Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Sonshine Music Festival 2010

Last weekend, Mitch and I went to Sonshine in Willmar, MN. Sonshine is an annual christian music festival in Minnesota. This year they had 80 or something bands, so starting early in the morning there was always at least one band at one of the 4 stages playing. We camped at the festival from Wednesday to Saturday with a bunch of other people from youthgroup and church.

When we first arrived it rained on us pretty bad, right when we were setting camp. So we had to wait it out under the big tent that was set up the day before.

After the rain some of the guys took of their shirts. Cody got his back slapped a couple of times until you could draw lines on it. Here is a smile face^^

We camped on one of the premium campsites which were located pretty much right next to where the stages and music area entrance was.

I met this guy at the water hose taking a bath. He told me that he was not willing to pay the 5 or 10 bucks for the shower pass, so he decided to take a bath right there - ice cold water, too...

There were four stages at the festival. The main stage, stage two, the indoor stage, and the show mobile which was a stage on a trailer. This is the only good picture I got of the indoor stage. My camera battery died on the second day I think, so my pictures are kind of limited to the beginning of the festival. At the indoor stage there were mainly screamo and heavy metal bands.

This was the main stage. It was pretty cool because we ware able to see the big screen from our campsite. So when ever we were to lazy to walk up there we just watched from the campsite.

Mitch took a picture of me throwing up the Diabolo. While taking the picture he was laying on the ground right next to me and pretty darn close to the Diabolo shooting down^^

Monday, July 5, 2010

4th of July 2010 Fireworks Video

Here's a video that I took with my digital camera, so the quality is not the best. Especially at the end when I ran out of space on my SD card and needed to turn down the video quality.

Look closely, I think I caught a smile face. They had hearts, too, but I'm not sure if there is any in the video.


4th of July

Today is the fourth of July - oh, wait, that was yesterday. Got kinda late I guess^^

4th of July was fun. We had a bunch of people over at our house to celebrate the birth of America. It is pretty cool to see all the flags and stuff on the streets but I think I still don't fully comprehend the meaning of this day to America and its people. Simply cause I am not American !?

We ate lunch sometime after 1 p.m., I can't remember the exact time. All kinds of good food including some of our own caught fish: Northerns, Sun fish and Bass. They all taste good, but Bass is still my favorite for some reasons. I think the meat is very soft and delicate.

This morning, we picked up some balloons at a store that we went to after church. Micah had the great idea to get some water balloons as well, which we ended up using after we finished eating lunch. At the beginning it was only Micah and I and some of the little kids and we filled up a couple of balloons with water. We gave one balloon to everyone and then had a little water balloon fight. Our small game turned out to become popular very fast and soon there was more people involved. Some were cheating and used buckets filled with water and the water hoses were used pretty fast, too. But it was a lot of fun and eventually everyone got wet. Some earlier (me) and some later (Eden)...

Check out pictures on Stephs blog, I didn't take any. Obviously.

And of course we went to see the 4th of July Fireworks. It was pretty awesome. We got there early so we had plenty of time to play around, juggling, cards, football and more...

Eden is getting pretty good with the Diabolos. Here we are tossing a Diabolo between each other.

Next is Mitch and I juggling balls. He's pro at that but I am going to need much more practice to get it going smoothly.

Here are some pictures of the Fireworks, too.

I took this one with my camera, all the pictures above are Stephs tough.

I took also took some videos that I will upload later today.

EDIT: Mitch and I are in the Newspaper. Click here.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Fishing with Paul vol.2

Last Friday, Micah, Eden and I went fishing again with Paul. Same lake, same squad, but this time Eden came with us not Steph. The weather wasn't that brilliant when we got there at about 5:40pm, the sky was cloudy and it looked like it was going to rain any minute. Approaching the night, it got a little nicer but until then here is what we first caught, tiny Sunfish:

We caught those Sunfish right next to the boat, it was crazy how fast they bit. That one time I saw a fish approaching the boat and I was like, "Micah, cast out right here, there's a fish", and he did and actually caught that very fish. Hilarious :)

After about 7 more Sunfish that we caught we got a little bored of it and drove to a different spot on the lake. That was about when the it got a little nicer outside at dusk. We then found a hot spot for Rock Bass, they were biting like crazy, too, must have been the right time I guess.

Here is Paul and one of the Rock Bass that he caught with a worm way big for that little fish to swallow. It's a plastic worm, but they surprisingly work really well. I used the same kind of worm for the big Bass that I caught two Fridays ago.

After we kept on catching Rock Bass's of decent size we decides to keep them and see how many we would have at the end to check if it was worth it to bring them home.

I don't know what the final count was but we kept some Rock Bass and Paul actually caught a nice Bass, too. I just realize that was when we kind of stopped taking pictures, I guess because we were all busy fishing.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Fishing with Paul

Last Friday, Micah, Steph and I went fishing with Paul at Middle Spunk Lake, Stearns County.

