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

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Sunday meander

This last week has been hell. With classes starting we have been prepping the faculty machines and dealing with the issues the semester beginning  brings. So I have had barely enough time to maintain the garden. Its been a helluva  summer.

I started cleaning out the unproductive beds this weekend and turned  some fresh manure and compost into the soil in order to maybe have some fall crops of broccoli, peas and greens. We can only hope. Depends how this week goes.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Thursday morning

The world around you is a giant laboratory just waiting for you to experiment with it. Develop hypotheses. Develop the experiments. Sample the specimens. Manipulate their surroundings. Move things around for research. FAIL. Try again. Success is 99 percent failure. Keep failing. For only then will you succeed.
I am beginning to wonder whether that was the original intent of the Creator. Giving each of his creations the power to tend his own garden, till his piece of soil, and create the immediate surroundings that satisfies his needs and gives him the ability to experiment. I am believing this to be worthy of further pondering. Both as a scientist and a curious explorer.
Anyhow Max is enjoying accompanying me more and more as we travail around the area on what are becoming almost daily jaunts. Need to oil his chain and lube the gears again. I have abuse Max and its time to handle the err. Max is a good companion.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

the outdoor office

After reading an article in Treehugger this morning about the office being in your pants I realized that he is so yesterday. I have been working from wherever i want for years now.
In the old days we were tied to our desktop and ethernet cable. Laptops were a luxury item and wireless was not even a thought. Now laptops are becoming the desktop and tablets and smartphones are the portable devices of choice. As their reliability and capabilities improve more and more of us will be joining their ranks.
One of the issues I see is power. If and when the grid goes down as it recently did in India a new source of power generation will be be needed as will a new communication standard need to be developed. Inbred solar chargers will need to be developed for these devices as a standard option and not just a third part aftersell.
3g 4g and wireless hotpsots etc are wonderful when the comm grid is reliable but what happens when that goes down. How will communication exist. What can be done? Satellites too are unreliable in the face of meltdown. Have you given any thoughts to it ?

Sunday meandering

Walked over to the Wallie world yesterday and saw this again. Out here in the boonies art is rare, except on the ditch wall. There is plenty of beginner art there. Some might say its vandalism. But to me the real vandalism exists where the PTB contaminates nature with fake aesthetics, This just makes the fake more tolerable. thanx.
This is real aesthetic. Isnt she pretty. Or is it a he.. Who cares. Nature is wonderful.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Friday post

For the past several mornings I have seen a mural across the railroad tracks from my train stop, so this afternoon I walked over there with my camera and took some photos. The faces in the mural is a combo of Diego Rivera and Basquiat. Rather exciting.

So glad to see some color down here

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

walkin' in the rain

Its only Wednesday but I was able to walk barefoot in the rain several times today. Once earlier this afternoon on the way to the tobacconist and then again from the bus stop to the house. Steppin in puddles along the way. Such a simplistic pleasure it is. Smokin the pipe and steppin in the puddles.. Life is good. I came home this evening and the garden was soaking in the moisture of the heavenly water. Irradiated as it may be. But alas its better than the purified crap that emanates from the treatment plant down the road. Water is a precious resource that many of us take for granted but shouldn't. It is the most vital element of our ecosytem. And yet the majority wastes it, abuses it and think nothing of it. Anyhow ol Trash is working on several projects right now so the weekly videos got put on the back burner again for a short time. But some of thes other projects are taking precedent. More later.