Tim's Personal Blog

Cribbage Championship
December 23, 2012

This Christmas season was the innagural Nelson Family Cribbage Championship. I couldn't help but create a few custom T-shirts for a few of the participants. Who will win the trophy next year?

Cribbage Championship



Christmas Trees
December 15, 2012

This year I got my first full-size Christmas tree, pictured first below. The second tree is at old town Sacramento, and the last image is the tree at the Capitol building.

Christmas Trees

Christmas Trees

Christmas Trees



AVS Web Development Team
December 8, 2012

Pictured below is me and my two fellow web developers at Alta Vista Solutions. We are at our company's Christmas Party held at the California Automobile Museum for a 'Mystery Theater Dinner' Party.

AVS Web Development Team



EV User Accounts
November 24, 2012

Today I'm launching user accounts on my Engineering Videos website. Subscriptions cost $5 per month for full access to the site. Click the image below to visit the Account page.

EV User Accounts



TimFun! Turns 3
November 15, 2012

TimFun Turns 3



Norman Rockwell
November 11, 2012

I went to check out the Norman Rockwell exhibit at the Crocker Art Museum this afternoon. In the picture below I am imitating Rockwell in his 'Triple Self-Portrait' painting.

Normal Rockwell



Benny Benassi
October 31, 2012

Went to the Benny Benassi concert for Halloween this year. Tha shi cra! Even deadmau5 showed up to the party!

Benny Benassi

Benny Benassi

Benny Benassi



Dixon Corn Maze
October 28, 2012

I went to go check out this "53 acre corn maze" in Dixon this afternoon, it sounded exciting and I was up for the challenge.

The maze was nothing like the image below because it was far less than 53 acres and size, and people had already trampled over so much of the dying corn stalks you could easily see where to go. I even downloaded an app for my phone which would help me navigate, but that wasn't needed. Next year I'll go earlier in the autumn and I might try it at night because it is open until 9 p.m. Whose with me?

There were a few other thing to see and do there. There was a huge pumpking patch, food vendors and a sweet pumpkin gun (shown in the last picture).

Dixon Corn Maze

Dixon Corn Maze

Dixon Corn Maze

Dixon Corn Maze

Dixon Corn Maze



Bay Bridge Tour
October 27, 2012

Took a tour of the new Bay Bridge this afternoon with dad.

Bay Bridge Tour



Sac Auto Show
October 20, 2012

Checking out some sweet cars this afternoon.

Sac Auto Show

Sac Auto Show

Sac Auto Show



Puppy Show
October 14, 2012

Went to the puppy show this afternoon. It was more of a 'bring your puppy to hang out' than a place where puppies are sold. Oh well, still pretty cool.

Puppy Show



League of Legends
October 13, 2012

A friend of mine from work told me about about the League of Legends World Champtionships this evening. I decided to watch most of it. League of Legends is a 'multiplayer online battle arena video game,' similar in nature to DOTA or World of Warcraft, as far as I understand, haha.

The world championship match involved two 5-player teams playing each other, the winning teams wins 1 million dollars. It took place in LA, and was held in an area comparable in size to Power Balance, haha, wow. And when viewing online, my screen showed there were 300,000+ other online viewers.

League of Legends

League of Legends



Sacramento Reptile Show
September 29, 2012

Lots of snakes, geckos, turtles and more at the Sacramento Reptile Show this afternoon!

Sacramento Reptile Show

Sacramento Reptile Show

Sacramento Reptile Show

Sacramento Reptile Show

Sacramento Reptile Show



Endeavour Flyover
September 21, 2012

At work today I happened to be at the right place at the right time and saw a NASA 747 carrying the Space Shuttle Endeavour on it's back at about 9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. this morning. Nice.





Micah's Turns 2
September 15, 2012

Made a visit to San Luis Obispo this weekend for Micah's 2nd birthday party.

12.09.15 - Micah's Turns 2



Recent Reads
September 5, 2012

This semester I'm taking an xml class and reading through XML: A Beginner's Guide. With significant prior xml experience this class has been very easy to digest so far.

A couple weeks ago I finished Avoid Retirement and Stay Alive which identifies the high costs of health care and the benefit of enjoying your work.

I'm almost finished with an audio book called Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands. I've been listening to Dr. Laura on and off all year, this audio book is a lot like her radio show.

XML: A Beginner's Guide Avoid Retirement and Stay Alive Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands



Gold Rush Days
September 2, 2012

Old town Sacramento hosted their annual old west/gold rush days event where they closed down the roads and set up an old western scene.

Gold Rush Days

Gold Rush Days

Gold Rush Days

Gold Rush Days



Company Picnic
August 26, 2012

Traveled down to El Sobrante in the East Bay to a park where our company had it's annual summer BBQ.

