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  I have just anointed myself as a self proclaimed expert on podcasts. I only learned what podcasts are a few weeks ago so just be happy you're not getting someone who is incredibly jaded.        I'll also use this thread as a depository for anything write which is  of a comical nature. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------This is my first review of one of Paul's podcasts. I must admit some bias on this one since it was inspired by a thread I started called. –  ."Is Unbridled Greed Consistent with permaculture?" Naturally I was quite pleased to find that a podcast was produced which deals with this matter.

      Now,(close your eyes and imagine the drum roll followed thunderous music) the review.

     I listened to the podcast and was quite surprised at how often Paul uses the f--- word. It is always in context and I tended to agree with him. He dealt quite a bit with the ant and grasshopper. They talked about the fact that Mr. Mollinson has never advocated financial irresponsibility. Nonproductive kleptocratic layabouts were given a good spanking and the idea that we should give away the fruits of our labors was soundly put to rest.
    I was hoping for something a little more highbrow, perhaps a point by point dissection of everything I've said so far on this thread. Something similar to what Jonathan Bate, would do with Shakespeare. If that had happened great minds would have determined that my use of the word unbridled was MEANT to be over-the-top.

     There are always those who wish to limit how successful anyone may become. They're happy for that person to have some success provided that they can hop on board for the ride. In this way the productive person is a "beast of burden" carrying the weight of less motivated individuals. The hitchhikers would no doubt prefer to drive as most hangers on covet the wealth and position of whomever they attach themselves to.

     In being limited by nonproductives, our hero is effectively bridled. He can never reach his full potential while being parasitized . So in order to be truly the master of his own destiny he must cast off the freeloaders, become unbridled and walk free.

     That's how I imagine Jonathan Bate would have interpreted the title. And I'm sure that 175 pages later most reasonable people would be converted to my way of thinking. It's too bad no one informed him of this need.

  I spoke with Mr. Shakespeare last night in a dream and he agreed that this would have made for a far better treatment of this fine work

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    On many occasions Paul has complained bitterly that people expect far too much of his personal time spent on their particular problem or question. He has published a litany of silly questions and complaints which some members insist on dropping into his private mailbox. And of course many people have important ideas about how forums should be run and they want immediate answers.-------------- the following is my idea of how someone like this thinks----enjoy--------------------------------------------------------- Hi Paul, this is Dale. I e-mailed you 5 min. ago and right in the middle of it my battery went dead, so I'm not sure if you got my e-mail, did you? If you did please call me at home so I know you got it.  555 555 5555         I went to the bathroom, did you call?

      Although we've never met I figure you're one of my best friends and it's okay for me to impose on you in this way. After you read my e-mail tell me what you think of the plans and check the measurements to make sure I didn't make any mistakes. You might want to recheck the math too. The jiggamatrometer hooks to the flibnermbometer and it runs on pig farts and fairy dust.

    That's only the preliminary sketch. I have 36 pages of hand-drawn specs which I am currently scanning. They should be about the same quality as the old mimeograph copies from the 70s. I'll message you as I think of more components.

  I'm hoping you can help me finance this project.

  Do you want to come over for supper? I'm having trouble getting along with other people on the forums and I want to be able to say " yeah, well when Paul was over at my place for supper we agreed on everything - so you're wrong."  That'll teach them. 

  My sister is single – are you married?     Does it weird you out knowing that I have your picture on my wall?      Did you just turn on the lights in your living room?        Why are you shining a flashlight into the field?   

------------- ------------ --------------- --------------- --------------- ------------   Now I will review several magazines all at once. I was in a rather slow grocery line and had the opportunity to examine the National Inquirer, World News, Cosmopolitan, and In Style and several other magazines which target female shoppers. I gave each one a once over and figure they can all be lumped together and reviewed as though they are one entity.                     

      I mulled it over for several hours and finally came up with the following review.

    Thanks for reading.   Next week, I'll review something that has more to do with, permaculture                                                                                                                                             
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I've read quite a few books on various green building technologies. Some have been good, some just silly.---- The best book on green building which I've ever encountered is called "Building Green" by Clark Snell and Tim Callahan. It covers a wide variety of green building choices and examines important issues like durability and labor efficiency. Tim Callahan has been a builder most of his life and at the end of each segment gives a rundown of the pros and cons of each building system described. If a process is hugely labor-intensive, he says so. In some books and on many Internet sites there is a tendency to downplay or ignore completely, important considerations like labor efficiency. Most importantly these guys aren't fixated on talking you into only building a certain way out of certain materials and in that way I find it much less biased than the majority of other books in this category. The green building community is well-connected with one another and they often review books by other authors. If either of these two guys say that some other book has merit that holds more weight for me than great reader reviews or high sales volume.

