Archive for ◊ April, 2016 ◊

Installing New Basketball Hoop
Saturday, April 30th, 2016 | Author:


Phase 3 is now complete.  My buddy, Redman, showed up to help me mount the backboard, rim and net.  I also planted sod around the concrete base.   The combination of the solid pole filled with concrete and rebar, along with the glass backboard makes for very nice play.

final pole


April 24, 2016

Phase 2 of three phases of the solo installation was completed this weekend (Phase 3 is the installation of the glass backboard planned for next weekend).   The large Spalding box was delivered on Friday (see first photo below), but the real work started at 7:00am on Saturday with a visit to Menards to buy the necessary building materials and to rent the delivery truck.  It was a workout just picking up the nearly 1,000 pounds of concrete and loading them into the bed of the truck (see second photo below).

I enlarged the original hole to a full cube 2′ x 2′ x 2′ and I built a wooden form around the top of the hole (see third photo).  I then constructed a tripod out of 2″x4″ wooden studs to ensure that the pole maintained level during the concrete pour (see fourth photo).  After installing additional rebar in the base and center of the pole, I started mixing the first of 10 bags of Quickcrete (no crack recipe with chopped fiber).  After 3 hours of mixing, pouring, and tamping concrete (including pouring concrete down the center of the pole using a make-shift funnel), I ended up with what you can see in the sixth photo below.

Spalding box 4 x 8 x 2full load in truck.hole is readysetting up tripod mixing concreteconcrete curing


April 18, 2016

The basketball hoop & pole for our home court that I installed 22 years ago finally gave way (the 3″ diameter metal pole rusted-through).  I’ve ordered a new in-ground pole and backboard, which requires that the previous concrete base be removed.  As you can see from the first photo below, the metal pole snapped right at the base, and the grass has grown over most of the concrete.

Naturally, the first step, as shown in the second photo below, was to remove all of the soil around the concrete base.  While it was challenging, I used a couple of 4′ long crowbars to help pry the 400 pounds of concrete out of the hole (see the third photo).   The fun part was using some engineering skills to determine a reasonable way of getting the huge block of concrete into the wheelbarrow.  As you can see from the fourth photo, I leveraged the technique that the Egyptians and Israelites used in building the pyramids — a slight incline plane.  After all was said and done, I ended up with a hole just about ready for the new 4″ square pole.  (Note: I did all of this work solo).

base of bball pole

Base from previous basketball pole

dig out of bball pole

Removing all of the soil around the concrete base

250lb concrete ball

Breaking my back getting concrete out of the hole

ramp to whlbrl

Creative ramp (from old solid door) for rolling concrete into wheelbarow

Hole ready nxt

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Internet Searches and Stereotypes
Friday, April 29th, 2016 | Author:

The primary internet search engines typically rely on recent user histories to pop-up the most frequently used searches from users across the world…  The images shown below illustrate the stereotypes of different races, religions, and ethnicities as reflected by Bing searches.  Just simply typing into the search “why are [group]…” automatically drops-down a list of most frequently used phrases.  The images below provide some interesting results:






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Investment Advice
Tuesday, April 26th, 2016 | Author:

Here’s a good one from Joe K:

Just thought I’d pass along some advice that my financial advisor gave me today…

I called him this morning and asked him what I should be investing in as I feel interest rates are not going to be rising as they did during the late 70’s early 80’s. I told him I thought we ought to be looking to get out of bonds and finding a safe haven in which to invest. I asked him, “Should we move to precious metals, foreign currency, or what?”

He responded, “If Bernie or Hillary are elected, canned goods, liquor, and ammunition are probably your best bet.”


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Dire Predictions About Climate
Friday, April 22nd, 2016 | Author:

The secularist left prays to Gaia with the “Earth Day” holiday…  It’s always interesting to look back at predictions about the demise of earth from nearly 50 years ago:

For the next 24 hours, the media will assault us with tales of imminent disaster that always accompany the annual Earth Day Doom & Gloom Extravaganza.

