Technical writer by day, superAdmin of this Apache-friendly Ecosteader instance by night. (Well, okay... it's actually more like 3 AM side project.) ϕ
Updating the #Ecosteader mascot image.
One of the pledges needed for any #hopeful 2020.
"We need candidates to take this pledge and fiercely oppose climate-wrecking pipelines like Keystone XL because the science is crystal clear — we can’t afford to build ANY new fossil fuel infrastructure. We need candidates to oppose drilling on public lands, offshore drilling, the Line 3 pipeline, the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines, and more. Real climate leadership to confront the climate crisis means opposing any and all new fossil fuel infrastructure.
In March, Trump took unprecedented — and possibly illegal — action to force through TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline project. We’ve killed this pipeline before, and we’ll do it again."
No new combustion engines.
Starting a thread on #CommunityWealth. This is one area that Ecosteader's mission as a B Corp can begin to be elucidated. It's more than my "hope"; it is my firm belief that #EcologicalDemocracy is the only way to build a sustainable wealth cycle for a community: one that endures.
"For community wealth building to work among tribal nations, it must match indigenous philosophies and values. It must be-come the community’s own by grounding the frame in the cultural values of the community and translating it into the lived realities of the people."
Another important spoke of consideration is to listen ; meditation is balancing the inner
ears are things that listen
A few scenes from the protests in downtown #Portland this morning.
Many stores shut their doors completely. I didn't realize that this was the weekend it was all going down... I just wanted to go get a new collar for the kitty from Saturday Market. 🐈
A helicopter and drones overhead; helmets, cops and colorful people everywhere.
Stuck around one of the stages long enough to hear from an #indigenous speaker reminding everyone that at that waterfront space, where two rivers meet, people historically congregated to share food and medicine.
As it turns out, land that is great for farming is also great for #Solar power. So is it a good idea? And if so, how to best combine the two?
Researchers at OSU investigated...
"“There’s an old adage that agriculture can overproduce anything,” Chad Higgins, an associate professor in OSU’s college of agricultural sciences, said in a statement. “That’s what we found in electricity, too. It turns out that 8,000 years ago, farmers found the best places to harvest solar energy on Earth.”
The setup, known as both “agrivoltaics” or “agrophotovoltaics,” has been shown in previous research as a more efficient way of using the same farmland. It could benefit crops and provide power for both the farm itself and the broader community."
So what is the drawback? Too much sun, ironically. :)
"They used this data to produce a model of how solar panels work in heat. Essentially, the cooler the better.
“As the conditions became more humid, the panels did worse,” Higgins said in the statement. “Solar panels are just like people and the weather, they are happier when it’s cool and breezy and dry.”
Higgins and his team then took that data and compared it with World Bank data about global energy demands, placed at 21 petawatt-hours. Crop lands, the data found, could offer 28 watts of energy per square meter as a median average. That would enable less than one percent of cropland to power the world."
"Solar installations in the United States are expected to double in the next four years, reaching four million by 2023. Prices have also dropped to outstrip coal in most areas of the country."
This is awesome #architecture of a subterranean home in Anchorage, Alaska. It was built in 1982. (The same year my family moved there, interestingly enough!)
Some really awesome #ecological ideas, including using the slope of the hill to create built-in "skylights", and the earth itself as built-in insulation.
"In the mid-1970s, when the Isaacses bought the property, the house was a 650-square-foot basement. It was built into a steep hill that sloped down into a grove of tall spruce and birch trees to the banks of Fish Creek. The Isaacses wanted to remodel and expand their new place.
They expected to build up, on top of the basement, which was apparently the never-realized plan of the previous owner.
Then their friend, architect Pat McKittrick, came out for a look.
“He said, this is a great place for an earth shelter house,” said Jon Isaacs, a regional planner, using a term grew out of the environmental movement of the 1970s.
Marnie’s dad, a conservative lawyer in Philadelphia, thought it sounded like a hippie idea. But McKittrick pointed out the packed sand beneath the foundation, a stable soil that would also be good for drainage. He built a cardboard model to show Jon and Marnie."
