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Friday, June 20, 2003

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World Headquarters Homestretch
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Update! there are probably no pictures because Interland is such a crappy web hosting company. I have a broadband connection and can post stuff faster than shit on just about every other hosting company I am using.

We are getting down to seeds and stems on the world headquarters. A lot has been going on since my last post. These are the progress shots since then.

The head lemurs control center.

Office furniture and trim complete.

The Computer Vet's Weblog is on the screen with his next remodeling project.Which is one reason that I am posting, the other is that I finally have a little time.

The other side of the office with a peek into the server area

the other side

The graveyard, soon to become a pottery and jewelry studio

It's in process

I will probably have a section devoted to remodeling when my site is redesigned. With links to other folks who are doing the same thing, but probably without the amount of experience that I have. Construction was my life for 20 years, before I became a geek.

The Foam Project
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The good news about remodeling is that you have a structure to start with. This is also the bad news. Part of the world headquarters project was to turn the backroom into a studio for my significant other. To do this required that we solve one of the problems that had been plaguing me for years. The roof in the back room was what they call built up bituminen. Basicially tarpaper and hot tar. Not recommended for arizona. the tar and paper curls back from the metal edging and your roof leaks.

To eliminate this problem, we decided on a expanded foam roof. Monolithic. R-14 Insulation value, 15 years before I have to think about it again. 15 years of mental health. There are only two areas of building construction and repair that will turn me into a monster, plumbing and roofing. I turned to professionals. AAA Roofing.

Prior to their arrival, I had completed the shed project. [1], [2],[3]. The shed project came to me as we have a lot of garden implements and the roof had that oddball angle.

In addition removal of the skylight which leaked, cause I am not a roofer, and was a short term solution to the atrium problem when we bought the house.

So June 9th, 6:30 AM brought Mark, the project manager to the roof.

The roof ready for the pros.

The skylight is gone, the roof is decked at the shed, and I am happy to see these folks.

By 10:00AM they had stripped the old roofing off, replaced the rotted decking, installed the facias, and the metal drip edge.

ready for foam

10:30AM has them foaming the roof. The amazing thing about this roof foam is it sprays on as a liquid, expands, and cures in about 45 seconds. I mean you can walk on it in about a minute.

foam begins

11:00 AM has them applying the base coat.

rolling the base coat

11:30 AM has them gone to their next job.

Foamed, sealed and delivered.

They came back this last Wednesday, applied the top coat and the granules that completed the job.

Expensive? Yes and No. It was about 3400 bucks for what I had done. Part of this cost was the fascia material and the 6 additional sheets of plywood needed to correct the water damage from the hot tar roof. It is twice as expensive as a 15 year shingle roof. It has an R14 insulation value that shingles do not have. Is it worth it? You bet your ass! The additional saving on heating and cooling costs will probably pay for it in 5-7 years. 15 years of mental health is priceless.

Opinion

Hiding Content [Posted] 12/11/02

One of the re-occurring themes that appear on design lists is 'hiding content', or making one's code invisible. Most of the solutions just don't work. The internet is not about hiding stuff. But in the interest of fairness I can offer a proven method of hiding content.

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Mitch Ratcliffe is definitely an other. The 21st century holds the promise of rich multimedia across the web. Mitch was blazing this trail in the 20th century. From code to finance.

p i x e l v i e w - behind the screen with Mitch Ratcliffe
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