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

Thursday, April 28, 2011

green living

More and more I see stories being written for the yuppies to live green. Eco-friendly designers, etc. Bullshit. We get our clothes from the dumpies. Most of my tshirts have been free shwag from a certain computer company whose fruit symbol is everywhere. Our shoes come from garage sales or free boxes and occasionally from the Wallie World markdown trays. Even our jackets and winter coats are found.. Truly living off the excesses of others.
Food and shelter can be acquired cheap or free. I have done many posts on foraging and growing your own as well as backdoor shopping (freeganism). Shelter for most of us with families must be paid for. However suitable shelter can be had for low cost. MObile homes are wonderful alternatives. Low cost and low footprint.
Electric cars and electric transport are another fabrication. Walking or riding a bicycle will suffice. For travel public transport is essential.Besides if the grid does go down your electric vehicle better be big enough to live in. Cause it aint goin anywhere without power.
There is so much waste in this country. Green living requires only initiative and creativity to succeed. Do your part and don't buy into the hype that is sold to you.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

didnt get a video done today. too busy

I spent Easter Sunday working in the garden. PLanted some more seed trays. Replanted some seedlings and finally got around to diggin the new bed that Mrs T approved of during the week. We also took a walk to a vacant lot nearby and Mrs T grabbed some rocks for her garden and we created a bulb bed for some bulbs that we rescued from the abandoned lot. Like I always say free is a good price. The ties and lumber for the new bed were also "found".
Hope y'all had a good Easter and got to spent some time outside. With all the new plantings this rain that started about an hour or so ago is wonderful. There is something magical about god water. Peace.

Saturday, April 23, 2011


As any gardener or urban homesteader will realize after a few years a greenhouse is becoming more and more of an essential. While walking thru the Lowes this afternoon I saw this model for $199. I could prob make a few adjustments to it to solidify its useage here at the stead. But I will be contemplating it.

This is the type that I would like to have eventually . Stone on one side for solar reactivity and glass or poly for the other 3 sides for light. I would prob also want a desk, table and a small potbelly stove for heat.. But I can dream and eventually create the ideal.

rreal good video on permaculture

Friday, April 22, 2011

weekend plans

Well Mrs T has said the new bed location is fine so I begin digging this weekend and will start gathering soil for that bed and a ne bed in the front yard. Expanding production capability.
I have has some questions this week that I hope to answer in this weeks video message. As always if you have any questions or comments contact me.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Sunday, April 17, 2011

We are not alone

As always comments are welcome and appreciated. Enjoy

the new bed placeholder waiting for Mrs T to approve. Unfortunately she is laid up with back pain and will prob be for a few days. Alas

Friday, April 15, 2011

this video is the shiznit

a mesh of old skool and new.. kickass for a Friday Thanx to Lloyd Kahn and crew for sharing

Thursday, April 14, 2011

April flowers

I just love the quality of my cell phone camera in getting closeups.. and the camera phone fits in my pocket.. i love it.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

interesting Tuesday evening

I came home from Babylon this evening expecting to relax and listen to the sons radio show and converse with some of my online compadres. Well that is not quite how it went down.
Having listened to my buddys podcast over at thesurvivalpodcast.comwhere he talked of liberty and freedom I was roaming around youtube and became enamored with Ted Nugent video and interviews. Not one to watch much tv I was surprised with some of the thing he had to say..
I then was checking my email and I recieved a confirmation from Lloyd Kahns (lloyds blog) associate Lew that he had in fact mailed my autographed copy of Shelter today. His only request was that I place a review on Amazon or BN.. Which I will gratefully accomodate.
Lloyd has been an inspiration to me for decades and to have a copy of the book that started the movement of sustainability is an honor. Thanx again Lew

unexpected surprise at the Wallie World

Last night after wrapping up the video Mrs T had asked me to take a walk over to the WallieWorld for some cat food, and some of their Broasted Chicken.. While the CBA (cost/benefit analysis) on it is quite good ($7 for a cooked chicken) I have now realized something even better.. I was running late so I did not get over there until about 815 or so.. Apparently when the deli starts shutting down for the evening they mark the food down to sell it off rather than throw it away. So the 8 dollar chicken was marked down to $3.50. As well as the $6 chickens were marked down to $2.50.. In my haste I bought 3 of them instead of one.. For about the same price.. Triple the birds. An excellent deal.. Ya see it pays to shop the markdowns and clearance aisle..

Monday, April 11, 2011

Monday video

As always comments and opines are accepted.

Some Sunday pics

lettuce seedling
chive bed
pork chops on the bbq after a long day..

Saturday, April 9, 2011

I saw this this afternn on my way back from getting smokes and garlic bread for tonights cuisine. SPaghetti and turkey meat tomato sauce

Bring a tear to the eye.

Ya never quite know what kind of influence ya have on the kids until they surprise you. The other day I walked into the house and saw about 10 bottles of Apple Juice sittin on the floor in the kitchen. Apparently on of the daughters friends had gotten them with the WIC checks and the kid is alergic to Apple juice.. Guess what rather than throw it away my daughter became the new owner.. NOw it does have an effect on old Trash but alas.. It being put to use..
How many of your kids are follwing in your footsteps.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

A joyous week in Babylon

Didja ever wonder why the prices of a fresh raw chicken is about 6-8 bucks each. While the same chicken already roasted runs about 5=6 bucks. An interesting concept. Value added means price reduction.. Interesting thought. What brought this on. Well Mrs T decided she wanted roasted chicken sandies last night on rye with swiss cheese.. Well the roasted chicken at the market were cheaper than raw chickens of the same quality. Makes Mrs T job a tad easier..
Anyhow off to make some coffee and have a smoke or two before heading to Babylon

Monday, April 4, 2011

trees in bloom

One of the joys of Babylon are the trees and foliage...

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Sunday pics

one of the critters
the kitchen compost bucket
the lilacs are flowering in early April...

Some Sunday pics after the morning snow.. It is almost all melted. Spent the day working in stuff inside as it was a tad chilly outside.
Back to Babylon tomorrow.. Springtime in the Rockies

Sustainability for the present and future

My SUnday morning message.. and the buzzword for the week

Welcome to Amerikkka

If this doesnt piss you off.. And this is America..

Saturday, April 2, 2011

better than the Saturday Evening POst

You might be a Survivalist if...
check out this list for a good laugh

Saturday video test

Apparently the problem is user related. Darn modern technology. They the program is intuitive and easy.. Well t is now.. I was skipping a step or two but now its better