Sunday, December 20, 2009

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Sunday, November 29, 2009


They finally harvested all the corn! It took about 1 hour for them to harvest 7 acres - seemed fast to me. I keep getting stuck in the mud pit with our "tractor".

Sunday, November 22, 2009


The installation of the geothermal piping left a mighty mess.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Across the creek

It was 65 today so I decided to venture across the creek. I started by crossing on the highway and then just going onto an animal trail. I managed to find a nice little spring doing this.

However I quickly gave this up due to the large amount of thorny bushes. I believe most to be blackberry bushes which is nice in a way but not nice to walk through.

So I crossed the creek to get to the path I mowed last weekend. However crossing the creek is a bit of a challenge as both banks are 3-5 high.

So you have to find a place where you can get down into the creek, walk a way in the water, and then go up the other side. Not so easy, especially when surrounded by thorn bushes.

Still I made it and went up a ways, got to the point where it is a meadow on the other side of the creek, crossed again getting soaked, almost losing the boots to the mud, and got to the meadow across the creek! Once in the meadow it was very nice. No thorn bushes, less chance of poison ivy. Heaven!

Here's a picture from the furthest most point on our land with the house. Of course the bush is in the way.

Here's a picture closer without the bush.

Crossing the creek again I was glad to get back to the civilized path I've created . No more threat of poison ivy or thorn bushes or need to cross a creek by jumping into it and finding a way to jump out again!

All in all it is very nice but we need a bridge closer to the meadowland!

Sunday, November 1, 2009


Clouds. Also I mowed a path around the conservation district so we have a nice little path to walk on. This is probably the most boring part but was closest and has clouds.

Saturday, October 24, 2009


It's fall and the crick is high.

Sunday, October 18, 2009


We lost the camera until sunset on Sunday so here's sunset on Sunday.

Sunday, October 11, 2009


First freeze and a pheasant.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Top Gear goes through Alabama

WOW! You have to watch this to see what happens to the Top Gear guys in Alabama. Really unbelievable - not a good advert for us (or US) at all. I guess in a way 'they were asking for it', but still!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Farm 10/4/09

So I previously posted pictures of the front and backyard once a week just to show how time goes and record what happened but lost interest. Maybe with the farm the pictures will be more interesting and it'll go longer? Anywho here are some from the farm, haven't decided on the view to take yet. These seem good.

(And I'm apparently recording exactly how they mowed that hill of grass without rolling over too!)

Friday, October 2, 2009

The pestilence

As you can see from this satellite map from Google Maps clearly there is a pestilence decimating Madison. Perhaps Odana Hills Park will hold...

Thankfully it hasn't reached the farm yet.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Healthcare summarized on napkins

I thought this was an interesting summary of the healthcare debate. Probably not wholly accurate but it is on napkins at least.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Oh yeah! The 80s rocked...

This is a very special advertisement for Renault cars. Mimes, old western town, dancers, its got it all!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy 4th!

The declaration is pretty interesting really (especially if one is used to reading philosophers from the time). I'd say those folks were angry and with good reason. And in the end they appear to have done a fine job with it all. We're still ticking along pretty well despite the current gloom.

It's all cycles, one side gets grumpy for a couple of years, then the other side gets grumpy for a couple of years, and all moves forward pretty well despite all the shifting grumpiness. Then there are those who when in power still stay grumpy just 'cause.

We should really realize this cycle and, at least those of us who are not always grumpy, should be less grumpy. Can't help the perma-grumps but perhaps it is their duty to keep the cycle going and keep us moving forward. It really does all seem to work out in the end and the founding fathers made a damn robust system keeping all the grumps in check.

Anyhow -
here's the declaration

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Not just a hat. Longevity for 7.99

As the tag states:

As society becomes more knowledgeable about health care, sun protection becomes a priority. Hats are the easiest and most commonly used form of protection from the sun today.

The world's finest hatters have designed and produced 'Sunguard' headware for those who take pride in a long healthy future.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Today I was on a call

I recently thought to myself, 'Man, you be complanin alot there on that blog.' So maybe this is complaining or maybe not. Trying to reform though and just stream o' conscousness. James Joyce and what have you. (no idea if that reference is correct btw. Before you freak out over it read below and decide if you really want to.)

So, anyway, today I was on a call and I thought, 'whoa people just need to chill out! It'll all be fine!'

I dare not give you more detail should they find this and freak out. I dare not comment any more since there are bound to be people who will freakout whatever I say. In fact I bet some are freaking out already and I've said nothing.

