How to Build a Kendal Extra Wide Dresser: Intro

I’ve been wanting to build a dresser for some time now and finally decided to take the plunge.  After searching for a long time to find one I like, I settled on a modified version of Ana White’s Kendal Extra Wide Dresser.  This has an overall clean design and I like the way the drawers are inset into the frame & Ana did a great job with the design. Continue reading

How to Build an Extra Wide Kendal Dresser: Drawers

I am in the middle of building an adaptation of Ana White’s Kendal Extra Wide Dresser.  In this post, I’m constructing the drawers.  This dresser has 3 drawers along the top and 4 drawers below.  One of the changes I made in my version is to construct the drawer boxes out of 1/2″ plywood instead of 1x lumber.   Continue reading

How to Play Something Beautiful by NEEDTOBREATHE on Guitar

I’ve been learning to play one of my favorite songs from one of my favorite bands, Something Beautiful by NEEDTOBREATHE.  I recently saw them in concert in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and they are awesome live.  So many great songs and a great guitar sound!  After scouring the internet for some music and good tutorials, this is one of the best and I’ve tried to write it up as best as I can.  You can also download a print version that I created here (this is in Word so you can modify it as you see fit). Continue reading

A Few Resources for Guitar Player Wannabees

I thought I’d share some great finds that have been helping me personally on my guitar playing.

Need to figure out what chord you’re playing?  Here and here are a couple chord finders.  Looks like you can put these on your website if you want.

Hands down one of the best resources for learning to play the guitar on the internet – Aaron Tomberlin’s Guitar Lessons.  Some of his videos are old, but the info – particularly how he has it organized – is great!

I’ve also been spending some time on FretJam.  A lot of good info here.

Assaf Levavy’s LickNRiff is another great resource for playing fingerstyle guitar instead of just ‘3 chords and the truth.’  I could easily spend a month on this site!

One of the more interesting sites I’ve run across is Riffstation where you can play a YouTube video of a song and the software will identify the chords.  Here’s how it works with the Live Room performance of Difference Maker by NeedToBreathe.

Curiosities & Sundries from the week of April 20th

I’m reading some great books this week.  Talking to Humans, Kindle version for $0.99 and Carol Dwerk’s Mindset (recommended to me by my mom).

I’m listening to some great podcast episodes this week.  Dale Callahan’s interview Howard Ward on “knowing when to start a new venture” and Pat Flynn’s interview with Cole Humphus.

Also listening to UCB Undiscovered which, while technically not a podcast, can be heard on Soundcloud.

I’m working on writing more this week.  Now that I have a plan.

If you’re a designer, boring is bad… right?

A helpful flowchart for brewing your own coffee.  And a really old (and kind of stupid) video I put on YouTube.

And speaking of videos, maybe you thought the Icelandic Celebrities were weird, but they’re not even in the same universe with Thunderhead.

Saw this field guide to the American Sandwich on Austin Kleon’s blog.  It made me hungry.

David Brooks on career success and happiness.

John Corcoran on talking to strangers and happiness.

I was mesmerized by this story on Here and Now.  It made me rethink what clothes I’m buying.

Have a great week!


Curiosities & Sundries

For some lighter fare this week, here are a handful of curiosities and sundries that I ran across.

If there was no Big Bang, how did the universe begin?  Or did it?

My family earns $250,000 a year.  I’m middle class, right?

I am rebuked for my phobia of spiders.  Who would have thought they could be so “spiritual?”

A love poem for prime numbers.  And a couple others.  Who said poetry was dead?

Ann Marie Cox. Washington insider, liberal blogger and… Christian?

It’s like shining a light in the darkness.  The more we choose to take notice of domestic abuse, the more it will change.

I’ve been listening to Seth Godin’s Startup School on Soundcloud.  So worth it.

We’ve been waiting long enough… they’re back!  And for those who want more, the photo shoot.

And the best for last… it’s colon cancer awareness month and we all need “butt-shaking Icelandic celebrities” to remind us to keep it clean up there… wow.

More on “Violent Extremism”

These links are complex, dense and overwhelmingly insightful, so I’ll just warn you up front that if you’re brave enough to actually read all this stuff, you’ll emerge informed and educated (and maybe even changed), but you will have worked hard for it.

Just because there haven’t been any beheading videos or people being burned alive doesn’t mean it’s any better in Raqqa.  Or in Mosul.  Interestingly, one of the end results of ISIS’ brand of pure Islam is a growing Atheism.  How’s that for a solution?

More on this idea that we’re at war with “violent extremism” instead of defining the enemy.

A great sermon on a Christian response on ISIS and the Middle East in relation to biblical prophecy.

So, is Islam really the “religion of peace?”

And what was it, exactly, that was the tipping point of western defenses against Islamic jihad?

Ok, so we know it’s bad.  Where’s the good news?

And if you take the plunge and read that (above), here’s an interview with the very same Padina.

And for those of you who want a thoughtful, deeply personal and insightful education on reaching out to your Muslim neighbors, this is a must read.

And after all that, you may not look at Muslims the same.

Some Interesting Items from the Week of February 16th

Hi y’all, here are a few interesting and noteworthy things I ran across last week.

If you’ve ever had dreams of fame, fortune & Taylor Swift, this story is for you.  And there’s more where this came from Birmingham’s live iteration of Storycorps.

If you can’t call out ISIS for what it is, you can’t fight an ideological battle.  Yes, the situation does call for a multi-faceted solution and yes, economics matter as well as social systems and governance (this gripping book just might open your eyes), but western secularist policies are not the solution and to act like they are on the national stage dressed up in political correctness does nothing but destroy American credibility and reinforce international perception that we are completely out of touch with reality in the eyes of everyone else around the globe.

From Punk’d to top 15 on the web?  Ashton Kutcher.  Who would’ve thought?

And here I thought these kinds of things only happened in Alabama.

Harry Reeder has been preaching some of the best sermons on the end times that I’ve heard in a while.

I just watched Ragamuffin, a recent movie on the life of a musician that really impacted me in college.  I appreciate the attempt at a more authentic portrayal of a Christian than typically makes it the big screen.  Actually it didn’t.

Ran across this article from a link from one of Seth Godin’s blog posts.  It’s quite hysterical, R rated and delightfully enlightening to to a ignorant white guy!  He had me at “full-time Black Person…”

Is this the future of auto shows and concept cars?  I guess the good news is that you can actually drive one.  Sort of.

I’m reading some Phillip Levine, former poet laureate, who died on February 15th.  Poignant and captivating.

And here’s one of my own (not to compare in any way with a real poet), composed in a fevered stupor when I had the flu earlier this year:

Behind closed eyelids I see
black and red at the same time
oscillating fractal noise
like body and soul
occupying the same space
both sick,
yet with different symptoms.

There is no high tech
infectious disease unit
in the ramshackle rural clinic
in west Africa
where bodies and souls together
wither and die.