Last Tuesday, I finished my first class at the Ted Harlan Woodworking School. I’ve never built a piece of furniture before, but Ted and his assistant Sean (Shawn, maybe) walked the class through everything from using a bandsaw to reduce tension in wood (there’s totally a joke in there that I don’t feel like making) to flattening surfaces with handplanes.
Before taking Ted’s introductory class, I didn’t even know the difference between a bandsaw and a jigsaw.
Despite not knowing much of anything, the table turned out pretty nice.
I’m not good at taking pictures and my house is messy, but the table looks great.
A better view of the tabletop. Also, a better view of all the crap sitting on my guitar amp.
Next, I’m going to take Ted’s jewelry box class, where he teaches how to execute a dovetail joint and further explores the use of handplanes.
New hobby found!
I wrote a short article for Scripted about my early experiences as a freelance writer.
Here’s a summary:
- I started freelancing in just about the stupidest way possible.
- I got lucky.
- I never turned down work even if it meant writing about penis pumps and Trump wine.
You can read the full article on the Scripted site.
Check out my post at Techie Report about stopping Punycode phishing attacks.
No matter how much I learn, I’m surprised by the fragility of software and hardware. Punycode was one of my biggest surprises. It has legitimate uses, especially for people who don’t use English as their primary language, but it leaves a hole in the internet’s security.
If you haven’t heard of Punycode, then you’ll want to check out my post on Techie Report. I still have a hard time believing that such a vulnerability exists.