2003
09.30

The best title for a Blawg

Three years of hell to become the devil wins the prize for sure. What a good description of the life of an L-student.

2003
09.30

More on Cabin Building

Today I’ve taken a few hours off from the usual grind to do some figuring concerning the cost & design of building a cabin. Here’s links that I found useful in that quest…

  • The Ozark Cabin website – one of the most useful resources. Very similiar to what I would like to do, except i would probably go one story and more of a square shape

  • MiniCabin.com website – a guide to building small cabins that slide under the radar of traditional zoning regs… Other sites by this same author are MiniCabinPlans.com and CabinBuilding.com

  • McVicker.com: Allowable spans for floor joists

  • Pictures from the construction of a cabin’s flooring

  • Bensonwood.com: The Walden Cabin Project

  • BackRoadHomes.com – a commercial site that sells house plans, a few being of the size I’m looking for

  • 2003
    09.29

    The picture at the top of this page (as of September 29, 2003) is a picture I took of one of my favorite bands, Madison Greene at their recent Stillwater, OK concert.
    The old front page picture (taken from the summit of Mt. Bonnell in Austin, TX) and other old front page pictures can be found via the links on the left-hand side of this page.

    2003
    09.29

    These photos are some that I took at the Madison Greene concert (September 19, 2003) in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

    For any die-hard fans out there, the band has a completely new lineup. Everyone except for lead guitar/singer/song writer Michael Blair is new.

    Click on the picture below to see a larger version of it

    2003
    09.27

    Miranda Stone

    I want to say a shoutout to a friend from my glorious summer times at the Cornerstone Festival, Miranda Stone… whose song “Seven Deadly Sins” was named as the 2003 Songs from the Heart contest winner by the The Ontario Council of Folk Festivals (OCFF)

    If you’ve never heard Miranda, drop whatever you are doing now and go to MirandaStone.com and buy her new album.

    Take my word for it. You’ll be glad you did.

    2003
    09.27

    Economical Homebuilding

    A friend of mine and I are looking at the feasibility of building a primitive cabin of some kind with the focus being on doing it cheaply and simply. Mostly we’re thinking about this because life in the city as a part of the wage economy is such an oppressive thing. I don’t know if it is possible to ever be completely free from that system but it certainly is something to think about. (the kicker is always timing… even done cheaply it would still take a lot of saving to do this w/o a mortage)

    Anyway, here are a few links I’ve found on this subject…

  • Popular Mechanics (July 2001): Plans for the Super Shed — a possibility might be to expand these plans to build a larger one room home

  • Mother Earth News: The Charm of Cordwood Construction — Fashion a fabulous home from firewood

  • (Book) Retreats: Handmade Hideaways to Refresh the Spirit by G. Lawson Drinkard, Jon Golden (Photographer) – a delightful book for dreaming a little… it definitely gives me tons of ideas on what is possible, particularly if you throw convention on what a “house” looks like plump out the window

  • (Book) Five Acres and Independence by Maurice G. Kains – an excellent primer on small farming, written in 1935. It has been reprinted and reprinted lots of times and is as relevant today as it was then. — Best of all, it only costs $7.95 (new) and contains almost 400 information packed pages

  • 2003
    09.26

    Tonight, I saw again a wonderful movie Still Breathing. It was nice seeing it again.

    I first saw the film I guess it was while I was still living out at the farm but in the process of moving to Newcastle and loved in then, so I was super-jazzed to find it for sale cheap at Blockbuster.

    Anyway the movie is so good. I so dig the lighting of everything (every movie filmed in that magical land of Central Texas from Austin to San Antonio and westward is just so painfully beautiful. I can’t explain it except to say that I think the sun shines at a perfect angle so that it has the right degree of goldeness there.

    I especially love the last scene as the two lovers are floating down the idylic San Marcos River (the shortest river in North America, located wholely within the bounds of the city of San Marcos, TX). That river has such a gleaming crystal clear color with the tall green river grass (not sure what it is called) lazily drifting downstream with only its roots keeping itself anchored.

    And of course I love any movie that shows true love. I know watching romantic movies is probably not the healthiest thing in the world when singleness appears to be the lot I’ve drawn for the near future but sometimes I just get tired of being alone. I know of course that being with someone isn’t everything (the loneliest place in the world is to be “with” someone who is not present in the moment with you) but I guess it is the desire of being with the right someone that I yearn for.

    And of course the loneliest feeling of all is being in love but still being alone. . . sad as it is sometimes the only way to live is vicariously.

    OK, that’s enough for tonight. I’m making myself depressed which I don’t need any help doing.

    On to other thoughts… tomorrow should be a good day. I’ll be in Seminole, OK doing a little work around lunch time for my Dad and then after that I’ll be doing the Wrangler protest with a friend. (definitely the highlight of my week… at least then I feel like I’m doing something worthwhile that has meaning)

    2003
    09.26

    Just wanted to give a shoutout to all of the contributors to AustinBloggers.org (a meta-blog I occasionally contribute to) for winning the “Best Local Weblog Award” in the Best of 2003 feature in the Austin Chronicle.

    Woohoo!

    2003
    09.25

    The law v. Telemarketers

    Thanks go out to Suasponte for the heads up on this story…

    2003
    09.25
  • One of my all-time favorite bands the Urban Hillbilly Quartet has just released a new album (A-List, a collection of their best songs from their previous gloriously good albums) that I reckon will be worth getting.

    Also, they’ve now debuted a newly improved website with a genuinely folksy feel. It can be found at UrbanHillbillyQuartet.com.

  • While I’m thinking about all things Minnesotan, I got give a shout out to the good folks at House of Mercy, a church that bills itself as offering “a discriminating blend of high church and low, of tradition and innovation, sincere worship and healthy skepticism.”

    You gotta love a church that values skepticism and old-timey gospel music sung like it was in the 1920’s or thereabouts.