K Rawlings

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Leatherworker, rigger, slow tv enthusiast, jill-of-many-trades
Ontario / Nova Scotia, Canada
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It may not be possible for many situations, but if you can drop your ceiling, it'll be warmer. Like putting on storm windows every fall, install a dropped ceiling of insulation panels in key rooms. On the boat we line the walls / hull with foil-backed insulation. Of course, that's easy to accomplish if you live in a small space. Be a bit pricy in a large home. But foil strategically placed should help with the microheating.

And the box around the bed idea is not dissimilar to the medieval technique of installing drapery around the bed and closing it once inside. Worked for them.
1 week ago
If you're not familiar with it already, here's the article from the BBC:

It looks amazing. Has anyone tried this elsewhere? If so, how'd it go? Have to say, looks like a great use for those bloody invasives.

Oops, didn't mean to post this in roundwood. No idea how to change forums. Is it too late?
1 month ago
Nice, Jay. Lots of good advice here already, so I'll keep this brief. If you're going to spend cash on sound equipment, you could do worse than getting a basic Rode shotgun for your main camera, i.e. the one you're pointing at the person / animal you're featuring, so it's a good bet you'll get their sound at least. And if you can afford it, pick up a Zoom H6. They're good quality, easy to use, and have several removable mic heads, so you can choose one for more ambient stereo sound, one for targeted shotgun style, and a versatile XY that you can tweak really easily for more targeted ambient sound, like kettles and sheep. And a decent pair of headphones, of course, so you can hear what you're supposed to be recording, and can tweak appropriately. The H6 would also enable you to plug in on its own track a cheap wired lav mic, which is a lot cheaper than the wireless types, and would work together with your shotgun, each being the backup for the other.

Put your H6 ambient-ish one near the action. Start everything recording. Do your clap (on camera, nice and loudly and cleanly) and announce what the heck you're filming, so you can quickly identify your sound files later. Like Jay said, it's a quick easy way to sync everything up. Recognise that whatever is in front of your mic will include whatever's beyond your immediate subjects, so a simple shift of angle for your ambient mic may make the difference between a frustrating edit and a 'good enough' edit.

If you just keep recording, instead of lots of start and stops, then you only need to deal with the initial sync and you're good to go. The downside is that you'd be increasing file sizes with stuff you don't necessarily want.

If you find you don't really want to keep doing it after a year, I'm pretty sure you'll be able to sell the H6 and Rode for not much less than you paid for it, since they're known to be reliable, good quality gear, especially if you pick them up used to begin with.

And finally, learn to listen consciously.

Good luck!
1 month ago
Very exciting, Ron!

We're also building a house (cordwood) in a wooded area. Our problem, besides limited $, is that for the present time we're in a different province from where our land is, so we've had to rethink the 'temporary' shelter idea. I'll tell you what we're doing, and maybe some part of it could be useful for you.

Everyone kept telling us to 'get a trailer', but trailers are not actually that cheap. Plus they're rotten to live in. Elongated rectangles are the least efficient space to utilise. Instead, and to avoid the whole permit problem for our temporary dwelling, we're making it a skiddable structure. We're creating quick and cheap 4'x8' panels, complete with outside sheathing, basic insulation, and inside sheathing. It's all made to be as light as possible. Ditto for the roof and floor. All 4'x8' panels. This was a suggestion made by a theatre rigger friend. So we can make them right where we are. They're easy to stack and transport (relatively), and super quick to assemble. We're keeping it small to avoid permitting requirements, and because it doesn't need to be big. It's temporary, right?

People have got into the habit of thinking bigger is better. We've been living on a 33' sailboat for the past eight years. Trust me, the space you think you need is massively excessive. Think nautical. Every cubic inch is useable, so use it. Save your time and money for the permanent home. We're planning on a 12'x 16' temp structure, and compared to what we've been living with, it'll be positively roomy. But every inch (or centimetre for the metric folks) will be used. And it's easier to come across free / unwanted materials in the quantity suitable for a tiny home than for larger structures. We've also got space in our little skiddable for a pebble-style RMH, so free abundant heat that'll be relatively quick to assemble (and disassemble). I'm not remotely concerned about our cheap low R-value walls with that thing pumping out the heat in that small space.

At the end, we can still use it as a guest house/ brew shed/ workshop. I guess the moral here is, build small and cheap. You have far more useable space than you think.

