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
Well the warmth is over. TOday it reached a high of 9 degrees..tomorrow it supposed to be colder. got smokes and beer and rations for the duration. Enjoying the internet nand a cuppla movies on the puter.
a great little video that shows that it is possible to ride in winter. D'uh I been doing it for decades.. long johns or thermal pants from Wallieworld and a thermal jacket make for a nice warm feeling. Under the camos and arks if real cold. Rubber swim shoes or military boots are great also. And thermal gloves under the ragg wool mittens.. And please dont forget the water. You dehydrate quicker in winter.. I have two spots on the dumpie bike. One for water and the other for coffee or other imbibement.. yum
If ya can get away from listenin to Pres Assclown tune into 98.5 FRO up in Oly.for Trash sons radio show.. Good shit for a cold night. Classic rock, blues and new stuff.. All from DJ Neil.. Listen in if ya can. Alot better than listenin to Prez Assclown lie to ya some more. Electric cars are uselss when the grid goes down.. We need to start depending on bikes and mass transit in the future. local commerce etc. And homegrown dependence..
While I did put together a video yesterday I also went for a stroll over to the Safie to peruse the day old bakery and just recently expired meats.. I am also noticing that with the influx of the Hispanic and Middle Eastern populations in our neck of the woods I am also seeing larger selections of cuts of meat and staples I had grown unaccustomed too. While I enjoy these delicasies I will also be expecting them to show up more in the sale rack and in the backdoor shop. yumyum As for the backdoor shopping I was able to acquire some overripe blood oranges, a package of dates and some gourmet deli cheeses and brie that I can snack on .. While inside I noticed the prices of the found items and when I arrived home I told Mrs T that I just spent about 30 bucks on gourmet cheeses.. She nearly hit me. yumyum And the cost was free.. We enjoy dumpie finds..
After spending a peaceful morning at the lab I went for an afternoon walk over to the capitol and to the bookstore. Along the way I saw a rally being held for abolishing the ban on pitbulls in Denver. NOw properly trrained and bred I have not a prob with pits. My eldest son has one and I have heard of no probs. As I walked up to the capitol the pro-lifers were out in force.. Must be the new elected officials.. I would tell all the SOBS to stop depending on the guvt and declare yourself a citizne of Trashland or whatever you name your stead.. F the guvt and their BS. Anyhow around 3 i picked up my voice mails and there was a drama call from Mrs T telling me about a water leak and how to shut the water off. Remind me to show them again how to do that. I came home and the water was still on. She could not remember . FOrtunately I checked the water heater and no leak. I checked the faucet and no leaks. SO I went to check the meter and it was spinning slowly. SO water was running somewhere.. SO I checked the bathroom toilets and lo and behold the wifes toilet was running. Apparently she flushed it and it didnt stop. Yet the next time she flushed it it must have unstopped yet it was still drawing water. So a little fix and waalaa the water meter stopped running.. Catastophe avoided for now..But it was good to get out of the lab and come home early on a Friday afternoon...
I have come to the conclusion that the wise man was right "Those who can do, work" Those who cant work,teach" "Those who cant do either, get Phd's." While there are exceptions there are plenty of practicers.Having spent several meetings with these people i begin realize that there is a reason they call it the terminal degree. Once accomplished you are a useless creature and as one humorist put it, a pimple on the butt of society. I think i will rather stay an educated philosopher and practicer of the art of living. Living off the excesses and benefitting heavily from the stupidity of others.
On Monday I finally entered the second half of my life and have realized that I still have alot of things to accomplish before I too become the fertilizer for the next following generations. Looking back one of the most prominent characters that have been a mentor to me was my dear old friend Dr Harry Wolper. A creation of the author Jeremy Leavin. I acquired many years ago an autographed copy of the book and it has been a prominent display and reread several times. I also have the VHS and will be looking for a torrent of the film to add to the e-library. BUt Dr Wolper is a major influence to the Trash psyche. I have used quotes of his many times over the years and his place remains both permanent and pertinent in the Trash life choice.
The week in Babylon was hell.But now it is over and the weekend is here. Warmer weather is supposed to take hold for a few days. It will give me a chance to get some things done around the homestead. The illegal snow water gathering tanks need to be drained down a bit as they are full from the snowmelt. Hopefully I will be able to get a video up this weekend as it is supposed to be in the 50s during the day and in the 20s at night. Let us hope.
