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18th January
2015
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I have a little dining nook in my house. For the longest time, I had this table from Ikea in it it, but it didn’t really allow for 4 chairs around the table due to the way the table legs were positioned and I really wanted to have 4 chairs around it. I searched four a rectangular 4 seat table but didn’t really find anything I liked. Most stores sell square tables or circular tables for 4 seats, but none that were rectangles. A square or circle would not fit in my dining nook. I did find one regular table at Ikea for $100, but I’d have to spend a lot of time sanding it down so I could stain it the way I wanted. Or there was one at Crate & Barrel, but to get the design I wanted it would have been at least $700 which I wasn’t interested in spending for this little table.

I had already seen some plans on ana-white.com and decided to see if there was a table plan that I liked for my table. I found this plan that I really liked for a farmhouse style table. I love the natural look of farmhouse tables so I decided try it. I had never built anything before, but it seemed pretty straight forward. I liked that this plan had no special notches that needed to be cut out. The plan just required a bunch of straight cuts of wood to be put together. I had never built anything before so I had no idea what I was doing. I think it turned out well!

I had to change the dimensions of the plan since the plan was for a 6 person table. I still basically used the dimensions of 2x6s and 2x4s to figure out what would fit in my space. I ended up making the table with 5 2x6s for the table top, and with the 2×4 borders, the dimensions of the table top ended up being 30.5in x 48in. The height is a little more than 30in. I didn’t have a kreg jig, so you can see all the screws I used. I like it, I think it gives it more of a rustic look. I used a dark walnut stain and used a matte finish. I didn’t want a shiny table, I wanted to try to keep it natural-looking. I’m not sure if the matte finish is the best for a kitchen table, I worry that if I were to spill something it wouldn’t be protective enough, but I love the way it turned out.

The total cost of the project was about $70. For $70 and a weekend, I have this beautiful custom made table that fits my space perfectly. :)





3rd November
2012
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In Seattle, part of the WA-99 highway goes through downtown Seattle, right on the waterfront. This portion of the highway is called the Alaskan Way Viaduct. It’s not very safe, and things would not be good for someone driving on it during an earthquake, so they want to replace the viaduct with a tunnel. I’m not sure how a tunnel is safer during an earthquake, but I’m also not a civil engineer, so I’ll ignore that issue. The City of Seattle wants to replace the space taken by the viaduct with this waterfront park; they want to revitalize that area of downtown and making a touristy park can do that.

I love driving on the viaduct. I think it has some of the best views of downtown and some of the best views of water and mountains. You can’t get those views on the ground. And the only other way to get those views is to have an office in one of those buildings next to the water. I drive that way too and from Tae Kwon Do. And over the summer, I got to enjoy some of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve ever seen in my life. I’m not sure when they will be tearing down the highway, so I wanted to capture a sunset before summer ended. The video does not do it justice, but it’s the best I could do.

As a note, I was driving while holding the camera so I wasn’t looking at what I was recording. There’s also one point where I’m making a turn, and needed both hands on the wheel to make it safely, so I move the camera away from the view. If you have any suggestions for music I could put in the background, let me know.

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19th November
2011
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I’m going on vacation for the first time this year! I’m heading to India today, Saturday. So, I decided to let people know what I plan on doing picture-wise.

1) I’m keeping my camera on Pacific time. To me, that makes the most sense to ensure that I continue to take a picture, once every day. This also means that I might take 2 pictures on the same day in India, but it would count towards 2 separate days for the photo-a-day project.

2) I’m probably not going to post until I get back. That means there will be a gap of at least 9 days before my next post. If I have time, and can get to a computer with internet access and an SD slot, I may post while I’m in India.

I think that’s everything. See you in 9 days!

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20th October
2011
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I have a laptop that I’ve been using for non-work related things. Mostly, I do my coding projects and photo editing on this machine. I closed the lid on it and noticed the Dell logo reflect some of the lights in the room and thought it might make an interesting photo.

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31st January
2011
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I’ve been wanting to try the black and white with an item in color thing like Kevin did here. Wrigley was playing with his tug toy and I was able to get up super close with the wide angle lens. I just let it sit on the ground and I pressed the shutter release. Because the camera was on the ground and I was using the wide angle lens, I think the picture makes it look like the camera was farther away from Wrigley than it actually was.

Wrigley is a little blurry because he was moving while the picture was being taken, but somehow the toy remained still enough for me to get the picture.

Then I looked up tutorials on how to get the picture in black and white, but only expose the color in the areas I chose. When I finally found a tutorial, it turned out pretty straightforward, but my hands aren’t that steady so if you look really close at the picture, you can see that I got some of the rug in color as well. But with the small picture, it looks right.

15th January
2011
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When I forgot to take a picture of the 1st of January, I didn’t want to post a picture I had not taken on the 1st and count it as my first picture of the 365 day photo challenge. So I started the challenge on the 2nd. At first I was annoyed that I didn’t start on the 1st, but I quickly came to the realization that I could use January 1st for my “zeroth” picture. This blog is called “counting from zero” after all.

Then I had the problem of trying to figure out what picture to use for my 0th picture. I went through a bunch of pictures I had taken. Pictures from this year that didn’t make the picture of the day. Pictures I took from last year that I thought were good. I finally decided to use the picture of where it all started – the first picture I had taken with my DSLR back in November of 2009.

To go to the 0th post, click here.

14th December
2010
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I thought this was pretty amazing. It a visualization of about 10 million friendship connections over Facebook.
See visualization here.

10th December
2010
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I absolutely love this video. My sister showed it to me years ago and I just felt the need to look it up again.

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10th December
2010
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Just got back from seeing Dr. Horrible at the Balagan in Cap Hill. It was really awesome. The theater was actually this basement area is some random building, and it was only big enough for maybe 25-30 people. It was really fun! We sat right in the front row and Alpha and his friend even became part of the show! The group also put a little of of their own twist on the show, adding their own little soundtrack to the musical at the beginning of each half.  I would definitely see another show of theirs. :)

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