Thursday, March 23, 2006

March Non-madness.

March Sanity doesn't sound as good. Max has been sleeping in his crib for the past few days, with very little waking. Not that I'm not still exhausted, but at least I don't feel as close to collapse.

Henry sick, Max demented, Daddy tired.

Henry is one cool dude.

I finally finished my 3D milling article It was picked up by the Make blog which doubled my daily bandwidth useage for a few days. They love little projects like this, those crazy Make people.

Market starts the 1st of April and going by Henry's tantrum today when Felice slipped out for a checkup, I'm pretty much in for trouble.

Watched the first two episodes of the new Dr. Who, pretty well done with a bit of Hitchhiker/Brazil added to the classic style. I also watched "Chan is Missing", Wayne Wang's first(?) film, which was a great little detective/identity film.

I cleaned out a Thomas Train yesterday (see the Brio train cleaning also)

Housing opened up (make a triangular screwdriver to remove the two screws)

Disgusting hair wrapped up in gear train.

Motor removed, take care not to break the wires.

Notice the gear units can just be popped out for cleaning...I used a dental pick and tweezers to clean out all the hair and dirt. It now works fine.

Other than that, just work and children...

Links: (cryptology...)
Sandbaggers fan site.
Siris, my latest favorite blog...
Milling machine maintenance.
The John Street Roundhouse (Toronto)
Internet Acronym Server

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Adrenaline Rush

I narrowly avoided an annoying fender bender today in the post office parking lot. I started to pull out and the woman in the space oppposite started to pull out. I was looking behind me, she was not. She kept coming towards our car which was just out of the space, so I slammed the car into drive and actually burned rubber (not just metaphorically, I was burning rubber!) back into my space. The woman didn't even notice and just pulled out of the parking lot.

Henry recreates the woman's abandon in pulling out.

Henry and Max, a calm microsecond...
We had Max's adoption papers notarized today at the bank. Only a few more hoops to jump through and unless we win the lottery we are done with this whole adoption michegas.

Henry was cleaning the bathroom mirror (which made more of a mess...), I went in to check on him and he was cleaning the electrical outlet with a wet rag. We do have GFCI, so it probably wasn't that dangerous, but I gave him a stern lecture on electricity...

I have been working on a little article for my webpage about 3D milling, here is a sneek preview:

3D model in Rhino, 1.125"x1.125"x.25"

Roughing pass on the CNC mill, coarse stepover.

Finishing pass, .002" stepover.

Finished wax.

Not much of a preview, that is pretty much the whole thing, but I'll flesh it out...

I need a Minisort. Ok, I probably don't need one, given what is probably an astronomical cost, but it would be handy...

Wooden Ship Modelling for Dummies (Mom, it's a Canadian site!)

This is the lake where I went to summer camp.