Thursday, June 19, 2008


Our new gardening streak is now tipping over into trying to supplement our food supply. As we don't have access to any space for a real garden, we decided to build an elevated table garden. Like our upside down tomato planters we used recycled pallet wood to build the frame and a little bit of fresh wood to hold the soil. Add some eco friendly paint f or the outside and we're off and running. I'll update on this and the tomato's as the summer progresses.


CD Door Screen

Well, summer is almost here and we couldn't find a new door screen anywhere. You know the kind, bunch of beads on strings to keep the bugs at bay. Well, since I'm in the industry as they say, I thought I'd use a little "Technology" and create our own. The result is working very well for us.... imagine using WinNT Server to keep out bugs..... oh the puns available with this curtain will keep me going all summer :) We figure tdcp_4957 hat allowing for the retail value of the products on the CD's, this screen is worth about $20,000.00 :) Thats if we could turn the clock back 15 years or so to when the software had any value.

For the evening, we throw in a black light at the door, and the LED umbrella for a very "enlightened" atmosphere :)


Recycled Computer Planters

Freshly PlantedWell, it seems like a lifetime working with computers has left me with a large number of old PC's. Along with a recent interest in Gardening, we decided to recycle a couple as planters. We have had great luck with this, I emptied everything out leaving a case shell, stripped the electronics out of a couple floppy drives and CD's leaving the cases intact, then used pieces of wood internally to create pockets for the soil. Slap on a light dusting of ecologically sound paint and you end up with some attractive planters.


Freshly Planted

Year 3 and Happy

A fast,easy and cheap earplug organizer

I know, I know, any 2 of those three superlatives used above are dcp_5022possible, but not all at once. Well, in this case I'll let you decide for yourself. Almost every tinkerer out there has a soldering iron, solder, and perhaps some de-soldering braid. After you have used the braid, recycle the roller as a fast, easy and cheap earplug organizer :)



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A Man and his Tools

Everyone knows that dcp_5019a "real Man" likes his tools :) One of the things I would bet any guy can show you is his favourite knife. This is mine, it goes in my pocket whenever I head for the garden, the workshop or just messing around outside. This one was given to me in the early 1970's and if the Ol' guy (mechanic that was working on the old diesel engine in our old boat) that gave it to me can be believed, its now fast approaching 100 years old. The dcp_5021 small blade is almost non existent from sharpening, its a little bit loose now, and the aluminium pieces have been reattached at least a dozen times over the years, but it's still the first tool I pick up. :)


Sunday, June 8, 2008

Wildlife Homes

One of the things we missed after moving to the centre of town was the wildlife, mostly the birds. Both TS and I were used to the birds waking us up mornings, so we put up a feeder, and then built them some places to live.

We recycled leftover material from the deck, and used some pallets for their wood as well, and created the following...

A little cedar siding left over from the deck. straightforward and now heavily utilized :)

This one is built from old pallets and has some corporate sponsership :) . You can see moma sticking her head out for a peek.

We added a more upscale model from plans off the web and used a little left over paint from the house to spruce it up a bit.

Add a little food to the mix and our mornings are glorious with birdsong.


Thursday, June 5, 2008

Cylon Ancestry

Do Cylons have an ancestry? Created by Man, or did they evolve as an accident of technology? This ancient piece of art/technology? was discovered on one of the civilian ships being transported to Caprica as part of an estate donation to the University there. It is believed that this is a missing piece of history that shows the original technology that has become what is todays Cylon.

Initial investigations into the piece have failed to turn up definative proof as to wether or not this is directly linked to current Cylon technology, however, investigators believe that this is authentic and does represent an important link in assisting in our understanding of the Cylon and what we now agree is its unique culture.

Current opinion is split as to the origin of the tech, most believing it was some type of commercial 3D mapping system in use during the birth of technology some time in the late twentieth century on old Earth. The infra red based scanner on attached to the crown of the device was used to "ping" spacial areas for 3D mapping with the rest of the tech being supportive of that role.

Some researchers believe that the use of "duck tape' in the fabrication process allow for a geographical location of relative certainty in an area identified at that time as Canada (recovered archives of an old entertainment show of the area called "the Red Green Show" were instrumental in this). Identifying marks on some of the visible tech allow identification as a hobby based application.

There are some "fringe groups" that purport this technology was initially developed to support a real time gaming system called Dungeons and Dragons. A game initially created by Gary Gygax it is thought the tech was used to map 3D underground space for inclusion in the transition to computer based gaming from what was believed to be the pen and paper used initially.

Extensive additional research will be required to determine the "truth" of this discovery and all assistance will be welcome in this pursuit.

JJ (for the office of research, Battlestar Gallicatica)

(*for the DVICE, SCIFI.COM and MAKE Battlestar Galactica contest at )

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Gardening 2007

Other than a successful upside down tomato grow in 2007, we like to think we did well producing a little green haven in our corner of downtown Duncan. The following are a few pics showing the year.

This is the blackberry bush mid July.

During summer months, there is a festival downtown and the cars are blocked off from access to our "parking lot/garden" so we took advantage and expanded our deck to include a patio for a few days.... :)

Our "back 40" as we've taken to calling it mid September.

Our entry way to the house and the deck mid September.

TS looking a little overwhelmed under the leaves of late Autumn.

And another garden season (heh, we have 2 under our belt now) comes to an end.....


Monday, June 2, 2008

Kitchen Island from old pallets

We have access to old pallets left lying around by our local corporate citizens, so when TS started talking about a kitchen island, I started scrounging. 2 pallets taken apart, and old bookstore shelf and we had a new island.


Initial install below

TS got busy and used some old material for a skirt, and some vinyl tiles for a surface, works great as you can see.

Dungeons and Dragons for sale

I have a bunch of older D&D stuff for sale. It is being sold as a lot and I'm asking $100 or best offer. The items are boxed and ready to be shipped in a 18"x13"x10", 16 pound box. drop me a note at . Payment by Paypal preferred.