All the Pages Are My Days https://www.allthepages.org the online world of Mike Rodriquez Wed, 02 May 2018 06:44:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Bianchi Infinito Celeste 2018 https://www.allthepages.org/archives/2018/05/bianchi-infinito-celeste-2018/ https://www.allthepages.org/archives/2018/05/bianchi-infinito-celeste-2018/#respond Wed, 02 May 2018 06:44:44 +0000 https://www.allthepages.org/?p=9107 2018 Bianchi Infinito Celeste
2018 Bianchi Infinito Celeste

I got my first new bike in 6 years, and she’s a beauty if I do say so myself!

Presenting my 2018 Bianchi Infinito Celeste, a modern road bike that is built more towards comfort than speed, though she’s still plenty fast.

She rides like a dream and I expect to ride many thousands of miles on this bike.

Here are a few pictures from my first couple of rides, including a trek down the Meadowlark Trail today.

2018 Bianchi Infinito Celeste
2018 Bianchi Infinito Celeste
2018 Bianchi Infinito Celeste
2018 Bianchi Infinito Celeste
2018 Bianchi Infinito Celeste
2018 Bianchi Infinito Celeste
2018 Bianchi Infinito Celeste
2018 Bianchi Infinito Celeste
2018 Bianchi Infinito Celeste
2018 Bianchi Infinito Celeste
2018 Bianchi Infinito Celeste
2018 Bianchi Infinito Celeste
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Dark Skies, Country Roads https://www.allthepages.org/archives/2018/04/dark-skies-country-roads/ https://www.allthepages.org/archives/2018/04/dark-skies-country-roads/#respond Mon, 23 Apr 2018 03:14:46 +0000 https://www.allthepages.org/?p=9099 We were driving home during the golden hour and the light was particularly striking today, so I stopped to take few pictures.

The Salemsborg Church, north of Lindsborg, is spectacularly highlighted with the dark clouds behind, and the near by power lines gleam with the bright sunshine.

Salemsborg Church
Salemsborg Church
Salemsborg Church
Salemsborg Church
Shiny Power Lines
Shiny Power Lines
Shiny Power Lines
Shiny Power Lines
Dark Skies, Country Road
Dark Skies, Country Road
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Spring Bike Ride 2018 Style https://www.allthepages.org/archives/2018/04/spring-bike-ride-2018-style/ https://www.allthepages.org/archives/2018/04/spring-bike-ride-2018-style/#respond Fri, 20 Apr 2018 02:37:05 +0000 https://www.allthepages.org/?p=9081 Bike at the River
Bike at the River

Spring is already 1/3 complete, but given we had snow the last two Saturdays, this post is actually pretty timely and not late at all.

Today marked a number of cycling milestones. My numbers have been down, dramatically so this past winter and so today’s ride was a great confidence builder.

I’ve now ridden more miles this week than any week since October.

I rode my longest distance since last August! And that was probably the last time I rode down to the 8th street bridge.

Plus, I’m on pace to ride at least 100 miles this month; the first time this year!

Of course I took a few pictures, shared below, including one from last night’s late ride.

Meadowlark Trail - Blocked by Trees
Meadowlark Trail – Blocked by Trees
Meadowlark Trail - All Clear
Meadowlark Trail – All Clear
Bike at the River
Bike at the River
Smoky Hill River -- Very Low
Smoky Hill River — Very Low
Moon and Venus at Sunset
Moon and Venus at Sunset
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Sandhill Cranes in Kearney Nebraska https://www.allthepages.org/archives/2018/04/sandhill-cranes-in-kearney-nebraska/ https://www.allthepages.org/archives/2018/04/sandhill-cranes-in-kearney-nebraska/#respond Mon, 02 Apr 2018 02:20:48 +0000 https://www.allthepages.org/?p=9075 In mid-March we took a spur of the moment trip up to Kearney Nebraska to view the migrating Sandhill Cranes.

The migration season lasts about 6 weeks and we were there a little bit before the peak.

Put another way, around 400,000 of the eventual 600,000 cranes were in the area when we were visiting.

Kearney is a nice town with a campus of the University of Nebraska and good food and lodging choices.

And, small world that it is, the person who checked us in to the hotel used to live in Lindsborg!

The best viewing is south and east of town, along the Platte River. There are maps to guide the way and plenty of spots to stop and view these magnificent creatures.

Highly recommended!!

In addition to the photos below, I created a short video showing the cranes flying over at sunset. Watch with the sound on to hear how loud they are!

Sandhill Cranes in flight
Sandhill Cranes in flight
Sandhill Cranes in a field
Sandhill Cranes in a field
Sandhill Cranes in Flight
Sandhill Cranes in Flight
Sunset over the Platte River
Sunset over the Platte River
Sandhill Cranes at sunset
Sandhill Cranes at sunset
Sunset over the Platte River
Sunset over the Platte River
Sandhill Cranes gathering at dusk
Sandhill Cranes gathering at dusk
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Grand Canyon Crow https://www.allthepages.org/archives/2018/03/grand-canyon-crow/ https://www.allthepages.org/archives/2018/03/grand-canyon-crow/#respond Sun, 04 Mar 2018 17:23:29 +0000 https://www.allthepages.org/?p=9058 In lieu of a “real” blog post I present this photo of a crow overlooking the Colorado River at the far eastern end of the Grand Canyon.

