Sunday, September 28, 2008

Tina Fey as Sarah Palin again!

Ok - I missed this last night, I was watching a football game. It's hysterical!!!

The sad part is the writers took actual transcripts from the real interview on CBS....

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Light table info

Actual image from light table

I’ve been asked about this table by several people, so here’s a quick idea of how it is made and its dimensions.

The table is made from ½” white PVC pipe. I used about 4 10-foot pipes, 10 90-degree elbows, 10 cross T’s and some glue. I highly recommend getting a nice pipe cutter as it makes this work a lot easier.

Looking back, I’d probably make this thing a bit smaller. I think it’s too wide and too tall in the back, but it’s height from the table to the floor is about right.
I had to use combinations of elbows and T’s instead of elbow T’s which would have made for a better assembly, but Home Depot doesn’t have those.

I put a cross bar across the front top, and dropped it in the back to below table height to made sire I can light it without a shadow of a cross bar at the back.
I have attached several photos to show it without the glass or backdrop.

Not every piece of PVC is glued, so it breaks down into a bottom back and front section, and cross arms.

The basic dimensions are 33' high from floor to table platform, then another 36" for the back drop holder. It's 34" deep and 32" wide. I'm going to reengineer this so a piece of white plex in standard sizes can fit, about 24" wide and total length from front to top of back piece is 48" total. Otherwise I'll have to buy a full sheet and have it cut. I figure the thinnest sheet of white plex would work just fine with the glass I use on the table top, so I don't have to buy a piece of heavier plex and have it bent to shape.

Right now I use some vellum in a 30" wide roll, pulled across and over a sheet of glass on the table, and if I need a reflection I'll put some clear plex on the vellum.

Front view with dimensions.

Side view

Close up of the T & elbow for the front bottom

Elbow and off-set back brace at the back of the table

And a view of the elbows and T's for the front top, with a cross support at the front for the glass sheet I use.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

McCain skewered by Letterman

Oh boy.

He's also suspending his campaign until the economic crisis is dealt with (which he helped create anyway) - so does this mean we're suspending the elections as well?

Uhm... could it be because McCain is being tanked in the polls now? ABC's poll showed Obama favored by double digits when it comes to the economy.



This is a very unprecedented by anyone running for President. Was this another in his series of ad-lib decisions which are utterly stupid in hindsight. Not really the type of person who should be in charge of our country. Morally and temperamentally unfit.

Oh, this from CNN:
McCain surrogate Sen. Lindsey Graham tells CNN the McCain campaign is proposing to the Presidential Debate Commission and the Obama camp that if there's no bailout deal by Friday, the first presidential debate should take the place of the VP debate, currently scheduled for next Thursday, October 2 in St. Louis.

In this scenario, the vice presidential debate between Joe Biden and Sarah Palin would be rescheduled for a date yet to be determined, and take place in Oxford, Mississippi, currently slated to be the site of the first presidential faceoff this Friday.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

On the offensive

*Finally, Obama begins the attack on McSame.

Hurricane Ike in pictures

This is a great YouTube video....



Hat tip: Ed Brayton

Monday, September 15, 2008

Housewives at grocery stores are psychic

I just got back from my local grocery store and formulated this hypothesis that “Women (Housewives) in grocery stores are Psychic”.

First a bit of background.

Most housewives hate me.

This began in the early 90s when I lived in a cul-de-sac of duplexes and I made 100% of my living from taking nudes for the (then) online giant CompuServe (later it was Adult sites on the ‘Web’). Nudes of young women, three to four a month, sometimes even more. Meanwhile, I’d have a TV in my garage and be brewing beer while watching sports. I only had to work 20 hours a week to generate an income of about 3k a month (or much, much more). Being non-gay and single, this was perfect.

Of course, the men in the neighborhood gravitated to my garage like small rocks to a huge planetary body.

Their wives hated me, as I was a bad influence. So we’d stay up and bull shit and drink until the early hours of the morning. *I* didn’t have to get up to go to work. I had lots of young women hanging around, those young women often got nude for the camera.

I was a threat to their world of Husband Control.

So word got around on the housewife circuit – “Hate DAVE”. It’s not openly spoken, it’s a cosmic vibration that went out and was picked up by most housewives on a subconscious level.

“Dave is a threat to us. Annoy him as much as possible.”

Many even attempted to hook me up with their single friends or relatives. In the attempt to turn me into a husband and regain control of the men around them. Yes, housewives seek control not only of their own husbands, but of all men in their circle of reality.

Ha! I like being single. It means I can buy a 42” plasma TV when the money is in my bank, and not send the whole matter to committee, at which it’s tabled for discussion in favor of new furniture. The husband must give up any idea he's in actual control of the house he bought, because everything is controlled by the wife.

Even though I am no longer shooting young women nude, the bigotry continues even today.

So this is how I know a housewife is psychic.

I am in a grocery store, a psychic housewife would somehow know what I am looking for on any given grocery aisle, and align her basket so as to block my access to the item I want. Not to get an item them-selves, as most often they stop simply to hunt for their list, look for a coupon or arrange the contents of their purse in alphabetical order.

This happens often enough on most trips to the grocery store that I cannot conclude this is pure chance.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Tina Fey does Palin

OK - this is worth a laugh or three. I missed the broadcast, being that I have succumbed to a nasty virus floating around.

Enjoy!

Friday, September 12, 2008

CNN updates

I certainly hope everyone is safe on Galveston, as they're reporting winds at Cat 3, and CNN was showing video of huge waves in excess of 25 feet slamming across the seawall.

When I was growing up, Galveston was a yearly destination (partly because my sister had surgeries at the Medical Center there) and so my connection to the island goes back to the mid 1960s. I recall all those old houses, red brick, and the submarine housed there.

On one trip, in 1966, some barrels were floating ashore and were being blown up by cops shooting at them with rifles, and the contents caused bunches of HUGE sharks to wash ashore. Somewhere there are photos of me posing next to a big shark, flies buzzing me. This was also back in the day when cars had no seat belts, and I remember standing up in the front seat as we drove around.

Yes, I lived. I recall life was safer back then as we didn't have people trying to scare us all the time on TV news.

Twittering Ike

There is a twitter channel for updates from reporters covering Ike.

Hurricane Ike - Galveston under water


Reports I've read from news reports form the storm tell me that Galveston is already under water.

Some fantastic photos are here from NASA:

Nasa ISS images of Ike

I hope everyone gets out OK and the damage is limited, but my intuition says it's gonna be a mess down there.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Palin for President

No.. not Sarah - MICHAEL PALIN!!




Hat tip to Greg Laden.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Sarah Palin

Jon Stewart says it the best...


and my favorite: