D. Logan

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D. Logan has made a point of broadening his perspective to the fullest in life. He's learned first hand a broad variety of jobs in the pursuit of knowledge. He's achieved a BA in Early Childhood Education, hiked the entire Appalachian trail in a single trip and done everything from working in a hospital to serving as a correctional officer. Each new area of life has given him a wider base of experiences to draw from when writing. He's written on many topics, crafted roleplaying games and published works of science fiction and fantasy.
In the last decade, he's focused a lot of attention on deepening his understanding of subjects such as homesteading and Permaculture. While there is always more to learn, he's come to a point where he is comfortable writing with a degree of authority on a number of topics within the scope of those subjects.
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Let us know how it turns out. I for one would love to see the step by step of someone building such a system.
3 weeks ago
I've seen a gear-powered fan system in New Orleans, so this sort of thing should be possible. There's another thread with the clockwork fans focused on here: Belt-driven Electric Fans. I have often wanted to figure out how to do something like this for myself as well, though that's something for down the road.
3 weeks ago
I love that you discovered the truth from such an old source. It's always wonderful to mine gems from buried history! The microwave has its place, but baking root vegetables isn't it. I love sweet potatoes and the utter horror of someone being stuck eating one out of a microwave is a travesty. Personally I enjoy mine with a bit of butter and pinch of brown sugar. Sugar might seem redundant on a sweet potato, but I find that it makes the other flavors pop a little. No idea why. Congratulations on opening up a whole new world of delicious eating!
3 weeks ago
My first experience with keeping a log to understand what was happening in a small area of land came in the form of my Environmental Science badge as a young boy scout. At that time, you were supposed to spend several one-hour periods of observation in a small area of land and log everything you observed. I remember loving the remote location, but also feeling a bit lost as to how to log effectively. More importantly, it seemed very difficult to sort out what was relevant and what was just background noise. I ended up logging everything somewhat randomly until I had a jumbled mess of a notebook. Over the years, I got better at filtering and organizing, but I know other people who went for that same badge who avoided similar experiences thereafter because it put them off to the idea so badly.

I haven't read "Biotime Log" yet, so can't say to what degree it helps new folks find their feet. I'm sure it helps a lot with getting organized and creating something that isn't a jumbled mess of information where important details get lost in the white noise. That said, I wonder if there might be another product in existence as well out there. Does anyone know of logbooks or template pages for new observers? Something to help guide them through their first attempts to begin logging the world around them. I suspect that if it exists, it would be very helpful in getting new observers started down the path. If not, has anyone considered creating a biotime log starter book of some sort?

3 weeks ago
It looks clear enough to me, but then again I see similar images a lot.
I have a question for those of you who have already started a natural building project or who are preparing to do so. What is it that helped you decide exactly what method you were going to use? I waver between several options, but don't feel like I can effectively decide until I have an actual property to begin the work on. Assuming I end up with multiple viable options, I was curious to see how others made their final decision. What made it the right choice for you? Was it a difficult choice to make? For those who already finished, how happy did you end up being with the decision and have you second-guessed some of your choices at all?
4 months ago
As Eric said, either you or your publisher generally asks someone if they would mind reading your work and writing either a forward or endorsement. Depending on the time the person has and their inclination, they may say yes. My own research and experience are that paid endorsements mean very little.
4 months ago
Any chance you can get a close-up of one of the branches and leaf sets? Also maybe cut one of the berries in half to see the interior. Given their size in the second picture and the way the leaf shape/appearance seems in it, my initial thought is some form of crab-apple.
4 months ago
With all the talk of pushing zones this week, I began wondering about people's success stories. I would really like to hear what some of the biggest pushes people have managed on extending zone hardiness without greenhouses. Most of the time, I see people manage one zone lower in number, but not a lot more. Still, I know there are those who have gone way beyond that. I've heard their stories for years now. I even used to work with someone whose tomatoes were almost entirely volunteers each year despite the frosty starts in Pennsylvania. Our own Joseph Lofthouse has been working on varieties to withstand the hardships of his own zone as well.

So how have some of you pushed zone hardiness in your gardens?
5 months ago
Based on the ideas of how evolution is supposed to work, this isn't really shocking. In theory, big die-off events lead to a lot of open ecological niches. When that happens, changes happening take advantage of those openings and lead to a lot of splitting.
5 months ago