“This is the main difference between the Gospel and philosophy. Although the philosophers speak on the subject of morals splendidly and with praiseworthy ability, yet all the embellishment which shines forth in their precepts is nothing more than a beautiful superstructure without a foundation, for by omitting principles, they propound a mutilated doctrine, like a body without a head.” Paul [in Romans 12:1-2] lays down the principle from which all the parts of holiness flow.” John Calvin

Family,

Staring at the Sun and Moon

The Eclipse 2012

You are not supposed to look directly at the eclipse.So I called my dad to see if he had some welding helmets appropriate for staring at the sun. I didn’t realize that, in his garage, he had stored the same hand-made viewing apparatuses that he made for us when we were children.

To make your own viewing apparatus: take a shoulder-width square piece of cardboard and cut a small square window in the center, large enough to hold a welding lens. Tape the lens into the window and hand to child (or adult). Safely view the eclipse holding the cardboard up to the sky and looking through the small square viewing area.

My dad made three of these. We each had our own when we were three young boys. This time we shared with our neighbors. To our surprise, we walked out front to find several of our neighbors outside with the same goal. Tony, our metal working neighbor, and John, our old-school neigbor both had full-fledged welding helmets. Our new neighbors had a soda box converted into a peep-hole camera. The eclipse was ultra-cute and small in the peep-hole camera. They thought it was pathetic in comparison to looking directly at the sun though a welding lens. But in the end it was fun to experience the eclipse in a variety of ways, including the shadows!

The light from the sun filtered through trees casting eclipse-shaped shadows on the ground. The video originally had my unedited narration with redundant statements like “here’s shadows of the eclipse through trees again”. I felt that my voice managed to turn something exciting into something uncomfortably lame. So I redeemed the audio with a song. Although the video doesn’t come close to representing the reality of the experience, and there was a bit of a strangeness to be excited over looking at something as mundane as the sun and the moon, I hope you enjoy. smile

 

To make your own viewing apparatus: take a shoulder-width square piece of cardboard and cut a small square window in the center, large enough to hold a welding lens. Tape the lens into the window and hand to child (or adult). Safely view the eclipse holding the cardboard up to the sky and looking through the small square viewing area.

My dad made three of these. We each had our own when we were three young boys. This time we shared with our neighbors. To our surprise, we walked out front to find several of our neighbors outside with the same goal. Tony, our metal working neighbor, and John, our old-school neigbor both had full-fledged welding helmets. Our new neighbors had a soda box converted into a peep-hole camera. The eclipse was ultra-cute and small in the peep-hole camera. They thought it was pathetic in comparison to looking directly at the sun though a welding lens. But in the end it was fun to experience the eclipse in a variety of ways, including the shadows!

The light from the sun filtered through trees casting eclipse-shaped shadows on the ground. The video originally had my unedited narration with redundant statements like “here’s shadows of the eclipse through trees again”. I felt that my voice managed to turn something exciting into something uncomfortably lame. So I redeemed the audio with a song. Although the video doesn’t come close to representing the reality of the experience, and there was a bit of a strangeness to be excited over looking at something as mundane as the sun and the moon, I hope you enjoy. smile

Female Bonding in it’s Infancy

And the Holding Hands Phenomena

Where does it come from? The idea of holding hands between friends is certainly not something that you see boys doing. But girls will frollick allong hopping and skipping with joy and affection for each other. Here we see my daughter Claire and her friend Hannah showcasing this behavior. They rarely see each other, yet they very quickly develop this type of female bond. It’s fascinating and curious indeed. But mostly it’s just so darn adorable and cute! Enjoy. smile

 

Bee Removal From Our Roof

The bees were living in our roof for several years. They entered and exited through the eve of the roof. The location of the hive was above our heads in our master bedroom. Ocassionally it would be difficult to fall asleep because we could hear the bees buzzing around in the ceiling. Usually the activity was worse in the summer, so we could comfortably turn on the ceiling fan to drown out the sound of the bees.

However, recently, they had somehow created a hole in the ceiling and began flying into our bedroom. I temporarily plugged the hole with expandable foam sealant. But this was the tipping point that prompted me to call Abe Rodriguez, a local bee removal expert, to remove the bees.

This video shows the process of removal from the roof. They opened the roof, sucked up the bees into a holding container, removeed the hive, cleaned-up the remains and sprayed to prevent bees from returning, filled the space with insulation to further prevent bees from taking recidence here, and then replaced the roof. They did a great job and you could hardly tell the the roof was ever opened in the first place.

The hive was well established and an estimated 30lbs of honey and honeycomb and ~50,000 bees.

 

 

Alabama 2011 Slideshow

Photos From Our Christmas Vacation

Here’s a collection of photos from our 2011 Christmas vacation in Alabama. Jenn and the kids were there nearly an entire month. I joined for close to 2 weeks. It was a trip with it’s ups and downs, but the photos capture some of the best times. The photos are collected from Jenn’s iPhone, my iPhone, a Canon S95 used by both Jenn and I, and my Canon 1D Mark II. It’s set to music that we currently enjoy.

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Claire Dancing and Singing

To One of Her Favorite Songs

I found this video by The Band Perry on the Palladium’s HD Video Hour and showed it to the family. It was the first time we ever heard or saw this band and everyone immediately liked it, especially Claire. She learned to sing the song and frequently requested us to play the video. She also got the CD for Christmas this year. We listened to it in the long car rides while we were visiting Alabama.

This video is of her dancing and singing to the song. Pardon her outfit, looks like it’s at the end of life. Enjoy.

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