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Knowlesville      

The Internet Ramblings of Matt & Lori Knowles

March 2006

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Fri, Mar. 3, 2006 - New Design

New Design

Linda commented a while back that it bothered her that the archive menu only went backwards. The reason for that was that I didn't want to have to re-edit every previous page to update the archive menu every time I added a new month. I finally decided to crack open my PHP programming skills and decided it was time to update the whole look and feel of Knowlesville. It has been 5 years since I did the original design and in Internet time, that was eons ago. For those that care, the new design uses PHP as the programming language to automate quite a bit of the page. It uses CSS to style the page, so future redesigns should be a lot easier. But the biggest improvement is that making updates to the page is now a lot easier, so I will have less of an excuse for not updating it.

I'll be moving the old pages over to this new format, which might take me a few more days, but be patient, eventually they'll all be back.

Sat, Mar. 4, 2006 - Monument Snow

Monument Snow

Once again low snow levels were predicted, only this time they got it right. I got up early Saturday morning and drove up to monument to see if I could get some pictures of the sunrise over the fresh snow. Didn't quite make it up there by sunrise, although I did stop on the way for some sunrise photos. There wasn't a lot of snow but it was still very pretty. It was darn cold though, at 31° and winds of about 30-40mph made it possible to only take a few photos before my hands were frozen and I'd have to retreat back to the truck. Definitely need some improvements in the cold weather gear if I'm going to make a habit of this.

Fri, Mar. 10, 2006 - It's Trying

It's Trying

The cold and wet weather has persisted and there's still a chance of snow in Ferndale for today or tomorrow. The last one never panned out. This morning we got a pretty good hail storm and there's been reports of light snow in Eureka and other local communities, so I'm still hoping. The temp driving to work was 38° and by 10:00 it had dropped to 34°. While it was hailing I ran out and took some pictures, fortunately we don't get the Texas softball sized hail. This Ford station wagon should bring back some memories for the older kids and Mom.

Sat, Mar. 11, 2006 - Earl Thomas

Earl Thomas

Blues singer Earl Thomas came by the studio to get some portraits done. He came in after looking at the work on my web site, but when he got to the studio he remembered my work from the Arts Alive show that I did last year. We snuck outside inbetween rain showers to shoot a few pictures in the alley behind our studio. (Yes, some people like the character of Ferndale's alleys. - Private joke for readers of this week's Ferndale Enterprise.) Then we went back inside to shoot some more formal portraits. Earl is a blues singer and I traded a calendar for one of his CDs which has some real interesting reworkings of old and new blues songs.

Sun, Mar. 12, 2006 - Cleaning the Creek

Cleaning the Creek

It has rained for a couple days so the creek went down enough that I was able to get into it again to do some more cleanup. This pile is just the smaller stuff that I could drag out. The larger pieces that were water logged I either beached on the bank, or if they were too big and mostly submerged, I sent them for a little trip down stream. While I was scoping out the bank on the opposite side, I noticed some recent mountain lion tracks in the mud.

Mon, Mar. 13, 2006 - Mountain Lion Food

Mountain Lion Food

Here is why it didn't surprise me to the mountain lion tracks yesterday. Today there were 14-15 rose destroyers in the Bugenig's field which is the largest herd I've seen over there. Definitely time to cull the herd.

Sat, Mar. 18, 2006 - Trip Planning

Trip Planning

While Lori and I were in the Bay Area, I took the opportunity to meet with Blake and start our trip planning. Blake and I are going to take a two week trip this September, riding out to Colorado on the pavement, and then making our way back through Colorado and Utah on trails. Blake set up a blog where we'll be documenting our planning and execution of this little adventure.

Sat, Mar. 25, 2006 - Another Mobile Home Fire

Another Mobile Home Fire

This afternoon the FVFD responded to a structure fire up Williams Creek Road. This road is a very narrow country lane, and the structure was at the very end of it, making it difficult to get all our equipment up there. The fire was extinguished very quickly, but the home was still pretty destroyed. The house was a mobile home that had been added on to and mobile homes burn up pretty quickly.

