November 2011 Archives

Fan problem.. deferred

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New Phan
We got the fan in there last night - trusty Dewalt driver by the ready, and 4 inch screws to go right into the beam. That sucker's not going anywhere, but there remains a slight problem.. the hole from the prior fan box. That's going to be a bit of an eyesore for a bit.  Probably next year if we get to do the master bathroom, we'll patch it with some drywall.  For this week's visitors, this will do.

Remodel Chronicles November edition

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While things mostly look good around the house, there's a lot of things that are not done. And not all of them have to be finished completely, but we're making progress on them bit by bit. In this video, a lot of work went into the trim for the steps. And a lot went into unpacking things. And a lot of things left to do are turning out to be pains in the asses, like installing a ceiling fan in the middle bedroom. The original junction box wound up shredded, and there's not enough room to get a traditional brace (16-inch on center) up there, so today we're totally baffled. My vote was to get a 'saddle' box and put a medallion on the ceiling to cover up the hole left by the other box.. Chaz outvoted me though.
Speaking of him, he's starting a new job tomorrow with a company in Austin. As good as IBM was, his 'work location' was still Lansing, and he was 'long-term supplemental' which meant after 3 years, he was out the door in any case. Having a real tangible position in Austin is a good thing. The fact that it came with a raise was even better. It's been kind of strange, as in the past 3 months, his phone has been ringing off the wall with java positions in Austin; that hadn't happened since early 2000's. My suspicion is that a lot of the java programmers that kept their skills up went ahead and started moving on to php/app/mobile web centric companies and startups, so there is some backfilling going on.
My family comes down for a visit for the turkey day meal - Chaz is really excited about having so much of his family down her at this house. I'm not quite sure how it'll work with this tiny kitchen, but between him and his mother, they'll figure something out.

I can haz nu Fone? Yes!

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My 2 year anniversary with the Samsung Moment was done at the beginning of the month, so I was eligible for an upgrade discount.  With Sprint getting the iPhone 4s, I was considering it for a bit, but opted instead for the Galaxy S II.  Faster processor than the 4s, more memory, exchangeable sdram, and I'm kinda cheap: Sprint charges $120/yr more for smart phones since they turned on their 4g network, whether the phone could access it or not. The android has 4g, iphone, nope.  Maybe next generation - until then, I'll just ask someone standing next to me to ask siri silly stuff.


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Chaz and I saw this critter running down Mopac this weekend. Austin's been funny like that lately. There seems to be a profusion of Smart cars running around north Austin where we live, and more than one Leaf in the hood.  Don't get me wrong, there's still tons of Hummers in the parking lot of Costco with little adhesive stick-figures representing the entire brood, but there are signs of change.  Makes me feel a little less guilty about putting off the repair to my car's exhaust that is probably offsetting something small and electric.

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