Where are my seeds?

April 5th, 2012

So, several weeks ago, while in a local grocery store it occurred to me that all of the oranges that I saw there were navel oranges.  There was not a single orange with seeds in it.  There were small navel, medium navel, large navel, but that was it. So, I was on the hunt for an orange with seeds.  At another grocery store it was the same thing.  Several different kinds of navel oranges, but none with seeds.  Even at the local Co-op, there were all kinds of navel oranges, but it was hard to find a regular old orange.  There were blood oranges and one variety of orange that was not navel, but a small amount compared to large amounts of navel oranges.

This got me thinking.  Since a navel orange has no seeds, the trees do not reproduce naturally.  The only way to make more of them is to graft part of an existing tree onto a normal orange tree.  Essentially, all of the oranges we eat are genetically the same (until genetic engineering came around).  So, in the most natural way of growing navel oranges if a disease arose that targeted the navel orange there would be nothing to stop it.  Every tree is the same, there are almost no variations that would make some trees resistant to the disease.  Although, now that genetic engineering is around, I am sure there have been trees produced that are resistant to most diseases.  But, still, I want my seeds.

Update 6-6-12: I was eating a navel orange today and I found seeds!  I think the orange trees are trying to revert back to being a regular orange.  Although, it still tasted like a navel orange.

Website redesign

March 30th, 2012

This week I just decided to work on a redesign of my website.  I’m not sure why, but it is in the works.  My goal for the new site is to create a clean and concise way to get the message across.  Also, I am emphasizing the visual parts of the site more.  I  will also be applying the new theme to my blog and photo gallery, which I never got around to with my previous designs.  I hope to unify my site and make it a fun and easy way to view my work and learn about me.  I hope you enjoy the new site when I release it.

Edit: It’s live!  Let me know what you think.

Jumping for Joy

March 12th, 2012

About a year ago I started a project exploring light in photography.  Well, I continued that by experimenting with a lighter.  It took quite a few shots trying to see what interesting effects I could get.  This is one of them.  It is one of the simpler shots that I took, but shows the dancing sparks as you light the lighter.  I will post a couple more shots that give a different effect soon.

 

America at Work

February 29th, 2012

Being on a job hunt myself, the topic of careers and jobs has been on my mind.  But, I have been fascinated with what goes on behind the scenes at places of work in the past.  I did a photo project, inspired in part by this idea, on a couple of local organizations and what takes place in their buildings.  Sitting here thinking about what I want out of a job, I noticed the book America at Home sitting on my shelf.  This gave me an idea.  Wouldn’t it be cool if there was a book like that but for America at Work.  So, I did a quick Google search and came across an InFocus collection of images on this topic (published yesterday!).  I enjoyed looking at these images, but they are just a small part of America at Work.  So, I thought, what the heck maybe I should make a book like that.  So, I am putting the idea out there.  If anyone reading this wants to send me a photo of themselves at work (with permission to publish/use the photo), with a short story and basic information about the photo (who is in it, where it is, what you are doing, etc.) send them to me at zach@tudahl.net and send this on to anyone else you think would want to participate.  It will be interesting to see if anything becomes of this idea!

Missed a week???

February 22nd, 2012

Oh no, I missed a week.  Well, I guess I just have to try hard not to do it again!

Well, I tried my hand at some wood working this past week.  I made a couple of picture frames for some of my photos.  I decided since you cannot buy a frame the size I want, I guess I just have to make them!  It was a fun experience, and it makes the end result even more special.  I took the picture, printed it, built the frame, and framed the picture all myself.  And, now that I know how to do it, I can make some whenever I want to hang a new picture up.  Who knows, I might even give some away as gifts, or maybe even sell a few.

I also built a shamrock for our flag pole.  We have a sign that we have hung up for Christmas for several years.  Last year my dad made a heart for Valentine’s Day and was thinking about a shamrock for St. Patrick’s Day.  Well, I made it!  What should we make next???

