Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Semi Truck Photos: Show trucks

Pete Haulin' Hay

from tenfourmagazine.com:

From Big Rig Truck https://www.bigrigtruck.net/

One of my favorite trucks is called "Black Out"  It an older Freightliner Conventional that has been turned into a rolling Veteran memorial.   I really like the simple paint and the way the black color makes this truck look like an angry beast rolling down the road.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Homemade Firewood Kiln Pictures/links: Operation Firewood Kiln Drying Heat Treating


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firewoodkiln.com's Container Kiln Basics



Woodweb.com's Converting a Shipping Container into a Kiln

allthingsfirewood: http://allthingsfirewood.com DRY KILN PARTS (converting shipping container

DRY KILNS CAN BE MADE FROM TWO CARPORT KITS ATTACHED TOGETHER 8' X 40" LONG, 20' TO 40" SHIPPING CONTAINERS, A GARAGE OR POLE BARN. THEN SPRAYED WITH URETHANE INSULATION DON'T FORGET TO INSULATE THE FLOOR TOO. (FINANCING AVAILABLE)



INSIDE OF THE KILN

THE KILN CAN REACH 180 DEGREES PLUS WHEN IT IS -40 OUTSIDE, IT STILL WILL NOT MELT THE SNOW ON TOP. ACTUALY FILLING THE KILN IS IMPORTANT YOU NEED TO FORCE THE AIR THROUGH THE WOOD, NOT JUST SUROUND THE WOOD WITH HOT AIR. KILN BASKETS SHOULD FILL INSIDE OF THE CONTAINER. I USE URATHANE INSOLUTION TO SEAL AND INSULATE THE CONTAINER.





A PREWIRED CONTROL BOX WITH RECORDER. IT COMES WIRED WITH A LOUVERED EXHAUST FAN AND DAMPER TO ADD MAKEUP AIR THRU THE HEAT EXCHANGER. OTHER CONTROLED EQUIPMENT PLUGS INTO THE OUTLET THAT MATCHES. ie. THE STOVE BLOWERS, CIRCULATION BLOWERS,DAMPERS, WATERSTOVE AND CIRCULATOR PUMPS ECT.




SMALL STOVE FOR HOT AIR KILN. THE BIGGER THE BETTER IS WHAT I'VE FOUND. THIS ONE NEEDS MORE WOOD EVERY TWO HOURS. WATER STOVES ARE SLOWER BUT REQUIRE LESS ATTENTION AND CAN'T START A FIRE.


A TWISTER KILN BASKET $800.00 EACH. OR 10 FOR $7000.00


DRY KILN COMPONENTS

TEMPERATURE RECORDER---SINGLE POINT ----------- ONE NEEDED PER KILN-------$408.00

TEMPERATURE PROBE----------------------------------------------- ONE NEEDED PER KILN------$67.85

TEMPERATURE PROBE EXTENSION CABEL------10 FEET LONG CAN BE LENGTHENED WITH ANY WIRE
-----------------$42.95

TEST THERMOMETER---------------------------------------------1 NEEDED---------------------------$14.00

REPLACEMENT PENS FOR RECORDER -----------------------------6 PENS--------------------$40.90

REFILL CHARTS FOR RECORDER------------------------------------60 PCS.---------------------$27.75

EXHAUST FAN FOR 20' OR 40' CONTAINERS------------------WITH LOOVERS---------$149.40

THERMOSTAT FOR HOT AIR KILN -------------------------------------------------------------------$160.00

AQUASTAT FOR HOT WATER KILN -----------------------------------------------------------------$160.00

HUMIDISTAT FOR LUMBER KILN --1 PER ONLY NEEDED FOR DRYING LUMBER------$67.85

WATER CIRCULATION PUMP FOR 20' CONTAINER -----------------------------------------$430.00

WATER CIRCULATION PUMP FOR 40' CONTAINER -----------------------------------------$220.00

HOT WATER RADATER FOR 20' CONTAINER 240000 BTU-1 FOR 20' CONTAINER----$1704.00
USE 2 FOR A 40' CONTAINER
280000 BTU---------------------------------------$1872.00
300000 BTU---------------------------------------$2053.00
360000 BTU---------------------------------------$2410.00

OTHER THINGS YOU NEED


1/2 MILLION BTU OUTDOOR FURNACE.
PLUMBING
KILN BASKETS

PLANS TO CONVERT A STORAGE CONTAINER AND 4 HRS. TECH. PHONE SUPPORT.
$300.00.