Company Picnic



Tim and Lily's Wedding
August 11, 2012

Traveled down to Santa Ana to attend the wedding of Tim and Lily. I work with Tim and have known him for about half a year. I wish the two of them the best!

Tim and Lily's Wedding



Beggin 4 Yo Vote
July 22, 2012

Today marked the first Nelson-Marshall family dessert competition. I entered my chocolate-flavored becon with sprinkles, nicknamed "Beggin 4 Yo Vote." Altogether there were 13 desserts entered in the competition. The winning dessert was decided by group applause. There was way too much dessert.

Dessert Competition
Here's my entry, chocolate bacon with sprinkles.

Dessert Competition
This is my Dad's dessert which includes Nilla Waffers,
peppermint patty and banana.

Dessert Competition
This is my cousin's chocolate cake. This is what I mean
by there being too much dessert.

Dessert Competition
Here is a picture of all the desserts before the feeding commenced.



Army of Darkness
July 14, 2012

Tonight I was part of the 'Army of Darkness' zombie march through midtown Sacramento. There were probably between 1,000 and 2,000 zombies occupying the streets before watching the movie 'Army of Darkness' at midnight at the Crest Theater.

Army of Darkness

Army of Darkness

Army of Darkness

Army of Darkness

Army of Darkness



60 Miles Later
July 6, 2012

Today my Dad and brother and I went on a 60 mile bike ride around the San Luis Obipso area.

The Nelson Men



Hagan Park
July 3, 2012

This evening I took advantage of the 2-day 4th of July festivities at Hagan Park in Rancho Cordova. I went this evening on July 3rd, and it was probably the best fireworks display I've ever seen on the 3th of July. Haha.

Hagan Park



Claritin D
July 2, 2012

This evening was the last game of our ultimate frisbee team, which we named "Claritin D." Ultimate frisbee is really fun, and I hope to plan in a future league, but I ended up signing up to play soccer next!

Claritin D

Claritin D



Sports Shirt Day
June 22, 2012

Usually Friday's theme at work is Hawaiian shirt Friday, but today's theme was "Sports Shirt Day." I dug up my old high school football jersey.

Sports Shirt Day



One Cup Limit
June 17, 2012

For Father's Day I got my dad this large coffee mug. If you ever need help cutting your coffee intake town to one cup per day, don't rule out getting a bigger mug.

One Cup Limit



Civil Engineering Practice Examination #1
June 15, 2012

Today marks the release of my latest book, "Civil Engineering Practice Examination #1." This sucker is filled with 40 multiple-choice civil engineering problems, ideal for those preparing for their civil PE exams.

The book can be purchased through Amazon. More information about the book and a preview can be found at the Book's Info Page. Much thanks goes out to everyone who helped make this book happen.

Civil Engineering Practice Exam #1

Civil Engineering Practice Exam #1



LMFAO Concert
June 6, 2012

Tonight was the big LMFAO concert at Powerbalance! My awesome date made these sweet necklaces which got us up into the VIP section. The third picture is the necklace she made me and it glows in the dark. The second picture is the robot from the Party Rocking Music Video who is dancing with a broom, while confetti came down from the ceiling. Yep, it was one of THOSE nights!

LMFAO Concert

LMFAO Concert

LMFAO Concert



Oleander
June 1, 2012

Concert in the park happens every Friday evening during the summer months here in Sacramento. This evening Oleander played. They were the only bank I recognized when looking at the list of bands this year, so I decided to go.

Oleander



Sac County Fair
May 26, 2012

This weekend was the Sac County Fair. It doesn't compare to the State Fiar later this year, but still worth checking out.

Sac County Fair



Safety Meeting
May 21, 2012

This morning at work I led the safety talk, and we watched a clip from the office. Watch Video. Among other things we learned that fires do not shoot guns and not to throw animals throught the ceiling tiles. :)

Deep Fried Strawberries



Strawberry Festival
May 19, 2012

This afternoon I checked out the Strawberry Festival in Galt. Sort of like a mini-fair with junk food, carnival games and rides. The live music was the best.

Deep Fried Strawberries

Animal Petting Area

Carnival Rides

McBride Brothers



Par 3 Golfing
May 13, 2012

I went golfing with my mom and dad on a par 3 golf course this Mother's Day weekend. I shot a 30, which included 2 birdies, and only one 5! Really fun, I should do this more often.

Par 3 Golfing



Thunder Valley Casino
May 5, 2012

For Cinco De Mayo, I went to Thunder Valley Casino with Tim and Lily. Why travel to Vegas when we got TVC?

Thunder Valley Casino



JavaScript Final
April 27, 2012

Today at noon I traveled over to CRC to take my JavaScript final. This was a 3 unit course which was a great compliment to what I'm working on at work. I also took a 4 unit PHP class this semester which finished a few weeks prior. I look forward to taking more classes come fall semester. I especially like the online classes, due to the scheduling flexibility. I might take one class during the summer, but there aren't too many classes offered.

