Analog DIY Vs. Digital

February 7, 2013

Still buried in pre-move house repairs. So far, it’s been oddly satisfying (odd in that I never thought installing a dryer vent could be so interesting). Thankfully nothing has been super challenging just yet. And there’s so much information out there on the Internet plus other sources who have been through all of this before.

But I think another satisfying aspect is that for literally, the past decade I’ve been buried in digital projects. And they’re truly ephemeral at best. Even if you get close to a state of completion, something new comes along, or changes requested = a project that never ends. And someone can just hit delete at any time and wipe all your work away.

So it’s kinda calming to paint a wall and have satisfaction that it’ll hopefully stay this way for several years.

A friend mentioned that his interest in getting the new Apple gear was fading recently since becoming a homewoner, as his attention turned to the next “home improvement” project. At the time I couldn’t relate, but now I see things shifting. Am currently obsessed with the basement and how it could eventually become a proper “man cave” in a few years. And as a result, I gotta admit the side projects like this hapless blog and the bottle cap website are falling by the wayside for now.

The bottom line: I’m learning new things which is always exciting.


  1. Rob O. says:

    Unplugging and getting immersed in the much more tangible analog world is a very healthy and satisfying thing. I’ll admit that my home improvement goals far outstrip my finances – or at least what I’m willing to part with. I’ve tried to put my money into the project with the most long-term bang for the buck.

    One of the more expensive things I’ve done to the house sine we moved in 3 years ago is to have the attic insulated with spray foam. I had a company come out and essentially vacuum out all of the existing (and very insufficient) blown-in cellulose insulation and then spray foam the underside of the roof and rafters. I’ve seen very nice savings on our energy costs since doing so. But since this was a pricy upgrade that’s essentially invisible (unless you’re willing to poke your head up into the attic space – and my wife certainly not), it was a tough sell.

    I have 3 very large (roughly 6′ x 9′) windows that are original to the house (read: single panel, thin glass) that I’d like to replace soon. There too is an upgrade that’s largely intangible but it’d go a LONG ways towards rounding out our energy efficiency and even further slashing our energy costs – which is a big deal when we get lots of triple-digit days during the summer months. Sure, the new windows would have a slightly nicer appearance, but since we’d be refitting the same size and configuration, the appearance improvement would be subtle.

    These kinds of subtle upgrades are often tough to sell to spouses who’d much rather spend the money on flashier or more noticeable renovations.

    • Heh I had a feeling you’ve been a homeowner for a while… and just the other day I was mulling over basement insulation (specifically the “rim joists”). But of course there’s a long list of things that take precedence over that… totally hear you about the budget. At this point we’ll have to take the ever-lenghtening wish list and prioritize things spread over several years because there’s literally no way we can afford everything in the first year let alone have the time to do everything properly.

      And now that I think of it the living room has a very large window, with no moving parts that sounds like a single pane one like yours. I guess for now we’ll just hang a heavy curtain in an attempt to keep some of the precious heat in :)

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