I'm a huge lover of wool for a variety of applications, and I think the largest market for this in the coming years is likely going to be in children's apparel and mattresses.
Over the last few months, I've focused heavily on building my writing business and have been doing a lot of market research as a result. What I've found is that consumers are getting more informed than ever, and there really is a strong demand for more sustainable and effective alternatives to petroleum-based textiles like polyester.
I hate seeing truly sustainable things become "trendy", but I would kind of love to see that happen on a larger scale with wool, and I think it's right around the corner.
With cloth diapering catching on in massive numbers, and people looking for alternatives to petroleum-based mattresses, I've seen a really large surge in wool products in those sectors, and I think with the right marketing, that will continue to take off.
I think the biggest thing here is going to be pitching consumers on the incredibly unique benefits of this textile, like the antimicrobial nature of it and the circulation benefits.
These are all such fantastic suggestions! I live in an area where fresh trees are by and large the norm, and I'd love to organize some sort of community effort to make it easy to put them to good use after the holidays - perhaps something to ponder whilst I smolder over the summer.
Would the Little Belt Mountains be an old home to the Blackfoot indigenous tribe and are there any from that lineage within your friend or acquaintance set? It may be interesting to get a hold of the type of footwear that was worn by them along with notions of the source of leather, how it was maintained and how often a new pair needed to be produced. I would think this type of shoe would be very close to the soft-sole concept that you are desiring, with a YYYUUUUUGGGGE history of using that shoe in your climate and terrain.
That's a really good point John - in my area, the Crow were the predominant tribe - the Blackfeet were farther north in Montana. It's definitely worth investigating! I could see elk hide being used in this region.
So when I became a parent, and my son approached the age of walking, I immediately started trying to put him into those little slide-on Vans type shoes, with the 3/4" white walls. To my surprise (first time mom over here), he was immediately tripping over the heavy soles on the shoes, and seemed to have much more trouble with finding his footing. I watched him walk, and remembered what it was like for me in first pair of high heels. I started doing some research.
In my mommy friend circles, soft-soled shoes were all the rage, and were supposed to help tiny developing feet find their footing. Robeez was a really popular brand, and very well made, so I ordered him a few pairs, and immediately we saw a difference. He was sure-footed, and very soon from making that purchase, started running with great abandon, happy as a clam at his new-found mobility.
This prompted more research.
Some of you may know, we don't sleep on a mattress in this house - just a couple of blankets on the floor. There are a lot of reasons for this, but as it pertains to this discussion, primarily it's because mattresses provide too much support for your back, weakening your posture while you sleep, and generally causing more problems than they solve. It's like being in a big squishy body brace all night, and all of that support all over your body puts things out of wack.
Apparently the same is true for conventional shoes. We have all of this shock absorption and arch support built in, and as a result, many people's posture suffers, we have poor balance, and even problems with back pain and ankle discomfort.
Being barefoot, your foot falls into the alignment that nature designed it for, and there is no compensation on the part of your legs, butt, and lower back to make up for a shoe that alters that. You have better balance because you're in direct contact with the ground, and there's not the barrier of a thick shoe sole desensitizing the experience of walking and running.
Now before you start saying 'But but but I work on concrete floors', let me just say that I get that shit. The human body definitely wasn't designed to spend 10 hours a day zipping back and forth over a concrete floor, and in this case, some shock absorption is, in my non-podiatrist opinion, exactly what you need. I was cooking and bartending when I was pregnant with my son for 11-13 hours a day, and had horrible sciatica as a result. A big part of alleviating pain from these sources is just giving our bodies a little TLC - elevating my feet for 15 minutes every four hours really pissed off my coworkers, but my body was in a much better state by the end of the day.
Anyway, I digress, back to being barefoot.
