Municipal Voting and Sub-Municipal Construction

Unfortunately it’s looking like Blob as won the Toronto mayoral election… thanks so much amalgamation for really lowering the common denominator as low as it can go with a bunch of dumbasses from the suburbs buying the “let’s stop the gravy train” bull. When you make your decisions based on catch-phrases then you deserve what’s coming to you… Problem is, with so many fools out there, the rest of us get what’s coming to you too. The only good news in this household about the election I’m guessing is that Nefarious got to be late for school because she joined me in the voting booth and filled things out for me. That’s probably illegal but no one complained (same probably goes for taking a picture).

I sure hope I’m calling things early and Toronto gets its first publicly gay mayor instead.

Work on the Burrow-inspired dollhouse is going well. Tomorrow I’m going to use the Dremel to cut up some acrylic sheet to build a greenhouse catilevering out the side of the roof. I built a mock-up out of cardboard which is also precise enough to act as a template from which to cut the acrylic. I tried cutting it with a razor knife and then cracking it, but I just broke it instead which is why I’m going to use the Dremel. I figure this project will be done for the weekend, and I’m enjoying every moment of creating it. Anyway, here’s that mock-up:

While I read the bedtime book sci-fi by Garth Nix (with a tough warrior girl that I think Nefarious can relate to nicely), she worked on various carpeting ideas, occasionally taking a break to chase me around with fists-a-flying as I changed to words in the book to teasingly amuse myself. It’s now a fantasy of ours (the three of us) to build forty-odd dollhouses like this and create a neighborhood and rent the studio out as a birthday play space… although I’m quite certain that boisterous kids without a sense of ownership and responsibility could easily destroy eons of work in an afternoon.

Other than that I have an awful lot of blood pooling in my foot from some heavy-duty internal bleeding that’s making me believe I’m walking on a broken leg (it’s in the leg that I don’t have proper sensation in, and while there is no obvious pain, it does feel “weird”), so I think tomorrow I’m going to have to go and get it x-rayed. I do always enjoy scans of this sort at least.


  1. starbadger wrote:

    From: starbadger
    Date: 10/25/2010 7:52:33 PM
    To: Kathy VOWINCKEL
    Subject: hope you win


    given there is only one incumbent i have my fingers crossed for you

    trusting you do win send me a picton paper of your adverts –

    Out of the last five Governors General, fully four have been former CBC journos. Eighty percent, in other words. Is prior experience at the Ceeb literally a requirement for the job?

    It seems hard to believe, but it’s true. Check out the list:

    Michaelle Jean, served 2005-present: Began working for French-language Radio Canada in 1988 and moved over to English programming for the CBC by 1992.

    Adrienne Clarkson, served 2000-2005: Starting working for the CBC first in 1964 as a freelance book reviewer, quickly rose through the ranks and became host of The Fifth Estate in 1975. She left the network for some time but returned to host her own show again in 1988.

    Roméo LeBlanc, served 1995-1999: Worked as a journalist for Radio-Canada for seven years in the 1960s.

    Ray Hnatyshyn, served 1990-1995: The exception that proves the rule, was a lawyer and politician before becoming the Governor General.

    Jeanne Sauvé, served 1984-1989: French-language radio host for Radio-Canada over a career spanning 20 years.

    i won’t say it but damn

    i am sorry it cost you so much


    Monday, October 25, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Permalink
  2. Gracie wrote:

    Garth Nix is great. I remember really enjoying “Sabriel” growing up, although it’s definitely more fantasy-oriented and has some very dark material. Still, I loved it when I read it–I think I was ten or so.

    Monday, October 25, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Permalink
  3. HighlyRefinedPirate wrote:

    Is this acrylic similar to plexiglass? If so, there is actually a tool made for scoring and snapping it (I worked at a Home Depot in Metro Detroit for the better part of 5 years). I don’t think you would have a problem with a Dremel tool, though. Also a thought – depending on the thickness you could use your tabletop CNC to create a grid pattern to look like it’s a bunch of panes of glass like a real greenhouse. I suppose that may be a bit ambitious, but I think that’s a fitting description of the project to begin with. I had a class in middle school where we carved logos into sheets of acrylic and it turned out very well.

    Monday, October 25, 2010 at 11:53 pm | Permalink
  4. starbadger wrote:

    Dearest Kathleen

    I would have voted for you.

    Yours truly


    ——-Original Message——-

    From: Kathy Vowinckel
    Date: 10/26/10 07:00:59
    To: starbadger
    Subject: Re: hope you win

    Thank you for your good wishes. However … vox populi has spoken. A lot of good people went down to defeat. What is the statement? It is better to have run and lost than never run at all.


    Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at 5:24 am | Permalink
  5. Carmen wrote:

    Sabriel was great (and the 2 sequels too) definitely a strong female protagonist and excellent read.

    But I am completely dismayed, depressed, disheartened, disgusted by the bigoted, facile buffoon that won the election, I couldn’t look at random people in the face today knowing many of them voted for manhog.

    Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Permalink
  6. Jennie wrote:

    What a lucky kid!! That’s an amazing dollhouse, I’m sure she will have a lot of fun with it.

    Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Permalink
  7. Shannon wrote:

    Plexiglass is just a brand name, yeah.

    You can’t put this stuff into the CNC machine because it melts when you machine it. To machine it you need to work with cast rather than extruded plastic, because it “powders” rather than melts and doesn’t gum up your machine.

    Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at 7:41 pm | Permalink
  8. Tash wrote:

    as HighlyRefinedPirate suggested, yes, there absolutely is a tool for scoring/cutting acrylic. OLFA makes a blade for acrylic (comes up as PB-800 or P-800 on their website). it works infinitely better than trying to use a standard razor knife. I’ve never tried the dremel, so can’t say how it compares to that.

    Friday, November 5, 2010 at 10:32 pm | Permalink
Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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