PHONE SUPPORT PER. HOUR $40.00 TRUBLE SHOOTING FIRST 10 MINUTES IS FREE
NEED A PART NOT LISTED CALL ME.

CONTACT YOUR STATE USDA OFFICE FOR CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS BEFORE STARTING
YOUR KILN. ALTHOUGH STANDERS ARE SUPOSED TO BE NATIONIAL THEY ARE OFTEN
SOMEWHAT AT THE WIME OF THE LOCAL INSPECTER.






See more after the jump:

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Photos of the evening gloam.





Pics. of fisher caught on game cameras/fisher scream video

:Here kitty kitty, with the pretty glowing eyes....
Fisher eyeing prey
A pretty fisher calling in the night


Video for fisher attacking dog



Fisher scream video

Minnesota Deer Stand


Yard Bird Tragedies


While the yard, in this current photo, may appear to resemble a bucolic, peaceful setting, this morning, our yard was struck with tragedy. A tragedy of the poultry kind....

Anyway, we were gonna go to Costco. I was sick and tired of the chickens sleeping on my sauna roof. I raised them from chicks last spring, and had built some nice little roosts, and even made a chicken tractor out of an old truck topper, learned from  (Joel Salatin, writer of Pastured Poultry Profits, a favorite read of mine). Seriously, I just wanted to put the chickens in their pen, so I added some food to the chicken tractor, and my nephew and I tried to herd them into the homemade chicken tractor. All three chickens followed, and began to eat in their yard bird tractor. Now, I just needed to put down the pen, so I kicked the bucket holding it up, it dropped, and my nephew said, "Oh oh!" in a voice I'd never heard from him, and I looked down to see I had pinned one of the hen's heads when dropping the metal based chicken tractor, and despite my desperate attempts to revive her, she kicked the proverbial "bucket", but I was only trying to get rid of the rooster, which had become aggressive to the hens as of late, and so I went to get him, and let's just say, it wasn't the Sunday I had imagined in my dreams last night.
Looks like we are having free range, cage free, organic, sustainably harvested (accidently) fresh chickens on the grill tonight, and I am cancelling my poultry science major plans...chicken farming is a profession I have a hell of a lot of respect for, and I am thankful for the farmers who provide my food. I have one hen left, and she is my favorite one, but I will need to get her a companion, and maybe put the chicken tractor back on my truck, and replace it with a PVC hoop house, or something lighter.  Either way, the chickens didn't suffer, but I sprained my ankle, and never made it to Costco(praise the Lord!). Gotta love Sundays!


Saturday, August 23, 2014

Sitka Surf Video: Westport, Washington


Superior Nearshore Forecast: Waves 2-4 ft. Winds NE




LSZ144-145-240300- TWO HARBORS TO DULUTH MN-DULUTH MN TO PORT WING WI- 349 PM CDT SAT AUG 23 2014 .TONIGHT...NE WIND AROUND 15 KT. AREAS OF FOG. ISOLATED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS LATE IN THE EVENING. SCATTERED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS AFTER MIDNIGHT. WAVES 2 TO 4 FT SUBSIDING TO 1 TO 3 FT LATE. .SUNDAY...E WIND 10 TO 15 KT DECREASING TO 5 TO 10 KT. PATCHY FOG IN THE MORNING. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS. WAVES 1 TO 3 FT. .SUNDAY NIGHT...E WIND 5 TO 10 KT VEERING SW AFTER MIDNIGHT. SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS LIKELY. WAVES 1 TO 3 FT. .MONDAY...SW WIND 5 TO 10 KT BECOMING W 10 TO 15 KT IN THE LATE MORNING AND AFTERNOON. MOSTLY SUNNY. WAVES 1 TO 3 FT.

Tom Robbins quote on happiness from "Another Roadside Attraction" novel

Tom Robbins photo from slate.com

Tom Robbins Another Roadside Attraction quote:
“The most important thing in life is style. That is the style of one's existence the characteristic mode of one's actions is basically ultimately what matters. For if man defines himself by doing then style is doubly definitive because style describes the doing. The point is this happiness is a learned condition. And since it is learned and self generating it does not depend upon external circumstances for its perpetuation. This throws a very ironic light on content. And underscores the primacy of style. It is content or rather the consciousness of content that fills the void. But the mere presence of content is not enough. It is style that gives content the capacity to absorb us to move us it is style that makes us care.”