So in a place like Montana, we have a few factors that prevent us, and most certainly toddlers, from being just plain ol' barefoot all of the time, in addition to the usual things:
it's really fucking cold here
lots of prickly, pokey plants
rocks. rocks EVERYWHERE
rattlesnakes in high and dry regions
my soil is littered with ancient bits of broken plastic and glass
grocery store floors are gross - I don't want to be barefoot there
A few of these, you can adapt to. Unless you're spending an extended period of time outside, the cold isn't an issue for bare feet, and you adapt. Your soles toughen up to the rough plants and rocks, and you generally become pretty desensitized to them, the longer you go without shoes.
However, the sharp waste issue (I rent my home, and the soil has seen a lot of junk over the years), coupled with folks in the higher alpine desert areas that see rattlesnakes, put themselves at some serious risk by exposing the part of their body mostly likely to come into contact with a rattlesnake first - their feet.
Being barefoot in as many scenarios as I can is generally what I shoot for, and I love the sensation. I had a friend stay with me for a few days while her new house was being prepared, and I remember coming in from a hot day in the summer sun, barefoot on a mound of compost and topsoil in the bed of the pickup, shoveling and heaving it for hours over the side. I came in to cool and have some water, and she chirped, "I brought my pedicure stuff, want a pedicure?!!"
I gave her a wry smile, and looked down at my filthy feet, nearly black from my work, with dirt and poop literally between the toes she was talking about painting, and said with the least amount of smartassery I could muster, "Yea, I don't really do pedicures."
Dirty feet, I love them! Those are feet that have been busy, toiling in the soil, stomping and hiking across the mountains, climbing over fallen trees, deftly sprinting after wandering toddlers - these feet of mine were made to touch the earth and get filthy.
There's actually some evidence that it might also be beneficial to come into direct contact with the earth because of the negative electrical charge the ground puts out. "Grounding" is based on this principle, and apparently it's pretty well established that it helps with inflammation.
For those of us, like toddlers, that probably shouldn't walk everywhere barefoot, there are soft soled shoes out there, which keep our feet warm and dry, and can protect from some of the sharper things we may encounter. However, I will say that running all over our gravel driveway, my son has worn some serious holes in his little soft soled shoes - I have a bag full of them that need repairs.
If you're up for the maintenance, it's a really intriguing alternative to conventional footwear, and the benefits seem to go well beyond toddlerhood.
I'm curious to hear from other Barefooters, or people that have tried shoes like these - any noticeable changes for you when you made the switch in terms of your foot/muscle health and overall comfort? Any tips for those of us looking to make the transition?
G Duke wrote:Thank you for your thorough reply, I greatly appreciate it. So CYLL's 30 day course is highly recommended? Are there any other courses I should consider at this point?
Eh, you know, it just kind of depends on where you're at. I'm still ramping up, since I've been focused on Permies this past year, and my freelancing work definitely ended up on the back burner, so I'm just focusing on sharpening my current skill set so I can charge more. I just took a white papers course on Udemy, and my next move is probably going to be Jenny Beres' six figure freelancer boot camp. I only do courses by people that are doing what I want to do.
Once I hit the income ceiling with copywriting, CYLL is going to be my next move - it's more marketing skill focused, but a very comprehensive course. They teach everything from Wordpress to click funnels, all things that work nicely in tandem with copywriting services.
G Duke wrote:Destiny, could you give me a general idea of the level of ability you had when you started working online and what kind of work it has allowed you to do?
I am trying to get an idea of whether I have marketable skills at this point, or whether I would have to pursue further education to make money online. I am known as an excellent writer (resumes, cover letters, newsletters, persuasive essays, editing and rewriting, ect), but I don't actually have any credentials beyond "I'm a darn good writer... everyone says so."
Honestly, that's the great thing about it G, you don't really need any credentials as long as you have the ability to write. The hardest part about getting started this way is doing so without a portfolio behind you, but you can always start a blog on your professional services site to get your foot in the door and showcase your talent to potential clients.
To give myself more of an edge, I boned up on SEO and digital marketing strategies, so that I could work in tandem with these strategies with my clients, and had the familiarity with the topics to execute them and build them into my writing.
