Archive for January, 2009

Benton is a daredevil

January 26th, 2009
Benton has started jumping from the upper window onto the couch

Benton has started jumping from the upper window onto the couch

Benton is a daredevil.  He’s started jumping from that half moon window, to the couch.  He’s never really gone in the window much.  Then the other day he was up, looked down, looked at me, put his feet over the edge, then jumped.  He landed right in the middle cushion.

I think he jumped from the top of the stairs on the other side too, but I didn’t see him do it.  My back was turned, I heard him land, and he was on the other side of the couch, but he could have just walked there.

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Stokely and Ellie in the Capital

January 24th, 2009

Stokely and Ellie took me out to the Capital to do some shoots at the end of December.  This was the first time I’ve worked with either of them.  Most of the shots are in the Assembly lounge behind the Assembly chamber inside the capital.  It’s one of my favorite rooms and I can always get good pictures there.  Click the pic for a larger image.

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I rode my moped yesterday…..

January 23rd, 2009

I rode my moped yesterday for the first time in over a month.  I forgot how much fun it was.  It doesn’t go that fast, but when you’re used to walking everywhere 30 mph feels like you’re flying.  Last time I rode it was December 12th.  With the weather we’ve been having it wasn’t safe, or even possible.

I don’t ride it when there’s snow on the road.  So any day it snows, or is predicted to snow, I won’t ride.  I’ve done it before, it’s not fun, or same.  In addition, the roads still aren’t safe to ride the day after, up to the 2nd day after a snow fall.  The past few weeks usually every 2 or 3 days we get more snow.

It’s also not wise to ride it when it’s very cold.  If the temperature drops to more than 5 degrees below freezing, it’s not a good time to ride.  The moped doesn’t run very well at that temperature, and starting it can take a while, huge strain on the battery.

We haven’t had snow in 3 or 4 days, and it was warmer than it has been.  I wasn’t watching the thermometer that closely but it may have even gotten above freezing.  It took me a few minutes to get the moped unburied.  I moved it a few weeks ago up near my front door.  There’s just about enough room there, and now they can plow my parking spot.  The battery is still pretty good, though it took some kick starts and a lot of grinding to get it started.  It ran well, though, once it warmed up a little.  I took it to the store and did some grocery shopping, and it started up right away when I came back out.

It’s supposed to get cold again this weekend, I can’t wait till it’s warm all the time.

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Strip Laptop

January 22nd, 2009

I love this video.  It’d be nice to have the laptop too but it’s $3,000.

Found via PDN Pulse

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Kelly

January 21st, 2009

This is the 3rd time I’ve worked with Kelly.  Huge gap between the 2nd and 3rd times.  Well over a year, if not two.  I really like how these turned out.kelly_pict1550bwkelly_pict1818bwkelly_pict1800bwkelly_pict1792kelly_pict1758kelly_pict1475kelly_pict1411

You can see more at www.monkeymetal.com/new/Kelly3

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When are car companies really gonna wake up?

January 18th, 2009

((This was orginally posted on my Myspace blog))

Ford Fusion Hybrid to get 41 mpg city 36 hwy

This is the newest, most state of the art hybrid that the big automotive companies have built.  It’s 8 mpg better in the city and 2 mpg better on the highway than the Toyota Camry hybrid.  This is not the improvement that the car companies and consumers need.  My 2005 Nissan Altima got 27 mpg city and 33 hwy.  A 14 mpg improvement is not going to help anyone.

Car companies need to change.  They need to change now, and they need to change quickly.  They need to stop selling and producing inefficient vehicles immediately.  They’ve already announced that they’re shutting down for most of January.  Before they resume production, they need to be making new vehicles.  If they don’t, they will die.  They should die.  Another company will take their place.

Companies like Aptera and Tesla Motors.

Aptera is producing 2 versions of it’s 3 wheeled vehicle.  One is all electric, the other is a hybrid that gets more than 100 mpg.

Tesla Motors Makes a roadster that goes from 0-60 in less than 4 seconds.  It can go almost 250 miles on a charge.  That’s right its all electric.

Sam Walton said:

There is only one boss. The customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else.


So that’s what I’m gonna do.  I am firing everyone who works for Ford, GM, Chrysler, Honda, Toyota, Nissan, BMW, Porsche, Volkswagen, Hyundai, Suzuki, Kia, and Mitsubishi.  I’m firing them by not spending my money with them.  From this moment I will not buy a vehicle from one of these companies unless it is more efficient than my moped.  If these companies can’t or won’t change, then I’m going to force them to change, by forcing them out of business.  I hope you join me.

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Update:

So I sent a letter to the editor to the Wisconsin State Journal and The Capital Times.  The Capital Times printed it.  You can read it on their website here.

The Wisconsin State Journal printed it with some edits.  You can read it on their website here.

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Update:
And a few days later someone wrote a letter to the editor in response.

Great, but who can afford it?

A recent letter writer said, “I am firing everyone who works for Ford, GM, Chrysler, Honda, Toyota, Nissan, BMW and the rest. If they can’t or won’t change, I’ll force them to by forcing them out of business. I hope you join me.”

The writer basically says that we should all buy a Tesla roadster which will go from 0 to 60 mph in four seconds or an Aptera, a three-wheeled vehicle that gets 100 miles per gallon.

Wonderful, with the exception of a few small items of concern. The base price for a Tesla is $129,000 and the three-wheel Aptera base price is $30,000 for a car that, according to sales information, seats 2.5 people. Since it’s a three-wheeler, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation will probably require a motorcycle license to drive this vehicle and you’ll also need a half-a-carpool-friend to truly make the Aptera the socially- and environmentally-correct vehicle to drive around Madison.

It’s pretty obvious that this winter in Madison has already been way too cold and long.

— Kim Tschudy, New Glarus

Now I never said that everyone should buy a Tesla or Aptera vehicle.  I said that if the major auto manufacturers could not produce efficient cars, then other companies such as Aptera and Tesla would take their place.  I think that’s pretty clear in my original blog.  However since this writer was probably going off of what the WSJ printed in their paper, maybe it wasn’t so clear.

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This is my second post.

January 11th, 2009

Hello,

This is my second post.  It’s a test to see how it works. Test of how long I can type before the words start to wrap around to the next level.  I’m trying to have a two column blog and right now it doesn’t fit correctly.

Megan

Megan

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Hello world!

January 11th, 2009

Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!

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