I gleaned a review off the Internet and it is presented below.

This large, generously illustrated manual is an excellent primer on owner-designed and site-inspired building. Snell, who wrote the eco-friendly The Good House Book, and Callahan, a more conventional but highly experienced builder and contractor, take readers step-by-step through the creation of a charming little guesthouse, demonstrating a variety of "green" techniques along the way. They start with an introduction to building fundamentals and how alternative materials can provide the necessities of housing: structure, climate-control and separation from as well as connection to the outer world. Next comes a mini-course in design. But the bulk of the book is hands-on: the nuts-and-bolts of siting; foundations; flooring; living (plant-covered) roofs; and cob, cordwood, straw-bale and modified stick frame walls-although the book's minimal treatment of electricity and plumbing, and how to integrate them with unfamiliar materials like cob or straw-bale, disappoints. Snell's tendency to decry the sins of modern architectural practice can become exasperating, but doesn't diminish the value of his extensive experience-derived knowledge; and the grace and beauty of the authors' building project, featuring Callahan's fine finish work, is inspiring. The abundance of color photos detailing the construction process, supplemented by examples from indigenous buildings around the world, is particularly helpful. (Jan.)

I will soon buy The rocket mass heater book. The review will come complete with photos of one that I will build based on the book and YouTube videos.

I'm finding that YouTube is becoming more useful over time. For just about anything you plan to do there is a YouTube video which often leads to more in depth information. Whether you've just purchased a skateboard or a crane, watch a few of the cautionary tales that are a YouTube mainstay.

And now for something fun. It was suggested that >"Walt", > Clint Eastwood's character in Gran Torino would make a good moderator for these forums. The Following is my take on how that might go. -------------------

Personally, I would love it if Walt were one of the moderators. But I don't think it would work out for very long. Walt was a no-nonsense kind of guy. And sometimes our members engage in nonsense. He wouldn't tolerate any malarkey from the people who make up facts to support their position, he'd bitch slap those who fail to punctuate and produce giant run-on sentences with no capitalization and with every second word misspelled. He would delete the post and then send the member a private message informing them that they're a dumb ass.

Walt would be all for the gardening thing and slaughtering hogs, building your own house and all the tips on saving money. He'd probably become a major contributor to the trespassing thread and the one on automotive frugality.

But he'd never engage in poop talk on a forum where there are ladies present. Walt was a product of the 50s when etiquette meant something. He would quickly put a stop to all the bathroom talk. "Women peeing outdoors" "Can I drink the water from my septic system?" "Can ladies sanitary napkins be used as hamster surfboards?" "What would happen if I wiped my butt with this plant with three shiny leaves?" He would delete all that stuff. And if anybody posted a picture of a steaming pile asking; "What kind of shit is this?" Walt would Google them and then hunt them down at home to personally deliver one hell of a bitch slapping.

Even Paul wouldn't be safe from Walt's delete button and they'd really get into it whenever something went outside Walt's comfort zone. He would try to hijack the whole forum in the name of common sense and decency.

" Feeding dogs on tofu." "Uses for nose hair?" "Why I don't use soap" "Knitting for men" "Do you know where I can buy land for five bucks?" "How would you preserve an igloo in Texas?" "Should people be allowed to own land?" He wouldn't hear any of these people out, he'd just remove the post and then write their name in a little book he keeps in his jacket.

Sometimes he'd delete an entire thread filled with dozens of harmless posts just because he figured it was too silly: " Could I live on just lettuce? Has anybody ever built a house from doughnut holes? Walt wouldn't even read these posts, he'd just shake his head as he muttered to himself and hit delete. No explanations, no warning or remorse.

Eventually things would come to a head and Walt would have to be removed. He wouldn't go down easy since even at his age he can out wrestle five hippies and three dreamers. But eventually after far too many warnings Walt would have his delete button taken away.

In time he would be allowed back as a regular member since the conversion of Walt would be of concern to us all. He's from California so we'd probably be able to get him into a solar heated adobe house. After getting over his initial shock over the messy nature of poly-culture he would at least learn to appreciate the shade.(I've seen Walt's car and garage. Based on this I'll assume he plants his vegetables in neat rows). He'd probably try some of Dave's homemade shampoo bars. And he would be completely obsessed with his state of the art aquaponics system and his rocket stove.

But there's no way Walt would ever agree to get rid of the gas guzzler or to accept endless bathroom talk. Walt would be very useful in bringing people of his generation on board but we would all need to accept his boundaries and biases. Although Walt will never be sugar sweet nice, he could become a little nicer. And who knows with enough time he might not be too put off by women peeing outdoors.

Who among you feels worthy enough to be my best friend? Test 1 is to read this tiny ad:
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