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Showing posts from July, 2016

The Politics of Distraction

[caption id="attachment_7613" align="alignnone" width="840"] can I get a third choice? please![/caption]

Bathroom Update

[caption id="attachment_7597" align="aligncenter" width="840"] this is a very small room too spend so much time in[/caption] Are you wondering how the basement bathroom is coming along? You should be, I haven't given you an update in weeks. Come on. You know you want one. Okay, want one or not, here you go. The shower is in place, leveled, plumbed, and only needs to be caulked after the painting is done. I had to cut out some drywall outside the bathroom to put in some leveling shims on the far side, but that was the only hiccup. All the plumbing for the sink and toilet is done, covered by drywall, and good to go. I put up the rest of the drywall and have it just about ready for primer; just a bit more sanding to do. I put down the vinyl floor, perhaps too soon, but I'm sure it'll clean up. If it doesn't... well, I have plenty more on the roll. There was a redesign/rethink issue with the bath fan, but I figured it out. I was going to put t

The Work Goes On

[caption id="attachment_7594" align="alignnone" width="840"] put it on ... sand it off[/caption]

arohenTV Video Repost

Let's see if this plays any better on YouTube. Also, I boosted the volume and added pre- and post- graphics.

Doggie Thoughts

[caption id="attachment_7589" align="alignnone" width="840"] dog days of summer[/caption]

Remembering Why

[caption id="attachment_7586" align="alignnone" width="840"] to eat and pay bills[/caption]

Failed Experiment

Well, last nights video experiment confirmed what I expected. Hosting video directly on my site is not optimal. It loads slowly and that results in a laggy video. It could be that I should put it up at lower quality, but that doesn't do what I want. So my future videos will continue to be posted through my YouTube channel, arohenTV. I'll throw some editing at last nights video, slap a cover screen on it, and get it up on my channel where you should be able to watch it without all the lag. Soon. The basement bathroom is coming along, but just when I thought I had all the drywall hung, there's more. I'm going to put up a soffit up over the sink and water closet, partially to hide the duct work but primarily so that I can locate the vent fan in it and make the venting easier. So I'll be doing that tomorrow. I saw this at the book store today and I'm intrigued. It was in with the roleplaying books, but flipping through the pages, I didn't see any of the usual ru

New Logo Designs

I was doing some unnoticeable work on my YouTube channel the other day and while watching the credit scroll on a couple of videos I started thinking about some of those production credits and their associated logos, or lack thereof. It's rather ridiculous that I've done this, and some might call it presumptuous and unnecessary, maybe even egotistical and self-important. But, I look at it as a design opportunity and a chance to stretch my artistic legs. As with so many of these projects, I do them because I enjoy doing them. So I made some new logos and decided on what use they might have. There's a lot of white space around these because I designed them at 1920 x 1080 so they would look good in video production. The backgrounds are transparent because, well, you never know what I might want to put back there. [caption id="attachment_7572" align="alignnone" width="840"] 120nn HomeStudios[/caption] The home studio is where all the filming and re

Desktop Toys

[caption id="attachment_7562" align="alignnone" width="840"] why so serious?[/caption]

Burning Bridges

Let There Be Light

I finally got around to putting up a couple lights in the garage. I salvaged these things from a storeroom I was tasked with cleaning out. They do a fantastic job of lighting up my garage. [caption id="attachment_7551" align="alignnone" width="840"] extra lights[/caption] And just to prove they work, here's a picture of them on. I didn't have to change the lamps or the ballasts. Which is pretty amazing, given the amount of handling they've endured. [caption id="attachment_7553" align="alignnone" width="840"] nice and bright[/caption] I also replaced the two existing light fixtures with ceiling fan boxes. It gets crazy hot in the garage in the summer. My plan is to get a couple of old ceiling fans from the Habitat For Humanity Restore and put them up. This will give me more light and allow me to circulate the air in a way that doesn't require me to knock over a box fan three or four times an hour.

It's the Little Things

This is a simple thing that heralds great things in the near future. Well, perhaps 'great things' is an exaggeration. But it's a big thing. [caption id="attachment_7545" align="alignnone" width="840"] a simple yellow wire[/caption] I finally finished running my dedicated 20 amp circuit out to the garage and that little yellow wire is the only evidence I have to show for it. The current wire is just a 15 amp circuit and runs from the half-bath to the patio and then to the garage. Crazy. Yes, I think so too. But that circuit can be changed now. I have run the 20 amp circuit across the basement and out into and up the garage wall. Both the refrigerator and the freezer are plugged into one outlet (Yes. They should have a dedicated circuit, but really, they're extras and don't deserve such special treatment.) and then the wire snakes around the corner to the outlet you can see there. The significance here is that it is out into the garage a

Siding Fixed

Do you remember way back in February when some of my siding blew off? [caption id="attachment_5972" align="alignnone" width="840"] Wind Storm 2/19/2016[/caption] Well, I fixed that. It took me a while to get around to it, as it often does with things I'm unfamiliar with. But, eventually I get around to such things. Finding a match for the siding wasn't a problem, there's a place over on Clyde Park (I don't remember the name) that had a perfect match for my house color. I only picked up six pieces, figuring it's close and I can always get more when I build my shed. But even six pieces were enough to fix the side of my house and leave enough left to take care of the ugly bit on the back of the house. I took out that big metal hood fan in front of the window and patched it with foamboard when I started the laundry room, but that left a big hole in my siding. [caption id="attachment_7542" align="alignnone" width="4

Happy Birthday America

[caption id="attachment_7535" align="alignnone" width="840"] Fire up the grill![/caption]

Up Hill, Both Ways

[caption id="attachment_7556" align="alignnone" width="840"] and don't you forget it[/caption]

That's Not in My Wheelhouse

[caption id="attachment_7559" align="alignnone" width="840"] everyday at my job[/caption]