the chisel was used for good!

As we get older-as we leave home-we form for ourselves an independent identity, no longer impressed upon by families.  We take the last shape they crafted, a partially chiseled stone sculpture, and we are left to try and finish the work ourselves.  Hopefully they have provided good tools.  Hopefully the world teaches us how to better use them.  And for the rest of our lives we are gently hammering away at the curves and crevasses of the great masterpiece that are our lives.  Sometimes, as we work, we become less recognizable to the families who first shaped us.
—  Welcome to Night Vale, Episode 99-Michigan

In 2001, after September 11th, I was trying to build a decorative wooden box/cabinet thing, using just hand tools. I’d started it several days before the events, and I was determined to finish, regardless. Predictably, it was a disaster; the box had no structural integrity, and the slip of a chisel left me with a deep wound (now a scar) at the base of my left palm. Weeks later, a good friend and I were commiserating about our general incompetence, right in that aftermath, and he said, “That’s the public art, the memorial we need: just a huge pile of things people were trying to do.” In that spirit, here’s a piece I started a week or so prior to last Tuesday. It was intended to be short and ultimately sweet (similar in feel to Hotel). But like that futile box, it has no structural integrity; you’ll no doubt get an idea of how it’s meant to work, but it just doesn’t. It lurches around, overwritten, underwritten… I decided to finish it (or “finish” it) anyway, because: here is what I was trying to do. I haven’t forgotten about other stories, but it seemed better to take it out on this instead. Three parts: this today, second tomorrow, third on Wednesday. P.S. This story, despite its being about a pilot, has nothing to do with Sept. 11. I’m just marking a similarity in my own emotional state.


“Double whiskey and soda.”

The words are clipped and low. Helena Wells is not surprised by that drink order, for the person issuing it is a pilot. That the whiskey-and-soda pilot is in this case a woman is slightly unusual, but most people, Helena has noted in her relatively short career thus far as a bartender, do drink according to position, not gender. She places an ice cube in a tumbler, fills the tumbler with the bar’s well bourbon, adds a brief spray of soda, and places it in front of the pilot, whose eyes have followed Helena as she assembled the drink. Her gaze now meets Helena’s in cool appraisal.

Helena has not seen this pilot before. She’s seen this look, however; all pilots seem to know it and use it. Flight attendants do not. Flight attendants deploy smiles that do not reach their eyes.

Helena is becoming familiar with the looks proffered by flight attendants and pilots because the establishment whose bar she began to tend not long ago is located near both an airport and a hotel where flight crews are customarily housed. The hotel does not have a bar of its own, a fact for which Helena is grateful: she is also becoming familiar with the fact that people who travel for a living tend to tip well.

This pilot bears out that tendency: she finishes her drink, drops a ten and two fives on the bar. The ice cube remains, largely unmelted, in the glass. She says, “Thanks.” Then she stands and walks away, away and out, nodding to a flight attendant as she leaves.

She’s tall, this pilot.

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Rules: tell your followers 11 10 ( because I’m lazy and I like things to be even ) random facts about yourself. Tag backs are allowed, but you mustn’t repeat any of the facts you mentioned previously. The facts can be absolutely anything! Whatever springs to mind! Let’s get started!

I. My Chinese name derived from my English name, so the two characters that make up my ‘first name’ don’t mean anything when you put them together; independently though, they read as 璐: an archaic form of jade, and 霞: the glow of the sun off of the clouds either during dawn or dusk ( all very romantic and not at all me ).

II. My second semester of studio, we were doing woodwork and I dropped the chisel I’d been using and took a nice little slice out of my own arm ( at least we kept the tools sharp enough that you don’t feel anything when you get cut? is that a good thing even, I don’t know ).

III. I don’t make promises anymore, or at least I try not to, since I can’t be counted on to keep them 90% of the time, especially if it’s something said very casually in passing during a conversation.

IV. My third summer in college, I was cooking dinner at my apartment, and the knife slipped, and for some reason my dumb ass thought it would be a great idea to try and catch the thing by smashing it between my leg and the cupboard; I ended up with a hole in my foot for my stupidity.

