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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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My experiences with this were extremely toxic. Very early on before I learned much about permaculture, I was part of a homesteading forum. I would get so excited about when my family would move away from something and start towards a slightly better path. The incident that stood out to me most was when we started transitioning away from soda and pre-packaged foods. Everyone's taste buds were still trained to have things be hypersweet, so we were using a lot of sugar as we slowly weened ourselves off of it rather than trying to cold-turkey.

Another few people on the forum heard how much sugar we went through each month and proceeded to lambast me, more or less implying that I shouldn't bother if I was just going to use that much sugar anyway and giving the impression that if I wasn't all or nothing, I wasn't even trying. I found myself extremely discouraged and doubting if I should even bother continuing to try. Thankfully I don't put a lot of self-worth in the words of others or I might have given up then. As it was I was depressed about it for a long while.

Whatever name it has, I think it is a dangerous viewpoint. Encourage others with ways to further improve rather than trying to nitpick how they aren't doing it all right. If someone gives up plastic bags, but isn't turning off the air conditioner, at least they are taking steps. I'd much rather see everyone taking small steps forward than to discourage them and have them give up altogether. I have to watch that I don't fall prey to it as well. The idea that someone else could be doing it better. We tend to think that if something feels easy for us, it should feel easy for everyone. We nitpick over the small stuff and forget the big picture. Anyway, I am rambling. Point is, if anyone out there is feeling discouraged because someone else says you need to be doing more then know that they are missing the forest for the trees. You have to take the steps you are ready for. That's the only way to move forward. Don't let the nay-saying of others determine your path for you. Grow at your own pace.
4 days ago

Tom Rutledge wrote:

Tom Rutledge wrote:

D. Logan wrote:Sorry for the long delay. Here is the first draft document. Be aware of a few things:

more later maybe.  

good luck with it.

It's later!

0) a permiculture based docment would include the three permicutlure ethics.

8) Citizen ship,  How does one get to be one?   What is allowed to proclude or exclude a citizen?  Can citizenship be stripped?  Can i t be renounced, and what happens to the apostate?
9) Who or what gets to make binding contracts / treties with the nation, or sub organizational units?   Who can sign up the nation to the new United Nations?  or sign up as a colony of china?
10) One really awesome thing about the 10 commandments or the 11 general orders is that they fit easily insides peoples heads, and can be read and understood simply.  It would be awesome if there was a one page / memorizable by a 3rd grader version of the deal that this document provides.
11) RFC language.  'must' vs 'should'.    To a modern reading, everything with "should" next to it can be ignored.   I presume that's not the intent.
12) 'science'  is not in the document.
13) a governmental body expressly built to advocate for the future and those without voice would probably be a good thing.   Embody the whole 7 generations thing.  
14) of there's going to be mandatory military training at 16, maybe there should be mandatory sustainability training and ability by age 12, and before full citizenship is attained.

Why is this all part of the permaculture part, because people are part of the system.

Thanks for all the input and insight. I appreciate the effort you took to go over things in depth and offer up your thoughts. I'll take time and comb over the document with each of these notations in mind. Some things likely skewed from the huge amount of time and close proximity to the text that was involved. Others, such as point 0, originate in the initial choice to obfuscate aspects so that they were meant to appear within without being outright stated. I know it ended up longer than I wanted as I tried to incorporate different things into it that got clarified as amendments in the US Constitution or which remain currently in doubt. Hopefully I'll be able to make some clean improvements on draft two using your thoughts to help refine my own.

Again, thank you for taking the time to go over it and offer your thoughts. I know this document was no small task to review.
4 days ago
Full Disclosure: I have received an early review copy of this book to read and review rather than paying for a finalized copy. As such, some things I may mention will potentially differ in slight ways from the print copy.

My Metrics
I feel obliged to measure this book by the expressed purpose. It would be easy to judge the book based on how directly useful it is to an experienced individual or to measure it against the specifics of a subjective location. Someone living in the tropics could easily rank this book several points lower than someone living in a moderate to cold climate. I believe doing so would be unfair. I'm also going to attempt to address things in a manner not already covered by other reviews.

As such, here are the expressed intents of the book:
  • Be a book which is directed at those with limited or no experience with permaculture solutions and which can be given freely to others by those who have purchased copies.
  • Offer solutions for a colder climate range as a primary focus, while also offering some solutions that can be used elsewhere.
  • Express information as factually as possible as ideas that have been filtered via crowdsourcing.
  • Address potential solutions to a focused number of global problems rather than attempting to address all of them.
  • To keep the solutions and discussions tightly focused and limit the pages dedicated to a given topic so as to stay within a reasonable page count.
  • Provide a simple method to further dive into any topic which you may find of value.

  • With those intentions in mind, I would say this book reaches a solid 9.5 out of 10 Acorns.

    The book is clear from the onset that these are opinions. Opinions backed by experience and numbers, and honed through the minds of many, but still opinions.  As it goes through the topics, the authors touch lightly on the information freely available elsewhere. Just enough to give the reader the information they need to understand. They then expand on these with new information. I feel the target reader will be able to readily navigate the content and find clear solutions to get their minds whirling with ideas. For those of us who are more experienced or familiar with the data, the rehash is not intrusive and there is a surprising amount of new information to dig into.

    A Deeper Dive
    Some formatting felt odd to me, but since this is an advanced copy, there's still only the most basic formatting in place. The one that struck me most was the use of 'Chapter 1' before 'Part 1'. I would have liked for the introduction chapter of Part 0 was just that. An introduction rather than a chapter. It's a nitpick and didn't influence my rating, but it is something I would have personally liked to see changed when they do the final edits.

    I would have liked to see the eco scale noted to use average watts rather than average cost. It's easy enough to convert or to simply look up the average watts, but as a personal opinion, I feel that watts won't change the same way that costs do. Cheap energy costs in your area might not indicate less energy use after all. I am hoping that this is adjusted in the final print, but I don't think it really prevents you from understanding in the least. I actually like this eco scale since the first level is about beating the average. Just about anyone can understand that and at least 50 percent of us are able to manage it.

    The biggest shock of reading it was my opinion by the end regarding form. I am a staunch lover of physical books. If given the option, I will almost always choose a physical book. With this book, I feel that the proper experience requires an E-reader. There are bound to be people who'd rather receive a copy physically and that's just fine. Still, a physical owner is missing out.

    The book is loaded with hundreds of footnotes. Instead of a huge appendix of information at the end of the book for these footnotes, they exist as links on the very bottom of the page where they appear. As you read, you can follow the links for topics that draw you in and then dive down the rabbit hole to learn far more on the Permies site. I can't begin to overstate the value of this in accomplishing the expressed purpose of this book. An unaware reader can instantly link to a wealth of information on every aspect of each topic in the book.

    I think that within the scope of its intended purpose, this book accomplishes the goals masterfully. I love that the focus was on colder environments, which don't see nearly the same amount of focus as Tropical and Sub-tropical climates for permaculture designs. Yes, those of us who are already familiar will be reading a lot of things we already know, but there's still a lot to take away. For those with no experience, every topic area is kept to a small block that can be read in a few minutes. It's an easy book to read a bit and set aside as you need. It's almost impossible to find yourself in a situation where you need to reread to remember what the chapter was about. Go into it with the correct expectations and you'll find there is a lot of value to the book.

    3 weeks ago
    Sorry for the long delay. Here is the first draft document. Be aware of a few things:
    This isn't a finished document.
    This is meant to represent a series of compromises between very different people.
    It isn't meant to be perfect, just solid.
    A lot of what is here is entirely unrelated to Permaculture in the traditional sense.

    I welcome all thoughts, most especially on those sections where it pertains to permaculture methods being applied to a national constitution.

    The RTF Document
    2 months ago

    Chris Kott wrote:Ooh, I can't wait! 14,000 words, though? I'm glad I didn't start writing a first draft. Yours would look concise by comparison.

    Including amendments, the US constitution is 7,591 words, and they were using some florid prose, as compared to today's parlance. I would love to take a gander, but I hope you're amenable to some editing for brevity (which is hilarious, if you happen to know my writing and speaking habits).

    But good job. I look forward to reading your work.


    It's pretty big. On the up side, it's a fair bit smaller than the one in India. As I recall, that one is over 146,000 words. I'm more than happy to hear input and suggestions. I found it was pretty hard to try being both clear and brief. Several times when I looked at the wordings, I realized there was some odd way someone could interpret it to change the meaning entirely of a passage. Heh.
    5 months ago
    Oh my that wasn't a small task. I am waiting for some feedback from a second set of eyes, then I will be putting the first draft here. I am not sure what I was expecting when I started this, but it has proven interesting. I had to do a lot of research, digging, and world building. The finished first draft clocks in at just over 14,000 words. Obviously a lot of it isn't about permaculture directly, but I did weave aspects of the permaculture process into the document.

    Once I post it, I look forward to seeing what insights people have or thoughts are expressed. Just be aware that I know full well that not every aspect will please everyone. I also wrote it from the standpoint that it was a collaborative effort. No doubt the framers had lively debates about what to include, exclude, and emphasize. I'm posting here specifically for the focus of this forum, permaculture. I'm not against opinions outside of that, but I would also like to stay civil if possible.
    5 months ago
    Let us know how it turns out. I for one would love to see the step by step of someone building such a system.
    6 months 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.
    6 months 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!
    6 months 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?

    6 months ago