashlight on a moonlit evening in the freezing cold:
  • tie a bowline

It is actually hailing here now. I did not register what it was at first because it has been so long; there was white stuff on my windshield and I couldn't identify what of was at first.


I bought an iPhone today. While this is very cool, it did necessitate changing my phone number again. The new one is 805-689-1451.

A sheath for my knife
A sheath for my knife,
originally uploaded by gchpaco.
I fashioned with [ profile] dr_mrow's help a sheath for the knife I forged on Saturday. When I get some time with a buffing wheel and clean the knife up I'll show it off, but it's protected now.

Holy shit.

Jan. 29th, 2009 10:09 pm

My wooden plane
Originally uploaded by gchpaco
I received a wooden smoothing plane from eBay the other day. I'm guessing late 1800s. Body's split a little in a couple places, wedge is fine, pretty good for something maybe a hundred and fifty years old. I notice the steel sharpens easily, and is in pretty good condition. Finally I get a chance to try it out on my bench outside, beautiful results.

Okay, so a given that it's leaving a glassy surface behind. That's the whole point of it. Just for kicks I took one of the thinner shavings in. This plane, which I adjust by hitting it with a hammer, took a shaving two and a half thousandths of an inch thick, if I am reading my caliper correctly. With a minimum of setup.

Oh, I'm keepin' this one.

End grain cutting board
Originally uploaded by gchpaco
I've had some indication that people want to see more of the woodworking stuff, so I decided to show off the latest thing I've been working on. This is an end grain cutting board in maple for my brother. The groove running around the edge was requested for juices.

Wait, what?

Jan. 6th, 2009 09:02 pm
It turns out I have 8 hammers, with a 9th on the way.

They are, of course, completely different from each other and I will notice immediately if I misplace one. But still.

I wonder if this is how Screamin’ Jay Hawkins felt when they told him he had 55 children (later reckoned to be perhaps as many as 75).

I'm done!

Dec. 4th, 2008 09:49 pm
My defense was today. I graduate! I'm done! I'm free! I start work at a local startup on Monday, so my freedom will be constrained shortly again.


Dec. 2nd, 2008 03:57 pm
Due to [ profile] montrealais in metaquotes's latest tribute to Stephen Harper:
[Governors General are] constitutional fire extinguishers with a potent mixture of powers for use in great emergencies....Like real extinguishers, they appear in bright colours and are strategically located.
- Frank McKinnon
For those of you not versed in this, which is to say everyone I imagine, as I'm the only person with any particular reason to pay attention to Canadian politics and this caught me by surprise: Stephen Harper of the Conservative party is currently Canada's Prime Minister. He proposed in the budget to cut public funding for the political parties, which would have had the effect of stripping 67% of the funding of his party's two main rivals. Said rivals have decided to oust him in consequence, much to my delight. Harper has apparently not anticipated this event and is having a very large and emotional and public and apparently totally ineffective cow over it and is talking about adjourning Parliament early this year to save his butt.

Inasmuch as my current Canadian political opinions are largely "Ruin to the Conservatives!" this has me giddy with delight. So entertained. This is possibly the stupidest thing we have seen since Joe Clark couldn't count back in 1982.

This man is terrifyingly good. He builds 1:12 scale models of furniture that is hard to build at full size. I want to make a crack about too much time on his hands but I don’t have the heart to do it. It’s not like he’s only done this one thing, he does them all the time. He also does his own hardware (of necessity, it’s not like you can just go out and buy a ¼″ copy of a 3″ plate. The keys for his locks are so tiny they are dwarfed by the tweezers he’s using to hold them, and yet the lock works.
A computer science student is studying under a tree and another pulls up on a flashy new bike. The first student asks, “Where’d you get that?” The student on the bike replies, “While I was studying outside, a beautiful girl pulled up on her bike. She took off all her clothes and said, ‘You can have anything you want’.” The first student responds, “Good choice! Her clothes probably wouldn’t have fit you.”
I got from my family a felt buffing wheel some months ago. For a variety of reasons I didn’t bother installing it until today.

I am regretting that delay now. With the right honing compound it gets better edges faster than my waterstones + stropping. It’s not as good at keeping the edge straight as my waterstones are, but damn is it effective. I sharpened a chisel and put it back in my leather tool roll and it effortlessly punched through the leather and out one side.

I am simultaneously delighted by this and terrified of what will happen if I slip with that chisel. I’m gonna start counting all my fingers after working with it, because with it that sharp I’ll never know if it cut me.

I’m straight, would be in a heterosexual marriage were I married, and I want nothing to do with the “Yes on 8” bigots.