Ye Olde Server

I just came across these photos that I had forgotten about, and decided to put them up in case anybody wanted to see them.  Several years ago I built a little file server, and crammed it into a treasure chest thing from Hobby Lobby.

The parts from Newegg

The parts from Newegg

It began life as 1TB RAID1 with an Intel Atom D525 mITX board and 2GB DDR3.

The box from Hobby Lobby

The box from Hobby Lobby

After I cut some bits out

After I cut some bits out

I wanted to make sure that the box had enough cooling, so I cut away the inserts on top and the front, and replaced it with…

Mesh, with a fresh coat of paint

Mesh, with a fresh coat of paint

This mesh.

Putting the mesh in the front

Putting the mesh in the front

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Staples!

Staples!

To attach it, I just used strips cut from the original top and stapled through.  There may have been a bit of epoxy under there, too, but I can’t remember.

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Box with Mesh

Box After Painting

Box After Painting

I taped off and painted the corner “hardware” a hammered copper look.

Motherboard in place

Motherboard in place

To mount the motherboard, I just screwed regular standoffs into the wood.  It was super soft, so they went in without any trouble.  Then I backed them out, put a touch of epoxy on the threads, and screwed them in again.

PS in place

PS in place

PS hole

PS hole

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L-Brackets

L-Brackets

I mounted the power supply with a couple of L-brackets that I epoxied to it, then screwed into the base.

Reinforcement

Reinforcement

The base was super thin, so I put a piece of 1/2 square stock under it for the screws for the PS to bite into.  A plus was that it added a good bit of structural support to the bottom as well.  It was originally fairly flimsy and this stiffened it up well enough.

HDD placement

HDD placement

I originally wanted to put the HDDs in the top, but realized it would be way easier to mount them in front of the PS, and have the extra cables piled in front of the mobo.

Old case.

Old case.

I had a random old case laying around, and decided to salvage one piece out of it for the HDD mount.

The brackets for the HDD

The brackets for the HDD

I just cut the sides out of the original HDD cage from the case.

The base of the bottom bracket

The base of the bottom bracket

The base, with the HDD part getting epoxied on.

The base, with the HDD part getting epoxied on.

Some clamp action for good measure.

Some clamp action for good measure.

Finished and mounted

Finished and mounted

The right angle brackets fit in almost perfectly.

HDD's Mounted

HDD’s Mounted

Everything crammed in

Everything crammed in

From the inside

From the inside

I also salvaged a front panel connector piece from another case, and used it to hook up the PW and RST buttons.

From the Outside

From the Outside

The finished product

The finished product

And done.  It stayed in this form for a couple of years before moving to a regular mATX case and crammed into a desk made from an old piano.  Yeah, I’ll probably write that up before long, too.

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Wine lover

Wine grapes, growing around and squeezing a wine cask, with wine flowing down into a wine glass.  Took 5 or 6 3/4 hour sessions.  Probably one of my favorite pieces so far.

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Day of the Dead Skull

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Medusa

A medusa on Dave’s inner bicep.  I’m pretty happy with it.  Love doing stuff like this.

Medusa

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Papa Legba

Here’s the Papa Legba tattoo I did on Sam’s Calf.  Loads of fun to do, hopefully we can do another sitting on it one of these days, tighten a few things up.

Papa Legba from American Horror Story - Coven

Papa Legba from American Horror Story – Coven

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A few new things…

So yeah, it’s been a really long time since I posted anything on here.  I guess I need to get on that, huh?  Here’s a random selection of tattoos I’ve done lately, completely unorganized.  Sorry.    Thanks for looking.

Tabby's Map Bluejay Lobster Some Nature Name and Flower Roller Derby Pinup Octopus Heart Orchid and Hummingbird Fishin' Fireman Mask All-seeing Eye Toast Compass Rose Watercolor Unicorn Lily

Just a colorful owl.

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There’s no such thing as a “medium” tattoo

Before I start bitching, let me give you a transcript of a conversation I had this morning on the phone:

Me: “Golden Rule”

Caller: “Hi, I was wondering if I could get a price range for a tattoo over the phone?”

Me: “We can try.”  (I hate doing it, but we don’t have a ‘no phone quotes’ policy.)

Caller: “Well, I want an anchor, like the navy anchor, but not a manly anchor, with my husband’s name.  I mean, I want the anchor to look like the navy anchor, but more feminine.”

Me: “Ok, and how big do you want to do it?” (already knowing the answer I was going to receive)

Caller: “Well, I want it on my shoulder.”

