Is is possible to create and live long-term in a 'hippie-village' (low-footprint, permaculture, easy-going, simple...) with some appropriate modern luxuries + technologies?
Fiberglass composting toilets
Hot tubs + spas
Overhead electric wires
I would simply run outdoor extension cords through PVC pipe and then bury it. It looks nicer.
the hot tub is ~4,500 watts. Maybe I could run my solar heated water into the hot tub, insulate the hell out of it, and use it as my hot water tank?
You might be interested in this:http://www.npr.org/2011/07/17/137680605/making-cutting-edge-animation-on-a-diy-homestead?sc=fb&cc=fp
"We're building a 21st-century Hobbit village in which things are integrated into nature," Saxon says, "but we're harnessing cutting-edge technology and embracing the best of technology."
I think that when you can do without gadgets, it's better to do without. And when you can make something out of either bamboo or pvc, choose bamboo.I think there's a larger question of what it means to "embrace the best of technology" when much of it has environmental atrocities hardwired into them, but that's a whole other can of worms.
Something else you might be interested in reading is Better Off, by Eric Brende. He lives with very strict Amish for a year without much technology.
winsol13 - you make some good points. It would take very committed folks to live the low-emf life style. I am doing that in town to practice and see if I can do it, and the computer is a sticking point for me, especially knowing how they are made - also transportation if I move out of town. Wouldn't it be great to create your own village using horses for transportation, with a central building for computing, phone calling, food processing (hot-tubbing?) That way everyone could have their own little cob house with low-polluting rocket mass heater, completely unwired and peaceful, or it could be a yurt or teepee, lean-to, whatever.
Each eco-village needs to attract people who have similar goals. For me, it would be 1800s lifestyle plus computer. And blender.
The other thing I dream about is a village of Tumbleweed Tiny Houses on wheels. If I went that route, I would not wire or plumb it. I will soon have a solar charger for the laptop. I already use a solar-charged lantern, solar oven and wood cookstove (Four Dog), which is embarrassingly high-polluting. I'm avoiding all gas. I guess I will need a hand-cranked blender. Refrigeration is another thing I play around with. The tiny house on the trailer looks like it would get hot and produce might spoil quickly, especially if you have a stove in it. Food cellars aren't very portable.
Yes. I am an old hippie. Time is my only luxury. And my computer. And car. And blender.