Tuesday, November 13, 2007

You Matter.

I was browsing around some of the science sites tonight and got captivated by one of the hubble telescope galleries. Just imagine, peering into an almost infinitely minute sliver of the sky, then seeing what looks like millions of stars. In actuality, these are galaxies! Each blob and spec is billions of stars. Click on the picture to see more detail and be amazed more than ever that you matter!

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Treehouse update

Ok, it's not finished, but it's far enough along to show and tell. The treeHOUSE is appx 7'x9', and has 6'-3" ceilings. The 4 roof trusses used are 12' from tip to tip and will have green ribbed steel roofing applied once I figure out how to get it up there (which will match the house). I found 3 miniature windows that were display models at Fleet Farm in Hudson, and have two 14" barn 4 light windows. The siding will be stained red to match the house. The support system is bolted with slots to allow the trees to move where they need to in the wind without destroying the treehouse. There is a trapdoor in the floor to get inside. I plan on insulating and weather-proofing so that we can use it year round. The thoughts of electricity and lighting have also been bounced around. Why not.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Comet 17P Holmes

I heard about this comet a couple of weeks ago, but it was only observable by high power telescopes, because by the naked eye it was just a spec. The other day something neat happened: the core had an explosion, which forced a large cloud of dust and vapor around it larger than Jupiter. So, now, you can see it with the naked eye, and even better with binoculars. The kids and I went out last night and found it right away. If you know where the constellation Perseus is, look to the left of his leg, or use this map. This is in the Northeast sky just after total darkness. Photo courtesy Philippe Boeuf.

Monday, September 10, 2007

F...ing Deer.

I've been driving (legally) for over 20 years. Up until last October, I had never hit a deer. I watch for deer as if they are on every road around here. Because the damn things are. We were on our way into church in October and took out the front end of our Bravada with a deer. Luckily we were insured. (defn. of Insured: Gambling a recurring amount to wager that you will hit a deer, while the insurance company takes your money to use it to bet that you will not. You still lose.)

This morning, I was fortunate enough to have a deer poop on my windshield. Of course, a few things happened immediately before this astounding event.
  1. deer races from thick dense brush into the path of my Saturn.
  2. Saturn breaks 3 of the deers legs and disembowels the deer.
  3. Saturn continues to move underneath the deer, propelling it onto my windshield.
  4. aformentioned deer poops.

I need to find another car or find a hood, windshield, and fender for this one. But I'm ok. The deer is not. I still win.

Monday, September 3, 2007

Summer's (almost) over

The dreaded Labor Day weekend has passed, which marks the unofficial end of summer. The schools are all open as of tomorrow (if not before). It seems like it goes so fast, but did it really? I have to stop and list what has gone down over the last three months so I'm not so depressed that winter is coming (just think, snow in less than two months). So here we go:
  • Graduation from Stout
  • Trip to Colorado to see my brother
  • Trip to House on the Rock/In-laws in Milwaukee
  • Church Campout at Chetek
  • 12 yr anniversary
  • Trip to Big Top Chatauqua/Bayfield and Madeline Island
  • Swimming at Wakanda/Geocaching/Picnicking
  • Trip to my Aunt & Uncles 25th anniversary in Ripon
  • Cooking out / friends / etc...
  • Cucumber Fest in Boyceville
  • etc...

If I'm missing a couple, you get the point.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Greatest show on Earth...

Last Wednesday, Anne and I left after lunch to head up North, drop the kids at my parents, then kept driving up to Bayfield. We had tickets to see Bela Fleck and the Flecktones up at Big Top Chatauqua. If you haven't heard of Bela, he is one of the top three banjo players in the country, aside from Steve Martin(click this one). Alone, he tends to play traditional bluegrass and even true classical music, but with the Flecktones, there is a mix of genres that can't be described. Click on the Flecktones link above to listen and watch them. These are pictures I took during the show. After the concert was done, we took the car on the last ferry out to Madeline Island to stay at the Island Inn. On Thursday, we bummed around the island until we left for the mainland. After staying in Bayfield Thursday night, we got up in the morning and went picking berries then on to a wonderful 5 star breakfast at the Rittenhouse Inn. After buying more trinket souvenir crap, we stopped at Newago's Fish Market on the way out of town for some fish spread and smoked whitefish. I now have a year's supply of mercury flowing through my blood.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

A couple of laborious projects

This past week, I finished two of the most important projects that any man could complete. I finished the cedar trim around the new window, then installed the flowerboxes. The flowers were all annuals that were on clearance at Fleet Farm in June. Then Mr. Bear got a new coat of paint, including brown for the nose. I need to do things like this to remind myself that once in a while I can finish something.