I made some tweaks to the site that you will find throughout it. I have finally added a search box on each page from Google that combined with Google Sitemaps should offer much better search results. There is an improved navigational element which should make it easier to find stuff in the top left corner and some improvements in the bottom navigation as well. I know some of you hate the design but that’s okay…
- Last night Wendy, myself and some co-workers took in Perogy Fest III at the Manhattan Ballroom. There was five different varieties and over 12,000 perogies made in total. The event was a fundraiser for Nashi, which works to divert children out of the sex trade in Ukraine and the money from the perogy smorg and auction went to support these projects as well as fighting human trafficking world wide.
- I repaired a crack in my basement wall which isn’t that exciting but several people I have talked to about it have cracks in their basement walls and have been asking me about this. After reading all sorts of solutions, I took the advice from Ask This Old House and chiseled away any deteriorated concrete that I found. This enlarged the crack from quite small to about an inch across (not all of it was bad but it came lose while chiseling). After cleaning it all out, I decided to use aqua cement which is suggested for any cracks below grade, is waterproof (it will actually set in running water), and dries far harder than ordinary cement. While it works great, you really need two people to install it as it sets so quick. It worked well but I think we wasted about 20% because it dries so quickly. It also dries harder over a month. I’ll see how it lasts but I am impressed with the first couple of weeks. It has been a slow melt so I doubt I will see much water coming through it even if I didn’t patch it so we may have to wait until next year. Now I get to dig down and seal the outside of the wall this summer. One tip that I have is that since it dries so hard, it is almost impossible to finish so don’t fill the crack completely with it and leave a bit for standard portland cement to finish with. Using Weldbond will help with the bonding quite a bit as well. I discovered Weldbond this summer and it amazing around the house.
- I am reading The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William L. Shirer (Wikipedia has more and here is the complete text available online). After watching a couple of documentaries this year that talked about how Hitler knew the war was lost in late 1942 and 1943 as did many of his generals, I was interested to read more. Of course not so interested to do anything about it but now that I have a copy of the book, 1400 pages await me. Once I get this book done, I want to read a Russian telling of the Second World War. Does anyone have any suggestions for a good English translation that I can find? If you do, let me know in the comments.