Picked up a Logitech C270HD 740p webcam on ebay for about $23. While waiting for hurricane Irene to arrive, I’ve been prodding about the innards, mostly the CCD element, looking for anything interesting…
Garden thieves have stolen a total of 3 cantaloupes: 1 was outside the fence, the other two were inside the fence. There are 2 more fruits growing, but I doubt they’ll remain long enough to ripen fully. The upside to all this is that a hungry belly in need of a sweet delicious cantaloupe got what it deserved. Other good news: there were a handful of tomatoes and 3 more cucumbers ripe for the picking. Morning glories are also flowering along the fence, providing a little bit of color, though the vines still do look a bit sad and undernourished. Pinto bean vines are starting to produce as well and may provide enough dry beans for a bowl of chili. I’ll let the images do the rest of the talking.
Get ready! If you’re interested in learning how to make your own electronic musical instruments (and live in New York), I’m going to be offering my DIY Synthesizer class at 3rd Ward. This will be a 4-class session taught on Tuesdays September 13, 20, 27, October 4 in the evenings from 7p to 10p.
We’ll start with the basics of electronics and move quickly into building very simple sound circuits. In addition to learning basic electronics concepts, how to identify components, what those components do, and how to read and write schematics you’ll take home your own self-built synthesizer based on circuits and applications taught during the course. For more details and course signup, click here.
This course has been offered at Harvestworks twice before. Here is some video of really incredible student work done during the course:
Entity I, Fruiting Bodies of High-Voltage Transmission Lines, Alpha, Beta, Gamma, The Owls Are Not What They Seem—each of these projects involves the use of zip ties or cables ties to bind wires together, and once trimmed, these fragments are left behind as waste. I have been saving these zip tie clippings for the past two years, the collection growing with each installation of the works mentioned above. The collecting began when at the end of a long night in the studio binding the wires for Entity I I found the floor littered with hundreds of zip tie fragments. I gathered them up, but couldn’t bring myself to simply throw them out. Something flashed through my mind—Karmic guilt perhaps. Each one of these zip tie fragments is so much like a blade of grass, only these will last a thousand lifetimes.
The Remnants series is a collection of sketches, scans of configurations half tossed randomly onto the surface of a scanner and some more deliberately positioned arrangements.
Electronics and vegetables. Someday I’ll be able to explain simply how the two are related. For the time being, I can only say that I have this crazy obsession with growing things, which usually means creating an environment supportive of life, planting a few seeds with the help of friends, and letting things take care of themselves (thanks Masanobu Fukuoka). This season has been especially difficult, not only because of my generally neglectful attitude towards farming, but the weather has been rather manic: generally cool weather punctuated by bursts of record setting hot spells, long stretches of abundant rain, and then weeks without. The tomatoes have fared the worst. We (the owners and friends) planted 4 and a half 25ft rows, twice as many plants as last year, which have yielded only a fraction of the fruit.
There is good news, however. The corn and squash in the lower portion of the field are doing incredibly well. A big surprise considering a.) there is no deer fencing, b.) we didn’t spread manure on that field, and c.) the watering system doesn’t reach the bottom half of that field. Of course, the garlic pictured above was also part of the success story, along with some peppers and potatoes—planted (unwisely perhaps) from some purchased at a local organic grocer.
After planting a row of garlic for next season, we went into the woods to hunt for mushrooms and found quite a few good looking specimens plus a few critters. A red spotted newt was hiding out in a pile of leaves next to a massive cluster of jack-o-lantern mushrooms.
In my usual casual fashion, after another two weeks of letting the field do its thing, I’ll return on the weekend of August 27th. I’m not expecting there to be much more than a few choice squash and fresh herbs, but I am looking forward to experiencing the Duchess County Fair in Rhinebeck. And now for some more tree fungus: