Saturday, May 19, 2007

Patio Furniture

After living in my house for almost 7 years, we finally decided to buy some patio furniture. This morning we went to Ikea in Burbank looking for a table and chairs. We ended up buying an oval glass table, 6 chairs, a bench, and 30 wood squares that can be used to create a pseudo-deck on our cement patio.

We ignorantly thought that we could fit all that in our Honda Accord, but we were way off. In fact, the only things that fit were the wooden squares. We ended up having to pay $49 to ship everything else to our house - not such a bad price for shipping from Burbank to the Westside of LA.

I setup the wood squares right when I got home. I laid them out in a 6 X 5 rectangle, alternating the direction of the wood with each consecutive square. It looks pretty good, kind of like a wooden rug. I think it is the type of thing that some people will love and some will think is strange. Once the table and chairs arrive, I will place them on top of the wooden rectangle. Finally we'll be able to hang out on our patio.

Sunday, May 13, 2007


A friend of mine once dreamed of making a website that made it easy for people to create polls that would gage how the public felt about many different topics. So-called Web 2.0 sites are popping up all over the place now, and today I discovered one on social polling called BuzzDash. I think it is along the lines of what my friend wanted to build.

I wonder how much money sites like this make off of advertising. I am constantly kicking myself for not building a site like this myself. I keep telling myself I am going to make some website after I get better at developing with Ruby On Rails. I am one chapter away from finishing Ruby for Rails, and after that I will likely try one of my many crazy ideas.