V. I once locked my roommate inside the pantry of our apartment; why I did it I’m not sure, I think it was just for fun and to see if she would fit among the shelves and boxes we’d stacked inside ( she was tiny, not even 5″ I believe ).

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Favorite SnK Moment: Erwin Smith

Oh Erwin, you majestic prince. I’ve written massive love letters to you in the past, so how can I pick just one moment to be my favorite? Yet, I was all set to talk about how you cut off your arm to escape a titan, bandaged it, and somehow kept fighting. And with only one arm, you were able to use your maneuvering gear to reach Bertolt and free Eren.

But then I read a post by dumbfandomrambling about you. This post. And it made me stop and remember that isn’t just your gorgeous blond hair, perfectly chiseled face, impeccable manners and brilliant mind that I find attractive. There’s a human heart, beating inside of your well-toned chest, that wants to believe that people are inherently good. 

So your expression of heartbreak and sadness when your suspicions were confirmed - that the monarchy killed your father, not for the good of mankind but because of their own human greed - is my favorite moment.

//goes off to cry a little

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Living room makeover! Greg put up new drywall covering up the old plaster ceiling! This was the best cost effective way of fixing the bad cracks that ran throughout the whole ceiling! Of course when you fix one thing you have to fix it all. So the walls got patched with new plaster. Greg painstakingly chiseled out the cracks and used real plaster to fill them in. We found that the modern day mud does work on the 1941 plaster.
Greg’s one he’ll of a good man!
BTW he hates mudding and ceiling work!


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“What the fuck was that!?” Josh loudly projects into the green room.  I know he’s more than a little angry about how that went down judging by this tone and strained look on his face, but I am innocent in all of this.  The victim, really.

I shrug, still not quite sure what happened.

“I mean, I know that you guys play.  Fuck, I think I saw you mount him one time, but…”

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What to look for when buying a used Kanna :)

As I’ve discussed in 2 previous articles where I got asked about which Kanna to choose I looked for a certain blade width and tried to determine the blade angle from the sellers photos :)
I got this one from an auction for two reasons, which are to write an article about tuning up this plane and to have a smoothing plane with a different setup on its sole (^-^)

There are a few things to take into consideration before buying a plane.
-What do you want to do with it?
                               -Do you want to use it as a smoother?
                               -Do you want to salvage the blades?
                               -Is this your first Kanna?
-Which possibilities do you have at home?
                               -Do you have another plane to condition its sole?
                               -Do you have a good set of chisels?
                               -Do you have winding sticks or a flat reference surface?

When you are looking for a plane to get ready without putting a lot of work into it you need to look for a Dai without a lot of cracks and a lot of thickness/life left in it a blade with little to no rust.
The thickness of the Dai is important for 2 reasons, first it means you can use it for a longer period of time, second the mouth will be tighter which gives you more possibilities for using it :)
A new Dai has usually a thickness of 35 mm ;)

The blade should have very little pitting :)
Pitting means that the rust has eaten little dents that ate into the steel of the blade. This means this material is gone for good you cannot restore these parts.
You need to grind the surrounding material down until it is at the same level as the bottom of the dent which is a lot of work (>_<;)
I did this a lot and I don’t think you should stay away from these but you need to be aware that this means a lot of work and wear on your stones :|

Restoring a lot of pitted blades is the reason why I wear out one 240 grit stone every 1 ½ years :D <=the ones I use are 50 mm thick (^-^;)
So, yes it is possible and very rewarding to fix up a badly rusted blade but it requires skill, patience and it can go wrong too.
I had a blade where the pitting reached through the hard steel right to the soft iron which ruined the blade because you cannot get a consistent layer of steel for the cutting edge.

