Friday, February 18, 2011

Wire Glass Shelves

This shelving unit came into existence gradually, over the past few months.  It was one of those projects that took longer than it needed to, mainly because I was in and out of town so much, and didn't have a lot of time to spend in the shop. 

I whipped it up from some steel channel stock I had on hand, along with three nifty pieces of wire glass that I had salvaged from a house that was under renovation.  The glass pieces had been sitting around my garage for far too long, and were frequently being moved from here to there, or from there to here, to get them out of the way of something else I was working on or doing.  Finally, one day I just decided to get them out of my way once and for all.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

OList Happy Hour: Spotlight on OGeeks

Three new OLists have recently been launched: OGeeks, OLeaders, and OCrafters. For the next few weeks, we're going to take a break from our regular Happy Hour topic format and spotlight these new lists individually.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Tennessee House Fireplace

Like the rest of the Tennessee House, the fireplace is simultaneously a bit traditional and a bit contemporary.

The stone is local sandstone, from the nearby Cumberland Plateau.  It is the same stone that we used on the exterior of the house.

For the wooden mantle, we used a beam that was installed as part of the exposed mezzanine structure before I arrived on site, but which I then rejected for quality purposes.  I made the framing crew build temporary supports, cut the beam out, and install its replacement.  You can read that story here.

Here is the replacement beam as it looks today:

Another thing I am particularly fond of is the wooden box that supports the TV.  I had them make it out of surplus planks from the mezzanine floor.  It nicely solves the problem of 'what to do with the TV' while tying back into the material palette of the rest of the house.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Tennessee House: Punch List

Last week I went to Tennessee for a punch list visit to my project there, and to photograph it for posterity.  The punch list is the list of final things to be completed by the contractor, in order for the project to be considered finally complete, and the contract closed out.  We ended up making 2 lists, one of things for Bob the Builder to complete, and one of items for Mr. and Ms. Client to attend to themselves.

The lists of final things were relatively mild.  There were only two things still not complete that I would call 'major', meaning they were things that materially prevented Mr. and Ms. Client from fully enjoying the new house. One was an issue with the cooktop, which prevented the propane from being turned on, and the other was the lack of a shower door.

The kitchen was otherwise usable, and we enjoyed roast chickens and broiled shrimp kabobs from the electric oven.  The bathroom was likewise usable, with the addition of a temporary shower curtain.

There were a few other inconveniences here and there, like a couple of (relatively minor) plumbing issues which came up and were resolved during my stay.  On the whole, the house is functioning very well, and looks great, if I do say so myself!

I took tons of photos but for now I'm just going to leave you with a few teasers.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Tuesday Night OLists Happy Hour: Why Paleo?

Tonight's Happy Hour Chat covers a topic of general interest for those on the OEvolve list, and perhaps those lurking therein, and was submitted to the Google Moderator by none other than the OList OWner, Diana Hsieh:

Tonight's Menu:
Appetizer:  What made you start eating paleo (or paleo-ish)?
Drink Special:  What other eating strategies have you tried?  What were their drawbacks and/or benefits?

Happy Hour takes place in the OList Chatroom, every Tuesday night, from 9-10 p.m. Eastern and 6-7 p.m. Pacific.

Point your browser to  You will be asked for a login and password - check your OList email for these.

You will see the chat window that looks like this:

On the right is the list of users participating; on the left is the chat itself.  At the bottom, you have the option of logging in through your facebook account, or as a guest.  If you log in through facebook, it will pull your profile picture into the list next to your name, which is a nice feature.

For general information on the OLists Socials, check out the OList Events page here.

Your hosts for the OList Socials are @DianaHsieh@laforgetm (aka William Green) and myself, @Earl3d

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Tuesday Night OLists Happy Hour: Travel

There are two travel-themed topic suggestions on the Google Moderator we set up for Happy Hour suggestions, "Which city has the most Objectivist-like culture?" and "Countries each of us has traveled to, and what's better or worse there compared to the USA."  Thanks and a big OLists Shout Out to Adam Thompson for suggesting them.

The first suggestion of the two has a link to this essay, where Paul Graham makes some pretty interesting observations about cities.
As of this writing, Cambridge seems to be the intellectual capital of the world. I realize that seems a preposterous claim. What makes it true is that it's more preposterous to claim about anywhere else ... Cambridge as a result feels like a town whose main industry is ideas, while New York's is finance and Silicon Valley's is startups.