Sunday, March 27, 2011

52 Projects: Spring Cleaning?

It's March 26th - Four days into the start of spring. See the photo below and see if you can guess my project for this weekend (and it did take all weekend)

Well it took all week end but I think it was worth it. Still a lot of stuff I probably don't need but at least it looks better.

Probably should of shot more photo's cause I don't know how long this will last.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

52 Projects: Winter Walk

I've been walking with my border collie Zoey for five years now. It's done wonders for me both physically and spiritually. Though we walk a lot of different places one of our favorites is Dash Point State Park by our home. We've walked it over 1000 times. I'm going to start a photo essay showing the park in each of the four seasons. These are my winter shots (with some minor comments).
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Start of the trail
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Can you spot the border collie? She's pretty camouflaged against the snow and damp dirt.
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Winding trail covered with snow.
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There are lot's of small streams and creeks running through the park.
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Again - where's Zoey?
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Snow covered bridges - you'll see more of this one in the spring shoot because it's beautiful.
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Trails are well marked here - they're used by lots of cyclists (IMBA = International Mountain Bike Association).
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Take warning they don't kid
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Beautiful but cold winter day (I did this walk on Feb 28th) da do do do do...
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Gak - Slippery. Under the mud was a lot of blood. Glad I didn't know.
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The road out. Total for this walk is about 4 miles. The trails in here easily let me do 7 when time permits.
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That's it. Took a lot more photo's but didn't want to post them all here. I'll do another "Photo Project" in a few months in the spring - the comparison will be fun.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

52 Projects: Planting the Garden

It's time to start the seeds!  So cool.

First step was figuring out what can be planted when - in addition to my seed guide, I read each packet and developed a planting schedule for the next few months.

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I carefully labeled each packet so I know what I planted.  I also (unlike last year) wrote not only the name but the variety of the beast.  Now I can get my hands dirty!

Today I planted (indoors):

  • Spinach;
  • Mustard Greens;
  • Butterhead Lettuce;
  • Romaine Lettuce;
  • Arugula;
  • Mesclun;
  • A  bunch of tomato varieties: Brandywine, golden nugget, heirloom, sweet 100, beefsteak, and roma's;
  • Eggplant (first time ever);
  • Broccoli-Rabb; and
  • Leeks.


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We're going to try and get some dirt in this week (the second tier needs some more top soil) so we can put peas and fava beans next weekend.  They can be planted out doors now.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

52 Projects:Baked I/O Board

Oh no...not another cooking post. Well kind of.

My tank of an HP LaserJet 2300 stopped working the other day. I was able to print a settings page and found out the I/O card was no longer being recognized by the printer. Last I checked these were around $300 bucks - cheaper than a new printer but still. So I started searching the intertubes and found this article:

It suggested "baking" your I/O board. Right - I wonder how many they got with that one. A day or so later I was talking with my friend Jeff who's involved in the electronics industry. I told him the story and he said it'd probably work. Something about cold solder joints and remelting the solder. Well what the heck - the board was likely shot anyway. Lets try an HP EIO board bake off!

I took out the board

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IMG 0515Took the plastic bits off the board

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IMG 0520Still think this was a bit crazy but - hey took about 30 minutes and saved $300.