Image has been slightly “fractalized*.”

Grand Canyon Crow
Grand Canyon Crow

*Processed using the Fractalius filter.

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2017 Favorite Photos https://www.allthepages.org/archives/2018/02/2017-favorite-photos/ Wed, 14 Feb 2018 02:08:23 +0000 https://www.allthepages.org/?p=9019 In a now annual tradition, I’ve reviewed the photos I took during the previous year and selected my favorites.

I shared my 35 favorites from 2017 on Flickr, and my 11 favorites are shown below.

2017 Favorites: Kansas Sunset
2017 Favorites: Kansas Sunset
2017 Favorites: 4th of July
2017 Favorites: 4th of July
2017 Favorites: Hear That Whistle Blowin'
2017 Favorites: Hear That Whistle Blowin’

Durango – Silverton Narrow Gauge, just inside the New Mexico border south of Colorado.
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2017 Favorites: Great Sand Dunes
2017 Favorites: Great Sand Dunes
2017 Favorites: Maroon Bells
2017 Favorites: Maroon Bells
2017 Favorites: Great Plains Icon at Sunset
2017 Favorites: Great Plains Icon at Sunset
2017 Favorites: Grand Canyon Riders
2017 Favorites: Grand Canyon Riders
2017 Favorites: Grand Canyon View
2017 Favorites: Grand Canyon View
2017 Favorites: Utah Sunrise
2017 Favorites: Utah Sunrise
2017 Favorites: Golden Gate View
2017 Favorites: Golden Gate View

2017 Favorites: Rural Lindsborg Skies
2017 Favorites: Rural Lindsborg Skies
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KitchenAid Pro 600 Repair https://www.allthepages.org/archives/2018/02/kitchenaid-pro-600-repair/ https://www.allthepages.org/archives/2018/02/kitchenaid-pro-600-repair/#comments Fri, 02 Feb 2018 02:54:52 +0000 https://www.allthepages.org/?p=9032 Our KitchenAid Professional 600 mixer stopped working a while back.

It made a terrible noise, and the beaters would slip when trying to mix dough. I could actually just grab them and hold them, that’s how bad it was!

It turns out we couldn’t find any place that performs repairs on appliances like this.

And we really love the mixer!

So, I priced a new one.

GULP!

Next I searched for “KitchenAid 600 repair” and found a video, including links to the necessary parts, that made the repair relatively easy and painless.

I had to buy a tool for removing c-clips, but that’s an investment. There was about 20$ worth of parts and an equal amount of food safe grease, plus 2-3 hours of my time, needed to effect the repair.

I took photos, initially to ensure I put things back together correctly. (And I did refer to one of them during the repair process!)

Thinking about how useful the video was to me, and how a previous post of mine regarding Toyota Highlander heater repairs generated dozens of thankful comments, I decided to share my photos and a link to the video in hopes it might help someone else.

Here’s a link to the Mending Shed’s KitchenAid 6 quart parts page.

I’ll start with the video, as it’s the key to effectively performing the repair.

This is why it’s important to have a good mixer!

Sheryl's Italian Bread
Sheryl’s Italian Bread

Cover off, time to disassemble enough to remove the damaged gear.

KitchenAid Pro 600 Repair
KitchenAid Pro 600 Repair

Not too bad: remove the c-clip (with the new tool), remove top gear to gain access to damaged gear at bottom.

KitchenAid Pro 600 Repair
KitchenAid Pro 600 Repair

The bottom gear is heavily damaged. I’ve read it’s designed to fail, to avoid motor burnout or other, more expensive repairs.

KitchenAid Pro 600 Repair
KitchenAid Pro 600 Repair

You can see the pile of shavings from the damaged gear. The old grease that I removed also had metal shards in it.

KitchenAid Pro 600 Repair
KitchenAid Pro 600 Repair

KitchenAid Professional 600 internal gears processed using the Fractalius filter. (I call the process “fractalizing” the image.)

KitchenAid Pro 600 Repair
KitchenAid Pro 600 Repair

All cleaned up, time to re-assemble!

KitchenAid Pro 600 Repair
KitchenAid Pro 600 Repair
KitchenAid Pro 600 Repair
KitchenAid Pro 600 Repair

All put back together, and tons of food safe grease applied (per instructions, but it was a lot!)

KitchenAid Pro 600 Repair
KitchenAid Pro 600 Repair

The cover is ready to go back on.

KitchenAid Pro 600 Repair
KitchenAid Pro 600 Repair

Here she is, all ready to use again!

KitchenAid Pro 600
KitchenAid Pro 600
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Wild & Free Watercolors https://www.allthepages.org/archives/2018/01/wild-free-watercolors/ Sun, 14 Jan 2018 03:04:36 +0000 https://www.allthepages.org/?p=9002 Wild & Free Watercolor Set
Wild & Free Watercolor Set

I tried out a new set of handmade watercolor paints for the first time today, creating a color chart that demonstrates how each color mixes with the other.

