Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Taj Mahal Is A Nice Guy...Really

This post is for the lady who tried so hard to get an autograph of Taj Mahal at the 2012 Kitchener Blues Festival.  I was a volunteer working the backstage gate.  There was a woman who had an old picture of Taj and was desperately trying to get his autograph.  She waited until he arrived, and he sort of brushed her off as he was being ushered into the backstage area, and she left pretty disappointed.

Well, not 10 minutes later Taj Mahal came back and asked where that woman had gone.  He even waited a few minutes while I ran up and down the line in search of her.  I really wish I could have found her, as it would have completely made her day.  I don't know if she did come back after the show and got an autograph, or if she went home thinking Taj Mahal was a big jerk.  But if she happens to stumble upon this post one day, I can tell you that he seemed like a nice guy.  Really.

Monday, January 23, 2012

The Man Cave

It has been a long time, so I thought I would give a quick update on what has been keeping me busy lately (apart from family, work, and life in general of course). Last year I decided I needed a workshop. I was tired of spending an hour to move cars, arrange machinery, clean up, move machinery, and move cars again, every time I wanted to cut a piece of wood. Not to mention the fact that I could never do anything that required any sort of setup as I couldn't afford to leave things in any sort of steady state (besides "put away") for more than a weekend.

So I started digging.

This is what I started with:




And many, many (*MANY*) wheelbarrow loads later, I was part-way done:



And with a lot of sweat and some help from my good friend Todd, I got even further.



In the process, I was in between many a hard place and these:



But eventually, I got it to the point where I was ready to do something with the space.




And with a lot of understanding from my wife, and a lot of help from my brother, my dad, once again Todd, and the rest of my family and friends, I finally got the beginnings of a workshop.



And with a little more blood, sweat, and swears (and a significant amount of money), and some more help from Todd and my friend John, I have my very own Man Cave.





And tonight, Todd and I used that Man Cave to finish up this little beauty:




I want to say a huge "Thank You" to everyone who helped me make this little workshop a reality. I certainly have a fair amount of work left when the weather warms up again, but having this space to work in is awesome.

All I need now is a beer fridge and a scotch dispenser!
Stay tuned for more posts in the future!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!

I hope you all have a good one. Perhaps I'll even post something else here in 2012.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Today's Linux Nugget

I've been using Linux almost exclusively for quite a few months now and I have been avoiding setting up my printer until I needed it because it is connected via a USB to parallel port adapter and it didn't work out of the box. Linux seems to have no idea it is there.

Well, today I needed it. I rolled up my sleeves and got ready for frustration, but it wasn't that bad. Contrary to what I thought, there is no driver that I needed to install for the USB to parallel adapter. In fact, it was already installed.

~$ ls /dev/u*
/dev/urandom /dev/usblp0 /dev/usbmon0 /dev/usbmon1 /dev/usbmon2

It is right there as /dev/usblp0. But the printing system in Gnome seems to know nothing about it. So how do I add my printer?

Assuming you are running Ubuntu 10.04 as I am: Select System > Administration > Printing, click the Add button, then select Other in the devices list. Now enter the magical device URI:

parallel:/dev/usblp0

Add your printer using the built-in Linux driver and voila!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

More Baking

I got around to making supper tonight, and some Chelsea Buns! I hope these taste OK because I have never actually made them before.

Pizza!

Here are some pictures of the pizzas we made yesterday. We have been making one fancy one (prosciutto ham, sun-dried tomatoes, black olives, pesto) and the usual "kitchen sink" pizza. They are both good. The crust turned out a little thinner than it should have, but that was because I was pushing it to fit the two large pizza stones.







I think today I am going to try to make Chelsea Buns!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Long Weekend

This weekend is a long one in Canada as Monday is Labour Day. We don't really have any plans, but personally I'd like to get the following done in no particular order:


  • Bake some bread

  • Play lots of guitar

  • Work on the latest amplifier cabinet

  • Clean out all the old computer carcasses lying around my basement



Seeing as it is freezing cold and raining, it should be a good weekend to get some indoor stuff done.

Since we didn't have our usual Friday night home-made pizza last night, we're doing it tonight. We've been making some rather nice pizzas lately. Perhaps I'll post some pictures later tonight before we eat them!