Dec 26, 2010

12 Geek Gifts - Day 12

The Seabreacher J


I don't care who you are; If I had the money, I WOULD SO GET ONE OF THESE. If you haven't watched the video, you need to. A personal watercraft that looks like a shark and swims like one too! A-W-E-S-O-M-E!

Also acceptable gifts are a real AT-AT Walker and Land Speeder from Star Wars, or a teleporter/transporter and Phaser from Star Trek.

Dec 22, 2010

12 Geek Gifts - Day 11

A Lightsaber.
Or more accurately a laser that can cut holes in plastic, fabric, and various other materials, or according to the website:
It will blind permanently and instantly and set fire quickly to skin and other body parts, use with extreme caution and only when using the included eye protection.

But, come on in the right circumstances would be AWESOME! And by "right" I mean most circumstances.

Dec 21, 2010

12 Geek Gifts - Day 10

Plasma Ball

This can make you feel like a mastermind with an evil and sinister plot to carry out, or allow you to see "the force" coming from your fingers in a cool way like an ultra powerful Jedi/Sith. They even make USB ones now so you can run it on your desk. I know, right? Sign me up for at least one.

Dec 20, 2010

12 Geek Gifts - Day 9

T-Shirts, make that 2X please. For 2 TIMES THE AWESOMENESS!
SnorgTees.com has a ton that I like, but two of my very favorite are below.

Dec 19, 2010

12 Geek Gifts - Day 8

So I says Mildred, its none of my never you mind, but anyway. Ok, well gotta go Mabel, talk to ya tommarra.

Yes, that's right a vintage telephone. I've always wanted one, and the more steampunk it is, the better.

Dec 18, 2010

12 Geek Gifts - Day 7

Unicorn Meat
Don't get me wrong, I am QUITE aware this is not made from real LIVE Unicorns. Obviously its made from really Dead ones. However, as everyone knows, Unicorn meats gives you all sorts of special powers depending on whether you follow the He-Man version, Harry Potter Version or some other twist on the age old fairy tale. Still, special powers are special powers.

Dec 17, 2010

12 Geek Gifts - Day 6

Backpack / Jetpack


Choose to be Luke in training with Yoda on your back, or Boba Fett with his sweet jetpack. The choice is yours, the awesomeness is free of charge.

Dec 16, 2010

12 Geek Gifts - Day 5


Yep, every Far Side ever, including some that were never published. -- this item is slightly different that the others I have posted so far, because I already own it, and it was worth every hard earned penny I spent on it. I have read all 1272 pages several times now, and sometimes I just laugh thinking back to one of them I read.

Dec 15, 2010

12 Geek Gifts - Day 4

The Ultimate Swiss Army Knife. Priced at a measly $999.00 and weighing just over 2.5 lbs, this 85 function knife knows no equal. When someone says, man, if I just had a ... you whip this puppy out, and YOU are freaking MacGyver.

This is a Knife!
In case you were wondering (because I know you are) Here are all 85.

