This is actually an interesting app.  It’s called PixelPumper.  I snagged it from the Apple App Store when it was free (not sure how much it is now).  If it’s acceptable, I may actually use it from time to time.  Not like I post here very often, huh?

The Life & Times of the Mildensteins — 2011

And so, with as minimal fanfare as I can manage, I give to you, The Life & Times of the Mildensteins 2011 — Online Edition Click a link below to view the movie: Nathanael Hannah Gabriel Patience Sam Emma Aubria … Continue reading

Ghetto Tortilladora

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So, in lieu of the time consuming nature of hand-rolling tortillas, and the frequency we eat them, I thought it would be helpful to make a tortilla press, or tortilladora.  From what I found, they tend to be kind of … Continue reading

Go and see

If you ever get a chance to see the Saints Unified Voices Choir, directed by Gladys Knight, you would be foolish to pass it up. We saw them perform last night and it was amazing! More to follow.

So, school has now begun in earnest.  Too bad the cooler weather didn’t last longer.  It’s supposed to hit 106 degrees again today.

Aubria’s in a bunch of pre-AP classes in addition to AP US History.  The others are in a new homeschool co-op and having a ball.  Me?  I’m still teaching seminary and working like crazy.  It’s been a busy summer.  It almost seems less frantic having school again.  Almost.

Things to do:

  1. Aubria & I are performing in her organ class recital (I’ll be on the piccolo trumpet, she’s accompanying me)
  2. Not work on Monday!
  3. Get things done around the house
  4. Not work on Monday!
  5. Spend time with my family
  6. Not work on Monday!

It’s almost time for school to start again, and that means teaching early morning seminary again.  Of course, it’s not going to be as early this year.  In fact, I won’t be teaching until 7AM this year.

For some strange reason, Hutto ISD decided that the high school would start at 9AM, half an hour later than last year.  Someone told me that by doing so, it will prevent the buses from idling for long periods of time with expected savings of over $50,000 per year.  Whatever.  I still won’t get any more sleep than last year.  My schedule just shifts to doing family devotionals before seminary instead of after.

I’m restoring a 1959 Lowrey Heritage Organ in my spare time.  I finally moved it inside from my garage, where it’s been for nearly a year.  It’s too hot to work on in the garage.  Now I can work on it at my convenience.  It’s 99% functional, with only 1 key not working.  The problem is cleaning the contacts.  This organ is completely analog, which means that if the contacts are dirty, the sound can be inconsistent or squirrely.  It’s been extremely tedious work, but the heavily oxidized and corroded contacts are coming clean.  The tough part is re-assembly after cleanup.  If I do one stop or so per day, I’ll be done in no time, though!

I’ll be sure to post pictures and perhaps even video after it’s all done.

Panoramic Rainbow

Panoramic Rainbow

I took this picture with the Microsoft Photosynth iPhone app.  It’s stitched together from multiple smaller shots.  It turned out rather well.  You don’t often see complete rainbows this strong.  This was the 3rd or 5th of July.