January 2010

Vintage Sewing Machine

by Josh on January 21, 2010 · 8 comments

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I’m pretty sure the last time I used a sewing machine was my 8th grade home economics class.  That class must have made an impression, though, because I still remember sewing a nylon duffle bag, cooking “broiler burgers,” and nervously working alongside a female classmate whose body had developed more quickly than my self-confidence. So […]


Problem Solver: Powerline Networking

by Josh on January 12, 2010 · 4 comments

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What’s a technology-loving old-house aficionado to do? The builders of my house 87 years ago just couldn’t anticipate the internet, digital media, or a resident houseblogger.  To meet my need for distributed digital resources, I could run cat-5 cable through the house or set up a wi-fi network, but I recently discovered another option: powerline […]


New Schoolhouse Lights

by Josh on January 9, 2010 · 4 comments

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Schoolhouse Electric just announced their new lighting catalog in an email I received recently.  The catalog is chock full of eye candy, and really worth checking out.  You can view the entire catalog online or request to have a printed version mailed to you, if you’re of the clip-and-save persuasion. (photo by Schoolhouse Electric) I […]


A Fine 2009

by Josh on January 7, 2010 · 0 comments

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We may be far enough into 2010 for some people to have made and broken new resolutions, but I’m not yet through reflecting on 2009 and planning for the year ahead. Sure, I could beat myself up about the backlog of unfinished projects I’m carrying forward into the new year– the bedroom project chief among […]