Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Happy Holidays

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To Our Family at Christmas

even though we are miles apart
you are always close by in our hearts

we hope this holiday season brings you much joy
and wonderful times to enjoy

think of us and us of you
as we wake on Christmas morn
and know that at that moment
all our love goes out to you

blessed are we all
who have the love of family
that can reach across the distance

season's greeting
and all the best in the New Year ahead

much luv
terry/jeff

xxoo

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Peek A Boo

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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Yellow

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Making Space Exploration Open Source

With President Obama’s National Space Policy out, there has been an explosion of idea’s, form the one I saw today about Giant butterfly nets, to giant gold balloons,  about how to deal with our “space junk”, all those satellites and other things floating around our planet. Almost all the ideas are BIG and require great objects being lofted into space to clean things up. Sending things up from Earth to space is our greatest problem, so lets try and answer this one without giant rocket blasts :)

I think its time to take a slightly different approach. Identify what is up there, declare it “Salvage”, and let us Makers fire up a few Arduino to build our little orbital factory. We have 3D printers available, that used in conjunction with a few small robotics platforms would allow us to repurpose everything in near space for future use.

We have already paid the big money on everything in near space, that was the cost of ejecting it out of this great gravity well we call Earth. Now that its there, lets put it to better future use.

First we build a small tele-presence factory to produce space tugs, small tele-presence space robots we can then use to start salvaging material. Some of the most advanced technology and materials are orbiting our planet and could be repurposed as “Salvage”. Our first builds would be a second 3D factory and a few space tugs to set up our first permanent space platform at the L1 Lagrange point. As well, they would need to take with them the material to build a small capture net of a few kilometers across at LaGrange.

This capture net would then grab all the rest of the near earth salvage material as it is “thrown” at it by our orbital tugs. Give something a nudge in space and it just keeps on going, just like the energizer buddy :) Once the material is captured at L1, we start construction of our first Extraterrestrial Joe’s Gas n’ Go. This could be the first human designed, robot built construction/salvage yard/factory in space.

So to sum up, we use open source volunteers, using open source hardware and software to jump start extraterrestrial travel for the entire globe, perhaps managed by a small group out of the UN to make everything space legal for all the space lawyers to come.

Hoping we see this kind of future.

JJ

ps we piggyback open source IP networking of course for our kids use

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Rick

Once upon a time I found Rick.

I was walking home one day after work and there he was chillin’ on the sidewalk. I wondered where he may have come from and continued on my way home.

Once I was home I couldn’t stop thinking about Rick. There he was lying on the sidewalk, broken and looking like he needed a home. I decided if I walked back to where he was and he was still there I would bring him home and give him a new home in the garden. 

I was excited as I walked back hoping he would still be there. Sure enough there he was so I picked him up and brought him home.

Weeks later I was walking around the grounds of a Heritage house called the Green Door House a couple blocks away from where I found Rick and I looked down at the cobblestone driveway. The outline of the stone looked very familiar.

It was like Rick only unpainted. Now I knew where he possibly came from. But who took the stone and made it Rick? As I looked around the yard I found at the base of a tree an army of Ricks. There they were just chillin’. If only I had my camera it was a very cool discovery.

I so wanted to take a few home so my Rick would have some buddies. But this was private property and I couldn’t just take them without permission. I went by the house a few times to find someone to ask if I could have a couple but it never panned out.

So fast forward a few years, yes I said years and I am telling my friend about how I found Rick and later found his buddies. We decided to go on a quest and see if the army of Ricks was still there and to prove I wasn’t making this up.

The first thing we see is what looks like a few buried Ricks at the base of the tree.

I was very excited as now I had the proof they really did exist.

We pulled them out but to our surprise they weren’t Ricks.

They were a couple of Patti’s, a Russell and a Rose. How weird is that?

We walked away and left them standing there. I will always wonder how these stone people came to be and what will become of them.

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Dragonfly

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Sunday, August 1, 2010

Bells

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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Deborah

I heard a Blondie song on the radio today and it reminded of the time I met Deborah Harry. Many years ago I worked in a record store and one of the perks of the job was getting free concert tickets. Many of my tales about meeting people will have come benefit of these free tickets and there were a few.

As it went whenever there was a concert at a club in town my friend and I took turns going to the venue directly after work to be the first in line to get front row seats or the next best thing.

Well on one of these occasions I was sitting outside a club called The Forge waiting to get in to see Deborah Harry.

So there I am sitting on the sidewalk and I look up from my book and Deborah Harry walks by and as I watch her walk down the street I think why didn't I say something but then what would I say. Hi I'm a huge fan and can't wait to see your show tonight! Like she hadn't heard that about a million times. I generally don't like to bother people but this was Deborah Harry and I am a big fan. I thought to myself opportunity lost, oh well.

Luck was evidently  on my side that day as a few minutes later she came walking back up the street. I wasn't about to let the opportunity slip by again so as she came closer I worked up the nerve to say hello and ask for an autograph. She said hi and then her assistant said they were in a hurry and she would sign something for me if it was quick. Well believe it or not I did not even have a slip of paper in my purse for her to sign all I had was a visa receipt so I pulled it out and had her sign the back. I thanked her for stopping and went back to waiting for the doors to open.

I sat there thinking how cool was that I just met Deborah Harry. Boy was my friend jealous when she showed up and found out what had happened. The show was awesome of course and extra special because of the fact I got to meet her. Good times were had by all!

                      

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Williams Beach

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Friday, July 16, 2010

Oh! That Reminds Me

Not to long ago I posted some of my collection of concert tickets which caused a lot of memories to come flooding in. Which caused me to think why not write about these concert experiences and then I thought why not tell a myriad of tales not just concert ones.

I've never been one to talk much about things that have happened in my life because I tend to think no one will find them interesting or I don't want people to think I'm boasting or one upping but the more times I happen to be reminded of a story and I actually share it with someone they appear to enjoy it and that makes me want to tell more tales.

So I have come up with a new blog category entitled “Oh! That Reminds Me!”. As I go thru my day I am often reminded of something that's happened in my life and now I have an outlet here at Our Place. I can blog away every time I think of something and it will live on forever on the Interweb.

Now the question is where do I start?

I’ll have to go think about that….back soon.

TS

Wabbit

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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Church

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Monday, July 5, 2010

Home Again

Back from working out of town and now must get back to my photo project. Hard to believe in today’s world but I had no phone or internet service where I was so I fell behind on this project.

Was able to do some writing though for my other project which I will start up soon. I want to warn my Mom that I might write some stuff about the crazy things I have done thus far in my life, no need to worry now Mom it’s all good  :-)

Stay tuned!
TS

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Dollar Day

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Horne Lake

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Monday, June 21, 2010

By the Sea

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Birds Eye View

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Watch Out for Ladybugs

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Monday, June 14, 2010

I be lichen you

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Friday, June 11, 2010

Our Neighbours

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