A 1982 Anchorage Daily News story described a complex feat, with block construction and walls waterproofed with a special rubberized asphalt developed in part by the University of Minnesota. Five layers of laminated plywood panels were applied to the exposed walls of the house and the roof, and the builders tested it with a garden house to make sure it didn’t leak. There was a lot of careful digging to save the trees, Marnie Isaacs said."
"The nest is a deep cup that follows the natural look of the plant. The upper, shinier surface of the leaf faces outwards so there is no contrast in exterior. The nest faces the same direction that the leaves grow, so if the plant has a natural downward disposition, it stands vertically, and if the foliage stands out horizontally, so does the nest.
The edges of the threads act like rivets, holding the leaf edges together. The stitches don't unravel, thanks to the coarseness of the thread and elasticity of the leaf springing back to grip the thread passing through the holes. A single nest can contain between 150 and 200 stitches ... so skillfully put together that it is almost impossible to tell it apart from its surroundings.
The real nest, however, lies within the sewn cup. The male collects and fills the cup with fine grass and lines the sides with other soft material such as animal hairs and plant downs.
'There's a whole range of materials birds can employ such as botanical and animal material,' says Douglas. 'The materials they utilise will offer different properties and birds often consciously choose those materials based on that.'
Tailorbirds often use feathers and fur to fill the leaf cup, because those materials tend to insulate the nest better than anything else. Green plant material is also used, which helps with thermoregulation and reduces the possibility of parasites such as lice."
Thanks to @sohkamyung for the source: https://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/the-bird-that-stitches-its-home.html
The Cat Who Programmed The World....
Sometimes when I'm working on my mechanical keyboard, Simon joins me and watches me work. Sometimes, he seems to also deliberately inputs his "ideas" into the computer. Of course I think this is adorable, and encourage him.
Lovingly copied and pasted into a .txt file, Old Man Simon (who really, is old enough to by Yoda) now has is very own Github repo! https://github.com/indie/kittyprogrammer/blob/master/simonsays.txt
These are 100 percent authentic, from the paws of the cat himself
Today I learned those endangered "rusty patch" Bombus affinis are found almost exclusively in the Great Lakes region. However, this little guy is still is still a very #handsome and fairly uncommon Bombus huntii putting in some very hard work before the end of the week.
Interesting #conceptual design making agriculture in "hot and dry coastal regions" all the more efficient...
It a seawater-powered #solar #greenhouse and it's engineered to work with the variety of climatological region that has easy access to salt water, but maybe not fresh water... yet still do water-intensive agriculture.
"A #seawater greenhouse produces crops year-round in hot dry areas using only seawater and sunlight. Tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, lettuce, strawberries, herbs—anything that can be grown in traditional greenhouses—can be grown in seawater greenhouses. The award-winning technology, invented by Seawater Greenhouse Ltd. founder Charlie Paton, was inspired by the natural water cycle where seawater heated by the sun evaporates, cools to form clouds, and returns to earth as precipitation."
"The idea behind the process is simple. It combines two unlimited resources - sunlight and seawater - to provide ideal growing conditions for crops in hot, arid environments.
The innovation [uses] the cooling and humidifying power of water vapor produced from evaporating salt water. Using modeling and simulation techniques developed in collaboration with our partners at Aston University, we are able to process local climate data to predict greenhouse performance and inform the design. The combined effect of reducing temperature and increasing humidity, together with providing a protected environment for crops, results in up to 90% reduction in Evapotranspiration. This to greatly reduced irrigation requirements, which can be provided by desalination, and improved growing conditions."
"Talk to transformer" is a most interesting #AI "toy". It is a trained neural network, and basically what it does is generate expected completions of sentences, based on the hints or context in the prompt you give it.
Here's two surprisingly #sentient examples when I inquired what it knows about ecosteading...
If any of my ~3:30 AM posts are weird, it is because in meditation, I often meditate on honor in the order of molecules, or on their larger counter parts:
The order of the red-hot mantle atop the core that honors its place in outer space, to stretch out some magnetized poles and produce rotations so that each layer of core and mantle and crust can move and bubble and produce rocks and ash and dirt and flint and chert.
I like the order of spores held close by ferns and lichens and moss which, with the help of the fungi, speed up the return of fallen branches and leaves, decomposition to give the forests that earthy smell with fruiting bodies to feed the sticky snail so he can, in a rip and crack then feed the joyful scrubjay with strength to fly and fill the forest with his talkative calls.
