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Like my brownhouse:
   reproducing roofing metal
Saturday, December 24 2011
On Thursday, our household has recently received not one but three pieces of good financial news, and suddenly we can act in the profligate ways we've kept bottled up since summer. Today I went into town to finally get the last material I need to build a closeable lid for the south-facing glass on the greenhouse. I've been planning and amassing supplies for that project for over a year now. The last thing I needed for the lid has been some sort of roofing material to protect the styrofoam panels of the lid from the sun (and also direct moisture away, so the lid doesn't end up freezing to the glass). I'd been looking for something cheap (like an old billboard) to use for this purpose, but nothing like that ever shows up when you really need it, and it's impossible to store when you don't. So today when I was in the Home Depot, I selected what I thought were six sheets of two by six foot pieces of corrugated metal roofing (that's what I paid for). But those damn things either stick together invisibly or they have the power to reproduce, because by the time I stowed them away in the garage back at the house, there were at least nine of them. The thing about surplus roofing is that it tends to lobby for its own uses.

My new web development job is with a typography firm, and I'd learned during the job interview that the two co-founders of the firm (one of whom I got to meet) had been interviewed in the documentary Helvetica. So today I rewatched most of the film, having first seen it back in early 2008. It was better than I remember it, and have to say the guys whom I'm now working for came off as exceptionally imaginative and articulate (though, judging by the other interviews, imaginativeness and speaking abilities seem to go hand-in-hand with being typographically creative).

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