Friday, April 13, 2018

Tour of Honor 2018 - Iowa

As of 13-April, all three trophies are still open for Iowa.  Nice day (and a half?) ride to vacuum them up if the weather would cooperate.


2018 Tour of Honor In-State SS1K

Tour of Honor for Kansas 2018:

Unfortunately, all the trophies are taken for this  year.

 

Monday, April 09, 2018

First College Visit for Alec

Took Alec to K-State today for his first real college visit. My, how time files. I still remember picking him up from Canterbury preschool and hustling to Cub Scout meetings or the Karate dojo.

Now we're at K-State. Alec got nervous the second he stepped out of the Honda. After a bit of a wander we found our group. I got some good notes and poked them into Google Keep to share with him. He shot photos of the key slides and contacts.

Per the previous blog post, I will have to have a sit down and catch up with him on the big three Questions from the session. Campout coming up at the end of the month; should be a good time...

Toured the architecture and Design center - all brand new, 20,000 square feet of workshop space from lathes to laser engraving; from table saws to 3D printers. I was geeked especially compared to the dusty garage at KU.  Alec was just overwhelmed.

Toured the wrong dorm complex - all suites, felt like a nursing home from the first step. Nope. Aiming to find a better solution for him - with the anticipated 78 hours a week for class and project work, plus 6 hours (and all day on game day) for marching band, he's going to have to live in the dorms all 5 years. No way to have time to shop, clean, cook and run a 100 hour a week schedule.

But, for his 4th year he can head to Milan, Prague or London among other destination design centers for an international experience in architecture and design. Brilliant!

Great campus with a real quad, excellent library and superb support staff. Very friendly and welcoming from all of the students. Very comfortable sending him there.

- will england

Three Questions

What is your interest / passion / what do like to do?

What are you good at? Are you willing to become great? Significant at it? What are you willing to do to get better at? 

What do you value? What is non-negotiable to you? 

These were the things that were brought up during the Junior tour day at K-State by the Vice President of Admissions.


Monday, February 26, 2018

How I Packed for Philmont

Hey all - getting ready to send my wife and middle son off to Philmont, so I thought I'd give an idea of how I packed my pack for Philmont.

I used a Deuter 65+10 backpack; not the best choice for heavy loads, but cheap and light.

In the backpack I had 5 dry bags (sea to summit)

  • Clean clothes. About 8-10 liters.  Can also be used to wash clothes in
    • 3 pair wool socks
    • 3 moisture wicking t-shirts
    • 3 pair Underamour mesh compression underwear
    • 1 pair spare shorts
  • 'Stank Bag' - dirty clothes that cannot be reworn.  This goes up in the bear bag at night.
  • First Aid - red bag at the top of the pack
  • Jetboil stove for morning coffee
  • 8" plastic platter, TI long handled spoon and 8oz plastic cup for coffee.
  • Personal care bag - toothpaste, toothbrush, body wipes, diaper pins, Starbucks via packs, etc.  This goes up the bear bag at night.
  • Night bag - very small, one cotton t-shirt and a pair of basketball shorts to sleep in.
I carried 5 liters of water plus 2 spare collapsible 1-liter bottles for heading into dry camps.  Two nalgenes on the side pockets of the bag, plus an Osprey 3 liter bladder in the pack.

I put my North Face Dri-Down 16 degree sleeping bag (a bit overkill) plus Klymit air mattress and Thermarest inflator in the bottom compartment of the bag in my day pack (JanSport, 8oz).

Under the sleeping bag I put one pair Keens shoes for water crossings and camp shoes.

On the outside of the pack I wrapped my REI clone of a Helinox camp chair in my hardshell fleece. 
On the outside of the pack I carabinered the Frog Toggs $20 rain suit.
In the left hip-belt pocket I carried my leatherman Wave multi-tool.
In the right hip-belt pocket I carried my Canon waterproof camera.

On me was one pair Cabelas zip off pants; one pair Costco wool socks,  one pair Underarmour, one moisture wicking t-shirt, one PFG long sleeve shirt from Columbia for sun protection, one pair fingerless gloves, and one Tru-Spec cotton boonie hat, one pair Lowa Renegade GTX mid height boots.

All clothing was treated with a soak in 5% Permethrin bug treatment before leaving.

Just a touch heavier than needed but very effective. 

In the 'brain' or top of the pack were all three Philmont section maps, a spare compass, lighter with duck tape wrapped around it, pack cover and a journal and pencil, along with my headlamp.

In my chest pockets were second breakfast, 'elevensises', tea, high tea, and snacks.  I ate constantly.  Left cargo was spare snacks.  Right cargo was cell phone. 



Sunday, February 18, 2018

1989 WHS Europe Trip

29 years ago I was wandering around Europe for 21 days with a VHS camcorder.  Found the original master tape this weekend, so I digitized it and re-edited it, cleaning up some color fade and adding some transitional music to the silent bits.  Tried to keep the feel of the '16 year old with a camcorder' look...



Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Managing space on the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active - Sprint Product Ambassadors

While your phone has 64gb of memory, it's always useful to use the tools on board to make the most of your memory. Watch and see how you can clear up large files, empty files and unnecessary files.

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Fun Camera Tricks on the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active

With the incredible video camera on the Samsung Galaxy S8, you can do an amazing array of tricks with your photos and videos - one being a great slow-motion capture!  Click to watch!


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Comparing the Samsung S8 Active - Sprint Product Ambassadors

So how does the Samsung Galaxy S8 compare to the rest of the premium phones on the market?  Click through to watch!

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Samsung Galaxy S8 Active SIM and SD Card - Sprint Product Ambassadors

The Galaxy S8 Active comes with a weather sealed compartment to change your SIM card or add a Micro SD card - click to watch how to access it!



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Samsung Galaxy S8 Unboxing - Sprint Product Ambassadors

Spring is coming, and with that the chance to get out and adventure in the wilderness - but is your phone up to the task?  While many new phones are water resistant and shock resistant, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is seriously built for the outdoors and all your adventures.  What does it look like coming out of the box?  


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Thursday, February 01, 2018

Timelapse

A 2000x compressed timelapse of my fixing dinner.  Shot on the Canon T3i as a test video for duration vs file size. 480p gives you full length video, while 720p and 1080p cut off at 12 minutes / 4GB file size.



Tuesday, January 09, 2018

SM West Band on Twitter

Alec and the Shawnee Mission West Band made a cameo on the SM West Sports Twitter account: