Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas Everyone


We want to wish everyone, family and friends a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from JJ and TS. Its been a bit of a rough one for all the families so THIS year we just get to enjoy each other and smell the roses a bit, be well everyone :)



The pic below shows TS hamin it up a few days ago in the exact spot we just took the sit down
 picture. Just a little snow this year :)


cheers
JJ

Lotta Snow


Here's a few pics showing the bird feeder we have on the table outside the kitchen window. You can see the chickadee's enjoying themselves.

Somehow we got the lift just right with 4 old bricks underneath the feeder :)





cheers

JJ

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Fallout 3


Enjoying this game a lot, worth buying. Here's one of my toons showin off a little pimpin' wasteland wanderer style with her spats. :)

Sunday, December 14, 2008

White December


I guess after last weeks post about how warm its been and the fact that we still have flowers blooming, somebody took notice and sent the cold :)


Here's TS enjoying the white stuff and a few other pics..




Sunday, December 7, 2008

New Garden bed for next year

We just finished building a new bed for next year. WE'll post images once we get it planted.











Theres TS peeking over the Gulag fence. We added the strand of barbed wire to keep the
 teenagers from goin across the deck in their shortcuts :)

December Garden


All the warm weather this year has our garden a little confused with plants still flowering here in December :)










Thursday, October 16, 2008

Remembering Jon Postel

Vint Cerf has written a very nice piece in rememberance of Jon Postel, lost to us 10 years today. Though I did not know the man personally, his work deeply affected my life as it did millions of others.

As Jon said:

“Be conservative in what you send and liberal in what you receive.”


cheers
JJ

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Duct Tape Heaven


I can't believe I saw these today, what a great idea for those (un)handy among us :)

They can be found here:

Original source:

cheers
JJ

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Cylon Contest

Just a quick note to let you know that though we did not win the Make a Cylon Contest, we did get "Cy" on to the front page over at Dvice. You can see him on their page here: http://dvice.com/archives/2008/08/at_last_dvices.php

cheers
JJ

Monday, September 8, 2008

Evening with Friends




We expanded a little bit the other day to have a few people over for dinner. We would love to see this all the time here but cars still come first :)

cheers
JJ


















Airgun Target



Being disabled has severely impacted my ability to do fun things so we looked around for things I would like to do, that I can do at home, and that don't require a big outlay of cash. We got hold of a Wii and are thoroughly enjoying it, but it doesn't get me outdoors. Then we discovered that airguns are an Olympic sport governed by the International Sport Shooting Federation and that you don't have to use high tech guns right off the bat.

So a little bit of work, and Sunday evenings after they roll up the street here, we can now practice for the 2012 Olympics...... wishful thinking but as the saying goes.... "Dream as if you will live for ever, Live as if you will die today".


cheers
JJ

Bird Cams

We have been experimenting with some webserver/web cam technology and have successfully installed a webcam inside one of our birdhouses. The birds used the house and other than being a little curious about the camera, didn't seem put out by it. We will be building a new birdhouse next spring that will incorporate this technology and we will then post vids on the blog for all to enjoy. :)



cheers
JJ











Garden Late August




Some pics from Late August...

cheers
JJ




















Our Chickadee's




We have about a dozen chickadee's that have adopted us and come visit every day, Their music is unique and garaunteed to make anybody smile. Scares me sometimes because I've taken to talking to them as if they can understand what I say.. well maybe they can sometimes :)

cheers
JJ

ps. our camera is an original digital camera that has been soaked in the ocean on one whaling trip and my skills with it leave a lot to be desired, so please bear with our attempts :)












Getting in out of the Rain




Our Sparrows don't like torrential downpours much :)

cheers
JJ



















Green Beans


The beans from our garden which we have now frozen loads of as well as incorporated into a number of dishes this summer.

cheers
JJ

Garden in Early August


Some pics from Early August.

cheers
JJ























Clearing Ivy




We have some "Ivy" that has taken over around here and is killing our trees. After talking with the Landlord, we figured we would attempt to save the trees without losing the privacy this Ivy accords us back here in our little oasis. We went up about 10 - 12 feet and cut it all the way around the trees to begin with and we will further trim and clean it this fall and next spring to enhance this area. Pics attached.

