The October Thing #12 – More Comments–and a Request – October 2, 2011

More Comments—and a Request

O.K., things are beginning to liven up, but all the comments—good ones—are still in your comfort zone; i.e., Diane comments on medical issues, Kyle on construction, Lee on gardening. Now get out of your comfort zone. I’m going to do a future paper listing some of the evidence from the recent Toronto conference showing that the three World Trade Towers and Pentagon were demolished by internal explosions. I’m not at all comfortable with it, but it is becoming persuasive, and, if it is true and becomes widely known before its 50-year-secrecy period is over, it could have profound repercussions on world politics.

Lee and Wade remind me that 3-D gardens are best; Lee notes that the deep soils of raised-beds are far more productive and Wade praises the effortless yields of permaculture (tree-crops). Think deep, think tall.

Both Kyle and Wade look at new construction and note that sustainable housing is already here; we just need to do more of it. Amanda notes that most people in England already have a garden instead of a lawn. I found an app called iTriage where you punch in your symptoms and it gives you possible diagnoses and directions to the nearest hospital and emergency-room-waiting-time. What else is new?

3 thoughts on “The October Thing #12 – More Comments–and a Request – October 2, 2011”

  1. On October 15, 2011 at 11:25 a.m. CDT J. Kiersten Ellis posted the following comment

    Quoting Lindsey Weiner :

    3-D printing is FASCINATING. I have heard that they are expected to be in most household in the future. It is a printer that receives a blueprint of a certain object and has the ability to recreate it using the exact dimensions/weight. (Think Star Trek replicator)

  2. High tech gadgets like the 3D printer do still put me out of my comfort zone a bit. Yet, in essence it is merely a logical evolution of the bit matrix printer, right? If you get down to it, even those little dots on the page are three D! So really we are just making minor adjustments to the way we think about our technologies and minor adjustments to the technologies themselves. The folks who are making these advancements are not usually going extremely far out of their ‘comfort zones’; indeed, they are going just far enough beyond their edge to discover the appropriate tweek to what they already do so well.

    Here is a group that epitomizes this sort of iterative process of thinking perpetually a few clicks beyond their comfort zone… Through tapping into the open source design process and getting back to the basics of the inventions that we have built up our human habitations around, OSE is hoping to spur a new level of community resilience and self-reliance. They are still fledglings yet picking up some steam…

  3. Amanda and I just looked together at the Open Source Ecology site. What a great idea! Wade, have you had any personal experience with any of the simple machines? That is, have you attempted actually to create modules and build any of them? We are part of a nice community of folk here in the Tallassee area, and we can easily see the community undertaking the building of several of these machines to be held and used in common.

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