I started out ghostwriting in tech, doing software reviews and conversion articles for a pretty low rate, but I got a lot of experience and education with inbound marketing strategies, and learned about working with online teams. Since then, I've written for a number of blogs, magazines, and done several product descriptions and reviews (only ever honest, authentic ones of course), and am currently looking at branching into white papers.
I got my start on UpWork, which used to be a low paying labor mill for freelancers, but I've discovered there are in fact clients there that will pay you what you're worth, you just have to dig to find them. I'm a copywriter myself, and though a lot of paid positions with corporate level jobs want you to have a bachelor's degree, I've been able to freelance at a very nice rate without one.
A buddy of mine was in a similar position - great writer, wanted to freelance, just didn't know how to get started, and didn't have a portfolio. I did this workshop and just introduced him to some of the basic tools and client acquisition methods, and he is ROCKING it - he has more work than he knows what to do with now.
Just dive right in - you'll be so glad you did. There is just no reason you should have to commute to work with those kinds of skills.
Hey Sandra, so glad you're liking it around here - these Permies people are pretty cool
I'm a 26 year old mom to a two year old little boy, living in central Montana. No longer a nomad, I've found my home, but I do love to travel. If you ever want to connect, feel free to reach out, I'm on that dreadful social media thing.
Hi Annie, not for the time being - I'm pretty absorbed in building my client base during my transition out of my role here at Permies, and just have no time for it. But I will update here in the future if and when I do it again.
On that note, there are a lot of really great resources out there to get your started - Create Your Laptop Life has a 'Sign a Client in 30' program that's great for beginners. Once I get my workflows established, I plan to take their mastermind course to sharpen my own skill sets.
Intentional communities, for many people, are the foundational building block for sustainable living. You take a bunch of like-minded people, put them on a big plot of land, divide it up, and pool their resources to establish a collective that protects, nourishes, and sustains itself.
It's bringing your grocery store to your backyard.
It's lowering your dependency on fossil fuels.
It's building relationships with people so that when times get tough, you're not alone, and someone's always looking out for you.
Ic.org is an organization dedicated to the education, support, and promotion of intentional communities all across North America. Their online resources are user-friendly, and make it easy to find a community that aligns with your values, no matter where you are.
Their continued work in this field has given people the education they need to make informed decisions about this kind of lifestyle, and produced valuable information sets to make collaborating with communities easier than ever.
In this podcast, you get a sense of who Paul is, and why he is the way he is. Paul and Jocelyn talk about deviating from the norm, and about how Paul prefers to be an honest asshole over a polite sugar-coater. Hey, fair enough - as Paul points out, some of the most polite people can stir the most trouble up. They go on to discuss examples in Reddit, where a lot of Paul-bashing goes on, indicative of people's resentment to someone who is obviously in charge.
The irony? The Paul-bashing is actually helping to promote Permies. Booyah.
In this podcast, Paul and Jocelyn reflect on a dinner they had with some people that had a full energy audit on their house. The interesting thing? The auditors never mentioned lifestyle changes, but put their focus on those pesky fluorescent light bulbs instead. They go on to discuss the toxicity of these bulbs, and Paul’s article on heating himself, rather than the room he was in.
In this podcast, Paul talks with PDC instructor Kelda Miller about some picture stuff - building a better world, one brick at a time, and Paul’s reasoning for staying out of social justice. The two talk about the third ethic, eco communities, and trying to live all around more ethical lives themselves.
I've seen this before! I think it's really cool that they turned this concept into a business model, though my focus is generally advocating for less dependency on plastic in general.
I'd love to know the solution for that super common thickness of plastic you see with packaged foods like cheese and meat - plastic wrap type stuff. It's so thin, I wonder if there's an eco-friendly way to break it down, without releasing toxic gick?
