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January 5, 2011

Close encounter of the Turkey kind

Filed under: Humor,Outdoors — Tags: , — Marcus @ 11:50 pm

So, I know that I have not updated the blog in a couple weeks, however, I can assure you that there was a very good reason for my sudden disappearance.  You see, being a wilderness person such as I am and also having the need to capture and report back moments that very few will ever see, sometimes you come across an opportunity and have no choice but to just follow it through to the very end.

This last couple weeks have been that, it all started when I was out on one of my daily 30 mile hikes in the wilderness preparing for the day ahead as I walk mile after mile, I came across a group of turkeys, and the thought struck me, I should dedicated my time to getting closer to this flock, have them accept me as one of their own.  I have dedicated every moment since to that goal.

Sure it was difficult getting used to the frigid waters I now bathe in so as not to have any lingering scents from the human population.  And I have had to really depend on my wild edible skills that I honed over the summer so that I didn’t have to leave the flock behind to eat.  But as you will soon see, my hard work has paid off, little by little the flock has accepted me, inch by inch, they have let me closer to them.

So without further ado, please enjoy the fruits of my labors:

What, you don’t believe me that it took me two weeks of my every waking moments to get those pictures?  OK then, I confess, it took me about 2 hours of walking around the Chagrin River Park with my camera to get this series of pictures, and some more you will be seeing on the blog in the upcoming month.

I had actually gone to the park right at sunrise to try and get some pictures for the blog, I have seen this group of turkeys before and I had hoped to get some pictures of them or a massive buck I see there sometimes.  As I was walking down one of the trails I saw the turkeys so I just sat down in the middle of the trail to see where they were going to go.

As luck would have it, there was another group coming up on a trail ahead of me to the right and they were making a good deal of noise talking and such, and the turkeys took one look at them and headed right towards me!  I just sat there taking picture after picture expecting them to turn away at any moment, but they didn’t.  The turkeys got to be about 8 feet from me before they decided I wasn’t moving so they might as well head into the woods as apposed to walking right up to me and demanding that I rub their bellies!

October 31, 2010

Knitting vs. Zombies

Filed under: Humor,Misc — Tags: , , — Meagan @ 2:00 am

This is a guest post from my wife Meagan, I hope to have her start contributing articles from time to time on some of the awesome meals we make and also on some of the projects she works on.  Enjoy!

I am a member of the Harry Potter Knitting/Crocheting House Cup (HPKCHC) group on Ravelry, an online knitting and crocheting community. As part of HPKCHC, you are Sorted into a House (I’m in Gryffindor) where you are challenged to complete various class assignments to gain points for your House. Classes might include Herbology, Charms, Flying, Arithmancy, Potions, Care of Magical Creatures, etc.

One of the most fun parts of this group is that it really challenges to push yourself and your knitting abilities, and also that you can fit nearly any project into any class with a little creativity and of course, a hefty amount of BS. 😉

One class this month was Defense Against the Dark Arts, or DADA. The assignment for that class was “Craft an object that somehow wards off a haunting by the undead.” Of all the many undead candidates, I choose the most obvious threat to everyday life: Zombies.

Here is my completed assignment:

In preparation for the Zombie Apocalypse, I decided to make use of a little-known fact about Zombies: spirals confuse them and make them dizzy! Therefore I decided to make this scarf since its spiraling ringlets are both zombie-repelling and fashionable:

Here is a picture showing me brandishing my scarf at zombies, which will make them very dizzy and confuse them long enough for me to make a hasty escape.

Thanks for reading my guest entry and may your Hallowe’en be both cavity-free and Zombie-free!

May 5, 2010

He can’t even get the BEEPING alphabet right!

Filed under: Ham Radio,Humor — Tags: , , — Marcus @ 11:48 am

As I have mentioned earlier on the blog, I am learning Morse code.  I have now progressed to the point where I know the whole alphabet and am now practicing sending code using my ham radio.  However for the most part I am not actually transmitting when I am practicing.  With that in mind here is a converstation I had with Meagan last night after I got done with my Morse code practice:

Me: So I started sending the alphabet over and over on my radio tonight, I think it will be  a good way to make sure I really know all the letters.

Meagan: … Blank Look …

Me: I think after I get comfortable with sending the alphabet I might just start sending random articles out of some of my magazines, that will be more like regular conversation and would also be good practice.

Meagan: (Slowly) So you are transmitting the alphabet over and over?  Isn’t there like some ham radio operator losing his mind listening to you?


Me: Oh, no, I am not actually transmitting, I am just running it through my radio.

Meagan: Oh, good.  I can just see some ham radio guy screaming at his radios as they hear you transmit the alphabet for the n’th time, “He can’t even get the BEEPING (get it, beeping? its morse code) alphabet right!”

So after we got that worked out we had a bit of fun imagining what people would have thought if I had actually been transmitting, here are some of the highlights:

  1. I would probably single handed kill off Morse code as the operators listening wouldn’t be able to take it.
  2. Somehow I would end up transmitting the alphabet by sound instead of the actual correct dit’s and dah’s (think dah, dah, dit, dit, dah, dah, dah, dit, dah, dit, dah….).  Yeah you are running out screaming now too right?
  3. I would get a ton of people replying to my transmitting hoping they could just shut me up.

