FI or bust; FBeyer.

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Re: FI or bust; FBeyer.

Post by FBeyer » Tue Aug 29, 2017 3:08 am

Deal!
Drop two doses of LSD and I'll have my butter elves deliver right to your front dreams 'Par Avion'.
I'll take my payment in lentils and grass mulch please.

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Re: FI or bust; FBeyer.

Post by jennypenny » Tue Aug 29, 2017 5:41 am

Move Your DNA was interesting. I was always a 'free range kids' kind of parent and this tied in nicely. I wish it was written 20 years ago. People criticized me for just throwing my kids on a blanket with some toys wherever I was instead of putting them in some fancy plastic contraption. Have you changed anything you do with your daughter?

I hope your knee heals quickly!

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Re: FI or bust; FBeyer.

Post by FBeyer » Tue Aug 29, 2017 7:01 am

jennypenny wrote:
Tue Aug 29, 2017 5:41 am
Move Your DNA was interesting. I was always a 'free range kids' kind of parent and this tied in nicely. I wish it was written 20 years ago. People criticized me for just throwing my kids on a blanket with some toys wherever I was instead of putting them in some fancy plastic contraption. Have you changed anything you do with your daughter?

I hope your knee heals quickly!
When I read the book, I realized that we were already doing a lot of the things advocated. We climb on monkey bars and use the slides, do pullups, rollouts and pushups on the swing sets. We balance about and climb on everything so it's not just my daughter getting some exercise when we're at the playground.
We generally move about a lot in the family, so much that my daughter is complaining daily about how boring it is to sit still in kindergarden and just draw... 'breaks my heart to say the least that an almost-four-year-old gets her physical activity stifled by an institution.

I haven't said anything to her, but she copies me quite a lot, but she is three after all. Sitting cross legged and flat-foot squatting comes natural to humans at that age, so if anything I might be the one copying her. She has noticed that I sit on the floor, but it's not something we talk about, it's just something we do. She hasn't been indoctrinated yet so she thinks that every toddler knows how to patch a punctured tire and knows the names of the plants and animals they come by.

She's gonna grow up to be so freakin' weird...

I hope my knee heals quickly too!

Note to self: Write about our socializing/pedagogical scavenging income soon.

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Re: FI or bust; FBeyer.

Post by FBeyer » Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:00 pm

I built an etsy clothes rack and a wooden hedgehog you can sit on.

Building Etsy Furniture.

Step zero: Have a wonderful significant other who for reasons completely beyond my cognitive abilities MU'FUGGIN' needs to put all her freakin' clothes on a mu'fuggin chair rather than in the mu'fuggin' drawers placed right the f*** next to the f***** chair.
Step one: Kindle your OCD.
Step two: Between eye twitches and teeth gnashing start planning a replacement for the forementioned steel-grey/blueish IKEA chair that is basically built like someone decided to upholster an IBC water tank[1] using only cheap felt.
Step three: Scavenge construction materials from a 70 year old shed, tennis socks, and an old shoe rack.
Step four: build the thing using tools and hands and things that make holes and things that staple things to other things so that the things that needed stapling don't fall off that thing you stapled them to.
Step five: Relish the thought of no longer having a mu'fuggin' ugly felt-water-tank-chair as a clothes rack.

Bonus: The towels we used to dry on our bedroom door now fit on the clothes rag too, so I've solved two problems at once.

YAY ME.
YAY!!!!111!!!one!!!
Enjoy the view: https://imgur.com/a/NkjpZ


Hedgehog-for-sitting:
I'm IMGUR retarded so here's the link to some images, I accidentally uploaded some of them twice. Bite me!
https://imgur.com/a/VjHXY

Step Zero: Read Katy Bowman's Move Your DNA.
Step Zero point Five: Immediately decide to start sitting on the floor.
Step one: hand build a box shaped hedgehog out of wood. Half-lap the joints and cut splines carefully with a japanese saw. Model the outer dimensions after a Scandinavian milk crate.
Step two: cut off the 'hog's spines.
Step three: sand off all sharp corners.
Step four: Sit on it, stand on it, store stuff on it, use it as a floor table, use it to raise desktop level to standing-desk height level, and admire it.

