I have now had cervical radiculopathy for nearly a month. Basically my giant head is smashing the jelly donuts in my backbone. The jelly of one of the jelly doughnuts squished out in a way that makes my spinal cord sad. This leads to intense pain and severely disrupt my sleep. There's a whole thread about it in this forum if you're interested.
But this thread is about something else.
I have found that listening to audiobooks at night distracts me from a lot of the pain. So I start the audiobook when I am going to attempt to go to sleep. Since I know that I'm going to listen to the same book four or five times, then I'm not worried about missing anything.
Last night I fell asleep listening to one of my favorites: my side of the mountain. I did manage to sleep for 3 hours. When I woke up, I was in a lot of pain, but the story was lovely and I found my brain spending time with the story rather than the pain. I wasn't able to get back to sleep and I end up listening to the entire book.
Some books are available as an audiobook and some are not.
Last spring I started to reread ecotopia. I was very much enjoying it. I got about a third of the way through it, but got really busy with other things and ended up not finishing it, although I did read another page or two every once in awhile.
I cannot find it as an audiobook.
Not long ago I met somebody who wanted a project. They wanted to set up a residual income stream featuring their particular skills. So I put my fat head to work and came up with the idea that they could make an audiobook of Mike Oehler book: the $50 and up underground house book. I called Mike and ask him if it would be okay and he said yes.
And then that person never did it.
The author of ecotopia has died, so I don't know what would be involved in getting permission to make this into an audiobook.
For 26 days I have been on my back and in a lot of pain. Some days are worse than others. Sometimes I can answer emails for a couple of hours.
Apparently there is a high probability that my body will absorb the problematic jelly from the jelly donut. But it could take a long time. Maybe weeks. Maybe months.
Maybe somebody could read this book to me. Maybe just recorded on a cell phone, maybe something fancier.
Maybe the right people can be contacted and it could be put out as an official audiobook - thus a residual income stream.
I do think that this is a rather iconic book for permaculture folks.
I would be willing to trade DVDs cards and stuff to have this book in an audio format.
Maybe the audio format is already out there on the internet somewhere and I just can't seem to find it. It's not at audible - which is where all these are there books have been at. And Jocelyn looked at Amazon. Maybe the audio book is available in the public domain somewhere. ... Okay I just checked. There is something out at archive.org but it is not a reading of the book.
Joseph Johnson wrote:http://www.amazon.com/Ecotopia-Audio-Novel-Ernest-Callenbach/dp/1559270527%3FSubscriptionId%3DAKIAJ3XCC7GLJWZDXC2A%26tag%3Dbook0dc0-20%26linkCode%3Dsp1%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3D1559270527
So maybe we just need somebody to convert it from cassette to a big mp3 file. Anybody want to do that in exchange for some of my stuff?