Anyways, Morse code practice is going good, but I better double check to make sure I am not actually transmitting…

March 20, 2010

The purpose driven puppy

Filed under: Dogs,Humor — Tags: , , , , — Marcus @ 8:36 am

* Please note, today’s post is from a guest writer, our Madison pup *

Today I would like to talk to you about a very important topic: purpose.  Purpose is an important part of any puppy’s life, and it should be an important part of your life as well.  You need to have a goal upon waking each morning – something to drive you throughout the day. My purpose, my driving force, my ultimate goal  is to make sure that everyone in the house is up by  6am.

The great thing about goals like these are they are easily measurable, plus once you have met you goal you can go back to bed for the day, isn’t puppyhood awesome!?

So having a goal is not enough. You need a plan as well. Take me, for example. I don’t care if I have to get every toy in the house out, I am determined to find the nosiest toy that hasn’t been hidden yet. Failing that, I will scratch on doors and cry for literally minutes if I have to – you must stay true to your goals, you see.

Another thing, planning is key for your goals and purpose.  Without proper planning, how can you expect to ever achieve your purpose?  Let me give you another example. In order to wake up everyone in the house up in the morning, I have to do some serious planning. You see, if I just run around trying to bark and make noise I will get picked up or foiled in some other way.  However if I lay in a really cute position and pretend to be asleep, no one will think of me being a risk to the sleepy, then as soon as they are not paying attention to me, I can strike.! You see, with proper planning reaching my goals becomes much easier!

One last thought, though. Don’t let other people tell you your goals and purpose in life are not worth it or are not achievable, I swear that some mornings everyone in the house is against me achieving my goals, but let me tell you, I never let that get in the way.  Once I achieve my goals for the day it all feels worthwhile!

Since I am first introducing Madison on the blog here I wanted to include a link to the great breeder we got her from, Amy @ www.ajjlsyorkies.com.  We looked for awhile to find the perfect breeder to work with, and there is soo much to love about her breeding program, check out her website (I host it now!), and if you are thinking of getting a puppy, get in touch with her.

February 26, 2010

My Daily Reading List

Filed under: Humor,Misc — Marcus @ 1:36 pm

I sincerely apologize to everyone that is reading this today, you may have had things planned to get done, but if you have a moment of weakness and actually visit the sites I have listed you may well lose a day or a week browsing around them 🙂

Every morning when I get up I have a list of blogs and websites I check out, its a pretty decently long list, and there is a lot of good content in them so I present the list:





Like I said, I am truly sorry.  However you should be able to catch up on those different sites if you are diligent for a couple weeks.  Once you get caught up it only takes about half an hour in the morning to read the new stuff.


February 1, 2010

Turning E. Coli into flesh eating bio-diesel creating machines

Filed under: Humor,Science — Marcus @ 6:18 pm

Please note the following post is an attempt at humor, do not take my warnings seriously, otherwise we will have scientists trying to find smoke from some dinosaur’s car that got captured in a clay pot and they will see if they can reconstruct an evolutionary missing link just by going off from distinct properties of the said smoke.

I read a lot of different blogs and tech news sites, while reading yesterday I came across an article on Google news titled “Turning E. Coli into Road-Ready Diesel“. I glanced at that and thought, wow that could be a bad idea, but I guess its just some new bacteria that they found that exists naturally that does this, no big deal right?

Wrong, they are genetically modifying E. Coli bacteria to eat basically any organic material and convert it into diesel fuel. Lets backup and think about that statement for a minute… They are genetically modifying E.Coli bacteria to do something, probably doesn’t matter what. Three things come to mind when I think about this:

  1. E. Coli is dangerous to begin with
  2. I have seen several scary science fiction movies with this as their basis (I am Legend for example)
  3. Oh yeah, we (humans) are also organic material

Now I know that movies are just a made up fiction and not to be taken to seriously, but something else to remember is how science fiction has literally lead the way to the technology we have today. Some movie writer/director thinks up something cool, and us geeks realize we can’t live without that thing in our favorite movie and we spend the next 20 years developing it, what are the chances that the same time the geeks are making a holo deck, the real life villains are busy trying to come up with awesome virus’ etc they can hold the world hostage with? For some examples of science fiction being realized in real life check out a couple of articles I came up with one Google search and about 10 minutes of time:

  1. http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/reviews/4256186.html
  2. http://screenrant.com/tech-terminator-iron-man-is-here-brusimm-7985/

Also while we are thinking outside the box, lets think about another fact. The fuel we are burning today is a product of dead dinosaurs and other animals from a long time ago right? Maybe they were smarter than we thought they were, maybe the dinosaurs spent their spare time motoring around the planet and realized they were running out fuel created from some (now missing) evolutionary missing link and they decided to just make their own fuel out of a random virus they had found. That could be plausible right? I mean the facts are all there, well at least the facts I am paying attention to:  #1 All the dinosaurs are dead, #2 all the dinosaurs have been converted to oil (I would assume by the genetically modified bacteria they were playing with).

So why don’t we all just step back a bit and try not to go the way of the dinosaurs, lets just see if we can get by with just burning up the last of the dinosaurs mistakes, and then focus on something safer like nuclear energy, something we actually understand the processes of.

Until next time…

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