Bamboo windchimes

By , October 30, 2006 10:02 am

And one of my favorite materials, (bamboo for those who don’t know me) made into windchimes.  Neat!

Bamboo Windchimes

I think that is a half of a coconut at the top.  Didn’t see what the clapper was made of.  Main thing I was after was the memory of the style and cut of the chimes themselves.

Hanger for rod

By , October 30, 2006 9:58 am

This is another 2 piece pix that I took of a necklace hanger someone had made of 1/2 inch rebar for the upright and and square iron for the foot.  There were 2 of these with a  3 to 4 foot rod hanging between them with the jewlery on it.  I didn’t ask but assume that there was spikes on both ends that go 8 to 12 inches underground.  Total height above ground was about 4 feet. Top hoop was 6 to 8 inches.
Cat needs something along this line to display her work.  Will see about making something along these lines to hold some bamboo rods.  May try to make a double hook affair to hold 2 rods at different heights.

Hanger for rod to display necklaces.

Pole holder

By , October 30, 2006 9:33 am

This picture is made up of two different views of an adjustable iron hanger to use on a pole. Lantern, pot, coat or whatnot could be hung and then adjusted to the height needed.

Adjustable hanger

This piece owned and used by Hrothgar the Trader and photographed with permission. Thanks Hrothgar!

Hrothgar the trader sign.

Bits and pieces of tents

By , October 30, 2006 12:23 am

More pix from the Alabama Renaissance Faire. These are just interesting (to me) bits and pieces of tents.

A post and rope supported tent.

A post and rope supported tent.  Note the hard to adjust ropes and sagging tent top.

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The Faire Wynd Players

By , October 29, 2006 11:23 pm

We have seen these fine folks several times. They have a website at which will explain a lot more about them. The following is a pix of their banners and then some of Ginny “sword walking” in which she walks barefooted up and then back down a stairway of sharpe bare edged swords. They are next scheduled to apear at Alabama Frontier Days Nov 1-5.
Now on with the pix:

Faire Wynds Banners

Faire Wynds Banners

Ginny going through some contortions.

Ginny going through some contortions. That’s her dad Eric with his back to the camera on the right and her mother Susan on the left.

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There and back again

By , October 29, 2006 10:41 pm

In the same day.  280+ miles is more than I enjoy driving in a day any more. That alone tired me out, not to mention the 3+ hours walking around at the faire.  Enjoyed the acts and vendors and renewed aquantences of some of the folks we have gotten to know over the last 3 years of visiting.  I got some pix and Cat got a lot more.  Will get them up soon.  Course I said that last year and still haven’t posted them.  Guess I need to do that too…  Soon.  Really.

Bits and pieces and nothing fit

By , October 28, 2006 10:45 pm

Still in town as of now.  Didn’t get near enough done to try vending at the ren faire.  Maybe next year.  Still hoping to get setup at Farm Days at Wrights Dairy on Nov 4 but will have to wait and see what the next week brings.

Planning on heading out early in the am so we get to Florance by noon but may be later in the afternoon.

Just got my outfit as done as it’s gonna get.  Will post pix and such after the event.  The main thing my outfit is missing is shoes.   Just haven’t had the time or energy to even make shoe covers to fake them so am going in mundane footware.

Main outfit is pirate pants, peasant shirt and a hat I bought last year.

Also have a leather pouch made from an old 70’s era leather purse.   Lots of olive oil brought it back from the crackling dead.  A strap that Cat wove replaced the one it came with.  Recut the flaps and added bead and leather thong closures.  Looks properly old and worn out.  Holds lots of stuff too.

Time for me to hit the sack if we are gonna leave early, so will close for the nonce.  More when we return either late tomorrow or sometime monday.

Long couple of days

By , October 24, 2006 9:17 pm

Still trying to get finished getting ready for the cold weather.

Since the weather folks said last night was gonna be below freezing was time to get the plants in for the year.  After building a raised area about 8×6 and 4 feet off the ground we moved them in by dark.  That also included the walls around it.  Will try for pix later.

Today was firewood and timbers for the tent/portable building.  Firewood cutting started at 9:30am and finished about 11:45 am.  Cut and split a pile about 8’x8’x1.5′.  Enough for the next few days anyway.

After lunch I went back out and cut several poplar trees from 2 to 5 inches diameter for the tent frame I am trying to get built for the ren faire this weekend.  Got all 8 pieces cut to length and peeled.  Got the 4 uprights cut down on the bottom to 1.5 inches to fit into the pine rounds and 2x4s around the base of the building.  Will be 8’x8′ square with a front wall height of 7 feet and a back wall height of 5.5 feet.  Floor will be raised 8 inches above the ground for water or whatever avoidence.    Must get pix.  Too weird to discribe.

Gonna try to get the canvas for the top, back, and front/canopy at the coop tomorrow.  Hope they haven’t gone up too much on the prices.  Need 10’x20′ if possible.  If not will see about getting painters canvas and sealant and sew it myself.  May not make the weekend if that happens.  Next bit we are gonna try to make is farm days at wrights dariy on November 4.