1. 2.5” 60% Serrated locking blade
2. Nail file, nail cleaner
3. Corkscrew
4. Adjustable pliers with wire crimper and cutter
5. Removable screwdriver bit adapter
6. 2.5” Blade for Official World Scout Knife
7. Spring-loaded, locking needle-nose pliers with wire cutter
8. Removable screwdriver bit holder
9. Phillips head screwdriver bit 0
10. Phillips head screwdriver bit 1
11. Phillips head screwdriver bit 2
12. Flat head screwdriver bit 0.5 mm x 3.5 mm
13. Flat head screwdriver bit 0.6 mm x 4.0 mm
14. Flat head screwdriver bit 1.0 mm x 6.5 mm
15. Magnetized recessed bit holder
16. Double-cut wood saw with ruler (inch & cm)
17. Bike chain rivet setter, removable 5m allen wrench, screwdriver for slotted and Phillips head screws
18. Removable tool for adjusting bike spokes, 10m hexagonal key for nuts
19. Removable 4mm curved allen wrench with Phillips head screwdriver
20. Removable 10mm hexagonal key
21. Patented locking Phillips head screwdriver
22. Universal wrench
23. Laser pointer with 300 ft. range
24. 1.65” Clip point utility blade
25. Metal saw, metal file
26. 4 mm allen wrench
27. 2.5” blade
28. Fine metal file with precision screwdriver
29. Double-cut wood saw
30. Cupped cigar cutter with double-honed edges
31. 12/20-Gauge choke tube tool
32. Watch caseback opening tool
33. Snap shackle
34. Telescopic pointer
35. Compass, straight edge, ruler (in./cm)
36. Mineral crystal magnifier with precision screwdriver
37. 2.4” Springless scissors with serrated, self-sharpening design
38. Shortix key
39. Flashlight
40. Fish scaler, hook disgorger, line guide
41. Micro tool holder
42. Micro tool adapter
43. Micro scraper-straight
44. Reamer
45. Fine fork for watch spring bars
46. Pin punch 1.2 mm
47. Pin punch .8 mm
48. Round needle file
49. Removable tool holder with expandable receptacle
50. Removable tool holder
51. Multi-purpose screwdriver
52. Flat Phillips head screwdriver
53. Flat head screwdriver bit 0.5 mm x 3.5 mm
54. Spring loaded, locking flat nose nose-pliers with wire cutter
55. Phillips head screwdriver bit 0
56. Phillips head screwdriver bit 1
57. Phillips head screwdriver bit 2
58. Flat head screwdriver bit 0.5 mm x 3.5 mm
59. Flat head screwdriver bit 0.6 mm x 4.0 mm
60. Flat head screwdriver bit 1.0 mm x 6.5 mm
61. Can opener
62. Phillips head screwdriver
63. 2.5” Clip point blade
64. Golf club face cleaner
65. 2.4” Round tip blade
66. Patented locking screwdriver, cap lifter, can opener
67. Golf shoe spike wrench
68. Golf divot repair tool
69. Micro straight-curved
70. Special tool holder
71. Phillips head screwdriver 1.5mm
72. Screwdriver 1.2 mm
73. Screwdriver .8 mm
74. Mineral crystal magnifier, fork for watch spring bars, small ruler
75. Removable screwdriver bit holder
76. Magnetized recessed bit holder
77. Tire tread gauge
78. Reamer/awl
79. Patented locking screwdriver, cap lifter, wire stripper
80. Special Key
81. Toothpick
82. Tweezers
83. Adapter
84. Key ring
85. Second key ring

Oh, And you can buy it here: http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/tools/8b97/

Dec 14, 2010

12 Geek Gifts - Day 3

Tauntaun Sleeping Bag. Yes, if I was going to have an awesome (rather than specifically useful) sleeping bag, it would be this one. But it better smell good on the inside.
Buy it here: http://www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/plush/bb2e/

Dec 12, 2010

12 Geek Gifts - Day 1

1 word or possibly 2. Buckyballs. I am fascinated by them.

12 Geek Days of Christmas

I'm a geek. That fact has never once been disputed by anyone I know. Many people when faced with the "challenge" of extraordinary amounts of money would blow it on cars or houses or the like. I would prefer something with lasers, or magnets, or maybe both. With this in mind, and if YOU have extra coinage and are looking for a gift for me, I give you, the 12 Geek Days of Christmas (consider it a wish list)

Oct 31, 2010

Last Alpine Loop of the Year

Today we took the last Alpine Loop trip of the year. The canyon closes tomorrow for winter. While we were up there we decided to take some family shots. I think they turned out pretty well.

Oct 14, 2010

Thursday Meeting : Spikemen

So, I have an attention span problem. I can't sit in meetings or watch movies without DOING something. Every Thursday we have a staff meeting at work, and I have a tendency to doodle. These little doodles will probably be worth millions someday, so I am letting you get in on the ground floor of seeing them first!

