30 Aug 2015 @ 4:58 PM 

Last fall I started construction on an 80+ foot long water feature for our back yard. I hired Brian Male of Alchemy Group to help me with it. Most of the rocks came from my parent’s yard who had a water feature that they didn’t want any more. Some rocks were also found in my yard. It has a switch with a photo sensor that turns on at sunset. It is set to run for 4 hours into the evening so we can here it when we got to bed at night. The switch also supports a remote control for us to turn on when ever we like. Mostly, we just enjoy sitting out on the back porch and enjoying the sound of the water.

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Last Edit: 02 Sep 2015 @ 04 59 PM

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 20 Dec 2014 @ 5:41 PM 

I’m going to be making some changes to the computers here at home. As a Batman fan and a nerd, I have decided to go with a Batman them for the names on the network. Below is what I’m thinking about so far:

  • Wayne Manor – private wireless network
  • Arkham Asylum – guest wireless network
  • Oracle – new Ubuntu server
  • Batman – Pfsense firewall/router
  • Alfred – new desktop computer
  • ? – old laptop computer
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Last Edit: 24 Dec 2014 @ 10 19 AM

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 12 Dec 2014 @ 4:58 PM 

This is what has been keeping me busy this fall. I began my construction of a water feature in the backyard. I won’t be able to finish it until next year when the weather warms up again, but I got this much of it done before the cold winter weather set in. I’ll write more when it’s done.

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Last Edit: 20 Dec 2014 @ 05 44 PM

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 10 Dec 2014 @ 12:13 PM 

Mia has begun to talk more and identify objects in books and in the world. I figured if she can say the word for a picture of a cow, she should be able to see a picture of a letter and make the sound for it. She has some books and things that have letters and stuff for learning, but none that I was satisfied with. For example, one book has all the letters of the alphabet with a picture and word that uses that letter. However, the letter it shows is just the lower case. I felt like she was missing out on something by not also having the upper case letter there. So I decided to take matters into my own hands and make something that I wanted her to have for learning.

When I had made the playhouse for Mia, I put in a wooden floor using 1×4’s. They were a little bit too long to fit, so I had to cut off a little bit on each board. I was left with a pile of squarish 1×4’s. I used these to make the blocks. I went to the local craft store to buy a set of letters and numbers. Then I went to the local home improvement store to buy the spray paint for the colors I wanted for the blocks. I used a hot glue gun to attach the letters to the blocks. I planned this out by making a table so that I got a good mix of colors.

Color table for blocksAlphabet and Number Blocks

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Posted By: jason
Last Edit: 20 Dec 2014 @ 03 23 PM

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 01 Dec 2014 @ 11:59 AM 

This is Mia’s second Christmas, and we bought her a stocking this year. We have two fireplaces in our home. The one upstairs, where our Christmas tree is, does not have a mantel to hang our Christmas stockings on. Wendy found a photo on Pinterest of an idea someone had made for hanging their stockings. I told her I could build something like that, so we went off to the local home improvement store to get the supplies I needed for this. Supplies list:

  • Fence boards
  • 1×4
  • screws
  • stain
  • hooks

It was pretty simple to build. The stain we chose didn’t turn out exactly like I had wanted. When I applied the stain, I intentionally applied it very poorly as the goal was to have a distressed look. The color looked more green than I had expected, so I took some brown and white spray paint and lightly applied it to break up the color. Below is the finished product:

Christmas stocking display

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Last Edit: 20 Dec 2014 @ 03 31 PM

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