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Significant Noon-Snaps

Way back in March 2011 we fired up a small babycam-like webcam device, aimed it out the first-floor bathroom window at the driveway, and programmed the camera to email us short video clips of whatever moved in the field-of-view. Our initial intent was to have a way to keep a security-eye on our little ballot-box of a vacation home while we weren't on-site here.

Soon after that we figured out how to grab an image and save it, and FTP it up to the web site every interval (arbitrarily chosen to be 120 seconds - every 2 minutes), and we added the webcam page to the BallotBox web site, showing a near-real-time image from the Ballot Box, seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

Then we figured out out to archive the noon image to a hard drive, and that was the birth of the noon-snap feature!

Ten years of archived noon-snaps is bound to capture a few significant images... here are a few!

(click on any date to see the specific noon-snap... click on the resulting image to return to this page)

02 Jul 2011 - The BallotBox webcam comes online; first noon-snap ever
16 Jul 2011 - First archive photo of our lawn-mower guy
17 Jul 2011 - Gene doing yard work
24 Jul 2011 - First appearance of the test stakes for the picket fence
05 Aug 2011 - Picket Fence gets installed
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25 Mar 2012 - String marking potential garden that didn't get built
27 May 2012 - Lobsterfeed parking and Gene with camera
30 May 2012 - Sarah's truck??
03 Sep 2012 - Gene digging underground pipe for garden watering system (that was never installed)
12 Sep 2012 - Hornet in mid-flight
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26 Oct 2013 - First webcan gets replaced... no longer blurry
08 Nov 2013 - Lynn hosts her first Fiber Friday
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03 Jan 2014 - Gene shoveling
04 Aug 2014 - first load of lumber for new deck delivered
15 Nov 2014 - Power outage reset camera, didn't get repositioned
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21 Feb 2015 - Audrey up for the weekend
24 Jul 2015 - First visit with the CX-5
28 Aug 2015 - Hosting Fiber Friday
01 Nov 2015 - Snow measuring stick gets attached to fence
29 Nov 2015 - Little Christmas Tree gets mounted to fence
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01 Jan 2016 - New outdoor camera mounted up under the eave
05 Apr 2016 - Mystery tripping of electric meter's switch, Seacoast Energy checking
29 May 2016 - Flag being hung and people arriving for Memorial Day Lobsterfest
18 Jun 2016 - Yard Work
03 Oct 2016 - Foliage visible
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07 Oct 2017 - Foliage visible
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02 Jan 2018 - Camera behind (icicle) bars
16 Apr 2018 - Looks like an underwater shot
17 Aug 2018 - Hosting Fiber Friday
24 Aug 2018 - Ron Terenzi (house renovation GC) here
17 Sep 2018 - Construction begins... power off until 26 Oct
27 Oct 2018 - Camera's back online, server date's messed up, Garage taking shape
03 Nov 2018 - Lost power again
10 Nov 2018 - Got one noonsnap in...
22 Nov 2018 - Power's back on
07 Dec 2018 - Front bump-out taking shape
19 Dec 2018 - Bump-out roof appears
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04 Jan 2019 - Garage getting roofing tiles
07 Jan 2019 - West side of garage roofed
10 Jan 2019 - Scaffolding for dormer replacements appear
16 Jan 2019 - Camera must've been bumped
07 Feb 2019 - Bump-out getting roofed
11 Feb 2019 - Webcam got removed (in the way) back 23 Oct 2019
23 Oct 2019 - Webcam back, aimed out office window. PODs are here!
04 Nov 2019 - Lost power because of wind storm tipping trees
05 Nov 2019 - Webcam drops hi-res, kicks into 640x480 mode
10 Nov 2019 - Webcam replaced with spare, back to hi-res
18 Nov 2019 - Big rocks delivered for possible use in the spring
23 Nov 2019 - I-Haul delivers last of the southern furniture with two U-Hauls
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28 Apr 2020 - Granite step-stone for front door deck gets delivered
19 May 2020 - Webcam gets mounted outside
29 May 2020 - Terra-forming of the yard begins...
09 Aug 2020 - Last day that the old deck was here...
03 Sep 2020 - Mark Ingraham here to survey lot lines (Mark & Gene by the trees)
16 Sep 2020 - First appearance of the Michael the horticulturist
30 Oct 2020 - Lynn's car is finally in the garage
22 Nov 2020 - New higher-res webcam replaces the failed older one
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06 May 2021 - Somehow we lost a Noon Snap under mysterious circumstances!
08 Jun 2021 - Pad for the new shed prepped
17 Jun 2021 - Goldsmiths visit
25 Jun 2021 - Turkeys on the shed pad
29 Jun 2021 - New shed delivered and in-place
03 Jul 2021 - Foleys visit
05 Jul 2021 - Work on the kidney-shaped garden begins
04 Aug 2021 - Kidney-shaped garden gets populated
12 Oct 2021 - The driveway gets paved
03 Dec 2021 - Quilter invasion
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11 Jan 2022 - Odd Triplet image arrangement
02 Mar 2022 - First Sienna sighting
22 Apr 2022 - Quilter Invasion
13 May 2022 - Far field reclamation begins

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