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Sneaky Squirrel

Posted 2013.07.30 20.30 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

Sneaky Squirrel

Bloomin’ Thistle!

Posted 2013.07.28 18.48 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

My thistle is blooming!

Bull Thistle

It’s pretty and dangerous all at once – almost all of its ends are pointy – like a cat!

How many SEKs to the Dollar?

Posted 2013.07.26 19.54 in Hobbies, Swords by Stephanie

For the past week I’ve had an urge to make a new knife.

It’s been five years since I last made any knives. I’m quite happy with one of the ones from back then, but I want to make another, similar, but with a different style to the handle.

I want the same blade as before – it’s from Karesuando in Sweden. 75mm long, carbon steel. It’s a great blade. Sharp as a razor, keeps its edge, and as it ages it’s developing a nice patina.

My Knife

My Knife

Trouble is, I used to get my knife blades from Ragweed Forge, but some years ago he stopped shipping to Canada. It’s a huge disappointment as in past correspondence Ragnar was always very friendly and helpful. But it seems USPS is just not able to provide him acceptable international service.

Very frustrating, as I’ve had lots of successful purchases delivered from other vendors in the USA, but I guess whatever the secret is to getting USPS to function overseas, it has eluded Ragnar.

Seriously, so many other US merchants can ship to Canada without issue. It just can’t be that hard.

So I’ve searched and searched for other suppliers, or other equivalent blades, but come up with nothing. Found lots of other places to get bare blades, but nothing was exactly right. Frequently, nothing even close.

Seems like the only other place I could find to get Karesuando blades, was direct from Karesuando themselves. Shipping from Sweden to Canada seemed a bit dear, but hopefully it’ll be worth it.

Also, hopefully my maths aren’t wrong and five hundred or so SEKs (for three blades plus shipping) won’t put me in the poor-house.

Now, I wonder how long it’ll take to get them here…

Downhill

Posted 2013.07.25 21.13 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

So I was trying to figure out when I moved this site to the PlanetStephanie.net domain name, and ended up browsing the archives incase I had posted something about the then-new domain name.

I ended up browsing through my archives from 2009, and soon forgot all about the domain thing and just started enjoying the reading. Entries back then were fun, interesting, funny, intense, creative.

WritingSuddenly it hit me – I’m devolving. Or just not putting in the effort or something.

I remember something I had read recently about Cringe-Worthy work. Short version is, your old work should make you cringe. That means you’re improving.

Only I feel more cringes about the recent stuff. That stuff from 4 years ago was good.

I’d like to say that I’ll redouble my efforts to write more gooder, but I don’t actually know that I will.

Gonna sleep on it, and see what that brings.

Site Overhaul Complete

Posted 2013.07.24 14.26 in Computers/Internet/Technology by Stephanie

So, I think I’ve just about finished up with the site overhaul. For now, at least.

When I started, the theme was all dark with lots of heavy borders and all. I had created the theme based on radiograms being stuck to a bulletin-board. It was almost entirely monochrome, dark, and monospaced.

And there were 66 static pages, a carry-over from when this was more of a ‘site’ than a ‘blog’. That was a mess of pages when it came to any updates, and navigation was crazy. There were 4 layers of child-pages, in some cases. Categories, sub-categories, sub-sub-categories, and sub-sub-sub-categories.

Last look at the old site.

Last look at the old site.

Now, the new theme is a lot more light and airey, and there’s very few lines. What lines there are, are thin.

And I’ve managed to cut the static pages down to 19. It’s more than I wanted, and admittedly there’s no way to get to some of them without the Site Map page. But I felt I had to hang on to a few of them, at least for now.

The iPhone pages have to stay because I have a few entries in the App Store and need to have a place for people to go for ‘support’ etc. However, I’m looking to move my IOS apps and support to a different domain so they won’t be in my ‘personal’ stuff any more.

The Laser pages had to stay because they’re still so dang popular. Even so many years later, the diy DVD laser page is still getting a few dozen visitors a day. I wish the safety page was as popular.

The ham radio pages were pruned and consolidated a bit. Although I haven’t been an active ham for quite a while, I’m not ready to bump them off into the archives just yet.

The other static pages may continue to exist as-is, or might get archived at some point. As always, if you can’t find it, try the search box on the right.

Cheers!

Zzzzzz

Posted 2013.07.23 14.39 in Cats by Stephanie

Zzzzz

Now there’s a comfy kitty.

Page Pruning

Posted 2013.07.22 10.51 in Computers/Internet/Technology by Stephanie

So I’m going to keep the lighter look here.

The darker theme was ok and had some clever tricks I was proud of, but considering I was already thinking of dumping it just 5 months after creating it, the two and a half years it had were quite enough.

There’s going to be some additional overhauls happening. I want to get the ‘pages’ stuff in order. I’ve already pulled down some of the really old, outdated, stuff (sorry Newton, Visor, HPLX). It’s not deleted, just disabled. I’m going to see if I can’t consolidate the older stuff, maybe put it off to the side somewhere.

Maybe convert some of the pages into posts, so they’re still searchable, but part of the ‘archives’ rather than the static pages. Especially for the older stuff, I can insert it into the history from when it was actually relevant.

Either way, I’m planning on pruning things down from the 60+ static pages that exist now, to a dozen or less. Half dozen? Handful?


Update – I’ve already started pruning. The Visor, Newton, and HPLX pages are now archived blog posts. Going to keep at it, actually.

Update 2 – Also the Artwork and Zipit pages have been archived into blob posts rather than pages, and the Lasers stuff has been streamlined (see the Site Map.)

I was worried about some crazy broken links but somehow, magically, it’s still working. I suspect WordPress is clever enough to redirect visitors to the moved pages and posts and whatnot. It only breaks when I move things twice, so I’ll try not to do that. Any more.

All that’s left to streamline is the ham radio stuff.