I’m at the Driggs Community Center every morning from 750 to 815, Mon-Fri, serving as the ride to Victor for any Community School kids that catch me on time.
This place is the true center of Driggs, Idaho. I watch two Targhee shuttle buses roll up every morning to take workers and skiers up to the hill. I watch Amy Birch drop off the Teton Valley News at Barrels and Bins on Thursday. And, I’m seeing the Winterfest sculptures come alive right in front of me.
This morning I got off my warm bus before the kids arrived and took a walk around the area. The sun hadn’t quite made it up and the snow color was soft as I made my way around these incredible art works in progress.
The snow sculpture competition is underway! They have until Sunday morning to create their art and be judged. I stopped by Marlene’s project and she said it was going to be the two Greek characters Perseus and Medusa. It should be a challenging piece but she was on last years winning team so I’m sure it’ll be great.
In the Greek myth, King Polydectes sent Zeus’s son Perseus on a mission to bring him the head of the gorgeous gorgon Medusa, who was mortal. Perseus found her, cut her head off and the drops of blood that dripped from her neck created the winged horse Pegasus and some other winged boar. Aha! Pegasus was the sculpture they created last year. I really thought I was on to something.
These pictures were taken yesterday (Marlene on the left) so I dropped by today and ran my Pegasus theory by her. As her eyes glazed over from the amount of data I was throwing at her she said last years sculpture was a winged dragon, because winged things were just the theme for the event.
So much for my conspiracy theory investigative talents. She did confirm though that there would be no bleeding heads in the sculpture. Darn…
I had just finished my last drop this evening when I came upon this school bus full of kids trapped in the snow. The bus had driven too close to the edge and slid into what I refer to as a bear trap. That’s where you think there’s pavement, but it’s really a ditch.
The kids were screaming frantically and waving for my help, but I just drove on by. You know, I just don’t like to get involved in other drivers bear traps…
Besides, the driver was on the phone to his Base, about a mile away :-)
Here’s my latest government app. It uses an API from openstates.org to present the members of a particular U.S. States Congressional delegation. Their API is under development so States are being added continually…
This is really a holy grail for me. I’ve been creating mashups based on the U.S. Congress for years now and finally I’m able to deal with each State’s individual members.
There’s a lot of complicated parsing going on here. I know it looks similar to my previous U.S. Congress app, but click on your State and dive in if you wish…
A lot of folks don’t have photos yet, but a surprising number of them do, depending on the State. This is a mobile app, available here.
Here’s my latest app. It uses my state button template to load up members of Congress by State. The two Senators for each State are presented first followed by the House members in sequence by last name. Click on a name to access info about that member of Congress.
This app uses the Sunlight Foundation API which unfortunately is out of date while they wait for new members to get sworn in. I placed second in their first nationwide Sunlight API contest a few years back and I’m still in contact with the developers. When their data goes current, I’ll be right on top of it. This is a mobile app, available here.
We had a family gathering at the Brakeman burger place in Victor tonight. Local grown beef and great ambiance. My niece and my friend arrived to announce that he has proposed marriage and she has accepted!
This is well received news within the family and we are all very pleased. To honor the occasion I present a painting I just created of the plant that adorns the entrance to our family room. Hey, it’s the best I can do on short notice :-)
By definition, changes to code style or structure that result in an improved (or simply different) implementation without changes to the external behavior is a refactor, not a rewrite. Such is the case with my latest project, States. I’m now on my third version.
This is the app that I’m pushing forward as my first published project. I’m installing mobile development tools on my desktop today to facilitate that transition.
It’s a simple little app that presents the fifty U.S. States as buttons that allow you to drill down to individual cities, or pick a city at random.
On the first screen I selected [ ID ] which presented the first letter sets for cities in Idaho. I then selected [ D ] which showed all cities in Idaho starting with D, and then I chose [ Driggs ] from the list. Informative links are provided for each city…
Here you go, try it out! (Click with your mouse, don’t press your screen :-)
Keep in mind that this app is running in your browser, mobile app available here.
p.s. Click the [ ?? ] button to select a totally random city in the U.S. The randomness is quite unique! It incorporates the Fisher Yates Shuffle, an algorithm for generating a random permutation of a finite set…
Meditate on your next life changing destination and then press [ ?? ] – If the city you land on doesn’t resonate, click Home and try it again.
We pulled the bed out of my travel truck today and replaced it with a large dead television. You know, the old fashioned heavy type with a tube. Positioned right over my rear axle it makes for better traction in the snow.
Our thermal blanket was part of the bed in the truck and it got thrown back on our bed to be included in the mix. The pretty little girl named Piper made herself right at home on it. I tell you, this cat could win beauty contests if they held such a thing…