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Well I'm TRYING to get back in the saddle for video editing and shooting... finished a couple of video's for http://www.ChangeAustin.Org as well as started a YouTube Channel. http://www.yourtube.com/austindigitalfilm

I've got a new company name now... Austin Digital Film. Upgraded my editing software, both on the Macintosh side ( FCP ) as well as the PC ( Sony Vegas Pro 8 )

The last few weeks have been busy, shooting these video's as well as a Harmonica instruction video with Michael Rubin.

Be WATCHING for the TWO DVD set....

Michael Rubin's Meat and Potatoes of Harminica...

It's a basic instructional DVD that takes you from a beginner to an intgermediate harmonica player. Sick is the guitar and accompaniament and it feature Michael Rubin on Harmonica... ( NO I AM NOT IN IT, I am the producer, shooter and editor )

Trying to stay busy, but getting serious about finding a software job...

meanwhile I think I'll go KAYAKING in San Marcos...

speaking of that, I have an UNDERWATER HOUSING for my DVCAM and I aint afraid to use it...

underwater reel available on request...

mojo rios

Kayakman to Arkansas?

Well still not water here in CenTex and I am getting the SERIOUS itch for some real kayaking...

Maybe a road trip to Arkansas is in order?>? maybe...

the PROBLEM is getting somebody to feed my myriad of animals...

hmmm I smell some automation coming...

MAYBE I couold buy a deer feeder and set it up to sling chicken feed... that would work and put an auto waterer for the goats...

the rabbits... now that's a different issue...and since my momma rabbit just had a litter of babies ( NINE ) she is cranking through the water and I am having to refill her lickit almost daily....

well Nothing that can't  be solved with brains and money...

KAYAK man...

it's what I need...

I guess a trip to Rio Vista is in order this week...

Well

gravi_mikarin made it through the Wisdom extraction...

as for myself, I'm doing some video work these days, about to upgrade my personal website with video and also still doing construction on the black hole... ( where all my free time and money go )

I went to HD yesterday and loaded up on sticks and tomorrow I will glue a bunch together...

My rabbit just had a PILE of babies... I counted at least 8 but maybe more. She seems to be taking care of them, so let's hope we have a pen full of little fluff balls soon ( they are hairy and naked right now )

Chickens are kicking the egg production into high gear, and all the new babies are starting to fledge out as well...

I'll post a link here when my new website is up and working...

Mojo

PS where the hell is my water for kayaking>?

Wisdom Teeth?

At the oral surgeon withgravi_mikarin she is getting dumbed down, by having her wisdom teeth romoved...

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Van Jones...


I got to see Van Jones speak at a special renewable energy forum at the state capitol a few weeks back...

I like the way this man talks...

a realist... but still hopeful....

Here is an interview by Greg Greene

the filmaker of Escape from Surburbia...

http://www.convergencemedia.org/blog/




I got an opportunity to interview VAN JONES  last week, and I took it.

I took the red-eye from Toronto down to the offices of Green For All in Oakland on Friday and got to spend fifteen minutes with Obama’s new Green Jobs Czar.  Van and the fine folks at Green For All don’t like him being called a “Czar”, and who can blame them, but I’m Canadian and up here we love czars, especially oil czars (and are proud of our own Czar Stephansky Harper).

Van Jones’s official position as of last Monday is Special Advisor for Green Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation to the President.  So when you’re called to service in the White House, with the unenviable job of transforming vast bureaucracies and pretty much saving America, you’re a busy guy, and I’ll always be grateful to both Van and Ama Zenya for finding me those fifteen minutes.

Van, and the citizen activists and cooperative entrepreneurs he represents, are getting official recognition from the Prez. The Green Jobs economy, in towns and cities across the country, is about to get some serious stimulus money from Washington. In the video below you will see some excerpts from my interview of America’s newest, greenest-est policy-maker.

Van knows, and the folks I spoke with at Green For All know, that the cost of not delivering the millions of green jobs the Obama Administration has promised will be annihilation from an electorate certain to be panicky in the mid-term elections two years from now.  Van is also keenly aware of the multiple forces bearing down on America; from the coming energy crisis to agricultural failures and urban instability as unemployment figures pass through the 15% threshold (which, actually, in real numbers they already have).  He told me he believes that green job creation can help cushion the blow of the economic collapse and restore dignity to marginalized communities and what James Howard Kunstler calls the “formerly middle class”.  He is also clearly versed in peak oil and what it means for America.

Those familiar with our documentaries know what I believe peak oil will do to America.  Arguably, peak oil has already been the root cause of the global financial collapse; as the price of oil reached close to $150/barrel suburban America began to collapse under a mountain of debt, taking the world economy down with it.   The collapse was catalyzed not by actual fuel shortages, but by speculation of future supplies (ie speculation on peak oil).  Christ knows what awaits the happy motoring denizens of exurbs like Atlanta (the city with the world’s lowest urban density) once real shortages set in.  $30.000 hybrid cars are not likely to re-ignite the comatose US auto industry if everybody and their neighbour is panicking about keeping their job or finding one of Americas new “green jobs”. Earlier this month I attended Power Shift ‘09 in Washington and through speeches and interviews with environmentalists and Obama administration officials I did not hear a single reference to global peak oil in four days, although even the most conservative of oil watchers, the International Energy Agency, released its annual report this fall promising shortages within THREE years.  I understand that the government would rather fold the peak issue into the call for “energy independence”, but after three decades of Presidents promising exactly that, America is more dependant than it ever has been on foreign sources of energy, from oil and gas in Canada to wind turbines from Denmark.  Hopefully Van Jones will has brought an understanding of this to the Obama administration.

