Latest Projekt: Jewellery Display Stand

Jeab has taken up jewellery making in a big way. The goal is to sell her produkts at a Sunday market. She'll need a display stand for the market, and it would also be good for her to be able to easily view all her creations at home. We stopped at the hardware store for materials today, and I put a stand together this afternoon.
Materials:
  • 1 x 2400 mm length of 4mm dowel
  • 1 x 900 mm length of 18mm square dressed pine
  • Some 12mm dressed pine board I already had at home for another yet to be executed projekt
First I cut the square dressed pine into two 450 mm lengths. These will be the uprights for the stand. Then Jeab decided on 43cm for the length of the four dowel cross-bars from which jewellery will be hung. I cut the dowels with an extra 1cm for each end (i.e. 45cm total) to be slotted into holes that I will drill into the uprights.
Next I worked out the right length for the base board and cut that off the piece of dressed pine I've got. The dressed pine is 24cm across. We decided to cut it in half length ways. That gives us two base boards of equal size, so if we decide to make another stand we already have a base board for it. This cut turned out a bit rough. I'll need to file the edge a bit later.
While I cut the base board, Jeab layed out the uprights with the dowels to work out how the dowels should be spaced.
With all the pieces cut and the layout decided, the next thing was to drill holes in the uprights to insert the dowels. Like always I got too into what I was doing to take photos.. I wrapped a piece of masking tape around the drill bit 1 cm up from the end so I could see how deep I was drilling. This worked pretty well and the holes all turned out to be the right depth. A couple of the holes weren't straight and I had to re-drill them a bit to cut them a bit straighter.
The first time I tried to insert the dowels, they were a very snug fit, which was what I wanted, but I broke the third one trying to push it in. I cut a new one and then scraped a sliver of wood off the ends of all the dowels. Now they went in fine.
The final step was to drill holes in the base boards and in the bottoms of the uprights so they could be screwed together. I made the holes very tight so that the screws had to really cut their way into the wood. This made it very tough to screw the thing together but once the screws were in they were very secure. I used countersunk screws, but I found on my Gear Rack projekt that with the dressed pine you don't need to cut holes for the counter sink heads as the wood is soft enough for the screws to push in flush with the wood anway.
Although the dowels are thin and fairly fragile, the frame of the finished produkt is quite sturdy. And it shows off Jeab's handmade jewellery nicely as intended.

Are that shop's cakes delicious?

A: あまたせしました。あれ。つちださんがいませんね。どこですか。
B: つちださんはケーキやいますよ
A: どのみせですか。あそこのおおきみせですか。
B: いいえ。あのみせじゃありません。あれはレストランです。ケーキやはレストランのとなりにあります。
A: あのみせのケーキはおいしいですか。
B: はい。おいしいです。
A: でわわたしもいきます。
...my Japanese homework :)

Zaurus

Sharp have a line of PDA's called Zaurus. These things are nowhere near the mainstream, but they heave huge developer appeal since they run Linux and Java, and you can develop software "on-board" using VI and various compilers.
That was why I bought one off eBay a few weeks ago. Its turned out to be nowhere near as useful for software dev as I thought it would be. However its turned out to be great for taking notes, writing documents and blogging. The size means I can take it places that a laptop shouldn't go. Plus I can pull stuff in or out of my CVS server when it's in the docking station back at the x1seven bunker. And seeing a Linux boot sequence when you restart it never ceases to be cooool..

Table-less layouts are way too hard

There are many good things about table-less layouts are like if a sight-impaired person uses a screen reader to "view" your page, it might actually make a bit of sense. The only problem is they're so damn hard to create.
The layout I wanted for the body of this page was to have fixed width columns at the left and right for links and such, and two equal exanding width columns in the middle for content. Achieving this with DIV's + CSS seems to be pretty much impossible. I spent around 4 hours floating, nesting, absoluting and then relativing DIV's last night trying to make them do what I wanted. In the end I deleted them all and slapped a table back in. It literally took me less than 2 minutes to get the page structured the way I want. CSS-based layout should be as easy - why on earth should it be so hard (or impossible as the case may be) to achieve such a simple layout?
In Java there are layout managers. You define a layout, then you place your GUI elements into that layout. Perhaps CSS should be left as a styling language, and W3C should define a layout language that actually works.

Yet another website

Sometime I ought to go and resurrect all my old websites. It'd be amusing to see my dodgy old 3D studio work and all those pages of Times New Roman text. However I don't have time for that sort of thing right now. This is my new website, and it's the best I've ever had!!!!!