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

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

NOw its been a really long time.

Almost 2 years since i have posted anything here..  Where has the time gone.
In the past 2 years I have been delving into infosec as a sideline as well as the www.pipes.org website as a source of secondary income. Along with my full time government gig.
I also suffered a heart attack last June which required a quad bypass to get me back to normal.. Whatever that is. So I now live on meds and see useless doctors. I am also trying to eat better and get back to my gardening this spring. The beater bike has been restored somewhat and I am slowly able to ride again.
We are still living in old beater mobile home, the wife, 3 kids and now a little dog my daughter adopted.
During my recovery I was given a 42 in LED tv and a hacked Android streaming box to keep me entertained.  Having an affinity for old Sherlock Holmes and Science Fiction the Android has found me many hours of entertaining programming to keep me entertained. Thanx to my son who acquired this for me.
Hopefully I will be able to add things that interest me on here as time goes on and eventually get back to doing YouTube videos again. My studio is in disarray from the yeas of neglect. Hopefully that will change.
In the meantime I will be again posting somewhat regularly to this journal of my activities and hope the 56 readers are still out there.
Namaste




Friday, June 27, 2014

long time coming

It s been a real long time since last I posted.  I have been busy working on many other projects that have taken precedence..  www.pipes.org is one of those projects. As Is attempting to readjust the family homestead into a more mobile version.  While we are not there yet we are working diligently now that we have a few goals laid out.
 more to come if anyone is still reading this...

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.