the gathering place for my rants and raves and discourses on the movement to sustainability based on the excesses of others
the Trash vitae
Trash is the editor-in-chiefof 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 specializesin 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
Thanx to my daughter, old reliable (my ancient 20gb ipod photo with the new battery I scavenged)now has some new headphones. The original MAC ones konked out years ago and I have been using $1.97 walmart specials since then. Apparently daughter "found" some somewhere and wrapped them in a nice box for dear ol Trash.. Many thanx.. I will use them proudly..
The morning started off pretty hectic but settled down as the morning wore on. I took a dumpie walk over to the Walgreens to get some bread and on the way checked out the dumpies. Apparently someone didnt like the GOdiva peppermint mocha coffee because I found a bag unopened back in a dumpie.. Grabbed it and continued on. Got the bread and came back. By then the kids were ready to open the goodies. Everyone seems happy. I made a pot of the coffee nd added a tad of the Kahlua creamer.. Hit the spot. I got a new wallet, a new thermal cap, a coffee mug, and a new pair of Ipod headphones for old reliable.. NOt a bad take. BTW its 55 degrees and sunny here in the Rockies
A few days ago when I posted about the free grubbins I picked up I also grabbed a few goodies to bring home at a later date. Well this morning I grabbed em and brought em home. Well one of the items, the lamp. The other item was purchased for $5 by a gut who just had to have it.. A plastic steerhead. Do we all remember reading by these little beauties I sure do. With a little cleanup and a new whick it will work just fine.
Well today at about 4 pm, the bosses said that Babylon is now officially closed for the semester break.. It happens every year and we get the week between Xmas and New Years off as Admin leave (paid). In reverence we give up the smaller holidays during theyear.. que sera sera. I made a few extra bucks this week settin up machines for the co-workers little kids and teenagers. Apparently mom and dad cant/ dont have time to get the new machines ready for under the xmas tree. So Trash can add a few bucks to the cigarette and booze fund for the holiday week. And share it with the Mrs and the kids with some unexpected crap under the festivus pole (clearance rack tree we have had about 10 years now. One of the poor kids had probs with his machine during finals week and asked if i coulod fix. I said of course. He said he couldnt pay until after the holidays I said the cost of the repair is a cuppla packs of smokes. They showed up today also. Darn good as I was down to the last couple. Anyhow I hope to be able to get a cuppla videos up this next week. The weather is supposed to be almost Springtime here in the Rockies. 40s and 50s during the day and DRY
the compost bin cooking nicely squash patch with new dirt and coffee grinds thrown on top And of course old reliable dumpie bike.. If the grid goes down I still have transportation and even if it doesn't I will always have a way to get stuff
After spending years using my 35mm film camera arrays, and having been hounded by an old buddy with regards to the wonders of digital image making I had finally invested in an old Olympus digital camera to experiment with. The price was right, FREE, bar for the cost of batteries. Having grown accustomed to it and also wanting to experiment with the candidness of on the fly digital cameras I invested $18 for the above camera phone. They offered 10 bucks in airtime with the phone so it was a good deal. The phone also has bluetooth capability so it can transfer the pics to either my netbook or my MAC with the push of the connect button. The fat that it is almost 3 megapixels is quite a feet and it is a flip design which makes it even better to fit in my pocket for spontaneous useage. I have it set for 640x480 resolution which is quite good for print and web .
Friday is almost here. Spent most of the day correcting errors in the lab and on other machines. NOt the worst I have ever see but not the easiest to remove. I have seen worse on Jrs machine but he makes them simple to remove. Anyhow another holiday party tomorrow afternoon and then off for the weekend. More goodies to take home for the Mrs and the kiddies. I love the hoiday season
We apparently got about 30-40 minutes of snow this afternoon at the homestead and i missed it. It was nothing more than damp roads and wet grass by the time I got home. Oh well. There is always next time. At least it is cooler this evening. IN the 30s.. YEA
I spent last evening in the lab working on a cuppla side projects and wishing that Frolympia would get back onine sao I could listen to the kids show on Tuesday nights. Alas it still is not up. I hope he reads this. Anyhow I deep froze the carrots and corn I picked up from the dumpie and put away the assorted hand tools I acquired also. I brought home some leftover sweets for the kids and Mrs T from the Babylonian holiday gathering. A joyous time was had however the crowd was too big for my claustrophobia. I sure hope that they give us some room when they tag us for the FEMA camps
Came across a family moving on the other night to a new abode and yet they leave the food from their fridge and freezer outside for the trashman.. Why would they do that? I talked to them and they are moving in town. SO why dont they take there grub. Who knows. But alas, I took some of the frozen veggies home and put them in the freezer for our useage. CArrots, Corn on the cob and more squash.. Good stuff
So unless I can fix it or acquire another one reasonably or cheap. The SUnday video will be down for an extended time as I cant afford one immediately. Hope y'all dont leave me cause I will continue to make this blog better and better. Here is my shadow in the ground
Besides being busy in Babylon I have also been busy at the stead and on side projects. Tuesday night I had to do a repair job on one of the connectors to the water heater as it had sprung a leak. Than I still have not been able to get a stable working build of Win 7 on my netbook. The webcam seems to conflict with the Bluetooth on the USB port. I have also been working on side projects keeping me in smokes, booze, free lunch and of course some cash. It all comes in handy around this time of year. Mrs T and I found a new Dollar store which we fond some real cool stuff for a buck. We are thinking of doing a dollar store Xmas this year for fun. Hopefully I will be able to get a webcam up for the weekend message. Hers to hoping it works.
I have been real busy this weekend enjoying the nature around us. I have taken some pics and will share them with y'all instead of the video. Hopefully a video will occur during the week. But unti then. Enjoy BTW I found these at the WallyWorld yesterday.. I hear that they are good is soups.
The last 2 days have been warm and dry up here at 5280. Holiday gathering(party) season has begun. And so has the leftover goodies coming home to the 'stead. On Thursday we had cake and ice cream for a colleague who was leaving. I brought home a cuppla pieces of cake and 4 gallons of good ice cream. 1 gallon of vanilla and a full 3 gallon tub of chocolate. That will be more than enough to last a cuppla weeks. Yesterday as a good deed one of my colleagues who do some work for brought me a 1 pound hamburger with all the accutriments and a large order of green chili fries. While I had alreadeosdy eaten lunch I refrigerated it and brought it home to the missus. Then in the afternoon we had one of many holiday gatherings and I was able to grab some leftover rasberry cheesecake slices, brownies, cookies and of course a free poinsettia plant.. Sugar high abound. Anyhow it appears that for some reason the Bluetooth adapter and the internal camera on the netbook do not cooperate with each other very well. So while I work out the kinks I wil be using another machine for bluetooth and savoring this one for the weekly videos and daily updates. Hope y'all dont mind