Saturday, May 31, 2008
The most startling discovery all day?.....
I'm going to be a Grandfather.
Our Daughter (23) called while we were there and gave us the news. She's due in January.
This is going to take some getting used to :)
Its a 1930's era fan, whose switch is missing, motor blown, and generally worthless. The "neck" of the fan is a repurposed brass section from an old garden sprayer circa early 1900's. The base is a cast iron lamp base. Combine the above with a sewing machine motor, roller chain, gears, and a bit of oak.... and you get this:
This is a "test fit" shot, and I have to put the cage on and finish everything. She's mostly done, though. When I finish it up I'll post a video of it running!
Friday, May 23, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Rocket packs, space colonies, transporters....
I've had a lingering sense that modern times, while wonderful and exciting in their own right, somehow lack the flash and pizazz that I thought they would have back when I was a little sprout.
Until I stumbled upon this today.
Ladies and Gentlemen. Your jet packs are ready.
Here's a video that's pretty damned impressive... Ok, so the landing isn't as graceful as the rest of the trip, but ITS A FLYING JET PACK, DAMMIT!!! :)
Friday, May 16, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
When you "haunt" cemeteries as often as we do looking for photography subjects, you tend to find certain stones/markers that affect you more than others. For me, its the ones that show an obvious sense of loss on the part of the person left behind. It can be a spouse, a child, or a parent - it doesn't matter. The yearning loneliness of the person that has to continue on alone in the world is what gets to me.
The inscription on this one at the bottom, references another child "Lilly". It Reads:
"Our Sweet Little Pet"
"Dear Little Viola, so bright and so sweet, has gone to heaven, Sister Lilly to meet."
Lilly's headstone was right next to Viola's. She had passed away at the age of 13.
Can't even imagine the pain on the part of the parents left behind. How awful it must be to outlive both of your cherished children. Markers like these get me right in the gut.. and seem to draw me toward them like a magnet.
Here's another child's stone from the same cemetery. Did a little post work on this one in photoshop:
Monday, May 12, 2008
Well.... the "Huge" Farmers Market turned out to be a handful of tents, some of which were already leaving when we got there around noon.
On the brighter side, though, the neighborhood around the Farmers Market was really interesting. It was located at 15th and Peoria. 15th street, for several blocks, is lined with interesting shops and cool cafes. We ate at an Irish Pub called Kilkenny's. Awesome food!
Circling out from there, the streets for many blocks around are filled with 1930 to 1940 era houses. There was even a restored 30's Ford Delivery Truck parked in front of one of them:
We killed some time just driving around taking pictures of the houses we liked, and then drifted off toward downtown - which is only a few blocks northwest of there. There are several beautiful old churches downtown, and we had a great time walking around taking pictures. Even got to go inside one and snap some pics of the stained glass. J, my Wife, does stained glass as a hobby so she's not one to pass up the chance to see some beautiful glasswork.
On the way home, we stopped in at a Cemetery in Denison, Texas. Hadn't been to this one before. Pics are in my Flickr Album (link on the right side of this page).
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Lots of errands tomorrow, then its off to exotic Oklahoma on Saturday. We're meeting my brother-in-law and his fiance in Tulsa. Good chance to explore new areas and it beats working:)
Massive home improvement project awaits upon our return after the weekend.
While goofing around today, I stumbled upon an interesting website. Its called Found Magazine .
Basically, people post stuff they've found - like love notes, grocery lists, old photos, etc. Other folks can comment on the "finds" and come up with their own back story or impression. Its pretty interesting once you start to look around.
Here's a couple from the website: Its a post-it note found on a sidewalk.
Isn't that sad?... I wonder if she left him, and she's sorry that she had to? Or did he leave her and she's sorry and couldn't help making a little extra chili 'cuz she knows he likes it. Would it break her heart even more if she knew he threw it out?
Here's a lighter one:
My impressions?.... first, that's a kick ass car!!! 70's era z28. How happy do they look? The whole future ahead of them...... and Damn, check out those sideburns!!!
I had a set of sideburns just like that :)
Its a cool site.... check it out. You'll probably end up wasting as much time as I did there. I know I'll be looking closer at little scraps of paper I see laying around from now on.
Friday, May 2, 2008
I'll have to wait till next weekend to touch up the frame areas that I haven't been able to do. I want to give the engine paint time to fully dry before drapping it against overspray from the frame in some areas.
I really dig the Matte Black, and it looks better in person that it does in my dirty garage with camera flash.
Here's a shot of the bike now:
And here's a closer shot of the valve cover. Flash makes it look like I missed areas, but its fully covered. I'm sure I'll screw up the paint a bit squeezing the carb rack back in place - but it should be easy enough to touch up.
I'm planning to polish the intake tubes, and carb tops, on the carbs. The rest will be painted the same color most auto carbs are (kindof a flat coppery/gold?). I'm going with stainless braided fuel lines. There will be some other chrome here and there (bars, mirrors, headlight trim, etc.) but Satin Black will rule this bike.
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Today, I did the following:
Pulled front wheel, pulled rear wheel, removed rear brake caliper and rear master cylinder, removed forks, removed shocks, removed front and rear fenders, repaired the wiring harness in a couple of places, pulled the old handlebars and controls, and did some general cleaning. The toughest part was getting the wiring out of the handlebars..... Geez, it was wedged in there tight!! The usual light rust buildup inside the bars didn't help matters. It finally came out though.
I took a crapload of pictures, for my use later. The bike is in a hideous state right now, and its hard to imagine that it will go back together when I turn the corner and start the buildup.... but it'll happen :)
Here's how she looks now:
I don't know if I'll have a chance to do much on her tomorrow, but if I do it will probably be the actual start of painting and rust abatement. There's a couple of spots of surface rust on the frame that I have to clean up and I'm using a product from Eastwood called Rust Encapsulator that I've used before on vehicles. It actually changes the chemical nature of rust into a harmless non-spreading compound. Also acts as a pretty good primer.
Friday is usually my "chore" day. Since I work a compressed week, I cram my 40 to 45 hours each week into 4 days, and then get three days off. That gives me Thursdays as "bike day" (or whatever project I'm currently working on), Friday is "chore" day, when I do the grocery shopping, do yard work, home repairs, etc.
Saturday, as you've seen, is reserved for J (my Wife) and myself to hang out together.
We'll be married 21 years this January, and we STILL would rather spend time with each other than anyone else. That says something :)
This isn't because my pictures are so great that I think they don't need processing, its more a factor of my never having bothered to learn how to do most of the neat tricks people can do with photoshop :) To date, I've mainly just used photoshop to resize or crop pictures, with the occasional experiment into other areas.
I had some time to kill this morning, waiting on the county tax office to open so I can run up there and register my Wife's car before I get filthy working on the Goldwing.... so I decided to experiement with a picture I took of an old Farmall Tractor in a field this past weekend. The first picture is just as it came from the camera. The second is after I diddled it in Photoshop, in an attempt to make it look like an old tintype picture that had some faded hand-tinting on it. I'm pretty happy with the results, since its the first time I've tried to do something this extensive - even though it only took a few minutes of actual "work".
Here is the before: