Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Polyface Farm Pt.1

Meet the farmer: Joel Salatin: The preacher of Pastured Poultry and Pig Profits.

How Joel Salatin Nets 60k/year on 20 Acres of Rented Land!

Joel Salatin's lecture on making money through farming innovation.  He is a wealth of knowledge.

Starting a Farm / North Central SARE Event Calendar / North Central SARE Event Calendar / Events / North Central SARE - North Central SARE

photo from Nat. Geo. article on Sustainable Agriculture

Starting a Farm / North Central SARE Event Calendar / North Central SARE Event Calendar / Events / North Central SARE - North Central SARE

Free Webinar on starting a farm. Preregistration is required. I am a fan of these webinars, and this one addresses a very important aspect of farming. How does an individual go about starting a farm?  I think the most valuable part of this webinar will be the discussion of acquiring land, which is a huge obstacle for most beginning farmers in rural or urban areas.

For more information and to register, check out http://www.farmcommons.org/webinars.

Farm to Table: Building Local and Regional Food Systems

Farm to Table: Building Local and Regional Food Systems  follow this link to SARE.

I have been a fan of SARE(Sustainable Agricultural Research and Education for a long time, as it holds

a plethora of free information concerning food, farming, and innovative practices associated with both of these topics, among many other topics. It is a useful site for educator, farmers, consumers, and anyone else interested in sustainable agricultural practices. Check it out, and let me know what you think!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

MIT OCW- free MIT course materials online!

I am reviewing MIT's list of courses they provide for free via their OCW site. I first became aware of this site last year, and used and cited some of the material in my writing classes.
Descriptions of MIT's open courses, and the list of courses, which is very extensive, is listed at the following link: MIT OCW courses

Here is a brief overview of this free service from MIT's site:
"“The idea is simple: to publish all of our course materials online and make them widely available to everyone.”
Dick K.P. Yue, Professor, MIT School of Engineering
Unlocking Knowledge

MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity.
View a list of our most visited courses
Empowering Minds

Through OCW, educators improve courses and curricula, making their schools more effective; students find additional resources to help them succeed; and independent learners enrich their lives and use the content to tackle some of our world’s most difficult challenges, including sustainable development, climate change, and cancer eradication.
Read more about how our materials are making a difference"

Textbroker: content writing freelance site for newbies with video

I just registered for textbroker.com, and complete their first online writing diagnostics. I have heard many positive reviews of textbroker.com from a number of friends. I always ask the textbroker.com author's the most important question, "But do you get paid?".  The answer is yes, and for the emerging content writer, with many interests, textbroker.com registration is free, so what do I have to lose?
Once my writing diagnostic is evaluated (week or less according to site), I will be able to find some content writing mini gigs, and will be sure keep my blog readers posted on making money with textbroker.com.
Here is a short video tutorial on completing your first order from textbroker.com:

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Human Powered RV

This is a brilliant looking recreational vehicle. It would only be applicable in subtropical climates but it would look sweet and draw the attention of other rver's fo sho!

Ice houses made from truck sleepers, fishing shanty pictures

I am still looking for ideas on building a new icehouse. Here are some of my favorite designs, and they reuse truck sleepers, which is really innovative.  The sleeper already have doors, and look to be very easy to convert into ice houses.  I have found a few on craigslist in this area for cheap $50-$200, by doing a search for "truck sleepers":
truck sleeper ice house

ROEHL free truck driver training, and hometime options.

When I used to live in Wisconsin, Roehl, pronounced  "Rail", trucks were a very familiar site. They are a large trucking companies, but what I like about Roehl is the way they offer home time choices for drivers, and they also have an excellent training program. 
Here is a one minute video on Roehl's truck driver training, which is free:

And a video on Roehl's hometime options:

The 7/7 option would limit a driver's income potential, but the home time options would make up for it in terms of quality of life.  Check out Roehl if you are looking for home time options, and free training.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sauna link

Northern Shamanism link
I like the information on the link above, as it explains the importance of sauna.
We fired up our sauna yesterday for the first time this winter and with an outside temp. of 20F,
and the temperature inside the sauna at 160F, the experience always makes me feel a different
perspective, despite the cold.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Beastie Boys - Body Movin(original version)

Beck - Lost Cause

"Lost Cause"

Your sorry eyes cut through the bone
They make it hard to leave you alone
Leave you here wearing your wounds
Waving your guns at somebody new

Baby you're lost
Baby you're lost
Baby you're a lost cause

There's too many people you used to know
They see you coming they see you go
They know your secrets and you know theirs
This town is crazy; nobody cares

Baby you're lost
Baby you're lost
Baby you're a lost cause

I'm tired of fighting
I'm tired of fighting
Fighting for a lost cause

There's a place where you are going
You ain't never been before
No one left to watch your back now
No one standing at your door
That's what you thought love was for

Baby you're lost
Baby you're lost
Baby you're a lost cause

I'm tired of fighting
I'm tired of fighting
Fighting for a lost cause

Boardwalk Empire theme song

RISE Eddie Vedder


Such is the way of the world
You can never know
Just where to put all your faith
And how will it grow?
Gonna rise up
Burning black holes in dark memories
Gonna rise up
Turning mistakes into gold...

Such is the passage of time
Too fast to fold
Suddenly swallowed by signs
Lo and behold
Gonna rise up
Find my direction magnetically
Gonna rise up
Throw down my ace in the hole

leroy brown jim croce

night moves heard on power loon

"Night Moves"

I was a little too tall
Could've used a few pounds
Tight pants points hardly reknown
She was a black-haired beauty with big dark eyes
And points all her own sitting way up high
Way up firm and high

Out past the cornfields where the woods got heavy
Out in the back seat of my '60 Chevy
Workin' on mysteries without any clues
Workin' on our night moves
Tryin' to make some front page drive-in news
Workin' on our night moves
In the summertime
In the sweet summertime

We weren't in love, oh no, far from it
We weren't searchin' for some pie in the sky summit
We were just young and restless and bored
Livin' by the sword
And we'd steal away every chance we could
To the backroom, to the alley or the trusty woods
I used her, she used me
But neither one cared
We were gettin' our share
Workin' on our night moves
Tryin' to lose the awkward teenage blues
Workin' on our night moves
And it was summertime

And oh the wonder
We felt the lightning
And we waited on the thunder
Waited on the thunder

I awoke last night to the sound of thunder
How far off I sat and wondered
Started humming a song from 1962
Ain't it funny how the night moves
When you just don't seem to have as much to lose
Strange how the night moves
With autumn closing in

Oak Hill cabin draft


The faded remnants of the cabin are tough like this cold, desolate place, and some of the hobo's original building supplies stubbornly refuse to be taken back by this earth, despite being exposed to this harsh land for the past 50 seasons. It was once the seasonal home of a train hobo, back in the 1960’s, and to time lapse until now, 2014:

I see the large, oak dotted, savanna hillside has claimed back almost all of the small log cabin’s crumbling remains. It’s faltering ruins sit on the west end of the small muskrat pond, and I imagine the original inhabitant placed it here so he could rise each morning with the sun, and sit and watch the small pond come alive.

Now, father and I sit in our homemade, or store bought, deer stands, overlooking the cabin ruins, and the still remaining, and relatively untouched, muskrat pond. We come to this place for a few days each year, during the Minnesota deer hunting season.

The flattened tobacco can stovepipe thimble still lies in the cabin’s ruins, along with some rotting posts and hand cut logs; logs used for the first run of the small cabin. A few concrete bricks and other debris can still be found, but the earth has taken much of this once inhabited spot back, at least for now.

When I was young, and spent more time exploring out in the these same woods in 1987:

I found some of the hobo’s old peanut butter jars, and Prince Albert tobacco cans, from back when he would stay, or squat, in this small cabin during the short, Minnesota summers. 
I bring them home, and hide them in the wall of the tin quonset.

According to my father, the hobo would arrive via the northbound train in May, and leave on the southbound train in the first part of September. I imagine he never stuck around to deer hunt, that is if they even had licensing for such things fifty years ago.

The architecturally savvy hobo picked a fine place for a shack, and over time I have come to appreciate the unique location . This farmland, which hasn’t been tilled since I started hunting it, is teetering on the edge of three important ecological intersections, at the confluence of Minnesota’s forest, prairie, and oak savanna. I am jealous of the hobo’s eye for great building sites.

I want to honor this place by building a small cabin of my own on the same spot. I will reuse the hobo’s handmade thimble, and I have a small ice fishing house woodstove, and a length of pipe I will use to heat the small space. I never met the cabin’s original inhabitant, but I share his vision. This is the perfect place for a small, handmade shelter of my own.

