Repairing my garage

When the Mrs & I were in the process of moving, we discovered that my cheap, pine workbench had become lunch for termites. I had to get rid of the bench as well as had the house treated (there were no termites anywhere else, but better to be safe than sorry) but since we were moving, I figured we’d eventually pack everything up anyway.

Well, we never did move.

Now I have a garage full of loose tools and no real place to put them.

I need a new workbench that I can mount my reloading press on. It also needs to be a damned good surface for me to cut / bend / hammer / Dremel / etc. on The pine bench I had bent when trying to run my press and resulted in unstable powder throws. This time I want something sturdy.

But the bench is just one part. I need storage. I need places to put tools like my chop saw, router, Dremel, etc. So a large shelf. Then I need drawers for the bajillion tools that are just running around loose these days. Then I want upper cabinets and herein lies the suck – Those need to hold my reloading supplies, aka lead, which is frigging heavy as hell.

Toss in some sort of rack system so I can hang up the weed eater, edger, all garden tools, etc (which are all over the place currently) and shelves in the cabinet to store paints & chemicals, and it makes more sense to get some sort of system rather than do it piecemeal.

Everything I’ve found at Sears or Home Depot / Lowes is… cheap. I was shocked that the Craftsman stuff felt like double-ply aluminum foil. The Gladiator brand felt sturdier, but it’s got that cheap ass looking diamond plate that just rubs me the wrong way (to me it looks like you’re trying to look tougher than you are). The Gladiator gear tracks, however are what I want for the walls to hang stuff on.

Regardless, the prices of this crap is astronomical, and it’s not even that high of quality. Anyone have any suggestions for this kind of stuff? I really need to reorganize my garage, but holy hell I don’t want to spend $2000 on flimsy aluminum cabinets with a pressboard bench.

posted by Robb Allen @ 9/29/2014 12:17:42 PM | Feedback (22)
Nazis, Godwin, Goebbels, and Moms Who Demand Action

We all know that a MDA person was given a Goebbels’ quote to which she nearly gave herself whiplash nodding her head in agreement with. After I linked to it, I had second thoughts as to if that was really something to saddle them with.

The initial thought is “ZOMG! You agree with a NAZI!” and how bad that is, but that’s not the reason it’s bad (and hence my second guessing). We have to be careful not to fall into a association fallacy – If person X believes Y, and person X was a bad person, you too are a bad person for believing Y. This is false because bad person X could believe that puppies are cute & fuzzy and you believing the same thing doesn’t make you a bad person.

However, this isn’t the case here. Allison A. Martin agrees with Goebbels not because he’s a Nazi, but because their goals are similar. There’s no associative fallacy here at all, and Lyle captures this with a great comment over at Say Uncle’s

Take away the names, or any reference to Nazis, or any understanding of who the Nazis were, and the vast majority of American Progressives would agree whole-heatedly and eagerly with just about everything the Nazis stood for.

It’s pretty simple– They have the same ideological roots and share the same early history. It’s only a matter of time– American Progressives will become far more open it. …

The anti-gun people have routinely shown that they’re perfectly willing to have a police state if it means getting guns out of the hands of the citizenry. Generally, gun banners tend toward the progressive. There are right leaning banners (e.g. Helmke was a Republican) but for the most part they share the same views as Goebbels in this regard, which is one reason why left/right often does not really fit.

Statists gonna state.

posted by Robb Allen @ 9/25/2014 3:37:17 PM | Feedback (10)
Want to see the end game of gun control?

Look no further than Venezuela.

As Joe says

Private gun ownership in Venezuela was banned in 2012. Yet the country has the second highest murder rate in the world.

Guns have nothing to do with murder rates. Banning them does nothing to lower it. Which is why it’s important to understand that the banners don’t want low crime rates, they want a socialist utopia where people are slaves to a government and not individuals. Gun control is just a single step down that dark road.

posted by Robb Allen @ 9/24/2014 9:20:11 AM | Feedback (4)
For the 29,199,042,012th time

Guns are simple to make objects.

Banning them does nothing. The criminals will always have weapons because it will always be valuable to someone to do a little work in a shed where nobody will ever find out.

We can’t stop drugs from being manufactured no matter how harsh the penalties are, what makes gun banners think guns won’t be the same way? They know this, hence why their actions have nothing to do with safety and they simply want to see the world in some sort of socialist hell where everyone is controlled by the state.

I hate the cliché, but cold dead hands and all…

posted by Robb Allen @ 9/23/2014 2:46:48 PM | Feedback (2)
Fail early, fail often, succeed better

I failed yesterday.

I’ve been trying to architect a better way for our primary application at work to be written to ease our development pressure. So far, I’ve had great success. Our app is now practically instantaneous in the way it works rather than the sluggish way the old system runs – it’s now a SPA, or Single Page Application, and runs out of the browser’s memory rather than tons of calls back & forth to the server. This is important because we need to be able to offline our solution. Our clients often run our app on tablets in places that don’t have power, much less internet connectivity (even cellular!).

Everything has been great so far, but one issue we’ve had with the old system was that events like click, touch, drag, pinch-zoom, etc. have been so complex and buggy that the system didn’t allow enough isolation. We’d have a bug in Chrome that we’d fix, but it’d break Internet Exploder. Fix that one, and suddenly the iPad stopped working along with Firefox (by the way, FF has taken the crown of ‘suckiest browser to write for’ from Microsoft. Just sayin’).

So I started down a path to isolate, extrapolate, interrogate, and prognosticate. Or something. All I know is my design utterly failed. In fact, it started making things worse and ended up creating the exact same problem we had before.

My concepts aren’t wrong, my execution was. So I failed. And that’s ok. Sure, I lost a day’s worth of effort, but I know more now than I did 24 hours ago. And I’ll be able to use that knowhow to better the system even more.

I’m always flummoxed by people who have a hard time admitting failure. I find it liberating because I learn from the mistakes and become a better [whatever it is I failed at]. Even worse than not admitting it are people who double down on the stupid, as if sticking to your failed guns long enough will equal success.

Back to figuring out the best approach again. Now I know what not to do, and that’s 87.54% of what experience is all about.

posted by Robb Allen @ 9/23/2014 9:40:13 AM | Feedback (5)
Mi gato estúpido

For some reason, Lego likes to chew on white cables and only white cables.He managed to chew through my S5 charging cable which now no longer charges my phone. This is the third cable he’s chewed through. I had to order a new one and of course ensured I ordered it in black.

Stupid cat.

posted by Robb Allen @ 9/23/2014 8:41:20 AM | Feedback (10)