I'm working my way through a drawing book called Rapid Viz. it's mean to help designers to think visually and be able to convey ideas easily through drawings, sketches, and simple mockups.
Today's exercise was “what do you see in the following squiggles?” It's part puffy clouds and part Rorschach test.
Here are my answers:
- A candle stick
- A camping tent
- A flamingo swimming the freestyle leg of a relay race
- An old pitcher pump
- A table (with a boogie board on top)
What do you see?
It’s an inevitable truth – once you find what you are looking for, you stop looking. So it is true that you find what you’re looking for in the last place you look. I just wish it were not at the very bottom of the very last box!
I’ve been looking for an important piece of paper. I knew I had not thrown it out. Based on the date on the document, I also knew where “it should be”. But I could not find it. I finally admitted defeat and contacted someone about getting a replacement copy.
During the conversation, the representative told me the date of the transaction. It was six months sooner than I had remembered. It also meant that the paper should be in the “before the new home office” pile rather than the “after”. Unfortunately, the “before” boxes were many and all in storage in the shop.
I pulled down the boxes and started eliminating as many as I could. I finally was down to one BIG box than was 100% papers. Time to start digging.
Magically, the dates on the papers were converging on the target. I was starting to gain hope of success. Then it happened … with the bottom in site and only a handful of papers remaining, I found the document! Woohoo !
… now to clean up …
What is it about the common cold and the “cold and flu season” that drives people to the Internet?
I check my website traffic from time to time and the same blog post is always at the top of the hit list. It’s not about carpentry or farming or photography. It’s always “the five phases of the common cold”
This humorous and self deprecating piece gets thousands of hits a year!
I grant you, I still find it humorous (typos and all) every time I read it. But then again, I’ve been known to laugh at my own jokes (quietly of course).
So, while I love all the traffic and attention, the next time you feel the need to Google “phases of the common cold”, do yourself a favor, take two aspirin and go back to bed. In a few days, you’ll feel better.
all weather coffee table
I recently made a Facebook comment about college student Legos and got more than one quizzical reply.
It quickly approaching the season of cooler mornings and I am looking forward to enjoying coffee out on the front porch. The problem is I still have not found the perfect porch table. So I ventured into the shop to improvise.
It turns out, that two milk crates is the perfect height to compliment the rocking chairs and two side by side crates is a convenient depth. A piece of scrap plywood makes a nice top.
I figured, these milk crates date back to high school and college so I am hoping the statute of limitations has expired
Milk crates were the building blocks of many student’s rooms in college. They were the ultimate in versatile and modular furniture. Some things never change. These days, the crates spend their lives in the workshop (when they are not pressed into temporary service in the truck or elsewhere on the farm).
Eventually, I’ll build a real table for the front porch. I now know the right dimentions!
The official “talk like a pirate day” came and went without me knowin’. Then again, I could simple claim that pirates have little regard for calendars or being on time!
So, in reverence to a good pirate friend who flies the Jolly Roger over on the RTTC Bounty, I pillaged the iTunes Store for the Pirate Insult Generator and set about cursing a foul wind to fill me sails …