$44 dollar ice house/greenhouse from Menards

lady not included
This is my idea for a cheap portable for this year. Might have to weight it down or
attach to a sheet of treated plywood with zip ties, and thin it will be time to fish. Might
use spray paint to cover some of the clear plastic, and leave spots for windows, insert
buddy heater, radio, and buckets, and it should be a good little shelter for calm days.
Not heading up to Lake of the Woods with this setup, but should work well for round here.
Link to clearance shack at Menards

Portable Pop-up Ice Fishing Shelter Plans via Mother Earth News.1986

link to article

Thursday, November 6, 2014

permies homesteading forum

http://www.permies.com/ link

Ice house pictures: one person ice house made from freezer with safety features included?

Here are two pictures of ice fishing house designs I like due to the way they incorporate natural light for the short, dark days of winter:

&quotThe Lakehouse" that Ron Ingals of Hermon built is mostly scavenged materials supplemented with $150 worth of purchased items. It features a large picture window, a spice cabinet (Ron likes to cook) a wood stove and home sewn curtains to name a few. All told, ice auger and snowmobile included, his investment is $250. Ron has three kids, so frugality is not an option, it is a requirement, he says.

But the most financially friendly and ingenious design goes to the builder of the freezer ice house:

The &quotChest Freezer Shack" can be used as a tote sled or can be converted by standing up into an ice shack. It has an electrical cable tray for runners, caped with nylon paper-machine foils.

This is a one person ice house made from a freezer. I remember the warnings when I was younger to never go inside an old freezer, but this is a very cool way to reuse the old icebox. Plus, this design comes with free integrated insulation.
The &quotChest Freezer Shack" can be used as a tote sled or can be converted by standing up into an ice shack. It has an electrical cable tray for runners, caped with nylon paper-machine foils.

he &quotChest Freezer Shack" can be used as a tote sled or can be converted by standing up into an ice shack. It has an electrical cable tray for runners, caped with nylon paper-machine foils.
Freezer  house

sled shanty pics. from iceshanty.com

Ice fishing house building plans link


Ice Shanty Diagram
From iceshanty.com
view the thread

pics. of 4 x 8 fishhousef from iceshanty.com

Walls are 1.5"x2.5" ripped from 2x6"s, the shack is 6'3" tall on the inside

I got two brand new 12"x30" windows for free from a friend and I will be making 2 more plexiglass windows that are 12"x8" (Sorry picture wont up load)

I also got a free older shack that had tin on it so I took it off the tin and put it on the one I am making now. here are a couple pic's with the tin on the new shack. the old shack that had the tin on it was crap and weigh a ton because it was steel.

2013 Deer Harvest by Zone: Map of Minnesota

210, the zone is which I hunt, had a 2.3-3.7 for last year, and I hope to secure some venison for the winter.

"Trapper", new series, pilot

The Woodsman Trapper

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

short scenes/my writing/comments appreciated!

The freshly laid plywood soaks in the morning sun. I walk to the garage for more nails and a tape measure. I leave footprints in the freshly peeled plywood. The days skateboarding don’t get any better than this...I can drop in on my ramp, feeling the transitions I patiently cut, and do an axle stall on steel coping, hearing the “tink” sound of my trucks, metal on metal, feeling my weight shift as I slide the metals together a little, confidently dropping back in, ready before I even leave, for the endless transitions.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

portable sauna via tiny homes

night scene sauna
portable sauna with steel siding. looks functional, light weight, and really good.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

kate upton choppers

Amrie and the evening sun! pic.

punks and poets jason jessee is funny

chicken combing and jason jessee going viral

I have the hawk, but it didn't include a suede leather jacket and richie rich jet

FLY THE Hawk Ad. 1978

mid-range superseries.
My father and I bought our honda hawk on a trip out to visit my older brother and his family in Bismarck, ND on Easter back in 2001. The bike was in Buelah, and 300$ cash took her. Fun bike!  Might have to do some carb. work this winter, and take her down south, or just buy a new bike.

hawk honda photos from the web.

my bike has the baby blue and orange tank. last tank exploded due to gas fumes and mig welder

1978 honda hawk carb. cleaning videos

carb. cleaning on the hawk is my next project.

in depth video of carb. cleaning on the 400t 1978 hawk honda

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