Software Alchemist & Monkey Rancher

Apr 22

I’ve been upgrading and modifying the dust collection system in the Workshop Barn.

I’ve been upgrading and modifying the dust collection system in the Workshop Barn.

Apr 15

I use my Starrett 6” machinists ruler constantly in my work in both the wood and the metal shop. The ruler on the bottom, which I inherited from my Father, can always be found in the pocket of my shop apron. 
After many years, I finally retired it in favor of a brand new Starrett 6” machinists ruler, the one on top. This one sports the superior “satin” finish that is so much easier to read. In my hands, it feels different because the corners are sharp whereas the ones on my Dad’s are subtly rounded after years of use.

I use my Starrett 6” machinists ruler constantly in my work in both the wood and the metal shop. The ruler on the bottom, which I inherited from my Father, can always be found in the pocket of my shop apron. 

After many years, I finally retired it in favor of a brand new Starrett 6” machinists ruler, the one on top. This one sports the superior “satin” finish that is so much easier to read. In my hands, it feels different because the corners are sharp whereas the ones on my Dad’s are subtly rounded after years of use.

I don’t know whether it was the dry winter or the extreme cold in December, but the California poppies are having the best year ever. The hills are covered with them and rock outcroppings are often surrounded by a sea of psychedelic orange. 

I don’t know whether it was the dry winter or the extreme cold in December, but the California poppies are having the best year ever. The hills are covered with them and rock outcroppings are often surrounded by a sea of psychedelic orange. 

“Speaking as a lifelong inventor, patents don’t protect me, instead they help rent collectors and oppress invention.” — Alan Cooper

It’s Springtime and there’s more newborn lambs in the pasture.

It’s Springtime and there’s more newborn lambs in the pasture.

Apr 08

My son, Marty, has been getting a lot of attention for the animations he’s creating on Instagram under the name @Hombre_McSteez. Last week I visited him and took some pictures as he created a little animation goodness in a parking garage in Redwood City.

My son, Marty, has been getting a lot of attention for the animations he’s creating on Instagram under the name @Hombre_McSteez. Last week I visited him and took some pictures as he created a little animation goodness in a parking garage in Redwood City.

Apr 07

Chris, the electrician, and Cory bring several conduits to the surface at the future location of an access vault.

Chris, the electrician, and Cory bring several conduits to the surface at the future location of an access vault.

“Satisfying a large group of users is a by-product of satisfying one user. Satisfying nobody is a by-product of trying to satisfy a group.” — Alan Cooper

Q: How do you make it rain during a drought? A: Just begin a project that involves digging a thousand feet of deep trenches across your farm.

Q: How do you make it rain during a drought? A: Just begin a project that involves digging a thousand feet of deep trenches across your farm.

After Monkey Movies, the recycle bin is full.

After Monkey Movies, the recycle bin is full.

Apr 04

Monkey and Joe.

Monkey and Joe.

“People unfamiliar with the nuts and bolts of software development imagine that it is an engineering process, but it is a profoundly human activity.” — Alan Cooper

The finished mobile clamp rack, in industrial safety paint, holding all of my woodworking clamps, with plenty of room for more.

The finished mobile clamp rack, in industrial safety paint, holding all of my woodworking clamps, with plenty of room for more.

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Cory is in the trench and Dominic is at the controls of the mini-excavator as they dig their way towards the Tall Barn. The trench will carry electrical power, Internet, potable water, and irrigation water to the barn. It’s all part of what I call “The Big Dig” where we bring water, power, and communications to the four outlying barns on the property.

Cory is in the trench and Dominic is at the controls of the mini-excavator as they dig their way towards the Tall Barn. The trench will carry electrical power, Internet, potable water, and irrigation water to the barn. It’s all part of what I call “The Big Dig” where we bring water, power, and communications to the four outlying barns on the property.