This is a log cabin I designed for my friend Josh’s pooches. He asked me a few months ago if I would be able to help him design and build a sweet log dog house. I’m done the design part (I think), now it’s just a matter of building it. I tried to stick with small diameter logs (nothing over 8″) because I’m not sure what we will have to work with. I need to find some cheap, used draw knives, and spuds, and maybe a couple carriers. I would love to build this thing, and if I can show Josh how to make notches, then maybe it’ll go pretty quick, and we can do it this winter. I don’t want to take too much time away from the book, but doing other things helps me get back into the book sometimes.
The other day when Holly and I were helping the Dude clean up his place we moved some boxes of books out to his barn. Among the books was a large collection of erotic short stories, and a sweet book about TNG. The book had all kinds of neat diagrams, and I immediately wanted to borrow it so I could make some cool Star Trek gadgets. Yesterday I modeled a hypospray. It’s pretty sick. I think next I will attempt a tricorder, or possibly the bed from sick bay. Maybe one day I will actually read some of the book too.
This kitty needs a good home. Shannen’s sister, Mikylah, found her and she’s adorable. Unfortunately she’s unable to keep it, so she’s trying to find it some loving hu-mans to take care of it for the long term.
If you’re a good person and have a good home for this little sweetheart, please email [email protected] and I will put you in touch with the people caring for her currently.
It turns out the computer I thought was going to be my saving grace, is in fact maybe in a little worse shape than I had expected. It works real nice after a fresh restart, but if it sits idle for too long it starts chugging along, painfully slow. Maybe after six good years, it’s finally time to put it out of it’s misery. I’ve been talking with Jon about throwing together a new machine, so hopefully one night this evening we will have a chance to do that. I can’t really do a ton of work until I get a solid machine setup. Once I do though, I should be able to work easily, and I will hopefully have a renewed interest in the whole thing.
Right now I have a drawing I need to finish, which is in limbo on my desktop. I have a feeling I might have to start a lot of that drawing over, and I can’t decide which machine I should attempt to do it on. The laptop could freeze anytime, but is more comfortable to work at. The desktop will last as long as I don’t ignore it too long, but it’s annoying and uncomfortable to work on. Plus, has no speakers or any other means of providing background entertainment (an important part of focusing on work for me is having noise in the background).
It’s rainy and shitty out, which I really enjoy. I think it will prolong me starting on any drawings for a little while. First I’m going to try and get the desktop running up to speed without losing the drawing that’s in limbo. Then I’m going to watch the two new episodes (or at least one) of Curb Your Enthusiasm I just found out existed – I thought the show ended after season six, but I guess not. Then, I might spend some time thinking about what I can sell to make some extra money. I don’t have much that I want to part with, but maybe it’s time to sell stuff I don’t use, and keep for the wrong reasons. I need to find enough money to buy Jon’s pc components and a new pci express video card, then I should have money for xmas and of course pot.
This is my artistic rendering of an episode of Deadwood. If I had to describe the show in one word, that would be it. It’s the only show I think I’ve ever seen that uses it more than Trailer Park Boys.
I’m waiting for Holly to get home from her course. I got a drawing done today that was a pain in the ass. It’s brutal working at that desk because I can’t sit comfortably. I need to get a better desk and chair. My back and shoulders hurt from working for only a few hours. Luckily Holly booked us an hour at White Oaks tomorrow!
She’s home now, hopefully she brought blunt wraps, and is ready to watch Deadwood!
Last night I went with Holly to Gage’s school’s open house thing. It was real awkward, and I tried to keep Roan interested in talking to me so he wouldn’t leave me standing alone, feeling dorky. I talked about the Death Truck with him, and what we needed to do to it still. When he lost interest in that, I switched the topic to building houses. Gage’s one class had a bunch of models of balloon framed houses, so I naturally checked them all out and started critiquing design and code violations. I tried to explain to Gage that if he made a model with a balcony (like one of the models had) he would need to use cantilevered joists, or it would never pass code.
I asked Roan if he’d like to build a house like the models there, expecting an enthusiastic “Oh Yea!”, but he said he wasn’t interested at all. Then he said if it was a house big enough for him to go in, he’d want that. The conversation ended with us agreeing that he needs a club house with a platform he can jump off, and onto the trampoline. I’m going to suggest we design it in Sketchup, but I know if we do that, he’ll want to build it for real.
Roan and I went outside while Gage’s teachers talked to everyone, and I tried to teach him to juggle. He didn’t do too well. He kept trying to throw all three rocks at the same time. Then Holly took us for ice cream!
When we came back, Roan and I added some spikes to the wheels of the Death Truck, then coloured it. I let him choose the colours, but I think I will colour another copy how I want to. I might also look for some camo textures. It would look pretty cool in camo.
On the walk to school this morning, Roan bet me a million dollars I had been at a restaurant and there was a meat beside me, and it was one I never had, and then if I had of ate it, I’d have loved it. It took me a while to understand what the hell he was talking about, but I finally got it and told him I would never eat any meat, no matter what it tasted like, because I just don’t like the idea of something losing it’s life for me to eat it. He said, ya but we eat a lot of meat that just died, then they made it meat. I told him meat that just dies, is probably diseased and nobody eats it. He makes me laugh, and I really like walking to school with him.
Today I plan to get lots of work done because Holly and the boys are gone all day. I’m fully stocked with all the essentials for a productive work day, and as soon as this sentence ends, I’m getting to it.
Look how sweet those come-alongs look! Fuck me I’m glad I spent an hour or so modeling them. And how about those kicker plates, and straps? (the straps are actually weird looking cube things) I also love those hooks. Maybe I’ll use them to design some crazy suspension rig for the BME kids (HA!).
It’s weird working on my desktop computer. I totally need to re-familiarize myself with this keyboard.
This morning I was looking at stuff on the Internet while Holly was getting ready for work and I came across some wonderful news. It turns out there was an announcement last month whichÂ I completely missed. The Kids in the Hall are back together, and have written a new miniseries for CBC. Better TV news I can’t imagine.
The series is apparently a murder mystery – whodunit type of thing, where all the prominent members of a small community are killed, and the secrets of the small town begin to be revealed through the trial of the accused killer.
They are playing all the main characters from what I’ve read so far, and Bruce is playing a retired hockey player who is now over 600lbs! I can’t wait to see it, but I’m sad it’s only an 8 part miniseries. Everything I’ve read says it’s supposed to air January 2010, so I hopefully don’t have long to wait.
This morning Holly and I took Roan to Value Village. I wanted a cool ashtray, and Holly wanted a sweater. I found a pretty sweet floral pattern ashtray (below), and Holly picked out a marble one for the back patio. She also spotted a sweet calculator watch (above) that was only $3.
We came back here and ate apple crisp for breakfast, and I showed Holly her first episode of Deadwood. I forgot how much I love that show. The Dude brought me all three seasons on dvd yesterday, so I’m going to watch the shit out of them until he makes me give them back. I want a big moustache and a gun to shoot cocksuckers with.
We went for dinner with Holly’s parents for her birthday at Fresco’s. I haven’t been there in over a year, and it was as good as I remember it. I still miss the pizzalada, but the goat’s cheese salad was amazing as always. Now I’m sitting with Holly, eating a mint chocolate bar, and watching more Deadwood. Tomorrow I get back to work on the bents section, and the last couple pain in the ass drawings that I have to finish before I never look at it again (I hope).
This is Roan playing with his Value Village Halloween sword. You should hear the sound effects it he makes.