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evan's ant village log

 
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Day 6

Look at that turkey! He wants me to plant a garden so he can eat it.
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Hi Evan, Congrats on being the first ant!

That turkey looks kinda tasty... needs a bit of fattening up on a nice garden though!

Are you boiling or filtering your stream water, to avoid Giardia etc?
 
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Day 7

It was raining this morning, so I figured it would be a good time to plant a couple seed potatoes and a sad raspberry plant that Paul was getting rid of. I also stuck a couple sunchokes in the ground. Hopefully the critters will leave them alone long enough for me to get my fence up.

I spent some time helping Tim and Kristie move, and even got some grub out of it. They make a mean pork sausage. They've been raising all kinds of livestock and I had a good time visiting with their piggies and little ducklings. They had a brand new flock of Khaki Campbell ducks, which is just the breed I'm hoping to raise myself here some day soon. But I think if I end up keeping pigs here in antville, I'll go with a smaller, perhaps more manageable variety.

I've been doing lots of observing of my site, and pondering the many potential options.
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Yeah I was wondering if you had a water still. I'd think setting up an initial shelter would be important - could you take a shot of yourself and your sleeping bag (I presume)? Access to a mini excavator or backhoe would help with covering the hugelbed.

At first I felt this idea of human "ants" eeking an existence out on Paul Wheaton's property sounded feudal and perhaps criminal.
And it still may be. But quickly, even before reading this blog by Evan, I realized this is a kind of homesteading school / opportunity. People pay a lot for Outward Bound, which is a kind of death-defying forced march. This isn't so much a crude imitation of an earthship village as it is a permaculture My Side of The Mountain experience, albeit arbitrarily roughly confined to an acre, with a de facto labor indenture aspect. And no hunting allowed?

As a scientist, I rarely - as attorneys do - want to see a ban. Extremely few things, I feel, should be forbidden. Outlawed. Put into laws. Having anything to do with law, police, lawyers, courts, and other human failings. Much of what we consider illegal activity, I see as more of an experiment.

For scientists, then, the quality of experimental design is what counts. Scientists have killed themselves just to prove a hypothesis (e.g. ulcers caused by bacteria) (e.g. chemists all used to record the taste and smell of a chemical) (e.g. standing in a field with a kite to capture lightning). So if you're going to do something ethically reprehensible, immoral, dangerous, etc, it should at least be done well, with full consideration, limited variables and controls, & etc.

As regards this ant farm experiment, it seems very open-ended i.e. in an exploratory phase. Everyone involved ought take extensive notes, and beware any apathetic (e.g. feudal, i.e. let's just work for Mr. Wheaton) dynamics that may begin to form. It ought be democratic, non-hierarchical, the same ebb and flow as a renter and landlord. A method may begin to take shape, and perhaps with some readings one can find previous similar experiments, and learn from their failings and successes. It's American, but it's not natural to homo sapiens to go out alone homesteading, our natural unit of 1 is a tribe, in a village -- people only went out for days on hunts -- so hopefully the community aspect, as with actual ants, will begin shortly.

And for God's sake, be safe. This is not worth long term health issues. This experience won't help your resume much.
Don't get lyme's disease (deer ticks), hypothermia, animal bites, bad sun burns, broken bones, or depression.

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Has anyone here ever played the game "Banished?"

This reminds me a lot of Banished. There's a small group of people who start off in the wild with a cart full of basic tools and supplies, and go about chopping down trees to build houses and go off hunting and gathering. Then they set up a trading post on the river and begin trading for seeds to start farming. Eventually it ends up with a full village, stone quarries, mines, hospitals, herbalists, schools, grazing pastures, fishing, wood cutters - the whole 9 yards.

The ant village.


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I'm totally following this. Thanks, Evan et al.
 
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Evan, I totally agree with Preston - staying well is top priority. Let me know if there is anything that I can do for you from TN. I will be following - admiring from afar - and sending positive energy to you.
 
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Day 8

Little brown mushrooms pop up from the soil like ideas from an open mind, spongily decomposing and recomposing cyclically.

People have been asking about my shelter situation, so I finally posted a picture of what I'm sleeping in until I get my wofati built. Lots of fresh air.

My 30 watt solar system arrived in the mail this evening. Looking forward to trying it out tomorrow. Thanks Dad! My parents are awesome, by the way.
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Day 9

Been making progress on my hugels along my borders. And when it started getting hot in the afternoon, I found some shade and put my rocket stove together. It still needs a bit more cob and one more little piece, but it was sure nice getting my hands into some cool mud.

I know the L-tube is an inferior design compared to the J-tube, but this was simple, and I don't mind loading the sticks manually. I like to think I've gotten pretty good at it after using these stoves for my gray-market mobile food vending biz: Rocket Taco. Anyway, when I build my rocket mass heater in my wofati, it'll definitely be a J-tube design.

I've been staying busy, but not as busy as these honey bees.
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Love love love seeing what you are doing. How is the solar device working that your parents sent you? Would you describe more as I am unfamiliar with it. Blessings, Natalie
 
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Good Luck Evan! I am looking forward to seeing what you do out there.
 
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