Thursday, January 30, 2014

It snows where I live....

It snows where I live, I drive a rear wheel drive truck, we have very steep hills, I go up and down them with my rear wheel drive truck.
It snows where I live, the city has snow plows, but they don't get out to my neighborhood until long after the snow stops (usually several days, sometimes weeks).  When we get 6 inches of snow that means six inches of snow IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD.  Which usually has been squeezed down to three ruts that are shared between the cars from both direction.
It snows where I live, but I live out of town where the roads are not treated, we don't get the luxory of sand, salt, or any of that fun stuff.
It snows where I live, I have a box of rocks in the back of my truck that helps with my traction.  I also recently picked up a pair of snow tires, but this is the first time I have ever owned snow tires, haven't really noticed a difference yet.
It snows where I live, I realize that if I mash the gas pedal the wheels are going to spin, also if I mash the brake pedal the wheels will lock up.  Therefore I avoid doing either.
It snows where I live, when I see that the roads are covered in glare ice I know that the speed limit is no longer valid so I slow down.
It snows where I live, I deal with it.

On a side note, I take no responsibility for the drivers in the Minneapolis area, they all drive like fucking morons down there.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Ice Caves, Cornicupia Wisconsin!

On Sunday January 17th my friend Jimbo and I ventured out to the ice caves near Cornucopia, Wisconsin in the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.  If you get a chance, I recommend checking this out, there is a number you can call to check on ice conditions before you leave, and in the summer, when the weather permits you can visit the same places with a kayak.  Just be wary, Lake Superior can be an angry beast sometimes.

This was just a cool tree, hanging on at the edge of the cliff.
The ice was like drapes on the edges of the chasms.
The way that the rock broke away in sheets along the plane of deposition was really interesting.
This was some amazing tiers of icicles!
I had to get two shots!
There must be a source for this ball of ice.
The contrast between the rock and the snow does wonders for confusing a f-stop.
I love cross bedding!
Some of the chasms reached far back from the shore.
It was also starting to snow.
Of course nothing would stop me, I had a new camera!
Jimbo trying to hold the roof up, or look majestic, or something.
I love the scimitar like curvature of these icicles.
Fuzzy icicles!
This was just a huge sheet of ice, guessing from the spray before the lake froze over.

The caves were really cool, you could climb right in!
Thankfully the kids running around had not broken all of the icicles off the roofs.
Sometimes the spray made impressive overhangs on the edges.
People were clambering all over the place.
This ice was like a toothpaste blue, must have been a spring.
Sometimes the icicles were more impressive than the caves.
They hung down like stalactites, huge ones.
This tree seems to have chosen a bad place to grow.
The reflection off the water made this a must have shot.
The snow was getting a bit heavier, but I was not ready yet.

And then you get that shot that just blows the rest of them all away!
You could see where chunks had fallen out in the semi-recent past.
and sometimes little springs made huge icicles that hung out all by themselves.
I imagine at some point this whole assemblage will come crashing down, thankfully it didn't while I was shooting the picture.
Eagle Island, the first of the Apostles.
It looked like a waterfall of ice coming off the cliff.
This was a fresh collapse area, but the cross bedding was amazing!
I had to giggle because this tree chunk looked like a very out of place cactus.
Once again, really impressive cross-bedding.
There were tree roots just hanging out in space.
Here you can see the contrast between the freshly exposed rock and the rock that had been exposed for long enough for plant life to attach.
The edges of the cliffs had impressive amounts of moss and lichens, and birch trees that looked like they were trying to get away from the edge.
And fungus ears growing out of trees.
The beds of moss were still exposed in places, impressive considering the amount of snow that had been falling on the South Shore this year.
More mosses.
Tree roots covered in ice, apparently they were low enough to get hit by the spray.

The purpose of this trip was to get some experience with my new camera (new to me).  I also shot some video, but  need to go produce some music and get that all edited together before it is ready to go up.

Thanks for looking! 

Monday, January 13, 2014

Continuing to sell all my stuff!

I am making progress!  I am through most of the coins, and now getting ready to turn the corner into the rest of the stuff.  There is a lot of stuff that I still have to get through before I am done.

The goal is to get everything down to what I can move in the back of my truck at one time, actually getting pretty close, although I have to admit there has been a lot of stuff going through the fireplace.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Because I like fucking with scammers, lets see what I can make up...

