Archive for September, 2010

My New Law of Brake Repair

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Law: The pads and rotor that are the most worn and in need of replacing will be impossible to remove.

Corollary: The pads and rotor that come off easily will be nearly pristine.

At least I’ve learned when to quit and go to the other side before I irrevocably damage the bolt heads. I will have to pay someone with an impact wrench and/or torch to get those steering knuckle-caliper bracket bolts off I think.

German Star Trek ads.

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

If you read the Bad Astronomy Blog, and many of you do, you’ve already seen this. For the rest, here are a series of TV spots for the German SciFi channel. I find the juxtaposition of the modern ads with the now classic shows really amusing.


Cruise Pics: Highlights

Friday, September 17th, 2010

So the more astute amongst you will probably have determined that I have completed the cruise picture uploads. You can see the entire set in the Caribbean Cruise album. There are 146 (!) pictures that made the cut, which means they were either nice shots or captured some unique element of the trip . However, I won’t bombard you happy readers with more than a sampling of my favorites. Here are 19 that tell the story pretty well.

Nate gets some sleep on the plane ride.

The whole family on board the Carnival Legend. (Yes, even Rachel is represented by her left foot only.)

Rachel enjoys the cabin.

The decks from the funnel looking forward.

Nate dressed up for “Elegant Night” and his pal the towel elephant.

Rachel in her fancy dress was the princess of the ball.

Children on the cruise ship make for early mornings.

Caught with another woman!

An early morning rainbow.

Three ships at Cozumel, Mexico.

Colors of an iron hulk.

Mom & Dad enjoying a sail.

Life at the beach.

What horrors await us in the Mayan underworld?

A tapir skull

The Sunshine Skyway bridge from underneath… at night… hand held… from a moving ship.

The ship “hotel” lobby.

A shark! (Safely behind glass in the Florida Aquarium)

A well camouflaged sea dragon.

8 months

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Today Rachel is 8 months old. I can hardly believe it, the months are just flying by. Its amazing to watch her change and grow before our eyes, it seems like she’s developing new skills every day. She’s mastered the skill of picking up and eating Cheerios ( as well as any other small object on the floor) and they are definitely her favorite food. She doesn’t really like that Mommy feeds her other foods on a spoon. Her favorite person to play with is Nate, and he always knows how to make her laugh; he’s a very good big brother to her. She is fascinated with the cats, and I think chasing them to grab a handful of their fur is what’s going to give her motivation to crawl. Right now they’re pretty good at staying just out of arms reach. She’s mastered the art of the High Five, and is pretty close to mastering the wave. I can’t wait to see what she does next.

Cruise Pics: Finally Getting Around To Them

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

So as most of you know, we took a cruise at the end of August with pretty much my entire family. So beyond taking three year old N and 7 month old N, K&I cruised with my parents, my sister, her husband and two pre-teen kids. It was a lot of fun, and really tiring and not just a little stressful. Let’s say we would certainly consider a cruise as a future vacation, but we’re certainly not going again with any kids under the age of 5.

I took around 600 pictures and my Dad gave me over a hundred of his, plus some we bought from our excursions. Anyhow, that’s a lot of images to catalog, evaluate, edit and upload. I’m about two thirds of the way done with processing the most interesting pictures. The first 92 pics are streaming onto the internet right now. I will eventually do my typical highlight post, but you’re welcome to browse the Caribbean Cruise gallery.

PS: Because I’m going to bed now, I won’t have a chance to clean up after the upload. There will probably be a lot of broken thumbnails, but the images are still there.

Please Help Me to Support Linda and FARA

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

When we first moved to Cazenovia, one of the first people I met at my new job was Linda Johnson. She is such a warm, friendly, funny person, and we quickly became friends with her and her family. On my first trip for Sensis, Linda politely asked if she could lean on my arm for support as we walked up and down stairs. Later, I learned that Linda has Friedreich’s Ataxia. This inherited disease causes the nerves of the body to deteriorate. Linda can walk with difficulty, but it gets a little more challenging every day. In addition, speech gets slurred, finger dexterity suffers, and other serious complications can develop as time goes on.

In 2008, we cheered Linda on as she rode her bike from Sacramento to Las Vegas. The event took two weeks, and they traveled 650 miles to raise money for the Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA), as part of Ride Ataxia II. It was inspiring to watch her complete the challenge, showing everybody that she was not going to let her condition hold her back from what she wanted to do in life.

On October 10th, I will be participating in Ride Ataxia Philadelphia. Rather than 650 miles, I will be riding a mere 50 miles over the crazy hills of south-eastern Pennsylvania. Our team, “Linda’s Life Savers”, has a goal of raising $10,000 for FARA. My personal goal is $500. Please help me support Linda and FARA by taking the time to donate a few dollars to help find a cure for this disease.

The Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA) is a national, public, 501(c)(3), non-profit, tax-exempt organization dedicated to curing Friedreich’s ataxia (FA) through research. FARA grants and activities provide support for basic and translational FA research, pharmaceutical/ biotech drug development, clinical trials, and scientific conferences. FARA also serves as a catalyst, between the public and scientific community, to create worldwide exchanges of information that drive medical advances.


Are we in a nut-job contest or something?

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

I was going to write a post about the nut-job radicals planning to burn books to “commemorate” 9/11, but my good friend Bill beat me to it. I’ll link to his instead.

1) Burning books of any kind is certainly this guy’s right in America.
2) People have the right to think he’s a nut-job idiot for doing it. (I do!)
3) Unfortunately, people will tend to generalize all Christians (and/or Americans) based on this radical right-wing nutter. Sound familiar?