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Hitch Install on Tesla Model S

I needed a rack for my Tesla Model S; shoving a mountain bike along with a few unicycles in the back just wasn’t cutting it. Plus, in the winter I want to take snowboards and skis to Tahoe, and needed a good solution. I figured I would get a roof rack, but quickly discovered that the solid top Model S can’t support a rack; you have to have the panoramic roof option! So, the only thing I could do was to install a hitch. Luckily, EcoHitch makes one for the Model S: Here’s my geared 36 unicycle dangling on the... [read more]

Downloading WordPress Content – “Maximum execution time of 30 seconds” error

I occasionally want to download all my blog posts from WordPress. This is easy to do in the web config – go to Tools -> Export and “Download Export File”. The download would max out at about 8 MB and just stop, probably because I have a relatively slow connection at home. I’d get a fatal error at the end of the file: Fatal error:  Maximum execution time of 30 seconds exceeded in... on line ... To fix this, I need to change the “max_execution_time=30”  to something higher (like 500), and then lower it back down to make sure the... [read more]

Repairing a “Stuck Brush” error on Neato XV-11 Vacuum

May 2018 Update: Issues with the latest Botvac: I have a Neato XV-11 Vacuum that I bought quite a few years ago when it first came out. The initial version had quite a few glitches and bugs, and I had it replaced a few times within the first few years. Neato is a great company in how they support their product, and they offered free shipping and returns of the vacuum. I really liked this kind of top notch support. The XV-11 is now superseded by the Neato XV-12 and costs around $270 on Amazon (you can also find it on... [read more]

Homesteading: Easy apple coring

So I was manually coring some apples at my house to dry them using a knife and commenting to my friend Rosannah how much of a pain it was to do so. She suggested using a technique that her dad does; just sharpen a piece of copper pipe and use that to core the apple. So, a quick trip to my garage and a few minutes later I now have an easy apple coring setup. The sharpened copper pipe easily pushes out the core, and the wooden spoon handle is used to push the core out of the pipe. Mmmm..... [read more]

Driveway Sign: Monkey Playground

I playfully call my house the “Monkey Playground”. Why? Why not! Well, okay, I’m sort of monkey like since I like climbing around on lots of things. A little known fact about me: my 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX STi had a sticker on the side that said “Monkey *” (that last symbol was a star, not an asterisk). I thought it was funny — sort of like an aviator call sign for the pilot. The new sign, freshly painted: This is my first stencil. Here’s how I made it: * Find an image on the internet to make a stencil... [read more]


Hugalopes! These things are awesome! They are basically plush lego toys that you can wear on your head as a hat. And, when you get tired of how it looks, change it up with some new accessories! I met one of the creators, Jazz, and I was instantly interested in getting a few for myself. He is kick starting the company, and needs help. Please help them out by pledging something, and in return you can get one of the first batches of the fuzzy little friends.

old poetry (again)

Hey, this one even rhymed! 2/14/2004 Words come so softly from her lips, And fall upon my open ears, Captivating my curiosity while tranquilizing my fears. Sparkling blue eyes she uses to gaze, And see no task to colossal or vast, For a look into, makes me forget the past. Her ams could define a million words, While also creating the meaning of embrace, As I will for them, to wrap me like a lace. Her silky smooth skin is to ogle with desire, One wants nothing more than I, To kiss her neck, while shed peers into the night... [read more]

Kika the Bengal Kitten

We got a new kitten! This is Kika, a marble colored Bengal. I miss Piper, our Siamese a lot. She has yet to come home. I told Louise I didn’t want a new kitten to replace Piper, but she said we could just have two cats if Piper comes home. So, we got Kika.

Weekend Fun and the Zip Line

What a fun weekend! It started out at 10 am with a mountain unicycle (muni) ride at Soquel Demo Forest. Jason, Aaron, Chris B and I rode up Highland to drop in at the top of Soquel demo and hit up Braille Trail. Kevin was a little late, and without cell reception we didn’t know he was going to arrive, but he fortunately caught up. Chris had to leave early to hit up a kid’s birthday party, and oh man, did he miss out! Since we are all cell phone junkies we all captured some nice little video clips and... [read more]

Metalworking: cufflinks

One of my first metalworking projects was making cufflinks for my wedding. They are aluminum and I turned them on the lathe, and used the mill for some drilling and flattening (by eye). The back piece screws on and off.

Cool welding goggles

They aren’t as dark as my glasses and work well for brazing. Very old school.

Louise’s Graduation Projects

Louise is in beauty school at a nice Redkin academy of salon professionals. She got to do her graduation ceremony early, since they have new students every 8 weeks and combine some of the graduations together for various reasons. Part of the process was for her to find some models and do their makeup and hair for a little runway model show. Louise found two great models, and here is some of the shots of her work: Louise and Reese: One of her two models;

Louise at the choral project

At San francisco

It’s a happy and a sad day.

