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News
10/30/2006 7:39:00 AM
We've been busy at the radio station planning for this year's DANCEfest event.

For those of you that aren't familiar, I volunteer with the local school district's student radio station, WMPH. I maintain the website and streaming. I also do most of the artwork and photography for their events. I visited Capital Pride this summer. Now we're planning our own event for November 18th.

Here are the current revisions of the postcards we'll be printing:

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I'm not handling the logistics of the event, just the artwork and the photos. However, here's what I know:

It's happening on November 18th at Baxter's in Wilmington. We may have some additional acts that have not yet committed. I'll be on site doing whatever needs done, along with the rest of the crew.
News
10/24/2006 9:25:00 PM

We've finished painting the furniture, and for the first time our new floor can see the light of day. It has been covered with a painting tarp since we put it down.

We've been painting some furniture in the room, so we left it covered for protection. Doesn't it look great?

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Barnyard News
10/20/2006 6:28:00 PM
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I've just added a new feature to the site. Now you can see the movies that we're watching. It's using the feed supplied by Netflix.

You can check it out here.
News
10/19/2006 8:37:00 AM
Barnyard Goes To China!

Look what I discovered on the web this morning:

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It looks like a Chinese hosting site has picked up my open source BarnyardBBS template. I'm happy to see that it's travelled so far.

Here's the link to the BestMoban's page. If you want to see a Google translation into English, click here. It's not perfect, but you'll get the idea.

Also, since BestMoban's link might break in the future, I've captured a large screenshot of the page for posterity. It's located here.
News
10/11/2006 7:55:00 AM

We've started our preparations for Halloween 2006. I've put out the first round of the decorations, and am preparing the second wave.

At the moment, I've got most of the decorations for the lawn in position. I picked up some pumpkins and straw from the local garden shop. We've got the fountain set up as well.

We're planning on turning the fountain red for Halloween; but we're going to wait until the last minute to dye it. As usual, I've recycled the Tiki Torches into duty for the holiday.

Although it isn't in the picture below, the air compressor project is flowing nicely. We've acquired a small (2 gallon) 100psi compressor, which will sit behind the house for Halloween. I'm secretly running air lines through the yard, so that the scarecrows will be able to blast the kids with air as they pass. We're going to trigger it with a blow gun, and run the final lines with soft vinyl tubing.

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I still need to make a tombstone for Faraday, and I should probably touch-up the others as well. They were made of pink insulation originally, and they require a good paint job each year (as rain is hard on the paint).

We've still got the family "ceramic pumpkin" in the window, and my mother's old scarecrow in the front flower beds.

Trips
10/9/2006 8:35:00 PM
At Wick's request, we went to explore the Glen Onoka Falls near Jim Thorpe, PA. It's a pretty interesting climb. We decided to take our resident hiking hünd with us. Faraday did amazingly well with the trip. Climbing a mountain is even more impressive when you only have 4" legs. We only had to carry her over the really hard terrain.

The "trail" is pretty questionable, and I wouldn't make an attempt in the winter months. However, the falls are quite amazing. If I were to change anything for the next trip, I would have worn more appropriate shoes. Sneakers don't protect from sharp stones, nor do they provide very good ankle support (for when you twist one on a rock).

Here's one of the better pictures from the trip. Yes, I hoofed a tripod up the side of the mountain to get this shot.

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There are seven falls total, this is just one of them (not the biggest). It was just the best picture of the day.

Also, when we reached the summit, I took a GPS reading, in case any of you want to visit the site. Here are the coordinates, and a link to the map:

N 40 53.332 W075 46.061 (Glen Onoka Falls Summit)

Google Maps Link

News
10/4/2006 7:05:00 AM
We've been hard at work with the fall landscaping of the house and grounds. This year was a first for me. I had never used a professional landscaper to help with the grounds. However, the price they quoted me was incredible. They did the job for what I would have paid for just the materials alone. Take a look at the "new" front beds.

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Although it may not look like it; two truckloads of topsoil and two truckloads of mulch went into those beds. Now they are raised to the right height.

We also (finally) managed to find some bamboo. We found a new non-invasive breed. It's marketed by Bamboo Select as "Green Screen". We got the Fargesia Robusta species, which is a fast growing and very sturdy variant. It's clumping, so it should only grow to a 6' radius per plant. Depending on how it grows, we'll build a perimeter with them. It's natural, looks good, and will give us a 15' tall privacy screen without needing a fence.

Here's our new addition in the back corner of the property:

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Trips
10/2/2006 6:46:00 PM
This weekend we went on our annual pilgrimage to Field of Screams, an amazing hayride / haunted house out in the Lancaster area. They really put on a great show. They raised their game again this year.

The new "piggy" barn was really impressive. Nothing quite like a hanging slaughterhouse to get you in the Halloween mood.

I didn't get any pictures during the hayride, as I wasn't going to endanger the holy Nikon, but I got plenty of shots afterwards on the grounds.

This castle is the entrance to the hayride area (from the haunted house area).

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They really put a lot of effort into the haunted house itself. It's really a work of art. Here's the main exterior:

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Take a look at the corpse on the roof. That's attention to detail:

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All told, a great trip. They are open for September and October. The hayride tickets were $12. It's $22 for for entire deal.

For those interested, it's about a 90 minute drive from Wilmington.