The Information Cube, the new home of the TEXTFILES.COM Archives and a direct result of the Sabbatical funding I received last year, is coming along nicely.
I learned a lot about what crates and storage boxes work and do not work, I can say that – I’ve found which collapse under their own weight, which ones hold out pretty well, and even ones that are really awesome but cost way too much for what they do. I also realized I have enough stuff that if I’m not careful with how I pile things into the cube, I can fill the cube. That looks like this:
And that doesn’t look good at all, to anybody.
Anyway, a bunch of shifting around later, I have found the best crates for my needs:
Specifically, the ones on the left. They’re $11 apiece, hold a pile of stuff, and stack very well. The ones on the right, in the back behind the yellow lids, hold about 20-30% more stuff, but cost $50 apiece. Good if I have a large, fragile set of equipment that will need transport, but way too much money for what they provide. They’re fuckin’ strong, though; they could probably withstand a sledgehammer for a while until help arrives.
Right now, I’m simply packing the crates with like-themed stuff that I don’t mind disappearing for a few months, specifically magazines and journals:
Later, I will make sure that all of one kind of magazine/journal is in a crate, and have them labelled on the outside so they’re easier to find on request.
Using these crates (the yellow-tops) means a ton of the older smaller crates are temporarily unneeded. They’re piled outside the library right now, including all the ones that have snapped, broken, or exploded:
Something like 30+ crates are currently redundant within there, with many more to come.
Currently, it is once again possible to walk the whole inside of the Cube:
As you can see, there’s still a lot more work to do, and I think that middle aisle is going to widen out as I fix up more of the crates and replace smaller ones with the large yellow ones.
In the past few months, I’ve been doing all sorts of work related to GET LAMP and the moving of items into this cube and the occasional weblog entry about bad computer movies and running a demoparty and all the rest. The Cube work is going to result in a treasure trove of posted online information, scans and writing across the latter half of this year. Tons. In an ideal world, the GET LAMP sales will help fund living expenses while I do nothing but go through this stuff and present and speak. Fingers crossed.
In the background, in a few specialized corners of the internet, a number of individuals have implied that I have hoodwinked people with the sabbatical money and have nothing to show for it.
These individuals can fuck right off.
One last detail: The Cube has an official dog. His name is Buddy.
Be sure to clear any visits with me beforehand, or you will have to deal with Buddy. Buddy will mess your shit up. Look at those eyes. THOSE ARE THE EYES OF A KILLER.
That is all.
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