Tom Robbins, Another Roadside Attraction

Minnesota Firewood, Little Falls, MN

Link to Minnesota Firewood

Bradley's Blog : Vitamin C for cancer treament

Bradley's Blog : Vitamin C for cancer treament: From Mayo.com I've heard that vitamin C might be an alternative cancer treatment. What can you tell me about it?Answers from Timothy...

Bradley's Blog : 12 facts about CHAGA from

Bradley's Blog : 12 facts about CHAGA from: From the following link: gshuilondon.net

12 facts about CHAGA from


From the following link:gshuilondon.net

Recent Chaga Studies, and picture of Chaga I harvest on my land/ Northern Minnesota Chaga for sale!


I harvest chaga from birch trees.  I make sure to harvest the chaga without damaging the tree, so the chaga will grow back. After harvesting, I dry it in a low humidity setting, in brown paper bags.  I drink chaga tea daily, and I also have some for sale.
I sell 100% Organic Chaga Mushroom Dried, MN sustainably harvested ~ 2 Ounce Bag for $30.
2 ounce bag-$25 for Minnesota residents, (MN address required), and free shipping!
Send Check or Cash, with address to :
Chaga: Jason Bradley
18139 Skye Rd.
Brainerd, MN 56401
or-
  Contact: jasonbradleyapplications@gmail.com, and use chaga in the subject line of your email.    I will send you my phone number and more info. on the benefits of chaga, along with shipping charges, which are inexpensive, especially if you live in Speedee's Delivery Area.
See recent articles on the benefits of chaga after the jump:

Vitamin C for cancer treament


From Mayo.com
I've heard that vitamin C might be an alternative cancer treatment. What can you tell me about it?Answers from Timothy J. Moynihan, M.D.


Interest in using very high doses of vitamin C as a cancer treatment began when it was discovered that some properties of the vitamin may make it toxic to cancer cells. Initial studies in humans had promising results, but these studies were later found to be flawed.  (My commentary here:  By who?   Does that mean taking vitamin C is worth a try?   What entity found it flawed? and how does it affect their bottom line?$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$) end of my commentary....

Subsequent well-designed, randomized, controlled trials of vitamin C and cancer found no such treatment benefit. Despite the lack of evidence, alternative medicine practitioners continue to recommend high doses of vitamin C for cancer treatment.

More recently, vitamin C given through a vein (intravenously) has been found to have different effects than vitamin C taken in pill form. This has prompted renewed interest in the use of vitamin C as a cancer treatment.

There's still no evidence that vitamin C can cure cancer, but researchers are studying whether it might boost the effectiveness of other cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Until clinical trials are completed, it's premature to determine what role, if any, intravenous vitamin C may play in the treatment of cancer.

Here is recent article on an intravenous vitamin C study from WebMD:  See it after the jump:

Friday, August 22, 2014

4 x 4 treestand



Nice Deerstands! Pics. and instructions for building a nice deer stand for hunting this fall!

Firewood:   I cut all that slabwood, and asked the park ranger if I could burn the firewood, due to all the restrictions in MN.  I procured the slip that certified the firewood, got it checked by the ranger, and spent last night around a campfire, cleaning up over 40 agates I found on my evening walk.  I will  post pictures today! With a little adapting, staying in a small, organized space can be comforting, rather than confining.

Deer stands can be made from many free or found materials.  My latest stand builds have been made with free wood shipping pallets.  I find them on craigslist, and have a few local spots I can frequently get them for free.


With a link to instructions on building the stand:
I just like the looks of any circular buildings, including this one:



Cobert Report Video on National Firewood Night in Norway

New York Times Article on Firewood Reality Series In Norway.: Author Lars Mytting"All About Chopping, Drying, and Stacking Wood, and the Soul of Wood Burning



Lars Mytting at his home in Elverum, Norway. His best-selling book, “Solid Wood: All About Chopping, Drying and Stacking Wood — and the Soul of Wood-Burning,” inspired a TV program about cutting, stacking and burning firewood.


OSLO — The TV program, on the topic of firewood, consisted mostly of people in parkas chatting and chopping in the woods and then eight hours of a fire burning in a fireplace. Yet no sooner had it begun, on prime time on Friday night, than the angry responses came pouring in.

