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.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

'sorry for the lake of interesting material

We have been experiencing a lack of life enrichment experiences lately. The dipstick on the electric log splitter came unscrewed and fell into the log splitter and we had to wait for the company to send another one. That was not life enriching. We also have been cutting up logs so we can order more for splitting next spring for the 2009/2010 winter. Not much else exciting to report. Will try to get out on the lake with the camera this weekend when the relatives come up and we put the pontoon away for the season.

Now even CNN is telling the truth

A Harvard economist speaks "This bailout was a terrible idea. Here's why.

The current mess would never have occurred in the absence of ill-conceived federal policies. The federal government chartered Fannie Mae in 1938 and Freddie Mac in 1970; these two mortgage lending institutions are at the center of the crisis. The government implicitly promised these institutions that it would make good on their debts, so Fannie and Freddie took on huge amounts of excessive risk.

Worse, beginning in 1977 and even more in the 1990s and the early part of this century, Congress pushed mortgage lenders and Fannie/Freddie to expand subprime lending. The industry was happy to oblige, given the implicit promise of federal backing, and subprime lending soared.

This subprime lending was more than a minor relaxation of existing credit guidelines. This lending was a wholesale abandonment of reasonable lending practices in which borrowers with poor credit characteristics got mortgages they were ill-equipped to handle."


Monday, September 29, 2008

Saturday, September 27, 2008

The first presidential debate

Two empty bowls are the perfect metaphor for the presidential debate held last night. To be fair TWW only watched the first 30 minutes before giving up. Neither candidate during that time tried to answer the questions asked. You can get more information from the video in the next post below than you could have gotten from the first debate. The only bad part of the video below is one section where the person who created it supports Paleface and Mathusala. The rest is pretty good.

Bowlbama video

We report: You decide

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Do you like Ben and Jerry's ice cream ?

Since this is a family site we only put links to weird stuff.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

The couch - part 1

After several years of sleeping on the couch since their wives did not have a kitchen at the cabin the brothers almost got it done this past weekend. There will be pictures later in the week showing the new kitchen.

This is a sneak preview of what it will look like when done. (doors will have to wait a while).

This is the current temporary (for the last four years) basement kitchen.

the couch - part 2


VP candidate Sarah Palin has a daughter who gets pregnant outside of wedlock. It must mean Palin is an unfit mother who preaches abstinence but cannot control her own children.
The liberals are outraged.

The other VP candidate Joe Biden has a son who joined the army and is going to Iraq to fight the immoral war. It must mean Biden is an unfit father who preaches against the war in Iraq but cannot control his children. Why aren't the liberals outraged?

Friday, September 19, 2008

Back to the mission

Crude napkin holder prototype. Only someone doomed to be a permanent beginner like TWW is would try to do this with wet firewood.

The enemy: part 1

Cranberry bush after an attack.

Cranberry bush protected with Mr. Stink.

Apple tree protected by a cage.
Apple tree protected by netting.

Part 2

Apple tree with netting around it and Mr. Stink spayed on the apples.

Tree cages with young oaks.

Tree condoms protecting young oaks.

Cherry tree growing out of tree condom. (A success story.)

White pine after removing tree cage . Without out the cage it would only by half as high or dead.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Rain, rain, rain so little progress on Mr. BANANA's hole

Just because you see blue sky don't forget it is raining most of the time up here and we are worse off than when Clinton was Big Bubba. (click on the pics to enlarge)

Thursday, September 04, 2008

New career for young people

Become a community organizer and beautify your neighborhood by making sure all the trash cans are well-organized and ready for pickup every week. This job is a sure way to move on to a brighter future.

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