So, it occurred to me that there are, certainly, things I’ve done lately. I thought it might interest and entertain at least a few people to hear about some of them, and probably give some insight as to how I think, and do things.
New Bedroom Desk
For a long time, I had a desk in my bedroom, for reading, and “bedroom-computing” that created an extremely cramped environment. Not only did it have a bookcase on top of it, it was a style known as “library desk”, which had shelves for books under its surface between the legs. Not only did this mean that it was basically impossible to sit “at” the desk, with my legs under it, it was impossible to clean under.
Thus, reading several articles on “suspended” furniture, I decided to tackle my own project:
It, basically, is a 24″ x 36″ x 1″ pine panel bought at my local hardware store. The “weathered” effect was accomplished with a blue stain, and some serious sanding. After that, it was finished with several coats of satin finish polyurethane. It is simply hung on 3 standard shelf supports, as well as a tiny block of wood supporting the panel corner that is next to the wall, but away from the “wall corner”. I bought steel cable, prepared to support the “free” corner of the panel, but it proved to be completely unnecessary. It is surprisingly stable, completely hanging out in space.
Shelf and other kind of support space is provided, as you can see in the pictures by “gridwall”, a common retail environment tactic for display. This was convenient as I happened to have a whole bunch of them already, from previous endeavours with craft shows, and the like. I especially like that the way it is currently set up, it’s quite easy to have nothing whatsoever on the desk surface.
I have pursued multiple projects that have a pretty significant “time” element to them. Something appeals, a lot, to me about this kind of project. They include things like Pickled Eggs, Koolickles, Soy Sauce (a complete, and probably dangerous, failure. Nothing more will be said.), and Hot Sauce.
I have produced surprisingly popular versions of a “cooked” hot sauce, largely bell peppers, habaneros, and other minor additions which are simmered for a while in vinegar, then liquefied in a blender. So far, these have been distributed under the name “Crazy as Batman” Hot Sauce.
I have now produced something far, far, crazier than batman:
I worked kind of hard to get a picture that was really indicative of the strange color this stuff is, and I’m pretty okay with that pic. Here’s how it was produced: Google “fermented hot sauce” if you want a really detailed discussion of it, but, in short, about 2/3 lb. of Habanero’s and 1/4 lb. of fresh green Thai Chilies were mashed together thoroughly with a hefty dose of kosher salt. This vile mash was allowed to sit for 1 month, in a relatively cool and dark place (okay, my kitchen cabinet) and ferment. Then, 1/2 gallon of white vinegar was added, and the whole megillah was allowed to sit for two more weeks. Today, I filtered off all the solids, added a little bit more salt, and got this result.
The stuff, flat out numbs my tongue. I made it largely to add to other hot sauces, to spice them up. However, at least three of my crazier friends have already requested bottles of this pure evilness. They will receive them. Idiots.
As a side note, I just wanted to comment a little bit on the whole “time-related” kind of project. It occurred to me while writing this that I do not, in any way, have a friendly relationship with time. I’m like the guy who designed the Corpus Clock (do your own googling), with its attendant Chronophage, a giant, malicious, grasshopper that “eats” the time, as the clock marches forward. He basically considers time the enemy, to be railed against. I do, too, I think. However, it seems to me, this kind of project makes time my unwitting ally, my slavish worker, to do my bidding. I wonder how hard it is to get a job at a distillery?
I have some more projects, and art, to talk about, but I got significantly more wordy here, than I intended, so I’m saving them for another post.
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