Monday, November 16, 2020

Billy Strings

I've been watching this guy's videos on YouTube.  He's simply phenomenal.  Like Doc Watson reincarnated.

I won't embed a video here.  Better to go to YouTube and search for Billy Strings, because then you'll get the sidebar full of recommended videos and you can browse the songs he's performed.

But yeah... awesome picker.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

A sober Veterans Day

I like the word "sober."  We usually use it in conjunction with alcohol consumption.  It's not limited to that, though.  The word can be used in other circumstances, and it's those other circumstances I'm talking about here.

The first definition in the dictionary is the alcohol-related one.  The second definition is this:


marked by sedate or gravely or earnestly thoughtful character or demeanor


Veterans Day is when we remember and appreciate all of those, both living and dead, who have served in America's armed forces.  It can be celebratory at times, but it should also be sober at times.  We should take a moment to reflect on what those men and women have done and why it matters.  We should do it sedately, gravely, and in an earnestly thoughtful manner, just as the definition says.

Here's wishing everyone in America a sober Veteran's Day.

Sunday, November 8, 2020

Jabbed my eyeball again

I hate it when this happens.  I'll be putting my contact lenses in, and one of them will turn sideways for whatever reason, and the edge of the contact pokes my eyeball.

Sometimes it happens because I was careless.  That's not the case this time, though.  I wasn't careless.  And it still went sideways.

So I'm in glasses for a few days until my eyeball heals from its scratch.

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Sweetgum logs

I cut down a young sweetgum tree recently.  These trees drop little spiky balls on the ground, and those things just suck, and the tree is in the shadow of a much larger sweetgum tree anyway, so the younger tree served no good purpose.  It had to go.  It was about five or six inches in diameter, so I was able to handle it myself instead of needing the services of a tree surgeon.  Once it was down, I chopped it up into manageable pieces.  I now have several sweetgum logs.

I've decided I'm going to try to make a pair of wooden mallets from a couple of the logs.  I used my angle grinder and a flap disk to debark the logs.  (This worked pretty well, by the way.)  At first glance, the debarked logs look like good pieces of wood.  No internal rot or anything like that, though I won't know for sure until I start cutting into them.

Sweetgum isn't typically used by novices like me for woodworking projects.  It's a hardwood, but it tends to warp more than other hardwoods as it dries out.  Its commercial value is in things like plywood and veneers.  I have no idea if these logs will dry in a satisfactory manner or not.  They might crack and split all over.  We'll just have to see.

Right now, though, they're handsome pieces of wood, so I'm cautiously optimistic.

Saturday, October 31, 2020

Internet is back

I lost internet and cable service early Thursday morning due to Hurricane Zeta.  Those services came back Saturday afternoon.  For about two-and-a-half days, I was unplugged from the world.

In the meantime, I did a little reading on the Kindle, and I cut down a tree.  It was a nice little respite.

After Zeta blew through, the air got cooler, and it's predicted to remain that way.  Late October finally feels like late October.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Did some chiseling

I'm not a woodworker.  Just a reminder.  I'm a total novice when it comes to this stuff.

Today, though, I finally got around to trying out my new chisel set.  I made a practice mortise in an old piece of 4x4.  I had another piece of scrap wood that functioned as my tenon.

The good new is that I actually made half-decent mortise for a beginner.  The tenon piece fit snugly inside, and I think it went in to the proper depth.  There was a small space on a couple of sides of the tenon where the sides of the mortise weren't flush to it, but it wasn't too bad.  Overall, I'm pleased with how I did.

I did have some chunks of wood get torn out from the sides of the mortise while chiseling.  I guess that's what softwood does.  I don't know.

Anyway, it was a new experience, and while it looked a bit rough, it wasn't a failure.  That's a win in my book.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Preventative measures

I woke up on Saturday with a stuffy nose and what looked like a sinus infection.  I decided to nip this thing in the bud, so I stayed in, didn't do anything strenuous, and drank a lot of water and Gatorade.

It might have actually worked.  I usually fail at nipping illnesses in the bud, but none of the days since Saturday have been that bad.  *knock on wood*

It would be nice to not be down for the count for a couple of weeks, which is what sometimes happens.

In a completely unrelated side note, I still don't like the new Blogger.  It puts a single-space indentation at the start of my blog post.  I have to delete that space every time.  It's not enough to be a proper indentation--that takes three spaces, if I recall correctly--but it's enough to annoy me.  It serves no purpose that I can fathom.

But as long as Blogger is free, I guess I can't complain too much.  I still like it better than the alternatives.