Monday, July 28, 2014

The Hobbit (III)

There are those of us who become like kids again waiting for Christmas. This guy, Peter Jackson, has done this to us. Six times now.

And I honestly hope he finds a way to do it to us six more times at least!

Monday, July 21, 2014

In the Spirit of Wierd Al

If you've already seen astronaut Chris Hadfield's video version of David Bowie's "Space Oddity" song, then you'll love the Glove and Boots parody. Chris did too! :)

And if you haven't seen the original, you can see it -Here-.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Porter-Cable 7518 Router Base Recall

Well, Porter-Cable really is taking this router base recall thing seriously. My replacement base (the one on the left side of the photo above) arrived in the mail today! I wasn't expecting to see it until the end of next month! The base on the right was never actually used in a hand-held mode because I originally purchased it for use in a portable router table. Now the motor unit lives in my table saw lift station. But it's nice to know that the whole kit can be used hand held or resold at some point as a completely safe item.

In case you're just reading about this for the first time be sure to visit the US Consumer Product Safety Commission's webpage concerning the Porter-Cable Recall and submit your information for a replacement as soon as possible. Porter-Cable recalled these bases early in July 2014 because the uninsulated handles present a potential shock hazard. Routers are inherently dangerous power tools to begin with, but the idea of getting electrically shocked while using one kinda makes my skin crawl. Once you get your new part throw the old one in the trash and send in the postage paid "Recall Corrective Action Acknowledgement" card. The new bases come with a new base plate, so you'll have an extra if you save the original. You can save the locking screw from the old one too before throwing the rest away. Just be sure the old base gets into the landfill where it can't zap anyone ever.

This recall affects all of the following: Porter-Cable 7518, 7519, 7519EC and 22-7519-60 Routers, 75361 base units; and the DeWalt DWP7518 Router.

Safety First out there!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

A Photoshop Tutu

No,that Title isn't a misprint. You'll see why shortly.

Eat your hearts out, Photoshop Guys!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Sweet Home Chicago

Oh man, how good is this! I've been to Buddy Guy's club on South Wacker in Chicago and on two occasions he was in the house and got up on stage and performed a bit. He had his customary two glasses of red wine and was just as advertised: completely unpredictable. :) The last time he wore a really nice Hawaiian shirt too! Buddy is a treasure and a living blues legend.

Along with Buddy are two other performers on this stage that I've seen in concert; Robert Cray has played here in Kona twice over the past 10 yrs. He's been in my iPod forever. Jimmy Vaughn did a great show here just a couple months ago with Smokin' Joe Kubek and Bnois King. Eric Clapton has probably been in Honolulu but I have yet to see him. Hubert Sumlin is a new name to me... I'll have to look into his music catalog more.

I have this song on my iPod in four different versions at least, starting with the Robert Johnson scratchy original and continuing from there. Each one seems better than the last.


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

unWordless Wednesday

You know you need this. Restaurant Etiquette.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Friday Night Movie (on Saturday)

You've never seen holiday fireworks quite like this! If your connection supports it, turn this one up to 1080p, set the speakers on, go full screen, and sit back and enjoy! Happy Holiday everyone!