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the Pale Melanesian

I’ve been Hypermiling instead of blogging

May 1st, 2008

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This space has been dead for a loooooooong time now. I’ve been busy renovating a house , raising a family and working with the youth at church.

My online time has been at CleanMPG. I’m hypermiling my civic and getting over 60 miles per gallon. Check out the forums and articles at the site for LOTS more detail.

big and strong

May 25th, 2005

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Lilia just got back from her first doctor visit. She’s two weeks old. From her birth measurements of 6lb 9oz and 18 inches, she’s up to 6lb 15oz and 21 inches! Maybe she’ll be like her old man after all! She’s healthy and feisty.

It’s a Girl!

May 14th, 2005

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She’s here! Labor was quick, and everything went well. Mom and baby are home now, and none of us are sleeping much. :)

All the good stuff, with pictures, over at her page.

Hi There!

May 6th, 2005

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Here I am.

Life is busy. Lately I’ve been consumed by getting stuff ready for Baby’s arrival. In a house that’s partially renovated, there’s a lot to be done. It’s getting down to the wire here; she could arrive at any moment. She’s ahead of her scheduled end-of-May due date. We’ll see what actually happens…

it’s been a while

November 17th, 2004

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I’ve been busy.

First, we bought a house. It has been more work than anticipated, and I’ve been keeping busy fixing it up. It’s a nice house, or rather, will be when it’s finished. Right now, that looks to be a long time off.

house from the street

Second, work has been busy. The company is refocusing on its core products. A new project team has been created to facilitate this, and I’m in that team. This means moving offices, learning a new project, and learning a new development system (.Net). I feel like a fish out of water sometimes.

Third, we have been visiting the doctor. He used his doctor-magic to show us a picture:
ultrasound

crazy driver

October 15th, 2004

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Here’s a crazy driver story for you:

When you come to an intersection, and you have a stop sign, you stop where the sign is, or on the line if there is one. Got that?

I’m driving along in the blue car, and this other driver comes in the green car. Does he stop at the sign? No! He comes out into my lane, then stops (on the X) and looks at me coming up behind him. Fortunately, traffic was not bad, and I could swerve into the next lane.

diagram

sign

September 17th, 2004

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This is the sign I see as I enter the parking garage every morning. It took me a good three months to really stop and read it, and see the wording. Shows how observant we are with things we see every day…

park assigned in spaces only

Tribute

September 10th, 2004

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Thank you, Cameron. Well spoken.

priorities

September 9th, 2004

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I’m looking out my window at work, and there’s a church there. It’s one of (if not the) biggest ones in town. They have a pair of big, 10-story-high cranes out there. Two men are in a bucket hanging from one, and the other one is lifting away the spire once the men disconnect it. There is also a field between here and there that used to be grass. It is now becoming a parking lot for that same church.

Yes, the spire was bent, and yes, it bugged me. I’ll be glad it’s fixed. How much do the cranes cost? Maybe the insurance is covering the cost. I hope so. I’m sure it’s not covering the parking lot. I don’t know how much that costs. I see the benefits of having adequate facilities, and maintaining them. I’m just questioning the priorities.

It seems to me that large churches always seem to have some construction project under way, that will revolutionize their “ministry”. If it only serves to make life a little cushier for those who attend the church, what’s the point? There’s more to being a church than having a good building. How about going beyond your comfort zone and actually making a difference in people’s lives? You can say all the great philosophical stuff you like, but to really change people, you have to touch them where they live, in ways they can feel. How about going and painting their house, or mowing their yard? Maybe you could carry someone’s groceries out to the car and tell them, “This is what it’s really about.” That’s what Jesus did. He saw someone with a need, and he didn’t preach to them. He fixed their problem, and then told them what he was about. That way, their problem wasn’t in the way and distracting them, and his message had some credibility.

(This is a good example of the “pointing hand has three fingers pointing back at yourself” situation. I like my comfort zone. I have my life under (chaotic) control. I know most of the people I deal with day to day, and that’s fine with me.)

halfway electric

August 23rd, 2004

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An electrician was at the house Thursday and Friday, cleaning up some of the wiring. Open splices, loose ends, ungrounded outlets, reverse polarity, and a couple screw-in fuses were on the menu. Also, a complete rework of the outside breaker panel was needed. All those were done, and done well, as far as my untrained eye can see. I thought the menu also included the scary breaker box, but apparently that was not communicated clearly enough. I’ll be calling him back and asking him to do that for me.

screw fuses
Screw-in fuses
breaker box
Scary breaker box