Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Tweed jackets are my fashion aesthetic

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I am a Whovian after all.

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3D printing works of art?

Looked up "curation" on Wikipedia and this sentence peaked my interest:
The first UK Wired Conference had a test lab, where an independent curator selected technology that showcased radical technology advancements and their impact on society, such as the ability to design and "print" real world objects using 3D printers (such as a fully working violin) or the ability to model and represent accurate interactive medical and molecular models in Stereoscopic 3D.
 Emphasis mine. My first thought was how close are we to being able to print famous works of art, such as statues and other sculptures, for their own use? Yeah, yeah, you can already buy replicas at gift shops and online, but imagine being able to print an exact scale replica of Michelangelo's David or the Elgin Marbles or some piece of three dimensional modern art, all of it in such detail as to make it look indistinguishable from the real thing? Obviously, given the size of 3D printers, some assembly would be required. Just some, however.

Monday, February 23, 2015

That's a nice stack of pancakes

(via Fuck Yeah, Nerdery)
That's a bit too much butter for my tastes, though. Me, I like putting butter (usually a fork full) on each one as I stack them. I've never eaten a stack that big, though. Usually three pancakes is enough.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Staunton needs more retail stores badly

Because they got jackshit outside of a Wal-Mart. Sure, there's local businesses and going by the PSAs on the WSVA station, buying from local businesses is supposed to be better than shopping at big retail chains. No argument there, but my interests are somewhat narrow when it comes to commerce and I doubt that most of these local stores have anything I'd want. I like books and some pop cultural things. There are three used book stores and one regular one in town. The problem with the former is that one has weird store hours and the other two only sell hardcovers and not very much fiction, unless it's like Proust, Faulkner or some such. The latter is more like a gift shop for tourists than an actual bookstore. Don't get me wrong, I like going there when I want to order a book and the guy stocks some nice Doctor Who swag, but I have more books in my bedroom right now than that store does. There's also no comic book store because it went belly up. Shame too, because that place had the most amazing wall mural.

The reason why Staunton doesn't have any big stores like a Target, Barnes & Noble, etc. is because we're only like seven miles from Waynesboro and I guess those businesses figure that there's no point in putting a store there because people can just drive to Waynesboro.

Staunton's more of a bedroom community, really. People live here, but commute elsewhere for work. I'm not saying that it's a bad town or anything, but it needs more businesses and places to eat out at.

Edit: I really need to learn to Google before I post. Here's an article from the WHSV news station about the city's plan to redevelop a chunk of land into a new business/housing area.
Staunton leaders are planning to turn the old Western State Hospital into an economic hub. It will have stores, homes, and businesses, which will make up the 'Staunton Crossing'.
There are a lot of different opinions in Staunton about how this property should be developed, but before anything can be built, the city said these old hospital buildings must be torn down. The city of Staunton has set aside $5 million in the latest draft of its capital improvement plan, to get this property ready for developers.
"Over the next several years we put in a plan to demolish the old Western State Hospital buildings; grading, excavation to level out some of the site areas, as well as some water and sewer infrastructure needs," said Staunton city chief financial officer, Jeanne Colvin.
There are varying opinions on what should replace the old Western State Hospital.
"I think that Staunton needs more restaurants," said Staunton neighbor Karen Sheehan. "Waynesboro has quite a few, so I think we need to step up and have more restaurants and retail stores."
At the same time, there's some opposition to it from the group representing "independent downtown businesses" and what I can only assume to be old people. Look, if you're business can handle competition from a business that's on the opposite end of town, then maybe you're business isn't that great. Harsh, I know, but that's capitalism, folks, and we live in a capitalistic economic system. Like seriously, the old Western State complex is on like the edge of town and far, far away from downtown. And I mean, it's not like businesses downtown are making bank anyways. How many stores and restaurants have gone belly up since 2010, when my parents and I moved here from Harrisonburg? Hmm? Anybody? Bueller? Bueller?

Boy, that certainly turned nasty didn't it?

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

OH, what the fuck, wifi?

For reasons unexplained, I could never get a decent wifi signal in the living room. Every other room in the house was the tops, but I could at best get only like three bars in the living room if I was lucky and slaughtered a goat. The oddity of it is that my bedroom where the router is is the closest to the living room. Yesterday I decided to move the router and put it on a bookcase closer to the bedroom door and it worked! Kinda. I now have better reception in the living room! Sorta. For more unexplainable reasons, the right side of the couch still gets shitty reception, but the left side doesn't.

How in the wide wide world of sports does sitting a few inches in one direction or another on a fucking couch effect wifi reception? The joys of modern technology.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Saturday, June 28, 2014

The Farnsworth House

The Farnsworth House is an pretty interesting house built near Plano, Illinois in the "International Style" by a chap named Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in 1951 for a doctor named Edith Farnsworth. The house was eventually put on both the National Register of Historic Places and National Historic Landmark. Mies and Farnsworth actually filed lawsuits against each other during the construction over budget overruns and payments, which Farnsworth lost. Ultimately, she sold the house in 1972 because of highway construction. After that, it was owned by a rich Brit named Peter Palumbo, who in turn sold it 31 years later. Finally, it was added to the NRHP and NHL.

I like the simplicity of the exterior. Nothing fancy. The ceiling to floor windows are nice too and are something that always catches my attention with houses like this. My only complaint is the way it's raised off the ground. I'd prefer a house that sat on a traditional foundation because it would make running the pipes and electric wiring easier (presumably) and include a basement. That's just me, though.

Pictures via Wikipedia.

Friday, June 27, 2014

I wonder how long until the conspiracy theorists start spinning stories of Mark Mayfield's suicide

Mark Mayfield was a member of the Mississippi branch of the Tea Party who committed suicide on Friday. He was potentially a rather despicable person, sorry to speak ill of the dead, because he allegedly conspired with others to take and post pictures of the wife of Senator Ted Cochran in the nursing home. His wife suffers from dementia and exploiting a person's illness like that for personal gain is behind contempable.

In any case, the first thought that came to mind was how long until the conspiracy nuts start cranking out theories that Mayfield was killed by the government, the Democrats, the Republicans, The Illuminati, the Bilderberg Group, the Freemasons, alien space bats, the Bilateral Commission, or as always, the Jews? I'm sure the denizens of AboveTopSecret, Prison Planet, Infowars, and whatever other conspiracy dealing website are fast at work. Alex Jones will undoubtedly spin it into a plan by the government to take away everybody's guns and send them to FEMA camps.