In my case I got very lucky with this plane the blade has only surface rust and no real pitting on it. The cap iron however has some pitting on the bevel which is not too critical :)

The cross pin that hold the cap iron can sit loose but this is easy to fix (as long as there are no cracks ;)
it should be clean but a little rust is usually okay :)

The top edges of the plane should not be ragged and rounded over.
The back corners can show some checking due to the hammering it took while adjusting the blades but if they do not go too far (they shouldn’t reach the grooves that hold the blade :) these are okay.

The Dai quite often check right behind the grooves that hold the blades and this is okay as long as the Dai is not completely cracked but you need to address this during the tune up and this usually means more work :)
This happens when you store the blade under tension or forget to adjust the fit of the blade in the Dai.
The front and back can crack as well.
The reason for splits in the front of the Dai is usually a poor selection of wood for the Dai which you cannot repair. It can be usable but it won’t be a good smoothing or finishing plane.
The back usually splits because someone hit the Dai in a bad way, either too close to the sole or with the edge of an hammer…. but can also crack due to a bad selection of the lumber used on it.

The area holding the blade should be flat and on this one it looks rather butchered but it is not too bad :)
The thick iron layer of the blades usually eat up the vibrations and prevent any impact this might have on your cut :)

The blade should not stick out of the bottom of the Dai right out of the box. It should have a minimum of 3 mm before it reached the bottom of the blade :)
This one has 3,5 mm from the cutting edge to the bottom of the Dai which is just right (^-^)

The ends of the Dai don’t matter too much but I like them to be smooth so them don’t catch on your clothes and look more tidy :)
It also mean that you can detects checks and cracks more easily ;)

The edges on the front and the back of the sole should be as sharp as possible to act like a scraper to prevent the dust on the wood to get in-between the sole and the wood :)
On this one the edges got rounded over (^-^;) <=I’ll fix that…

So to recapitulate :)
-No cracks in the Dais front and back.
-No pitting on the back of the blade unless you are prepared for failure ;)
-No cracks in the blade either ;)
-Smooth surface on the Dai :)
-A thick Dai for a long life :)

This article cannot replace gaining your own experiences and knowledge on this topic but I hope it will help at least a little :)

This week was kind of weird to me but okay :D
I just wish I would be faster at writing my thesis (>_<;)
I often wish I had someone to cuddle with though.
I will go to some events this weekend though :)

I wish everyone a great time, someone to cuddle and sweet dreams (^-^)/

Rare bronze age burial site lay undisturbed ‘for millennia’

A significant early bronze age burial site, believed to date from 2500 BC, has been discovered near Morecambe Bay.

Grave goods could include objects ranging from daggers and ceramic vessels to jewellery, textiles and material such as amber, jet and gold.

The site will be excavated in July. Archaeologists were alerted to its existence by Matthew Hepworth, a nurse, who unearthed a well-preserved bronze age chisel using a metal detector.

Ben Roberts, a lecturer in later prehistory at Durham University and the British Museum’s former curator for European bronze age collections, said: “The potential is huge because untouched, undiscovered sites are very rare indeed. Read more.


The early morning sun’s rays warmed the woman’s cheeks as she began to let out a long, quiet yawn. It was another morning in paradise. Should she elaborate, this paradise was nothing more than a living hell with a few bright moments- this being one of them.

“Mornin’.” Touka mumbled groggily as she flipped over in the covers to the man who slept peacefully beside her. Taking in his chiseled features framed by a mess of hair atop his head, the young beauty let out a half conscious giggle. Squirming towards the man, her arms wrapped around his waist while she buried her head into the crook of his neck. Her front pressed against his firm back, she built upon what she had previously said. “Mornin’ sleepy head.”

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I planned to try out a pyrrole synthesis what was described recently by researchers from Iran. In their publication one the reagents was DCC (N,N’-Dicyclohexylcarbodiimide). 

DCC is a white crystalline powder with a melting point 34 °C (93 °F; 307 K) what means that it melts during the summer and when I want to use it I can use the good old hammer and chisel method or try to melt it and use it as a liquid. In this case as seen I  melted it with the water bath of the rotavap.

The only problem with this compound, that it’s quite toxic and causes serious skin irritation if it gets on you.