I’ve known all along that Obama would win. I’m glad I was right! I’m sad that Prop 8 passed. Everyone should consider it a sad day for America when we start removing people’s rights and start discriminating against people. Saying two people can’t get married is discrimination. Maybe some day we will look back and realize our mistakes that we are making. We’ve made them before, and we know they were wrong. Women not being able to vote. Slavery. It was wrong for the morman church to back Prop 8 — especially considering most of the funding came from outside... [read more]

Good coffee in MN

Mmmm coffee!

Christmas 2007

Here’s a picasa web album for Christmas at our house with Louise’s family: Christmas 2007

Project Hutchinson

Well! My latest project has been working on my new house. Well, it isn’t new, and that’s why I need to work on it! It is a major fixer-upper, in the Los Gatos mountains, located off Hutchinson Road. Hence, we have Project Hutchinson. I think it will be interesting to document the process, and what better place than a blog? This is partially for myself/family, but anyone else who is interested can “watch the progress”. Ahh; okay, the current “entrance” is really the back door. The entrance was chopped when the deck was cut off before I bought the house.... [read more]

New home!

I now own a house in Los Gatos, California! Pictures here. I’ll be doing a lot of remodeling work for the next, oh, um…several years. 4.5 acres off of Hutchinson road. I’m SUPER excited! My old house that i’m renting will be available for rent next month: 18400 Foster Rd, Los gatos, ca. $1200/month rent. the landlord is super nice, and it is close to town — a 5-6 minute drive down the hill and you are in downtown los gatos. Email me..corbin at blue tree soft dot com for details.

Burning Man 2006

Today I got my burning man 2006 ticket. I’m not sure yet if I’m going to go for sure. Probably, as it was a lot of fun last year.

How to build a treehouse

I like treehouses, if you haven’t guessed. I found this great step-by-step page on how to build a treehouse: Treehouse – on instructables. In general, Instructables: step-by-step collaboration, is a great website. Very cool. For those googling here, don’t forget to check out *my* treehouse.

Tango lessons!

On last Tuesday night, I took my first tango lesson. It is really cool! Check out Steppin’ Out Productions.

Me and my family

Here are a few pictures from my cousin, Debbie, from our thanksgiving dinner in 2005: Me and my sister, Brenna. The whole Dunny family. Brandi (my cousin Gabe’s girlfriend), Debbie (my cousin), Gabe’s girl: Maraiah (sp) and Debbies girl: Haley (sp). They are in front of my treehouse!

Two for one Tuesdays

While in Barcelona, Louise and I would take the subway/metro and get “two for one tuesdays”. IE: I would walk through the gate (when there wasn’t a guard nearby) and she would follow me through using the same ticket. A little sketchy, but no real big deal. Or, so we thought. One evening, we see a guard down the subway hall with a huge dog, muzzled to keep him from biting people (the dog, not the guard). Around the next corner, they were checking tickets! Oh my god, my heart almost stopped, since we only had one valid ticket between... [read more]


A few weeks ago I went to Axolotl. It is very cool, and you should check it out sometime. Imagine getting blind folded and interacting with 30 or so other blind folded people and 10-14 non-blindfolded performers. It is an amazing experience.


Well. I’m getting sucked into photography. I have always had an interest in it, and I finally decided to take the plunge. I bought the extremely popular Canon Digital Rebel XT, and I’m ordering a 100mm Macro lens to go with it. Maybe some day you’ll see some nice pictures up here. :)

Halloween pictures

ellie took a few halloween pictures at jason’s party. that’s me with the red and white striped shirt. I’m missing my ice cream man counter at that moment. Here i am serving ice cream to sara. cool, huh!


I like cool flowers. These grow in my dad’s yard: (Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii). I’ve got a collection of orchids on top of my fridge. I really need to devote some more time to them. Technorati Tags: Outdoors, Flowers

Botany Photo of the Day

This website is great: Botany Photo of the Day. A new botany photo, guess what, every day! Educational, and beautiful. Plus, for you Safari and RSS junkies, there is an Atom Feed! (I have it on my bookmark bar in Safari). Technorati Tags: Outdoors

Tim Burton’s “Corpse Bride”

I’m soo there on opening night! I love Tim Burton’s dark, animated movies. But, then again, I’ve been a fan of animation my whole life. Scarily, this was Halloween 2004 — before the Incredibles movie came out! (Me and Louise). Anyways, you have to check out the Corpse Bride Trailer (large). It looks like CGI, but is frame animation done with a digi-cam! Way cool.

castle rock adventures

today was a good day of castle rock climbing. JR, Sebastian, Jason, Sarah and I went up for some adventure on the right side of the waterfall cliff. It was a blast! I led a pretty easy 5.10c (Putrefaction), but at the top sort of skipped to the right and then avoided a 5.11a overpass: (notice the “coffee bean” in the middle). the 5.11a doesn’t start till that last single X (bolt). The bottom is an easy 5.10c, and you can scramble left or right to keep it in the 10 category. Later, we all attempted the 5.11 move on... [read more]

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