Why post so vaguely then? Don't know, it's vaguely entertaining and why not?

Anywho, sometimes you just have to realize how petty it all is and just chill out. Stuff happens, it generally all works out. Just breathe and calm down.

Ah well, more complaining I guess. Did I in fact freak out over people freaking out? Maybe I'll do better next time.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Generic car company - we dislike cars

I was confused by an ad I saw at the movies the other night. I find it peculiar that an automobile/motorcycle/generator/lawn mower/generally internal combustion engine company seems to dislike automobiles and internal combustion engines so much. Why would you buy an automobile or other miscellaneous internal combustion engine product from a company which so hates such things?

Friday, June 19, 2009

Red wing blackbirds - I dislike them alot

Sort of in response to Zombies are Magic - when we first moved to Wisconsin I thought the red winged blackbird was very pretty. What interesting coloring!

However after having been attacked by them multiple times around town, for no other reason than my sheer being, I've often thought to myself 'I don't really like these birds.'

Having seen signs at the local gardens about how they are federally protected I couldn't believe it. Another conspiracy to let birds roam wild in the highly cultivated gardens. Mind I generally think of myself as a nature lover and general Taoist and such but I don't really like these birds...

Too bad they are federally protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Intentionally harming a red wing exposes one to a $250,000 fine and two years' imprisonment on a felony conviction. Whoa!!! These bird are jerks!

Friday, June 5, 2009


So I went to Texas this week and I must say I've not been anywhere recently where all there was to eat was meat. Pretty cool really. You go to the BBQ Pit (at the airport mind you, or not) and the menu includes meal options such as:

1 Meat
2 Meats
3 Meats
Half Chicken

I might have to open me a franchise! Really, good stuff, may not fly up north though. Too bad.

I hear the BBQ pits outside the airport are even better.

Monday, April 27, 2009

I am angry gorilla, I heard you needed me.

I must say - sometimes the news is just too serious. And the hacks they get to interview about a topic. Really, lighten up.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Wow! Just sit back and let the money come in!

So I put a motorcycle for sale on Craigslist two days ago and I already got this amazing offer today! Wow - it's that easy! And such good grammar and diction too! So close to the sample scam emails Craiglist has! They aren't even trying!

Sort of subtle really since you don't have to give out your bank account info, they'll just send you a check!

Good Day,
I am happy to read your email concerning the sale of your bike,i am intrested in it and ready to buy it immediately.and dont worry about the shippment,I will handle the shipment myself via a private shipping company () they are the leaders in Worldwide auto shipment and they will come for the pick up at your door step and prepare all shipment papers and also bill of will also be insured by the shippers.

I will make your payment through a cashiers check drawn from (Bank Of America) the check is a legitimate chashiers check it will be mailed to you through UPS and it will be deliverd at your door step,so when you have the check then you proceed to bank and deposited it into your bank account and wait for few day for bank verification while i will wait till the bank confirmed it and cash it and it will be remitted into your bank account ...then you go ahead and chash it....... so my client () will issued the checkin your name so far that its the fastest and secured means for this type of transaction.,So forhim to issued the check he will need the the following information...such as :
1 : Your name ( the name that will be on the check)
2 : Your contact address ( Your home address that the check will be posted to)
3 : A valid phone number ( Your phone number that you can be contacted on for updatings)
The check which will cover the price of the bike and the shipping will be mailed to you as soon as you send your information and will be delivered second day.then you will proceed to have the check deposited....

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Don't let Smoky Mountain smoke get in your eyes.

I'll tell you what - those Osborne Brothers had it right.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Transformative pictorial meaninglessness

If 2 hikers and a horse go one way do they come back as 1 hiker and 1 horse? Will you find a companion if you go the opposite direction? And which arrow to follow to ensure the correct outcome?

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Phantom of the Paradise

This movie is quite simply amazing - the 70s were something else! Couldn't decide which preview is better so here are both! Its available on Netflix for instant download so watch it now!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Pictures from the Intergalactic HQ

Yes, that's what they call it. Can't name names since they use Google alerts to search for mention of it and don't want to stir the waters posting pictures of the scenery around the HQ. :)

Friday, January 16, 2009

Whooo! Most snow in a month ever!

The caption reads:
Dec 2008 - Snowiest December on record
Most snow of any month


The messed up thing is it is -6 out right now and the forecast is for freezing rain. WTF!!!

Saturday, January 10, 2009


Still snowy and the moon is full.