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
After a couple of days of chilly weather (1st snow) and below freezing nights the weather is looking up. 60s for the weekend. I may be able to put some of the brought indoors plants outside for a little sun gathering. and some snow collecting for potted garden water. The barrels are placed so the snow will melt into them.. Almost as good as rain water. ON another note I went by the OWS Denver site yesterday on my way over to Babylon and the steadfast are hanging out pretty well. The numbers appear to be growing and the revolution is continuing. Where it needs to occur .. In the homes and in the streets.
Last night while the cable tv and internet was down I caught myself watching a movie on the hackpad. MIdnight in Paris.. good film about a young writer caught in the glam of being able to track back to 1920s paris every night after midnight.. Great little film Remind me of wanting to meet and shoot the shit Kerouac, Hemingway and Camus.. The quality was good and the size on the hackpad at full screen was wonderful. A good little invention this is
Ever since i found the old tablet that can be used for watching movies, writing short letters, surfin the net and reading books I have been looking for good programs. When I started the endeavor I downloaded the kindle app for MAC and it worked ok on my MAC for Kindle file extensions. However not all of the ebooks I want come in MOBI so i needed something else which would also work on the tablet. ROaming around the internet in the open source realm I found the ebook reader FBReader which is like the VLC for ebooks. It will recognize all extensions and read them nicely. And most of all its at Trashs favorite price free. I tested it out when reading the Keith Richards Autbio and I am using it to readt the New Steve Jobs Bio that was released yesterday and already avaiable in the library.. major score. SO now in one unit in my commuter bag I can surf, watch movies and videos and read the latest books. SOnds like the beginning of a nice fall/winter
As we go from the high volume activity of summer to the slowdown of the fall and into the laziness of winter I have picked up quite a few projects that I would like to accomplish. A return to reading books in both paper and the e-frontier. rebuiling and building some new monster machines for electronic scavenging. COnverting old tech into useable new tech. And of course more biking and walking while I scavenge for a sustainable motorized mode of transport.
I skateboarded as a youth and stopped in my late teens. I am thinking of taking it up again .. I was looking at long boards yesterday with the younger boy. He is in favor of it. I said if Lloyd can do it I can too
The worlds in revolt and my zuchinnis are growing nicely. Occupy: your homestead. Using modern technology I was chatting with my older son last night as he was preparing a fire in his stove to keep the house warm in WA. It was 45 degrees in the early evening. It was 78 here at the stead. The subject of the Occupy movement was on both our minds. I realized at that moment that the Occupy movement is not new. We have been doing it for years. Prepping, self-reliance, non-dependence from the corporate cloud is part of our psyche. As it should be. People are scared. Turn fear into strength by becoming more independent and self reliant. Get creative.. Remember success is 99 percent failure. Your homestead is your laboratory. Experiment.
I am totally in favor of all the protests going on around the world under the Occupy logo. BUt I would suggest taking it one step further. Occupy your homestead. Dont let corporate greed and capitalism and consumerism take you as a victim. You have a choice. Stop feeding the system and it will die.. eventually.. Strengthen your independence. The less you depend on the system the more you depend on yourself. The system doesnt like that. They thrive on your dependency. Lose that dependence.
Not only should our beaches be barefoot friendly but so should our sidewalks and streets. We came into this world barefoot and that is how we should travel. Granted when it snows we need shoes and boots and socks but we should remove them and be at one with nature.
Its been a while since i posted my dumpie finds.. On the way to the store to do some front door shopping and making a few bucks I hit the dumpie.. Picked up a cuppla golf shirts fancy stuff out of a nice plastic bag, appaently people moved. And a six pack of beer. My oh my free unopened beer is a treasure from heaven. Something to be savored.
Worked in the garden this morning. There are about 6-8 tomatos nicely formed just waiting to turn red and some fresh zuchs growing in the shadows. Ought to be real nice with some fresh greens in a cuppla weeks if this weather holds out. I am hoping so.
A few months ago I recd an autographed copy of Lloyds book Shelter and now word is out on his blog that the new book, pictured above has gone to the printer.. EXCELLENT.. I can hardly wait. Lloyd and his crew, including Lew have been an inspiration to old Trash for years, if not decades. It is something to consider.. How much space does one really need to live in and thrive in theis economy. A smaller footprint less waste and more efficient. Why did we get sold that mcMansions were the way to go and bigger is better. I dont believe it at all. Anyhow the lettuces are growing nicely and the chard is sprouting thru the warm soil. I love this time of year..