Measurements in soil nutrients, time and financial investment, yields - it's exhaustive. I agree with previous comments though, the largest obstacle with polycultural farming definitely seems to be with regards to high yield harvest. I always look at things like this in terms of how we can sell big industry on the idea, and not being able to harvest with heavy machinery is going to be a deterrent, but the pros still greatly outweigh the cons.
Perhaps if enough experiments like this continue, we can work towards removing every obstacle and argument to polyculture farming practices.
Most likely - the forest service presence is really heavy out here, and they love looking for things to do Most of the lakes we have are quite inaccessible - either tucked way back in the wilderness, or the nearest one is literally on top of a mountain, but the streams are quite prevalent. I'd be hesitant to throw one into a moving body of water though, not knowing how or where it might end up. Plenty of large trees fall in all the time, but they are often cleared by the forestry.
I know this time of year is filled with statements of intent to turn over a new leaf and act more conscientiously, whether it's with food choices or career goals. I thought we could start a conversation about one or two things each of us might focus on doing in 2017 to lessen our burdens on the planet, and influence more sustainable practices.
My focus is going to be on sourcing more local food. Presently, about 90% of the meat we eat comes from within 200 miles of us, but much of our produce is still imported.
My plan is to hopefully, increase production in our garden this year, so we can put up more produce in the freezer at the end of the year, but also do more indoor gardening where I can, with sprout trays and window box planters with salad greens. I also plan to join a local cheese CSA, and start looking for sources of local, raw milk that don't break the bank.
I never even thought to recycle them as fish habitat, probably because every body of water here is frozen this time of year, but what a great idea!
And I love the idea of letting it sit as a garden trellis. I actually made a woven stick fence this past summer - it still needs a little finishing, but I could see the body of our tree being a suitable rail. I'll have to create a thread for that project soon.
Nick Watkins wrote: OP, you're not crazy! As a kid, I loved taking the trip to the tree lot, hunting for the perfect tree in shin-deep snow, dodging in and out of the trees and hucking snowballs at my dad and brothers, helping cut the thing down, etc. It was a family tradition that I intend to repeat with my own young family. We have been enjoying a nice hand-me-down fake tree but our daughter will be 2 next year and I'd like to expose her to the same things I enjoyed growing up.
We actually cut ours in the forest, I've never been to a tree lot! It is a really fun tradition. Our son is almost two, and we've been going since he was born, bundling him up in the baby carrier and hoofing it through the woods with him.
Instead of coal, Santy Paul will give you a lecture on waste, which sadly, you cannot grill a steak over.
Call me an old-school dork, but I love Christmas trees - I love the frigid hike into the woods to find one that’s actually going to fit in our living room, the endless squabbling with my husband over the possibility of finding a better one, and sap on my fingers, and the fog of my breath as we hoof it through a foot of snow to find the perfect tree.
I don’t care how crazy it is, I love it.
But what I don’t love is that feeling I get at the end of the holidays, when I think of all the trees that just got cut down, to be embellished with tinsel and ornaments for a month, and then discarded, without a second thought.
No way, Jose, not in this house.
Cutting a Christmas tree sustainably is a perfectly simple thing to do, but all the same, I don’t like the idea of something living being removed from the forest, only to become landfill fodder.
Potted Christmas trees are an option in some areas, but more often than not, they’re not native species, and can actually complicate local ecology if planted outside, so they’re not always a great idea.
Artificial trees are of course, a bit of an environmental hazard - made of nasty materials, shipped halfway ‘round the world, and aside from being in authentic, they are not biodegradable, which is just not acceptable to me.
That being said, when it’s time to take down the Christmas tree, there are a few handy things you can do with it, other than just throw it away.
Hugelkultur is a type of raised garden bed that uses rotting wood as a means to nourish the soil as it decomposes, while also acting as a sponge, to help the garden bed hold onto water. In many cases, hugekultur all but eliminates the need to water.
