Thursday, March 30, 2006

PHOTO OF THE DAY - 3/30/2006

Happy Seattle Couple
(PS: It wasn't raining! But understand: Seattlites can get a little overwhelmed with too much coffee.)

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

UPDATED: Why Is He Smiling?

For the "Real Picture,"
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"LIVE PHOTOS" update #2

I think this is the picture I'll stick with for awhile. Later, I'll be adding another camera, or two. (I like choices!)

To see the current photo and the last five hours of history, look at the side bar, "LIVE PHOTOS."

Friday, March 24, 2006

Hot Info ...

You have to look at Courtney's latest blog entry, "Dr. Do Little... "
It's a great piece of redneck prose. ILMAO

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Thursday, March 23, 2006

From The Archives

Six Flags
Magic Mountain
July 12 2003

The "X" ride

Riders: RWD & PMD

Ride Description: For the first time ever, riders race in prototype vehicles that can now spin independently 360-degrees forwards or backwards on a separate axis -- creating an unprecedented "don't know what to expect next" sensation. Perched on the EDGE of a massive 20-foot wide wing-shaped vehicle, riders plummet 200 feet to the ground - head-first face down -- and race at 76 miles-per-hour spinning head-over-heels and performing forward and backward acrobatics through the massive 3,600-foot twisting steel maze.
Prototype vehicles that spin 360-degrees forwards and backwards.One twisting front flip, two back flips and two raven turns will leave you speechless!

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Camera Moved Up The Hill

Today, I carried all the photo equipment about 200 feet up the hill behind our house: Solar panel, two 65-lb. concrete blocks, a 12-volt RV battery, camera and transmitter ... etc. (It was a J O B !)

I set it all up, then had to go up and down that steep hill about ten more times to get the view I wanted ... but, I never did get it. I have decided that I need a much wider angle lens. So, over the next week, or so, I'll be playing with different cameras and lens combinations.

If you see one you like, feel free to comment.
You can monitor the changing results by looking at "Links" on the right side-bar, then clicking on "LIVE PHOTOS." It updates every hour, on the hour.

(Friday, March 24, 2006: I changed the camera/lens combination and with the help of Jacquie and a pair of walkie-talkies, the picture isn't too bad. I have a wider-angle lens ordered that I think will open up the view a little more. That lens will probably be installed around the end of next week.)

Sunday, March 19, 2006

PHOTO OF THE DAY - 3/19/2006

Palouse Home & Garden Expo 2006
University of Idaho: Kibbie Dome

Jacquie and I participated in the Expo this weekend: Friday - Sunday.

Jacquie was "trolling" for art students for her classes and I was doing the same thing for potential ACN representatives.

We were both very successful!

PHOTO OF THE DAY - 3/18/2006

What Was That Noise?

About 8AM, it sounded like a kamikaze attack on our home. I rushed outside with my camera and snapped a couple of pictures.

No, it wasn't a WWII reenactment, but instead a yellow crop duster applying something to the field next door. (I don't know what it was ... and I'm probably better off not knowing ... "Jacquie, do you know where our gas masks are?")

Friday, March 17, 2006

PHOTO OF THE DAY - 3/17/2006

WSU Rowing team on the Snake River.

Sorry 'bout the grainy photo: This is a very big enlargement from a very small section of an aerial photo. (I didn't want to get too close to the boats.) To see what the whole photo looks like, click here:

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

"LIVE PHOTOS" update

(It's snowing today)

The camera setup is now operating on 100% solar power. The large solar panel (20" x 32") is hooked to a 12-volt deep-cycle battery, through a charging controller. The camera and video transmitter are connected to the battery. The video transmitter send the picture to the receiver, which is located just outside the house, next to the office.

The solar panel has enough power to run the camera and transmitter 24/7. In the daylight, it runs the equipment, plus recovers the battery charge for the drain at night. (I may add a circuit to shutdown the system at night, as it really can't "see" much.)

After I get all the kinks worked out, I will move the entire package a couple of hundred feet up the hill behind the house, where it will have a much more interesting view. (The move will probably happen next week: Keep watching.)

Click "LIVE PHOTOS" on the right sidebar to see what the camera is currently seeing. Updates hourly, more or less on the hour i.e., 6:00; 7:00; 8:00; etc.)

Friday, March 10, 2006

PHOTO OF THE DAY - 3/10/2006

Just Strollin' along
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Wednesday, March 08, 2006

PHOTO OF THE DAY - 3/8/2006

Hail, Hail, The Gang's All Here
Last evening, while we were having dinner* we heard a clatter on the roof top, but realized it was too early - or late - in the year for Santa.
This morning there are still pretty large pieces of hail on the ground.
(That's a QUARTER, laying next to the hail.)
* Fresh BBQ'ed Sockeye salmon - Yummy!

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

PHOTO OF THE DAY - 3/7/2006

Blue Skies
(Make for great flying)

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

PHOTO OF THE DAY - 3/1/2006

For today's "PHOTO OF THE DAY," you have to go to the R J RANCH blog:

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The photo is spectactular! Everything you see in the photo is real ... nothing was added or "tweeked."

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