“We received about 60 text messages from people complaining about the stacking in the program,” said Lars Mytting, whose best-selling book “Solid Wood: All About Chopping, Drying and Stacking Wood — and the Soul of Wood-Burning” inspired the broadcast. “Fifty percent complained that the bark was facing up, and the rest complained that the bark was facing down.”

He explained, “One thing that really divides Norway is bark.”


One thing that does not divide Norway, apparently, is its love of discussing Norwegian wood
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Video on DIY throttle cable install on Honda bike

Firewood:   I cut all that slabwood, and asked the park ranger if I could burn the firewood, due to all the restrictions in MN.  I procured the slip that certified the firewood, got it checked by the ranger, and spent last night around a campfire, cleaning up over 40 agates I found on my evening walk.  I will  post pictures today! With a little adapting, staying in a small, organized space can be comforting, rather than confining.
How to Install a Throttle cable for Honda Motorcycle

Firewood Hauling Pictures: Some okay scenarios, and some bad scenarios, and a nice cabover and school bus deer stand

A Semi-Truck hauling firewood could not make the turn under the load weight.
Hauls up to 5 cords
Cabover hauling logs,photo from trucktrailers.blogspot.com
Farm Show Article and Excerpt:

Sleepless nights often result in interesting creations by FARM SHOW readers like Shade Bland who dreamed up a school bus deer stand one night. It seemed like a simple solution to a friend’s desire to have a stand with room for an Army cot.
  After salvaging two old school buses from a junkyard and putting in about 100 hours of work, Bland completed the stand on a 10-ft. platform made of scrapped gas line pipe, angle iron and a ladder off a grain bin.
  Bland cut off the back end of the bus and kept two windows on each side for shooting. He boxed in the front with a piece of the remaining bus that includes three windows and trimmed over the windows with metal from the bus for molding. The front panel includes an emergency window that opens all the way for access for a smaller person to shoot through.
  Bland painted his stand in camouflage and jokes the trees on the side are so real birds try to land on them.
  His first stand has held up very well after four seasons, and Bland made seven more. He sells them for $5,000.
  “It will last a man’s lifetime – and unless a storm takes it down – his son’s lifetime,” Bland says.


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Life Lessons from author Jim Harrison/ Esquire



Good list of Jim Harrison's life lessons. His novels are great and he appears to be a tough, and very prolific, writer.

Article is from Esquire.com






Published in the August 2014 issue


I don't see any evidence of wisdom accelerating as you get older. Old people will say it does, but they're generally speaking full of shit.


Given free rein, our imagination can get infinite.


A couple of weeks before she died, my mother—so old and sweet—said, "You've made quite a good living out of your fibs."


I'd gone to Granada to see where Lorca was murdered on the mountainside by the Franco people. That Franco was a wicked cocksucker, but they certainly never bothered killing poets in America.


Legends I wrote in nine days. But that's the only time it ever happened that well. It was like taking dictation … but it was after I'd thought about the story for five years.


I won't even talk to young writers anymore unless they can give me a good reason. I say, "I don't have any time to talk to you unless you intend to give your entire life over to it, because it can't be done otherwise."


Once in twenty years we've had here [in Arizona, where he has a second home] the elegant trogon. It looks sort of like a paint-by-number bird. Very rare bird. You're always so pleased when you have a rarity in your front yard.


I probably wouldn't have been a poet if I hadn't lost my left eye when I was a boy. A neighbor girl shoved a broken bottle in my face during a quarrel. Afterward, I retreated to the natural world and never really came back, you know.


It's just like when I was twenty and my father and sister got killed in a car accident. I thought, If this can happen to people, you might as well do what you want—which is to be a writer. Don't compromise at all, because there's no point in it.


If all I did was answer the correspondence I get, that would be my job.


It's like hunting with Mario Batali. He checked his fancy phone and said, "Fuck. I've got 280 e-mails." And I said, "What do we do now?" And he said, "Nothing" and put it in his pocket, and we went hunting.


I don't hunt mammals. My friends all do. I love antelope and elk, but I depend on the kindness of friends, because I shot a deer when I was young and it was very unpleasant.


Unlike a lot of writers, I don't have any craving to be understood.