JavaScript Quick Start



Earth Day
April 22, 2012

Today I went with a friend to Southside Park to visit the Sacramento Earth Day event happening from 11-5. There was a strong vegetarian and eco-friendly crowd, as well as live music.

Earth Day Sacramento 2012



Green Smoothie Demo
April 20, 2012

This evening i attended a talk, demo and free sampling of green smoothie, by "Green Smoothie Girl." It's basically this lady who makes smoothies, and gives talks, and sells books and travels around the country. I can't say I learned very much at the talk, but it was entertaining and fairly well attended, probably more than 200 people. The event was held in the auditorium at McKinley Park downtown.

Green Smoothie Diet



Zoo Zoom
April 15, 2012

This morning I participated in the "Sacramento Zoo Zoom" 5k and 10k fun run. In all honesty I wasn't planning to do this event. Long story short I ended up running both the 5k and 10k because they started the 10k an hour after the 5k. Fantastic course and great weather and friends.

Sacramento Zoo Zoom

Sacramento Zoo Zoom



Comedy Sportz
April 6, 2012

Comedy Sportz is an comedy improv place in Sacramento I've been to a couple times now. Very goofy, very funny, and very creative.

Comedy Sportz



Hawaiian Shirt Friday
March 24, 2012

Our office manager at work is big on Hawaiian shirts on Friday. Despite these shirts only costing $5 at the Goodwill Store (see picture below), I plan to wear my one and only Hawaiian-ish shirt each Friday until someone notices I only have one.

Hawaiian Shirt Friday



Disco Bowling
March 17, 2012

After taking the final in my PHP class I celebrated this Friday with a little bowling and Catan with friends.

Disco Bowling



Redding Weekend
March 3, 2012

I spent this weekend up near Redding. I vistited McArthur Burney Falls, Shasta Dam, Whikeytown and Sundial Bridge.

Redding Weekend

Here I in fron to of the Falls


Redding Weekend

Redding Weekend

A Lake Downstream of the Dam


Redding Weekend

The Falls from a Higher Vantagen Point.


Redding Weekend

Sundial Bridge at Night


Redding Weekend

River Downstream of Shasta Dam


Redding Weekend

In Front of Shasta Dam, Lake, and Mountain


Redding Weekend

Redding Weekend



Beer Week
March 1, 2012

During Beer Week I discovered this chrome horse in Sacramento. Booya!

Tim and Horse



Auburn Hiking
February 20, 2012

Since I got President's Day off as a Holiday from work I spend a few hours this afternoon hiking up near Auburn, CA. Beautiful place to be.

auburn hiking



Kings Game
February 12, 2012

This evening I went to the Sacramento King's basketball game, to celebrate my birthday.

Kings Game



Amazon Recommendation
January 29, 2012

January marks the first month I've sold more than 10 copies of my book Surveying Practice Problems. Although I am thrilled by this fact alone, I am even more exicted by the fact that my book shows up as a "recommended book" on the Amazon sales page of another popular surveying book, "Surveying Principles for Civil Engineers."

Currently I'm only on the fifth page of recommendations, but I expect to increase my position with time, and I expect to show up as a recommended book for other surveying books.

One last thing I like is that in the second image below, my book is positioned between two other books which both cost more than 5 times the cost of my book. Haha, yea, good luck guys!

Amazon Recommendation

Surveying Practice Problems. Although I am thrilled by this fact alone, I am even more exicted by the fact that my book shows up as a "recommended book" on the Amazon sales page of another popular surveying book, " Amazon Recommendation



Cosumnes River College
January 20, 2012

Today marks the first day of my class at Cosumnes River College. I'm taking a course on PHP and MySQL. My book for the class came in the mail yesterday and I think I'm going to really like this class!

Cosumnes River College Book Cover



Jim Monroe
January 18, 2012

This evening I get to meet Jim Monroe. Jim teaches a civil PE exam review class in the Sacramento area, and was interested in using my surveying book as part of his upcoming class. The least I could do was buy him dinner. Find out more about Jim's class at Civil PE Review . Com

Civil PE Review



GEI's New Office
January 9, 2012

Today marks the first day at our new office here at GEI. We only moved a quarter mile away from the old office building. The building can easily be seen from Highway 50, and rumor has it that the company name will be added on the side of the building.

Building

Fountain



The Saddle Rack
January 1, 2012

I went to a New Year's Eve Party at the Saddle Rack, in Fremont. This place is well known for it's country line dancing, but on this night they covered a number of top pop songs instead. Had a blast.

The Saddle Rack

The Saddle Rack



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