Saturday, June 24, 2006

The Survivors

Survivors of the query Log clickstream era will gather at Craig Woods house later today to mark the evolution to Event Driven Clickstream. In celebration I've made a pinata in the shape of a pager -- somthing that we expect to be using less of in the coming months. It will be beaten to a pulp and small children will be showered with treats for no good reason. (And yes - I know it's "All your base are belong to us"......)

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Thoughts for Evan's Graduation

Well, I have three years to prepare for Evan's graduation. Thoughts thus far (based on what I learned during the building of the cable car):
  • Drive-in movie - Large screen on which is projected old 50's movies, concession stand (popcorn, hot dogs, soda etc), car's (real cars cut just behind the front seats, engine removed + other junk necessary to reduce weight).
  • Space Theme - Tall (30 foot+) rocket ship. PCV pipe, white, flexible card (requires no painting), gantry made from PVC pipe.
  • Midway Roller Coaster - Old wooden style coaster on which a small (12inch x 4inch x 3inch) car runs backwards and forwards. Lights, sounds etc.
I think the rocket ship would be straightforwad to build. Gantry is easy, just PVC pipe, fittings and orange paint. Ship framework is PVC pipe and flexible "hoops" around which the white card can be attached. Three stage rocket that is topped off with an escape rocket to remove the crew capsule in case of problems. Fins and engine bells would also be needed.

Time to start lobbying the PTA for one of these themes....

eBay this!

I have the cable car listed for sale on ebay. Will be interesting to see who bids and for how much (if indeed at all). Please feel free to bid without fear of winning as I will be taking the auction down before it is scheduled to end :-)

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Couple More Cable Car Shots

A few different angles. Click on the images for larger views.

Cable Car Complete!!

Monday 12 June at Emma's 8th Grade graduation saw the unveiling of the finished cable car. It appeared to be a success - students were dancing inside the cable car (evening swinging from it). After three or-so months of construction it took only an hour and a half to reduce it to a few piles of wood and plastic tubing. For Evan's graduation I'm planning a scale replica of a Saturn V rocket....

(Click on a picture for a larger view)

Cable Car under construction. A number of people helped with painting (Emma, Heather, Cindy), putting on decals and generally running around for me. Thanks!!!