Monthly Archives: June 2014

Celebrate

The Huntsman Springs Celebrate America 2014 fireworks display, shot from my front yard 2.1 miles away, as the raven flies. The background sound is Teton Creek across Ski Hill road on the left and our irrigation creek on the right.

If you’re in a hurry and don’t care for background ambiance, you can watch the whole thing here at three times the speed with no sound:

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Huntsman 2014

The great Huntsman Springs event happened today and your intrepid reporter was on the scene as the crowds flowed in from all over everywhere. Last year we had 20,000 people and this year it’s projected at 30,000.

This is the best fireworks show in the west and the word is out. Steph and I arrived as the gates opened and parked in a spot we could easily escape from. The photos in this set reflect the early crowds as we bailed soon after so I could shoot the fireworks from the comfort of my front porch.

Click on the photo below to view the set, or watch the SlideShow.

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Shiht

That would be shiht.com of course, a brand new front end for my direction programs and it scales nicely across all mobile platforms. You can type in a from and to address and generate point to point directions or step by step directions. You can also select either address directly from the map.

I programmed it to put Driggs, ID into a blank From Address when Sel (Select) is clicked because I can and I’m the primary person that’s going to use this app :-)

Here’s a walkthrough: Enter a city into the From field and click Sel. A marker is placed on the map over that place. Click on the marker to show more options. Select Zoom Down to go down to city level and then find a street you want to go to, then click the map to reposition the marker. Click the marker again and select Set Location which will determine the nearest address and place it up in the field for you. Highlight the To Field, repeat, and then try out the two direction apps by selecting Juhnk or Steps.

example

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Brown House

I finally did a walk-around the house today with camera in hand. I like the new darker brown and the sort of red trim. That’s funny, I thought the front door was supposed to be red, I better talk to Steph. This was a professional job btw. (Skoge :-)

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Bring It Down

I talk too much. I’m discovering that the less I say, the chances of my words being misinterpreted reduce exponentially. By eliminating the espousing of my opinion on a subject brought up by someone speaking to me, and then converting it to a simple response, I’ve uncovered the great truth that most people really don’t give a flying …. what you think, they just want to mouth off about something and then look like they care about your response.

I was born smart with great genes and I’ve acquired an amazing amount of knowledge and experience that currently resides at the tip of my brain and my tongue. Often I find that it satisfies my ego to espouse knowledgeably about something or share a story that makes me seem cool. I’m finally realizing that it comes off as bullshit that people don’t want to hear because it doesn’t expand their own ego, and in fact deflates it.

So here we go, expect less words out of my mouth, and more here…

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Bridge View

I’m more convinced than ever that the blue walkways at the new Tourist Center plaza represent the Teton River and the grey swatches that intercept them are bridges.

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My Window

The view from my desk has improved. There’s a new dark stain on the house with red trim, and it looks great. I suppose I should do a walk around and take some pictures, oh well, someday…

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River Walk

I’ve been admiring the construction of some very cool walkways in front of the new tourist center. I took some shots today as I did my power walk around Driggs and when I got home and looked at them, I got it!

The Teton River that flows through our valley is a world-class trout fishing destination and these sidewalks represent the river. Brilliant!

Now, if I can just figure out where the Farmers Market and the Ice Sculptures, events that used to happen here, are going to end up…

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Burning Man

Steph and I were pleased to attend the Summer Solstice barbeque yesterday hosted by my niece Catherine and her husband Dave. The kids played while the boys built a burning man from scratch and Dave showed off his new lift and a screaming hot Mustang he traded for a motorcycle. Here’s the photos from the event.

…and I shot a bunch of video clips and spent this morning buried in my video editor putting together a video I call Burning Man.

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New Friends

Sharing some good times up here at Norris Hot Springs with my new friends John and Taylor. Here’s some more photos from yesterday.

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