I have never really been into facebook. Jocelyn convinced me years ago that I really needed to create an account there.
One thing about facebook is that if people send me a PM, I cannot forward it to somebody that might be able to do something with it. I also find that the tiny little space is not enough for me to say what I want to say. Even further, there were several times that I tried to reply to something but I couldn't get it to work. I finally got to the point that I just stopped replying to stuff there.
So I am creating this thread so that in the future if anybody sends me a PM on facebook, I can send them a link to this thread.
Here on permies, you can ask your question publicly. You can even add lots of pictures and videos. And if icky people reply, we delete that ick. So the result is that you generally get feedback from dozens of people and not just me.
Further, if you post here, I can email people a link to your post so even more people can see it. Other people can email links to the posts too. Email, twitter, reddit, facebook, pinterest .... everything.
Even more, if you don't receive an EXCELLENT answer within 48 hours, you can invoke the 48 hour rule.
Apparently I am limited to 5000 friends and I think I have only about 30 "friend" slots left. I get about a dozen friend requests per day - so I just friend those where we have ten more friends in common. Plus, for a while I was getting spam on my facebook thing - and i don't need the extra spam cleaning chores. I feel that by limiting things to the "ten friends in common" thing, that solves a lot of that.
But even more importantly, you probably don't want to connect to my personal facebook page. Jocelyn and others have created two pages for folks:
I go to facebook about once a week. But I check my email about a hundred times a day. And I "watch" several forums on permies and if somebody creates a new thread, I get an email. For something that says it is invoking the 48 hour rule, I give that a very high priority.
Overall, I have a lot of people that want to visit with me directly every day. More than I possibly can. So I am trying to find ways that ALL people get ALL of their questions answered. And I think these forums are the best solution for that.
I thought you were a little shell shocked by my family when I came out there. I know we talk a lot and have a lot of energy, so it's something I worry about. Now I'm thinking you were probably just exhausted after a full day of organizing this kind of stuff. I appreciate you putting so much thought into it.
Casie Becker wrote:I thought you were a little shell shocked by my family when I came out there. I know we talk a lot and have a lot of energy, so it's something I worry about. Now I'm thinking you were probably just exhausted after a full day of organizing this kind of stuff. I appreciate you putting so much thought into it.
Your family was fine. The only thing that seemed a bit odd, is that usually people want to ask me oodles of questions about all sorts of stuff. Instead it seems that your mom wanted to share lots of stuff about an iguana.
Well, it was a really great iguana. I get most of my questions answered on the forums, I learn best by reading. I'm pretty sure everyone else was viewing the lab part of the vacation as tolerating my hobbies.
My family lives by a lot of permaculture habits by default. Being raised by a single parent, we didn't have time or money to spend on more wasteful ways of doing things. By the time we were old enough to understand how it applies to conservation of our environment it was already our habit because we had to conserve our personal resources.
One of the big things I wanted to happen was to introduce my brother to some of the natural building techniques being tried on the lab, before he really got started developing his undeveloped plot of land. After seeing a few examples on the lab tour, he definitely had a lot of questions for Evan. He (my brother) was saying that it made a lot more sense to after seeing what was going on up there.