Mussa Gladden

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Not sure if it's the right forum, but the end result will be full of pictures, so, art? ;) Or should I join, suggested by "Similar topics"? I'm aiming for something a bit simpler, though.

It's no secret that a lot of kids nowadays get a phone before they get a book. Also, many people spend hours commuting in connect-3 types of game. So I was thinking - what could be a simple, yet educational casual game? Something that teaches permaculture and maybe encourages the player to pick up a book some day. Or even just teaches them that not all games are zero-sum and energy flow is more lucrative than energy stagnation.

Would anybody suggest any very simple permaculture principles that could enforce themselves and provide player feedback despite being simplified no end?

I have some ideas, but am afraid to limit and bias brainstorming.
1 year ago
I've heard a story of a pottery class, where they've agreed to judge half the class by their very best pot - and the other half by sheer weight of finished items (X pounds - A, Y to X - B, etc). By end of month the "weight" people had had so much practice volume that their best pots turned out better then the idealists' best pots.

NaNoWriMo is coming relatively soon (November). Their motto is a lot like "Write it first, forget editing for now!" - just like that weight-based marking scheme. Supportive people, fun encouragement talks, brainstorming corners... only problem is, reading their forum might be the greatest procrastination strategy ever authored!

Oh, and it seems to be pretty hard to get into Blogger. If you want more people to help with brainstorming, that's a downside. If you want a small group of trusted readers, 'course, it's an upside. However, I'm currently firmly in the "curious cat" camp, thus a bit saddened.
1 year ago

Anita Martini wrote:Many people complain, but handwriting as such is losing importance in the digital age.

I have heard tell that the surgeons complain - the students they get don't have the basic manual dexterity to tie off a knot!
1 year ago

paul wheaton wrote:

  • this effect is very powerful, but also only works on people with matching values

  • Not necessarily. We had a language teacher at school, an elderly lady, not loud-spoken at all, but even the boys with "non-learning - reading's boring" attitude behaved like timid mice (and, I think, tried to study). It was not respect for age (the music teacher did not have such power), nor respect for reading/writing. It might've been a bit of peer-pressure, but it never worked in other classes. Mystery.

    Nicole Alderman wrote: We also use the other spouse as the bad guy. "My wife doesn't like having people over." "My wife needs help at home." "My husband said he doesn't want to let anyone barrow that...." etc.

    Ah, yeah, I remember a family pre-party talk. The kids (me or siblings, can't remember) were told that:
    1) if they need to go home, Ma and Pa will get them (we're not that good at phones and taxis)
    2) if they need an excuse to not drink/jump off the bridge, they can always blame the parents.

    The latter had brought a few laughs, but the point was well remembered. Useful tactic for the weak and polite to get out of things they don't want to do.

    (Yeah, I can guess that some people will say you should just tell "No" and that's it, but it's nice to have other options. Especially if you feel that being blunt is not an option - "S/he's family", "I'll be picked on", "They'll laugh", "It's rude", etc.)
    Ah, Vilnius... Read a lot of tales about that town! If I get a half-decent job this year, I might actually manage to visit around there next summer ^-.-^ Wondering what languages to learn...

    Reciprocal "About page":
    Greetings, fellow introvert? I'm a 28-ish maiden of the INFP-t type, i.e. far from perfectly controlled. Most people tend to see me as good company for the first few weeks (and then the Extrovert in them sorta pulls them in counter-current, to parties and drinking, while I've gotten too tired and lazy to even meet every week and had gotten a backlog of good books). Not a fan of social media - mostly because I have my fair share of "timewasters of the month" and adding constant friend feeds to them will be too much. Like a khan's lament goes: "I have 12 viziers, each of you talks this flowery talks for 2 hours a day, when am I to sleep?!" Besides, my shyness, "1984" and my (somewhat limited) computer knowledge make me reluctant to jump onto that bandwagon and otherwise I feel like a stalker - reading, but not writing. Not like most of that reading is too interesting, either. Oh, and another thing - I try to explain, not just shout out "It's the gospel truth!" and it usually becomes a TL;DR. Not a social media format!