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to BB Rover No Buy! No WRISTBAND 

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Tonight I am playing with Bourland @9:30 and tomorrow night with Corrina Rachal at 7:15

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Beer!
Food!
nekkid chicks!

mojo

DFH and I'm RIGHT

I'm so GLAD I'm a DFH!


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Not enough rain...

in the barton creek watershed for kayaking...

<sigh> I guess I may have to drive to Arkansas...

can we get a little water in the creek!!

Dimitry Orlov


very VERY good advice...

Social Collapse Best PracticesPrint
by Dmitry Orlov   
14 February 2009
ImageThe following talk was given on February 13, 2009, at Cowell Theatre in Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, to an audience of 550 people. Audio and video of the talk will be available on Long Now Foundation web site.

Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for showing up. It's certainly nice to travel all the way across the North American continent and have a few people come to see you, even if the occasion isn't a happy one. You are here to listen to me talk about social collapse and the various ways we can avoid screwing that up along with everything else that's gone wrong. I know it's a lot to ask of you, because why wouldn't you instead want to go and eat, drink, and be merry? Well, perhaps there will still be time left for that after my talk.

I would like to thank the Long Now Foundation for inviting me, and I feel very honored to appear in the same venue as many serious, professional people, such as Michael Pollan, who will be here in May, or some of the previous speakers, such as Nassim Taleb, or Brian Eno – some of my favorite people, really. I am just a tourist. I flew over here to give this talk and to take in the sights, and then I'll fly back to Boston and go back to my day job. Well, I am also a blogger. And I also wrote a book. But then everyone has a book, or so it would seem.

You might ask yourself, then, Why on earth did he get invited to speak here tonight? It seems that I am enjoying my moment in the limelight, because I am one of the very few people who several years ago unequivocally predicted the demise of the United States as a global superpower. The idea that the USA will go the way of the USSR seemed preposterous at the time. It doesn't seem so preposterous any more. I take it some of you are still hedging your bets. How is that hedge fund doing, by the way?

I think I prefer remaining just a tourist, because I have learned from experience – luckily, from other people's experience – that being a superpower collapse predictor is not a good career choice. I learned that by observing what happened to the people who successfully predicted the collapse of the USSR. Do you know who Andrei Amalrik is? See, my point exactly. He successfully predicted the collapse of the USSR. He was off by just half a decade. That was another valuable lesson for me, which is why I will not give you an exact date when USA will turn into FUSA ("F" is for "Former"). But even if someone could choreograph the whole event, it still wouldn't make for much of a career, because once it all starts falling apart, people have far more important things to attend to than marveling at the wonderful predictive abilities of some Cassandra-like person.

I hope that I have made it clear that I am not here in any sort of professional capacity. I consider what I am doing a kind of community service. So, if you don't like my talk, don't worry about me. There are plenty of other things I can do. But I would like my insights to be of help during these difficult and confusing times, for altruistic reasons, mostly, although not entirely. This is because when times get really bad, as they did when the Soviet Union collapsed, lots of people just completely lose it. Men, especially. Successful, middle-aged men, breadwinners, bastions of society, turn out to be especially vulnerable. And when they just completely lose it, they become very tedious company. My hope is that some amount of preparation, psychological and otherwise, can make them a lot less fragile, and a bit more useful, and generally less of a burden.

Women seem much more able to cope. Perhaps it is because they have less of their ego invested in the whole dubious enterprise, or perhaps their sense of personal responsibility is tied to those around them and not some nebulous grand enterprise. In any case, the women always seem far more able to just put on their gardening gloves and go do something useful, while the men tend to sit around groaning about the Empire, or the Republic, or whatever it is that they lost. And when they do that, they become very tedious company. And so, without a bit of mental preparation, the men are all liable to end up very lonely and very drunk. So that's my little intervention.

 

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of Reinventing Collapse, New Society Publishers (2007). His website is cluborlov.blogspot.com, where the above article is also featured.

His articles on Culture Change include The New Age of Sail , The Despotism of the Image, and That Bastion of American Socialism.

sore hands...

well I was awakened in the night with my hands and wrists aching... that hasn't happened in a while, and I was CONSIDERING putting the braces on for the rest of the night... only problem is I can't remember where they are...

probably in my medical supplies in the bat cave, but at 4 am, I was not really wanting to dig around and find that stuff... so I took some more Ibuprofen and went back to bed...

both my hands have had surgery in the past for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, so you KNOW I have been working hard when they hurt...

funny thing I was not hammering, but using a screw gun,,, still takes a lot of grip strength and pressure...

<sigh> oh well, the home stretch is in sight and I plan on coasting some this week... I need to re-focus my job search, and while getting some progress on the black hole is rewarding, it's not making me any money and actually is costing....

SO...l am NOT going to get out there today... not going to do it... going to work on a computer and then go to the Ham Jam tonight and play music...

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