Fantasy Football 2019 – Week 2

Drew Brees and Ben Roethesliesilseilberger are both out for a long time. Yikes! Ben wasn’t owned in our league but Nick will be scrambling to replace Drew. As for the Seahawks, they are now 2-0 despite their offensive line getting run over in the early part of the game. Getting sacked is one thing, getting sacked on two consecutive plays is another… getting sacked on two consecutive plays by the same player? Come on! Thankfully they were able to make some changes to avoid having a pancake at quarterback.

In our league, Tim continued his hot streak by posting the highest score again. The Scherschel brothers are holding down the top two spots and Tyler rounds out the trio of undefeated managers. Tyler and Luke play each other next week so one of them will get their first lost. Nick and Andy play each other next week so one of them will get their first win.

On to the weekly awards… notice that the season record and all time record for biggest blowout are both Luke beating Andy. Hmm…

This Week This Season All Time
Highest Team Score Tim had 141.92 Tim had 150.29 (Week 1) Tim 200.51 (2015)
Lowest Team Score Logan had 98.48 Andy had 81.19 (Week 1) Andy had 41.29 (2015)
Biggest Blowout Tyler beat Logan by 30.14 Luke beat Andy by 61.07 (Week 1) Luke beat Andy by 113.02 (2010)
Closest Win Luke beat Nick by 3.04 Was: Logan beat Nick by 10.13 (Week 1) Tyler beat Nick by 0.01 (2018)
Longest Active Winning Streak Tim, Luke and Tyler have 2 game winning streaks. Was: Tim, Luke, Tyler and Logan have 1 game winning streak (Week 1) Micah (2011) and Ben (2015) had 8 game winning streaks
Longest Active Losing Streak Nick, Andy and Dad have 2 game losing streaks. Was: Ben, Nick, Dad and Andy have a 4 game losing streak (Week 1) Kyle had a 14 game losing streak (2011)
Highest Scoring Player Patrick Mahomes had 39.62 for Andy Lamar Jackson had 43.56 for Tim (Week 1) Drew Brees had 60.54 on Tim’s bench (2015)

Modern Rogue Sign

I’ve mentioned the Modern Rogue YouTube channel in some past “Best of YouTube” posts and they’re still going strong. In fact, they recently built a huge new building on their property to ramp up their production capabilities. At one point, Brian mentioned that he thought it would be neat to add fan submitted stuff to some of their buildings on the property. I don’t know if he was serious or not but it seemed like a good excuse to try making a sign on the CNC.

Since Brian has a fire eating stage show and they do a lot of fire stuff on the YouTube channel, I decided to start by burning the wood with a torch. Then I used the CNC to carve their logo into the board and I finished it off with some spray polyurethane to keep the black ash from getting all over. I filmed the project and put together a short timelapse on my woodworking Instagram account.

KenC is friends with Brian on Twitter and helped me get a mailing address. I shipped it off and thought that would be the end of it, but a couple weeks later, they did a special Instagram post to show it off and say thank you!

Loft For Elijah

Elijah has been asking for a treehouse for quite a while. Despite my best efforts, I can’t find a good spot to put one in our tiny yard. So much of it is covered with French drains, irrigation lines, etc. But I still wanted to give him something fun to play in and to climb on.

I was putting him to bed one night when I looked up and realized that the vaulted ceiling in his room left a lot of space above his bed. So I chatted it over with Tyla and then build a platform above his bed.

Since this will probably be torn down and thrown away in 6-8 years, I wanted to keep it simple. I used Jay Bates’s bunk bed plans and basically cut out the bottom bunk. The whole thing was designed to fit around his existing bed.

The 2x4s and 2x6s that I got from Home Depot were pretty bad. After a lot of picking, I was able to find some fairly straight boards but they were going to require a lot of sanding. So I had the bright idea of running them all through the planer to skim off a little bit on each side. That worked well but man did it make a huge mess! There’s no way my little shop vac could keep up with that so I just let the chips fly and cleaned up the mess later.

Elijah stayed in the shop for a lot of the build. It was fun to have him helping and seeing how it all went together.

I wasn’t looking forward to painting that beast but I didn’t want to leave it looking like dimensional knotty lumber so I finally pulled the trigger (pun intended) on an HVLP paint sprayer. I chose a fairly simple one from Rockler but it still has a detached turbine unit. I originally thought I’d move the loft into the back yard to paint it but the forecast was calling for rain. So I tried setting up our pop up kitchen tent thing in the driveway with tarps underneath and on the sides. That wasn’t terrible but the loft was too big to be able to spray comfortably. I did the primer but them moved it back inside to do the paint by hand. I’m looking forward to trying the spray again on something smaller. The photo below shows the setup before I added the final two walls of plastic. The side of the loft facing down did not need to be painted as it was going to end up against the wall in his room.

This loft is starting out very simple but I’d love to build a little house up there at some point. We’ll see how much he uses it. His favorite part right now is the bar I added on the bottom for him to swing from. I think we will definitely need some pillows or a pad up on the top. It’s hard on our knees!


