Dado Scooter wrote:As a gout sufferer, this kind of diet won't work for me.
Gary Taubes was unable to include a chapter he was putting together about gout in his book Good Calories, Bad Calories. If you find the Zeroing in on Health Facebook group and go to the Files section you can find the short scratch version. It is not complete, but still backed up by citations.
Davin Hoyt wrote:We believe you should avoid glass with solar treatments.
Meaning films applied to cut UV exposure and such? A search using the phrase "glass solar treatments" doesn't bring back any useful information and I would appreciate some context to make sure I understand. Also please check my edits.
I am looking for threads discussing the new model of solar heater and input on any particular information regarding the shower glass such as whether it was the best of many options, any tips for gathering it, and if there are kinds to avoid.
Observations: It sounds like the shower glass was decided on after the structure was built. Would it be ideal to size the structure to fit the glass laying as in the design, or rotated vertical, or just find the glass first and decide based on what you have? Are there issues with toppling if the structure is too narrow, requiring a base?
Joellen Anderson wrote:but I was wondering if anyone knows of a book which prioritizes letting chickens be "chickeny".
Well Joel Salatin is one author who has that as a stated priority, but it is possible that isn't the same degree to which you were thinking. I think most people will be better able to recommend books once you describe which methods you find are most "chickeny" - whether that be more or less free range or any other thing. Thinking about that may help you discover the keywords to search for more book reviews in the forum.
Aaron McKinley wrote:Question #4
Any issues with the exhaust pipe directly leaving the metal drum at the bottom?
I have heard that the manifold is commonly regarded as the most tricky part of an RMH build. WS2.0 may cover that part in detail but I can't recall. If you don't feel like it did once watching, there are plans on scrubbly that can help.
I don't know your site conditions or climate, but have you considered whether or not you even need freezers? Here is an example of a root cellar at Sepp Holzer's Kramaterhof. @ 15m25s
There should be drawn plans and threads about this all over Permies.com.
If you want to make sure your stuff stays frozen but doesn't use much energy in the meantime I think placing freezers in a cold location makes sense and using older ones extends the life of a product created with energy-intensive manufacturing. The plastic has probably off-gassed it's VOCs so placing it in an area with less air circulation isn't a problem, in my opinion based almost entirely on theory.
Destiny Hagest wrote:This is something they'll actually be building during the upcoming PDC and Appropriate Technology courses at the Lab this summer - in this dry Montana climate, I'm really anxious to see this design in action and track how well it performs.
When one party has the inkling to try out this plan but has to introduce another party to the idea it would be helpful to have more complete pictures to show. Could someone please step over and take current pictures of the front, back, and interior? Looking through the AA threads I can see plenty outdated pictures of a charming building.
Here is the most recent picture of the front:
Most recent picture of the bedroom(?):
Most recent picture of the batch box heater:
lorance romero wote:
4 - Garden construction, maintenace
How big is the allotted space around AA?
Also, only being at episode 152 I am not sure if people are carting water into AA from onsite or offsite.
I grew up with a hydrolic system that could run off the wood furnace or gas and it was in a 200yr old stone house so it was temperamental enough to need enough work that I got an ok idea of how it operated.
I work in a civil engineering office, drawing the electrical connections to all the branded chain stores and ticky tacky houses going up in PG and Montgomery Counties, Maryland. Entire "town centers" have gone up under my watch and some have started ten years before I even arrived only to go dormant during the recession and then pick right back up.
It is terrible land use. But, why does this matter to the question of how to sell apples to Safeway? I think that a healthy urban plan doesn't include Safeway and a healthy rural plan doesn't include Safeway and there is no such thing as a healthy suburban plan which includes a Safeway. Basically, if a region is well-formed (by the invisible hand or the hand of a literal planner), there shouldn't be and Safeways. The big-box store is improperly qualified for existing outside the ruinous land development practices which revolve around the automobile.
How does a city get it's food? American cities rely on "food hubs." This is the current term to replace "farmer's markets" and simply "markets" as they were taken over by commercial rebranding efforts (wouldn't want a soccer mom driving up to the industrial warehouse wondering where to find farm-fresh eggs). At food hubs, grocers from the city can inspect and buy goods in bulk. Farmers don't even need to be selling to just grocers, but also to food packers who can then export. Food packers used to be in cities and the cheaper rent was beneficial to both employer and employee. Big cities like Chicago and small cities like Hanover, PA both had food packing plants. This preserves the export market, which can be important if permaculture is unevenly applied in the world - although also preserves the ability for food brands to survive. These relationships to grocers and packers do not need to be based on haggling, like exposed in the broken limbs movie, but could be contracted similarly to now to lend insurance for both parties. Another option is farmers alliances and co-ops helping to transport food and partnering with grocers and packers. There will always be people willing to spend a premium for out-of-season foods or industrially preserved foods. I do not think this precludes seasonal eating to come to the forefront.
To sum up that paragraph: Every city in America can be fed from the existing farmland within 30mi. The cities can eat fresh food, but may be seasonally restricted like Americans have not seen in a half-century. More stable food markets can result from more stable/ traditional development practices (such as slow perimeter growth instead of breaking new ground at breakneck speed) and locally-focused purchase networks. Export markets are good for global stability but each city shouldn't subsist on internationally received food goods.
The return of the small grocer, baker, and butcher will probably occur in towns and cities within decades. The notion that this auto-oriented experiment has gone on long enough is rising.
