Thursday, January 31, 2008

Cheese Burger in a Can

Am I reading the instructions wrong, or do they tell you that one way of preparing the thing is to boil the unopened can in water for ten minutes?

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Um...

I'm Done Fighting It!



Last winter, my first here in Idaho, was a fairly mild one as it turns out. I decided today that I have had enough with "white knuckling it" every time it snows. The snow shows no sign of slowing down and the old Jeep configuration handled like a greased iron on an acre of bacon with the big lug all terrain tires it used to sport. That ended today at Les Schwab with the purchase of studded snow tires. The other tires and rims will sit in the garage until this spring and I'll just swap back and forth as needed. Does it handle better now? How I got around without wrecking before I'll never know!

Nasty Drive This Morning!



...And it looks like it will be nasty tomorrow too!

...SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 PM MST THIS EVENING FOR ALL THE TREASURE VALLEY...MAGIC VALLEY... SOUTHWEST HIGHLANDS...SOUTHERN TWIN FALLS COUNTY AND OWYHEE MOUNTAINS...

A SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 PM MST THIS EVENING. A WINTER STORM WILL CONTINUE THIS EVENING PRODUCING ADDITIONAL SNOW AND CONSIDERABLE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW TO THE AREA. WHITEOUT CONDITIONS ARE LIKELY IN OPEN AREAS. ADDITIONAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 1 TO 3 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE BUT THE STRONG WINDS PRODUCING BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW AND LOW VISIBILITY IS OF MORE IMPORTANCE. STRONG SOUTHWEST WINDS WILL BLOW IN THE MOUNTAINS AND OVER HIGHER TERRAIN SOUTH OF THE TREASURE VALLEY WHILE STRONG SOUTHEAST WINDS OF 20 TO 35 MPH WILL BLOW IN THE SNAKE RIVER VALLEY. THE WINDS WILL FURTHER INCREASE THE RISK TO THOSE PLANNING TRAVEL OR OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES.

China: Happy New Year... At Work?

We Nearly Loose The Pool Cover





30 Mile per hour winds and blowing snow just about got the best of the pool cover this morning. I watched the whole thing rise up off the ground by several feet as I called to warn the pool builders. They showed up quickly and in some awful conditions shored up the cover. As you can see by the last photo quite a bit of snow did get in, and will have to be melted away before the concrete spraying can begin.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Now It All Makes Sense!

Middle-age Is Truly Depressing, Study Finds

Middle age is truly miserable, according to a study using data from 80 countries showing that depression is most common among men and women in their forties.

Now

A strong cold front will move in from Oregon this evening with increased snow and wind. Several sites in eastern Oregon have reported wind gusts near 40 mph with frontal passage. The front will reach Ontario around 6 PM MST and Boise around 7 PM. Expect west wind gusts 30 to 40 mph along with about an hour of moderate to heavy snow. The winds and snow will cause blowing and drifting and reduced visibility. Snow and winds will decrease from the west later this evening.

Think You Could Fly A Jumbo Jet?

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Fun In The Snow

Trying to flag down a rescue plane?
Me testing out earths gravity.
Ray determining the optimal approach angle for this hill.
Ray taking off.
Juli and Deb waiting for an accident!
Deb staying warm.
Climbing to the top.
It was a great day to ride!

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Best Free Documentaries

Best free documentaries from BBC, PBS and other stations. If you love free documentaries, you'll love this site.

The Apollo Missions

Missions 11·12 ·14 ·15 ·16 ·17 virtual reality images of the moon.

Achieve a Deep, Uninterrupted Sleep

Still working on the time change thing...

Friday, January 25, 2008

Lots Of People

Gratuitous Waffle Photo!

Dim Sum, Before & After


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Since I'm Up

Heading down on the tram from the top of Victoria Peak.
Just your average drug store.
Just doing a little window shopping.
Duck feet never looked so good?
Street shopping.
Always unique forms of transportation in China.
Some type of road gang.
Hand made broom.
What's in the bag?
Another view of the Victoria Peak tram.
Shop is open for business.
There is still room for a couple more signs!
Street side food cart... don't do it!

Who needs a truck?

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Do's & Don'ts With Babies

I actually learned quite a bit from this site!

Nerds Have A Wild Week End!

Different

Ever wonder what the inside of your favorite plush animal looks like? Imagine no more!

Is Your Screen Dirty?

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Day Fourty-Eight


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Pool Update

Just finishing up the re-bar.

This device separates out the dirt from the rocks. Since almost all of the pool diggings turned out to be rock we now have to truck in expensive dirt. Trying to limit the amount by even a few truck fulls will help.

The foam you see on the deep end is there to limit the amount of shotcrete needed to build the pool walls. Since we had to chip out the rock, the walls got a tad bit out of control. It is cheaper to fill the void with foam rather than expensive gunite.
This is the control center. Filters, pumps and cleaning system will go here as well as the water fall pumping system.

Saturday, January 19, 2008