Fantasy Football 2019 – Week 1

Need a reminder for how last year finished up? Andy defeated rookie (only in this league) Tyler to win the championship. This year? Yikes. Not a great start for the defending champion. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Tim finished last year with the lowest score for the entire league for the season but he dominated with 150 points this week. It should be an interesting year! By the way, Logan had 3 roster moves before getting to week 1… what’s he up to?!

The Seahawks were 9 point favorites but only one by 1. It was nice to see them come back to win it in the 4th quarter, but hopefully they look a little smoother as the season progresses like not letting Wilson take 4 sacks every game. A win is a win though!

I’ll start off the weekly awards by keeping the records from last season around.

This Week Last Season All Time
Highest Team Score Tim had 150.29 (Week 1) Tyler had 191.89 (Week 8) Tim 200.51 (2015)
Lowest Team Score Andy had 81.19 (Week 1) Was: Tim had 71.25 (Week 16) Andy had 41.29 (2015)
Biggest Blowout Luke beat Andy by 61.07 (Week 1) Tyler beat Dad by 90.22 (Week 8) Luke beat Andy by 113.02 (2010)
Closest Win Logan beat Nick by 10.13 (Week 1) Tyler beat Nick by 0.01 (Week 12) Tyler beat Nick by 0.01 (2018)
Longest Active Winning Streak Tim, Luke, Tyler and Logan have 1 game winning streak (Week 1) Andy, Logan and Tyler had 5 game winning streaks. Micah (2011) and Ben (2015) had 8 game winning streaks
Longest Active Losing Streak Ben, Nick, Dad and Andy have a 4 game losing streak (Week 1) Tim has a 6 game losing streak (Week 13) Kyle had a 14 game losing streak (2011)
Highest Scoring Player Lamar Jackson had 43.56 for Tim (Week 1) Mitchell Trubisky had 55.46 as a free agent (Week 4) Drew Brees had 60.54 on Tim’s bench (2015)

Video Surveillance System

I’ve written quite a few posts over the years about the camera system I use around my house, but I thought I’d write up a new summary of everything that I recommend right now.

This stuff has kind of turned into a hobby for me, so the setup you’ll see later in this post is probably more than Joe Public is interested in. If you’re not looking to tinker a little bit, I recommend a package deal that includes the DVR along with a bunch of cameras. I bought one of the 8 camera Amcrest packages for church and we’ve been very happy with it. There are quite a few options ranging from 1080p up to 4k with varying numbers of cameras. You can see the full list on their site but there are a bunch of companies in this price range with similar packages. If even that is too much for you, companies like Simplisafe and your cable provider have camera packages but of course you’ll end up paying more for the convenience.

Ok, on to the more DIY solution that I have… all of the cameras I’ve ever owned have been from Amcrest. Are they best? Nope. But they work very well for me and they’re super cheap so I’m happy to replace them when they finally give up. I have one camera that is over 6 years old. I keep waiting for it to die because it’s only 640×480 resolution and I want to upgrade!

It’s possible to buy individual cameras and use the built-in web servers to access them remotely. I don’t recommend doing that. The security on those cameras is terrible and it’s very easy to accidentally (or obliviously) leave your camera open for easy access from the web. I kid you not, when I first was looking through the settings, I couldn’t believe the defaults. I did a quick internet search, typed in the default user name and password and bingo, I was watching a camera inside someone else’s house. Gross. The default settings have gotten better over the years but I still don’t trust them to keep up to date with every new exploit that happens.

To add a better layer of security I have a piece of software called Blue Iris running 24/7 on one of my machines at home. That software is then my entry point from the web or from my phone and that software has active development and updates. So none of my cameras are directly accessible from the web. Instead I fire up the Blue Iris website or app on my phone and then connect to my cameras.

The software also gives me a plethora of options (more than I’ll ever use) for doing things like triggering a recording and/or alert whenever motion is detected, recording the last N days of video, etc. I even played around with having it live stream one of my cameras to YouTube. The interface isn’t great but the feature you want is there somewhere. It might take a little while to set it up, but once you’re done, you won’t need to touch it much.

The other nice thing about having Blue Iris is that it supports a LOT of different cameras. So even though I have kind of standardized on Amcrest, I could easily buy one different brand tomorrow and throw it into the mix and I’d get the same standardized controls over the new camera too.

The final question is how do you want to connect your cameras to the Blue Iris software. The easiest is WiFi and generally that works pretty well. The catch is that you need to plug it into an outlet and if you’re doing outdoor installations, there might not be outlets handy. I’ve started moving to “Power over Ethernet”. To do this, you need a PoE switch that injects power down some of the unused wires in an Ethernet cable. As long as you get a PoE web cam, you can just run a single Ethernet cable to the camera and have a solid network connection and power all in one cable. That’s pretty convenient for those outdoor cameras.

How much does all this cost? Figure about $70-80/camera and then $70 for Blue Iris. There aren’t any ongoing monthly fees. That makes it pretty easy to dip your toe into the water with just one or two cameras to see how you like it. But they’re kind of like Pringles… once you pop you can’t stop! It’s easy to find reasons to add more and more cameras.

If you decide to go the Blue Iris route, I’m happy to help answer questions and guide you through the setup!