Honestly I could have built the thing using power tools and gotten better results, but I decided to build the whole thing using hand tools because I never really got to use hand tools when I worked as a carpenter, and I never got to use splines for anything ever. So naturally I decided to use the biggest most audacious splines I could find.


Just in case you decide to cut spline slots by hand yourself: Start by outlining only ONE side of the spline and then make the cut as accurately as you can. After you've made the cut, use the spline material to mark the exact width of the spline and then cut up to, but not on top, the line you've drawn. If you use a mechanical pencil you should have a 0.5 mm line, so if you cut right next to that, and you mark the splines the way I've described, you should be able to get a perfectly snug fit even if your initial cut is slightly off. If you mark both sides of the spline to begin with, the fit will be determined by your sawing accuracy twice, if you do it my way you'll only introduce error-from-cutting once.


So uh, why would I need a wooden box after reading a book?

Well basically 'cause obsessin's what I do Bub'.

In a nutshell Bowman's book is about moving around more during your day, rather than only moving at pre-designated exercise hours. Make healthy movement a part of your life, not an auxilliary unit. How very systems thinking of her. So, stand up, walk about, sit in many different positions etc. Sitting on the floor is the easiest way to make sure you're sitting in many different positions during the day, but most furniture is naturally built for civilized people who use chairs, so you need alternive arrangements in case you want to work/read/drink coffe/eat while sitting on the floor.

Since I'm not inclined to saw the legs off our current (and by 'our current' I mean my GF's table that her father built for her) sofa table and I sure as shootin' wasn't going to put another sofa table in our living room, I had to find something small and portable that fit my needs for floor sitting.

For practical reasons we have several plastic milk crates. Because they are just SO darn handy, and after using them for at few days I realized that turning the milk crate one way or the other made me change working positions and thus the crate's form factor was an easy way to help myself move more when I'm sitting around the house[2][3]. Since I'm supposed to be doing a lot of other stuff I naturally decided to start building furniture. So I built a stool/crate/table/hedgehog and an etsy clothes rack.

So there...

Pictures soon.
Maybe.






Now: What does three wheel barrows, a 600 L compost bin, two lawnmowers, a lampshade, two lawn edgers, a cable drum, a vintage Singer sowing machine, a patch of stawberry seedlings, two bags of clothes, a raincoat, a high-end baby carriage, a Weber BBQ, a 7L enamel pot, two table lamps, and an easel have in common?






[1] ie, it's big, hefty, cubic, plain, plush, and ugly, and it's perpetually covered in clothes so you can't even use it as a chair without digging through pants and bras first.
[2] Not literally sitting AROUND the house, I'm not that fat (although chestnut animal body proportions were mentioned at the last meetup).
[3] Also that was a rather long sentence. I should work on cutting them down.
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Re: FI or bust; FBeyer.

Post by FBeyer » Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:02 pm

FBeyer wrote:
Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:00 pm
...[1] ie, it's big, hefty, cubic, plain, plush, and ugly, and it's perpetually covered in clothes so you can't even use it as a chair without digging through pants and bras first.
Just like my ex-girlfriend!

ZzzzzzZZZZZZING!

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Re: FI or bust; FBeyer.

Post by Jason » Thu Sep 07, 2017 2:16 pm

Oh man. That's some funny shit.

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Re: FI or bust; FBeyer.

Post by FBeyer » Thu Sep 07, 2017 2:25 pm

For YOUR reading pleasure!

Also: I just decided to stop begin retarded so I added some imgur links so you can actually see the furniture I'm talking about. The whole post really doesn't make sense without pictures.

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Re: FI or bust; FBeyer.

Post by Jason » Thu Sep 07, 2017 2:26 pm

Fuck the furniture. Let's see the ex girlfriend.

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Re: FI or bust; FBeyer.

Post by FBeyer » Fri Sep 08, 2017 7:42 am

Jason wrote:
Thu Sep 07, 2017 2:26 pm
Fuck the furniture. Let's see the ex girlfriend.
Just imagine the chair except pinkish-white-girl colored and with pigtails.
It's close enough.

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