August 5th, 2006

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and so i am finally getting done unpacking. the desk is all done; it's just gorgeous. a thousand thank yous to my dad. he did 98% of the work, honestly.

the original design called for me sitting at the side of the desk. this, however, turned out to be a major design flaw, as i hadn't anticipated how annoying the lack of overhang on the work surface would be. suffice to say, the intention was lost when i rotated the computer monitors pi/2 radians (http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&q=pi%2F2+radians+in+degrees&btnG=Search for you non math people like me.)

indeed, the desk design did use some non trivial amount of math. it was close to trivial, but it did require second week application of trig. essentially it's a square top, with half cut into a nice perfect circle. i now sit at the circle.

the top of the desk has a small square cut into it (such a perfect cut -- it took an hour to make with a router). I stole this cool thing out of the trash, called an Extron CubeCubby or something stupid. It's a high quality metal chassis that drops down on, and has a swivel cover with a nice beveled gap in it. It's for cable management. And with it, I can have cables run out the top of the desk and have it look as professional as it gets, in my opinion. Seriously, this company, Extron, in the same product line, has a similar access port that you cover with the actual wood that you cut to form the hole; after you install it, the wood gets lifted u and out of the way with a little motor! think James Bond and you're getting close.

Anyways, the top of the desk is not bolted down. It's oak, so, it's heavy. The 4 planks ran me 200 dollars! Wow, was it worth it. It's super heavy, hard, and has a gorgeous grain to it. It's warm to the touch. It keeps body heat. It's not hard like metal is. Frankly this is the most comfortable work surface I've had. I'm immensely please with the top. My dad did a lot of learning, and there were some mistakes, but he was so gracious as to fix every single one of them, including a huge mistake in the plans on my part. I never calculated that the rounding of the top work surface would cause the base to extrude beyond the edge, making a base that essentially stuck WAY out. Talk about a retard. My dad had an excellent idea to fix my blunder, and put a nice runner along the back with a divider. It was his own mark upon my blueprints, and it adds such a nice piece to it that I am absolutely glad he thought of it.

So, the top comes off. The point of the desk is to hide computer stuff. I frankly don't want to see it. So, all that sits upon the top are the two flatpanels, a small mini keyboard, and the mouse (ish thing). Take those off, and off lifts the top.

Then sits the middle. The computers sit here, both of them. I had to play with them a bit. They were getting very hot, and I knew this would be an issue. Fortunately, because I moved the chair, a very fortunate thing occured.

The bottom of the desk, which is just bare open to the carpet, has a very nice routed foot hole. Originally I thought I would just stick my feet in there, but it was, as I said, too shallow and made me move 90 degrees (oops I mean pi/2; forgot I am being an elite snob). So, tonight I put a nice window box fan with 2 impellers down there, and lo and behold, it was the same size! Gorgeous.

Being the geek I am, I decided that just leaving it running wasn't very clever. Why run it if the computer thinks it is 80 degrees F? That's plenty cool anyways. I've been polling the hard drives, and they claim to be between 31 and 40C. Hard drives dont get hot. So when they're 130 degrees F, it's time to turn the fan on. Lucky me, I still have my X10 kit that used to be on my traffic light. *GASP I NEED TO GET THAT BACK*

So every minute it asks the hard drive how warm it is, and if it gets equal to or above 35C, it tells my very good friend Mr. Fan to turn on, and stay on until it goes to 34C or below.

And that is how I stole Christmas.

Also someone with OSX teach me how to rip DVDs. Or linux. Anything but windows. I emulate that so I can't rip with it (sanely).