PS> this blog is re-starting. But some of the pictures are missing because I did not archive them properly.
2010 will be remembered as the year of the “great pizza war” for downtown Bellevue. Already well supplied in pizza delivery/restaurants, newcomers are vying to feed the round red objects to the new condo and office dwellers.
Zeek’s is peparing to displace Nature’s Pantry on 10th, and I just saw another pepperoni palace going up on Bellevue Way.
I anticipate some fine discounts in 2010… hopefully they will all join the gluten-free bandwagon.
Picasa’s latest face recognition feature is so good at finding mouse/nose/eyes combinations it even picked out my girls’ American Girl lovely doll faces, and a few Lego Minifigs:
The next step was to finish the roof structure in preparation for the steel roof, ordered from Dunn Lumber.
We chose a red roof to match some of the red tile and rusted steel roofs of some chalets in Switzerland. G. also provided some sample-size windows – two on the South side and one on the North side.
For the finish, I sided the walls and the “basement” with fence boards, and designed the deck railing based on my ancestors’ house in Switzerland.
I added a wooden ladder (on the right) and the kids stacked the obligatory firewood below the deck.
I wanted to document my Swiss chalet treehouse for a few friends that have expressed interest in the project. I’ve thought for several years about building a treehouse, a shed, or both, in my backyard. The kids had heard this so many times they were treating it like another castle in Spain. And yet, this year was the year, and the treehouse (with shed-like storage) is standing proudly in the backyard.
I followed a lot of google.ch searches to find a number of chalets of all sizes to get ideas on proportions and details. Some of the noteworthy ones:
Based on these inspirations, I drew a few sketches. I had 10 ft of total height to work with, 12 of depth and 7 in width. I wanted the roof pitch and overhang to match the Swiss types, and some of the final touches to highlight Swissness (balcony, flowers)
In the next post: construction
Google’s Insight for Search is going to be my favorite research tool. Take, for example, a search for the word “Treo”: http://google.com/insights/search/#cat=&q=treo&geo=US&date=&clp=&cmpt=q
The Treo peaked in 2005, and is currently experiencing a small revival.
You can also demonstrate cycles, such as this search for “christmas Cookies recipe”: http://google.com/insights/search/#cat=&q=Christmas%20cookies%20recipe&geo=US&date=&clp=&cmpt=q
I just found a huge analyst cookie jar…
Here’s what Gmail will gain in 2009 – these fall mostly in the duh category: