Saturday, September 24, 2011


I know this was a few weeks ago, but that is pretty impressive considering it usually takes me a year or two to post some things.
It's kind of neat that we got Jace's first-ever rollover on video.
This last one is Jace's third-ever rollover; it shows the whole process for him.  Now Jace is rolling over like crazy, but still only from back to front in that same direction.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Guitar Extend-a-case

Check out my latest project.  For my most recent birthday, my father and Heidi got me a new guitar case because the one I was using was old and falling apart.  I had it held together with duct tape, but me new case is solid and I know my guitar will be secure.
I also have an acoustic bass guitar that has until recently been without a carrying case.  So I decided to turn my old guitar case into a new bass case.

Nothing a little more cardboard and duct tape can't fix.
nice rug too, eh?

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Welcome Home Gift, From Nature

Summer at home was great for everyone, but we're back in Provo for the school year.  We're back in the house we left behind, but it seems there is a lot more work to do all of a sudden.

My brother already informed you of the felled tree branch incident.  We finally got the branches cut up and removed (thanks to our landlord), but we now have hundreds of tiny weed trees growing up everywhere.  Couple that with the myriad of other giant weeds that have sprouted and the major piles of poop that have accumulated, and....yeah.  

The jungle atmosphere has also led to more wildlife.
This was growing under our back steps.

There are also tons of spiders and webs around the yard.  Don't worry, we're getting it taken care of.

These last few pictures are closeups of the felled branch mentioned earlier.  Apparently it was burned somehow in several places.  Any guesses as to the cause?
We think maybe 4th of July fireworks....

Or it could be the power lines that the tree was growing around...
Do you have any theories?

Sunday, September 11, 2011

The Future

The future is not some place we are going, but one we are creating. The paths are not to be found, but made. And the activity of making them changes both the maker and their destination.
-John Schaar

   I think these words are insightful and can teach us a lot.  Much of the future is in your hands.  Though I do believe in chance and coincidence, I also believe that the more you understand the laws of nature and the patterns of human behavior, the more predictable the future becomes.  Thus, the less scary the future is.

   If you want something to happen in the future, start making steps in that direction now.  Learn to understand how things are now, and what needs to change.  Then figure out what needs to be done in order for those changes to occur.  Finally, go out and do those things.

  People have asked me why I am so optimistic.  In part, the answer is because I feel so much in control.  I understand that I cannot control those things that are out of control, but everything else is fair game.  And the older I get, the longer I realize that "fair game" list really is.

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.
-Madame Marie Curie

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Campus Parking

I hate it.  I.  Hate.  Parking.  On Campus.

I often choose to walk 45 minutes in 90(plus)-degree weather (or snow) just so I don't have to try and find a place to leave my car for a few hours.  I only drive when I don't have time to walk.  Ironically, it usually takes as long (sometimes longer) to find a legal parking space.

Once, I had to stop at Wendy's after about 30 minutes because I needed a bathroom break.

I am late to a handful of classes each semester because of time spent circling campus.  More often than not, I am forced to park off campus.  I am not opposed to this, nor am I opposed to walking.  The problem arises in the fact that if I am looking for parking, I am already running late.  By the time I am forced off campus, class is likely to be underway.

Additionally, parking off campus means parking on Provo streets where the prospects are not much better.  (Ask me about my 1-hour parking problem).  

And I am not alone in my woes.  People have been complaining about car placement opportunities for decades.

When I started graduate school, I was excited because I could finally park in the Graduate Student lots.  Last year, however, several undergraduates boasted they never got ticketed when parking in Grad lots.  This led me to think that they were not monitoring those lots...
    They are monitoring them now.

This picture was taken by BYU patrol this afternoon.  That's my car in the motorcycle stall.  The sad thing is, I am totally okay with paying the what-turned-out-to-be-a $10 fine.  In fact, I was willing to pay up to $30 for this one-time privilege.  I made out with $20 in consumer surplus.  I don't know why BYU doesn't just charge for parking.

I just totaled all my BYU parking fines since I started driving in 2007.  $222 (this includes 3 boots).  That's less than $45 a year.  How much would you pay to ensure a parking space on BYU campus for a year?