    I'm a wannabe writer, drawer and builder of an arid wildlife sanctuary-cross-farm on the other side of the globe. Not really fanatical, in most respects. Have grown up with a food garden, but haven't been able to re-create it in Australian climate and permacultural low-till tenets. Learned to spin wool, like cheese, but can't quite figure out the trick to having farm animals and not eating them, too. Dream of greening the world and writing useful computer games (so far thinking of combining mindless casual gaming and permacultural knowledge - no reasonable result found yet), or, at least, app-like permacultural tools (seems like nobody got far with those). Know which side of the hammer is which.

    Found like-minded people in Barbara Sher's Scanner books and a lot of niiice concepts in a few Aikido, Alexander Technique and Natural Vision Improvement books (they correlate with some permacultural classics, too!). Adore old movies with actors who have a personality (partly because I get confused who is who, but, hey, Jon Pertwee is much more interesting to look at than most guys on this year's "Most handsome actor" list). Looking out for some books rumoured to be very interesting, but very out of print. Can't abide big cities for great lengths of time, love both trees and books. Though have found that books can be made from hemp, bamboo, you name it - half the "weeds" of the world work, if only somebody takes the effort. Getting hemp allowed to be grown here is a task that's not yet won, but it would be so much better than cotton... Oops, Australian crops are besides the main point of an "About me" spiel. Ah, well, yes, I can get distracted and jumbled. Pardon me for not editing the message to high-school/uni report standards. Let's say "I don't like to mislead anybody" and call it a night?


    paul wheaton wrote:From the kickstarter comments:

    There are just two people in for the audiobook reward at this time.  So not a really big winner so far.  

    Well, I went for a larger reward, myself. I'm not sure if it includes the audiobook. Had I chosen the audiobook-only option, I wouldn't be able to get the other lot *shrug*
    1 year ago
    One thing I don't understand is why $80 pledge ships for $50, while $100 pledge ships for $75. Both are a dozen physical copies, so it can't be weight...
    1 year ago

    Timothy Markus wrote:How long would you want it to be to be worth spinning?

    From what I know of spinning (and, having spun only 3 balls or so, I'm no expert!), the longer it is, the easier it is to spin - but the more experienced spinners can do wonders (i.e., thread)  even with short fiber.
    The fiber table I've found starts with 2 inches, so 1.5 inches seems doable (and fine wool is usually shorter than coarse wool, anyway), If in doubt - try a little bit, make a small knitted swatch and try rubbing, stretching and washing it. That should give you some idea of how much it shrinks and how much it falls apart.

    If that doesn't work or you're not feeling that adventurous, mix it with something longer - typically, sheep, but it's not a law - and then you can spin anything. Even cat hair, which is not spinnable, as a rule. I'm sure something posh (like angora or cashmere) was also only spun with usual sheep's wool, on account of being hair that doesn't hold together if it's spun by itself, but I can't remember or find what it was.

    I think an encyclopaedia we have says you can spin pineapple leaves (after you've done retting them mercilessly). That bit of information (and a few others, equally ludicrous) was what sold to me the idea of buying that ancient encyclopaedia set that takes half a shelf all by itself. You just don't see such things in new editions
    1 year ago
    Well, remember the story of the girl and her brothers-turned-to swans? Old traditions of Russia had also held nettle cloth in very high esteem.

    Note, however, it's nowhere near as torturous to make nettle into cloth and wear it as that fairy tale (and those Horrible Histories!) suggests. Nettle mostly only stings for a little while, while it's fresh. Unless it's a very tough and old stalk, in which case there might be honest-to-God spikes on it, but that's not stinging so much as making holes in your fingers.

    Alas, we don't have anywhere near cloth-amounts of nettle where we live now - and where we lived before, I never knew you could make anything but soup with it!

    Edit: Ah, I am a noob... Some people know far more about it than I do! Oh, well, second most exotic I know, though not plant-based, is dog's wool (apparently, much better spinning than cat's combing-outs), but that's even less likely to surprise anyone
    1 year ago