Archive for July, 2008

I’m a cheap addict.

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

I’ve been waiting for the release of the latest John Scalzi novel, The Last Colony since I finished the previous book, The Ghost Brigades, months ago. I’m too cheap to buy it in hardcover though, so I’ve been waiting for the “mass-market paperback”.

Well it’s finally out and I bought it today on the way home from work. I’m already more than half way through. I could probably finish it in another couple of hours but I really must sleep now.

In the not terribly helpful department…

Friday, July 25th, 2008

K & I spotted these signs on a local walk some time ago. I had forgotten about it until today.

So if you work for National Grid and you’re wondering what to put in the Orange Collection Containers:


Another fake post.

Monday, July 21st, 2008

This is not a real post. You are seeing this only because I am trying to figure out why Evil Eyebrow‘s feed is weirdly unformatted.


I can conclusively say that the theme has nothing to do with it (although I had to edit out the call to the random quote engine.. but I seriously doubt that’s related.)

Nate Decides to Walk

Monday, July 21st, 2008

Yes, as of this weekend Nate has decided he doesn’t need to hold our hands to walk anymore. We knew it was going to happen any time… check out the video (about 6MB)…
Decides to Walk Video1 ADPCM

The cats are so in trouble now.

Nathan versus the Atlantic.

Saturday, July 12th, 2008

We took Nate to the beach on Friday. This wasn’t his first trip to the beach, but the first time the weather was horrible and he was so small we didn’t get him near the water.

This time he played everywhere:

the dry soft sand…
Sand between the fingers

the wet smooshy sand…
Nate and the wet sand

splashing at the thin edges of the waves…
Splashing in the ocean

watching the waves come in…
Waves are fun

and wading in “deep”.
Wading in

All of which culminated in some fantastic Daddy assisted body surfing.
Shouting with joy

More trip pics in the gallery.

Another beautiful moth.

Saturday, July 12th, 2008

At the Davis’ camp near Unity, ME, I found this beautiful moth. It was quite docile as you can see.
On my hand

Perched on my finger

I believe it is a female Polyphemus Moth – Antheraea polyphemus (Hodges # 7757). BugGuide Moth Photographers Group The male has much larger (furrier) antenna.

Nate also played in the ocean, but I’ll want to write more on that later.

Additional vacation pictures are on the gallery.

The ConferenceBike

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

With the grandparents watching Nate, K & I went down to the beach. After walking along the beach, we stopped in Old Orchard for a bite to eat. Parked at the side of the plaza was the “Conference Bike“*. Neither of us had seen such a thing and it is both a thing of creative beauty and a pretty cool mechanical gadget.
"Conference Cycle"

The quadricycle (double wheels at the rear) is powered by all seven riders while one steers and operates the brake and bell. Each rider has a seat and pedals (and can grab on the the circular bar in the middle) which connect by chain to a common drive shaft. The drive shaft is connected using universal joints to form a single drive which operates a heavier chain to the rear wheels.

The front wheels are turned via a steering wheel and what looks to be a rack and pinion type steering setup. The bike was available for rental at $70/hour.

Conference Cycle Detail Seat for the Chair?

There are other pics from our trip so far up on the gallery.

* I know, “bike” comes from “bicycle” and this CLEARLY has more than two wheels, but I didn’t name it.

Late for the 4th, but worth it.

Saturday, July 5th, 2008

Thanks Robert.

Firework Pics

Friday, July 4th, 2008

After Nate and K had gone to bed, I drove up to the Stone Quarry Hill Art Park to watch and photograph the fireworks. The field overlooks the village of Cazenovia and the lake. You can also see Oneida Lake to the north, the Fenner windmills and much of the countryside in between.
I hadn’t thought to go up there for the fireworks before, but obviously others have, as there were probably 2-3 dozen viewers already there by the time that I arrived.
The sun had set and the twilight was fading, so I knew it wouldn’t be long before the fireworks started. There were already several other displays going off in the distance, and a few ‘private’ shows nearer at hand.
It was a beautiful night and after the fireworks ended and the crowd cleared (except for a few intentional stragglers shall we say), the lightning bugs came out and started putting on their own show. So Sis, the last two shots are for you. I think it will definitely warrant another trip up there when it’s darker and later into lightning bug season.
Here are some highlights, but make sure to look at the whole album.

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Happy 4th of July!

Friday, July 4th, 2008

K & I survived our runs. K did great on the 5k with a 32:37 (officially).

Her 1km splits (based on her time across the start line not the gun):
32:14 (She started her watch at the start line, but still can’t explain the 23 second difference.)

She said she felt pretty good, and her time was good enough I was able to shadow her on the last km with her before getting ready for my start (about 40 minutes after hers).

As I said in the last post, I had some kind of cramp (or strain sounds more likely from Lisa & Todd’s comments). I lasted about half a mile before the calf started to hurt, but I took it easy and pushed on. I figured if it was really bad it would hurt more and let me know. Since my leg was hurting/stiff I kept the initial pace down, and it only hurt me particularly badly now and then (one pretty bad spike at about 6 miles). By 7 miles I wasn’t really feeling it (or maybe noticing it) anymore and my pace picked up. Here are my splits:

8:46* (I missed the split at 1 mile, so this is the 2 mile split divided by 2)
84:21 (officially 1:24:11, I can’t explain where the other ten seconds went)
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I’m pretty happy with that, but then I’m left wondering how much better I might have done if my leg had been better. Anyhow, a great day for a run, and it felt great to do well.

Of course now I can barely walk, but next week was vacation anyways so I have plenty of time to rest it.