Steven Wright

Written by Steven Wright who lives and works in Sacramento building useful things.

Building an Oak Chest With No Experience

Thu Mar 19 2020

All those hours of watching New Yankee Workshop and Youtube finally paid off. I had to improvise with some ghetto carpentry skills, but the end product came out not too bad. Also, this project really made me appreciate how much having an actual woodworking shop helps out. I did 50% of the work inside a house, with the other 50% being done outside on unlevel ground and hastily-thrown together carpentry equipment.

The idea started when my wife Kate wanted another chest that could double as a coffee table. She sketched out a design and make a rough newspaper floor template, and I went from there.

Working with ideas pieced together from websites, as well as some carpentry books I have been given, this is the final product.

My Work From Home Setup

Sun Mar 15 2020

I’ve been working from home for about 2 years or so, ever since I moved to Sacramento. Since then I’ve gone through some upgrades ranging from coffee tables to standing desks, monitors, lighting, and cameras.

The latest equipment I’ve been using is a new Logitech Webcam.

c920 pro hd webcam refresh

Movie and TV Subtitle Criticism

Sun Mar 15 2020

All streaming services provide some sort of subtitle support these days. Now, the accuracy of said subtitles vary, and some are more concise than others. Most of the time, the subtitles are word for word what the character is saying, however sometimes the speech is paraphrased for some reason?

One thing I’ve noticed about subtitles is that on some streaming services, new characters coming on the screen who haven’t been introduced by name are given a name in the subtitles! What’s up with that?

The character hasn’t actually been introduced to the audience yet, but now the viewer knows their name, as long as subtitles are displayed. This puts normal viewers at a disadvantage since they have to strictly rely on the editors and the writers to bring consistency to the story. #makesubtitlesgreatagain

Planning for the FE / EIT Exam

Sun Mar 15 2020

THE FE exam is something I’ve been wanting to take since I graduated from the University of Arizona in 2007. At the time, I didn’t want to study for another test and I was really eager to just get out there and start having fun not going to school. I really didn’t know to appreciate the freedom from not having to go to work everyday and just study.

The coolest thing I heard about getting this certification was getting an official stamp you could use for your drawings. I’m not sure how much truth there is to this statement, or even if this is something that still happens now that most designs etc are electronic. I could see this making sense if you’re making construction drawings since big plot sheets will be made.

When I looked into taking the exam way back when it was only offered twice a year, once in April and another in October. Has this changed? I need to find out as it could make it easier to study and plan the test date. Also, there were a set number of exams and only a select few were offered per engineering discipline. I need to do some investigating and see which exam I need to take as I imagine things have changed a bit in ~15 years.

I think these certifications are still just state-wide? I also don’t know what the certifications even encompass or how it would benefit me in my current career situation. I think I might just take it once at the end of the year regardless of my studying progress just to see where I am and get a feel for the test. I believe you can fail it once a year, and fail it no more than 3 times? Again, more questions. More to come on this.


Sat Feb 29 2020

wells fargo before leaving 7 eleven used atm once? coins are better for small bills

Japanese Vending Machines

Fri Feb 28 2020

There were some very interesting vending machines in Japan. I had thought before we went that people would be able to whatever they wanted out of a vending machine in the city. That part wasn’t as true as I originally thought, however there were definitely some differences between the US and Japan.

For one, each drink vending machine we came across served hot or cold beverages. There were red labels on the prices for hot drinks, and blue labels on the prices for cold drinks. This took us a little bit to figure out but was good to know when the days got really cold outside while we were walking and needed a hot coffee.

I found a lot of different types of vending machines, ranging from ones selling beer, bananas, t-shirts, souvenirs, crepes, sandwiches, mystery boxes, ties, and cameras. Once I find the pictures I took, I’ll be sure to upload them here.