Archive for the ‘Life’ Category

Every snowflake that’s fallen this year

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

When you have this much snow, there’s only one thing to do:
http://www.theschierers.net/data/When%20Life%20Gives%20You%20Snow.mp4

Happy Birthday Surprise!

Friday, July 11th, 2014

K got her surprise (early) birthday present today. Here’s a picture of her unwrapping it.
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Tap… tap… is this thing on?

Friday, May 9th, 2014

My, it HAS been a while. I’m not going to apologize, or make excuses, or promise to post more often.

I am going to say that I’ve recently caught up with about 2 years of photo backlog on a new simpler image management system. I’ve eliminated some steps in my workflow, which makes it more likely that pictures I take will actually go somewhere.

So first installment of highlights of N pictures from the last 2-3 years are up. Check ’em out in N’s Gallery.

Goodbye

Friday, July 5th, 2013

We miss you.

Day After 4th of July

Friday, July 5th, 2013

N & I[1] enjoyed the fireworks show last night from Stone Quarry Art Park. We saw at least 4 different fireworks shows in the distance, plus a thunderstorm flashing to the east. A brief rainstorm seemed to delay the start of the show, so Venus was eventually setting amongst the fireworks.

  1. R and K crashed early. []

A bit wet…

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Some pretty serious downpours came through right at commute time. Here is an example of what this did to my drive home.

Pep Band Pays Off

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Many of you know that I’ve been playing with the Cazenovia Community Band. This has been great fun and a wonderful excuse to play my trombone again.

Most of the time I find myself drawing on the experience from the various bands I played with in high school… and trying to remember if I ever knew how to read music well. Tonight it finally happened.

I was able to to draw from that penultimate point in my musical career, the RPI Pep Band.

Yes, that’s right. Not only did this venerable organization of eardrum splitting proportions leave me with dozens of lifetime friends, not the least of which is my spouse, but through its wide range of classic tunes from the 60s, 70s and 80s… I was able to draw on our musical stylings when tonight… the Caz Band played music from Chicago.

Not the musical[1], not the city[2] but the rock-jazz fusion band. Yes, tonight we played a medley including the Pep Band favorite: 25 or 6 to 4.

If that pulsing tune is not already worming its way into your Medulla oblongata, I give you:

  1. although I played the music for that in college too []
  2. We played that song last season []

Congrats Jeff & Sandy!

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Congratulations again to Jeff and Sandy!

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Any party with a chocolate cake themed by Wrath of Khan, armfuls of old friends, great microbrews, a funky band and let’s not forget a TARDIS surprise for the bride… well, let’s just say that the reception was great fun for everyone.

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More pics in the gallery.

I love my boy.

Saturday, September 1st, 2012

So as we were watching a time lapse video of the moon, N asks me:
“Have you ever been to the moon?”
“No,” I say, “very few people have been to the moon.”
“Hmm… you should build a rocket and go to the moon… but only if you build a moon buggy too.”
“Why, because it just isn’t any fun to go to the moon if you don’t have a moon buggy?”
“Naaah.”

Happy 4th of July!

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

Happy Independence Day all!

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Go wave a flag or something.

Despite some chronic calf cramps I’ve been battling, I managed to run an essentially pain free 5K this morning putting down a very satisfying time of 22:40.[1] 1km splits were: 4:49 (uphill and mob), 4:36 (flat), 4:17 (downhill), 4:44 (rolling), 4:13 (downhill and sprint).

If you’re in the area, come see the Community Band playing for the parade at 1PM. Otherwise, enjoy your 4th!

  1. The only reason that isn’t COMPLETELY satisfying is I discovered that had I been 2 seconds faster, I would have scored 3rd place in my age group! []