Just Stuff n Things

Work continues on the office closet conversion. Tonight I ripped down three 2×6 pine boards to 4 1/4-inch and built the base that the whole thing will sit on. But I stopped work before tackling the puzzle that will be 3/4 plywood on top of it. The same issue of not cutting out the front walls, is going to make putting the plywood down a treat and mean that I will have to do a split setup and build twice as many boxes. But even as I say that I’m starting to have thoughts… I’ll get back to you on that.

I picked up Corel PaintShop Pro X8 on sale for $15 direct from Corel. It doesn’t do as much as the CorelDraw Graphics Suite X7 I have, but I was getting a surprising amount of use from PaintShop Pro X5 and the price was just too good to pass up. Here’s me playing around with it.

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Today I started listening to a new audiobook, The Jungle by Upton Sinclair.  Published in 1906, Sinclair was apparently trying to tell a story about the harsh conditions and exploitation faced by immigrants in the industrialized cities of the United States. But the reading public was more concerned about the health violations, unsanitary practices, and other horrors that were to be found in the meat industry, as portrayed in the novel. I’m just paraphrasing Wikipedia there. I’m still trying to get caught up on all the classics my English teachers wanted me to read. Just started it, but so far, it’s not bad. It’s read by George Guidall, who is one of my favorite narrators. So even if I don’t like it, I still get to listen to that awesome voice for 16-hours.

The BBC takes on the issue of why there might be a whole multiverse of parallel universes out there in time and space. You can take a gander at the article here. I didn’t get very far into it before my head started hurting, but it seems that physics has found all sorts of reasons why they should exist. It’s not really light reading. Or rather, it is, seeings as it’s a bunch of horribly mind warping theories presented by the BBC in a simplified set of possibilities. Just don’t think about it too much or you will be engulfed by madness and horror.

That might just be the H.P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast talking. I’m still working my way through their archives and it can warp ones perspective of science and the unknown.

And one last thing. Just some words of advice from I don’t know who.

Don’t believe everything you think.