Hydroponic Grow Update

Considering this is my first hydroponic grow, I think it is doing incredibly well. It has been an interesting 8 weeks, from planting seed to having 5 incredibly happy plants and, well, 1 very unhappy ‘read: dead’ pak choi. :) The leaves are strong & crisp and the roots are clean and matted. I think the two unhappy plants have been over shadowed by the front plants and are battling for sunlight to be honest.

Hydroponic Seedlings

So what have I been doing?

It all started with carefully creating holes in the rockwool cubes and placing 2 seeds into each hole, one on either side pushed into the side wall of the hole. Left to germinate and grow for about 3 weeks simply with the base of the rockwool sitting in my home made hydroponic solution (post coming soon). This tray was left fully exposed to the sunlight whilst the seedlings were young and eventually algae began to grow on the base of the cubes. Continue reading

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Experimental Aquaponic & Hydroponics

Aquaponic History

In February 2013 I did a small experiment with Aquaponics, growing Basil above a home 20 litre fish tank. It was all done on a whim, without much research or understanding of the plants requirements. It was simple enough, a plastic box set on top of the tank with the filter pump (filter removed) pumping the water up into the tank and then allowing gravity to bring the water back to the fish. It was created after seeing these appear on a kick-starter project I believe.Home Aquaponics

I jumped at this awesome idea, and thus created this much simpler and far more home DIY version.Aquaponics Experiment 02/2013

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Victoria Falls on a Budget

Sunrise over Victoria Falls

The captain comes on over the intercom to announce that we have begun our decent towards Victoria Falls, he mentions that we will soon be making a right hand bank and will approach the runway from a westerly direction meaning that we should be able to see the ‘Smoke that Thunders’ from the left hand side of the plane. Its not a busy flight and so immediately we grab the opportunity to switch seats hoping to glimpse the falls from the air. The airport is a typical dinky toy airport slap bang in the middle of the african bush, situated about 20kms from the falls itself. Our FlyAfrica plane is one of three sitting on the tarmac and one looks like its been sitting in the same spot for a few years already. This certainly is a low tech airport where the baggage is just popped onto a table through a garage door just behind immigration. Its in the throws of an upgrade which is possibly a good thing because the toilets had certainly seen better days. However the excitement is high with a large Welcome to Victoria Falls sign reminding you that you are just kilometers away from some of natures greatest works.

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Muizenberg Tourist Map

Its done, and the first edition has been printed and delivered to Hostels & Restaurants in and around Muizies. I’m so excited and have been getting a really positive response from the first few people to have picked up a copy.

Muizenberg Tourist Map

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Inspiration, Motivation, Concentration

I don’t know about you, but I think I can safely assume that you know or certainly feel like you have something big in you. A something that you know will make you happy, make you feel fulfilled with the life you’re living right now, or when this ‘big thing’ happens. I sure know I do! I feel I could go in a few directions, become a photographer, finally write that photographic travel journal, or lets think even more crazy here! Since traveling through South East Asia I know how amazing my own beautiful country is, South Africa. I know we have huge tourism opportunities in the country and I would love to be a part of that process. I have have a few ideas lurking up my sleeve :)

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8 Noob Tips for Adobe Flash

I have been working quite intensely in Adobe Flash for the last 3 months, so I am by no means going to call myself a pro or expert. I can however offer some advice to a newbie who is busy trying to wrap their heads around the bizarre world of Flash. I won’t lie, its a terrible program, with archaic methods for animation and all the standard crappy bezier handles that adobe love to dish up in their CS Suite. However flash certain has its place in the world… I have honestly taken a step back at shock when it just does something thats freaking amazing. It certainly is going to be around for a while. Anyway, I have kept a list of small tips that might just help you get up and running a little quicker.

Take some Shortcuts

So lets assume you have used a few other Adobe apps before. I would hazard a guess and assume you have used Photoshop? Great, so ‘Cntl+0′ right? Super useful shortcut… well lets set that up in Flash quick. Sadly flash doesn’t have the exact same functionality and so you will actually need to set two shortcuts to achieve the same result. Start by going to Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts:

  • Zoom to All, otherwise known as ‘Show Frame‘… set that to Cntl +9
  • Zoom to 100%… and set that to Cntl +0

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Life’s a Journey

Wow, its been a few months now since I last wrote a post. Life has certainly taken me places over the last 10 months. Khumba was succesfully wrapped up on the 28th of Feb 2013 and from there I have been on quite the journey. It started with a few weeks back in Joburg to celebrate my fathers 70th birthday and my uncles 80th, before returning to the Cape to work as photographer/videographer on the Absa Cape Epic. The 8 days of the cape epic where spent entirely shooting (mostly in the mornings) and putting together a 1-2min video clip (mostly the afternoons) highlighting each day of the event. It was great to have finally escaped the ‘desk job’ style of work I had been doing for the last 7 years and to be on the road, camera in hand. The cape epic wrapped up just toward the end of March and so I hit the road, my car full of stuff from my life in Cape Town and headed for the Tsitsikamma/Garden Route where I spent the next four weeks being an absolute beach bum with not a care in the world, except for reading a few Lonely Planet guides about South East Asia. You see in mid Feb I had booked a flight to Bangkok for mid May and that date was quickly approaching. I had allowed just a couple of weeks back in Joburg to sort out my final arrangements for my trip, things such as visa’s and foriegn currency etc.

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