"Keys are on the fish." This has been the mantra aound my place for...umm...a long time. Anyway, I'm on a tear in the house lately to improve its coolness level and I really believe that it's the details that make or break the functionality and balance of the space.
My building was built in the 50's at accomodate workers at the (formerly) nearby CP rail yards and the industries that sprang up nearby. This is really aparent in the cabinetry that's in the kitchen. It's all original, non-modular in design and simply glorious.
At the turn of the year I took down my Howard Fogg classic trains calendar which had hung in that space and stuck the fish there because I'm using the back door a lot more than last year.
The fish, however, didn't fit with the sense of decor that I've evolved since I moved into my apartment and so...what? Stop laughing, I'm serious. I HAVE TASTE DAMNIT. Ok, the real reason that I want a different system is that the fish moves and that just bugs the crap out of me. I kinda like the kitschey aesthetic of it, but the wobbliness makes me crazy. Also, there is no good place to put my sunglasses if I happen to have them on my head instead of in my purse.
Time to run to the Internet for some inspiration. The maker/woodworker community is strong on YouTube so I was sure I would find something potentially cool.
First on the list was this video by Eric Lindberg. I like the modern look to it and the relative simplicity of the build. It's basically two boards nailed together and stuck on the wall. I'm totally stealing the idea for using rare earth magnets in lieu of hooks, because magnets!
Hey this is a serious design blog. Get that guy outta here.
A few videos and thinking about the nature of shelves in general lead me to this build, and epic floating shelf. I love the idea, so lets scale it down a bit, shall we? Stay tuned for part 2 where we design and build the thing.
I've been on a bit of a hiatus from the studio lately because of other commitments. I've been watching a lot of videos lately though and stumbled across the wonderful Laura Kampf. She has an extensive catalog on YouTube that I highly recommend.
Glue four rare earth magnets to the back of a hot chocolate tin for a pencil holder that will happily live on your fridge door.
When you go looking for one thing, but find a bunch of other things you were looking for.
Good cabinets never die. These are on their third shop and third owner.
Today I managed to get back to the studio for another hour and do a little more unpacking and create a little more useable space. I'm at the point now of having the folding table useable as a work surface which should allow the sorting process to go a lot faster. On one hand, I sort of wish I had left the boxes in my storage locker until I got the infrastructure more sorted out, but that wasn't really an option. I guess I'll just have to go through one box at a time, when I have time, and hopefully squeeze in a few small builds here and there.
I think the first big build is going to be a work bench under the window. I had to abandon my last bench in place because I just couldn't move it easily. Oh well. It's only lumber. If you have any ideas for a modular system that I can break down should I need to, drop me a line.
I guess life happened and we took a bit of an unexpected hiatus. I'm in a new space now though and I'm starting to put the shop back together after it lived in boxes for a year and a half. Oh, also, I have to call it a studio because it's in the posh corner of Hintonburg. Maybe I should call it an atelier. Anyway, the space itself is 10 by 14, so, bigger than the original shop, but smaller than the garage that I was in last time. It's insulated and drywalled with a window and a standard size door. I won't be building anything huge, but that's ok.
My plan right now is sort of vague. I'd really like to get back into turning again, and I need to knock off a few projects for the house that I've been sitting on for too long. Nothing huge. It just feels good to be back in the shop...err...studio and getting in touch with that side of myself again.
For those keeping score:
Testosterone - 0 Estrogen - 300
We're playing Pokémon Go and actually having fun.
There has been far too much adulting happening in my life over the past week, but I guess that's how you actually get stuff done. Today marks the first day of the next step in my transition journey, the one where I actually begin HRT. I suppose I should be over the moon at this, but honestly, I'm just tired. It's a good kind of tired though, the kind of tired where you know you've done some hard work and can see the fruits of your labour. Anyway, in addition to finally getting over my fear of doctors and medicine and getting my prescription for the first batch of femme 'n emms, as my friend Meagan calls them, I had a meeting with our HR manager and a couple of supervisors at work on Thursday. The result? In summary, it was the most support I've felt in a long, long time.
My first question for management was, since we're a large multinational company, is there an existing procedure in place for handling a transition? No sense reinventing the wheel, right? The response was somewhat unexpected - "We don't have anything in place for Ontario, so we get to set the standard." No pressure, right? Anyway, after laying out my likely timeline at this point and asking questions about what documentation was required and what our insurance covered, the management team went out of their way to reassure me that this was all about me and my comfort. Questions about disclosure to the rest of the employees were asked and the sketch of a strategy was drawn up. The takeaway from the meeting, at least on a functional level, was that I work in a pretty damn awesome place and my coworkers and managers respect me. This will not turn out to be an Internet horror story. I get that not everyone is as privileged as me with respect to coming out in the workplace because of a lot of factors. I also get that there has been a lot of ground lost in the struggle for basic human rights lately. That being said, there are good stories out there and mine is one of them. I acknowledge that I have certain privileges because of my age, my experience, my education, and the country that I reside in. My hope is that I can use this privilege to make things a little easier for anyone following me on a similar journey at my company.
The second takeaway from the meeting, on a personal level, was that I was able to hold my own in a meeting with top level management and not look like a complete idiot. I think that, I've been selling myself too short for a lot of years, for a bunch of different reasons. The people I met with were inspiring to me in their belief and commitment and drive. This is an environment that I want to explore, away from the front line, surrounded by people who have their shit together and are able to make people feel comfortable in difficult situations. The boss fight from the last level is completed, the loot has been divided, the gear has been upgraded and the achievement has been logged. It's time to do the baby quests of this level and work towards the next one.
I've been down sick most of this week, so that means I didn't get an episode out the door or much of anything done really. What I did do was lie in bed and watch a ton of YouTube videos. The one that I enjoyed the most was the mini-series Shock and Awe: The Story of Electricity, part of the BBC series Horizon. Presented by theoretical physicist and broadcaster Jim al-Khalili, Shock and Awe appealed to me because it was very much in the same vein as Connections, Coast, and Time Team. If you're a fan of science documentary, you will enjoy this one. The photography is gorgeous, the explanation of concepts is top notch, and the vintage lab equipment is fun to watch. Seriously, if I had watched Shock and Awe when I was in University, it would have made my AC Power course a whole lot easier to deal with.
I just discovered this series last night and thought I would share it with you. This is really something that needs more investment and expansion. Currently, there are 6 eopisodes about 8 minutes long. The series is written, produced and stars actual trans and queer women and realistically examines the issues that we face every day.
Her Story is a 6-episode new-media series that looks inside the dating lives of trans & queer women as they navigate the intersections of desire & identity.
Her Story is currently streaming on YouTube. Here is a link to Episode 1.
Ever wonder why that rural road you're driving down does an S-Curve for no apparent reason? Geoff Manaugh explains that it could be a correction in the Cartesian road grid to account for the curvature of the earth.
A couple of stories cane up on social media this week that just left me shaking my head. The first one comes out of Edmonton where a Catholic School Board Trustee says that transgender students have a "mental disorder".
Ok, let me get this straight - you believe in the infallibility of the Pope, a virgin birth, women being created from the rib of a man, a burning bush, parting the Red Sea and creating the heavens and the firmament in six days, but someone whose ideas about gender don't square with yours has a mental disorder?
I was looking for something else on YouTube this morning when I stumbled across this interview of Carl Sagan by Peter Gzowski on Morningside January 20, 1995.
I wish I had the physical ability to do this, but unfortunately, I can only cheer these women on as I find my own thing to do.
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