I’ve been researching d.i.y. projects that don’t involve dumping infinite amount of oil into the big fishtank down south. The first project is an ev (electric vehicle) conversion. It’s inspired by the ’93 Plymouth Colt Vista parked down the street in indefinite stasis. I bought it from one of the guys in the Square Peg woodworking shop for $200 and have since put ten times that much into new tires and failed attempts at plugging oil leaks. (I almost feel for you, BP.) The only thing I’ve plugged is the leak in my wallet and there it sits covered in dust with leaf mulch composting beneath it. Luckily the dust and grime has covered the penis someone added to the hood in permanent marker. Also luckily permanent marker is not permanent when exposed to the elements.
The second project involves an ambitious plan to upgrade my unfinished manshed into a finished apartment. I’d like to pour a slab and install a radiant heating system within it that circulates water though pex tubing that’s been heated by gas water heater.
For both projects I ran across websites frozen in time from the 90’s, in style if not in content. They are blessedly free of ads and scams and reference a blissfully innocent time for the internet- back when it was difficult to find naked people on the web.
I spent a morning reading Jerry Halstead’s ev conversion blog. He’s a web page developer who was blogging before the term was even coined.
You can trace his evolution mastering the web arts. His newest blog is the lightsaber of websites: simple, elegant, colorful.
I like that it’s completely stripped down and rather difficult to navigate away from whatever he’s focused his attention on most recently. It’s not a lightsaber. It’s a friggin’ laser! It’s also a vision of what the internet could have been with a little knowledge and initiative, much like the project to make a beat up old car into a quiet clean ride.
Turns out I don’t have eight or ten thousand to sink into an electric beater right now but I may turn my ’83 schwinn cimarron “offroad” bike into an electric bike with a kit and a wheel rebuild from the bike shop.
The other 90’s site for my other project is the Radiant Design Institute. I love this site and I may end up paying Fred Seton $400 to design my radaint system and still end up saving $ thousands by installing it myself. Pex plumbing makes capable idiot plumbers out of all of us.
I love this site. It’s the Dr. Bronners of web design. Fred’s not trying to trick you into buying a manual or clicking google ads. He just wants to share some knowledge and save a man some cash and he’s actually got me considering giving hundreds of dollars to someone I met on the net.
Also and completely unrelated, except to bring us back to the present future, I came across the site http://drawn.ca/. It’s sweet!