Saturday, December 27, 2008
Gamma, Grandmommy, and the four of us loaded up the minivan and went to the bowling alley. We played two games and ate cheeseburgers. Gotta love that bowling alley food!
David was pretty good. He won the first game, but his mom, The M, beat us all on the second game. She is impressive. During the second game, she scored 5 strikes and 4 spares. Her score was 183. She said she wants to have her 40th birthday party at the bowling alley now. (That's not until next June.)
Jono had fun too and made good use of the pop-up rails available on some lanes. I shot some video and put them together in a little clip below. I added some great bowling music. Let me know what you think.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
I took this picture from the front yard of The M decorating the tree. The condensation on the windows made it look cool.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
I also got to meet Brittany's family for the first time, and also Ryan's. They were delightful, all. Hannah, Ryan's sister, was also there. She is a "follower" of this blog and one of only a handful that I had not yet met in person. Being a follower means you pay an exorbitant fee to get little notifications when I post something new. It also means, and this is the best part, that you get to display a little icon image to represent yourself - right on my blog! I love the followers feature, and every so often some new sucker - I mean connoisseur of blogospheric literature - will become a follower, much to the delight of my virtual ego.
Hannah's icon is just a gray silhouette like some anonymous turncoat in the federal witness protection program. Until yesterday, I figured that either she: A) had a secret identity that required her continual anonymity, like a super hero or an under cover narc, or B) she really was just a gray silhouette. Turns out it's neither.
At this point you might expect me to explain WHY she hasn’t posted a photo, or an avatar, or a little piece of clip art, or something. That would be the natural progression of the preceding paragraphs, the climax of the story, the big belch after guzzling a soda, the shinny new bicycle brought out of the back room on Christmas morning after all the other lesser presents had been opened, etc. etc..
But then you might not check the blog tomorrow to find out...
Saturday, December 13, 2008
The wind turbine Engineers with a Mission is building for the World Hunger Relief farm, however, is meant to be a demonstration of so-called "appropriate technology". What I mean by that is technology that doesn't fart in public. No, wait... I mean technology that is appropriate for the culture in which it is to be used. Since our long-term goal is to deploy small wind turbines in developing countries, we need to keep in mind the types of tools and materials that are available in these places. To be "appropriate", people must be able to repair, replace, and afford them in places like, Uganda, for instance, which makes carbon fibers "inappropriate" and likely to remain single indefinitely.
Eduardo, Greg, David, and I are truly men out standing in their field. Get it?
The blades were Greg's project. He did an excellent job. I tried not to drop them! We had to pose like this for some photographers that were doing a PR piece. It felt really corny to stand there like this, but I think the picture came out pretty good.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
But then I tried it.
It's kinda fun! The Wii system came with "Wii Sports" which has bowling, golf, tennis, boxing, and baseball games. The boys loved it, and I too took pleasure from the crack of the bat; the vibrating, noise-making remote; and the blood thirsty pounding of armless boxing matches. What have I become? Sore, that's what. And a Wii bit less judgemental.
All this Wii tennis and Wii boxing and Wii baseball has left me Wii-ly wiped. I think I pulled a Wii hamey. I got Wii tennis elbow. I am pathetic.