They published my Fireflies in The New Yorker, and they took a sex scene out of it, which irked me at the time. I said, "That was evidentiary to her character!" She's got to get laid like anybody else at some point.


I don't know if it was writer's block or if I just didn't have anything I wanted to say.


Fifty-four years later and we're still married. Very few keepers like that.


The interesting thing about Nicholson is his inability to lie about anything. It just doesn't occur to him to lie, and that's a rare actor.


It's overwhelming when you know Indian history. What fuckin' assholes we were for so long.


The reason why writers go out to Hollywood is to get some money. Which I still found preferable to teaching. If I can write a screenplay in two months and it pays what I would earn teaching for a year and a half, why not?


I revere bears. I had a big male bear that I used to leave extra fish about a hundred yards from my cabin. I'd leave the fish on a stump and the bear would eat them. When I would come home from the bar, sometimes he would stop me and I would roll down the window, and he would set his chin right on the doorjamb and I'd scratch his head—but that's stupid.


I work every morning, all morning, sometimes in the afternoons. Then sometimes I hunt in the afternoons—quail, doves, grouse up north—but just to stay alive, because writers die from their lifestyle but also from their lack of movement.


If you've written all day, you don't want to talk about it at the bar.


My grandmother lived to be ninety-seven, and I would carry her in and out of the house because she was arthritic and I was real strong then. Grandma said, "This has gone on too long, Jimmy." Ain't that a great thing to say?


All people disappear.


I didn't want to die on the Warner lot.


Has happiness changed with age? Yes, I expect less of everything.


No conclusions on time. Other than the old beginning, middle, and end.


You end up missing your dogs.


What's the meaning of it all? Seems to me nobody's got a clue. Quote Jim Harrison on that: Nobody's got a clue.


Now, where did I put my cane?

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Author Larry Brown's Squirrel recipe on F and S.Online Exclusive: Squirrel Recipes | Field & Stream

Lake Superior Webcams: Lake Superior Magazine



storm waves on MN's north shore.  photo by Layne Kennedy
I really like checking out webcams before traveling to places, and I was surprised to find a great listing of webcams on Superior, courtesy of the Lake Superior Magazine site. The magazine covers an extensive list of topics and geographical locations, and I have found it to be a very good publication. Here are links to some of the articles I have enj

Searching "surf" on the site brings up some great articles on surfing Lake Superior. Including a great picture of Tom Blake, a surfing pioneer, and legend.

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Sauna Times: Finnish Sauna Sayings and Language of the Sauna/Picture of sauna in MN and Finland. but not Finland, MN

Finnish sauna on shore of Lake Superior, Minnesota

sauna by lake in Finland

Finnish sauna sayings:
  • In the sauna one must conduct himself as one would in church 
  • The sauna is a poor man’s pharmacy 
  • If a sick person is not cured by tar, spirits [alcohol] or sauna, then they will die 
  • A woman looks her most beautiful after the sauna 
  • All men are created equal; but nowhere more so than in a sauna 
  • A house without a sauna is not a home 
  • A sauna without a birch whisk is like food without salt 
Language of the sauna
  • kiuas - sauna stove 
  • kiuaskivet - stones in/on the sauna stove 
  • loyly - steam, heat, humidity and temperature created by throwing water on hot stones 
  • kiulu - water bucket, usually made of wood 
  • loylykauha - ladle for throwing water on the stove 
  • vihta/vasta - whisk made of fresh birch branches for beating the body to aid circulation. 
  • laude - elevated platform to sit on 
  • laudeliina - special towel or disposable paper for sitting on 
  • lakeinen - opening in the ceiling of a smoke sauna where the smoke escapes during heating 
  • saunatonttu - sauna elf who, if you behave badly in the sauna, will become angry and burn it down 

See more at: http://www.saunatimes.com/category/articles/#sthash.3izr8IdY.dpuf

William Faulkner's "An Odor of Verbena" allusion, narrative style, and eternal verities



Link to William Faulkner's: "An Odor of Verbena" pdf.via aculty.weber.edu/

One allusion Faulkner uses in this short story, is from the Bible:

Matthew 26:52 New International Version (NIV)
52 “Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him, “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword."

Allusion and other italicized parts the story:
"Who lives by the sword shall die by it..."(Faulkner 214).
"At last it has happened" (Faulkner 214).
"At least this will be the chance to find out if I am what I think I am or if I just hope; if I am going to do what I taught myself is right or if I am just going to wish I were..."(Faulkner 215).



