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Standup laptop desk from a jack stand

Sunday, April 26th, 2020

A quick and easy way to stand up while working at your laptop.


  • Inexpensive: $20 for a pair of two jack stands at Harbor Freight, plus some scrap wood.
  • Portable: small enough for me to carry in to my office on the train.
  • Easy to alternate between standing and sitting.
  • Works anywhere: set it up on any table or desk, with adjustable height.

I started at Thomas in a temporary office, pending some other people’s office moves. It didn’t make sense to order new furniture since we knew there was an upcoming office shuffle, but I needed a way to stand and work.

I got about 9 months use out of it before moving into a new office with a fancy motorized desk. Then I took it apart and brought the jack stand home, where it’s now helping me with more traditional tasks like putting a tube in my riding mower’s tire.

The sheet of felt underneath is to prevent scuffing the desktop. (If it were a more long-term setup I would’ve figured out how to put pads on the feet.)

2011-06-21 run

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

4mi 35min run in morning

map of run

Snow in June?

Monday, June 6th, 2011 says it might snow on Thursday:

picture of forecast

Kate’s hot air balloon

Saturday, June 4th, 2011

I helped Kate make this, starting with the
stripe generator and finishing the rest with MS Paint.

2011-05-22 lifting

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

40 minutes or so of upper body lifting, similar to last few Sundays. Did TRX pushups instead of the chest press machine.

Alternated TRX pushups with TRX rows, and then did some extra regular pushups.

Alternated shoulders with the lat pull machine. Did more shoulder stuff than usual: alternated dumbbell shoulder press (15x with 25 lbs) and dumbbell lateral raises (20x with 10 lbs).

Alternated curls (standing with 50lb curl bar), tricep dips, and lying leg raises.

Alternated dumbbell tricep extensions and dumbbell curls

Tough Mudder – Nov 20

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

What have I gotten myself into? I signed up for this event in Englishtown with Chuck & Rob:     Course map.

Rutgers half marathon: April 18

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

I need a constant reminder. I’m posting this here so that I see it every time I open my browser.

16-week plan