I picked up Roy Peter Clark’s The Art of X-Ray Reading at Mosaic Books in Kelowna last weekend. While the book seems tailored more to writers of fiction, I read it mainly to improve my railroad writing. There are so many suggestions in the book that even if I ignore the ones about naming characters and punishing heroes, there is a lot to keep in … Continue reading The Art of X-Ray Reading
The kids and I have been reading a wonderful pair of books by Stefan Bachmann. The Peculiar and The Whatnot are set in a version of Victorian England on the cusp of war with faeries from an alternate world. It’s an evocative steam punk vision of technology diverted from steam-power to magical-power. A grimy, gritty world of “mechanicalchemy” and strange inventions. It is also a … Continue reading A Peculiar layout?
Anyone who owns their home will be familiar with the way jobs stack. You just want to change one little thing, but before you can do that, you must move that other thing, and replace the bit there. Before you know it, fixing a light bulb has turned into replacing the drain tile. So it was with installing the paint booth. The ledge where the … Continue reading Paint booth installed
I seem to spend a lot of my time making turntables. Given the amount of stress I feel when I fire up the air brush, I’ll take anything that helps. I left a hole in the fold-down leaf for the spray booth to allow for a zero-height lazy Susan that’s sure to make painting more enjoyable. The turntable itself is made of 1/4 inch plywood. … Continue reading Paint booth turntable
I just finished updating the proto87.org website, moving it over to WordPress so that someone else looks after concerns such as keeping the server up-to-date and secure. It’s been so long that I posted there that I’d forgotten about the blog completely! There are a few topics that may be of interest to readers of this blog. The caboose that appears in some of … Continue reading The new Proto87.org
It seems a hundred years ago that I bought that range hood for a deep discount at Rona. It sat for all those years beneath the pile of junk in the heavy shop, awaiting its moment to be installed. I’d bought it early so I could be sure of the vent location, and it seems to have largely paid off. When I held it … Continue reading Test fitting the spray booth
In Mark’s response to my post earlier this week about the Importance of Model Railroading, he pointed out that the hobby is also beneficial in developing the skills that we need to tackle the world’s hard problems. Several local tech innovators got their starts in model railroading, and Mark is fond of pointing out that the original hackers came from the MIT Tech Model Railroad … Continue reading Model railroading will save the world!