adventures of beck

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Northern Michigan

Beautiful road, wonderful sign, wild turkeys, and a whitetail. The deer was near a road we were driving down. I got the shot from out the truck window. Cool state, cool camera. I don't know if I could shoot that pretty deer.
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Crystal Mountain 2009 Trip. From top to bottom: me, the boy, Bro 1, Bro 2. Awesome trip guys. Thanks to the cottage folk!
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Happy New Year!

Guacamole for the party down the street we're attending. Pastry cutter rocks as a Guac-Mixer. See card with Africa on it in the background from Thanks! So cool!
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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Fond Memories of Summer

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Obnoxiously Safe

So because it's a) winter and b) I get bored and c) It's dark out and d) I'm obsessed with this kind of thing.... I made a Super-Reflective cover for my messenger bag to make me obnoxiously visible when riding my bike in the dark. I bought this rad reflective tape off ebay (it's about 2" wide) and I salvaged the blue material from the floor of a beat up tent I bought at a REI garage sale for $10.00 and the strap webbing was mis-appropriated from somewhere along with the plastic clips. It's hard to see in the bottom photo but I also added two spots to hook flashing LED blinkies as well. It turned out pretty darn cool. I originally intended to stitch down all the reflective tape, but it's rather tape-y and doesn't like much to be stitched, so I let it kind of be flowy. And then I was going to stitch what you now see as tails on the bottom, but then thought "hey! flappy reflectives will only add to the visibility!" So I kept them as tails. We'll see if they're annoying or need to be trimmed. Since I am not the least bit OCD there's all kinds of crookedness to this if you see it up close, but, you'd have a hard time convincing me that there's any value in making something like this all neat and tidy. It's supposed to be distracting enough that drivers avoid me. Ergo, the more annoying, the better.
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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Am I a Hunter?

So I've been mulling over the idea of learning to hunt deer.
Sustainable Protein Source
Healthy Protein Source: Deer eating natural food is healthier than corn-fed cattle
Happy Protein Source: The life of a free, wild Deer (in a balanced population) avoids the suffering of cattle in feedlots, chicken in cages, and over-fishing of oceans/lakes.
Quick, Sanitary Death: A quick death with a high-powered rifle in the middle of a forest avoids the contamination issues of a slaughterhouse and the human/animal toll of repeated slaughter by a few people.
Transparent Complicity: Through the purchase and eating of meat, I've been complicit in plenty of animal death, but I've never personally had to be the responsible party. Does this take more responsibility? Maybe.
I'm a wuss.
Deer are cute, they look like my dog.
They have big ears, and big soft eyes.
I feel incredibly guilty just thinking about killing another deer's mom/brother/sister.
What if my first shot isn't sufficient? What if my lack of skill causes suffering?
What if some other idiot hunter shoots me?
What if I shoot some other hunter?
Neither Pro nor Con:
I will have to learn to "dress" a deer.
I will have to learn to shoot guns (neat!)

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Tuesday, December 01, 2009

I made a sticker on

Countdown to Copenhagen

Cap and Trade Video, Check it Out

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