You can turn your Christmas tree into the start of a hugelkultur garden bed very easily - by simply tossing it in the yard. Pick a discreet corner, and let it succumb to the elements enough to get soft and spongy. When the wood is well on it’s way to rotting, break it up, and use it start a miniature hugelkultur bed.
Fancy something bigger? Go out in search of more rotting wood, whether it be on your property or someone else’s (people are generally quite happy to share), and build something more substantial. Though some woods are better than others for certain plants, those preferring acidic soils, like blueberries, don’t mind a Christmas tree or two in the pile, so don’t be shy just because you’re working with softwoods.
Throwing your tree away in most capacities will mean it at some point returns to the soil, but why not use your Christmas tree’s end to begin a compost pile, or contribute to one you already have going?
It’s best to chop a Christmas tree up for composting, so the pile is easier to turn, but the combination of greenery and wood make for a nice addition, and will turn what would have otherwise been trash, into a valuable soil additive.
Rather than just tossing your Christmas tree out this year, use this as an opportunity to teach young kids about the circle of life, by engaging in a family compost pile project. If you’re not sure where to start, the book Compost Stew: An A to Z Recipe for the Earth, is a lovely way to introduce kids to what you can put into compost, and why it is such a wonderful way to say goodbye to the family tree.
Did I mention that dead wood is great for burning? It may not be fully dry yet, especially if you’re a regimented waterer, but it’s likely much dryer than a bundle of fresh sticks, and won’t take long to fully dry out.
Set your tree in a relatively dry location outside, so the needles don’t make a mess, and let it dry out - then use a sawzall, or just break it into small pieces by hand, and burn it in your rocket mass heater, or other wood stove.
Rocket mass heaters are kind of famous for running off of practically twigs anyway, so a whole Christmas tree should carry you through a few days, depending on your climate. There’s no sense in letting free home heat go to waste - if you don’t already have a rocket mass heater, put this instructional DVD set on your Christmas list for next year.
If there’s one thing pine and fir trees are good at, it’s keeping other plants at bay. Not only do these plants grow aggressively fast, but their allopathic nature can make the surrounding soil quite inhospitable to plants that don’t have a reasonable tolerance for it.
Toss your tree in a dry-ish place in the yard, and when it’s brittle enough, snap and whack it into a bunch of course pieces for mulch in the spring. There’s no need to be thorough, whole branches will do just fine as mulch. You can also use them to line paths in your garden, to keep plants back, and walking areas well defined.
Make Something With It!
Christmas trees are generally fairly small, but there’s no reason you can’t still repurpose the pole into something else. I made a toddler sized tipi out of similarly sized saplings, so if you can acquire enough from your surrounding community, you’ll have enough to build your own tiny tot tipi!
You can also use them for some fun projects around the house - I love making curtains rods out of them - talk about a money saver. If you have a need for a paper towel holder, a walking stick, a towel rack, make sure to save the pole of your Christmas tree and refashion it.
If you’re the sentimental sort, you can even etch the year into the wood, so that you’ll always have a Christmas keepsake to remember your tree by.
These are just a few ways to reuse a cut Christmas tree - what have you done with yours in the past?
I didn't get anything in the way of permaculture-y stuff But I did get a cheap set of noise cancelling headphones to help me work, and I think they'll do the job til I feel like forking over a bit more cash for something with an in-line mic.
I was really bothered by the amount of plastic packaging that came with my son's gifts - he got mostly wooden toys, but all packing in plastic and styrofoam, from my parents. Ugh. A bit off topic, but I'm wondering if there's somewhere you can send styrofoam packing materials to be reused? Must research this later.
Hello there lovely Permies people! I know a lot of you are authors, reviewers, entrepreneurs, and product-pushers, so I wanted to create a central thread to show you how best to showcase your stuff here on Permies.
You can read more about the kind of stuff we like to see promoted here.
