Tools

This weekend, I went and spent a pile of cash on tools.

First, on Saturday, I took a trip to the “local” Woodcraft store where I ordered two items. A Steel City 17in drill press and a Rikon 14in Deluxe Bandsaw. I’d been hoping to come home with them that day, but it wasn’t to be as neither of them were in stock. I was told that it would be somewhere around three weeks for the drill press. The band saw could come in sooner. I sure hope it does.

Sunday, I went out and bought two more items for my “shop”. The first was a dust collector from Harbor Freight Tools. It was cheap, and with some after market filters, it apparently does a pretty good job for the money. The filter I’m going to attempt to get is this one.

The second item I purchased was a stereo system from or called “iSymphony”. It has a docking port for an iPod, but that’s not why I bought it (I don’t have an iPod). I bought it because it also has an SD card reader and a USB port, and I can just plug in a 2Gb SD card and have more than enough music for a days worth of work.

So the only disappointment for now is that I don’t have the electrical work done in the garage yet. Hopefully, I will get the electrician out to discuss it sometime this week. I can’t run the tools until it’s done, and that makes me oh so sad.

The Beginning of a New Era

I haven’t been updating my other blogs much, for the very reason that the topics they cover either aren’t of much interest to me any more, or the projects aren’t being worked on for whatever reason, mostly because they aren’t of enough interest to keep me working on them, and I haven’t had much to say.

This one, however, is going to be just a random crap blog. Whatever I’m doing, I’ll probably mention it here. If I have political thoughts, they will go here. If I have books I’ve read that I want to talk about, you’ll find that discussion here. Here, you will also find my explanation as to why Infinite Suns isn’t getting done.

The reason? I don’t want to code anymore, at least not on my free time. I do contract work for Machineworks Northwest, and I spend a lot of time doing it, and it pays pretty well. I’ve worked on various games including Duke Nukem Arena and Guitar Hero III for mobile phones. When I’m done working on those games, at the end of the day, I just don’t want to code, and coding in my free time is the only way Infinite Suns would get done.

So with the copious free time that I have (about 4 hours a night), I am instead going to spend the time building stuff out of wood in my garage. The majority of that stuff is likely to be guitars. There will probably be some furniture as well, as Wendy has some things she wants. I’m sure that list will be never ending.

If you’re wondering if I will ever get back to working on Infinite Suns, the answer is a definite I don’t know. Maybe. It will depend on how well I do at building guitars. If my guitars aren’t shit, and I can sell them at a price and quantity that allows me to make them for a living, then perhaps Infinite Suns will see the light of day. But as long as I’m coding for a living for someone else, I don’t think it will happen.