SERIAL NUMBER: 99352748-2014

The Entire Facebook team are very happy to inform you that your name appear on the FACEBOOK ONLINE INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY and we are giving out the total sum of US$950,000.00 (Nine HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND UNITED STATE DOLLARS) which is what you have just won.

Your name was selected in a raffle that was made for the FACEBOOK ONLINE INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY for the year 2014 with the lucky number (FB-225-7736) so we need your fast response so that we can proceed with the claim process of your winnings.

Your name was selected by Mr Mark Zuckerberg the CEO of Facebook (Founder & amp Chief Executive Officer ). The promotion was made to make all Facebook users to benefit from the profit the company made while they use Facebook.

Facebook is the first and ever largest means of meeting both old and new friends.

The promo was done to serve as a means of appreciation to visitors on our site and also to help people to fight off poverty and to maintain a good standard of living.

Kindly contact Mr. Thomas Charlse the General secretary of the FACEBOOK TEAM and appointed as your claims officer via this email ( immediately with the following information about you below:

Full Name:
Residential Address:
Private Mobile Number:
Marital Status:
Zip/Postal Code:

As soon as he gets your email with all the information stated above he will tell you on what next to do as regards the claiming and receiving of your winnings of US$950,000.00.

Thank you and More Congratulations.

Agent Name: Thomas Charlse for CDAA

Get some Zero paid Gear FBI SCAM PROTECTED

Note: For security reasons and due to the mix-up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep this notification strictly from public notice until your claim has been processed and your money remitted. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by non-participants of this program. BE WARNED"

My Reply:

Name: El Jeffy the First Ofhiskind

Address: P.O. Box 397

Duluth, MN 55801

Sorry, no cell phone...

Age: 18

Occupation: male stripper

Marital Status: single

Sex: Male

City: Duluth

State: Minnesota

Country: USA

Zip: 55801


Thanks, El Jeffy

Please note the address I provided is the FBI office in Duluth, MN

Rather confused by Youtube/Blogger/Adsense

Ok, merging accounts is a pain in the ass, especially when your adsense account is a legacy account attached to a non-gmail email address.  This makes life difficult.  Apparently I have multiple youtube accounts as well... Egads.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Super volcanoes!

I was browsing real news again tonight and ran into this...

A wonderful story on the BBC talking about the triggers for super volcanoes!  Mainly dealing with Yellowstone, which is on my list of places to visit on my epic road trip next summer.  I am hoping it does not explode while I am there, but if they happened to have to evacuate everyone while I was there because they were concerned about it that would make for some awesome stories!

Here is a pic, also stolen from the BBC for giggles...

Think about it, how could I possibly go wrong?

I also not to go berserk with the rock hammer in a national park, no promises just outside of the national park however...

I am already looking at upgrading my camera to a T4i, in somewhat related news, but since I plan on uploading el-shit-loads of pictures, and with the T4i videos from my trip, I figure that upgrading my camera would be a good idea.

That and with the "selling everything I own" kick I am on right now it has suddenly become affordable.

I am also trying out some new video editing software...

Even scarier, it is a legal copy...

Even scarier, it seems to work...

I will let you know how it goes.

UPDATE:  The next morning....

After fucking until 3 in the morning with my computer trying to find anything that would install and work I went to the laptop and installed OpenShot on Ubuntu (there is a live DVD for those of you who are not ready to switch to linux yet).

Super awesome, simple, functional!

Oh yeah, it worked, rendering right now....

Saturday, January 4, 2014

The Minnesota Vikings should hire a Gay Head Coach....

Think about it, it makes perfect sense...

This isn't just a Chris Kluwe fan-boy thing either, this is serious...

The Vikings should hire a gay head coach, it makes perfect sense, I mean really, look at it....

The NFC North has the Vikings, and then it has three other teams...

You have the Bears, well any gay head coach will know how to deal with bears.

You have the Packers, and I am not even going to go into that joke.

And then you have the Lions (prep the hand gestures) Rawrrrrrr....

Now you have to look at the rest of the NFC....

The New York Giants, Yeah, as if, you only say your Giants...

The Cowboys?  We all watched Brokeback Mountain, we know how that works...

Eagles, Cardinals, Seahawks, Falcons, Put a bird on it, really?  A peacock by any other name is just strutting its stuff in the same game....

Redskins?  Well, the Native American people were actually very open about homosexuality, if you don't believe me look up Two-Spirit people or berdaches, hell watch Little Big Man....

