the Trash vitae

Trash is the editor-in-chief of an independent Colorado micro-publisher/ design studio. I dabble in digital photography, the lost art of film image making, and guerilla digital video. DrMAC Studios specializes in books and videos on self-reliance, gardening, dumpster diving, urban foraging and living off the excesses of others.
This blog documents my daily experiences with the rest of the world

Sunday, November 3, 2013

fall update

Now that the harvest, as small as it is, is in and things are settling down quite a bit for a long winter rest I finally have the time needed to rekindle my blog.. 
After spending the summer on numerous geek projects I now have the time and some energy to reconvene with my readers and catch up on the activities.
Facebook followers, Instagram followers  and numerous friends I have acquired this summer are leading me to the fall and winter slumber.
Summers are always busy time for old Trash. CLients use the summer months to upgrade their systems and technologies and that keeps old Trash busy. This summer was exceptionally busy. Lots of high dollar , high energy projects.
I have also delved more fervently into social media. WHile I got burned out doing videos weekly I also found Instagram for a quick fix of sharing and caring. Thru there I have increased my activity in the pipe communities and am working with a few other geek friends on rekindling the www.pipes.org website. While not a paid gig it is more of a labor of love for the lifestyle I have been involved in for over 40 years.  GO one over and pay a visit  here
Work in Babylon has also changed. I am still doing R and D and tech advising and tinkering but alot of my trivial work will now be done by the younger slaves. Giving me more time to meander and tinker. Both of which I love to do.
It is also time to prepare for winter around the stead. Gather supplies, collect project materials, etc.
The old studio is now a shambles as I am attempting to create a workshop out there for wood working projects long overdue. I hope to keep ya updated as I work thru this mess.
Good Sunday

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

a real long time

Oh yes it has been.
June 25 was my last post here so I presume everyone thinks I must have benn picked up by the guys in the black cars. Not so. I have been writing and devoting some time to my YouTube Channel over at drmacstudios.  I have been building quite a following since I began delving into the niche of pipe smoking.
Something I have been doing for over 30 years. Apparently the video world thinks old Trash has something to say. Ya''ll ought to take a look.
Anyhow life is SAMO SAMO on the homestead. Garden, self-sufficiency, dumpstering etc. All part of the day to day at the homestead.
I finished the GOod Lief Lab and working on the review. I am hoping to see Wendy and Mikey on Thursday at the Tattered COver LODO when they make a book stop here. I was rather impressed with the work and would suggest you all pick up a copy. A very worthwhile read.  

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

summertime blues


Since the last time I updated on fathers day I have been quite busy in both labs and attempting to keep the gardens from wilting and my compost from turning to clay. It has not been easy. But thus far it has been sucessful.

The gallery  surveillance gig is going well as well as several other  small projects I have been doing. Worked all day this past Saturday and came home and crashed on Sunday. Too much to do at the lab.  I am going to attempt a disconnect next week for a few days to regather and realign myself . We shall see how it goes.

In the meantime I keep pushing forward on projects and todo's. Hope y'all are doing well in this summertime season.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

fathers day cherry rant

"I am tired of doom, lets smoke pipes, garden, and make things" should be my new catchphrase. Slow down a bit and dont get caught up in the hoopla.  Keep your calm, be smart and be prepared. BUt relax a bit.


I have been working on many projects lately. Not just just in my labs but for clients now too. Cant complain though because they keep me in baccy and pipes.. SO much better than 40 years of cigarettes. I should have done this earlier.  Except for 2 of Mrs T's smokes last week I have not had a cigarette in almost 2 months.  I am coming to realize that I just like to smoke. It is both relaxing and therapeutic for me. My latest endeavor in my passion for pipes has been the search for the best cherry tobacco.
Summertime is fruit time. Sweet and fruity tasting baccy. I started with Strawberry Fields from Tewkies. Not bad. I then went to Jerris Black Cherry. Again not bad. A little light on the cherry. Without going to OTC brands I was in Jerri's on Friday and he had put out some Cherry Cavendish..  Dam it smelled like cherry.. I have been smoking the shit out of it this weekend.  In several different pipes. Tastes good in all thus far. A nice light sweet summer smoke that I can handle as an all day baccy in the rotation. While I am not saying that my hunt is over I can say I can slow down a bit.

On another note. I have been a disciple of the Nearing's (Helen and Scott) for many decades now. SO when online friends over at holy scrap , Wendy and Mikey came out with a book The Good Life lab I had to see it . My review copy came this past Friday and I hope to have a review of it up within a week or so. They are currently away from TorC and on a book tour so you might check em out. Tell em old Trashdigger sent ya. They are scheduled to be in Denver and Boulder in August and I def will be there.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Its been a while

... since i posted here. I have been busy planting the gardens, upkeeping the gardens, working on special projects in the home lab and spending alot of time working on projects at the babylon lab. I have been making videos on my youtubechannel drmacstudios about pipe smoking and the lifestyle.
Just in cas anyone thinks that I have gone away. I have not.

Today is the first day I have been able to do a quick update here as my coffee is brewing (2nd pot) and my babylonian machines are doing necessary updates. Phun phun. Hope all is well with everyone and I should be able to get on a better schedule now. Here is last weekends video for your enjoyment.


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

tuesday morning nirvana

It is tuesday morning 515am and I have already smokes 2 bowls of Jeri's blend in old reliable and have drank 2 cups of olJoe.  I awoke this morning after the hot day yesterday and watched the current episode of Orphan Black. Last night I further endowed myself into the pleasures of Spotify .

Listening to an array of musical delights from Keef, Kiss, the stones etc I was nicely removed from the reality of this fucked up society and transported into the audiophile foreplay of classic music. Just about anything you could want to listen to is available out there. I found some Keef that I had never heard and was thoroughly entranced by the quality of the sound for a streaming audio. Good stuff. This site is worthy of further discovery.

Also this past weekend I was able to download onto ibooks a copy of the new ru serious biography of Timothy Leary. Another good ready. So good in fact that I started the book at 430 am and had devoured the contents before 9am. It was a very enlightening  read filled with anecdotes, philosophy and even a few legitimate tin foil hat stories. you can download the book here for free.  The download worked direct from the ipad so no transporting needed. Check it out.

On the homefront, the second planting of mescaline lettuce is sprouting as are the peas and taters. More to come in the next update.


Sunday, May 12, 2013

SUnday video

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