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My $15 LCD projector stand solution (patent pending)

Posted in Personal by Will on Thursday, February 23rd, 2006 ~ 5pm

So I’m setting up my new room, and the wall where the projector needs to be is a window. Presented with this problem, I came up with a solution using a $15 item from Bed Bath & Beyond in a novel way. I took the Bed Bath & Beyond’s “Modular Storage Cube” (SKU# 13652600 if you want to get one yourself) and assembled it differently than suggested.

As shown in the photos below (click for larger view), I created a sort of trellis that the sunlight can still shine through, with a sort of shelf suspended in part by some chains I picked up at a hardware store. The entire “trellis” is supported at both the top, where it hooks onto an ornamental plant hook, and at the bottom where some of its weight rests on the floor. Perhaps not visible in the photos are some added wires to strengthen the assembly a bit.


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I think it turned out quite well. This idea came a couple days after my original idea of suspending the projector in one of those yarn plant hangers was an unmitigated disaster. Well, actually it was a mitigated disaster, in that it worked but looked terrible. I much prefer this trellis-like solution, which to me looks kind of Japanese, and serine.

And here’s the view at night…

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How to explain Tardy the Turtle's absence

Posted in Personal by Will on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006 ~ 7pm

If writer/director/puppeteer Dan Milano secures permission from Fox to have Tardy the Turtle appear on the Independent Film Channel version of Greg the Bunny, here’s my take on how to explain why Tardy has being missing for the past couple years.

At some point, Tardy was being babysat (turtle-sat?) and there was a mix-up involving pork that left Tardy with the mistaken impression that he was Jewish. Maybe the babbysitter told him he wasn’t allowed to eat her pork fried rice (since he tends to get food all over the place), or maybe a ham sandwich was taken away from him because the bread was moldy.

Somehow Tardy was left with the impression that not eating pork was a matter of faith. Building on this tiny bit of info, Tardy concludes that he must be Jewish. Informed by this revelation, Tardy set out on the traditional mitzvah many American Jews undertake of moving to Israel for a few years, to better appreciate “his” culture.

When we meet up again with Tardy, his beliefs haven’t matured much beyond the “no-pork” rule, but he’s as sweet as ever and has liked everyone he’s met.

Anyway that’s my idea, free for the taking.

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Pillowcase industry is a sham

Posted in Personal by Will on Sunday, February 19th, 2006 ~ 6pm

Today I learned what a “sham” is. You may remember my epic blog entry from December 2004 titled “Pillowcase industry doesnt know its head from its ass, which is ironic since they make pillowcases”, in which I urged the creation of a pillowcase “which seals at the open end…maybe with a simple sewn-flap which traps and holds the free end of the pillow in,” to stop pillowcases from sliding off pillows. I went on to say that “This is so freaking obvious that really ALL pillowcases should have this.”

Today while wandering through Bed Bath & Beyond for the third day in a row as I got items for my new room I learned something that was not freaking obvious. I learned that this invention has existed alongside pillowcases for many years, under a name which held meaning for perhaps very few people: the “Sham”.

A “Sham” is a pillowcase with that special pillow-trapping flap. It costs twice as much as a pillowcase. And aside from it’s suggestive price and similar shape to a pillowcase when folded up there’s hardly any mention of what it is. But I unfolded one, and discovered it’s inner beauty. (Ooh, erotic).

Postscript: Another mystery of Bed Bath & Beyond remains: What are “Duvet Covers” and why do they only sell “Duvet Covers” but no “Duvets”? Where do “Duvets” come from? Are they a fancy word for “blanket”? Is there a course I can take so that I can know the secrets that BB&B employees know? At least I can do a dictionary search on this one since I know the word…Ah (reads what it is), now I see. An alternative to using a sheet, a “Duvet Cover” is sort of like a “Sham”, only big enough to encase a comforter, a comforter that is called a “Duvet” in honor of the French. Or something.

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The Blade Runner Experience (book)

Posted in Personal by Will on Wednesday, February 15th, 2006 ~ 11pm

I believe that somewhere in this new book about the film Blade Runner, I am quoted. I was one of several newsgroup members who were asked by one of the fourteen contributing writers to share their thoughts about this classic motion picture.

http://www.columbia.edu/cu/cup/catalog/data/190476/1904764304.HTM

“…The Blade Runner Experience: The Legacy of a Science Fiction Classic, edited by Will Brooker, examines the film in a broad context, examining its relationship to the original novel, the PC game, the series of sequels, and the many films influenced by its style and themes. It investigates Blade Runner online fandom and asks how the film’s future city com-pares to the present-day Los Angeles; and it revisits the film to pose surprising new questions about its characters and their world…”

That’s not my quote; that’s the book’s synopsis. Duh! The chapter on fandom by Dr. Jonathan Alan Gray of the University of California, Berkeley, is where I’d be.

I haven’t ordered it yet because I am still a few hours away from actually having an address! I’m in Boulder but not yet moved in.

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