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So I had these coins.

These *dirty* coins.

I left a syringe of expoxy in my car after an abortive repair attempt. And it leaked. Not the hardener, mind you. Just the resin. It leaked directly into my change compartment, coating all my change in a sticky, gooey, Gieger-esque mass.

I tried to clean them. With soap. And shaking.

*Lots* of shaking.

But to no avail! They remained slimy enough to be useless. I was going to just ditch them. Leave then on the street for those less fortunate than myself, lonely and forgotten. They were so bad I had to spit polish them with a dirty napkin just to use them at Taco Bell.

Really! I had given up.

I had given up, until the city of Austin changed it's fucking downtown parking regulations to include Saturday nights until fucking *midnight*.

I'm not fond of paying for parking.

Until now. :)
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Many in Austin have been familiar with the Rhizome Collective, an urban sustainability and social justice group that was both a non-profit organization and the space it occupied. Evidently in the midst of Much Drama, the property owners sold the building after a series of city inspections shut it down. I've got a lot to say about this, but I'm going to bed for now. Part of it has to do with the situation with the Rhizome itself, and part of it has to do with implications this has for the transformation of my own property from private to collective ownership, and lessons that might be learned from the Collective's experience.
errantember: (Little Cowboy Scott)
I've always hated SXSW. Maybe it's all the Intruders. Maybe it's being unable to actually experience my beloved city without a fucking high-priced douchetag. Maybe it's because I've never once actually, you know, *listened* to any of the *music*. But this year, *THIS* *YEAR*, I have my revenge!



There's lot more where that came from, and don't miss out on the comments, or you will miss out on the HATE!
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Every wanted to live in an intentional community, eco-village, or permaculture co-op? This Sunday from 3-5 PM, Austin's own Kaleidoscope Village is hosting a Conversation Cafe to help educate people about their community. Kaleidoscope is a long-time project to create a sustainable co-housing village including a group house and kitchen, car-free interior, organic gardens, rain catchment, and much more. Unlike many projects of it's kind, it's actually *happening* thanks to years of dedicated effort by it's proponents. For more details, see the website. If I were not working on my own, much smaller permaculture co-op here in south Austin, this is where I'd be looking to live.

Here are the details:
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I had a *blast* at OrFunner 2008! Thanks to everyone who made it happen!
OrFunner seemed a little bit less well-attended than Decompression, I'd guess about 350-400 people. We had two larger sound systems, the stage and the Blue Moon Roadhouse, as well as several smaller chill venues. Tink make an appearance, as did the LED balloons and five or six firedancers, including me.
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After getting my filter for doing visible-light-only photography, I found myself wandering around downtown taking, shockingly, *pictures*.

Whining about a few truly idiotic feature choices aside, the new camera *rules*. The only regrets about buying it will belong to the offspring of the design engineers.
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Actually, I haven't measured any pee this time around yet, but I'm brewing some tea right now.

As part of my recently expanding awareness of what I'm putting into my body, I came to the realization that most of the city water in Austin has a PH of about 10! For those unfamiliar with the scale, it goes from 0 being the most acid to 14 being the most basic. So the water in Austin is *really* basic, largely because of the limestone that makes up the aquifer.
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In what's probably the most exciting concert experience of my life, Information Society will be playing Elysium on Friday, January 18th! Tickets are on sale at Secret Oktober.

If you're not there, you're not me!

Oops.

Dec. 19th, 2007 09:08 am
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The Last Survivors!



So, despite the fact that, in Austin, we have *almost* no freezes during the year, the freezes we *do* have evidently still count. I personally think this is very unfair, except when it's conveniently killing fleas I haven't been able to exterminate any other way, because the amount of effort necessary to grow vegetables in a 365-day growing season is *WAY* less than in a 362 day growing season. The idea that some kind of random weather event can cause so much trouble when it happens so seldom does *not* sit well with me.

So, anyway, all five of my still-producing tomato plants were wiped out by two nights of sub-zero temperatures. These are all that are left. One new clone did survive, because of it's proximity to the soil, but likely I'm going to start over with better tomatoes anyway. The cherry tomatoes I got from Big Red Sun rocked, but the other two varieties were never all that vigorous.

My oranges and grapefruits are looking oranger and yellower all the time.
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My main complaint about my hotel is the fact that the wireless internet access has been out for two days now, and only *might* be fixed tomorrow. This makes planning and navigating in San Francisco much more difficult. The fact that the tub doesn't drain and the phone doesn't work were remedied by yet another room change. Internet access is likely to be sporadic for me for now. I'm currently at one of the few places that offers free wireless, which isn't ubiquitous here in SF like it is in Austin.

