Archive for the ‘Projects’ Category

New project on the Horizon

Sunday, November 1st, 2020

So I am starting a new project. I have decided to start a YouTube channel. My primary focus is going to be on system administration ‘tips and tricks’ and some IT training videos. I will also be doing technology review, how-to videos as well as start doing travel vlogs.

Those of you that know about my previous travel blogs:, it will be a lot like that only video. I have watched hundreds of travel vlogs over the last 3 months and they are all missing things I feel I can bring to the table.

My new website for the channel will be at: and my YouTube channel will be at:

Currently, there is no content. I am in the process of getting my office cleaned up and ready, so I can start recording. I am also testing out a lot of recording equipment and editing software.

If there are subjects or topics you are interested in seeing, please leave me a comment here or on the channel, or send me email.

Amazon Associate

Thursday, September 10th, 2020

So I have been recommending products on amazon for decades and I thought it would finally be good to sign up for an associates account. It was pretty easy and straightforward to do.

With my new project I am about to launch I will be recommending books and products to people. This will be a good way to keep track of who is following my recommendation and buying them. And if I make a few pennies, I can put that toward future projects.

Stay tuned for more details on my new project. Below is a few books that I recommend that ALL system administrators have in their bookcase.

New Hobbies

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Last weekend my new hobby arrived. I purchased a chainmail kit. I decided I needed something to me busy while I am just hanging out. I have spend a little time learning how to weave the chains and the difference styles of mail. So far I have made some small squares and I am working on finishing a box chain that can be worn as a waist chain. I am hoping to make a small chainmail shirt to wear under my costume for WAR this year.

This weeks progress for PHRR.

Monday, May 26th, 2008

With the three day weekend, we embarked on trying to complete some major milestones on the Pond Haven Railroad project. Saturday morning I made a trip to Lowes hardware to pick up PVC and some top soil and mulch.

I was delayed starting because it started to rain. I worked on dinner (yea at 10-am in the morning). I decided to smoke a pork loin (details in another blog posting).

After a few hours the rain stopped and I was able to go out and start working. My first task was to plant the Alberta Spruce plants. I laid a layer of mulch covered by a layer of miracle grow top soil for trees. I noticed that some of the branches were starting to wilt, so I expect that they might go through transplant shock. I will keep an eye on them this week to make sure they don’t go into shock.

After completing the Spruce planting I laid a bag of potting soil along the side of the water fall so that I could plan the irish moss. I only had one bag so I could not complete the planting today.

I bagged a few bags of DG and ran an additional line for the sprinklers. By then, I had to stop to get ready for dinner guests.

Sunday was a day off

Monday I made another trip to Lowes and picked up more potting soil and amended top soil. I laid the potting soil along the hill next to the waterfall and finished planting the irish moss. I installed new drip irrigation for this side of the hill. I then filled the herb garden container with the amended top soil. I only purchased six bags because I had my car with me this morning. The six bags did a pretty good job of filling the area. I will still need about four more bags since it will compress down once I water it. I hope to finish this during the week and plant my herbs and vegetables.

After all the top soil was put down, I started finishing to bag the DG. Angie came and helped. We finished all 50 bags, and still have a little left in the drive way. I plan to use it all on the hill, but have not figured out where I want it yet. I will pick up another 25 bags at lunch tomorrow.

We took a break and went to Soup Plantation for lunch.

When we got back, I worked on finishing the sprinklers. I completed the main line and added three valves. I only needed two, but I installed an extra one in case of expansion. I finished running the line for the redwood trees and hooked up the line for the grass. The grass line still needs to be dug. I am looking for someone to help lay sod before I do this. I still need to hook the valves to the timer, but I want to re-do the entire wiring so I decided to wait until later this week.

You can check out the photos for the days work by clicking here.

…and boy are my arms tired.

Saturday, May 17th, 2008

So today was national bike to work day. Every year, millions of people hop on their bike to save gas and commute to work. As most of you know, I ride in the BikeMS ride every year. Thanks to everyone that supports me. I have not ridden my bike since last years ride in october.

I got up early and got everything ready. I was going to have Angie take the truck with her today, but alas it had one flat tire and the battery was dead 🙁 That’s what I get for not driving it for 3 months. I found this solar power charger that I am buying to make sure this never happens again.

I packed my bag and headed out to work. My commute is about 15 miles each way. The ride in was semi-uneventful. I did see a dead snake in the bike path on my way out of Tierrasanta. I stopped at the Qualcomm rest stop just before my work for a quick drink (They didn’t have any t-shirts this year).

The ride home was just as uneventful, but it was super hot. It’s going to be one of the hottest weekends.

Tonight we went out to dinner and the movies. We saw Iron Man. What a fantastic movie! The story pretty much stayed true to the comic book, just changing the locations and situation for the modern day. There are a ton of Marvel movies coming out. And a new Avengers movie that brings all the characters together. I guess with a lack of talent in hollywood to write original scripts they have turned to pulp-comics for stories. (Take that Mrs Wrin! My high school english teacher who though comics were trash and a waste of time.)

This weekend will be filled with lots of work in the yard. Hopefully we get the rest of the DG moved into the back of the yard. Once I have all the borders installed and the DG moved I can start tamping it down and making it solid. After this is done, it’s time to start laying track. Look or new photos soon.

Oh BTW, I was looking at my creepers and the thyme is growing great. It has grown 1.5 inches in 2 weeks. it’s really going to cover the area nicely. Also, the white star creeper has taken hold and looks great. I will try and plant the irish moss this weekend as well, along with the new alberta spruces I bought last weekend.