Project #9: Kitchen Towel Rack

Sometimes it is the weirdest things that start to become problematic. Recently I found myself fighting a stupid problem - I had no proper place to hang my kitchen towels after washing the dishes. I could hang it over the center bridge of my sink - but that kept the towel moist during the day as it kept getting splashed when you wash something. I could hang it over the kitchen countertop, but then I could not easily open the cabinet underneath. And there is no towel hanger in my kitchen. So...

I decided to solve that problem by combining some Maple offcuts I had lying around from a previous project into a JIT designed towel rack. I have to emphasize, I eyeballed everything in terms of angles and design. It is not perfect, but it does seem to work. I have finished the project with Polyurethane as that seems to have good water resistance. Also, I added four small rubber feet to lift it from the kitchen countertop. Another thing to note is that this is the first time I made dowel sticks from standard flat stock - using a spokeshave and a block plane I rounded three square pieces of maple into dowel sticks, and it was successful enough that the round holes I drilled with my brace and bit, fit snugly.

Kitchen Towel Rack
Kitchen Towel Rack
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Bad Ideas

This is a very bad idea.

Substituting computer science for physics and/or math in school is as stupid and short sighted as is most politicians. Computer science is learning how to understand and use a tool. Physics and mathematics teaches you about nature, life, and pretty much everything that ever was, is or ever will be. With or without computers.

No contest really.

The Problem With Efficiency

Just had a client tell me their VOIP system is down after a power failure. I saw the machine was not responding (remotely) so I asked that they check to ensure it is turned on. While waiting for their response, I checked a couple of times to see if it has been turned on. When I picked up that the server responded to my pings, I quickly fixed a couple of settings both on the VOIP server and on the trunk configuration to make it work again.

I sent an email to the client telling them I fixed it and it should be working. Client tells me that they turned it on and it is working, implying that that was the cause of the problem. So they never realized that I put in real work to make it function properly, that turning it on was merely a small step in the whole process.

Point is - being too efficient many times bite you in the foot when it comes time to explain your bill to the client.