Monday, April 28, 2008

For Three!

World Record Three Pointers

Otto, The Bad Dog

And The Dirt Keeps Coming!

The berm building is now in full swing. Truck load, after truck load of dirt are being formed into the 5-6 foot high hills that will eventually surround the pool. The drainage systems for the whole landscaping project are currently going into the ground This is to be followed by small walls around most of the apron to keep the plant material on one side and clean concrete on the other.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Always Vent Sealed Storage Tanks Before Emptying Them!

This is what happens when you don't properly vent a sealed storage tank before emptying it. Hot gas or air in a sealed container cools. The air pressure difference inside is so great that the structure is compromised.


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Day One Hundred Forty

The first test fire of the squirter's and the waterfall.

We get to adjust where they squirt. Any suggestions? All to one spot? Individual?

The waterfall. The flow rate can be controlled up or down, but this level seems to be hitting the bench just right!

The big equipment is back! The berm building started today.

The berms are being built up with all of the rough dirt first. Good top soil will go over the top of that to finish them off.

This shot was taken just moments before Deb drove this thing through the fence!

They don't look so big from a distance!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Oh, To Be A Bowling Stud

Pool Update

The pool decking is finally done.

Rounded corners overhand the tracks of the automatic pool cover.

The fire pit is in the foreground of the main patio area.

This is where the auto cover will be installed. The white metal block is waiting for a diving board to be bolted to it. Once the cover is installed, stamped concrete slabs will go over the hole that match the rest of the decking.

Another shot of the main patio area.

A short wall will go around the edges of the patio to then be back-filled by large berms.

Stairs to the back of the house.

The cement looks really pink right now, but it will mellow considerably as it dries.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Special Weather Statement

Snowfall at Boise...

The 0.5 inch of snow which fell at Boise before 6 am MDT has brought the seasonal total to 32.4 inches... surpassing the 32.1 inches which fell in the winter of 2001-2002. Boise now has the most snow since the winter of 1992-1993 when 34.5 inches fell. Although snow was still falling at 6 am that mark seems out of reach.

The most snow ever recorded at Boise was 50.0 inches in the winter of 1916-1917... and the last time 40 inches fell was in the winter of 1968-1969 when 41.1 inches fell.

Normal seasonal snowfall at Boise is only 19.4 inches.

Monday, April 07, 2008

The Next Giant Leap For Mankind

NASA is serious, very serious, about launching the most difficult mission ever attempted by the human race - putting an astronaut on Mars. The voyage will cover hundreds of millions of miles and take two-and-a-half years round trip. It sounds like science fiction.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Let Me In!

The Plug!

After taking about 36 hours to fill the pool I woke up this morning and shut off all the water. Sometime around noon today I glanced out the window and noticed that the water level had dropped by over a foot! Thinking something bad might be happening, I called the pool guys and they soon showed up with a fix for the problem. The plug for the drain. Due to a mix-up in communication, the main drain plug had been taken out during the plastering process. So with 28,000 gallons of downward pressure, the pool was indeed emptying pretty quickly.

I hold the missing link, while a diving 'pool man' gets the cover off of the open drain hole.

He is using a dry suit and this little compressor is pumping air down to him.

Trust me, the water is pretty damn cold!

This "lucky" man is the first person to "swim" in the pool!

I have the hoses running again. I have my fingers crossed that the pool will hold water this time.

Ah, The Blue

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Pool Update

The mixing truck.

The plaster is sprayed in, just like the shockcrete was.

A bunch of troweling! Note the fancy spike shoes.

We added some Manta Rays for fun.

It's looking like a pool now!

There is still some tile work to be done on the top of the table, but it is looking nice.

Pumps, filters and heater are going onto the mechanical pad.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

April Fools... You've Been Rick Rolled!

April Fool's Day, 2008

On April 1, 2008 (April Fools' Day), all YouTube Featured Videos hyperlinked to the Rickroll. The prank began with international YouTube portals before affecting the main site.[13] In addition, LiveJournal announced on the same day that they would be adding a new member to their Advisory Board, linking members to the journal "rickastley", which contains a Rickroll.[14] Also, on the same day, Isohunt had the Rick Astley video instead of their normal frontpage, as did Popular gaming website Kongregatealso claimed to have finally launched its upcoming card game Kongai, only to leave its players not with the game, but being rickrolled. Also on the same day, the Mahalo Daily video podcast hosted by Veronica Belmont produced a Rickroll purporting to be an interview with Steve Jobs. Media search engine SeeqPod included an mp3 of "Never Gonna Give You Up" as the top hit for all searches.'s Poll of the Day featured only nonsense answers drawn from the song's lyrics.

In episode 17 of the music review podcast Have You Heard, while discussing Rick Astley's reaction to rickrolling, the hosts play clips of the song effectively rickrolling their audience.

The website Fark featured a link to a video claiming to be a blooper reel for the Muppets but instead linked to a video of Beaker performing Rick Astley's song. Other social bookmarking sites like Digg and Reddit subsequently joined in linking the video.

The blog The Church of Joe featured a story on the supposed release of Frog in a Blender 2 by JoeCartoon, but Rickrolled it's visitors with the links.

The online web store Think Geek advertised on their front page a Betamax to HD-DVD converter device. In the product page a demonstration video was linked which was, in actuality, a Rickroll.

Click on this Blog entry title for more information on the Rickroll Phenomena

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Getting Ready For Plaster

Weather is nice and good progress is being made on the pool!

Waterfall wall is up!

Transition tile work from the pool to the wall.

It will take a ton of back fill to blend this wall into the landscaping.

Note the tile work underneath the cover track.

Power washed just before the plaster.

Cleaning system pipes have been cut down and capped for tomorrow's plaster work.

Tomorrow the pool will be filled with water. The plaster cures while submerged!