Topslakr March 29th, 2009
Topslakr March 23rd, 2009
I’m preparing to go out on a limb here. I’ve ordered a camcorder, some various bits of kit and I plan to embark on a project to create compelling footage that is both entertaining and informational about… farming on a small scale. I just might be crazy.
I believe that producing a substantial amount of your own food will be easy and not take a tremendous amount of time. Based on this I am going to try and document my process to do just that and will publish my findings for all the world to see, even if I’m wrong. I don’t want to post some clips of me pulling weeds or looking at a gathered information about time spent per day ect, I want to talk about my process, the costs, the reasons, and how it turns out. Read more... (1010 words, estimated 4:02 mins reading time)
Topslakr March 22nd, 2009
Topslakr March 20th, 2009
I’m not an especially political person. I exersice my right to vote here in the US and I stay current with what is happening but I generally try to avoid political discussion. This story on the NYTimes though struck me so I thought I’d pass along my quick thoughts…
Take a look at this story, and then come back: A.I.G. Sues U.S. for Return of $306 Million in Tax Payments
Basically, to me it’s all ‘Blah Blah Blah’. I’m not a tax person and, who knows, maybe they are ‘owed’ money. I’m not going to discuss that end of things. I think it’s ridiculous for them to sue the government with the governments money, but that is neither here nor there. My thoughts here are, does that amount of money even matter at this point?
Follow along here, and check the math.
We have given them $200 Billion.
1% of $200 Billion is $2 Billion right? (2B x 100=200B)
.5% of $200 Billion is $1 Billion. (2B divided by 2 = 1B) Read more... (315 words, estimated 1:16 mins reading time)
Topslakr March 16th, 2009
Spring is begining to come upon us here in the northeast of America. Over the past few weeks we’ve seen some warm temps, climbing into the 60s; We have also seen about a foot of snow in the past 10 days or so. Here in New England, it takes spring a few weeks to really get a foot hold. As it approaches however my mind is increasingly focused on developing (growing, if you will), last years vegetable experiment.
Last year I took a small plot of land, only 4′ by 8′ and grew a few vegetables. It was small, it was simple and it took almost no time at all. Mistakes were made, things were learned, but more importantly, it reinforced my big ideas for how to live my life. Read more... (805 words, estimated 3:13 mins reading time)
Topslakr March 15th, 2009
Topslakr March 9th, 2009
If you look around the internet you will find what almost appears to be a bit of a film renaissance. People all over the internet are adding film back into their photography. It seems people are not abandoning digital for film, they are simply adding film to how they work. While the end result between digital and film are the same, pictures, they both have various strengths and weaknesses that can and should be exploited.
Digital is really great at a lot of things and I shoot 75% of my work on my Nikon D300. You can make thousands of tweaks to the camera, change the ISO speed at any time and can see what your shots look like right now. All of these things are really beneficial and if you are a professional out shooting a wedding or a fashion shoot these features make all the difference in the world. Read more... (874 words, estimated 3:30 mins reading time)