Saturday, April 14, 2012

Hockey Mouth

Surgical suture on a needle holder w/ packaging

When you think of hockey players what is one of the first images that comes to mind?  Missing front teeth?  Sure.  Split lips?  Check.  Black eyes?  Natch.  Gashes on the forehead?  Bingo.  Stitches?  Yeah, that last one.  Me too.

This year for the Stanley Cup Playoffs I went all out and had a nice set of stitches (surgical sutures to be entirely accurate) installed in my own mouth!  I'm not sure of the exact number, but it's many more than one and marks the first time in Cup history I've had stitches myself during the playoffs.  Too cool, right?!  To be fair, mine weren't installed in a locker room or were the aftermath of a collision, hockey puck, or stick.   These are the result of a procedure done last December that didn't work ... so the dentist had to do a "retreat" operation this morning.  And, like the last time, it ended with stitches (sutures).

Next week they'll get snipped out.  Between now and then I hope they don't itch too much.

None of this dental stuff bothers me in the least anymore.  At least no more than it would  Gordy Howe.  :)

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

H is for Hockey

I grew up where White Christmas *meant* a white, cold Christmas.  And winter meant frozen ice.  And frozen ice meant ice skating and hockey!  The local mill pond wasn't more than a couple of blocks from my house and I have the scars on my legs and feet to prove I played hockey.  Not well, but I played.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

AutoCAD 2013 Update

Officially Autodesk released AutoCAD 2013 (Release 19, for those keeping track) on March 27, 2012, and almost immediately the forum boards lit up with complaints and bug reports.  This is expected and happens every year.  But despite the extensive beta testing that gets done over the months preceding every release this version really is a train wreck according to those who installed it.  Some of the most serious reports concern xref issues with files that worked in older versions and now become “Unresolved” and don't load in the new version.  Another issue included what one person described as unexplained corruption of, “... all my blocks with proxy CRAPhics! “, whether he loaded and modified them or not.  The bug and deficiencies list continues to expand as of this writing.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Greene & Greene

While I haven't had time to make much sawdust recently I have my own workshop waiting for me anytime the urge strikes. And my favorite type of woodworking is furniture building, especially in the Shaker, arts and crafts, or Greene and Green styles. Partly because I love working with quartersawn oak and partly because I enjoy the joinery process.

Here's a project that would be fun to build as a pair for either the living room or bedroom. Think I'll head out to the melamine store right away!