The snow and cold has finally lifted and it is supposed to get warmer for the weekend. I took several walks in the snow to get some much needed exercise and enjoyed every minute of it. We have been eating alot of carbs and proteins in order to stay awake and focussed. Soups, stews, and homemade chinese food become staples in cold weather. The kids are starting to get some cabin fever and should wander outside as the weather warms a bit. Even the cats have been itchin to get outside and enjoy the sun and the frolicking in the melting snow. A couple of them have even wandered out thru the secret entrance created just for them. Hope y'all are doing well and I will have a video ready shortly.. Enjoy the day
Spent yesterday morning on the dumpie bike heading over to the Safie and The Wallie before the snow falls. Needed some coffee, bread, and some extra staples. Besides its always nice to take a walk on the weekend and enjoy the nature around. It must have started last night after 11 because that was when I went outside to enjoy the stars and added some nitrogen flow to the compost. Excellent moisture and cold weather for the next cuppla days. Well I gave MRs T the netbook as an early birhday regift as I am realizing that something a bit bigger with camera and the like is what is needed. I am on the prowel for a newer 15 in or 17 in MBPro or the like. The junques Franken machine Toshiba laptop with cam is ok for now. Anyhow there wont be a video this Sunday as usual as the studio outside is a tad cold for one and I am gathering research for the topic I want to briefly discuss. More this next week. Hope all is well with you and yours and send me some feedback if you want to.
My son sent this article to me this morning and it got me thinking... and laughing... Enjoy and happy Friday.. thanx junior
Huffington Post recently put up a story called You're Out: 20 Things That Became Obsolete This Decade. It's a great retrospective on the technology leaps we've made since the new century began, and it got me thinking about the difference today's technology will make in the lives of tomorrow's kids. I've used some of their ideas and added some of my own to make the list below: Do you think kids born in 2011 will recognize any of the following?
Video tape: Starting this year, the news stories we produce here at Money Talks have all been shot, edited, and distributed to TV stations without ever being on any kind of tape. Not only that, the tape-less broadcast camera we use today offers much higher quality than anything that could have been imagined 10 years ago -- and cost less than the lens on the camera we were using previously.
Travel agents: While not dead today, this profession is one of many that's been decimated by the Internet. When it's time for their honeymoon, will those born in 2011 be able to find one?
The separation of work and home: When you're carrying an email-equipped computer in your pocket, it's not just your friends who can find you -- so can your boss. For kids born this year, the wall between office and home will be blurry indeed.
Books, magazines, and newspapers: Like video tape, words written on dead trees are on their way out. Sure, there may be books -- but for those born today, stores that exist solely to sell them will be as numerous as record stores are now.
Movie rental stores: You actually got in your car and drove someplace just to rent a movie?
Watches: Maybe as quaint jewelry, but the correct time is on your smartphone, which is pretty much always in your hand.
Paper maps: At one time these were available free at every gas station. They're practically obsolete today, and the next generation will probably have to visit a museum to find one.
Wired phones: Why would you pay $35 every month to have a phone that plugs into a wall? For those born today, this will be a silly concept.
Long distance: Thanks to the Internet, the days of paying more to talk to somebody in the next city, state, or even country are limited.
Newspaper classifieds: The days are gone when you have to buy a bunch of newsprint just to see what's for sale.
Dial-up Internet: While not everyone is on broadband, it won't be long before dial-up Internet goes the way of the plug-in phone.
Encyclopedias: Imagine a time when you had to buy expensive books that were outdated before the ink was dry. This will be a nonsense term for babies born today.
Forgotten friends: Remember when an old friend would bring up someone you went to high school with, and you'd say, "Oh yeah, I forgot about them!" The next generation will automatically be in touch with everyone they've ever known even slightly via Facebook.
Forgotten anything else: Kids born this year will never know what it was like to stand in a bar and incessantly argue the unknowable. Today the world's collective knowledge is on the computer in your pocket or purse. And since you have it with you at all times, why bother remembering anything?
The evening news: The news is on 24/7. And if you're not home to watch it, that's OK -- it's on the smartphone in your pocket.
CDs: First records, then 8-track, then cassette, then CDs -- replacing your music collection used to be an expensive pastime. Now it's cheap(er) and as close as the nearest Internet connection.
Film cameras: For the purist, perhaps, but for kids born today, the word "film" will mean nothing. In fact, even digital cameras -- both video and still -- are in danger of extinction as our pocket computers take over that function too.
