Sunday, September 24, 2006

Killing Two Birds with One Project

Since I used to be well versed in AutoCad, I have been looking for a reason to use Google's SketchUp offering since it came out. I've also had a hard time deciding which of the hundreds of potential projects I want to tackle from MakeZine would be first. This weekend, I had chance to resolve both issues with a single project. The Make Weekend Project Workbench. It's a very basic 8-footer, easy to make and cost me about $35 total. It's constructed of 1 4x8 sheet of 1/2" plywood, 6 - 2x4's and a box of cabinet joining screws. The design can be modified to suit your needs and level of quality and sturdiness. This one took about 2 hours to cut and assemble.

There are a lot of other options for workbenches in SketchUp's 3D Warehouse.

Next I guess I'll need to paint the walls and floor in my basement.



Thursday, September 21, 2006

Glasses, Nose & Mustache Synchronicity

So these three guys I work with, let's call them Sean, Geoff and Kerven (not their real names) are across the street at a pub having lunch. The conversation turns to an obnoxious former colleague, let's call him Barney, who Sean ran into at a training course in Florida or somewhere. Geoff says, "Wow, if I ran into Barney at a training class, I wouldn't go talk to him - in fact, I would probably whip out a pair of those nose and mustache glasses so he wouldn't recognize me." As he was saying this, Kerven noted that the TV behind Sean and Geoff was at that moment, running the Get A Mac ad featuring the actor portraying the PC disguising himself with....a pair of those nose and mustache glasses.

Geoff then says, "Oh crap. Don't tell Milton or he'll put this on his #@&*# blog!"


Monday, September 11, 2006

Winged Migration

Every now and then, I see a movie that I feel compelled to tell others about. I think the last one I strongly referred to friends was the 1998 German film "Run Lola Run" because it was so different and so attention-grabbing. I just watched 2001's "Winged Migration" with my kids and it is an amazing film. (Synchronicity-speaking, there is a scene where a flock of geese are flying down the East River in New York City with the WTC in the background.)

I challenge you to watch the trailer and then not rent this movie. There is also an official site that has lots of information on the migratory patterns of the birds that were filmed. The filmakers and naturalists used the process of "filial imprinting" on some of the birds which allowed them to get incredibly close to these birds while not causing them harm or worry. Definitely worth the 90-minute investment vs 3 episodes of Spongebob.


Friday, September 01, 2006

GO Synchronicity

Hey, the same day I posted about stumbling on the GO to go thing, an article in the Seattle Times came up in my RSS reader about the challenges with programming computers to play GO. There's also a link to a great GO interactive tutorial.