Archive for March, 2009

Topslakr’s Tweet’s for 2009-03-29

March 29th, 2009

  • I have officially run out of Podcasts to listen to/watch. I am out, nothing new at all. I guess I better start looking for more! #
  • Crazy number of hits on my webpage today. I’m almost at 1000 page views which is already 5x more then I usually get a day… No idea why… #
  • I have a git card at Ritz Camera and I’m trying to find a lens they carry.. and that I want. We’ve moved on to special orders… #
  • Off to look at some hatching chickens! Spring is happening.. though.. it’s only in the 20’s here today in New Hampshire. #
  • Hrm. I seem to have just become a database admin. SQL Server here I come! :: Gulp :: #
  • After a surprise 90 minute phone meeting…. I need some lunch! #
  • Uhm, pretty much assumed this was the case already. Frightening… http://is.gd/oKkx #
  • As per usual, my Boston day has begun with a BANG! The day is supposed to end at a chicken seminar though.. Looking forward to that! #

Starting a Video Podcast…

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.

Topslakr’s Tweet’s for 2009-03-22

March 22nd, 2009

  • After what was a pretty good day, it’s time to hit the hay. Next week is looking up so far, I could use a good week! #
  • Might be pruning apple trees next weekend. Could make a could starting point for my gardening/small holding podcast… lots to think about #
  • Ha! I sent a joke B-day greeting to a friend’s dog…. and lost 2 followers. Can’t say I blame them! #
  • I am tired of hearing about the recession everywhere. I know it’s happening and I’m watching it, but not every podcast needs to discuss it! #
  • Looks like my camcorder will be here Wednesday. Excellent. #
  • I really hate office politics. Can’t I just do my job? Please? If you have time for these petty problems, you don’t have enough work. #
  • Dropped off three rolls of film this afternoon to be developed. I meant to drop them off this AM for afternoon pick but…. life happens! #

A.I.G. Sues US for $306 Million, so what?

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)

Grow Your Own, Season 2

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.

Topslakr’s Tweet’s for 2009-03-15

March 15th, 2009

  • A beautiful snowy morning. The work week has begun, but it’s always easier to start the day next to a nice fire. #
  • Hmm, It seems I’ve crossed the ‘1000’ tweet mark. Here is Tweet #1000: (Not a great one…) http://twitter.com/topslakr/status/1295161999 #
  • Wow, crazy to read back through 51 pages of tweets listed here on Twitter. I should find some way to export them into a journal. #
  • I should have eaten more dinner. It’s 10Pm and I am starving! #
  • Excellent praise team rehearsal this week. Positive things happen in the midst of a process that can be very dangerous: Adding a new person. #
  • Apple Store: Back online. Looks like new iPod Shuffles… that talk to you? Seems to help with navigation. Interesting. #
  • As each day goes by.. I yearn ever more for a shiny new Mac Pro. As soon as hell freezes over, I plan to buy one 🙂 #

I like 35mm film, and I’m not ashamed.

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.

Topslakr’s Tweet’s for 2009-03-08

March 8th, 2009

  • I am so excited!!!! River Cottage has arrived!!! http://twitpic.com/1suzw #
  • Very interesting new stuff from Apple this morning. Not sure if I’m happy with it all. New Mac Pros are… interesting… #
  • Firewire 400.. is just gone. Across the line… No current Mac has a Firewire 400 Port. #
  • Tasty fried rice for lunch. It’s leftover velcro. I took a pork chop, corn, green beens and rice that were in the fridge, fried em up: Voila #
  • I should have chopped the green beans, too long to fit on my spoon! #
  • It’s official. My Mac Mini is dead. I can’t even get it to turn on any more. It’s a lost cause 🙁 #
  • Just replaced the Hard drive on my Aluminum iMac. Talk about a stress! All seems well. Doing some final disk testing now! #
  • Waiting at church for a friend, then off to cantata rehearsal. It’s her week to be late, but it looks like she be on time instead! #

Twitter Updates for 2009-03-02

March 2nd, 2009

Twitter Updates for 2009-03-01

March 1st, 2009

  • Time for bed. Lots to do in the AM, esp considering I spent almost all of today doing absolutely nothing. Was excellent for a change! #
  • It’s March 1st and we are expecting 15″ of snow tonight. Excellent. I’ve just started a fire and am prepping for some serious relaxation. #