Me: “…ok.  How big?”

Caller: “You guys did a rose on my other shoulder, and I want it about the same size.”

Me: “…ok. How big?”

Caller: “I don’t know.  Medium size.”

Me: “…ok.  In inches?”

Caller: “Oh, I have no idea.”

There was more to the conversation, but that’s the relevant bit.

Here’s the problem: “Medium” is a relative descriptor, based on an system that predefines a series of sizes.  The system requires a definite “Small” as well as a definite “Large” to be complete.  Without visual reference, there’s no real understanding of the size.  Even then, those sizes are defined in other ways.  A “Medium” drink is really X ounces.  It’s defined with a numerical system and an established volume.  It has to be.  That size may change from time to time, but it’s always a measureable thing.  Telling someone over the phone “medium sized” without some other quantifier means nothing.

To define a size, you need an established system that all parties understand.  Inches are good, if only because they’re still taught in school and we use them everywhere in the U.S.  I even understand centimeters and millimeters, even though I really just do quick conversions to inches in my head to use them.  Hell, if you told me “half a cubit” I could still figure it out.  But don’t say “Medium.”  A “Medium” tattoo to me may mean one that takes 3 hours,  “Medium” to you may mean one that takes 45 minutes.  The words mean different things to different people.  That’s why we invented units of measurement in the first place.

While we’re on the subject, body parts are not very good indicators of size either.  Sometimes they’re not so bad.  If it’s a word across a wrist, I can get a pretty good idea of size.  If you just say “on my shoulder,” then you’re leave a LOT of room for error.  What we picture may be completely different from what you meant, so don’t get mad when you say “a medium tattoo on my shoulder” and we give you a quote that’s more than what you expected.  Odds are, we’re picturing something bigger and more detailed than you are.

So please do your tattoo artist a favor:  don’t describe a tattoo if you don’t know HOW to describe it.  If you need to get a quote on a tattoo, GO TO THE SHOP and talk to them face to face.  Even if you somehow missed every third grade class about using a ruler, and have never encountered one in real life, you can make hand gestures.    It’s much easier that way.  If for some reason you absolutely cannot get there and cannot wait on a quote, then figure out how to use a damn ruler.  It’s not hard.  Whatever you do, just please don’t say it’s a “Medium sized tattoo.”  You’ll save your artist a lot of frustration, and probably get a better tattoo in the end.

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Lantern Tattoo

Just a lantern tattoo. 

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Some random art

It’s kinda steampunk.  Just a lady (who looks a bit like Capt. Janeway) in a frilly collar with some roses and gears.  And dragonfly wings for good measure.  Graphite on paper.

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Mexican Lasagne

So I randomly decided that tortillas were just as good as pasta for lasagne, so I decided to give it a try.  Here’s what I came up with:

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. Ground beef
  • 1 can (14 oz) red enchilada sauce
  • 1 lg. can (31 oz) refried beans
  • 4 c. Spanish rice (or white rice with 3/4 c. picante mixed in)
  • 16 oz. Mexican blend cheese
  • 6 extra large tortillas (should be around 13″)
  • 1 pkg. taco seasoning
  • 1/2 c. onion, diced
  • 1/2 c. green pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic

Directions:

  1. Brown meat with onion, peppers, and garlic in skillet.  Add taco seasoning according to directions.
  2. Heat rice and beans.
  3. Lay tortillas in a 9×13″ pan, and trim edges to fit, saving cut-offs.  Remove tortillas.
  4. Pour in enough enchilada sauce to cover bottom, and cover with cut-offs from tortillas, trying to cover as much of the bottom as possible.
  5. Add 1/3 of beans on top of tortillas, and spread to edges.  Drizzle a few Tbs of enchilada sauce over beans, then sprinkle with cheese.
  6. Add a cut tortilla, sprinkle with 1/2 ground beef, drizzle with enchilada sauce, sprinkle with cheese.
  7. Add a 3rd layer, using rice.
  8. Repeat all 3 layers, saving a 1/2 c. of beans, rice, and meat.
  9. Add largest (best looking) tortilla to top.  Sprinkle remaining meat, beans, and rice on top, drizzle with enchilada sauce, and cover liberally with cheese.
  10. Bake in 350° oven for 30 minutes, or until top is browned.  Remove and let cool for 10 minutes before serving.

It turned out pretty well, however I think next time I may use corn tortillas, since the flour ones get a little gummy (but still delicious).

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