Sometimes you kinda get caught up in things, other times you might just be hanging around.
Sometimes you kinda get caught up in things, other times you might just be hanging around.
I’ve always referred to women in my life as “gathers” whether mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, or the one who lays beside me at night.
I do so with affection and respect, a term of endearment, and that is the way it is received.
Families gather around them and they gather those things to make a house a home be it ever so humble or ever so grand.
You might hang on to things for sentimental value or because you actually need and use them, but I’ve known people who won’t part with anything even to the point of having a shed built to lock it away in – no sentimental or utilitarian value, it’s just their’s and they intend to keep it.
If it’s broken they’re going to fix it at some undetermined time in the future that may or may not eventuate.
It’s a funny thing about sheds, they often serve a viable purpose, but sometimes it seems that a kind of personal challenge exists for people to fill them to the rafters and then complain anew they haven’t enough room for their stuff.
Then there are indoor sheds referred to as closets that are often equally as filled requiring an act of faith that when opening them you won’t risk an avalanche threatening life and limb.
I’ve built more than a few sheds for people and believe I know what I’m talking about – the first step is to determine size, and I always encourage people to make it larger than what they believe their current need is telling them they’ll “grow” into it.
Maybe in a way I’m aiding and abetting, but I know how it goes.
Didn’t use to be like that prior to the advent of communal agriculture which rooted people to a particular location – the previous emphasis was on mobility and the utilitarian nature of possessions.
As the nomadic hunter gatherer lifestyle was replaced by communities and fixed locations possessions took on a new meaning – tools and essentials were still required but suddenly there was room for more than just those.
With the more sedentary lifestyle came an increase in “free” time, time to relax, time to wile away, time to acquire, the need to fill that time and be entertained.
Craftsmen and markets rose to the occasion to fill the niche and humanity became a new breed of gatherers.
Now we gather some of the silliest things like pet rocks, Ginzu knifes, chia pets, and whatever telemarketers have to offer.
Knick knacks, curios, bobbleheads, dolls and train sets that require their own room so large is the collection.
Even exercise equipment that often winds up sitting forlorn and unused to be relegated to the shed at some point or another.
Gathering I’ve come to believe is genetically encoded, you see it in children with the little treasures they find – a rock, a feather, or just about anything that catches their eye.
It comes naturally to them, it isn’t something they need to be taught.
But it’s all good if it makes children and people happy and doesn’t become obsessive, so if you’re a gatherer and need a shed go for it…… but really, if you’re contemplating a second shed you may need to think about it.
As the amount of carbon in the air we breathe reaches 410ppm, an all time high, yet another land grab sponsored by Republicans for their corporate handlers is underway.
Everyone knows what this means, ndn land will be among the first targeted.
But I’ve a suggestion – to demonstrate a sense of fair play related to the “emergency” that exists to become energy independent, which we basically are already, how about at the top of the list we begin with Mt. Rushmore, Gettysburg, and drill underneath Independence Hall to determine if there are any fracking possibilities?
Unthinkable you say? My point exactly when it comes comes to the insanity of Trump’s proposal related to anything that would be on the list and his headlong rush towards planetary asphyxiation.
As Forrest Gump once said “stupid is as stupid does” – problem is Trump is redefining the definition of stupid.
Take the proposed tax cut for instance, corporations will have their tax cut to fifteen percent as though this will somehow lead to a boom for the country when it is actually a ticking time bomb.
There are already so many tax loop holes for corporations they pay next to nothing and some nothing at all – has that stopped them from exporting jobs?
Absolutely not, and the reason isn’t taxation but cheap foreign labor with zero benefits, safety regulations, or accountability.
Additionally Trump and his ravening horde want to open up national parks and monuments to “development” i.e. raping the environment.
Well bring on it Swamp Thing as the protests, demonstrations, and judicial smack downs have been a drop in the bucket compared to what they will become.
The combined salaries of a married couple working for minimum wage in this land of plenty is right at or less than twenty four thousand a year , so on the surface this may look like a good deal for them, but that’s far from the reality when it comes to such a couple who won’t be able to afford healthcare or any kind of essential services for their children.
