TWW is The Warped Woodturner who is a local artist living in a suburb of Springbrook, WI (pop 87). His mission is to use a wood lathe to make interesting but mostly useless objects from locally-sequestered carbon for tourists to bring back to the city to give to people they had to buy something for but don't like that well. His target market is the senior citizens since their vision is not as good as it used to be so cannot see the defects as well.

Saturday, January 28, 2006


God's country at 8AM on a Saturday in January  Posted by Picasa

Sunrise at Garbin Moraine Manor Posted by Picasa

The neighbor across Mud Lake Posted by Picasa

8 AM on a Saturday. It looks like March but it is still January. Posted by Picasa

The sun rising as seen near the front entrance of Garbin Moraine Manor Posted by Picasa

Sunday, January 22, 2006


The feral (?) cat awaiting a trip to the Humane Society and hopefully a warm home. Posted by Picasa

Saturday, January 21, 2006


Finally a day with sunshine and blue sky. Posted by Picasa

Friday, January 20, 2006


Snow finally beginning to cover the fence. Posted by Picasa

More snow. Maybe we can snowshoe on Saturday Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, January 18, 2006


With luck this will soon have a feral cat for delivery to the local Humane Society shelter.  Posted by Picasa

Firewood as of January 18th (The whole east side of the 'garbin' was covered in October) Posted by Picasa

This has to last until warm weather (notice it has finally snowed again!!)  Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

The Age of Missing Information by Bill McKibben

After being in the city and watching commercial television several times during the holiday season it seemed time to again read Mc Kibben's book about a mythical day spent on a mountain in New York interwoven with a twenty four day spent watching TV. The reason the book is interesting is you can move to the country as we did but if you watch TV in the country you are cutting yourself off from why you may have moved to the country in the first place. The world as mediated by a TV set misses information information about the world while bombarding you with other information and a questionable amount of knowedge or wisdom. Compare sitting in front of a glass tube and watching little colored dots (a TV set) with being around a camp fire with people talking or telling stories.

Mc Kiobben says on page 236 TV misses information on:
  • physical limits on our finite world
  • sufficiency and need
  • proper scale
  • real time
  • sensual pleasure of exertion and exposure to the weather
  • the need for community
  • real skills

The biggest lesson TV teaches us is we need to be part of a consumer society and be hip about what is on TV or people will ridicule us.

I finally have found a use for a video camera. The next time you watch TV set up a video camera and record yourself watching TV for 30 minutes. Then spend the next 30 minutes watching yourself watch TV. After that 30 minutes if you decide to go back and watch more TV, try to understand how the TV producers make TV hold your attention or hypnotize you in ways that watching yourself watching TV cannot. Are you that boring to watch? or does TV use tricks not seen in the natural world to trick you into continuing to pay attention?

Tuesday, January 03, 2006


Snow covering the deck Posted by Picasa

Monday, January 02, 2006

Standing on the shoulders of short people

This link to the blog has an article that builds on the principles of the original country freeeloading article: http://homeliving.blogspot.com/2005_11_01_homeliving_archive.html. If you ever discover any other implementations of the basic principles please send them to me for posting. Perhaps this can become a movement.

Past posts you fortunately may have missed

Garbin Monraine Foundation Pledge Week Donor Levels

Donation Levels

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