St. Louis Rams?  I am not even going to go there...  And Furries to boot!

San Francisco 49ers, 69 is only 20 yards away...

Carolina Panthers?  Sounds like a group of furries...

Saints?  Deeply closeted compensation.

Buccaneers, pirates?  If you knew anything about the corsairs, which were the original pirate culture you would think twice about them...

And now you have the AFC.

Buffalo, Bengals, Jaguars....  Furries, the whole lot of them.

Miami Dolphins?  Have any of you been to Miami?  South Beach, all I have to say.

New England?  New England is liberal country....

Jets?  Well, they may be trouble, but by their recent performance I think not.

Broncos, sounds like a cowboy reference, see Dallas Cowboys up above....

Chiefs, look up above at the Redskins...

Raiders?  Pantie Raiders...  Over-compensation.

Chargers, ok the Chargers may be an issue, but once again they are in a different division and hopefully would not be an issue until the Vikings make the Super Bowl in 2015.

The Browns, once again, I have no where to go on this one, but they are named for a color...  Maybe if they were the Cleveland Ecru I would have more to go on.

The Steelers....  Hmmmm another case where I they are a wild card and we would just have to home they don't make the playoffs.

The Texans?  This is another Cowboy complex, look back to the Cowboys once again.

The Colts?  Sounds like pony boys, that is a whole tack-fetish thing I don't want to get into.

And finally the Tennessee Titans, yeah, they wish they were Titans...

So you see, other than the Jets, the Chargers, the Browns (unless they are ecru) and the Steelers the whole league could easily be handled with the superior social knowledge that a gay head coach could provide.  And honestly people, think about it.  This is a game of running three yards, fall down, smack each other on the ass and say "good job".  How much more homoerotic do you want to get?

To round up how this would work, the Vikings have two games each against the Packers, the Bears, and the Lions (Rawrrrrr).  A gay head coach would certainly help them win those challenges.  The rest of the NFC would also be easily handled by the superior knowledge that a gay head coach would provide.  The AFC would be more tricky, but the ability to work through the system of the NFC would guarantee the Vikings a spot in the Super Bowl, and looking at the AFC teams they would have a 75% chance of emerging victorious just on the basis of their coach and the special skill set that he would be bringing to the sidelines.

Not to mention, it would be Fabulous!

And if this doesn't work, then just do what the Vikings have done every season....  Punt!

Friday, January 3, 2014

Spoken word metal...

I have been thinking it would be a fun idea to put together a spoken-word metal band thing...

Imagine My Dark Emperor, only faster and harder...

And still just as fucked up...

I have some friends I think I should talk to about this, and I also need to find some old writings, and also put some more writings together...

Maybe a homegrown show, why the fuck not...

Maybe it is a one-off Wednesday night at Carmody thing...

Maybe make some messed up You-Tube videos....

Maybe record just in case....

Someone might like it...


I will be able to say at the end...

I did what I wanted to.

New low for the spammers out there, they are taking me to court....

Notice to Appear,

Hereby you are notified that you have been scheduled to appear for your hearing that
will take place in the court of San Francisco in January 18, 2014 at 11:00 am.

Please bring all documents and witnesses relating to this case with you to Court on your hearing date.
The copy of the court notice is attached to this letter.
Please, read it thoroughly.

Note: If you do not attend the hearing the judge may hear the case in your absence.

Yours truly,
Helen Smith
Clerk to the Court.

Um, where do I begin...

January 18th is a SATURDAY.....

The court will be closed, gee, I wonder what is in the attachment, could it be a virus?

I think I will have to reply to the sender telling them that I could not get the attachment to open and see what they have to say.

UPDATE: More information on this scam can be found here...

It is your run of the mill Trojan horse, as I expected...

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Years!

This could very well be the year that I finally get shit straightened out...

By which I mean...

Graduating from college (which has been a long term, start and stop endeavor, but I have finished off something like 100+ credits in three years, and I am ready to be done...  For a while....

Taking that epic fucking road trip I have always wanted to take, but never felt comfortable taking.

You really need to accomplish something important before you can reward yourself with something like an epic fucking road trip.  When I finish field camp, an epic fucking road trip is going to be in order.

Get a real adult job...

Well, I was going to get an internship and then look at grad school, but I am not so enamored with school that I want to be in that society for the rest of my life.  It really depends on how being an undergrad TA goes for me this next semester.

That is all for now, I will write more later.