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New Garden!

Jul. 7th, 2010 | 08:18 pm

We recently moved and our new place has a small patch of ground out front that has been calling to me.  Technically, I think it's supposed to be a part of the landlord's lawn but since the rest of it's not very well maintained I doubt anyone would mind if I dug up this portion.  So for the last week I've been spending my free time on my hands and knees digging around in the dirt.  I think my new garden stands a decent chance of success this time, despite getting a rather late start this growing season.  The soil is already better than the sandy yard I had down in Cruces.

Anyway, I thought I would keep a note here, mostly for myself, about what I planted so that i can keep track of what has done well and what hasn't.  There's three kinds of tomatoes (a "Patio" and a "Mr. Stripey" from lowes and a "Cour di Bue" from work).  The Bull's heart is looking a bit weak during the day but springing back during the night.  I think I might have planted it too shallow.  There's two kinds of  chilie (a "N.M. Big Jim" and a "Garden Salsa" from lowes).  There are chives, green onions, and small and large garlic from my mother's garden.  The small garlic bulbs haven't poked through yet and the large garlic (which already had stems when I buried it) looks dead but garlic is tough so it might surprise me.  There's a Thai Basil, a Flat Leaf Parsley, and a German Tyme from lowes, a Fennel and a Rosemary from the farmer's market.  Also some mint from my mom's which looked dead but came back to life.  In pots we have a cucumber and a carnation from lowes and an agave that was left by the last tenant (that one is setting out pups which need to be separated but I have gotten up the guts yet).

There's still alot of space left but I think I'll just prep that for planting in the spring (or maybe some fall greens if I get it done quickly).

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What's for dinner?

Apr. 22nd, 2010 | 08:13 am

What's for dinner?  A big ol' plate of thanksgiving!

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Rock Band #23

Apr. 13th, 2010 | 03:59 pm

You know what would make a great name for a rock band?

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Li'l Tithonus Part 8

Mar. 3rd, 2010 | 08:01 am

It's been a while (2 years!) but I found some time to work on my uke this past weekend. As usual, progress was slow because we spend more time building jigs and other tools to help us build the uke than we spend building the uke itself. This weekend these included assembly boards, holding forms, 30 spool clamps, and 35 tentalone clamps (which won't be used until next time.

However, progress was made. Most obvious in the photo is that the sides are now trimmed to size and glued to the soundboard. This was terrifying. It felt like if I messed up I would have to start at square one again. Also, we began work on the fretboard. Special thank to my friend Brack Morrow for lending us a fret saw. The slots are cut and marking dots have been installed in both the top and sides of the board. Figuring out how to accurately transfer our measurements to the fretboard for slot cutting took some research. We ended up using a program called wfret to print out a template. Also, the dots are unique. Instead of using shell or plastic, we cut plugs from a tugua nut. We couldn't use the same process for the side marker dots because we didn't have a plug cutter small enough so those marks are thin brass rod.

Hopefull it won't be another two years before I find time to work on the uke again.
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Color Wheel

Jan. 13th, 2010 | 02:41 pm

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Jan. 12th, 2010 | 08:51 am

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Rock Band #22

Jan. 11th, 2010 | 09:47 pm

You know what would make a great name for a rock band?
Sam Hill.

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Yearly Geocaching Review: 2009

Jan. 6th, 2010 | 11:18 am

As promised, I was on the ball and completed my annual geocaching review in a timely manner this year. The first half of the year was devastated by school but, following that and a wedding, my geocaching-buddy-for-life finished off the year quite nicely. I found my first earthcache and found caches in two new states. Maybe this coming year will be even better!

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Yearly Geocaching Review: 2007 & 2008

Nov. 30th, 2009 | 11:24 am

Took me forever to make these. Mostly because I forgot how I did the old ones and had to invent a new solution. Still haven't found the right solution. It seems there just isn't a good way to make graphs in word perfect and then export it as an image (I can't use open office because they don't know what a bubble graph is). If anyone has any ideas, I'd love to hear them.

As you can see, 2008 was a bad year for geocaching. Just too busy with school to do anything fun. With luck you'll see how much better 2009 was in a little more than a month!

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Rock Band#21

Oct. 27th, 2009 | 08:17 am

You know what would be a great name for a rock band?
Disco Nazis (scroll down, it's there)

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