Software Alchemist & Monkey Rancher

Aug 30

While smaller and lighter than the Van Pelt, this 1981 International has a manual transmission and a gasoline engine. I think we will let some other lucky rancher take it home.

While smaller and lighter than the Van Pelt, this 1981 International has a manual transmission and a gasoline engine. I think we will let some other lucky rancher take it home.

Sue was talking with one of the neighbors the other day about the high fire danger. They mentioned that the local volunteer fire department, beneficiaries of a recent federal grant, had a couple of surplus fire engines. Sue expressed interest and a few days later two big fire engines appeared on the ranch, delivered by a crew of firemen.
Now we get to pick one of them to keep. I’m voting for this beautiful 1978 Van Pelt.

Sue was talking with one of the neighbors the other day about the high fire danger. They mentioned that the local volunteer fire department, beneficiaries of a recent federal grant, had a couple of surplus fire engines. Sue expressed interest and a few days later two big fire engines appeared on the ranch, delivered by a crew of firemen.

Now we get to pick one of them to keep. I’m voting for this beautiful 1978 Van Pelt.

Turned wooden bowl, Maple with Bubinga foot. This simple little bowl is one of my favorites.
It now resides on the kitchen window sill with a couple of heads of garlic in it.

Turned wooden bowl, Maple with Bubinga foot. This simple little bowl is one of my favorites.

It now resides on the kitchen window sill with a couple of heads of garlic in it.

“Want business transformation? Predict second-order effects.” — Alan Cooper

Treerock.

Treerock.

Straw and sky blue are the colors of summer in northern California.

Straw and sky blue are the colors of summer in northern California.

Aug 29

Uncle Joe is such an inspiration to everyone here at the Ranch. When he’s here on the weekends, he likes to walk up around the pond for exercise. He’s got two hiking sticks, and it takes him awhile, but sometime he’ll go two laps around.
I asked him if he knew what a “cairn” was, and he said, “No.” I explained that a cairn was a pile of rocks, made over many years by adding a single rock to stack every time you pass by. Some cairns are huge, but then they are very old. I suggested to Joe that he might want to create a cairn at the top of the hill by adding a rock every time he hikes up to the pond.
Hearing this, Joe’s face lit up and he got very excited about the idea. On his very next trip up the hill, he carried his first rock. Sue and I have been adding rocks, too, when we walk up the hill, and the cairn is beginning to take on form and substance.
Uncle Joe turned 95 years old in July. It’s amazing and humbling that he is eager to tackle a project with the time-span of a cairn at his age.

Uncle Joe is such an inspiration to everyone here at the Ranch. When he’s here on the weekends, he likes to walk up around the pond for exercise. He’s got two hiking sticks, and it takes him awhile, but sometime he’ll go two laps around.

I asked him if he knew what a “cairn” was, and he said, “No.” I explained that a cairn was a pile of rocks, made over many years by adding a single rock to stack every time you pass by. Some cairns are huge, but then they are very old. I suggested to Joe that he might want to create a cairn at the top of the hill by adding a rock every time he hikes up to the pond.

Hearing this, Joe’s face lit up and he got very excited about the idea. On his very next trip up the hill, he carried his first rock. Sue and I have been adding rocks, too, when we walk up the hill, and the cairn is beginning to take on form and substance.

Uncle Joe turned 95 years old in July. It’s amazing and humbling that he is eager to tackle a project with the time-span of a cairn at his age.

“Rules need to be written as an expression of desired end-states, and NOT as restrictions of behavior.” — Alan Cooper

I made a bunch of hardwood sticks for a project in the shop: Putting blackout curtains on the windows so we can watch movies earlier in the summertime.

I made a bunch of hardwood sticks for a project in the shop: Putting blackout curtains on the windows so we can watch movies earlier in the summertime.

Sunflowers and barns.

Sunflowers and barns.

Aug 23

Summertime Saturday lunch: Bacon, Lettuce, Onion, Avocado, and Tomato sandwich bar; the BLOAT Bar. Mmmmmm.

Summertime Saturday lunch: Bacon, Lettuce, Onion, Avocado, and Tomato sandwich bar; the BLOAT Bar. Mmmmmm.

“There is “healthcare” and then there is the “healthcare business.” They are NOT the same things.” — Alan Cooper

The Easy Leaves arrive to play the wedding.

The Easy Leaves arrive to play the wedding.

Hombre_McSteez at work. He’s doing a commercial for a car company to air on the Web during the World Cup.

Hombre_McSteez at work. He’s doing a commercial for a car company to air on the Web during the World Cup.

Marty does everything differently.

Marty does everything differently.