Archive for the Various & Sundry Category

On the (sub)floor

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

The last two pieces of the subfloor went in today, after a good deal of measuring and fitting. The final piece took quite a bit of very slight alteration to get into place, but that’s to be expected. Our reward for all that hard work is the foundation for the new bathroom.


More demolition

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

Today was another day of demolition. Lots of hard work, for sure. We managed to get all of the drywall removed, from the walls and the ceiling, as well as removing some bits of old wall tile and plaster and lath from the old tub area. Dirty dusty messy heavy work.



Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

Yesterday evening marked the official start of the project, and my friend Jeremy came over to help with more demolition. We very easily removed the vanity, and the shower partition wall, which left just one more thing… the tub. A cast iron beast, original to the house, and far too heavy to remove in one piece. So several hours with a sledgehammer later…


Carpet prawn

Saturday, June 13th, 2009

I woke up this morning to find a surprise on the floor near my bed…

Carpet prawn
Carpet prawn

As I started inventorying my gadgets, looking at all of the serial number barcodes gave me some ideas on how to improve my scanning process. I made a series of revisions to my AppleScript to let it handle serial numbers whenever possible.

Delicious Library scanning

Monday, April 27th, 2009

I recently purchased a USB-based barcode scanner with the intention of using it with Delicious Library to do a home inventory (their Bluetooth scanner is just to pricey for me). Unfortunately, the scanner model I purchased – a Datalogic QuickScan QD2130 – has problems acting as a keyboard with OS X. It works fine under Windows, but when connected to my Mac, it sits in a disabled mode and won’t scan any barcodes. Leafing through the manual, I noticed that it will also act as an RS-232 device over USB, and that gave me an idea…

Another dating ad

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

Some of you may remember the sinful dating ad I posted a while ago. Earlier this week, while talking to my un-boss on Messenger, I saw this ad at the bottom of the window:

singled out

What is this trying to say? If you start dating people you find on their site, all of your friends will give up on you? I can assure all of my friends: nothing will change; I gave up on you long ago.

Charge it

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

While talking to my brother today about my American Express card, I ran across something in their frequently asked questions that I’ve been trying to find:

What if a merchant does not accept my American Express Card?
To report incidences where merchants do not accept your American Express Card, please click here. American Express Customer Service will then follow up with the merchant to ensure that American Express Cards will be accepted in the future.

While I like the idea of encouraging merchants to accept AmEx, I’m really curious how they “ensure” it. My guess is they send around a couple of hired goons to make sure the merchant agreement gets signed, but I could be wrong.

What I really like, though, is that one of the options is “Merchant insisted on a minimum/maximum purchase amount”. It’s been a while since I’ve run into this, but I find it to be terribly obnoxious when I do (and it’s against every merchant agreement out there). My old method for dealing with those business was to buy enough to satisfy the minimum and then return whatever it was I didn’t want. That way, I only spent as much as I’d originally intended, and their stupid policy ended up costing them extra. Yes, I’m that spiteful.

The sin that never was

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

Here I am, attempting pretending to get some work done, when a video ad at the bottom of my MSN “Windows Live” Messenger window distracts me. It’s one of those creepy fake webcam ads for a dating site, and they always find some way to bother me. This one, apparently, hadn’t been designed for smaller windows, because this is what I saw:


For sale: one large beast

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

I’ve posted the Barco for sale on Cragslist. With any luck, I’ll soon have a few extra square feet in my bedroom.

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