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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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:

Some plans for cutting 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

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.

Car won’t start… until I replaced the starter…

Car won't start, I am not sure if it is the starter or something electrical. Remember my previous post about being grateful my car was not towed, that was the beginning of my Stater going out. It died a few days later in my drive way. The hiatus from having an operational car inspired Becky and I to bike more. Believe it or not, this is one of the first times I have turned to YouTube for a non-digital solution of video based learning. I watched the following videos which taught me how to test my starter. Continue reading

Which license and why?

It occurs to me that every time a new license is produced it is done as a response to a social context. That is, society has delivered a certain set of norms or reactions to existing ownership and licensing practices. It also occurs to me that with each new license created that there is an increased availability of licensing options to potential license users. Inherently this means that any given license should be expected to be used less with the release of a new licenses. I wonder if there is a way to plot the use of licenses, and the growth rate of new licenses.