The livestock dealer’s scale.
Measuring “performance” is easy. Measuring progress is far harder. Managers always take the easy route. — Alan Cooper
My neighbor, Jeff, sells four old cows to a dealer on the North side of town.
The days are getting shorter. The deer are grazing in the field. The late afternoon, golden sunlight ignites the rolling hills of Sonoma County, across the creek.
As Fall progresses, the California Black Walnut trees first shed their fruit then their leaves. The nuts themselves are not considered edible, although rumor has it that Native Americans boiled and ate them. The squirrels eat them, though.
The squirrels know that Winter is coming, and they are devouring the fallen walnuts in a frenzy. Wherever they’ve eaten one, they leave behind a little pile of walnut shells. Here’s two of them on top of the barbecue on the patio.
Being user-centric is being business-driven. — Alan Cooper
On these crisp, cold, Winter mornings, this is what I see when I go outside to feed the chickens.
I’m very pleased with the way this bowl turned out. I rough-turned this blank wet a couple of months ago and finish-turned it this past weekend.
Rough turning leaves the bowl in a chunky approximation of the final shape, with inch thick walls. It removes enough wood so that water can escape allowing the moisture to stabilize. I stored the rough blank in an open wooden box completely covered by a loose pile of wood shavings. Burying it like that slows the evaporation process down enough so that the rough shape won’t crack under the strain of losing too much water too quickly.
A very thin coat of lacquer brings out the beautiful grain and subtle chatoyance of the wood, and a buffing with carnauba wax gives it a touchable sheen. The foot (invisible in this picture) is spalted cherry wood.
A week after the first good rain of the season and the little shoots of green grass are beginning to emerge among the dead gray stalks of last year’s crop.
This holiday season ask yourself, “Is this gift necessary?” If yes, is it sustainable? All of that plastic stuff we buy each other for christmas is made from OIL. And it will never decompose. Do you really want to do this? If no, just don’t buy it. Everyone will do fine without it. — Alan Cooper
Floating garden in Docktown.
Old Italian neighbor Jocko’s delicious Bresaola.
When it’s time to move heavy equipment around in the workshop, it’s time to bring in the forklift. The 1963 Hardinge HLV-H toolroom lathe weighs about 1500 pounds. I needed to move it out away from the wall so the control-systems expert could work on it. It He got it running in about a half an hour.
You’d think that at some point business experts would perceive that software development is not a scalable activity. You’d think that. — Alan Cooper