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Everything Under the Sun / Re: The future of SUN, an update.
« on: March 15, 2016, 02:27:21 PM »
One thing regarding the future of SUN: I think people should check out -- that pretty well fit my original ideas for SUN.  Doing that at this point would be a losing proposition, trying to do a "me too" project in a niche that is already getting crowded.

The mantra that runs in my head that I think could apply to SUN is "learn to live on land that no one wants with people no one wants using things no one wants."  Is it possible?  Maybe; probably not.  But if we could find a way to do that, we could be an unstoppable force.  Because we would grow in society's blind spot, where people choose not to look.

Everything Under the Sun / Re: The future of SUN, an update.
« on: March 15, 2016, 02:08:18 PM »
I don't think you have anything to fear from the IRS, as long as the majority of revenue stays with the Non-profit, and there is a clear dilineation between your money and the foundation money. But then the point of that money cannot be more land, for the benefit of your business alone. Maybe you buy the land, donate it to SUN, rent 1/4 of it, rent other 3/4 to similar entreprenuers?
The key here is that no more than 50% of the donations come from any one person/organization.  Hence the popularity of "matching donations" for pledge drives, they automatically guarantee that condition.  It's not that you can't have such a non-profit organization, but they are called private foundations, and they have a whole different set of rules to follow, and they have to be set up that way from the beginning.

The main question is not so much one of LD and GM's taxes as it is a matter of keeping SUN's 501c3 status.

Shelter / Re: Dome Promotion
« on: June 08, 2014, 09:36:52 AM »
That seems to be the crux of all creative attempts to address resource constraints. The constrained resources seem to be flowing uphill at a greater and greater speed. We need a flood in the other direction.
On the other hand, maybe if people saw a Kardashian living in a dome home, there would be a flood of interest in them.... LOL

Shelter / Re: Dome Promotion
« on: May 11, 2014, 09:00:08 PM »
What I'm finding completely odd is the negativity the dome idea is getting everywhere I see it spreading.

It's not just the Trolls on the Diner determined to try and discourage any sort of sustainable response, even the NBLers, who claim they want to live out life in a minimal-impact hospice, are vehemently opposed to any sort of living arrangement that would reduce energy use.  If a building does not use 21st century level of energy consumption, it's a"coffin" in their eyes.
I would expect a similar reaction from the permaculture/environmentalist community.  There is a very strong prejudice against concrete.  Now, if you could incorporate hemp into your design...  ;D

One extremely small niche market that might enthusiastically embrace the monolithic dome concept is the space colonization crowd.  They could go for the futuristic look and appreciate the practical benefits. 

Everything Under the Sun / Re: Staying Positive
« on: May 07, 2014, 10:07:00 PM »
Miss you too, and everybody else.  Not just physically, everybody is so quiet these days.  :(
I know :(  It is sad.

Maybe you, and anyone else who wants to start a community, real or virtual, should watch The Beach (2000) starring Leonardo DiCapprio, especially the end scene:

The clip is dubbed in French, but all you need to understand is that the man who hands her the gun has told her he will destroy her little utopian community if she doesn't shoot Leonardo's character.

Shelter / Re: Dome-RV Hybrid: Flying Under the Radar
« on: May 04, 2014, 02:05:15 AM »
I think this one is a real killer application.  It allows people to try out dome living without the commitment.  And as an campground it provides a unique experience -- I have not heard of anyone else doing this.

Shelter / Re: Dome Storage Units
« on: May 03, 2014, 09:39:16 PM »
I like the concept, but the numbers aren't thrilling me.  You've got some mighty optimistic assumptions in there: full occupancy, no delinquencies, 0% financing, no maintenance costs (the domes might not have any, but how about the driveways?), no taxes, no insurance, no legal fees.... Under those assumptions a 5 year payoff is not very exciting.  Still, with the kind of lifespan a dome should have, could be very worthwhile.

Everything Under the Sun / Re: Staying Positive
« on: May 01, 2014, 08:11:12 PM »
Looking forward to a visit. I will come before August! I'll touch base when I figure out when.
Let me know when you are heading for CA.  Now that I am not going to AoL, I have time for a different trip.
I was wondering if you were still planning on going to the Age of Limits, RE... Is anybody else planning on going?  I would love to go, but my mom just got her knee done, and I am the primary caregiver for her and my dad, so I seriously doubt I will be able to get away for the weekend.  I will have to see how she is doing by May 17th, the deadline for preregistration, to see if I will go.

Shelter / Re: Community Infrastructure
« on: April 26, 2014, 07:40:01 AM »
When do you reach the point you need to provide a Privately built access road?  Does that road need to be paved, can you do with just gravel or even just a dirt road?  What are the ongoing maintenance costs for this?
Considering that the only real alternative is on-street parking, you reach that point very quickly.  At what point it goes from a one-lane driveway to a two-lane road becomes a little murkier.  This depends not just on the number of units but on the car density.  At Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, they have 4 cars for over 70 people.

