Off the keyboard of RE
In a bit over a week from now, after a couple of years jawboning collapse on the Doomstead Diner, the Knights of the Round Table on the Diner are finally going to meet up IRL down in Texas. "In Real Life" is the meaning of that acronym for people who don't frequent Cyberspace that much, in contrast to the In Virtual Life you pursue as an Internet Junkie, where often people have Identities and Personalities not precisely like their IRL ones.
Whether you pursue an Anon Read more [...]
One day when I was about eight years old, my father, standing in the front door, said to me, "Son, come take a look at this." I stepped out onto the sidewalk, looked up, and saw that our basswood tree (which was really five genetically identical, mature basswoods, from one original,) had turned orange. It took me a moment to understand what I was looking at. There were 30,000 monarch butterfly, resting on that tree, fluttering their wings; as a chorus.
As marvellous as that was, I think I thought, Read more [...]
The more aware I become of our food system and how preservatively poisonous it is, the more I desire to cook at home where I can control the ingredients. Bread was chosen among the first of the foods I learned to produce homemade. When I began making bread, I chose a recipe for a homemade bread that consisted of four simple ingredients: Water. Flour. Salt. Yeast. You'd think that mixing together four ingredients into a bowl would provide the same results, consistently. Nope. I had the worst luck. Read more [...]
(First published @ Off the Grid in Minneapolis)
Salvaged last fall.
I've never had good seed starting conditions in this house. My starts are always small, leggy, compared to what is available. This year, I'm going to build a greenhouse outside these three windows. I'll access it by crawling through the window next to the bookshelf. I will have a door outside Read more [...]
A couple of weeks ago JMG posted an article talking about seven sustainable technologies that he sees needing to be preserved as we slide down the energy hill. I'm sure most of you read it, but I'll link it.
Of these, the first three concern me most, although I'm in agreement that the others are important. They are:
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Published on the Doomstead Diner on January 19, 2014
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The Big Newz last week on the Economic Front was the Jobs Report from the Bureau of Lies & Statistics, which now has the FSoA UE Rate down to a remarkable 6.7%! We are doing FANTASTIC! This is down from Double Digit UE Rates around 11% following the Financial Crack-Up of 2008. Happy Daze are HERE Read more [...]
When I set out to build the Bug-Out PV Kit, I did so for several reasons. There were a number of questions I had in my own mind...
What is a reasonably sized portable PV Set-up? Is it even practical to design a mobile PV kit? How much would such a kit cost at current prices?
How many and exactly what kind of batteries would be required for such a system?
How much power could such a set-up yield, and what could you do with it?
How often would you need to resort to a grid-based battery Read more [...]
I was thinking about the idea of a large Cutout in the Domes to allow in Light and then use them as Grow Houses of either the Hydroponic or Conventional kind.
Although you can do both with artificial light from diodes and electricity, one of our postulates is that both of these things will be hard to come by in the future.
So, you need some sort of Transparent Material that allows light through, but keeps out or in heat and cold, not to mention possible Radioactive Rainfall.
The oldest of Read more [...]
Several of my fellow SUN affiliates are now making plans to pay me a visit on or around the third week in April. At least four of us have committed to taking a dome building course put on by the folks at Monolithic Domes in Italy Texas, about 2 1/2 hours to the north of the 'stead.
Ever since we started talking about SUN, we have wanted to have a real world meeting. And although we are well known to each other through our writing and kibbitzing on the Doomstead Diner, we find ourselves in Read more [...]
The genesis for this article comes from two sources. First, there has been an ongoing Prepper thread inside the Doomstead Diner on the subject of various Refrigeration methods. Second was a Jackson Browne video I used a few weeks ago in my article on Invisible Refugees of Climate Change. In the lyrics you find the stanza
Caught between the longing for love
And the struggle for the legal tender
Where the sirens sing and the church bells ring
And the junk man pounds his fender
Where Read more [...]
We "went PUBLIC" today over on the Doomstead Diner, but we have been dropping hints about SUN for a while on a few of our favorite websites. However, through to today, the only people visiting SUN have been the folks who are already involved and busy building the site and adding material.
Anyhow, quite surprisingly to me, in just the first day here we already have about 50 new registrations of people interested in the ideas we are talking about here, and Implementing as well.
For you newbies Read more [...]
Throughout my life, my creative energy has been a force I've had to learn to hold back. I constantly feel the need to create. I was once asked, "What is the one thing you have to do on a regular basis to avoid losing your mind?" My answer? "Create something." That is the truth. I have an overpowering need to create.
My husband and I are in a sort of ballistic space in which we are free to do just that: create. Our youngest son, Harper, has finally battled through colic. My husband has decided Read more [...]