I enjoy going fishing with Paul, because there is always something new I can learn. It's a lot of fun, too.

Here is a picture of Micah and myself, casting off the front of the boat.

That was the first fish I caught. We cheated a little bit by holding the fish closer to the camera lens to make it look bigger :)

Micah and I while we were trawling. Only Steph and Paul actually caught fish that way, I was out of luck... It was still fun tough.

Later in the day we didn't catch very many fish. I finally got a lucky bite and Micah helped me bringing in the Bass. He fought really hard, and when I first felt something I thought I was stuck in the weeds. But eventually we got him in:

That's a legit picture of the Bass, no cheating with the size ;) It was a nice and big fish.

- Happy fishing everyone -

Friday, May 28, 2010

Syncing your iPod/iPhone with Ubuntu Linux

Finally after a couple of month I found a way to sync my Ipod with Ubuntu, or any Linux distribution!

On my way to switching completely to Ubuntu and not using windows anymore the Ipod syncing problem was one of the biggest pains. Everytime I when I wanted to update some of my music onto my iPod I had to reboot my computer and start windows just for doing that. Because of this being so stupid I got lazy and as a result I only put new stuff on my iPod, whether it is music or vidoes etc, only every couple of weeks if not month ^^

So here is how I did it:

1.) Go to this website and download the source for libmobiledevice, the library which makes all that possible
2.) extract the tar.bz2
3.) compile the library with:
     sudo make install

but before that, make sure to check out the README file because libmobiledevice requires some other librarys that you need to install first

Once successfully installed libmobiledevie, you are pretty much ready to go. I use Rhythmbox to manage my music, but I think it also works with Amarok and Banshee, I personally haven't tryed it yet though...

Here is a screenshot of Rhythmbox syncing some music to my iPod:

On the libmobiledevice.org website they have a status list of the current development state of the library. Many things work like the syncing of music and video, filesystem access, ssh/tcp tunneling and managing apps. I think those are some of the most important. Other features work, but are still buggy, so those might take a little longer before they are fully usable.

So ya, I thought that was really cool. Now I don't have to switch to windows all the time just for using that iTunes program thingy :)

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Boundary Waters Camping Trip

Here is my second try for writing about our camping Trip to the Boundary Waters. I started writing a post the other day but when I was trying to save it to finish a different day, it didn't save properly and my post was history. If you've read Steph's Boundary Water post you already know the story, but it was definitely bloggers fault and not Steph's. So don't get this wrong ;)

So last weekend we went to the boundary waters with a group of 9 people including Mitch, Micah, Caleb, Paul, Mr. Heinen, Mathew Heinen, Jeremy, Jim and myself. The boundary waters area is a beautiful peace of land that without actually having been there is hard to describe. Although, here are some pictures to give a test of how it looks like.

Here is a picture of Jeremy, Mathew, Micah and me playing cards. The place we're sitting is right in front of our camping site, a huge rock which was also nice to get off and on the canoes.

Micah caught the biggest fish on our trip, a northern. This one was actually worth eating, had a lot of meat and tasted very good.

Mitch and I and the water filter bag that we used to filter the lake water. It worked really well and with about one filling a day we had enough water for the nine of us. After the water was filtered it still tasted a little laky, but the Gatorade Powder we brought along fixed it. But even without the Gatorade it was very clean and not too bad.

Micah and Caleb next to the fire pit.

Paul making some potatoes on the fire. Really jammy, thanks again, Paul!

That's all our food hoisted up in the trees. We definitely brought too much food! On the first night when we first hoisted up all our bags, everything was so heavy. I wouldn't have been surprised if the rope would've broke.

Here is a picture that Jeremy took. In the background you can see the rapids that were right next to one of the portages that we had to use the fish in one of the neighbor lakes.

Paul took a picture right when I was tossing a paddle to Mitch in the canoe. Lucky shot :)

On Saturday we met one of the park rangers - a really nice guy. His dog was called "Dunk". The guy demonstrated some of the skill that Dunk had. He told us that Dunk is a dog that is trained to do stuff by command. To show us what that means, he threw a stick in the lake and then he told Dunk to get it. While the dog went to get the stick he threw a second stick so the dog couldn't see where he threw it. When Dunk came out of the water with the first stick the park ranger told Dunk, pointing in the direction where he threw the second stick, to go and get it. Even tough Dunk did not know where the stick was, he followed the directions of his master and eventually got the stick. I thought that was pretty impressive. Btw, Dunk is a German dog :)

When we got up on Sunday morning there was for some reasons an awful lot of big black ants all over our camp site. I don't know how and why they got there but it was crazy. When we went to bed that night, it was me that first jumped out of his sleeping bag when I felt something tickling in my neck. Just shortly later, Mitch jumped up turning on his flashlight to find the ant that was in his ear. Nasty ^^ After that I decided to use one of the bug nets to protect myself from the black ants, even thought I think there were only two...

Monday morning on the way out...