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Home Addition - Construction Update 10 - almost done!

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  • Sunday, August 31 2008 @ 01:56 PM UTC
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Here are a few pictures as we near the end of the project.

Our formerly lush new lawn is not looking very healthy. There is still some green in there (not apparent in the photo) but I went ahead and over-seeded with additional grass seed this weekend.



We had our kitchen patio door replaced as part of this project. We still have to paint most of our new doors:

Home Addition - Construction Update 9

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  • Saturday, July 19 2008 @ 04:05 PM UTC
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The project has slowed considerably. We are now at the mercy of the sub-contractors schedules.

However, we passed some more inspections and there definitely is progress since the last update!

We have a new roof on the entire house. We chose a commercial spray-on foamy material due to the very shallow pitch of our roof. The foam adds a significant layer of insulation from the hot Florida sun. The roofers wrapped our house in plastic to keep the spray from getting on the windows. This reminded us of a scene from the movie E.T.



You can see the foam material peeking over the edge of the roofline:

Kite Flying

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  • Sunday, June 22 2008 @ 10:56 PM UTC
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My family flew some kites on a recent vacation to the Outer Banks area of North Carolina.

My kite was a parafoil:



My dad flew a cool Red Baron replica:

Home Addition - Construction Update 8

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  • Thursday, June 05 2008 @ 11:32 PM UTC
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To save money on the addition we decided we would do the painting. We missed the fact that this meant we would have to do most of the caulking! Kristen has been busy doing that and filling the nail and screw holes.





The crew did a really good job at this corner junction between the old house and the addition. All of the trim, old and new, will be painted with a fresh color before we are finished:

Bike Tire Peril

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  • Tuesday, May 27 2008 @ 03:03 PM UTC
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We got our bicycles down out of the garage this weekend and I even rode to work this morning.

I didn't notice until just now the terrible condition of my tires:



These are the original tires, at least 12 years old. The harder outer rubber is peeling off to reveal a much softer rubber interior. With luck, I'll make it home safely tonight.

antivirus-scanner.com is a Bad Website

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  • Sunday, May 25 2008 @ 05:50 PM UTC
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The other day I stumbled upon a web page that attempted to take control of my browser. I saw a series of pages and had great difficulty making them go away.

I happened to be sitting in front of a non-critical Linux desktop, so I figured it would be interesting to see what this web page would do:



Some serious scare tactics going on here.

The next part of the site pretended to scan my hard drive for viruses. It pretended to find many serious problems on my computer:



When I finally grew tired of this malicious web site, I tried to close my browser tab. The web page threw up a wonderful warning that tries to scare the pants off the poor visitor and also started a download of a windows executable:



If you refuse to check your system, press "OK", and you agree to be responsible for all the system malfunctions, erratic behavior, and data loss.

Wow, that's scary! What poor computer user wants that much responsibility?

Lucky for me, I am using Linux and Firefox, and in fact none of the Win32 viruses really existed on my machine. The site is very convincing, however, and it is easy to see why there is an epidemic of malware-infected Windows computers all over the Internet.


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