Archive for the ‘housing’ Category

Viewcams for Condos

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

As I stood this morning, enjoying my view while it lasts, it occurred to me that there was a potential solution in the near future of technology.  With a 4k camera mounted on a pole on the roof, the building could give everyone not just back the view they lost, but a potentially better view.  I once lived in a building where the security cameras were wired into the building’s cable system, so you could tune your TV to the right channel, and see who was at the front buzzer.  A similar concept could work here.

Sometimes the label means something

Monday, June 10th, 2013

Sometimes, when a product is labeled for a specific usage only, it’s actually an accurate statement.

Water will flow again

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Surely by Sunday at the latest, I’ll have a working kitchen sink again.

Moving the art

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

I have been slowly moving my art collection home from work, in anticipation of the move to cubicles.  There just isn’t going to be space for 100+ sq ft of art work.  There might be space from some of the smallest pieces.


Yesterday, I tried to find places at home for the stuff I’ve transferred so far.  Without moving furniture, it is going to be difficult to hang pieces in the remaining clear wall spaces, unless someone can loan me a troupe of acrobat-handymen, that can form human chain counterbalanced towers to reach the spots that you can’t stand directly in front of….

(not) Quiet Nights

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Is it a new neighbor, a new stereo, did they discover crystal meth and partying all night? Whatever the reason, suddenly my downstairs neighbor is waking me up at midnight, to the thump-thump-thump of their stereo coming up through the floor, loud enough even the kitchen counter-top in the next room, is vibrating. The first time I came down knocking on the door should have been enough. That this has happened twice, in 4 days, is not a good sign of things to come. As much as I hate to, it’s time to call the HOA, and start working with the ‘authorities’.

I dunno if the sick feeling in my stomach is residual anger, or an oncoming illness, but knowing that if I went home, I’d be facing more sound-system attacks doesn’t help.

Disaster averted?

Monday, April 9th, 2012

A few weeks ago, I finally got down to my bank to fill out the paperwork to switch to their ‘budget pay’ program, an every-other-Friday pay scheme that nets an extra payment per year, the kind of thing that adds up in the good direction, for a mortgage.

When I’m there, I ask the woman when they will start taking payments under the new scheme, and she assures me that it will start up this month. Except that by the end of last Friday, there was still no payment made. Looking at the paperwork, I’m now 99.999% certain she was wrong, and that if I hadn’t manually done a full month’s payment, I would have ended up ‘late’ before they notified me of their mistake.

Now I’m wishing I’d just left well-enough alone, and just done the extra payments on my own.


Friday, March 16th, 2012

It occurs to me, as the washing machine is making the noise that says ‘replace me soon’…because I built the Lego display area as one long interlocking set of metal shelves, I’m going to have to take everything down, if I am ever to get a washer/dryer in and out of the laundry room. d’oh.


Thursday, March 8th, 2012

I find it highly suspicious that 6 hours after I sent our property manager an email, I get an out of office message back. I can buy their systems being slower than most, but 6 hours for an auto-reply? Seems odd to me.

Keeping Busy

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

In addition to my Lego work over the holiday season, I also managed to finally get all my musical keyboards setup again, well 99% setup. I need to stop by the store for some more patch cables, in theory, but practically, I don’t pre-program enough stuff that I’d ever have all three machines making noises at the same time. And I could just multi-track the individual instruments in editing.

I do need to pick up some vertical support bars for the extra set of wire rack shelves, to build a little sound isolated zone in the room for recording vocals with. Thinking it’s quiet enough in that room, I just need a simple set of blankets to stop the fan noise from getting in.

I think I’ve finally reached the tipping point in the new place, where enough stuff is put away or gotten rid of, that there’s space to work on the projects that have been backing up for years.

Persistence pays

Monday, December 5th, 2011

It only took about 6 hours of looking, spread across 2 days, but I finally found the correct cable and adapter so I can hook up one of my older laptops directly to my TV, for Amazon Prime viewing. And I actually got a couple of boxes worth of un-sorted stuff put away in the process, so the exercise was more productive than I make it sound at first. On the other hand, halfway through, I realized a potential efficiency improvement for my outlet-splitting situation, but still can’t remember where I saw the key component for the new vision. It’s somewhere in the place, I’ve seen it within the last 7 days, I’m sure of it.

I’m also sure I accidentally buried it while questing for the VGA male-to-male adapter. d’oh.