Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Of Ice And Men
continue to plummet and snow continues to fall.
You can see the gutter here has failed causing ice to form. Picture
this on thousands on homes causing water to back up under the
shingles. But worse are the number of water losses due to burst pipes
from the fridged temps.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Built in Shelves
This weekend (Sunday really) I dug into the project I have wanted to do for a while.
I am replacing the closet door in the guest bedroom with “built in” shelves. As you can see the shelves themselves will look flush when I am done, like a built in unit, but open up to show the hidden closet. It was actually quite a bit of math to get it just right and I have quite a bit of trimming out yet to do, complete with a hidden latch mechanism that only exists right now as some vague ideas in my head.
Once done I will post a photo, this is the kind of fun project I like to do.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
One definition of irony is:
“Incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occur”
Today I define irony as going to an insurance continuing education class for claims handling and upon leaving getting rear ended by a 20 year old kid with no insurance.
Seriously, I can’t make this shit up.
One definition of satisfaction is:
"an act of satisfying; fulfillment; gratification"
Today satisfaction was having a big truck with a trailer hitch than punctured his car like a can opener leaving my truck unscathed. It may not always be PC, but I do love my truck. He did not even knock all the snow of my license plate.
Monday, January 19, 2009
Cool Gear - Honda Fury
Sure I am going to be in SoCal in three weeks. (by I, I mean WE right sweetie).
But that does not stop me from being tired of winter and dreaming of spring. I mean 42 inches (so far) of snow has about done me in for the season.
So leave it to Honda to come out with a new retro-looking motorcycle that makes my heart soar and my wallet weep: The 2010 Honda Fury.
Sure I need a bike like I need another hole in the head, but damn I looks so good I might have to find the money somewhere.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Cool Gear - iPhone apps : quad cam
Friday, January 16, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Its FREAKING cold
Just a reminder for those of you who do not live in a freezer, what cold really is.... tonight's weather forecast.
Bitterly cold. Snow flurries around this evening. Wind chills may approach -20F. Low around -5F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph.
Recently I was going through some old photos, looking for some of an old friend who is getting married. I have know him for most of my life so these photos span back to when I was a child and in doing so I unexpectedly ran a across these two photos.
They were taken years apart, one of me and one of my late father.
Both were taken at the same place: the family cabin.
The photo of me (I remember the day) was years ago, I was just a kid. The other one I have to take a guess at was closer to 40 years ago. Honestly I am not sure when. The cabinets had been changed slightly at some point along the way but it could not be more eerily similar.
Because my father passed before his time and because I often wonder how things might be different if he would have been around and how much would be have been alike it is some weird comfort to think these photos give me a clue. The answer is in the photo… we would be similar and yet completely opposite.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Saturday, January 10, 2009
This is too funny...
Why Obama wants to delay the digital roll out.
Those with Youtube blocked (you know who you are) cut and past yourself this link to a browser that allows you tube:
Friday, January 09, 2009
Cool Gear - Pocket Grappling Hook
Ummm... I must have this, thanks uncrate for this one.
Originally designed to handle detonation and trip wires, and straight out of any Batman-wannabe's dream, this Pocket Grappling Hook ($27) is perfect for any mission. The 1"x5.5" water resistant shell holds the hook's spikes when you're on the move, and can be filled with water or sand to add weight for more accurate throws. Forget all that "not certified for life support" stuff — they've been tested at more than 350 lbs., which should be enough to hold all but the biggest of crime-fighters. [Thanks, Paul]
Worst. Idea. Ever.
The worst idea ever is this "hands free" headset.
check it out *here*
Monday, January 05, 2009
Cool Gear - Joost
Online content sites are awsome, and only getting better.
Talk about tons of content. I was hooked. But then I discovered to little words that may have won me over forever. News Radio.
Damn I love Joost.
I don’t mean to brag but I am better than average around the house at doing minor repairs. But plumbing, well plumbing is the sort of hell Satan keeps for really really bad people.
All I wanted to do is replace a faulty and archaic water filtration system under the kitchen sink. It was all but abandoned and I was tired of having a faulty setup and my significant other was tired of the Brita on-the-faucet filter so I bought a under the sink system and Saturday with a couple of hours I took on the task.
Honestly, the system went in like clockwork. It was awesome, and with the new push on connectors it makes anyone a plumber. As usual it’s the joining of the old and the new that is the problem. Once I was done I noticed the trap was leaking. When I touched the drain the old metal pipe disintegrated in my hand. This started a 3 hour fiasco that ended with me rigging the old into the new in a way that would make Davy Jones roll over in his watery grave.
I will not go into details but suffice it to say it no longer leaks and my water is filtered.
Of course a one hour project turned into 4 hour one and I was frustrated and so was she taking away from our plans for the weekend I.Hate.Plumbing.