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Photographs of the 2011 Indoor Germination Station
|| 3/31/2011 || 3:07 pm || + Render A Comment || ||

I can truthfully say that I use the internet to grow my vegetables! For the last few years I’ve been using the passive heat from my cable modem & router to germinate my seeds. It’s pretty simple to do: find a leak-proof plastic container, throw in some dirt, add seeds of what you want to grow, add some (but not too much) water, and then place it on your cable modem or internet router. Seeds do not need light to grow, rather they need heat and moisture to germinate. By using the passive heat from the cable modem & router, I can grow just about anything…

Photograph of the 2011 Garden Germination Station

This year I decided to scale up my efforts,
Photograph of the 2011 Garden Germination Station

and added a couple lights and some reflective aluminum foil.
Photograph of the 2011 Garden Germination Station

Within a month most seeds will sprout and will then be transplanted into larger containers outside…



Basil Sprouts
|| 3/26/2011 || 2:59 pm || 1 Comment Rendered || ||

Photograph of baby sweet basil sprouts growing in soil in a plastic container

Using last year’s seeds I was able to quickly germinate this year’s supply of sweet basil.



Agent Orange? A chemical defoliant used on my neighbor’s backyard
|| 3/23/2011 || 2:43 pm || + Render A Comment || ||

The photograph below shows why I maintain a container garden:

Photograph of an orange colored chemical defoliant used on my neighbors backyard

Every year my next door neighbor puts some type of chemical defoliant over his backyard so he doesn’t have to mow his lawn. I sincerely wish he didn’t….



Baby Potato
|| 3/19/2011 || 2:53 pm || + Render A Comment || ||

Photograph of a small potato dug up from my garden

Last fall I planted some potatoes to see if they would grow and sure enough a few did. I think this one looks like Venus of Willendorf.



Letter from Hannis Taylor to Honorable Thomas H. Carter, United States Senator, Rendering An Opinion As To The Constitutionality of the Act of Retrocession of 1846 – January 17, 1910
|| 3/15/2011 || 2:43 pm || + Render A Comment || ||

Scan from the Internet Archive


Someday, when I have more free time, I will post the full text of Hannis Taylor’s letter to Senator Thomas Carter. In the meantime, you can download the PDF of this document and read that he believes the retrocession of Alexandria in 1846/1847 was not constitutional. I originally discovered this letter in December of 2009 when I posted a newspaper article titled “Does Virginia Own Alexandria County?” which was published in The Washington Herald the following day, January 18, 1910.


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[FOUND MAP] The Lining of a Leather Jacket
|| 3/13/2011 || 4:11 pm || 1 Comment Rendered || ||

Photograph of a leather jacket with a map as the fabric lining

I noticed my friend’s leather jacket last winter but I never got around to taking a photograph of it.

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Madison Quilt
|| 3/8/2011 || 4:03 pm || + Render A Comment || ||

: rendered at 18,000 X 12,000 :
Madison Quilt by Nikolas Schiller

Using a portion of Madison Offset, I created a couple more tessellations and ultimately this fractal Octagon Quilt Projection Map.

View the Google Map of Madison, Wisconsin.


: detail :
Detail of Madison Quilt by Nikolas Schiller

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Bringing your baby hedgehog to the neighborhood dive bar?
|| 3/6/2011 || 3:58 pm || + Render A Comment || ||

Photograph of a baby hedgehog at a bar in Washington, DC

I was at a bar in Mount Pleasant with my friend and a lady brought her baby hedgehog to the bar. I’m not sure if that was a wise move…



Madison Offset
|| 3/5/2011 || 3:48 pm || 1 Comment Rendered || ||

: rendered at 18,000 X 12,000 :
Madison Offset by Nikolas Schiller

With the protests taking place inside of the Wisconsin State Capitol, I decided to make a map of the area around the building.

View the Google Map of Madison, Wisconsin.


: detail :
Detail of Madison Offset by Nikolas Schiller

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