Shaving with a Hammam bowl

I’ve written in the past about my old-timey (possibly hipster) shaving setup. I use shaving soap, a brush to apply it, and some combination of safety razor (which takes those cheap unsafe double-edged razor blades) and cartridge razor (which uses those overpriced disposable plastic multi-blade cartridges). I like to finish up my shave with a … Continue reading Shaving with a Hammam bowl

Cat food cans to garden tags

[Blog note: I have a more recent post about making garden tags with a laser cutter.] I have written several recent posts about creating things FOR cats (see also: cat scratcher, printed toy ball, cut toy ball, etc.), but this is a short post based on creating something FROM the byproduct of cat ownership. I … Continue reading Cat food cans to garden tags

Rock, Scissors, Fire

It seems like all engineers like to name things in clever ways along a common theme.  Most often, this manifests itself in the names of computers.  All of the servers in a given server room or individual rack might get named after Simpsons characters, the seven dwarves, the seven deadly sins, the nine greek muses, … Continue reading Rock, Scissors, Fire

Photo Ketchup

It has been a while since I emptied my camera, so I figured it was time for a photo catch-up post. First, I thought I would kill two birds with one stone. I wanted to photographically convey how treacherous the stairs in the new house are. They’re really shallow and really tall. I also wanted … Continue reading Photo Ketchup


Please note that all blog posts before 8 April 2007 were automatically imported from LiveJournal.  To see the comments and any LiveJournal-specific extras such as polls and user icons, please find the source posting at is it that when polished metal gets worn from use, it becomes scratched, but when brushed metal gets worn from … Continue reading Metal