I attended Death Guild at the Glas Kat last night, which was great, and look forward to debuting my new leather pants and vinyl outfit there at Bondage-A-Go-Go tomorrow night. Tonight I have no specific plans, so I'll be heading down to the Fulsom/Castro area and cruising around for a party.
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While everyone else is partying at Flipside, I'll be in San Francisco for my cousin's wedding, after which I'll be loose on the town there for a few days.

I didn't really realize how important Flipside had become to me over the past 5 un-interrupted years until I suddenly wasn't going.

I'm going to have a blast in SF, but my heart will be lost before I go. :<
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First I went Wednesday evening to H(o)abitat Suites, a local all-organic hotel that is generously loaning us space for our free permaculture classes, to see a presentation by Andy Erwin, formerly of Boggy Creek Farm. It was all about ways to succeed with small-scale farming in Austin. He mentioned countless plants, tips, website, and other information and was very driven and inspirational. I definitely plan to tap him as a resource regarding future home farming efforts.

So after including a lot of trellised walkways in the design for my yard, I decided I should return to Construction Site X around midnight to take advantage of the big-ass pile of ash juniper that had been massacred I saw on my last walkabout there. After getting lost for a while, I discovered the Big Fucking Pile where all the topsoil for, evidently, the entire development is being kept. I climbed a small mountain of dirt, rocks, roots and twigs in search of decent sized pieces of juniper to take home. The tree pile didn't show itself. In the meantime, I pulled and sawed a few pieces I found sticking out at random. I also collected a few interesting root clusters that could make lawn ornaments and good habitats for wildlife. I finally located what was left of the tree pile, and about doubled my juniper find there. More importantly, however, I discovered where the trees had gone. Next to the big mountain of dirt, there was small mountain of wood mulch. The timing is perfect, as I just returned a shitty $30 wood chipper to Goodwill largely because it was too noisy and dangerous for my lot. I've been meaning to find a way to utilize the entire bed of the CR-V for such cargo, and I think I've an idea that will work. I'm going to duct tape together a bunch of contractor bags to cover the entire bed as high as I can attach it. Then I can go forth with a wheelbarrow and a rake and, as they say in investing, "back up the truck." I heard from a local source that they often have to pay someone to take the mulch away, so the small amount I can nab will be doing them a proportionally small favor. I may also be sneaky and transport my trash lumber to their pile so they can mulch it for me.

Not that I'm routinely a sneaky individual.

In addition to the above booty, I also nabbed several limestone rocks with the holes in them. I may also pick up a few more next trip, as all the limestone I've gotten so far has been hole-less.
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Normal pictures can only show about 7 EV (levels) of difference between the darkest and brightest part of a picture. This can make it hard to photograph things like a mountain sunset, since the sun is very bright but everything else is more than 7 EV away in the dark. By taking several pictures at different shutter speeds and combining them mathematically, it's possible to get a final picture where both the sun and the mountains are visibly exposed. This technique is called High Dynamic Range photography. The upper-left picture is the final result, while the other three show the range of exposures taken for reference. Notice that both the highlights of the darkest and shadows of the brightest originals are all present in the finished product. This picture shows details from over an 11 EV range squashed down to fit onto a normal computer monitor, which can only display about 1/2 of that dynamic range.

Thanks to Ryan Hayes for turning me onto this.
errantember: (Little Cowboy Scott)
The infra-red remote for the camera I'm using in my Foot Photography Booth for Burning Man is very small. When you decided to immortalize your $300 go-go boots/playa-ravaged feet/contorted gonads for some random perverted stranger, wouldn't *you* rather press a BIG button than some chumpy little circle? So I went to Frys and bought a memorizing remote, tried it with the camera remote. And it worked! So I programmed all 9 numeric keypad digits to transmit the FIRE! signal, and I'm going to make a big, fat rubber button that fits over all 9 of them at once. I'll still need to do some testing, but I think I can write this major milestone off my checklist.

As a brief aside, I was fucking *starving* and on deadline at Frys, so I ordered a sandwich. I didn't realize they would assume it was a "for here" order, so I when I went to check out I slapped this roast beef sandwich onto the counter. The checkout girls smiled and said "Wow! No one has ever brought us lunch before!"

Right at this moment, one of the most important moments of my life, years of discipline and training paid off. Had I not reached my current level of maturity, had I let the headrush of flirting overcome my good sense, I would have said:

"Would you like Frys with that?"

At which point I would clearly have been struck down by God with enough force to annihilate all of Round Rock and a substantial portion of North Austin. Obviously, other than killing Ryan, no major loss to Austin at large. However, becoming a faint burn-shadow defining the center of a 10-mile blast crater gently adrift in the powerdered bodies and broken dreams of a minor municipality was not part of my plans for this particular Thursday.

Instead, I said *nothing*.

Nothing.



"And baby Jesus smiled."

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