Archive for the 'General' Category



Guess the object…

I was taking this apart when I realized I hadn’t recorded a picture of it for posterity. See if you can guess what it is.

Halloween costumes

Just in case you were wondering; yes it’s a huge event here. We went to a party (at a friend’s parents’ house) dressed like this. The really scary thing was that nearly everyone recognized who we were supposed to be.

New fan site…

I installed a new ceiling fan over the weekend, so I spent a lot of time at the top of a very tall ladder. It took a few hours to make and finish (paint) a little box to make the beam wider and hide the cable. It took a few hours to run the power […]

Ski Elvis hits the big screen!

It seems that Google Video is now carrying the Ski Elvis short movies. Will dubious fair use of copyright shenanigans never cease? Ski Elvis 2006, “The King Kong”, is halfway done now.

Drifting down the river…

We went rafting down the (redacted) River last weekend. It was mostly calm with occasional patches of this… (Our guide Orion was having fun at least.) Also, I found a tiny nugget (about 1g) of gold—worth about $25. B-) So of course I’m not tellin’ ya which river! Update: It was only 0.21g (about $5). […]

Beds

We spent an exhausting afternoon looking at new beds today. We learned the following. All beds are more comfortable than our current one. A decent mattress costs $1000 to $14000. All mattresses are pretty much the same.

Up, up and away!

Some of you know that my wife bought me the best Christmas present any guy could ever get. A pair of first-class aircraft seats! First they sat at my parents-in-law’s house for a few weeks while we found time to borrow their truck and go and get them. Then they sat in our garage for […]

Astonishing item of the month…

For those of you who’ve known me for a while, this may come as a shock. Yes, the bookcase is installed!

Burning money…

We spent the weekend with friends in the Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Forest. I brought a plastic magnifying lens and we melted a penny. The quarter, as you can see, didn’t quite melt (nickel versus zinc) so I think I need a more rigid frame. [For legal reasons, none of this was done with the intent […]

Chocolate festival…

We went to the chocolate festival in Oakdale yesterday. For reasons unknown I spent most of today sleeping.