[Minivans Making a Comeback]
Yellow and White Pages: Why in the world would you need a 10-pound book just to find someone?
Catalogs: There's no need to send me a book in the mail when I can see everything you have for sale anywhere, anytime. If you want to remind me to look at it, send me an email.
Fax machines: Can you say "scan," ".pdf" and "email?"
One picture to a frame: Such a waste of wall/counter/desk space to have a separate frame around each picture. Eight gigabytes of pictures and/or video in a digital frame encompassing every person you've ever met and everything you've ever done -- now, that's efficient. Especially compared to what we used to do: put our friends and relatives together in a room and force them to watch what we called a "slide show" or "home movies."
Wires: Wires connecting phones to walls? Wires connecting computers, TVs, stereos, and other electronics to each other? Wires connecting computers to the Internet? To kids born in 2011, that will make as much sense as an electric car trailing an extension cord.
Hand-written letters: For that matter, hand-written anything. When was the last time you wrote cursive? In fact, do you even know what the word "cursive" means? Kids born in 2011 won't -- but they'll put you to shame on a tiny keyboard.
Talking to one person at a time: Remember when it was rude to be with one person while talking to another on the phone? Kids born today will just assume that you're supposed to use texting to maintain contact with five or six other people while pretending to pay attention to the person you happen to be physically next to.
Retirement plans: Yes, Johnny, there was a time when all you had to do was work at the same place for 20 years and they'd send you a check every month for as long as you lived. In fact, some companies would even pay your medical bills, too!
Mail: What's left when you take the mail you receive today, then subtract the bills you could be paying online, the checks you could be having direct-deposited, and the junk mail you could be receiving as junk email? Answer: A bloated bureaucracy that loses billions of taxpayer dollars annually.
Commercials on TV: They're terrifically expensive, easily avoided with DVRs, and inefficiently target mass audiences. Unless somebody comes up with a way to force you to watch them -- as with video on the Internet -- who's going to pay for them?
Commercial music radio: Smartphones with music-streaming programs like Pandora are a better solution that doesn't include ads screaming between every song.
Hiding: Not long ago, if you didn't answer your home phone, that was that -- nobody knew if you were alive or dead, much less where you might be. Now your phone is not only in your pocket, it can potentially tell everyone -- including advertisers -- exactly where you are.
I was able to listen to Jrs radio show last night. SO I guess the evening wasnt all bad. He played alot of old blues and old rock before he went on to the new scream music. Ala in all an enjoyment. While home the wife made roast cow and taters and spinach. yumyum. I thoroughly enjoy her cooking. She is my best friend. Now its back to Babylon. SOSDD
I was gonna do a new years video until I saw this one.. He says it better than I ever could. Thnax to my buddy MD for sharing it. This is the reason you gotta keep up the preppin and collectin. We dont want no f'n Socialism in the USA. Both sides would love it because they would control the population and prevent the freedoms to which we are entitled. STOP THEM NOW.. Everyday and in every way possible.
Owning a homestead is not an easy thing. There is constant work and upkeep. The notion of be prepared is foremost. A well stocked pantry is important. But just as important is a well stocked tool and supply closet. Along with hand tools and the usual nuts and bolts an array of plumbing parts, electrical parts, etc should be stocked and kept up to date. For instance I have a water heater that occasionally the plastic connectors spring a leak. Rather than have water running or turning the water off I have come prepared to keep a few extra around in the supply closet along with some extra Pex pie and other couplings. This saves downtime. I also have become prudent in cleaning the furnace filter and the mechanism about once a month during the winter in order that we ensure heat when in winter. Besides the woodstove and assorted candles I am prepared for just about anything t.hat historically will go wrong.
As we begin 2011 with a bang. We finally got snow and cold here at the homestead. 4 inches, while nothing to get ecstatic about, is better than nothing. The high yesterday was at 12. Trash walked about 4 miles in the winter boots and enjoyed every minute. Snow and cold wind upon ones face is quite refreshing. Better news yet, when the daughter brought home the mail from the box the seed catalogs are arriving.. Hi HO HiHo its getttin close to seed starting time already. My gosh where has this winter gone.. Oh yeah it just got here.. hahaha Anyhow one of the new things i am playing with is a sound program called Audacity and a web based program called audio boo. I posted a test recording over on the other blog www.norealchoice.blogspot.com . Go have a listen. I will also be working on a video for tomorrow. Stay tuned