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August 30th
written by Bullet-Point Ben

Making your own kite might sound a little dorky.

However, a few points to consider:

  • This kite is 6 feet tall and 5 feet wide.
  • It’s called a Rokkaku.  Rok for short.
  • It’s a Japanese fighter kite
  • It can easily lift a camera for taking pictures
  • It has an angry face on it.


August 19th
written by Bullet-Point Ben

I’m trying to use the kite/camera rig to get the perfect “how the heck did you take that?” picture of the Boise river / capital building /foothills, and hopefully a few people floating down the river too.   So yesterday I went over to Barber Park and played around with the camera/kite combo for about half an hour.

  • If I’d angled the camera about 30 degrees to the left I would have gotten a great picture of table rock and the river – much closer to the “perfect picture” I was after. But I think this looks cool anyway.
  • Apparently they’re growing something on the roof of this building.
  • I really need to put together a suspension system so the pictures aren’t so blurry all the time.
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August 10th
written by Bullet-Point Ben
  • Location: Coeur d’Alene Lake in Idaho
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August 4th
written by Bullet-Point Ben
  • New kite: the Sutton FlowForm 8.  The 8 is for 8 sq ft of material.  Serious Aerial photographers use the FlowForm 30, an 8′ Rokkaku, a Powersled 81, or some other enormous kite.
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July 26th
written by Bullet-Point Ben
  • The basic setup – an eye-hook bolt tied to a $20 kite. I set the camera to take a picture every 2 seconds
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July 19th
written by Bullet-Point Ben
  • Red Badge(s) of Courage:
  • This happened in one of the easiest sections of the Rock Garden at Table Rock.
  • The biggest danger in mountain biking is going too slow.  Or too fast.
  • (I prefer Red Raspberry of Courage, but calling it that assumes everyone has heard of the book the Red Badge of Courage – or at least the term itself – and no one has.  Plot summary – Civil War boy soldier is wounded in a cowardly fashion, everyone thinks he must be very brave because of his injury and this shames him into actually becoming very courageous)
July 14th
written by Bullet-Point Ben
  • Day 1: Fisher Creek and Ladd’s Fajitas and horseshoes
  • Day 2: Elk Meadows and aluminum foil sculpture-food and more horseshoes
  • Day 3: Scones and packing up
  • Pictures…


July 9th
written by Bullet-Point Ben
  • Sunday July 6th
  • Elk Meadows / Deer Point Trail at Bogus Basin Ski Resort near Boise ID
  • Approx 7 miles, probably 1K elevation gain.  Well maintained (new) trails, except 92/Shindig, which was a bit more of an adventure.
  • Several Trail markers were missing or mislabeled.  This is common on mountain biking trails and is “part of the fun”.  A wrong turn here means hours of suffering and the possibility of never finding your way back to civilization:
  • Alonna hikes back from taking the wrong turn:
  • Varied and interesting wildflowers everywhere:
  • Also lots of butterflies and bumble bees (not pictured).
  • Never really saw any people, except for two bikers headed the wrong way at the aforementioned fork in the trail.
  • Not much shade, probably because we were criss-crossing ski runs.
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June 16th
written by Bullet-Point Ben
  • June 13-15
  • My sister Kim visited with her friend and fellow hat afficionado Marissa
  • Stopped at the hot springs in Loman, ID
  • Drove to Stanley, ID
  • Stayed in Ketchum / Sun Valley, ID
    • Hiked to a lookout point at the ski resort
    • Kim and Marissa signed up for Paragliding. The wind did not cooperate.
    • Unique wildlife seen: one bald eagle, one fox, one elk, and several distinctive birds.
  • The next day we biked on the Boise greenbelt to Anne Morrison park and played Frisby Golf
    • This is the basic concept
    • Proper technique
    • A scenic picture on the way home
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June 6th
written by Bullet-Point Ben

A Bullet-Point Blog by Ben

  • Weekend of May 9th, 2008
  • Visit with the Scott family
    • 5 siblings (Bonnie, Ben, Jon, Beth, Kim)
    • 3 spouses (Jose, Alonna, Amanda)
    • 4 children (Joseph, Joshua, Amanda, Alissa)
    • 1 grandmother (Robin)
  • Table tennis, grilling, photo-sharing, balloon-folding, and long walks on the beach
  • Weather was cold and windy, with a dash of tornado
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