The Basement Build

Finally a post about the progress on our new space. The basement! Started way way way back in 2006. Then it was just a clean, cement floored, spacious, basement where no one went unless they wanted to do laundry. AND NOW. It’s a dirty, saw-dust floored, cluttered, basement level where no one goes unless they Need to do laundry and then sometimes they do it down the hill. BUT after just about four years of ‘work,’ it’s coming together faster than ever and here’s the proof. Both the proof we’ve been working on it for so long AND the proof that we’re getting somewhere with it. Hopefully by the end of this I’ll have a nice inventory of tools purchased, garbage produced, and materials used. It should be fun!

Generally, progress is coming along as every day Andrew and I get a little more done. Some days it’s mounds of work, other days it’s mounds of failure, and most days it’s somewhere in the middle. But every day we’re sure to look real busy between 3:30 and 5:00 PM just about the time Kira get’s home from a 10 hour day at work. About then we throw saw dust in our hair, and get either a really puzzeled look on our face as we stare at some unimportant object in the room, or we put on the frustrated cuss and spit look as we move lumber around, from here to there and from there to here.. With that said, some days we can’t get away with sleeping in, eating a late breakfast, checking email, going down the hill for lunch, picking the right music, and starting our hammers somewhere close to 3. Because it’s the weekend, and the boss dawns her head-gear and gloves, and starts swinging her fancy 20 oz hammer (note: Andrew’s hammer = 19 oz. and SOMEONE busted the head off my hammer..shhhh) [See chart “Hammer Off” below for more detail] and calling all the shots. Then again, I suppose those are the days we get the most done.

CHART: Hammer Off

But we’re sure to finish every day off with a beautiful sunset, maybe a nice stroll through the hills, sometimes a cool cocktail and some deck time, and always a coulpe more fantasies of how’s it’s gonna be when all is said and done.

Two of my favorite photos so far:

From Basement Build
From Basement Build

I’ve got a number of photos online, and if any of the helper-bees ever took photos feel free to send them to me and I’ll be sure to annotate your name into our log book as helping and therefore allotting you to your fair share of the space. And if you haven’t come out to help, well, there’s still time!

Check back for more as progress grows into our new home. Cheers!

iLife FAILures

The fire of software irritation has been relit. This time during a test, so ultimately I didn’t smash anything or walk away and do 200 pushups, but I was reminded of what I could expect if I began working on projects again.

Today and Previously…

With iMovie:

While working on MacBook Pro, 2.2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, with 4 GB of RAM in iMovie I am astonished to find that projects fail to save, even after being ‘shared.’ I build a project, doing footage cuts and edits, adjusting audio tracks, adding titles and effects and then depending on the situation I quit iMovie. (In some cases, I find that iMovie ceases to respond, hanging on the addition of titles, however in other cases I simply exit the program at the end of my work day) After opening the program again, within seconds or the following day, I find that the project exists but my updates have vanished. In some cases I find that titles revert to their initial text or some previous placeholder text, in other cases all edits are gone and the project is representative of some earlier state, in some cases this means there are no clips associated with the project and it appears empty.

At this point I shudder, exclaim loudly, pound my fists, massage my ears and begin again. – “breathe John”  It’s frustrating.

With iWeb:

Publishing and Layers seem to frustrate me to the max.

The publishing feature, when publishing to an FTP server, iWeb believes it owns all files within the directory and not only the files it has created, so be careful because if you upload something via your FTP client separate from iWeb and then use iWeb to ‘delete’ a iWeb site that is published to the same folder, you’ll end up deleting all files, iWeb and other that exist within that directory.  This happened when I uploaded an entire Drupal site to the same directory as contained a single page splash screen from iWeb that was no longer being used.  So if you do delete a site, be sure to erase all the FTP settings prior to changing files.

More so, in the last few weeks I’ve discovered a condition of iWeb that I have yet to resolve pertaining to their layering system.  I have three objects, image, speech bubble object, and RSS feed.  Per normal layering exercises I move the image to “the back” and the RSS feed to “the front” and I should expect the speech bubble to sit somewhere in between (as I’ve got text and other things about that are not near this mess)  However, iWeb seems to hide my RSS feed somewhere in the background on many occasions… and now as if to cause more trouble, the RSS feed is no longer readable.  Who knows.  It’s frustrating.

*RSS feed is from Twitter

With iTunes:

Podcasts don’t auto delete after being played.

Keeping my library on an external drive means that when I disconnect the drive and open iTunes, my library directory is reset and podcasts downloaded are put onto my machine.  Then when I reattach the external drive, iTunes seems to reestablish the correct library location, however the downloaded podcasts are now sitting in my smart playlists for ever as broken links.  It’s frustrating.

With Garage Band:

nada, yet…

With iPhoto:

nada, yet…

Perhaps it’s my machine, perhaps it’s my 28,000 strong iPhoto library, or my 1 TB of media.  I write this in the hope that some poor soul is also experiencing this problem and writes me a letter to inform me that I’m a damn fool for not doing X, Y, or Z. Oh please, I wish it is going to be that easy. Please, tell me it’s so!