Today, I drew the spike men. A couple things you should know. 1) Yes, they have a leader, it's pretty obvious who it is, and 2) if it looks like it was drawn a paper towel with a smudge on it, it was, and the brownie was delicious!

Oct 6, 2010

Tilt Shift

Tilt shift photography uses a special lens that encompasses two different types of movements: rotation of the lens plane relative to the image plane, called tilt, and movement of the lens parallel to the image plane, called shift. The lenses start at about $1200 like this Canon TS-E 45mm or the Canon TS-E 17mm for $2200. Normally, this is used for taking pictures of tall buildings without the parallel lines converging, but you can also use them to make pretend miniature model scenes. You can "fake" this effect with a series of actions in Photoshop, which is what I did; since I am not Mr. Moneybags. It turned out pretty well, especially for a first attempt. What do you think?

Oct 1, 2010

Weenie Roast

Tonight we went up AF Canyon for a Weenie Roast... We didn't actually start until about 7:15, so it was starting to get dark. But the kids had a lot of fun with only grabbing the wrong end of the roasting wire a couple of times a piece. Luckily, there was a stream nearby to dunk their hands in. They got good and sticky with strawberry smores too. Darrin, Kelly, Mia and Tim came too, and the kids had a good time playing with them too.


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Sep 19, 2010

Last One turning One

A childs first birthday is the most important birthday they will ever have. If they don't have thier first one, they won't have their eighth, twelfth, sixteenth, eighteenth, or twenty first. And yet no one remembers it. So, in an effort to prove to Ethan that he did in fact actually have one, I present the following.

Sep 7, 2010

Labor Day Fun

For Labor Day weekend, we went to Logan to for my sister Heather's baby's blessing. 4 of the 6 siblings have had children in the last year, so the obligatory "cousins picture" was taken. Notice the monstrous one; he's mine.

We stayed overnight and Monday went to Promontory Summit where the Golden Spike was driven connecting the Eastern and Western US railroads. Landon, whose middle name is "why on earth are you doing that?" decided to check out the local geology.

Aug 12, 2010

Uber Nerd Pt I

Ok, so its Part I, because I can't deny who I am, and let's be honest, there will be a part II, III, etc...

I decided I don't draw enough, so I decided to go back to doing some illustration. My first in the "Nerd" Category is this one: Ever notice that stormtroopers don't seem to be the brightest bulb on the tree?

Aug 1, 2010

Pondering the Universe

My little Becca will never be enrolled in college, but that doesn't mean she doesn't ponder (and know more than most about the secrets of the universe.

Jul 19, 2010

3rd place

I can now say I have award-winning photos on my photokapi website. I took 3rd place in the Wasatch Camera Club Intermediate Open Division last Thursday. It's not first or second, but it IS an award. Hopefully in the coming months that little white ribbon will have some red and blue friends to play with.

Jun 29, 2010

Being Remarkable.

Lets just be straight here. I am above average. I received better grades than a C. I know how to do a lot more things than most people I know. I have been more places than most people I know. I have quite a few talents. I truly enjoy my life. I love my wife, my children adore me, and I love playing with them. I have no reason to feel less than adequate about most things.

However, I have yet to feel remarkable about anything. Don't get me wrong, that is one of my biggest aspirations in life; to be remarkable in something, anything.

I have tried drawing, and I am better than your average Pictionary™ player.

I have tried home improvement, and am far less likely to be hurt than Tim "The Toolman" Taylor (though that's not saying much is it?).

I have a nice looking yard, but nothing spectacular.

I think my yearning to be remarkable partly sparked my interest in creating my photography blog. Its not remarkable photography yet, maybe it never will be, but I find it remarkable to me that there is a new photo every day. Every single day. That I took. Some are better than others. I know that. Hopefully they are getting better in general. On day 365 I plan to grab the folder from my computer and make a book out of it. A hard-bound copy of at least one thing (that took a whole year) to do that was remarkable to me.

