Lightning Round Blog Post

 

This is my favorite picture of all the pictures I've taken in the last few years.

 

A series of work, exhaustion, and not much happening over the past two weeks have left me without much to write about today. It’s one of those days when everything you write starts out well and goes nowhere because the topic wasn’t that great to begin with. So rather than doing a normal blog post, I’m going to write about a variety of things that have very little to do with each other. Ready? Go.

I’m knitting a pair of socks. My hat, which I just finished, has inspired me to keep knitting, and though it took me one year of sporadic knitting to finish the hat, a more consistent approach will hopefully leave me with a pair of socks much sooner. This is my second time knitting an article of clothing (as opposed to squares that I knitted when I was first learning,) and I’m knitting on five needles. Yes, that’s right: FIVE.

Several days ago, I saw an AWESOME violin. My desire to build a violin has been renewed, and I think I’m going to start building my practice violin this winter after exams. The idea is to build a practice violin out of crap wood so that when I build one with the real stuff, which is expensive compared to the usual Home Depot stuff because it has to be dried for several years, I won’t ruin it. I’m going to plane 2×4’s and then join them with pegs to make the pieces for the front and the back (le fond et la table, whatever those parts are called in English.) I want to build a violin because I love wood working and think it would be fun to learn, I want my violin to be special, and when I “graduate” from my current violin I don’t want to have to pay a minimum of several thousand dollars for it. Not only that, but the book that I’m reading on how to build violins is completely in French, which means that I’m practicing French and learning to build a violin at the same time. Also, I’m learning all the technical terms in French and have no idea what of the English translations are. Some of them are actually quite different. For example, there is a peg wedged in between the front and back (again, table et fond,) which is, in French, called “l’âme,” which translates to soul. In English, however, the same piece is called the soundpost. I prefer the French name; it’s more poetic.

It doesn’t look like kite flight number four is going to happen until the snow thaws. I still have a lot of parts to print, and I’m not going to use my printer until I tune it and build a fume hood of sorts for it, because no matter how ventilated an area I use my Makerbot in, the smell always ends up giving me a headache. This can’t be a good thing, so I’m on a Makerbot hiatus until I can resolve the issue.

There are a few other exciting projects in the works, but I’m not sure I’ll be able to get to any of them soon. I’ve got a lot of work to do at school and the semester is almost over! We’ve got only 5 weeks left before exams, which means that I have to start studying… as if I haven’t been studying already. This is the first time I’ve actually been scared about finals this early before taking them. I think I’ll pass, and there are two on which I think I’ll do quite well, but I’m still scared.

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