I started off my day with some additional house repair, but once I finished that up around noon I was able to turn my attention back to my kayak project. I haven’t been able to do much with it in the last couple weeks because of various big house related projects (no end in sight there either ;-)) and Eawyn’s weekday evening sleep schedule, so I had to take advantage of a couple spare hours when I got them. I’ve had my strongback materials for a few weeks now so I decided to get to work on putting it all together.
The strongback is basically a long wooden beam used to hold the kayak cross sections and frame during construction. There are a variety of different approaches to strongback construction depending on what type of kayak you’re building, but in my case I’m sticking with Tom Yost’s design since I’m building one of his kayaks. I was immediately forced to make a slight deviation from his design when I discovered one of my newly purchased two by fours was now badly warped. I decided to substitute two of the left over 18 inch sections in the place of the two 30 inch pieces in original design. It ended up working pretty well and shouldn’t impact the overall strength of the strongback significantly. I still need finish the second 18 inch section and cut and attach the top boards, but it’s pretty cool to see it taking shape.
I took the plunge and installed Kubuntu PPC on my old mostly unused G3 Powerbook this afternoon and it went pretty smoothly. I’m now in the process of poking around the environment and getting a better feel for things. Kynaptic makes adding packages totally easy and I’ve already added a couple games and other random doodads that aren’t installed by default. KDE does seem to have a display bug where window titles get a little screwed up, but it seems to be mainly an aesthetic issue. I’m really impressed in general with the level of integration and functionality you get when you use KDE. For a reasonably skilled computer user this is a totally viable free alternative to the Windows (and Macintosh) world.
Linux on the PPC platform has come a long ways since I first started playing with it 6 or 7 years ago. Installing Linux on Macs used to required special floppy boot diskettes and a lot of crazy hoop jumping, but no more. In fact from what I can tell the Linux PPC releases are basically simultaneous and on par with the Linux i386 releases in the Ubuntu/Kubuntu world. Progress is pretty darn cool.
Well, it’s nice to have my taxes finished and mailed off, but I’ve still got far too many house related tasks to do this weekend. The front yard needs to be raked and mowed. The drapes need to be rehung upstairs now that everything is repainted and we’ve got a new rug coming in tomorrow as well. Hopefully I’ll find a little bit of time to work on my kayak project. Summer’s going to be here before I know it and I really want to be able to do some paddling.
Is it just me or is the smiling cosplay Burger King featured peering in windows in the recent Burger King commercials odd and creepy?
What a great finish to The Masters. I was rooting for Chris DiMarco, but I was happy to see Tiger Woods getting back to his dominant self after almost three years without a major.
Now I may have to go play some Tiger Woods 2004.