Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Friday, November 24, 2017

Google +

Is there anyone out there?  I just checked my news feed and it was all businesses.  I saw one post from a human in the top one-hundred.

This makes me wonder, is there anyone out there?

Painting continues..

This one is in South Dakota...

Still have no re-enabled FaceBook

Worked on the greenhouse today as well!  Progress is a wonderful thing!

I have a couple more hours before I can do anything else, so I am either going to start on another, or work on an older picture until this one sets up a little bit.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Start with the background...

The sky is blue, also the furthest away part of the picture.  So you start there, then you build on it, after you have given it some time to settle in...  Especially since I have discovered the best way to set the sky and get it reasonably smooth is to use a healthy dose of paint thinner....

Hopefully I don't blow up the basement...

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Nebraska roadside field

The first painting of the set currently called "What happens when you quit Facebook".

It's a working title, I will actually be calling this set something to do with summer vacation...

But this is a hilly field off the side of highway 2 in Nebraska.  Sandhills region.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

What happens when you decide to disable Facebook?

Well, so far, worked on a writing project, worked out in the green house, ate a zucchini, hiked four miles, and now I am sitting down to paint.  Mostly because I am not wasting my time screwing around on the Internet.

I will post later with updates of what I worked on with the painting.  I have a few things I need to get worked through with the oils....

So much more time to accomplish things now that I am not wasting my time looking at what other people are up to.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Getting the laptop prepared for sailing....

You would not think that the laptop would be my first priority to get ready for sailing, but, well...  It has its advantages....

OpenCPN is a navigation software that allows me to have a chart up and running with a GPS dongle so I can track my location.  This is largely unnecessary in the harbor and the near lake, but once you get out past a few miles all the shores look the same when you have never seen them before.  Also, after the sun goes down you lose your usual visual clues!

Oh well, in other news I decided that I am going to junk one of my cars, I just don't have the time to fix the stupid thing.  That and the transmission has too many sensors, that apparently all work against each other.

When will people learn, keep it simple stupid.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Oh, how I hate windows...

For fucks sake....

Reinstalling windows, again, on the laptop....

First time in 18 hours.

Required a reboot after installing .net, corrupted system....

Screw it, downgrading to Windows 7, which of course means that wifi wont install, and the video driver may be hosed, but screw it, as long st the little USB GPS dongle works (apparently it works better in 7 anyway) and I can still re enable Ubuntu after this install all is well.

Windows has not made a good OS since XP, if 7 does not behave I think I may try installing windows XP pro, because apparently XP pro can handle a quad-core processor just fine (and it should be screaming fast).

Saturday, November 4, 2017


I guess that is all I have to say.  I am sore, and a touch itchy from doing insulation today.  It is not yet midnight on a Saturday and I am going to bed.


Friday, October 6, 2017

Moved my papoose

Ok, not a papoose, but the boat is my baby, so maybe I could call the cradle a papoose.  It was interesting, shoving a 15' boat cradle into a 12' trailer and then towing the whole, really heavy mass, across the high bridge on the freeway behind a 1997 Nissan pickup truck.  I think I was right at the edge of what the truck can tow.  With just the trailer it towed just fine, but once I stuck the cradle in the trailer (trailer likely weighs about 1500 pounds, and the cradle would be another 1500 pounds) the combination developed a sway at 50 MPH.

Made it, have a safe place to keep the boat for the winter.  Next will be pulling the boat and winterizing!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The first weeks of boat ownership

I have owned a boat for three weeks now.  It has been a fun three weeks, despite it being the end of the season, and having a ton of projects to finish before the snow flies I have still managed four trips out on the boat, two were just "get the feet wet" simple cruises in the harbor, but twice now I have done the circle tour of Park Point, or as we call it, "going around the horn."

The circle of Park Point actually is about an 18 mile jaunt from dock to dock, and I am planning to pulverize that record this weekend if the weather holds and I can find one more deckhand.

