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AtomicZombie
03-10-2012, 11:00 PM
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Here we are at the beginning of March and no sign of spring yet. Just when we thought the melting snow was a sign that we were in for some warmer weather, over a foot of snow dumped on us last week. You never know what surprises are in store at this time of year. The best part is the sun rises at 7 am and sets around 7 pm. I love it when the days get longer. Just itching to get started on something gardening, bike building, videos, etc.

Goldfinch
Im enjoying watching various types of birds at the feeders, many of which Id only seen pictures of. Much more variety out here in the country. Every morning, the Blue Jays call me to fill the feeders with peanuts. Spoiled birds!

They take turns with their cousins Whiskey Jacks (Gray Jays), and smaller birds Hoary Redpoll, Goldfinch, Chickadees, Nuthatch at the feeders, but when the squirrel shows up, the battle is on! Sometimes the birds manage to gang up on the squirrel and send it scurrying back to its nest.


Squirrel and Pine Grosbeak square off
Looks like we have at least a few more weeks of winter left, but in the meantime, were working on some new stuff for this year. Heres a sneak peek at whats coming up:

New Atomic Zombie web site. Were about 75% done the site. Its a complete overhaul. If all goes well, it will be online by the end of this month. Its a huge project, but the end result is well worth it.

New gallery. Forum members will be able to upload their own pictures, and maintain their own galleries.

New videos. More DIY bike building tutorials and webisodes. An exclusive look at your Atomic Zombie hosts Radical Brad and KoolKat and why they spend an insane amount of their lives promoting the AZ way of life.

New plans. Choppers, recumbents, trikes, maybe a velo? More on that later.

New kits. Finally! We will be manufacturing parts to help with your bike building projects.

AZ road trip. Will Radical Brad and KoolKat make an appearance at an event near you? Stay tuned.

So, as you can see, were planning a lot of new stuff. It will take up a huge chunk of our time, but with our new place and plenty of room to grow, we hope to keep you entertained and informed as we continue our journey. ~ KoolKat

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river
03-11-2012, 11:14 AM
Here in Conn, gonna be in the 60's this week. Early spring. You guys do a great job on this site of yours and I'm anxious to see the new one. Being a zombie is very addictive and is a blast building these projects and is so satisfying when you complete it. Your place sounds great. I spent my summers up in Vermont in a little cabin in the woods. It really made me feel close to nature and appreciate all nature has to offer thanks for have such great Idea's and such a fun site

TexasTuff
03-11-2012, 12:45 PM
One of my dogs went out and messed with a skunk this week. After 3 bathes I still feel a little closer to nature and all it has to offer than I would like. I've loved our extremely mild winter and early spring here in East Texas this year. Upper 70's for the next 10 days mixed with a little rain off and on. Ya'll come stay a few weeks till your area warms up. No heat or air used for a few weeks now, that should help the electric bill.

I'm really looking forward to all the new AZ site changes. I've felt you've always had a great user friendly and attractive site.

socialtalker
03-11-2012, 02:44 PM
hi, it sounds like wonderful changes. do you mind if i ask what platform are you using? is it drupal? when pics are posted on the forum, i am not able to see them, i have to open a new window, will i be able to see the pics in the postings?

KoolKat
03-11-2012, 08:07 PM
Thanks, guys. The new gallery will be integrated with the current forum. The old gallery will remain online until we migrate it to the new software. You'll be able to upload your own pictures, add descriptions, etc. It is a separate software system that will become part of the forum, if that makes any sense? However, you will be able to link to pictures in the gallery directly into forum threads.

Will take us a few weeks to work out some bugs and play around with it before putting it online. It will mean that we'll have to take the forum offline for a day or two, but will give plenty of notice before that day gets here.

The new web site is taking a lot longer than expected. A complete overhaul, designing our own template from scratch. A huge undertaking, but we hope if we continue doing a bit each day, it will be online by the end of this month.

Enjoying our country lifestyle very much. Many things to do and getting impatient for spring to finally arrive once and for all. Not enjoying the muck and clay, though.