Ignore them. They’ll be wrong. We’re confident in saying that because they’ve always been wrong. And always will be.

Need proof? Here are some of the hilarious, spectacularly wrong predictions made on the occasion of Earth Day 1970.

Some great quotes from the usual suspects, including the mainstream media, leftist pundits, and a current Obama “science” adviser, predicting dire consequences by the 1980s:

“Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.”

“Population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make. The death rate will increase until at least 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years.”

“Scientists have solid experimental and theoretical evidence to support…the following predictions: In a decade, urban dwellers will have to wear gas masks to survive air pollution…by 1985 air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half….”

“Dr. S. Dillon Ripley, secretary of the Smithsonian Institute, believes that in 25 years, somewhere between 75 and 80 percent of all the species of living animals will be extinct.”

Source: Earth Day predictions of 1970.

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Chair Repair – Is This Engineering?
Friday, April 22nd, 2016 | Author:

One of our kitchen chairs had all four screws holding the back onto the base snap in half.  I played upholstery expert and carpenter (spent most of the time removing staples) and performed a repair….  Missy says it’s as good as new.

disassembling chair

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The Leftist Authority Complex
Thursday, April 21st, 2016 | Author:

An interesting perspective about the Leftists in America:

Their fundamental conviction is that the conscience of the individual must be forced to yield to the demands of the collective, as decided by the authorities who presume to speak for it.

Try refusing to bake a cake for a gay wedding, and tell me whether you will be forced to bow to authority. Try running a fast-food joint or comic-book shop that can’t afford to pay its employees $15 an hour, and tell me whether you will be forced to bow to authority. Try keep men dressed as women out of your ladies’ restroom, and tell me whether you will be forced to bow to authority…

There is no real rhyme or reason to the vast patchwork of regulation except: bow to authority.

Source: Bill Nye Epitomizes The Left’s Authority Complex

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NBA and NHL Playoffs
Thursday, April 21st, 2016 | Author:

I’ve got to admit that I like sports in April and May…  It’s basketball and hockey playoff season and there are numerous games from which to choose just about every night.  Check out the schedule of games below for a Wednesday night.  You can watch exciting games from 7:00pm until 1:00am (of course, who would waste their time watching an NBA game before the 4th quarter?).

sports on tv

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Best Web Site for NHL Highlights
Monday, April 18th, 2016 | Author:

Don’t Tell Me The Score is the best web site for catching the 3 to 5 minute highlights of every NHL hockey game.

Source: DTMTS – Spoiler Free NHL Highlights

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Saudi Arabia’s Terrorism Connections
Sunday, April 17th, 2016 | Author:

When it comes to Moslem terrorism, the United States is engrossed in an informal policy of “ignoring the obvious”:

Washington’s bipartisan insistence that the Saudi regime is a vital counterterrorism ally of the United States is a delusional byproduct of its willful blindness to sharia supremacism — the ideological driver of violent jihadism and the oil-rich kingdom’s most consequential export.

The point of the post-9/11 investigations was to hold every culpable actor and negligent government agency accountable. No American citizen or government official, not even the sitting president, was spared. It is time for Washington to stop running interference for the Saudis while the Saudis run interference for the jihadists. At long last, let’s see the 28 pages.

Source: 9/11 Report’s 28 Pages on Saudi Arabia’s Terrorism Connections Should Be Released

And, of course, you have this happening now:

The U.S. has released nine more prisoners from its base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and sent them to Saudi Arabia for resettlement, officials said Saturday.

Source: U.S. frees 9 Guantanamo prisoners, sends them to Saudi Arabia

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Obama Supports Iran at Any Cost
Friday, April 15th, 2016 | Author:

You’ve got to admit that it’s rather ironic that 50 Moslem nations consider Iran a sponsor of terror, but the Manchurian Marxist Moslem fully supports Iran.

Leaders from more than 50 Muslim nations accused Iran on Friday of supporting terrorism and interfering in the affairs of regional states, including Syria and Yemen,

Source: Muslim nations accuse Iran of supporting terrorism 

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