Plane sailing

I’m making some Krenov-style planes. They’re planes made of wood, I’m using walnut, and I’ll be fitting brass mouths which are the high wear areas just in front of the blades. I’m rather hoping the planes aren’t too bad, they should at least be usable by the end of the process which I imagine will take about two months working a few hours every other weekend. The blades are Hock A2 tool steel, an inch-and-a-half wide. One plane will be a scrubbing plane, another a smoothing plane (not the low angle kind, the other kind). I’m planning a scraper plane, to be made of brass, but we’ll see if that one comes to fruition.

A picture of the scrubbing and smoothing plane plan:


F1 more interesting with DRS and KERS

After watching the F1 race in Australia, Melbourne, I notice that the racing seems to be some of the closest I’ve seen in a while. Is it due to KERS or DRS or both?

Whatever the case the F1 race at Melbourne was more exciting than I have seen in some time but not yet as exciting as World Superbikes or Moto GP as examples of other formulas at the nexus of the wold’s competition.

World Touring Car racing is even more exciting. The racing is close, the competition extremely tough, and there are many, many attempts at over taking – not all successful.

Whatever the reasons F1 has taken a step forward albeit a smaller one than I hoped for.

Google Ads are the most amazing thing to ever happen to the Internet and me

Google Ads are amazing things. Today I learned, from Google Ads, that I can fly to the moon and even further if I just apply for a Visa credit card. I almost wet my pants. I have always wanted to be an astronaut, like, since forever.
Google Ads also told me that I can have a Polo Vivo if I just find the right key. I’ve been looking through my keys all morning but I haven’t found it yet so I need to keep going.
Now here’s something amazing – you may actually want to sit down for this – some versions of Windows are not genuine. It’s true. I saw it in a Google Ad. My Windows gave me a security alert this morning and said that my system is at risk. But I don’t believe it. I think it’s not being genuine. I think it’s lying to me.

Twitter gets nasty with developers

Twitter, it seems, is doing the community a disservice. And one thing the social media fraternity is good at is getting the word out. Long may it reap what it sows.

The Blue Tit, er, Twit

This from the BBC news on my iPhone:

Users are being left confused by the growing number of ways to use Twitter, claimed the company.
Soon the only way to get at Twitter might be through “official” software produced by the company itself.

The firm has angered many software developers by telling them to stop making “clients” that let users write, read and respond to Tweets.

The move is widely seen as an attempt by Twitter to take control of the service to boost ad revenues and improve commercialisation.

Developers responded quickly, with one calling the announcement “appalling”.

In a blog post, Twitter’s coding chief Ryan Sarver said that the service’s rapid growth had sharpened demand for a “consistent” way to use it.

Mr Sarver, head of platform and API at Twitter, used the company’s software development discussion board to outline its changing policy.

In it, he said, Twitter’s growth in the last year from 48 million to 140 million Tweets per day had forced it to think about how users get at the service.

Before now, many people have spurned the official Twitter application or client in favour of alternatives such as TweetDeck, Seesmic, Echofon, HootSuite and others.

In the blog post, Mr Sarver posed the question of whether building Twitter clients was going to continue to be a good business to be in.

“The answer is no”, he wrote.

“Get lost”

While existing makers of clients should continue to serve their users, Mr Sarver said others should stop creating software that replicated the official experience of Twitter.

Instead, he said, they should put their efforts into applications and programs that, for example, mine Twitter streams to help with brand management, or into novel services such as FourSquare which use the information in Tweets for other ends.

He indicated that life for existing client makers could get more difficult as Twitter steps up efforts to police third-party software. In the past month, Twitter cut off Ubermedia, which owns many Twitter clients, from its service for violating its terms of use.

Mr Sarver justified the policy change by saying that Twitter already had de facto control of the way people see the service as 90% of its users got at it through official applications.

He warned that the increasing number of clients was creating inconsistent ways to send and read Tweets that would inevitably lead to user confusion.

“We need to ensure users can interact with Twitter the same way everywhere,” wrote Mr Sarver.

Response to the announcement was swift, with many developers challenging Mr Sarver’s characterisation of the way Twitter is used and worrying about the monoculture it could encourage.

Commenting on the blog post, Eric Mill said all developers would be “walking on eggshells” as they constantly tried to avoid offending Twitter’s demands on how the service should be used.

He said it was “chilling” for Twitter to declare that only certain kinds of innovation were welcome.

Adam Green said that Twitter needed to recognise what externally developed clients added to the service.

“They give us raw materials, we add value to them. We all benefit,” he wrote.

Duane Rolands summed up Mr Sarver’s post by paraphrasing it as: “Thanks for getting so many people interested in Twitter. Now get lost.”

“This is appalling,” he wrote.

Life in the slow lane

I’m still working on my table after 4 months of tuition. I’m still enjoying it just as much as I was when I started but haven’t had the time to devote since I’m busy building a kitchen and veranda onto The Shack.

Today, after a 4 week break, I’m back in the workshop at the Woodwork Academy (see and slowly finding my feet or chisels, whichever come first. I forgot one of the most important lessons- make sure you know what you’re about to cut.

I just chiseled out between the dovetails instead of the actual dovetails. There’s just no way of getting around it- I’m a tool.

Then I tore out a piece of the dovetail. I’ve managed to fix it, it’s not in a highly visible spot fortunately – on the drawer side – but they were silly mistakes.

So remember: slow down and make sure you’re cutting the right thing- don’t be a tool like me.

German DICK school laden with traditional wood

Here’s an interesting story from Garrett Hack who visited a German woodworking school and found their methods traditional, their work ornate, precise and something he wouldn’t live with.

Create a cut list using Google Sketchup

I found this story at the Fine Woodworking site about using Google Sketchup to create kitchen cabinets and generate a cut list very good. Sketchup can be particularly useful and the ability to create a cut list is really cool.