I have also been looking at a lot of photos on Google+, and I must say there are some amazing works on there.  Everything from splash photography, to black and white photography, to urban decay.  If you love photography and have not used Google+ to follow photographers, I highly suggest you start.  I also came across this guy somewhere else, but he makes daguerreotypes.  This is a almost forgotten process and it is interesting to see people still doing it.  It is kind of strange seeing modern technology photographed using this process.

Pogoplug

February 7th, 2012

I heard about the pogoplug a few years ago and thought it was an interesting device.  Recently, I thought it would be handy to have some easily shared drives to use on my computers at home (and away for that matter).  So, I invested in a Pogoplug.  I found it on sale for $20, so if it wasn’t exactly what I wanted it wasn’t too much of an investment.  When I first took it out of the box and connected it, I thought the performance was rather pathetic.  I later realized it was connected through a surge protected which limited the connection speed down from gigabit ethernet.  I connected it directly and it seemed to improve a bit, but was still disappointing.  I hooked it up again today and it seemed to be much better.  It is not as fast as a directly connected USB drive, or computer to computer transfers over gigabit ethernet, but it was acceptable.  I think this will work the way I wanted it to, so I am satisfied.

Weather

February 7th, 2012

So, this winter has been extremely unusual.  We have not had as much snow as we usually do, and it has been warmer than usual almost the whole winter.  Some people like it, I think we should have cold and snow.  After all, we live in Wisconsin.  Anyway, I noticed today that it looks like the trees are starting to bud.  I guess the trees think it is spring, so should we just give up on winter and think it is spring too?  I think the ducks have.  There had to be at least 200 of them in Riverside park today!

Photography

January 30th, 2012

This past week I went out and took some photographs for the first time in a long time.  It was great to get back to it and I have decided that I need to take some time each week to do this.  I have not even looked at the pictures yet, but just walking around and looking at the world and framing pictures is such an enjoyable process.

I also picked up with the task of scanning all of the photos from my childhood.  It sure is a task, but it is fun looking at all of the pictures again.  And, when I am finished it will be easy to just click on a folder and look at the pictures.  Plus, I will be able to have a backup copy of them off site, so if something should ever happen to the originals I still have the images.

OBi100

January 26th, 2012

I heard about the Obi VoIP adapter a couple of months ago and wondered how it would work.  So, last week I saw that it was a lightning deal on Amazon and thought I would give it a try.  So far I have been completely satisfied with it.  It took a couple of minutes to set up with my Google Voice account and has worked perfectly so far.  Once I have a chance to make and receive more calls with it I will post an update with the results.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004LO098O/ref=oh_o00_s00_i00_details

Update:  So far I have used this to receive a few calls and to make a couple of calls.  The first time I used it, it seemed like there was a rather large delay.  Since then it has seemed almost like a POTS phone.  It seems to be working great!  Best of all, it is free!  Google extended free calling through 2012, hopefully they will continue to extend it.

Reading a Book

January 23rd, 2012

For the first time in a long time I have actually started and remained interested in reading a book!  I received Steve Jobs’ biography for Christmas.  Since, then I have been reading a little bit here and there, but now I am to the point that I am reading some each day.  I have always enjoyed reading biographies, but have not had the desire to read much beyond what was required for my classes.

With that, I find Jobs’ life very interesting, at least what I have read already.  I always knew he was a unique person, but getting more detail makes you understand more of what was going through his mind when he made certain decisions.  The founding of Apple was really an amazing adventure and there were many opportunities where it could have failed and not developed into the success it is today.

I also read an article about Apple moving much of the manufacturing for Apple products to China.  It really is interesting how the manufacturing process has changed over the years.  According to the article it is not just the cost of employees, but having all of the manufacturing processes so close together and not having to ship pieces longs distances.  Also, I find it very interesting that many of the employees they are looking for have more than a high school education, but less than a 4 year college degree.  It seems that there is so much emphasis on a 4 year degree (and beyond) here in the U.S., but that over qualifies people for many jobs.