Wild & Free, created by DesignsbyRachelBeth and sold via her Etsy store, is a set of 5 handmade, half pan watercolors.

The colors include a middle yellow, two reds and two blues, holding close to a warm and cool version of each.

RachelBeth doesn’t provide any technical details regarding the pigments used, but does use some pretty descriptive names, including Meyer Lemon, Rose Gold, Strawberry Rhubarb, Country Bourage and Northern Blueberry.

The Rose Gold and it lives up to its name, with a strong gold-flecked overtone.

The middle yellow made a nice, golden orange color when mixed with the reds, and two very distinct shades of green when mixed with the blues.

The purples aren’t the most dramatic, but the Strawberry/Blueberry mix did turn out pretty nice.

It’s also worth noting the care that RachelBeth takes with her orders.

The packaging was very nice, starting with the bright purple wrapping paper and including a hand written thank you note.

The paints themselves came in a small tin and included a color chart in the lid.

The pans are labeled and have a small magnet on the bottom. I love that idea so much I ordered a small sheet of magnets so I can enhance my other pans in a similar manner.

Overall, I’m pleased with these paints. They wet up very nicely and it was easy to transfer lots of pigment to my puddles while creating the color chart.

I look forward to using them on a “real” painting in the future.

Wild & Free Inside!
Wild & Free Inside!
Wild & Free Watercolor Set
Wild & Free Watercolor Set
Wild & Free Half Pans
Wild & Free Half Pans
Wild & Free
Wild & Free
Wild & Free Color Chart
Wild & Free Color Chart
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Linocut Palette: Start to Finish https://www.allthepages.org/archives/2018/01/linocut-palette-start-to-finish/ Mon, 08 Jan 2018 16:06:22 +0000 https://www.allthepages.org/?p=8987 First Finished Print
First Finished Print

I’ve just completed cutting and printing my first original linocut design!

Previously I’d used images that were licensed for re-use under a Creative Commons license, but I really wanted to do an original design.

The simple watercolor palette I chose is a good design for a beginner. It has a bunch of straight (in theory) lines, with the only real fine detail in the bristles of the brush.

The quality of the cuts reinforces my beginner status, but like all endeavors, it takes time to become proficient.

In any case, it’s a lot of fun to exercise my creativity!

The sequence below outlines the basic steps.

I first drew up a rough sketch of my design, did a second refinement, and then drew the image on the linoleum.

After a certain amount of progress in removing unwanted linoleum (similar to sculpting now that I think about it: remove all the parts that don’t belong) it was time for a test print.

Next, the first keeper in a series of 6. After printing the palette, I painted in the colors with watercolor.

Finally, the entire set of 6 palette prints, followed by a set of covfefe cups I printed since I had extra ink.

There are more photos of the process and the completed prints in my Linocut Palette album on Flickr.

First Design Sketch
First Design Sketch
Second Design Sketch, Lino Sketch
Second Design Sketch, Lino Sketch
First Test Print
First Test Print
Lovely Studio Light
Lovely Studio Light
First Finished Print
First Finished Print
Lino Palette: Series of 6 Prints
Lino Palette: Series of 6 Prints
Colorful Covfefe Cups
Colorful Covfefe Cups
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Grand Canyon Hike https://www.allthepages.org/archives/2018/01/grand-canyon-hike/ Tue, 02 Jan 2018 02:40:40 +0000 https://www.allthepages.org/?p=8971 One of my peak experiences of 2017 was a hike I took in mid-December.

I hiked the Bright Angel Trail at the Grand Canyon, where I walked not quite a mile into the canyon, descending 600 feet along the way.

Mid-winter and the trail was, not crowded, but by no means empty.

This part of the trail is almost totally in the shade in the morning in winter, which made for a very pleasant walk in terms of not getting overheated.

The views were stunning.

Did I mention just how thrilling and exhilarating it was to see the top of the canyon receding in the distance?

It was awe inspiring!

So of course I took some pictures. Starting with 250 I first whittled it down to 75 photos, then 65 and finally ended up with 46 shots that I just had to share.

Seven of my favorites are shown below. I also created a video of all the shots, and it’s also displayed below. Finally, high resolution versions of all the images are available on my Grand Canyon Hike album on Flickr.

Grand Canyon Hike: First Tunnel
Grand Canyon Hike: First Tunnel
Grand Canyon Hike: Stunning View
Grand Canyon Hike: Stunning View
Grand Canyon Hike: Mules on the Trail
Grand Canyon Hike: Mules on the Trail
Grand Canyon Hike: Stunning View
Grand Canyon Hike: Stunning View
Grand Canyon Hike: Second Tunnel
Grand Canyon Hike: Second Tunnel
Grand Canyon Hike: Stunning View
Grand Canyon Hike: Stunning View
Grand Canyon Hike: View from Above
Grand Canyon Hike: View from Above

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