Here is a great talk by Andres Duany, of the Congress for New Urbanism (another group to look up is Strong Towns). About halfway through he starts discussing the transect. He gives six basic levels descending from the urban core to rangeland. I think it is more apt to discuss the transect in a holistic manner... human involvement is descending but natural qualities are ascending. My addition is the "seventh transect" of climax vegetation. It is usually mature and somewhat sterile, like the Black forest, where the canopy of old-growth trees is so dense it eliminates diversity. It is a balanced addition because the same can be said for humans in the urban core and there are solid reasons trees and financial office buildings often dominate these extremes.
As is probably very common in permies forums... my answer to the question is to eliminate the question, change the perception, or make a prediction.
I've been learning a lot about diets that would be considered "alternative" or "fads" recently and whenever I find another I find people that have been using them and living on them long term.
When a human consumes few enough carbohydrates the body shifts into nutritional ketosis. It leaves the glycogen stores in the muscles for snap movements and runs the ATP cycle using dietary fats and stored fats from adipose tissue. Dietary protein is able to replenish glycogen stored through the liver.
Joseph Lofthouse is probably a great testament to both the water your body holds when it is running mostly on carbohydrates and the ease in which fat stores can be reduced while in a keto mode. Most people get this effect by eating about one gram of protein for each pound of body weight each day and getting the rest of their calories from fats. The generally accepted upper limit for a "low-carb" diet is 100 grams of carbs. I think he mentioned intermittent fasting, which as I understand it is extending the ketogenisis we slip into overnight through the morning.
There are even people who eat only from the animal kingdom. "Zero Carb" diets use fatty cuts and organ meats from organic animals to stay healthy. It is impressive how many different ways we can choose to sustain ourselves.
It is important to not transition out of ketosis accidentally because it will hurt just as much as the few days it takes to transition in if you go in deep. That is why this next development is important.
Something I ran across recently is the concept that eating carbohydrates after an afternoon strength training session does not lead to fat storage. As the day goes on, chemical processes change effectiveness in our bodies. Once someone looked at the biological mechanisms, this became clear and surfaced as legitimate in past examples. One such example is hilarious to me: Leading up to some big strongman events in the 70's, Arnold Schwarzenegger and a friend went to eat massive amounts of pie (pizza?) after workouts. Their competitors thought it would make them bloated and ruin their chances at winning. It did not, and they both performed very well. Can you imagine the faces of big men who had been carefully constructing their diets to win being beat by two guys who had been indiscriminately stuffing themselves with carbs at night?
I think eating fruit and starch during an active day would be very similar, in effect. Some people have hypothosized that this method works because our ancestors would only get a chance to eat fruits and starches at night but that doesn't make sense to me. Does climbing a tree and collecting a bunch of fruit count as strenuous exercise? Maybe. Add some sprinting and it would. But our ancestors probably did little bits of that all day, anyway. A base of dietary fats with strategically eaten carbs makes sense for an active day.
Learning about how the body works is very important to living in a permaculture way. There are many mechanisms we still need to identify. Just as we identify what a chicken needs, how it behaves, and what it returns, we should make an effort to understand our own selves. With that knowledge, almost any diet can be made to work well for a human.
The article deals with modern high-end tractors being totally reliant on the retail-repair lockdowns implemented over internal computer systems. The tractor the author went out to work on had a bad sensor and the internal computer stopped the tractor from being of any use - even though the sensor isn't necessary. Think of it like an inkjet printer getting nasty about low ink or an Audi car being not only impossible to maintain at home, but exorbitantly expensive and slow to get repaired at all. Not much smaller equipment has computerized functions, and sensor drones won't be as sensitive to this problem.
Manufacturers have every legal right to put a password or an encryption over the tECU. Owners, on the other hand, don’t have the legal right to break the digital lock over their own equipment. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act—a 1998 copyright law designed to prevent digital piracy—classifies breaking a technological protection measure over a device’s programming as a breach of copyright. So, it’s entirely possible that changing the engine timing on his own tractor makes a farmer a criminal.
Even if he could, would it be legal for Dave to fix his machine? Right now, we don’t know; and that ambiguity is disturbing. So, we’re trying to find the answer. In conjunction with USC and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, we’ve asked for a DMCA exemption for farmers who want to modify and repair their equipment. We’ll find out if it’s legal for farmers to tinker with their own equipment when the Copyright Office reviews the latest round of exemptions.
I doubt this affects most Permies, but would be important if John Deere ever tried to branch out into our market. Nothing unfixable is really useful. To that effect, some market news:
The cost and hassle of repairing modern tractors has soured a lot of farmers on computerized systems altogether. In a September issue of Farm Journal, farm auction expert Greg Peterson noted that demand for newer tractors was falling. Tellingly, the price of and demand for older tractors (without all the digital bells and whistles) has picked up. “As for the simplicity, you’ve all heard the chatter,” Machinery Pete wrote. “There’s an increasing number of farmers placing greater value on acquiring older simpler machines that don’t require a computer to fix.”
The article lists some organizations, websites, and publications for farm "hacking."
But, there, at the end is a not saying today is the final day for comment on this issue.
Want to speak out in support of this DMCA exemption? Tell the Copyright Office that farmers should be able to repair and modify their own machinery. You’ve got until February 6 to make your voice heard.
Myth: Native plants are better suited to your area
If this were true, why do we have any concern over non-native plants threatening native plants?
What if the concern is non-native plants threatening native fauna?
I am interested in what you would say in reply to the notion that a number of non-native plants (this number is unknown to me, as is the when of these plants) are devoid of interaction with insects. This talk covers the topic. I do not know if they are plant bigots, just saw this recently.
Plenty of non-natives interact well with insects and microbiota, but it seems many do not. It would be good to investigate the extent of this scientifically and take advice carefully. I do not know if somewhere this is being done already.