Alas, sometimes finding sailors willing to do overnight cruises when it is going to be 45 degrees out is not so easy.

I only have about two weeks left before the boat comes out for the winter and gets put away until spring.

Alas, these short seasons, and it looks like it is going to be a hard winter!

But Big Bird is doing fine!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

I snap my fingers, and torque my neck

And god damn did it hurt!  A week later, it still does. I only have a few more weeks of sailing left and I am 35% crippled.  I got home and worked in the shop all day today though, and that made me feel a lot better, I think it was the not sitting in the office that made all of the difference.

I have been studying up on everything I need to learn about boat refinishing.  I am going to end up doing a lot of work next year to refinish, refit, clean up, make suitable, and make pretty every aspect of a sailboat, while at the same time living on the thing.

It may kill me.

But it will be a warriors death.

The green house is coming along, slightly delayed by the above mentioned neck issues, but we are down to the putting the glass in and the on to the interior!

I cannot wait to have it enclosed so that I can start to actually use it like an extra workshop.  For plants and paints and stuff.


Oh well, that is all I have for now.  I am going to fire up the laptop again one of these days and try to get some writing done.

I swear, it will happen.  I was going to do it today, but I ended up working in the shop trying to get everything cleaned up and organized instead.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Adventures of Big Bird!

Never thought I would write a post about a Muppet would you?  Well, I am not really writing about a Muppet, actually about a boat, named after a Muppet.

Because it is big and yellow!
The boat is an Ericson 32' sailboat, and now that I have had her out a few times I am getting more and more used to how she handles and what to expect from her.

Big Bird has been out for three cruises so far, the first was a quick out and back just to get the feeling for the boat, here are a couple of shots.

The second cruise I did not take any pictures, although my nephew shot a boat load (get it).  I may bug him for some later.

The third cruise was more extensive, did the circle tour of Park Point!  Because of the weather not cooperating (there was no wind) we did most of the cruise under motor.  But I did get some excellent shots!

I also designed a flag for the boat, which will be getting unveiled at some point.  My acrylic paint on loose fabric skills are a bit lacking, but here is the raw image.
We call it the "Jollier Roger"

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Thursday, back through the Big Horns! Then Montana

Thursday morning, woke up in the Big Horn mountains, then drove west out of the Big Horns, north, then back across the Big Horn Mountains via a different route!  Then scooted across Montana and into NoDak for the night.

Nice Marmot

Way high up!
View from the top...
Distant marmot....

Millennial stylin...


 Dead dinosaur




 Dinosaur is resurrected!
 So scenic..
 So nice...
 Badlands, everywhere
 I have passed this sign so many times....
 North Dakota!
 More badlands
 Prairie dogs everywhere 
Medora cliffs, and little Missouri River

Links to the whole eclipse adventure!
Driving down to Nebraska
Beginning of the eclipse
The eclipse proper! Totality!
The sun comes back
Driving across Nebraska
Sandhills, Badlands, Black hills
Close ups of Sandhills, Badlands, and the Black Hills
Black Hills to the Big Horns
Bighorns Nature Hike
Back through the Bighorns and across Montana

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Big Horn Mountains nature hike!

Lots of photos, I am gradually going to be identifying the species, hopefully.
 Question Mark Butterfly

 Two Striped Grasshopper?

 Great Spangled Fritillary
 Bee (unk) on Hoary Aster???
 Spider wasp??? on Hoary Aster ???

 Spring Azure Butterfly ??? on Tansyleaf Tansyaster

 Great Spangled Fritillary again....

 Elk thistle
 Red Admiral Butterfly

Links to the whole eclipse adventure!
Driving down to Nebraska
Beginning of the eclipse
The eclipse proper! Totality!
The sun comes back
Driving across Nebraska
Sandhills, Badlands, Black hills
Close ups of Sandhills, Badlands, and the Black Hills
Black Hills to the Big Horns
Bighorns Nature Hike
Back through the Bighorns and across Montana