Most options will work for most situations.  The big tradeoff is the lower the initial cost, the higher the maintenance cost.  Dirt roads are pretty cheap, they just need cleared off and graded, but this generally needs to be done yearly.  Gravel roads just need the additional step of laying down gravel.  As stones sink into the dirt or get flung off, gravel needs to be replaced, usually a couple times a decade.  Paved roads are more expensive, but as long as they're well-drained underneath and don't have heavy trucks driving on them, they can go quite a few years with just being resealed.  The most durable option, which you didn't mention, is bricks.  They basically last forever, with the caveat that they don't stay level for nearly that long.  It makes for a bumpy ride, but less slick in the winter, which is why you generally only see them now on steep hillsides.  In an age of decline, however, brick roads will hold up far longer than any other option.

See also Green Streets in A Pattern Language.

Psychology / Harnessing
« on: April 23, 2014, 10:38:56 PM »

Harnessing Happiness Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to teaching problem solving skills, conflict resolution and appropriate behavior through emotional awareness.   We deal with the issues that are plaguing our society from cradle to grave.  To live a happy and healthy life, no matter how old you are, is based on our ability to deal with problems.  The world, by and large is complex and confusing.  Therefore, we make a very strong effort to create materials that are easy and simple.  We provide simple solutions to difficult every day problems that are direct, pure, respectful and truthful.

Community / Ralph Borsodi's School of Living
« on: April 23, 2014, 10:04:14 PM »
Looks like we're about 80 years late to the party... but that's okay, it's still just getting started....

A (very) brief history

In the 1920's Ralph Borsodi became concerned with the problems of urbanized society and left the city to build his first homestead. He founded the School of Living in 1934 to empower others to achieve a more fulfilling and self sufficient life. He was soon joined by Mildred Loomis who continued and expanded the work until her death. Our current collective continues to work actively for the fulfillment of many of the ideals and movements to which we have been dedicated for many years.

SoL's area of study touches on every aspect of people and society. Historically we have played a pivotal role in movements supporting: organic agriculture, consumer rights, cooperatives and worker owned businesses, tax abolition, geonomics, appropriate technology, neighborhood and community rights and control.

Shelter / Re: Semi-Communal Dome Design
« on: April 23, 2014, 08:35:27 AM »
You would match up people by Interviews and so forth, to find compatible people for each Dome.  The Bonus they get for choosing this style of living is much more Space because the redundant kitchens and bathrooms have been eliminated.  You could go with one Large Refrigerator with separate shelves for each person instead of 3 tiny refrigerators.  One nice 6 burner stove instead of tiny 3 or 3 burner units.  Etc.
I would be very careful about being too "efficient".  Bathing can certainly be scheduled so there is no need for redundancy there, but two toilets would not be wasted.  And I would make sure the bathing facilities and toilet facilities could be used separately.

Also, don't be too sure about the single fridge idea.  The biggest use of energy in a fridge is all the cold air that escapes when you open the door.  3 small fridges whose doors get opened 1/3 as often can use much less energy than a big fridge.

With those caveats, I definitely like the idea.

Food / Guerrilla Gardening
« on: April 23, 2014, 08:03:02 AM »
We call our ancestors "hunter-gatherers", but if you follow their modern-day equivalents, the term "planter-gatherers" might be more appropriate.  A large percentage of the gathering time is devoted to collecting and distributing seeds to ensure a continued food supply.  As someone taking a course in the Pacific Northwest said about an area the instructor took care of, once he recognized what was edible, he couldn't take two steps without stepping on food.

Guerrilla gardening is the fashionable term for planting edible species in forgotten, weedy corners, where you can come back later and harvest.  This greatly expands the area one has available to grow food while decreasing its fragility.  Of course, not all varieties are amenable to this treatment; you need plants that will still produce even with extreme neglect.

One of the favorite tools of the guerrilla gardener is the seed bomb.  This is a little package of soil, compost, and seeds which help the seeds get started in harsh conditions.  Here is Mr. Brown Thumb explaining a lazy way of making them:

Resource Depletion / Re: Privatization of Water
« on: April 23, 2014, 12:06:32 AM »
Well, H, I can't quite answer the questions you asked, but here is a similar system that should give you an idea of the order of the answer:

This system can produce 1500-2000 liters per day for 2-3 years before the charcoal needs replaced.

Community / Re: What is Community?
« on: April 22, 2014, 11:47:31 PM »
En vino...somethin' somethin truth?  Wendy and I've been tryin' to remember.
"In vino veritas" In wine there is truth

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