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Trying to cut back on a lot of stuff. And just feeling generally fried.

I'm trying to catch up on a lot of emails and stuff.

I am trying to figure out why I am getting so angry/obsessed with lightbulbs. I think it is getting clearer to me. I expect the greater eco community to stand against the poisoning of the earth, and CFLs are one of the nastiest poisons. Add to that the idea that a lot of people appear to not care about eco stuff once they have bought their CFLs. They feel they are 85% eco just by this one consumerist act. Therefore, there is no need to consider hugelkultur or rocket mass heaters or permaculture.

As I think about what I want for Christmas .... well, a dream farm would be nice ... but maybe something closer to what most people can afford .... I am trying to lighten my load in the "things" department. I am always powerfully compelled to make the world a better place. And I have one video that I think does a particularly good job at that. I worked more on this one video than any other. And I think it is so powerful that I was sure that by now it would have millions of views. It currently gets about 15 views per day. So .... a link, a mention, a mailing list email, a tweet, a facebook share .... if it got a big bump over the next week or two - I doubt I could think of anything I would want for Christmas for than that. The feeling that I have influenced so many more people: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MusqTKZ83I



 
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Sounds like to me you need a freshly juiced pound of carrots
to feel like your walkin on AIR Paul

When people find fault with things it generally means they
are deficient in vitamin K which is the unsung hero of the vitamin world
that being anything GREEN so go Knaw on sumthin... )
not that light bulbs are not Bad Because they are....

I was reading about nano technology this morning where certain nano's get
bathed in lazer light and stay on for hours.... makes me think
newer technologies will someday make light bulbs obsolete
with the recent curly florescent idea being an epic fail.
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You might need to recharge your internal Battery...
select the Music
that " tones you...." like making a goblet glass HUM
 
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I can't do videos, every time I even think video starband says I have gone over my bandwidth and cuts my me back to the speed of sub-dial up.
 
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paul wheaton wrote:Trying to cut back on a lot of stuff. And just feeling generally fried.




Sounds like the winter blues. Go out and dig some swales by hand. You'll feel better soon enough.
 
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Music.

That does seem to be the key.

I went to my usual source and eventually ended up with the below. I never watch baseball, but this rendition of the national anthem was amazing





 
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Paul, have you ever seen this video? Always cheers me up when I'm having a craptastic day.



Cheers!
 
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I'm not having a crappy day. I'm just gonna slow down for a bit - and try to get caught up on email and the like.

 
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something that always lifts my spirits
although for your situation it may not apply

is watching the original version of this
but only if you turn up the volume though...
it'll make your hair on your arms vibrate
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ut68Set-w0o

yeah Zooey is Wicked sexy i think


 
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Paul, I really enjoyed your video. It is tempting me into wanting to raise bees, too. I put it on Twitter and FB. Merry Christmas!
 
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I post most of your podcasts and videos on my wall and on permaculture activist wall at facebook.
 
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Ah well, the crap wasn't laid down in a day, and you aren't going to get rid of it with one swing of the shovel, either.

Look on the bright side, pretty soon, people might not have much choice...
 
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PS: Excellent video.
 
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Paul,

I feel you on the 'fried' sector. I often suffer from burn out and yearn for feedback and support to continue moving forward on the Permaculture path of fun, freaky positive, life affirming action.

This psycho-emotional aspect of permaculture seems to me like is resonates out of 2 locations, the deep-rooted center/mission statement that we each carry with us and the power of community to pick us up and carry us forward as we enter the recharge leg of our personal cycles. to me this reinforces the need touch people and get excited about all the solutions out there.

some thoughts on how to bring motivation up?

participating in some non-technical aspects: singing dancing, celebrations

developing and sharing creative ways around, through, and between regulations until they change to support ecological lifestyles

spending time in the garden and soaking in the sunlight

relaxing and letting the hustle and bustle go for a while


on a different 'thread'
sharing your video now.

re: the societal shift towards ecological and earth regenerating lifestyles, I really appreciate some of the perspectives Joel Salatin shares.
One example that he shares is the concept that one of our jobs as designers and promoters of Permaculture is to find ways to make it convenient for people (which I think you also emphasize when you talk about less and less 'work' in the system) Do we really want to 'do the pigs work?'

Joel uses the example of Wal-Mart and one-stop shopping convenience as a model to observe and select from when developing a local food system retail location.
I can share more details of this example if people want.

re: light bulbs, is there a way to make light bulbs locally? candles and lanterns?? with mirrors or something to focus the light for reading? a Torch!! hehe.

I feel you on the 'buy myself green' grief, imo living with the earth is a daily experience that builds, grows, climaxes, decays, responds, cycles, blossoms, laughs, cries, sleeps, sprouts, clucks, howls, rains, shines, sings...
 
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Take it for what it is worth, understanding my dos colones are only worth 1/5 as much as 2 cents....

Just as permaculture teaches us to work with nature, instead of forcing nature to do what we want, I think there are skills in working with people that let's us preserve our sanity. It is hard to get someone to change immediately, just like it is hard, without going chemical, of having a productive garden immediately. But, if one has patience and does a little every day, and help connect people to other people, well it can be amazing what can be accomplished.

Perhaps you are trying to do too much, and not giving enough time for things to develop? I know, having been a director in companies, as well as chief architect of software project, I can fall into the same trap. I also own my own business. Yeah, I too can try to force things, instead of watching how things develop, and throwing the compost or plant in the right place at the right time..
 
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David Galloway wrote:Paul, have you ever seen this video? Always cheers me up when I'm having a craptastic day.



I love that video, too -- and it seems to have a timely message. Do what you love and others will join you -- sometimes not right away, but eventually. It also shows that some people and some places are more receptive than others!
 
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Raven Sutherland wrote:something that always lifts my spirits although for your situation it may not apply



I find it quite appropos -- the message I get is that if you give people a chance, they may astound you with talents and abilities you never imagined.
 
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