Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Monday, October 30, 2006
|The guys from EepyBird are back, with 251 bottles of Diet Coke and over 1,500 Mentos mints. In Experiment #137, they did a mint-powered version of the Bellagio fountains. This time, it's one giant Coke & Mentos chain reaction that has to be seen to be believed.|
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Sunday, October 29, 2006
Deb did 99 percent of the "Jerky Squirting" but all of the photos I have of her don't include her head. So, you get me instead.
Pop your extruded raw beef and seasonings into the oven for the next 4 hours and enjoy the smell!
It's Jerky Time! I used the scissors to cut the strips into snack size pieces. I know, "How does it taste?" you ask. Tender and very tasty!
Ever since Deb and I rode out the big wind storm in August, we have both been thinking it would have been nice to actually know how hard the wind was blowing. Not the wind speed in Boise, or Kuna mind you, but exactly how hard was the wind blowing right here at the house. So when we saw the La Crosse WS-2308U Professional Weather Center at Costco for only $99 dollars, we grabbed it. Buying it turned out to be the simple part. As you can see the outside setup was a little involved. Getting the device to "talk" to the computer turned out to be the easiest part. After that it was time to get our system to upload all of this new collected data to the website Weather Underground.
The system consists of all the goodies in the photo above and a receiving station inside the house that wirelessly gathers data from the sensors located in the back yard. This receiving station is connected to the computer where software logs all of the data and stores it in a history file. While all of this is happening a second program also processes the weather information and uploads it to the web.
We actually have had the weather station for almost a month but lacked the time or will to do the big set up. Last week, another one of those "We haven't had a wind storm like that in years!" prompted us to drag the pieces out of the box and set it up. Oh no, we didn't do what your viewing in the photo above. You see I couldn't, it was 9:00pm at night, the wind was howling, so Deb sent me out onto the deck with some zip ties! After way too many trips out into the gale we could at least tell you the wind speed: 30-33 miles per hour sustained, and a 41 mph gust!
Well the station is up and running, and again just in time:
... Change of airmass bringing cold conditions Monday and Tuesday...
A cold front will move through southeast Oregon and southwest Idaho tonight bringing gusty winds and cold air in behind it. High temperatures will be 15 to 25 degrees colder on Monday than they were today. A chilly northwest wind behind the front will make it feel even colder. Winds diminish Monday night allowing temperatures to drop sharply. Low temperatures Tuesday morning will be the coldest so far this fall... With some locations in Baker County and the west central and Boise Mountains approaching record lows. After Tuesday temperatures will gradually moderate through the week.
One of the hardest parts of leaving our Battle Ground property was loosing the 4+ acres of wild right off the back of the house. It made riding our quads more than convenient. When all you had to do was drive out of the garage and turn the corner, there was no excuse for not riding when ever you felt like it. I knew when we sold, we would never see anything like that again. Turned out I was wrong!
After deciding on our new house in Kuna, Deb and I started exploring our new territory. At some point we noticed a truck with 2 ATV's packed in the back heading down a road that seemed to go nowhere. We were sure it was some farmer heading home but then we saw another truck hauling dirt bikes on the same road. We decided to follow. Well it turned out we just so happened to move about as close to a HUGE network of riding trails as we possibly could have.
It could not have been better, it was only 8 miles from the house! All we had to do was load the quads on the trailer, haul them over there and start to ride. It was at that point I started to think about the railroad tracks. Tracks by the house, tracks by the trailhead. Hmmmm, I wonder?
So yesterday we drove the quads out of the shop, out of the neighborhood and down the road to the train tracks. There was an overgrown dirt road running along side of it. Would it continue the whole way? It sure did! It turns out to be 7 miles each way to the trailhead where we have hundreds of miles of riding available in all directions.
So, the only thing that has changed is this. We went from 4 acres to hundreds of miles, but we can still drive straight out of the garage to do it! Not too bad.
Sunday, October 22, 2006
Cat Door: For the third time in my life I have had the pleasure of sawing through a wall or door to install a cat door. This time it was through the wall and out to the garage. The job took about 2 hours and included some cursing and phrases like: "That will be okay, the molding will cover it." and "See Deb, the problem is that the house is not straight!" An interesting note is, during the entire install Mishra layed on the floor about 6 feet from all of the action. When I was done and everything put away, she looked at me, looked at the door and headed right through it without hesitation. She then proceeded to spend the next 3 nights out in the garage. Mission accomplished.