Try explaining that to the Trumpelstiltskins who predictably develop a case of narcolepsy when confronted with reality.
So in reality this “tax cut” for them is going to amount to a tax in itself if their child becomes sick or has to rely upon a school lunch program.
Trump, Republican politicians, and their agenda are the last gasping for breath of what has been an entrenched white privilege – they are desperate to maintain what they believe is their birthright and willing to go to any extreme and the major reason they have their head stuck up the ass of every corporation – a belief that wealth and wealth alone will forestall the inevitable.
In the midst of their denial they refuse to accept what their very eyes and ears tell them , that demographics are changing, that a growing number of white people and a new generation are rejecting the concept of privilege whether it be based on ethnicity, religion, or wealth – bad news for out of touch conservatives but good news for democracy.
NAFTA was the brainchild of Republicans, their response to corporate lobbyists, but it shouldn’t be forgotten that then president Clinton praised the legislation, said he would actively support and campaign for it – that it would lead to a boom in jobs.
Renegotiate NAFTA? Not a bad idea depending on the end result – even better if it is to remain intact with a cosmetic tweak or two is to levy a sufficient enough import duty on products made by American companies who have relocated overseas to make them bring jobs back to this country as the only workable solution.
If that were to be the case they’d probably attempt a coup d’etat.
But for such an import tariff to eventuate Republican pols would have to remove their head from their favorite place and come up for air – not likely to happen.
Politicians, Trump, and the wealthy enjoy a protective insulation the rest of us don’t, ultimately that is all they care about, and if and when the Trumpelstiltskins wake up they’re going to be shocked to find they aren’t in Kansas anymore.
At some point the Dems and the DNC are going to have to come to the realization that it is time move on – time to move on from the Clinton’s and the failed establishment approach.
For them it’s all about whose been around the longest and who belongs to what clique while ignoring that their base is leaving them behind.
A base increasingly younger and increasingly progressive while the entrenched determined to hold on to control toss platitudes in a minimalist way to them like breadcrumbs to pigeons – they like the numbers but don’t want to get into specifics that could potentially rock the boat.
During the campaign Hillary Clinton grudgingly attempted to portray herself as a progressive, it was neither sincere nor a natural progression, a reality she failed to overcome.
Clinton may have won the popular vote but when you consider the alternative it amounted to little more than an act of desperation.
The Clinton’s, both Hillary and Bill are slowly emerging from the post election cocoon they built for themselves and I honestly can’t see where they’re contributing anything of substance – they in fact offer little more than a distraction and fodder for conservatives.
Granted a certain amount of nostalgia may be involved and nostalgia has a place but the question is whether it serves as a rallying point or merely a fleeting moment in a world characterized by fleeting moments and current memes?
I don’t see either Clinton as a spark capable of igniting or sustaining a movement, they had their moment in the political landscape and should retire gracefully.
Political dynasties have their time, a time that is finite as it was for the Kennedy’s, the Bush family, and now the Clintons.
The ability to barter global access, and influence isn’t what it once was for the Clinton’s, they’ve amassed a fortune and have more money than they’ll ever need – time to either embrace the changes needed or move on while reminescing about the glory days.
THE SIGMA 60mm f2.8 DN – still sharp as a knife.
My first mirrorless camera was a used Sony Nex 7, took me a little bit to get used to the diminutive size, but from the start I was sold on the 7 for a number of reasons.
One being the camera’s twenty four megapixel sensor and what it was capable of.
Over time there’s been several different lenses mounted on the 7 and I was never disappointed if I held up my end of the deal.
Time passed and I fell into a used Sony A 6300, a gem of a little camera, same twenty four megapixel capability with some tweaks to the sensor.
The 6300 is a fine camera , a little bigger, a little heavier than the 7 with new features like phase detection , 4k video capability, and others.
There were some initial complaints related to the 6300 about overheating when doing video but Sony released a firmware update to address that issue – and while I don’t do a lot of video I’ve experienced no problems.
