General Rather than specific tasks, this badge focus’ on covering aspects that don’t quite fit elsewhere. This badge is for unpredictable projects or creative solutions. The focus is on finding permaculture solutions to urban problems. Permaculture solutions are easier when you have land and space of your own. Working out of an apartment where your landlord may have a firm set of limitations on what you can use or do means it isn’t always a simple task.
It’s possible you need to repair a chair and table set. Perhaps your walls need to be painted painted and the landlord is willing to let you do it (allowing you to use milk-based paint rather than off-gassing varieties). Maybe you’ve worked out a way to repurpose a closet with extra shelves and work out a rotational system to let you do a lot more preserving and canning.
Factors that will adjust the value of a given task:
The PEX Factor: This factor is an adjustment based on how closely a project aligns with the permaculture values of a the program. With PEA, the point is that you’re finding solutions to your problems that shun the typical urban solutions like glues, cements, and plastics. Instead, you’re finding ways to reduce or eliminate the toxic elements or perhaps recycling/reusing items to prevent them from entering the waste stream. The evaluator will be considering closely how your solution fits with this mentality and may potentially award zero points if they feel it does not uphold the spirit of the badge.
The Pro Factor: With this factor, the project point value will be evaluated based on the time it would take for a skilled expert with the proper tools and materials to do the same task. Each hour of effort thus evaluated is worth 1 point. This means even if you took 3 hours to complete the task, if an expert would have taken an hour, you will only be awarded 1 point. Points are awarded in half point units, rounded up. The minimum value is half a point at no less than 7 minutes by a professional. This means if the task is evaluated as being worth 45 minutes, the value will be rounded up to 1 point. A task evaluated at 1 hour would award 1 point, not be rounded upwards.
The Piano Factor: This is an adjustment based upon how useful the project is to Otis. 1000 hours of piano construction is worth less to Otis than 1000 hours spent building a barn. To put it on a more apartment-centric scale, if it takes the same amount of time to build a computer desk or a pantry out of a closet, the desk is worth less than the pantry despite the hours spent.
Diminishing Returns: As you progress through the levels of Oddball, the scoring shifts to put more emphasis on the PEX factor. So a good Otis-worthy project using conventional paint and caulk that takes you 16 hours may be awarded 4 points if you're at the Sand level, 2 points in Straw, 1 point in Wood or 1/2 point in Iron (this is just an example, not a formula)
Each badge level for Oddball is designed to be more difficult to attain than other badges. However, due to the difficulty of attaining large numbers of permaculture projects in a single apartment, the difficulty has not been raised proportionally above PEP levels as other PEA badges have been.
Note: If your submission will take a while, don't post partial chunks over time in this thread. Start a thread elsewhere on the forums to document the project and then post a summary here.
The sand badge is granted for a score of 5.
The straw badge is granted for a total score of 40 (including points from the sand badge).