Sun, Mar. 26, 2006 - All Fall Down

All Fall Down

If you look back at the first entry for this year, you'll see my prediction was correct. I noticed after the storm we had a couple weeks ago that this barn had a major collapse. I was waiting for a clear day to get pictures of it, and it appears the owners were waiting for a clear day to start salvaging it. This year it seems we've have a lot more windstorms than usual, and it's had a severe toll on local barns.

Mon, Mar. 27, 2006 - Cleaning Up My Dump

Cleaning Up My Dump

Construction on my long delayed garage remodel is finally supposed to start this week. That meant I had to clean up the wood pile that had been building in the area in front of it. Took me the whole weekend, but I got a fair amount of it cut for firewood, and the rest got stacked elsewhere where it will be out of the way of the new construction. It appears that the pile was a major amphibian refuge, as I found numerous frogs and salamanders hiding out underneath it. Artie found the discoveries very entertaining, but after his experience with the lizard, I felt obligated to rescue each and every one and find them a safe home somewhere else in the yard. There was also one mouse to be discovered under the pile, but Artie was preoccupied with a salamander at the time and didn't even notice it.

Tue, Mar. 28, 2006 - The Cat Box

The Cat Box

Look what the UPS guy brought today! Artie found the packaging materials made excellent pillows, but then he's a very relaxed cat and could probably sleep anywhere. I picked up the whole box and brought it into the TV room so I could play with him. He had fun playing peekaboo for awhile but then decided he needed his rest and he went back to sleep. All of our other cats would have bolted out of the box the second you picked it up, but not Artie. He's not afraid of the vacuum cleaner, the power saw or just about anything else that sends the other cats to their hiding places. I even spun him around in the log carrier one night and he seemed to like that.

Wed, Mar. 29, 2006 - Well Timed Rainbow

Well Timed Rainbow

I was just getting back to the office after making a run to Fortuna when I noticed a beautiful rainbow over town. I grabbed my camera, ran down the street, and actually got a few different shots before it disappeared. A few months ago I read up on photographing rainbows and it's quite interesting how they work.

Thu, Mar. 30, 2006 - Breaking Ground

Breaking Ground

As promised, the crew from DCI Builders showed up this morning to start work on the new garage. Hard to believe that we're finally proceeding. I think we started this project about 4 years ago. It sure will be nice having the extra space, and having it watertight. I'm really tired of seeing everything rusting away in the garage. We are going to move the existing garage forward, and then add onto the back and sides of it. The back will be a workshop and studio so I can get back to doing woodworking projects, and the side addition will house the motorcylcles and garden equipment. A second door will be added to the existing garage so both the car and the truck can be parked indoors.

Fri, Mar. 31, 2006 - Something New to Carry Around

Something New to Carry Around

Oh my God! Did Matt finally break down and decide to get a cell phone? Sorry to disappoint you all, but no it's not a cell phone. For some time now I've had my eyes on the Pentax Optio line of waterproof cameras. When they introduced their latest, the W10, and the price came down to under $250, I figured it was time to get one. I wanted a camera that was good resolution (this one is 6 megapixels) and was small enough that I could stand to wear it on my hip so I was always ready to shoot. Gunslinger of the new west I guess. With my work in the fire department, and living in a wet climate, I was very attracted to the waterproof design of this camera. Not to mention I'll be ready next time we go snorkeling. It also has the ability to take short movies, so you might start seeing video clips here too.

I haven't had time to use it too much so I'll have to give a full review later. I purchased the camera from Prestige Camera and these people are such a bunch of crooks I figured I'd write a little testament to them. I really don't know how people could go to work everyday knowing that they are purposely trying to screw people. These people have gone out of their way to screw people as I discovered. There are so many complaints against them they've resorted to writing their own good reviews in an attempt to dilute the negatives. They even went so far as to create a whole separate web site with fake ratings that innocently steers people their way. Disgusting. Next time I'll stick with Amazon when I can't find something locally.