Lexical Database Archiving Questionnaire


It's true!

I am asking around on different mailing lists to gain some insight into the archiving habits of linguists who use lexical databases. I am specifically interested in databases created by tools like FLEx, ToolBox, Lexus, TshwaneLex, etc.

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Pollen station

I wonder if I should become a pollen station reporter...

I was looking here at pollen stations:

Learning things about house building…

So here is a list of things I am learning about house building:

Window Putty is not caulk.

  • http://ohp.parks.ca.gov/pages/1054/files/windowenergyanalysis.pdf
  • http://www.bi-glass.com/replacement-glass.php
  • http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-replace-a-broken-glass-pane-in-a-woodframe-.html
  • http://www.treehugger.com/sustainable-product-design/save-your-windows-and-your-money-indow-window-inserts.html
  • Cinderblock is not solid. Mounting fireplace mantels as a floating shelf to cinderblock is a challenge.

    All things considered Jerry's is a better hardware store than Home Depot or Lowes. Platt Eletric is often cheaper than Home Depot.

    Oscillating Multi-Tools are pretty much awesome.
    Not all 3-way or 4-way switches are wired the same. (http://www.buildmyowncabin.com/electrical/how-to-wire-4-way-switch-diagram.pdf)
    Old circuits might contain two power cables and a single return... as a black and a red and a white.

And Also a Playground

So, if I am going to do a shed in the front yard, then a playground should fit there too.

What kind of plans or ideas are out there, that I can draw from?

Here is a list of links with some helpful materials:




Homemade shop-vac dust collector

I started looking at some homemade shop-vac projects.First I did some googling, then I searched YouTube.
I found that there are different ideas and terms covering the shop-vac solution space.

The two most informative videos I found were:

Some of the basic questions I am asking are: which shop-vac should I get and how should I evaluate other options? There are people who do review shop-vacs. And I found that C.F.M. measures are really the most important. I also learned that if one adds a cyclone dust separator to the shop-vac that the filter stays much cleaner. The next question is how should I make a cyclone dust separator?

There are several interesting projects which I found. The guys in the video had some really good solutions too, including a $15 cyclone, and blast gates which can be purchase on Amazon.com. I also found the following interesting homemade solutions:

  • http://lumberjocks.com/projects/19069
  • http://www.woodturnersresource.com/extras/projects/cyclone/Cyclone.html
  • http://home.comcast.net/~prestondrake/Stuff_Workshop_Cyclone.htm

Blast Gates:

  • http://www.homemadetools.net/blast-gates
  • http://lumberjocks.com/topics/41990
  • http://www.woodworkingtips.com/etips/etip020726ws.html

Silence: around the shop-vac
A Noise block around the vacuum.

Building Wooden Trains

The potential to build my own wooden trains as recently been observed. That is, the idea does not seem soooo far fetched any more now that I own a router and a router table. Towards that end I have started to amass some ideas and some links.

Some places to order router bits:

A second way to approach this would be to use a tool like a CNC Shark. This has a lot of appeal for replication of items. However, at nearly $4K (at Rockler) that is a lot to start out with. Better to get some experience first. Learn where I can source my supplies from etc.

Some plans for cutting track:

Tutorials on how to make curved track:

Some Places to get components for rolling stock or rolling stock:

Some places to learn about child safe paints:

Some places to order manufactured sets

Some places to get a custom branding tool or wood etcher to sign the pieces I make.


  • Wooden Train tables
  • Research Parts

    New Brother printers and OS X 10.6

    On one of my machines I run OS X 10.6. I recently ran into a situation where I needed to print from that machine to a Brother HL-L2360DW printer. Brother has evidently stopped advertising that they support 10.6, or they have stopped testing their products against 10.6. It is understandable. It is an older operating system.

    To get the Brother HL-L2360DW to work via USB from OS X 10.6, I updated the firmware on the printer (via the Java based app brother provides). Then I downloaded the 10.7 full driver install package and installed it. It ran the installer no problem. After the installer was finished the HL-L2360DW CUPS driver was found and the printer was able to work with duplexing.

    So there you have it. The Brother HL-L2360DW does work with OS X, at least via USB.

    Population of Canada

    Today, after some conversations with friends I looked up the population of Canada. 35 million. All that land and only 35 million people (+/- 1 million). But all the same that is about the population of New York’s metropolitan area plus the population of Los Angeles’ metropolitan area. When issues of crime and law are considered population issues need to be brought into account. The population of Canada and the population of California might be about equivalent.

    So when we think about things like what work socially for a society (such as socialized medicine) and what does not, as far as the impact of population and the scalability of numbers the excuse that “well it works in Canada” should be understood as if it is somehow equivalent to say “well it works in California”.