Archive for May, 2011


The hard way and the easy way

   Posted by: John    in Fun Stuff, I Remember...

When I was a kid (I don’t remember exactly how old I was, but probably 8 or 9) my folks decided to put in a wood stove.  Dad braced the floor under a corner of the dining room and bricked the floor and walls, up to about 5 feet or so.  He had to run 24 feet of stovepipe there up through the 2nd floor, attic and out the roof.  That done, we headed up into the forest on several occasions with woodcutting permit in hand to collect enough wood for the winter.

After a few years of that, my parents decided that it would be better (if not cheaper) to just purchase a log truck full of wood.  So they did.  About 30,000 pounds of it, about 12 cord worth.  They dropped it off in three piles at the edge of the side road.  Of course, we had to cut, split, haul it into the back yard and stack it.  By hand.  We did have a nice large chainsaw, and Dad made a platform to put on the back of the tractor to haul it with, but the rest was done by grunt labor.  It took us about 2 months of evening and weekend work.

I wish we had one of these firewood implements that would have done the job in about a hour.

Yeah, I know, so much for building character through hard work.


Pictures of our solar system

   Posted by: John    in Pictures, Random Stuff

I can’t take credit for taking these….lol.  But they are real cool pictures.  Click on them to see the full size.






And now some of our neighbors.






Scientific Conversions

   Posted by: John    in Fun Stuff

1. Ratio of an igloo’s circumference to its diameter = Eskimo Pi
2. 2000 pounds of Chinese soup = Won ton
3. 1 millionth of a mouthwash = 1 microscope
4. Time between slipping on a peel and smacking the pavement = 1 bananosecond
5. Weight an evangelist carries with God = 1 billigram
6. Time it takes to sail 220 yards at 1 nautical mile per hour = Knotfurlong
7. 16.5 feet in theTwilight Zone = 1 Rod Serling
8. Half of a large intestine = 1 semicolon
9. 1,000,000 aches = 1 megahurtz
10. Basic unit of laryngitis = 1 hoarsepower
11. Shortest distance between two jokes = A straight line
12. 453.6 graham crackers = 1 pound cake
13. 1 million-million microphones = 1 megaphone
14. 2 million bicycles = 2 megacycles
15. 365.25 days = 1 unicycle
16. 2000 mockingbirds = 2 kilomockingbirds
17. 52 cards = 1 decacards
18. 1 kilogram of falling figs = 1 FigNewton
19. 1000 milliliters of wet socks = 1 literhosen
20. 1 millionth of a fish = 1 microfiche
21. 1 trillion pins = 1 terrapin
22. 10 rations = 1 decoration
23. 100 rations = 1 C-ration
24. 2 monograms = 1 diagram
25. 4 nickels = 2 paradigms
26. 2.4 statute miles of intravenous surgical tubing at Yale University Hospital = 1 IV League
27. 100 Senators = Not 1 decision

And one of my own:

28. Insane college professor = academia nut


Impending Storm

   Posted by: John    in Pictures

I took this picture when I got home today.  It was sunny at the house, but looking down the street, the sky was dark!  As Winnie the Pooh said…”It looks like rain.”

Dark Sky

Update:  This picture was taken at 6 PM.  It was 74 degrees and still sunny.  By 7 it was over top of us and raining, and by 9 the temperature was down to 47 degrees.


Guess what was for lunch

   Posted by: John    in Fun Stuff

Feather Cat


I felt like this today…

   Posted by: John    in Computer and Network, Fun Stuff

Lester has a hardware problem

So, I am out at a client’s place, working on installing a USB video adapter.  Bad idea from the get-go I think, but that’s what they have.  I put in the CD, install the drivers, and follow the instructions.  Plug the thing into the USB port.  Then it says it can’t find a particular driver having to do with a USB to PCI adapter.  It’s right…it can’t find it.  Neither can I.  It’s not on the CD, nor on the manufacturer’s web site.  Or anywhere else.  After an hour, I give up.  Fortunately, I have a little more restraint than Lester up there!


Late night with Bin Laden

   Posted by: John    in Fun Stuff

I am not one to watch late night TV.  I think the best of that era ended in 1992 when Johnny Carson retired.  God knows what he would have come up with when bin Laden assumed room temperature.  However, some of these are pretty good.

Jimmy Kimmel

“The death of Osama bin Laden last Sunday has apparently damaged our relationship with al Qaeda.  Al Qaeda has released a statement vowing to make America pay for bin Laden’s death.  I’m pretty sure we did pay for his death.  We paid for the whole thing and even took care of the funeral arrangements.  Maybe a thank you would be nice.”

Jay Leno

“Osama bin Laden’s supporters want to rename the Arabian Sea where his body was dumped to Martyr Sea.  Really?  Martyr Sea?  Hinding in your bedroom for six years?  How about Chicken of the Sea?”

“Osama bin Laden is in the ocean.  How ironic.  Once again surrounded by seals.”

“Bin Laden was buried at sea.  Or as Dick Cheney calls it, ‘the ultimate waterboarding.’ ”

“Osama bin Laden was apparently shot twice in the face.  It looks like Dick Cheney may have been involved.”

“Osama bin Laden had money and telephone numbers sewn into his clothes.  Apparently we go him just as we was on his way to summer camp.”

David Letterman

“How about those Navy Seals.  We’re getting our money’s worth there.  They broke into Osama bin Laden’s compound with 12-foot walls topped by barbed wire and fired a warning shot into his head.”

“Bin Laden lived in this compound in Pakistan with all of his wives for 6 years.  So he did suffer.”

“Bin Laden’s wives didn’t have it too bad.  Looking at the pictures of the inside of the compound, it doesn’t look like any of them EVER had to do housework.”

Craig Ferguson

“Apparently, members of Al Qaeda are online slamming the U.S.  I don’t understand why they are so upset.  Everyone in Al Qaeda just got a promotion.”

H/T: Larry F


State Vocal Competition

   Posted by: John    in Kids, Music

First of all, Crystal made it to state in February with this song.  We found out that she placed 1st in the district for mezzo-soprano.  Here she is singing it at the state competition.

Going back and listening to her sing this 2 months ago…this performance is far superior. 

Now, I am supposed to be biased, because I am Dad, but the previous 3 girls who sang…well, they were scared to death, and just did not do a good job.  2 of them sang this same piece.  If the other 17 do the same kind of thing, Crystal should win this easily.


And now, for something completely different…

   Posted by: John    in Music

Most of you know that I love music.  One of the wonders of the internet is YouTube, where you can find all kinds of cool things.

Some time ago, and I don’t remember who posted it, but someone put a link on their blog, I clicked it, and got this.


This is a group called the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain.  They have been around for about 25 years, but like some many “local” groups that travel minimally outside of their areas, you would never hear of them except for internet sites like YouTube. 

They are pretty diverse, butchering pop, rock, jazz and classical music.  Here’s a combination of most of these.


And, if that was not enough for you, here is one more.



Road Trip to Jordan Valley

   Posted by: John    in Outdoors

We went to a wedding…and Karen performed it!  It was real nice.  I took the Nikon camera and snapped some shots along the way back.

Old House

Rock Formations



Valley Ranch

Looking over the Treasure Valley


Prom Night

   Posted by: John    in Kids

Pictures of Crystal and some of her friends on Prom night last Saturday.

Crystal and her dog Baby

The girls

The girls


Crystal and her friend