I'll do updates further through the year.....

cheers
JJ












Bathing Sparrows


Heres a few pics of our house sparrow friends taking dust baths. Though they may look like they are dead, I assure you they are not. They burrow their way into the dust and gravel till they have a little "tub" built and then they splash around in the dust in their "tubs". This is a delight to watch and very very comic.

cheers
JJ



Monday, July 28, 2008

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Digital Rights Managment

I have been thinking about this quite a bit lately as I've run into some difficulties regarding different DRM (digital rights management) schemes. The latest bit with yahoo shutting down their DRM based system and now talking about refunding customers brings forward the whole who owns what issue.

If I purchase a song, be it, an LP, 8-track, CD, or from an online or other source, what are my rights? Do I have a right to enjoy that music/movie/other for the rest of my life? I think so, but DRM means that if the Company that sold it to me has financial trouble, or just chooses to turn off their DRM systems, I lose that right.

Perhaps (especially with the new ACTA and the move towards extending the lifespan of copyright) its time to endemnify the consumer. Since I don't ever enjoy that "right to listen/view/etc" inherent with any media with attached DRM technology, perhaps the Company selling the media should not enjoy their profit until the end of life of the product.

Here's the suggestion..

Have all revenues for media sold with digital rights management be held until the copyright for the media expires, at which point, the selling company may release the DRM on the media and collect their money. Have the governments hold this money in trust and they can refund the customer from this fund if the selling company ever turns off the DRM prior to the expiration of the copyright.

heh, ok, applying flame retardent and ducking down in my foxhole now for some much needed rest :)

cheers
JJ

TS's Earwig Bait

TS gave me a smack with the clue bat after I posted a reference to her work clearing up our earwig problem and didn't remember to post the recipe she is using. I consider myself clued :) , and here's the recipe...

1 cup of water
1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
1 tablespoon of honey (we've seen another recipe using molasses but haven't tried it.)
1 teaspoon 0f dry yeast

We are using both the bottoms from a few pots (very similar to a plastic saucer) and traps from Stokes Seeds (www.stokeseeds.com) where animals have access.

cheers
JJ

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Planning for All Hallow's Eve



We figured last year when we went and bought pumpkins, that this year we should grow our own. And since we were, we should try and grow enough for the other residents here in our little paradise. Here are a couple of shots of the flowers we see for an hour or so in the mornings before they fade away.





cheers
JJ

The Magic Beans



And Jack did sow the seeds that grew into the beanstalk, and we have beans for our soup :)

You can see the beanstalk (red runner beans) growing all over the side of the house, and after an initial war with earwigs (TS won this with a secret recipe of kitchen organics she found on the web), which seem to enjoy the baby beans as much they enjoyed our first crop of celery, cucumbers and carrots. Not to worry, we have replanted the plants that were eaten :)

As you can see we are getting beans as big as celery stalks :)

cheers
JJ

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Garden Today





As you can see, a couple of weeks of real summer weather make a HUGE difference in our garden :)
The white box is a target system for our airguns, in among the pumpkin patch.







The blackberries and tomatoes are going wild. You can tell we rarely use the car :)



































cheers
JJ

Garden in July

This is mid July in our Garden. The garden against the wall has a bird bath that gets daily use from our population of birds since we moved a potted grass plant over to provide them a little cover. The climbing plants are mostly Canary Vine which we enjoyed so much last yaer for its many small yellow flowers. The morning glory we are maintaining (we pull morning glory from the rest oif the bed in a daily battle) in the corner is climbing an old Penguins Paperback book rack we repurposed as a planter. There is also a large pumpkin growth we hope will provide pumpkins for everyone here at Halloween time :)



As you can see, our blackberry vine has grown spectacularly well this year and will be providing "kilotons" of berries for our use this year. We have planted upside down tomatoes again and they are doing very well, and each post has a single pot containing California Poppies, nasturciums and canary vine for color through the season.







Our "vege-table" is working very well for lettuce providing us an ongoing source, but an infestation of earwigs cleared out the cucumbers/celery/carrots. Our onions are still doing well, and we are planting more lettuce on an ongoing basis. The scarlet runner beans are loving our place and though the earwigs are fighting with us for them, we seem to be winning the battle. TS has come up with a concoction she puts out at night that the earwigs, woodbugs, slugs and wasps all seem to like as the little traps are full every morning :) You can see my CD door screen here that is detailed elsewhere on the site. The peas growing up the netting are producing well, just not growing very big.

More as the season progresses.

cheers
JJ