Rob Steves

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since Nov 15, 2013
British Columbia
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Spoon Theory reminds me of the book "Willpower" by Roy Baumeister. It seems to me that it's not just physical energy reserves that can be depleted but motivational energy (the will to go out and do those things that you want to see done) as well. In his book, Roy presents some solid science to back up the common feeling that we've all experienced of certain events depleting willpower while other replenish it. It may be worth a read if you are looking for ways to increase your spoon reserves.

The idea of re-purposing "nasty-grams" for positive net spoon gain reminds me of "Love Letters to Richard Dawkins". Do a search on Youtube and enjoy (warning: very course language... but that's kind of what makes it so great).

3 years ago
Formidable Vegetable also provided the music for The Permaculture Orchard DVD (available at, for which Paul/Permies was the "Supreme Executive Producer with Bacon, Cheese and Sparkles". I received a Formidable Vegetable CD for contributing to the kickstarter, which was a great unexpected bonus. I love their music.
4 years ago
I'm a little late to the conversation, but I built a rocket stove for use with a conventional fireplace and have been using it happily every winter since 2010.

Detailed writeup here:

Note that while some of the draft is generated by the internal heat riser, once the stove is operating most of the draft is generated by the pull from the warm exhaust rising in the existing chimney. It is a good idea to seal the existing fireplace very well to take best advantage of this draft and also to avoid drawing additional air from your home unnecessarily.

5 years ago