It may just be me but I’m inclined to believe that with the same lens, in this case a Sigma 60mm f2.8 DN, which may be the deal of the century cost and IQ wise, the 7 seems to have something of a love affair going on with the Sigma that the 6300 doesn’t.
Mounted on a tripod with the identical settings, same Sigma lens, subject, and lighting the 7 renders a better photo.
I haven’t any complaints about the IQ the 6300 produces with any lens, exceptional seems an apt description, but as I say the 7 just seems to embrace this lens for some reason.
I can’t offer an explanation as it’s something of a mystery to me, but I’m not complaining as both cameras have a place in the backpack and routinely used.
I have no hesitation to switch back and forth between the two when out and about – the Sigma 60mm on the 7 and a Zeiss 32mm f.18 touit on the 6300 plus a couple of other vintage lenses for different situations.
I’m a fan of film photography but slacked off of that due to concerns about the chemicals involved – recently I read an article on fstoppers I believe it was about using beer to develop film.
Sounds kinda bizarre and I haven’t tried it but willing to give it a go – I don’t drink and therefore know nothing about beer “quality”, I assume though any beer would work and be less expensive and more environmentally friendly in the bargain.
For those who have a taste for both beer and film this could be like opening a box of Cracker Jacks and finding a hundred dollar bill.
In telling a friend about this he jokingly said “perfect, a good cover story to tell my wife”, and then asked to borrow my film camera.
Truthfully though he’s not much of a drinker, just has a good sense of humor.
I’m not looking to start a riot in saying so but for me at least mirrorless has become what it’s all about as more and more companies are embracing the technology.
Doesn’t mean I’ll give up film if the beer formula actually works only that I believe as I’ve said previously that mirrorless will become to the traditional dslr what the same traditional dslr was to film.
Sony apparently is on the verge of releasing a new mirrorless model named the A9, and though I’m not one to go with pre release reviews or the immediate reviews upon release it sounds amazing.
Amazing, along with a price tag of $4,500 – which translates for me and others no doubt of having to sell a kidney – in the interim as I ponder that decision (not) I’m a happy camper with the 6300, the 7, and my old Pentax Spotmatic.
Life is good whether you have the “newest” and the “greatest” or not.
Tumeric is one of those plants that take a while to mature, seven or eight months depending on location and climate.
I’ve found over time that even plants that ordinarily won’t do well in a border line zone have the ability to acclimate to a degree over time if you’re observant and select those that seem the hardiest.
Interestingly enough inpsite of flowering Tumeric isn’t a seed producing plant so it’s necessary to begin cultivation with roots and space them about a foot and half apart as it is a big leafy plant that likes a little elbow room.
Depending on the severity of winter you may have to grow turmeric inside as long as it gets plenty of sunshine and then transplant in the spring or continue keeping it inside.
If begun or kept indoors you should water often enough to keep the soil damp.
There is a growing body of evidence that not only is Trumeric high in anti oxidants but an effective pain killer and anti inflammatory.
In the type of work I do the occasional ache or muscle pain isn’t unheard of and I’ve found Tumeric to be an effective way to address that, more so than over the counter products with acetaminophen or ibuprofen which I’m not interested in consuming anyway.
As with all natural remedies there are those who disagree with their efficacy and would consider my experience as anecdotal – which is kind of irrelevant as something either works for me or it doesn’t, and that is the singular criteria.
What makes Tumeric an effective anti inflammatory is the presence of a compound named curcumin, the problem that arises is curcumin isn’t absorbed into the system well – the solution is to use black pepper along side Tuemric to boost absorption.
The benefits of Tumeric are too numerous to cover, but an additional benefit is Turmeric is an excellent brain food that boosts memory which in turn could up a persons IQ.
I’m not a an herbal expert or naturopath but personal experience has demonstrated to me that Tumeric can have a notable effect on carpal tunnel as well – grip tools or swing a hammer all day and odds are CT will pay a visit at some point.