Shop: The shop is done. I know you are saying to yourself, "Wasn't that done a month ago?" The final touches have been a sink and the most valuable item on any house, the window screens.
House: Still lots to do here in the way of moving in. There are still about 20 boxes out in the garage that I am afraid to open because it will just mean work! My computer still sits in pieces on the floor. The theater room is all about storing the stuff we have not dealt with yet, and nothing to do with watching a movie.
Garage: With the impending arrival of cold weather Deb and I finally cleared out the garage enough to admit all of the vehicles! I must say that since this is the first time in my life I actually have garage parking privileges, it is nice.
Us: We are both feeling well with no apparent issues. Deb is getting comfortable with her new job and I am staying busy as usual with mine.
Yard: The grass is coming up in the back yard! While it is no work of lawn art, containing many weeds and bare spots, the "Grass Man" recently visited us and sprayed for weeds and put down another layer of seed. We will wait and see.
Saturday, October 21, 2006
This is for who ever wants to go snowmobiling with us!
Well, now that we're living in Idaho and most of the water that falls from the sky comes down in the form of snow... We thought it would be a good idea to get some snowmobiles. Some friends of ours are sadly moving away to a place where snowmobiling would be difficult at best. This change of scenery forced them to make the very tough decision to sell their snow loving toys. Deb and I expressed interest in purchasing them, went over and took a look, and the rest is history. We plan on selling our current ATV trailer and getting a new one that will support the sleds in the winter and the ATV's in the summer. After that, all that is left to do, is wait for SNOW!
Thursday, October 19, 2006
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Tuesday, October 17, 2006
For the second year in a row, an annual smartest-state ranking puts Arizona in the No. 50 spot.
The list is compiled by Morgan Quitno Press, a private research and publishing company in Kansas that also puts out annual rankings on the most livable, safest and healthiest states.
In the smart-state ranking, Vermont comes in at the top, followed by Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey and Maine.
Arizona is at the bottom, preceded by Nevada, Mississippi, California and Alaska.
View the full list of rankings.
The ratings are based on 21 elementary and secondary education indicators, ranging from graduation rates and test scores to teacher pay and class size.
"Vermont performs very well in a number of important areas of education," said Scott Morgan, president of Morgan Quitno Press, in a news release. "A high percentage of the state’s students are proficient in reading and math. In addition, class sizes are small and the number of teachers per student is among the lowest in the nation."
Evolutionary theorist Oliver Curry of the London School of Economics expects a genetic upper class and a dim-witted underclass to emerge.
The human race would peak in the year 3000, he said - before a decline due to dependence on technology.
People would become choosier about their sexual partners, causing humanity to divide into sub-species, he added.
The descendants of the genetic upper class would be tall, slim, healthy, attractive, intelligent, and creative and a far cry from the "underclass" humans who would have evolved into dim-witted, ugly, squat goblin-like creatures.
Sunday, October 15, 2006
Saturday, October 14, 2006
Sunday, October 08, 2006
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Thursday, October 05, 2006
By Daniel Engber
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The Brazilian courts ordered the detention of two American pilots on Monday, a few days after the jet they were flying crashed into a passenger liner over the Amazon jungle. Interviews with the pilots may help explain how the accident occurred, even though both planes were outfitted with automatic collision-avoidance systems. What's a collision-avoidance system?
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
The tool in the guys hand works the emergency shut off valve.
There was a ton of water that flowed down the streets in all directions.
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
It had been an uneventful, comfortable flight.
With the window shade drawn, I was relaxing in my leather seat aboard a $25 million corporate jet that was flying 37,000 feet above the vast Amazon rainforest. The 7 of us on board the 13-passenger jet were keeping to ourselves.
Without warning, I felt a terrific jolt and heard a loud bang, followed by an eerie silence, save for the hum of the engines.
And then the three words I will never forget. “We’ve been hit,” said Henry Yandle, a fellow passenger standing in the aisle near the cockpit of the Embraer Legacy 600 jet.