Lina Joana

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Here is a screenshot of what I am seeing. There is no upgrade plans section.
Does it not load on a mobile device?
Ok, having issues.
I followed the link to the rmh microdoc, and the page says “free”, and limited time offer, with a countdown. But, I see no way to acquire it. If I click on the picture it takes me to the paying page, and there is nothing else I see aside from links ti various threads...
What am I missing?
Any chance Allan could provide the reference for the interspecies quorum sensing/ increased phytonutrients in polycultures? That is super exciting!
I always use coconut instead of yogurt. Not as local, but adds a bit of sweetness when you are using strongly flavored greens rather than sweet spinach.
3 months ago
We bought an echo two years ago. Aside from replacing the chain, it has worked very reliably. It can cut small stuff for quite a while on one battery, and the 16 inch bar can handle larger logs too. It is nice to be able to get the right chains at the local Big box store without fuss.
3 months ago
I have been wearing okabashi sandals for years. My first two pairs were some of the comfiest I have ever had. When I went to buy more, I discovered that they had stopped making the basic brand in women’s size 11. Fortunately, okabashiB, their “Boutique” line, still comes in the large size, and has a plain design, so that is what I get now.
They are made of soft plastic which feels fine to me even when wet. I also like that they are made of recycled material, and are recyclable - if you ship them back to the company, they melt them down again. They tend to last me about 3 years if daily summer wear before they break.
3 months ago
This did bring up and crystallize some interesting points.
Without claiming to be an expert on either path, going to live at Wheaton labs does have some major differences from ERE.
   The main difference I am thinking about is that, with the traditional ERE path, you can ultimately live without working.  As long as you stay in your budget, you can do whatever you want.  At Wheaton Labs, even if you get your acre and develop a permie garden, you still need to work to eat. (goes without saying that, if this is what you love to do, it is not a drawback). What does strike me about this difference, is the resilience of your lifestyle in each path.
 Once you've achieve your ERE lifestyle, you have tremendous personal resilience. If you get injured or sick and need to spend a year recovering, you can do that, because you have the income to cover food and shelter without having to do any work.  On the other hand, you have much less systematic resilience - meaning that in a major societal disruption, you are not super well insulated; your income depends on the stock market doing well, and your food supply can be disrupted by - for example - a worldwide pandemic.
  If you go for a self sufficient permaculture lifestyle, without building up the cash savings that ERE does, you have a lot of systematic resilience (lots of insulation from societal disruption).  But personal resilience is not automatically built in; if you get sick even for a few weeks during the harvest period for your staple crops, you are in trouble for the next year.
   I'd be interested to hear people's thoughts on what you need in order to have personal resilience within a permaculture lifestyle.  For the sake of discussion, maybe two scenarios: one, you are willing to live at Wheaton labs, and have an acre there.  Two, you are not "adult" enough to want to store your feces in buckets for two years, and so have decided to live on your own on a couple of acres in the country, and built a self sufficient permaculture system on that property. Also for the sake of this discussion, let's clump "developing passive income streams" into the same category as ERE - both are saying that you have money coming in for which you don't have to work. Is that what you need to be resilient in the face of personal accident? How much do you need to feel safe in each scenario?  Does community play a role?  How much could you depend on the community to help you (i.e. bringing you meals for a week vs. feeding you for a year). Is it just a matter of having a full year of food and fuel stocked up, so that you can make it to the next harvest if you miss your main one?  Are you comfortable depending on the social safety nets, like welfare, if you need them? Is it fair to do so if you aren't working and paying into those systems?
  Just some food for thought.

Kenneth Elwell wrote:Lina,
The same goes for rubber. I've seen a design with a curtain hung over the wood to create the airflow through the stack of lumber, seems as if this is where you are seeing rubber used? Maybe canvas would work? old wool rugs? or an adjustable wall made of boards stacked on edge between channels on the walls?
Insulation? maybe to boost cold weather performance? could be overcome by having more solar collecting area than just the kiln area?

Its not the curtain: the plans I’ve seen are all big on painting the inside with a sealant paint - either rubber paint or aluminum paint. I think because it is a very moist environment for months at a time, they are designed to keep moisture out of the walls. Now, I suppose that since the wood you are putting in manages to dry out, the wall would too - but it seems like if everyone thinks sealing the inside is a good idea, there might be a reason. But maybe not?
Insulation - I suppose it is in part for cold weather, but also to maintain a more even temp throughout the kiln, I think. The problem with L expanding the roof area is that, as I understand it, the area of clear roof to board feet is calculated pretty carefully to dry the wood at a safe rate. The plans here include the ratio, and directions for different board types. So increasing the ratio might crack your board. On the other hand, maybe just not insulating would do ok, just lead to longer drying times.
5 months ago