This story speaks to the "eternal" verities of the past, which leads me to think about the teachings in Faulkner's writings.
Faulkner's story is set in Mississippi, and takes place in the post Civil War Deep South. His vocabulary is amazing, with words like "presentiment", interwoven with concise and tension filled dialogue. The story also contains a common element of Faulknerian writing, which can be very disorientating, but also attractive over time; Faulkner's stories jump from past to present and blend these elements in a way that makes it all seems to morph together into the author's myopic dream vision perspectives of past occurrences and their effects on the present. This vision, which was fueled by large amounts of bourbon, horse back riding, and sitting on country porches slinging hunting stories, make the writer and his work classic.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

"Advice From Artists on How to Overcome Creative Block": by Maria Popova via dailygood.org


I was just thinking about the great things associated with good news, in sharp contrast to the gossip, and bad news following celebrities, and professional athletes, the stuff usually shown in the media. 
I found this site posted by a friend, and I am finding it a great place to visit daily, between writing breaks, or just to take some time to reflect on good news. Good news and solutions are much more appealing than the gossip, complaints, and violent crime focused upon by the media conglomerates.
I don't watch any regular news anyway.  I read the paper, but this site is a new's source I now follow:
 

Here is more about the site: link to source 

About Us


DailyGood was born in 1998, when one college student started sharing inspiration with a half a dozen of his friends by sending them an enriching quote every day.

Today, DailyGood leverages the internet to promote positive and uplifting news around the world to more than 100,000 subscribers through the daily and weekly newsletters. Readers receive a news story, an inspiring quote, and a suggested action that each person can take to make a difference in their own lives and the world around them.

Often times, watching the nightly news and reading mainstream newspapers it's hard to remember the presence of good in the world. And yet it is constantly around us. The world is full of everyday heroes and true stories of transformation. They have helped sustain life down the ages in a multitude of ways, small, simple and profound. DailyGood aims to shine a light on these stories and in doing so to change the nature of our conversations. If it can spread a few smiles along the way it's purpose is served.

Our philosophy is quite simple: "Be the change that you wish to see in the world." The entire project is fully run by dedicated volunteers who contribute hundreds of hours finding the right stories and quotes. All of our content is distributed and syndicated for free. We don't advertise or promote any products. We don't ask for anything with the trust that whatever is needed will come.

And in the end, we are thankful that so many benefit from DailyGood because it gives us a meaningful opportunity to serve.

Thank you for your partnership in spreading the good.

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Zen Koan

good living...zen cabin in paradise

"Dogen Zenji's Genjo-koan Lecture (8)from here
Rev. Shohaku Okumur

Director, Soto Zen Education Center


(Text: section 9)

"When a person attains realization, it is like the moon reflecting on the water. The moon never becomes wet; the water is never destroyed. Although it is a vast and great light, it reflects itself on a small amount of water. The whole moon and even the whole sky reflects on even a drop of dew on a blade of grass, or a single tiny drop of water. Realization does not destroy the person, as the moon does not make a hole in the water. The person does not obstruct realization, as a drop of dew does not obstruct the moon in the sky. The depth is the same as the height. [In order to investigate the significance of] the length and shortness of time, we should consider whether the water is great or small, and understand the size of the moon in the sky."

Kinda hard to get my head around this koan, but many of the images, created by the writer, are amazing.

I like the analogies, and the way the elements are often referred to in these short Zen reflections and stories. They all contain lessons, but sometime it takes me a while to find the message.

Montana politician vs. a drone


Keller Williams "Bird Song"

Amazing guitar and cover of GD's "Birdsong"

Surf Video by Cyrus Sutton "A Pleasurable Experience"

Surf Film by Cyrus Sutton
I have found all of Cyrus Sutton's films to be brilliant in terms of themes, and overall direction, including his auteurs eye for the exotic, living close to the land, and surfing a variety of geographic locations. I would recommend all of his films, but this is called, "A Pleasurable Experience" by Cyrus Sutton:


Bradley's Blog : Crack The Spine: "Crack the Spine loves the writte...

Bradley's Blog : Crack The Spine: "Crack the Spine loves the writte...: I submitted four, short fictional works to this publication today:  http://www.crackthespine.com/p/current-issue.html .  Here is some inf...

