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Brand new host, brand new post

I’ve recently moved my blog to Google Cloud Platform (GCP), which is admittedly a much more current way of hosting than what I was doing before. Oh, and GCP offers a free tier.

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Mouse pointer keeps moving back to same spot

Here’s a quick one… One of those face-palm moments that took me way too long to figure out.

I just spent 20 minutes trying to figure out why my mouse pointer would reset locations on my screen every second or two. I could move the mouse, but it would instantly jump back to the original spot (at the bottom of my screen). I’m in Apple OSX – though this same issue would affect Windows. Using only my keyboard, I tried shutting down every application one by one. Something in my computer was causing my mouse to disappear and move locations. After all my applications were closed, I tried relaunching Finder. Still nothing.

Finally, I try rebooting my entire machine. After it booted, the problem persisted. Becoming very frustrated, I turned off my wireless mouse and went to go to search for a wired mouse to try instead. That’s when the (very delayed) lightbulb went off in my head: my Wacom graphics tablet! Sure enough, I had placed my tablet stylus on the corner of my graphics tablet and it was fighting with my mouse, repositioning my mouse pointer to the same location on my screen.

In the words of the great H.J. Simpson: “Doh!”

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Hobbies

Hand-cut dovetails

I describe Lee Valley seminars to people as “field trips for adults”. It’s a time where you get to abandon your normal daily schedule and do something awesome for a day.

Last week I participated in a seminar at Lee Valley learning how to create hand-cut dovetails. Dovetails are a popular woodworking joint known for their strength and beauty. They are often found on fine woodworking items and most commonly seen on the sides of drawers. These days dovetails are usually cut using power tools such as routers and jigs for spacing. Cutting them by hand, however, involves patience, accuracy and a bit of elbow grease.

Thanks to John Reeder and Lee Valley for putting this seminar on. I had a lot of fun and hope to make something using my newly learned skills one day.

Lee Valley sign Preparing to cut dovetailsCutting dovetailsDovetails and toolsDovetails and chiselDovetails

Towards the end of the day, some of us even got to take a stab at creating half-blind dovetails. This type of dovetail shows the joinery only on one face, and it’s most popularly used on drawers. This half-blind dovetail joint took me about an hour to chisel and complete.

Half blind dovetails

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Videos

Bianca and Mike wedding video

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I finally put the finishing touches on this video and gave it to the bride and groom today. Congratulations to Mike and Bianca!

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Why are the flames on my range yellow?

Last week I noticed that the flames on my LG gas range were more yellow than blue. Normally the flames are completely blue and clean-burning, so this concerned me. After a few phone calls, a utilities service visit and a bit of Google searching, I finally discovered the unexpected problem.

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Ruby is Two – Video

My eldest daughter turned 2 last week. I made a video.

 

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Why do Ikea screws always strip?

Let’s face it, we’ve probably all put together way too much Ikea furniture in our lifetimes. Some of us may have even experienced the frustration of stripping screw after screw as we try to assemble the Swedish-named chairs, cabinets and desks, not to mention entire kitchens. Well I have great news for you! There is a secret to this screw-stripping madness. The answer is “Pozidriv”.

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My Pebble finally arrived

Woo-hoo! After a full year of waiting, I finally received my Pebble watch today! If you’ve been living under a cyber-rock for the past year, the Pebble is the new geekiest toy on the block. It pairs with your smart phone and allows you to do anything you want, right from your wrist. Well, almost anything.

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Emily and Ivan wedding video

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Emily and Ivan Parkinson on their wedding day.

I made this video a year ago for my cousin on her wedding day. Shot entirely with my Nikon D90 and edited in Premiere Pro.

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Hobbies

Ontario Beekeeping

I’m now a beekeeper! Well… That’s not entirely true. I don’t have any bees yet, but they are ordered.

I have been interested in bees and beekeeping for several years now. I’ve read a few beekeeping books, watched more than a few videos and any time I’m at the market, I have always taken a few minutes to chat up the local beekeepers.

This past Christmas, my wife gave my a beginners hive kit and a gift certificate to purchase bees in the spring. Now I’m falling down this slippery slope into the world of the apis mellifera and it’s inspired me to share my adventures as a beginner beekeeper. I now have a new blog dedicated to Beekeeping in Ontario: bees.chrisinch.com that you should probably subscribe to. I will be sharing articles, book reviews, videos, amazing facts and much more!

Even if you don’t know anything about bees or have no interest in beekeeping, I believe you will be fascinated by bees and beekeeping. So head over to the beekeeping blog and leave me a comment or two.