PB & J

October 16, 2006

Our friends Katie and Ed made this video to submit to monthlyDV, which is a monthly theme based video collaboration. Jimy and I decided to post it with our reviews of their effort.

Jacky – First off, I don’t like peanut butter and jelly sandwichs, so I have no interest in the topic. Secondly, I can’t get that stupid song on the soundtrack out of my head, which feels like it may explode at any minute. Other then that I thought it was pretty good.

Jimy – Bravo! The soundtrack complemented the stop motion in the video to a T.  I haven’t stop dancing since listening to it. The acting was superb; look out Oscar show. It left me wanting for more. Is there a sequel in the works, maybe to include an  ice cold glass of milk?  4 stars!

Advertisements

We found this new game on Jay is Games today. It’s awesome! It’s called Line Rider, and basically you draw a ski slope, and this little guy sleds down the slope you just drew. It involves speed, crashes, and artwork all in one game. This game may give Fly Guy a run for its money.

(click the image to play the game)

Making a Ukulele – Part 4

September 25, 2006

We got the call from Grandma last week that the paint job was finished. We drove over on Sunday to pick it up; it’s awesome! It turned out even better then we had hoped. Just looking at it makes Jimy and I want to drink a fruity beverage out of a coconut shell with a little umbrella sticking out of it.

  

The next step is to glue on the nut and bridge, then apply the finish to the wood. We still haven’t decided if we’re going to use a lacquer or something like Tru-Oil yet. We’re leaning towards the Tru-Oil, but that would mean we have to put about 10 to 15 coats on. We also have to check to make sure it won’t mess up Grandma’s paint job.

  

We’ll post again when we start applying the finish.

Pick UR Own

September 8, 2006

Ever had a burning desire to get up early on a holiday, drive into the country, and then pick apples off of trees – apples that you then have to pay for instead of getting paid to pick them?……We don’t either, but that’s exactly what we did last week.

Why did we do it? Because if we didn’t help pick the apples then Janice said we wouldn’t be able to eat any of the apple cobbler she was going to make that night. Actually, it turned out to be kinda fun…a little bit. When we got to the farm the first thing we got to do is pet a couple of dogs that were eating husks of corn. Then we got baskets and walked to the apple trees. Jimy had no idea what he was doing. He thought the more ripe the apple was the better the apple, and was picking the worst apples you’ve ever seen. Eventually we had to ask him to stop helping.

Eventually we picked 2 whole baskets of apples! The hardest part was climbing up the trees to get to them though, and when we were finished we sure were tired. Falling out of the tree a couple of times wasn’t fun either. Another thing we found out is that there’s a bunch of different kinds of apples. I can’t remember all the apple names now, but I think we were picking Jonathan apples.

Neither JImy or I want to be migrant farm workers when we grow up, but we sure were feeling good about the day when we were eating that apple cobbler with vanilla ice cream later that night!

Our Haiku – Volume 9

August 27, 2006

Black dots in the sky,
grow larger as they whistle.
People hide in fear.
-Jacky

Well, it took us a while, but we’ve finally gotten back to working on our ukulele kit. As you may recall, the next step was to sand the neck even with the fingerboard, and to mark off the bridge placement.

Sanding the neck was the easy part. The only issue was that after sanding the neck even it left flat spots on the sides of the neck. No big deal, we just had to round off the flat spots with sandpaper, although this did take us awhile.

Marking off the bridge placement was more difficult. Following the instructions in the kit, and taking the advice of the forum folks at ezfolk.com, we measured and marked where the bridge will be glued to the body. According to what we read on the forum, the directions with the kit are incorrect. You can go here to get the correct measurements, at least we hope they’re correct!

Next, we taped thread into the 1st and 4th string positions on the bridge and the nut, and lined the threads evenly across the sound hole. A word of caution on this step, don’t drink “special wine” before trying to line up the threads. 😉

The final step was marking around the bridge with a pencil, and then covering that area with a piece of tape. This was done so that Grandma wouldn’t accidentally paint where we need to glue the bridge to the ukulele body.

We took it over to Grandma’s on Sunday, and she said she’d have it back to us in a couple of weeks!

What was Mr. Spock thinking of?

(Caution – this video may give small children nightmares)