Consider this kind of like the old TS/SU Snippets posts….
It’s been a week since I’ve last blogged. I think this is quite possibly the longest unenforced break that I’ve had from writing in seven years. It felt a little strange, yet somehow quite relaxing.
That’s not to say I’ve been idle the whole week. Not at all!
I’ve actually been working hard on another automotive website. It’ll be launched in the next few weeks and it’s been a pleasure to work on. I didn’t create the content, but the people who did aren’t native English speakers so I’ve been helping them out with some editorial work that’ll hopefully make the whole site comes across a bit better to the English speaking audience.
A fun job.
The title of this post comes from the Question of the Week: Why the hell was Rebecca Black at the Grammys?
If you’re asking “who’s Rebecca Black” right now, then consider yourself fortunate enough to have never heard this (and I urge caution before you hit ‘play’):
Ms Black got her 15 minutes of fame by recording something so bad that it became popular, mostly for its “eew!” value. There were a lot of cruel remarks made, stuff that a young teenage girl shouldn’t have to bear, to be honest, but it is a mediocre performance of a terrible song. Her notoriety is based mostly on the negative reception given to her ‘work’.
So why did she score an invite to music’s premiere awards night. Aren’t there boundaries for this sort of thing? Can anyone just write in and request a seat or is it actually for people in the music business (as opposed to people in the Youtube business).
Some will opine that the Grammys became a cliche some time ago but we’re still usually happy to see one of our favourite artists lauded there. And for good reason, too. There should be something like the Grammys to reward musicians who are gifted and do their best.
I wish the girl well, but I’m also thankful she wasn’t nominated for anything.
I feel kind of dirty now, having written that. But after hearing that she was there, I just had to get it off my chest. Some institutions should retain a minimum entrance level, shouldn’t they?
Back to more familiar ground….
I went and had a look at my first prospective 2012 car purchase this evening – a Subaru Brumby. It’s fairly agricultural compared to what I’m used to driving, but that’s part of the attraction. This is meant to be a purchase with a purpose, to get something cheap, basic and utilitarian for the dump-run, etc.
Not the Brumby I looked at. This one is much redder:
It’s quite basic – no power steering and a flat-four carby engine. The tray is actually quite a bit bigger than it looks and whilst I wouldn’t want to drive it for hours on end, it’s comfortable enough for the short runs I do around town here in Hobart.
I’m looking at another one this weekend and will decide between the two after that.
And finally, the conclusion to the Sanding posts!!
I actually completed the cabinet some time ago. The intention was to use some other furniture here at the house as a base for it, but that turned out to be too much of a compromise, so I had to make a base with the leftover timber, one that would suit the cabinet itself and enable it to sit at a more appropriate height.
It’s actually still a little unfinished, but it’s probably as finished as it’s going to actually get (and yes, I ran out of Huon Pine, which is why the pattern on the base is missing one piece).
For those who might be wondering, the big box is made from MDF on an oak frame and covered with a veneer made of individual lengths of Huon Pine and Myrtle (both native to Tasmania). The base is made of Tasmanian oak, three lengths with simple butt joints, and then veneered with the same timbers. The legs are 3/8th-inch threaded rods with tee-nuts in one end and standard bolts in the other, with square aluminium covering the threaded rods (for looks and to provide a standard length).
It’s not perfect, but I made it myself. And that feels good.
And now for the bad news – I’m back at my regular 9-to-5 this week.
It’s good to be home and I’m very fortunate to have had a job to come back to, but geez it’s boring compared to my work with Saab. I’m going to miss Saab and the car industry in general, very much.