Posting will be sparse for the next few days till this is all over.  Will try to catch up soon.

Tastebud Chicago: How to Cook a Steak

By , October 20, 2006 7:59 pm

Tastebud Chicago: How to Cook a Steak

Linked to this page the other day but have to do so again after trying this out with a should have been tough shoulder steak.  Did nothing different other than to add a bit of Adolphs meat tenderizer before the salt, pepper and olive oil.  After adding the meat tenderizer (msg free) to both sides of the meat, I let it sit for about 5 minutes then added the salt, pepper and rubbed olive oil into it all on both sides of the meat.  Used a regular meat themometer, instead of the fancy digital remote they recomend, and at 150 F took the meat out of the oven.

Added a bit (quarter cup I guess) of water to the sauce after cooking it all for a few minutes.  This helped to break the hard crust up and softened the dried onion bits and chives I used instead of fresh scallions.

Was wonderful!  Tender, moist, and as flavorful as the last t-bone I had at a restaurent and paid much more for.  This one was $4.18 + tax and it fed the both of us to over full.  Good stuff!  A five star recipe!

Article – How To Make Beef Machaca

By , October 20, 2006 7:46 pm

Article – How To Make Beef Machaca

Sounds good.  Will have to try this sometime soon when I have the mud oven fired up.  Should be able to do the simering in there and the searing with the coals left after firing.

Techdirt: Editor Explains Why Google Is Immoral

By , October 20, 2006 7:40 pm

Techdirt: Editor Explains Why Google Is Immoral

Now if someone can explain just how an idiot like this got to be’s editor…

The Blog | Matthew Diffee: The Rejection Collection Number Two (And Caption Contest) | The Huffington Post

By , October 20, 2006 7:30 pm

The Blog | Matthew Diffee: The Rejection Collection Number Two (And Caption Contest) | The Huffington Post

Off color they may be, but still funny as hell!  😉

Techdirt: I’m Sorry, You Can’t Use That Deduction: It’s Patented

By , October 20, 2006 7:25 pm

Techdirt: I’m Sorry, You Can’t Use That Deduction: It’s Patented

Totally out of control patent office.  Kind of like the rest of the government.  Totally out of control… 🙁

Adjustable Measuring Cups are Less Artsy, More Awesome – Gizmodo

By , October 20, 2006 9:50 am

Adjustable Measuring Cups are Less Artsy, More Awesome – Gizmodo

And look to be a real pain to properly clean.  No thanks.

Boing Boing: Great bookmod: encyclopedia into scrapbook

By , October 20, 2006 9:49 am

Boing Boing: Great bookmod: encyclopedia into scrapbook

The link on the Boing-Boing page goes nowhere as the “artist” has taken the site down as she seems more worried about someone using a picture of “her” work to promote or link back to “her” site than about sharing her ideas.

I have run into this blinders-on attitude quite a few times with “artists” trying to “protect” their “property”.  Thought then and think now that if they are that concerned about “their” work they don’t need to have a website in the first place.  The web is a place for sharing.  Get over it!

This is the pix that she has her knickers in a wad over:


Good concept, though I would have used string or rope or leather instead of wire to tie it all together.

The Maven’s Archive

By , October 20, 2006 9:35 am

The Maven’s Archive

Words are slippery little things.  Here’s some unusual ones.

Tastebud Chicago: How to Cook a Steak

By , October 20, 2006 9:33 am

Tastebud Chicago: How to Cook a Steak

Mummmmmmm Steak!  Gonna have to try this in the mud oven… 😉

Linux Commands for Beginning Server Administrators –

By , October 20, 2006 9:31 am

Linux Commands for Beginning Server Administrators –

Good bookmark material for anyone running linux or unix.  Server or not.  Several of the commands were new to me and I have been running linux for several years on the desktop.

Another nearly nothing day

By , October 19, 2006 9:41 pm

Hands and arms are still giving me fits.  Numb fingers and hard muscles in my forearms.  Done too much for too long without enough time in between for them to relax I guess.

Been trying to figure what program to use for a new project that Cat is working on.  800+ drawings of american sign language signs that have to be linked to text and other things.  Weeded a few cms programs out but still trying to figure which one to use.  Thought about a wiki too.  Gonna have to think about it and look some more.

Not quite as much rain inside today after the ditches I dug the other day.  Got to get the underpinning finished soon, next rain sunday I think.
Attalla fall festival this saturday.  Guess we will try to make it this year too.  Made the last two and was a nice day out.

Florence Ren Faire is the following weekend.  Gonna go whether we take stuff to sell or not.  Also gonna try to hit some used book stores on the way.  May even take a day or two extra and visit a few extra ones I have found here in the state.

Scientists shed light on the last ‘flying aircraft carrier’ crash

By , October 18, 2006 10:20 pm

Scientists shed light on the last ‘flying aircraft carrier’ crash


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