As for water, think about rain catchment. Build your roof to suit. Get a couple of those 1,000L totes, and you're set. Search on Lonny Grafman, 'To Catch the Rain'. He has a free pdf which shows how people have done it in many different climates. Oh, and our little skiddable shed will have room for 3,000L water storage inside. And we'll still have room to do yoga. What more could one want ; ) ?

My husband has had odd floaters going on for a while, but never really thought much of it, because he's very stoic like that.  Then he started getting flashing lights spinning at the edge of his vision, especially when looking from side to side, and more noticeably at night. My mother had the same thing some years back, and in her case, what was happening was her retina was detaching.  She was lucky to catch it in time, or she could have permanently lost her vision.  It can go quickly, like hours.  So, we packed him off to the eye clinic at a big local hospital, here in Toronto, and he came back with the scoop on floaters and flashes.  I'll put him on!

Hi everyone! So. Floaters are caused when the vitreous jelly in the eyeball starts to thicken and pull away from the inside wall of the eye.  They're inside the eyeball, so I can't see (ha!) how eyewash would make them go away.  They're actually the shadow cast on the retina by clumps of vitreous matter within the eye  They're usually not harmful, and have a variety of causes, mostly (but not always) aging.  Flashes are caused by bits of vitreous rubbing on the retina and again, are usually not harmful.  If you've had them for a while, you're probably fine, but if they star to change or increase, or you get shadows across your vision, see a doctor immediately.   Those are symptoms of a detaching retina, and you have a limited amount of time to fix it.  Honey on the eyelid is not a cure for this, and the guy in the link says the same thing, so it's not just me... Hope this helps.

3 months ago

Sonja Draven wrote:This touches on some things from this thread and has been true for me.

Geez, too true. I've wasted the best years of my life with that attitude, delaying everything else for 'later' when I'd have time to indulge it. Oh, if I could live my life over again...
But there's always tomorrow. Cheesy but true. Been slowly incorporating some of the suggestions people have come up with, and slowly enriching my life. Encouragement is key.

So here's to everyone who is building themselves healthy! Keep it up! You're doing well! We're all behind you!
4 months ago
Wow, thanks to everyone that replied. I actually lost this thread, being new at the time to forums et al (call me a Luddite) and computery stuff like that. It's given us lots to think about. And I'm glad other people leapt in with their forest patch questions. Many perspectives make light at the end of the tunnel. Isn't that how that phrase goes?

We're going to try accommodating us and other wildlife on our patch. Going to work on restoring the forest back to its original New England / Acadian ecosystem standards, and keep the immediately surrounding chunk (to use the correct appellation for a smaller forest piece ;) ) around the house for more intrusive forest food garden management. Oh, and attempt to provide something of a habitat sanctuary for herptiles. It's exciting and complex and it's what drew me to permaculture in the first place. I just wish we could have started when I was younger (and fitter) - when we could have planted trees and really reaped the benefits. Y'know, you reach a certain age, and it ain't work buying the 20 year shingles for the roof, as my partner likes to say...
4 months ago
I'd be happy to donate the Skeleton Falls video again. It's already set up for permies access. Let me know what you'd need.
4 months ago
Very interesting. Will give it a whirl.

To give you an idea of what's in the works, you can go to www.artfulproductions.net. But recognise that it's presently in stasis, since, umm, I haven't had time to edit most of the footage yet. That's this year's project. There's only a couple of them that are actually done. The 'Afternoon at Skeleton Falls' video we donated to paul and shawn's kickstarter incentive program is one of the few finished full length videos. You should be able to access it with one of Shawn's reward links. It's almost four hours long. It's been massively challenging just to get a computer capable of rendering a file so large. But that's beside the point.

Go watch, or put it on in the background. Enjoy!
9 months ago
Ditto here. Don't put boiling water in them. If the kettle boils, let it cool down for a couple minutes, then pour the water in til it's maybe 2/3rds or 3/4rs full, then give it a tiny squeeze to evacuate most of the air - careful though, or it'll spurt out the top and burn you! The bottles will eventually wear out. You'll discover this when you find yourself suddenly ensconced in a water-bed. Try not to fold them much. Like most things, the material can handle being bent only so many times.
If you knit, you can knit some terrific covers for them. They're usually found in pharmacies and will last for years. I've used the same one for around four years. My parents have one that's multiple decades old, but don't think I'd chance snuggling up to that one in bed!

Also, wearing thin fingerless gloves help to keep the hands / wrists warm while at the computer. Also knittable, for the crafty types.
9 months ago