We're all about you promoting your labor of love here, so long as it's something that pertains to our community's interests, so go crazy with it! To be the most successful with your product or book thread, here are a few tips to get you going:
Break up text with media. It's all fine and good to talk about your product, but visuals can really help to sell folks on your idea. Book covers, diagrams, product photos - even goofy candids of you and your pride and joy - can really help to spice up a thread. See this thread on how to insert photos into your post.
Make pertinent information easily accessible. Yep, another attention span related tip. For skimmers, make the information they want (at least at the end of your post) easily accessible - pricing, where to get your product, title, subject, etc.
Creating a Book Thread
We like to try to follow a specific format for book threads here at Permies, to make information easily accessible, and things fit in nicely over at our book review grid. Here's what the typical layout looks like:
source of image (if needed)
Where to Get It
Photos from the Book
The stuff in red is required, the rest of it, it just kind of depends on your book - maybe you have more photos to share, maybe you know of some of Paul Wheaton's podcasts that are relevant to the material, but maybe you don't. If you don't have stuff to put in those sections, you can just leave them out.
To give you an idea of what these threads look like, here are a few good-lookin' examples:
Have a sample of your book to share? You can totally embed that in your post. See this cool little button here at the top of your new post window?
Just click on that button, and insert your book's ISBN to embed a snippet of the book into your post. Pretty cool, huh?
Creating a Product Thread
Product threads don't really follow a particular format around here, but generally we stick to the tips above in terms of breaking up the information for potential customers. Make sure you include lots of photos to show off what you're selling, and make the link to buy very visible.
If you're thinking to yourself, By George, I'm a busy entrepreneur, I don't have time for this nonsense!, then we have a deal for you, my friend. Just cough up a little cash to get a carefully cultivated thread just for your products, and we'll give it all of the love and attention it needs to attract potential customers.
Oh John, you seem to devote your time so readily to the cause, and are always kind and patient, for someone who had to sift through so much nonsense. Thank you for being such a human asset to this virtual space, and do let this community know if there is anything you need - I'm confident everyone would love a chance to give back to you.
I had a hard time with that concept at first as well - when I pictured something holding water, to me that meant it was hollow. Now I like to think of a swale as a pond with a sponge in it, where the sponge is an absorbent earth mixture, but I'm a weirdo. Swales stumped me for a bit there too.
michelle salois wrote:So anyone with scythe experience have back issues? low back, bulging disk, SI joint etc? I'd love to learn, but have been stymied by finding too much pain for some of my wishes.
I used to have lower back issues, but when I stopped sleeping on a mattress, they went away I've ranted and raved about that in a few places around here. But more importantly, I think with proper form, scything isn't supposed to be too hard on your back anyway.
Michael Holland wrote:I was really confused when I saw podcast 99 when I have 351 in itunes so I looked through older threads in the forum until I found this https://permies.com/t/60350/book-review-podcasts-free-podcasts Looks like a number of old podcasts that weren't available to the public are being cleaned up and then made available here.
@Destiny would it be possible to include one line at the top when you post these so that new people like me don't get too confused
e.g. "This is a remastered podcast that is being made available again. It was originally published on MM/DD/YYYY"
Thanks for all the hard work!
Maaaaybe The idea is that we're just getting these podcasts into places they were already supposed to be, so I don't want to further confuse matters with inconsistency in their formatting. As we announce these new threads in the dailyish, we're mentioning that they're 'free again', so I'm hoping that will explain it to folks, but I think the format needs to stay pretty uniform.
Thank you for noting this though, all the more proof that we need to put the emphasis on "free again" when we announce them.
Such great points Ian - I think so much of permaculture education's success depends on honing our communication skills while we work on so many other skills, like scything.
I'm really blessed to have neighbors that, for the most part, are very understanding of our ways - we all work quite amicably together, albeit their amusement at how we do things at times. We've had similar laughs over their bewilderment at our hoop coop.
