Thursday, April 29, 2010

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Green treated deck

Just finished building this deck today in St. Francis, MN.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Fishing at the Cabin

I went fishing at the cabin and it was a success.  I found a downed tree where fish were jumping and started catching. 



Monday, April 19, 2010

Grooveshark

Lately I have been using a website called Grooveshark, which is like a Youtube for music. You can search and listen to pretty much any song.  You can get an account for free and save playlists as well, and if you pay $3 a month you can eliminate the ads on the right side. (I can deal with the ads personally)

Grooveshark

Fix a mobile photo

I found an excellent article on lifehacker on fixing a photo taken by a camera phone using photoshop.  I used this method with a cell phone photo I took and it worked great.  The results are posted below.  Original article:  Punch Up A Photo In Under 60 Seconds

Before

After

Saturday, April 17, 2010

A day at the cabin




I spent a day up at my parents cabin helping them put together their new roll in dock.  I also did a little fishing, but only caught a large-mouth bass that was just a little too small to keep.  The dogs got a lot of well needed exercise which included Frank playing fetch while Rocky attacked him and tried to keep Frank from having fun. (see the picture below) 

Rocky being jealous of Frank

Friday, April 16, 2010

Dogs

Dogs keeping each other warm.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Garden Entry #4

Yesterday I transplanted my tomatoes and peppers outdoors, and into larger pots.  I also weeded the cabbage, broccoli, lettuce, and mesclun classic mix that are already in the garden.
Tomatoes and Peppers
Lettuce and Mesclun mix


Close up of Mesclun mix


I think Broccoli and Cabbage (could be reversed)

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Messing around with Google Buzz

This is a test this is only a test, sorry I haven't posted anything lately, I have been working and job hunting.  Lame!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Camping the Old-fashioned Way

Right now I am camping the old-fashioned way with an internet connection and a laptop by the fire.  Ahhhh, nothing beats roughin' it. Now I know how Lewis and Clark must have felt.  I have an unlocked HP iPAQ Voice Messenger running Windows Mobile, which is sharing a $10/month T-mobile unlimited wireless internet connection to my old IBM Thinkpad A22m laptop.  For $10/month I only get T-Mobile's EDGE, which is faster than dial-up but much slower than DSL or cable.  I assume Lewis and Clark only had dial-up, and I wouldn't be surprised if they constantly shut their laptop off out of frustration with such slow internet speeds.  

Friday, April 2, 2010

How to make farmer's cheese cheap and easy

I have been making farmer's cheese for a while and since it is so easy, here's how to do it.
Things you need:

  • 1 gallon of milk
  • 1/2 cup vinegar (i use distilled white but I'm not sure if it matters what kind you use)
  • 1 table spoon of salt
  • cheese cloth (got mine from walmart in the fabric section)
1. Bring the milk to a boil, make sure to stir often so it does burn.
2. Remove from heat, slowly stir in vinegar.  The milk will curd at this point.
3. Dump the contents into a colander lined with cheese cloth.
4. Stir in salt, grab the 4 corners of the cheese cloth and twist.
5. Put the lump of cheese between two flat surfaces that are slanted (so water drains) with weight on top
6. Wait for 2 hours and enjoy about 1.5 pounds of farmer's cheese.

Garden Entry #3

Here is another update on my garden, and in case you were wondering what was what I labeled the rows in the photo below.  If the picture doesn't make sense, the first 4 row starting from the left are tomatoes, the fifth row is habanero peppers, the sixth row is green peppers, and the seventh row is pepperoncini peppers.