Someday, maybe I can look back on it with fondness and my naive dreams of being someone important later on in life. I won't be looking at it from The Oval Office, the Governor's mansion, or probably even the Mayor's house. But, it's something I can look at, and maybe someday, as my grandchildren are cleaning out my house after I am gone, one of them will come across it, and even for a moment, think, "Huh, my grandpa sure was remarkable…"

Jun 19, 2010

Time is Running Out!

If you haven't voted on the prize for the next contest on my photography blog, http://www.photokapi.com please take a second and do so -- and I appreciate any and all comments, praise, or constructive criticism on the pictures as well.

Jun 14, 2010

Gracie Can Too

Gracie learned to ride her bike too -- out of nowhere she decided she could. We went to the church parking lot tonight for Family Home Evening and they rode around all over the place.

Jun 9, 2010

First REAL Bike Ride

Emily rode her bike for the first time -- for real, not for very far grant you, but at least as far as the Wright Brothers 1st airplane ride. Baby Steps.

Jun 6, 2010

Em's 8

Well, the big day for Emily finally arrived. She was so excited/nervous.  Our stake has baptisms by ward, and she was the only one in the ward getting baptized Saturday, so she got to plan the whole program. She heard two excellent talks by her grandmother's about repentance/baptism and the Holy Ghost. I asked her if she wanted to be baptized in English or Portuguese and she chose Portuguese, which was a little bit "aww" for me. We gave her a new set of scriptures -- a blue leather-bound quad, and a journal that everyone who came to her service got to write a note in for her. Afterward we had a nice picnic in the backyard and a nice visit with everyone who came.

May 29, 2010

Pansies

Today we planted the flowers for our garden. Diana planted some daisies and geraniums in pots, and together we planted about 4 dozen pansies in the front garden. Hopefully within a week or so they will fill out and take up more room.

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Apr 24, 2010

Geoff 1, Treestump 0

faI rented a backhoe today to take out a rather large tree stump by the side of my house; 20-24" diameter. It took 2 hours to dig it out and $150 to rent the backhoe, but it was well spent; I would have spent EASILY 3-4 days digging and probably not been able to get it out.

Mar 2, 2010

Landons 1st made up word

We live next to the sewage treatment plant. Now, by next to, I mean 4-5 miles a way. However, when the wind is just right and they are stirring the mixture just wrong... that smell of "I fell into an outhouse at some hippie concert where they only HAD one outhouse and everyone used it"... well, you get the idea.

This morning as we put Becca on the bus there was a lingering odor in the air and Landon exclaimed - "Daddy, that's poo-licious!" And it was... Both Diana and I busted up laughing...

Feb 14, 2010

The Gall of Hospitals

I recently had 2 stints in the Hospital ER. The first one was at 3 am on a Wednesday a couple of weeks ago. My 34th Birthday. The whole experience is rather foggy, I was in a lot of pain and throwing up, and therefore on a lot of medication, but when I woke up I had 3 little dots on my stomach and an inch long slit next to my belly button -- and no gall bladder. Apparently mine had reached it's expiration date, and had started to go bad. (5-6 gallstones). Then the following Sunday I ended up going back (again, in pain, and throwing up) and after several more extensive (ie Expensive) tests, they concluded that one of the gallstones had slipped away and gotten stuck. With a few medications, it was taken care of and passed normally.

Then, a few days ago I got the bill from the 1st ER visit -- Grand Total: $10,680. Still waiting on the second one. However, this is a small price to pay vs the alternative which apparently is 100% less being alive, so... what you gonna do?

Jan 9, 2010

Big Boy Bed

Today I made Landon a "big boy" bed. He is so excited to sleep in it tonight. It isn't stained yet, but that is a job for next Saturday. Total cost of materials? $34. Not too shabby.

Jan 7, 2010

New (Additional) Blog

I am starting a new blog in addition to this one. http://www.photokapi.com/. I plan to post one new picture every day for at least a full 365 days. The purpose of the new blog is to force myself to take MORE pictures. Hopefully, this also helps me take BETTER pictures. Please feel free to share the link with anyone you wish, and comments and constructive criticisms are appreciated as well.

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