Since we're doing a promotion for Ian Miller's book this week, I thought I would bring up something we've had to deal with living with neighbors, and using a scythe. There was kind of this funny thing that happened - we went to one of the workshops and Wheaton Labs (my husband and I), and saw Tony and Emily's demonstration on proper scythe usage and maintenance. We spent months looking for own, finally got a couple at a local junk store, and got them in working order.
But then the time came to scythe, and there a couple of things we realized:
1. You have to grow your grass above what many neighbors would deem to be the acceptable height.
2. Your neighbors might see you scything, and think you're super weird.
We live in a super small town - maybe 150 year round residents - but we have neighbors on all sides of us that live here all the time.
Now, we're not ones to generally give a shit what people think of us - landlords on the other hand, maybe just a tiny bit. And we do like our neighbors, so them not hating us for having tall grass and cutting it with some big grim reaper thing was a teensy bit on our radar.
But not enough to stop us from doing it.
We still get a chuckle from our older neighbors from time to time about how long it's been since they've seen 'one of those things' used, but our landlord lives in Georgia, and the hedges hide most of our tall grass from the neighbors with well-manicured lawns.
Once in a while the highway department will come through with their mowing equipment, and find the column of grass outside of our hedge line too irresistible not to make a few passes over with their riding mowers, and we shake our fists a bit, because dammit, we were going to bale that!
My husband proudly sharpens and peens the blade in the spring, and then eggs the grass on with great enthusiasm as he waits until it's time to scythe. It's a labor of love, and we've decided we rather enjoy the shock and awe that comes from using a tool like this in today's day and age.
The moral of the story? Don't let people's stupid opinions and standards for the height of grass hold you back from trying something really fantastic. I'm really excited about this book - scything is a long lost skill that desperately needs to make a comeback.
We get this question from time to time, and it's understandable if you've never seen a forum layout like this, so here's a quick guide on how to post an image in a thread or new topic on Permies.
Posting an Image with the 'Img' Button
First, where is the picture you want to post? In order to post an image in a thread with the img button in the menu, the image needs to be online somewhere.* You can upload your image somewhere, and then use that image address to put your photo into a post.
To add the image to your post, right click the full sized image, and select 'Copy Image Address'.
Go back to your post, and click the img button.
When the little window pops up, paste (or Ctrl/Command + V) the image address into the box, and submit.
It's always a good idea to make sure your post looks right before you submit it - check it beforehand with 'Preview'
**Note: If posting images from other sites, please make sure to include a link to the source below the image, and note that not all photos are free to post elsewhere. You can search for photos based on usage rights on Google Image Search by selecting Tools -> Usage Rights -> Free to use or share from the menu above image search results.
Posting an Image as an Attachment
If your image is on your device and you don't feel like uploading it anywhere online, you can just attach it directly to your post.
Write out the body of your post.
At the bottom of the post, you'll see some tabs - click on 'Attachments'.
Click 'Choose File', and select the photo you would like to upload, keeping in mind the file name will be visible to everyone.
In this podcast, Paul and Jocelyn review the film ‘Thrive’. The speaker of the film covers subjects relating to why he believes the human race isn’t thriving today, including topics like free energy, extra-terrestrials, and the notorious power dynamics at play in the world today.
Much of this film explores the system of control on critical industries, including food production and education. Ultimately, the underlying theme of this movie seems to be that there are radically different ways of doing things, but that these ways provide too much for free, and so those methods are stifled by regulation, controls, and manipulation.
Paul’s take away from this film was that these ideas reinforced the power of homesteading, permaculture, and self-reliance.
In this podcast, Paul talks with an epileptic friend of his from the world of software engineering that discovered a connection between fluorescent lighting and his seizures. While discussing these connections with Andrew Monkhouse, Paul also goes on to discuss the bogus behind CFLs, including price-increases, subsidies, and the very-real possibility that incandescent light bulbs may one day no longer be available.
This podcast delves heavily into the idea of selling a product with a ‘green’ marketing strategy, or Greenwashing, as well as things like planned obsolescence, and how once upon a time, you could replace the filament in an incandescent bulb.