The order of the two Hydrogens paired with the one Oxygen, floating around sometimes tied, sometimes loose, mixing here and there with salt and sand and quenching roots and throats, recycling their dances over and over and tiring not at all.
I am not here to impress anybody. If I followed you, don't take that as an automatic that I endorse your world views. More likely than not, it means I found some goodness of logic in something you wrote in one of your areas of expertise.
Most words have opposites; anarchy is a bad opposite of most good things: it seeks to confuse and distract.
I'm a builder, not a destroyer.
I will always honor order where it orders best in nature, never the fickle, flaky ways of emotional humans and their egotisms and cliques and clubs and pissing contents and hangups and rages and wishful entitlements.
It's better to start the day with an honoring of order and its BFF, accountability.
Fallout from my whim to "rip out lawn and plant flowers", year three, with a wink at our bees friends, many of which meander at the #ecostead.
Jewel colors in a bouquet of echinacea, yarrow, agastache, coreopsis and rudebeckia.
A bumblebee on some "smartie" dahlias.
Super close-up of intricate ipomopsis, AKA "standing cypress", grown from seed. It didn't flower last year and I transplanted it to a sunnier spot. This year it and one other grew over 7 feet tall and ended up bending sideways. This is a flower that hummingbirds love because their beaks alone are long enough to get the nectar.
All the moar #florespondence.
🏡 🦋 🐝
This is a thread about berries (cont'd):
... Lingonberries Huckleberries Nannyberry Boysenberry Cloudberry Dewberry Hackberry Thimbleberry Cranberries Cherry Mulberry Wolfberry Tayberry Loganberry Crowberries
Many fruits not commonly known as berries include grapes, tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplants, bananas, and chili peppers. A plant bearing berries is said to be bacciferous or baccate. Yesterday's list was off the top of my head, but apparently I was wrong to initially include strawberries, raspberries and blackberries on my list; Wikipedia tells me these are not actually berries, but "aggregate fruits".
So why are berries on the brain? Yesterday I acquired two small Bunchberry plants, AKA _Cornus Canadensis_ for groundcover in some of the #Ecostead's more sloped and shady areas. These are considered "threatened" in some of the more central areas of their native habitat, but not so much in the #PNW. Gorgeous and happy little plants they are; I am looking forward to seeing how wildlife takes to them.
Here's a #CreativeCommons photo. Photos of the new plants on the ecostead coming later
Image source: https://search.creativecommons.org/photos/f0ba653f-d94a-4b3a-9b36-f8300ab67fe2
So, of course: good work to fellow documentarians. Your and our efforts to help teach and train others how to get the facts out.
(Like federation relays are sometimes not such a good idea; still until the bully is in prison, we must remain vigilant )
The best can't happen until after he's long gone.
The Blackfoot Confederacy opposes "state-manged" trophy hunting of the sacred grizzly bear. US/Canada border disputes ought not infringe upon the indigenous' rights to carry out their protections of the species.
"In the Confederacy statement, Chairman Davis and Chief Grier cite deep cultural and spiritual connections to the sacred grizzly and note that the bears’ survival is threatened by dramatic impacts from climate change, fossil fuel development, habitat destruction, and – if protections are removed – trophy hunts."
"The Blackfoot Confederacy, comprised of the Piikani Nation, the Blackfeet Nation, the Siksika Nation and the Blood Tribe, released a statement opposing the Trump Administration’s attempts to remove Endangered Species protections for grizzly bears in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem (NCDE) which the Confederacy holds as the “heart of the grizzly bear nation.”
The Blackfoot Confederacy’s action is consistent with its May 2000 Declaration that rejected the colonial imposition of the US-Canada border that bisected the Confederacy’s long-established territory. “The international boundary between Canada and the United States of America has arbitrarily divided our people without our consent resulting in restricted access to our traditional territories and interference with our religious, economic, social and governmental relationships.”"
Increasing methane levels (remember planets that have excessive methane in their atmosphere?)
More sources citing 160+ micrograms/cubic meter!
Technical writer by day, superAdmin of this Apache-friendly Ecosteader instance by night. (Well, okay... it's actually more like 3 AM side project.) ϕ
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