Bus Driver Jim has been an eclectic computer programmer and photographer since the early seventies. A recent twenty year stint in the transportation industry has earned him the handle and this blog is a documentary of his life and travels.
Over the last few months I’ve been writing state of the art mobile browser apps using JQuery Mobile and HTML5. If I’ve made your eyes glaze over when referencing these terms and you really just want to see cool photos from around the valley, I’m sorry. Photos should be back tomorrow and I’ll see you then. No offense, I understand :-)
Now, if your still here, I’ve put together a montage of my recent Mobile Apps, wrapped up in frames that you can play with. Click on the Title of an app to open the full browser page and then run it on your smart phone or tablet to see it in action.
You can also access the montage by clicking Mobile Apps under Functions, anytime →
I’ve isolated the Mobile Apps link here if you wish to continue…
I noticed this amazing effect tonight as the light from the family room flowed out onto the deck and over the berm in a liquid fashion. I took this dark grainy shot through the double-paned kitchen window and converted it into a painting…
It’s said that snow makes a good blanket in cold weather. My regular bus spent three days at base over the weekend working on it’s blanket. Then I come along on Monday, crank her up and strip the covers off her. It’s tough being a bus!
My TV experience is out of the corner of my left eye on an old small tube TV. We get HDTV content from over the air and it looks great, just truncated. I’ve created a convoluted set of amplifiers and tuners hooked up to the World Wide Air that clips off the outside edges. I can’t see the scores on the football games, but at least it’s free…
I love my TV setup. I have a coax cable that runs down through the crawl space and out to my digital antenna sitting in the snow by the underground propane tank. We get CBS, ABC, FOX, CW and a bunch of public television content. I also have a ROKU box hooked up to my internet connection, along with Netflix, and the world is my oyster.
The picture is incredible on my old tube TV. Why would anyone pay for cable?
I also have a coax line running under the house to the big TV in the family room where Steph can watch movies to her hearts content on NetFlix, for $7.99 a month.
What can I say but sweet! Our stupid Dish Network bill was approaching $80 bucks a month before I canceled it a couple years back…
I’ve been feeling really cruddy all week, just can’t seem to shake this stuff. You know, sometimes you’re the windshield and sometimes you’re the bug. But something happened today that warmed my heart and I’d like to share it with you.
I’ve been transporting three little kids daily to pre-school in Driggs, Taylor (Summers daughter) and the Ortiz brothers (the ones that got me sick :-). I’ve been hearing the excitement in their chatter as we pass the Ice Sculptures on the way to their school.
Today I picked up a really old guy named Mack, along with the kids, going to Senior Meals at the Community Center (where the Sculptures are at). As I pulled in and escorted Mack to the door, and idea hatched.
I walked back to the open passenger door and said to the kids, unbuckle your seat-belts, leave your backpacks on the bus, and let’s go see the sculptures!
They didn’t hesitate a second, jumped off the bus and we began a quick tour. We moved from piece to piece, they dove inside the Hobbit House and the play igloo, all the time I’m urging them on, come on guys, we’ve only got a couple of minutes.
The smiles on their faces were truly priceless and I knew as a professional driver that this was a break from protocol, but totally worth it. I got them back on the bus and we arrived at the school three minutes late. They were still smiling as they left the bus :-)
What you’re seeing here is the probable winner of our 2013 Winterfest Snow Sculpting contest. I could be wrong, as they all turned out amazing, but this one, up close and personal, was stunning. Note the attention to detail…
I started this Saturday morning having breakfast at O’Rourkes with Steph and my sister. Afterwards we headed over to the sculpture area, took a bunch of photos, and voted for our favorite. The three of us voted for Helpin Pa as did several other people I know as I peeked at their ballots.
The announcement of the winner will occur tomorrow. In the meantime, I grabbed some great shots today of the other sculptures which I’m sure you will enjoy. Stay tuned!
I’m working sick here, (damn the sneezing, hacking Ortiz brothers on their way to pre-school last week…). I’m well into my third organic whipped cinnamon honey lemon and brandy, and a batch of homemade free-range chicken soup is simmering on the stove, while Steph and sis are down in Idaho Falls.
Drop by here tomorrow for the rest of the photos, and the contest’s conclusion.