Park Point, Duluth: Lake Superior wavecam/webcam via Solglimt.



Duluth MN webcam from http://www.solglimt.com/webcam/webcam.html.
This is a fun camera to use for checking the conditions on the Park Point beach. Waves break pretty well here, and it is a sand bottom, which is nice for beginners. I also like to check this camera before heading out, or to double check the other forecasting sites, and web cams.

Crack The Spine: "Crack the Spine loves the written word"


I submitted four, short fictional works to this publication today: http://www.crackthespine.com/p/current-issue.html.  Here is some information from the site about CTS:

ABOUT
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Who We Are
Crack the Spine loves the written word. Some might say we're in love with the written word. But that's just a silly rumor. We publish diverse and sharp literary works, including flash fiction, micro-fiction, poetry, short stories, personal essays, and book reviews. We don't care if it's four words or four thousand words, if it's charged with artistry, we want to publish it. Given the choice, we will always select madness over method.

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Crack the Spine publishes an online digital magazine weekly. Works published online are automatically eligible to be selected for later publication in our quarterly print anthologies. If you're interested in submitting to Crack the Spine, review our submission guidelines.

Crack the Spine Literary Magazine is owned and published by Crack the Spine Press, LLC." Quoted from http://www.crackthespine.com/p/about.html.

They have a nice site, and you can read the current issue online, if you like to go on literary benders, or just want to read a good short story, I highly recommend the CTS site.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

FinnSurf-Movie on surfing in Finland-trailer

Finnsurf-Surfing in Finland seems to be similar to surfing in Minnesota, in many ways. I enjoy learning about Finnish culture, and the north shore of Minnnesota, and Michigan's UP are filled with towns, and many other things Finnish.
It seems like the window for surf is small, and the water is cold, and waves are very rare.  I like his commentary on surfing as an addiction, and the way it appeals to certain personalities.  He will cancel meetings, and lie to make time for surfing.
Great film on Finnish surf, enjoy the teaser above.

Fugazi: "Full Disclosure" video and lyrics

Fugazi was a DC punk band, whose songs address the following themes:
  • Social conformity
  • Commodification
  • SocioCultural Icons
  • Classification as a means of control

"Full Discloure" Fugazi Lyrics




i want out
i want a mutually assured destructive
life seizing separate culture to take me over
moving silent like radar
take me over and blow out my mind
full disclosure coming sponsored by no one
take me over and blow out my mind ejected

Eddie Rabbit "Drivin' My Life Away", and Stream of Consciousness themed in music and travel

It was a nice summer day, and Josh was the luckiest man in the world. He was just done traveling, and now it was a day for family time. The balance of skateboarding applies to life.  Finding a balance between freedom and not letting fear get in the way of charging, in life and skateboarding.   The death wobbles freak Josh out in both situations.
Josh had idealistic views on life.  He thought the open road would lead to promises set in motion by bands like Canned Heat and The Grateful Dead, not to mention the things Kerouac explained in On the Road.
But now Josh was listening to Willie Nelson,
"Living on the Road My Friend, was going to keep you free and clean, but now you wear your skin like iron, and breath as hard as kerosense..."
The unwashed road lay before Joshua, and pleaded to his itchy feet:
"Got to keep on ROLLLLLLINGGGGG.....

Eddie Rabbit


Well the midnight headlight find you on a rainy night
steep grade up ahead slow me down makin no time
gotta keep rollin
those windshield wipers slappin out a tempo
keepin perfect rhythm with the song on the radio
gotta keep rolling

Ooh I'm driving my life away, looking for a better way, for me
ooh I'm driving my life away, looking for a sunny day

Well the truck stop cutie comin' on to me
tried to talk me into a ride said I wouldn't be sorry
but she was just a baby
Hey waitress pour me another cup of coffee
pop me down jack me up shoot me out flyin' down the highway
lookin for the morning

Ooh I'm driving my life away, looking for a better way, for me
ooh I'm driving my life away, looking for a sunny day

Well the midnight headlight find you on a rainy night
steep grade up ahead slow me down makin no time
gotta keep rollin
those windshield wipers slappin out a tempo
keepin perfect rhythm with the song on the radio
gotta keep rolling

Ooh I'm driving my life away, looking for a better way, for me
ooh I'm driving my life away, looking for a sunny day