This blog post has nothing to do with databases, data storage, or even computers. If you are interested in learning more about NoSQL solutions take a look at Brent Ozars (Blog |Twitter) blog post NoSQL Basics for Database Administrators. The NoSQL in this post means it has nothing to do with SQL at all, but I’ve been working on a fun side project at home the last few nights and thought I’d share some pictures of it.
Most people know that along with being a database geek, I am also a Drill Sergeant in the Army Reserves. Becoming a Drill Sergeant became goal of mine eleven years ago after I first joined the Army. The thing that stood out the most to me about Drill Sergeants I knew in the Army was their level of professionalism, knowledge, and methods of handling things, and I wanted to be amongst the best. One of the things that comes with being a Drill Sergeant is having the Campaign Hat that everyone associates with the Drill Sergeant image.
The Campaign Hat always looks nice and stiff in pictures, movies, however, nothing could be further from the truth. The hat is actually made of a soft felt material that likes to curl up like a bowl in the Florida heat and humidity. To keep the hat in its appropriate shape it is stored inside of a hat press. The Army issues you the Campaign Hat, but they don’t issue out, nor do they even sell a press to keep it in shape (I am sure this makes sense to someone somewhere). Most of the civilian military supply stores outside of the Army Posts sell some form of a hat press, but I decided to build my own. In its simplest form a hat press is just two pieces of wood, one with a hole cut out to go over the top of the hat.
I decided to use a pine end panel available at any hardware store like Lowes or Home Depot to build the hat press. I cut it out 16x16 for the top, and then the same size for the bottom, but with a three inch handle to carry it by. It all started out simple, and then I got carried away. I decided to transfer the image of the Drill Sergeant Badge onto the bottom of the hat press and then carve it out of the wood using my Dremel tool, and then carve my name onto the top. It took me a lot amount of time to do the carving, but it turned out pretty decent.
So there is my latest NoSQL project. I am quite happy with the results, and it happens to be functional as well.