It’s Getting Cold
Posted in General
Forenoon watch, 6 bells (11:23 am)

Yes, it's not that unusual for this time of year. It's already snowed, and stuck a little bit. It's also been below freezing a lot lately. I guess I just wasn't ready for it to be this cold yet.

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The Little Compressor That Couldn’t
Forenoon watch, 4 bells (10:25 am)

Last Friday night I went out looking for 1/2" crown staples to finish my ceiling framing project for the library. After going to Lowe's and Home Depot with no success, I began to be doubtful that I would find the right staples. Saturday morning I went to Coeur d'Alene Power Tool and they said that the type of staple I'm looking for might be found at some shop in Spokane. Apparently the pneumatic stapler I have (on loan) is old and staples aren't really made for it anymore. so I ended up buying a new stapler that uses 7/16" staples instead (which are apparently half the price of 1/2" staples despite their 1/16" difference in width).

Moving on with the story, I started my construction off with an attempt to shove a nail through my left hand's middle finger. I thought I had just hit it pretty hard with something, not realizing it was a nail, so as I was shaking it around trying to deal with the pain (and saying a few choice words—nobody else was around) I found that I was spraying blood all over everything, so I headed upstairs to bandage it. I washed it out, poured hydrogen peroxide in it, administered a dollop of neosporin and wrapped a band-aid around it. The band-aid wasn't staying on very good, so I wrapped that in masking tape. Now I was in business and could really start working.

I nailed up the first 2x2 down the library wall the long way, leveled it up and kept going. I nailed up more along the ceiling, then cut up OSB and stapled another 2x2 to the bottom of it. I then stapled the OSB+2x2 to the 2x2 mounted on the ceiling, then stapled another piece of OSB to the bottom of the wall-mounted 2x2 and the hanging 2x2. Voila, box one complete. It's about 8" tall by 16" wide by almost 19 feet. Then I had to do the other side.

After about 7 hours, the air compressor I had started working overtime just to keep up. I finally stopped working because I was afraid it would break or something. So I have the two short sides left to do, but they'll go quickly, both sides are less than 8' each, so I only have to nail up two pieces of 2x2 before I can build the boxes.

I expect MS will be collecting his tools today, so I won't have them anymore, but I can borrow my dad's compressor—it's a lot bigger anyway.

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Halloween Party
Posted in General
Forenoon watch, 4 bells (10:11 am)

Last Saturday our church had a Halloween party slash chili cook-off. We attended to get a free meal and hand out candy to other people's kids. There were some great chilis, and some not-so-great. Some I firmly believe was store-bought and put into a pot. The best one was made by my neighbor, Bruce. It's a white chili unlike anything I've ever had but with the most amazing flavor. He said he'd email me the recipe and when he does, I'll post it here.

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Odd Fortune
Posted in Strangeness
First dog watch, 2 bells (5:17 pm)

I went to lunch today with some friends and we had Chinese food. I got this weird fortune:

Hard words break no bones, fine words butter no parsnips.

Yeah, whatever.

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Halloween Gag
Afternoon watch, 6 bells (3:03 pm)

I heard about this the other day:

Put a sign outside your door that says Be Honest, Just Take One. Happy Halloween, and put an empty bowl under it.

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Halloween Recipe
Posted in Recipes
Afternoon watch, 5 bells (2:59 pm)

I have no idea where he got the idea, but one year my dad made a halloween treat nobody would eat. Here's what you need, and maybe you'll get the idea of where this is going:

Big box of Grape Nuts cereal
some powdered sugar
bag of Tootsie rolls
clean (preferably new) litter box

Put grape nuts in the litter box, dump the powdered sugar in and mix everything up. Warm up the Tootsie rolls a couple at a time, stretch them out a little and roll them in the "litter". They look very realistic if you do it right. Gross out your family and friends at your next Halloween party!

For best results, serve up with a litter scoop.

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Phone Upgrade
Posted in Tech
Afternoon watch, 5 bells (2:55 pm)

I love my Motorola Razr v3 phone. Even though I got an early model, it fits in my pocket so nicely it never bothers me when I carry it. Then I found out that newer models could shoot video! So I felt kind of gypped.

So yesterday I backed up my phone, downgraded its bootloader, flashed and flexed it (but I kept my clothes on and it didn't break), and then restored my contacts and I was back in business with a new Razr that will record video.

You can get very detailed instructions at Hack the v3.

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Happy Birthday
Posted in General
Forenoon watch, 5 bells (10:49 am)

Today is my wife's birthday. I got her a 23 quart pressure cooker and a copy of the Ball canning book. She's been wanting to get in to canning for a while but didn't have the right supplies.

Now I suppose I should go home early and wrap her presents (I neglected to do that so far). Except we are going to dinner at the American Cheesecake Cafe, next to my office, at 6pm tonight.

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Valley Y
Posted in General
Forenoon watch, 5 bells (10:46 am)

Last night (for my final night out as Assistant Scoutmaster), we took the boys to the Spokane Valley YMCA—it's a nice place! They have a large indoor pool, and a second, big kiddie pool with a giant slide for kids and adults. A smaller hot tub sits by the entrance between the two pools. They also have a big rock-climbing wall as well as a "teen center" (several computers with games, a pool table, ping pong, and a foosball table), exercise rooms, a large basketball area, and a snack bar. And that was just the inside parts that I saw!

If I lived closer, and had the spare time or teenage kids, I'd definitely get a family pass. What a neat place to visit!

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Online Library Organization
Posted in Books
Afternoon watch, 4 bells (2:18 pm)

I just ran across LibraryThing, it looks like a nice way to create a list of all the books you have. It searches online for extra information, images, etc. I think I just may have a use for this puppy.

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Airport Trip
Posted in General
First dog watch, 2 bells (5:08 pm)

Well I'm off to the airport again tonight to pick up my wife and in-laws. Their flight arrives at 9:35pm. Just enough time for me to finish some work downstairs.

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More Costumes
Forenoon watch, 4 bells (10:07 am)

While we're getting closer to Halloween, it seems more interesting costumes are being posted on the net. This one is a Home-made Mr. T costume.

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Sixties Patents
Posted in Strangeness
Forenoon watch, 4 bells (10:03 am)

Go take a look at this image, and make sure you read the last part about the glare shield. Creepy coincidence for me.

Also, the tie-on ice bag doesn't look that comfortable if you ask me. The lady's expression seems quite pained.

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Settlers of Catan Scenario
Posted in Hobbies
First dog watch, 2 bells (5:06 pm)

I wrote a Settlers of Catan scenario for entry into Mayfair Games' contest. last month. You can now get a copy of my scenario in PDF format.

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Scary Doll
Posted in Creepiness
Forenoon watch, 2 bells (9:20 am)

Here's your creepy doll pic of the day. Courtesy of some disturbed netizen.

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