Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Testing, Testing, 1 2 3

Testing, Testing, 1 2 3...

Okay, things seem to be up and running once again, keep your fingers crossed.

Not sure what the problem is, but Ethan, over at One Project Closer, has helped me out a lot on this.

Thanks Ethan!

We think there might be something wrong with the motherboard.

About two weeks ago I was working on the PC while lounging in bed. Then the cats started to fight and in my haste a moved and the PC slid off my lap and on to the floor. It only fell about 20” (if that), but dinged one of the corners. After that things started to get worse.

So, with Ethan’s help, and some research, I found out that the motherboards in these models are very fragile. Right now it seems to be working, but I am going to have a diagnostic ran on it. The good news is that I can get a new motherboard for less than $175.

So, I thought I would give you all this update and also do this as a test.

Anyway, a while back my old pair of safety goggles broke and I’m reduced to wearing a pair of nasty plastic ones (you know the kind). The week we had the garage sale I happened to catch an episode of Hammered with John and Jimmy DiResta on the DIY network. One of them was wearing a pair of vintage goggles that were very "steampunk" in style. When I saw those I thought ‘EUREKA!’ I could have a pair of steampunk safety goggles. SWMBO agreed.

I found this interesting pair of goggles on eBay, and they have that "it" quality I’m was looking for.

I was lucky, I had no idea how much these things go for!

Aren't they cool looking?

The strap is not in the best shape so I'll replace those.

The most interesting part of finding these was the 'hunt' and the whole new world it opened up for me. I have been a fan of VSF (Victorian Science Fiction) since I was a kid. Well, it turns out there is an entire culture centered around this and it's called 'Steampunk'.

I had no idea there was a name for the VSF fan base. The best part of all the exploration was what I found.


Lots and lots of gadgets!! I love gadgets and the kinds associated with Steampunk are right up my alley. As some of you know, I've been looking for various ideas for the attic. We have been planing on converting it attic into a hobby/game room with a safari/adventure theme, but it seemed to need more.

While looking through the steampunk sites it dawned on me - the style i've been looking for is a VSF/Steampunk theme!

So, keep this in mind and watch for idea updates as I throw them out at you.

One last thing...take some time and have a look at some of the Steampunk sites - here are a hand full to get you started. If you are like me, it might take a bit for you to get over some of those who are way over the weird meter, but they are really cool people!

Datamancer - be sure to check out the PC related items.

Steam, Brass and Fzz and Gothic Glow for lights and other items.

The Æther Emporium a onestop resource and archive for all things Steampunk.

And last, but not least Brass Goggles, the first site I found.

For those of you interested, the music I have playing is from a group named Abney Park - check them out!

Oh yeah...you can click on the "sticker" (thanks for the word Sandy!!!) and choose a song from the album.

Till next time....

Larry ~


Jenni said...

The goggles that horse jockies (Is that how you spell that? Looks weird.) wear have that type of look. They couldn't cost too much, because they wear probablly 6-7 pairs a race and flip them down when they get dirty.
They also throw them to the crowd after a race.

I never thought of this til your post, but they would make great safety glasses.

Jennifer said...

Those are AWESOME goggles!

Larry said...

You are right! They do look a lot alike. I'll have to see how much they cost.

The ones I got are from the 30s/40s and are made of backlite (one reason they were a little pricey). They were a tad pricey (IMHO), but were not much more than the fancy ones you find at places like Lowe's & Home Depot.

Larry said...

Thanks Jennifer!

I'm sure they will look great with my pith helmet and white silk pilots scarf (yes - I have both of those items!).

Sandy said...

OK, Larry, time for you to teach me something... what is IMHO? I've seen that all over the place and can't for the life of me figure out what the heck it stands for! Of course, once you tell me I will probably smack myself in the forehead and say, "Why couldn't I have figured that out?" LOL

Steampunk has some pretty cool stuff!

Larry said...

Heya Sandy -

IMHO means "In My Humble Opinion".

Yup, there is some pretty cool stuff there, but some really strange as well!

Anonymous said...

So when does your blimp arrive?



Larry said...

Shhh....it's teathered out back. No one knows about it.