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Armando Quinn

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Yay! Thanks, Cassie! I got the playing cards ebook.

Scott Snider wrote:I had a difficult time at first with all of the traffic hitting the downloads. When I went back to get the items that errored on me I missed the rocketmass heater gob. If someone could list for me the episodes that were included there I can make sure to just grab those ones on itunes. Thanks for the help.



Hopefully, this image shows up:

Cassie Langstraat wrote:

Armando Quinn wrote:

paul wheaton wrote:Cassie,

Could you please set Armando up with another try at the permaculture cards ebook?



Thank you, Paul. Your attention is extremely appreciated.

And Cassie, I know you are busy so there is no rush.



Yes, I added you to the list of people that will get emails today.



You guys are awesome!

paul wheaton wrote:Cassie,

Could you please set Armando up with another try at the permaculture cards ebook?



Thank you, Paul. Your attention is extremely appreciated.

And Cassie, I know you are busy so there is no rush.

paul wheaton wrote:Armando,

Any guess as to what happened?

The playing cards ebook is something that is 100% in my ownership and control. We can make a second attempt. It might be wise for you to use a download manager to make sure you get the whole file.



Since I started the downloads all on Friday when the email went out, my guess is that the server was bogged down with many requests at once. I normally have a very good connection. My browser gave no indication that the download was interrupted; it acted like it was complete. I only happened to check the zip files on Sunday night and that's when I realized my downloads must have been cut off. I redownloaded those files, and failed to check the playing cards file before Monday. When I got the email about the other candy (downloading the previous DVDs), that's when I saw the link about using a download manager. I tried the link provided for a download manager for Chrome, but that link went nowhere and I haven't yet installed a different one.

paul wheaton wrote:Armando,

The playing cards file was one of the smaller files. About 94 megs. What size did you end up with?



Thanks for the response, Paul. I definitely didn't get the whole thing, then. The file I have is only 54MB. I am very happy with the rest of the downloads, though! So many thanks!
Thank you for all the candy! I downloaded all of them on Friday. Yesterday, I noticed that most of them were not the full file, so I downloaded the zip files again. Pretty much every file works now, except the Playing Cards ebook. I try to open it and it says an error occurred. I am thankful to have grabbed everything else in time and sorry I missed out on the playing cards file. I had no idea the download got disconnected.

Miles Flansburg wrote:
She says that it absorbs lots of water. I wonder if it could be used like a hugelkultur ? Maybe in potted plants ? She does mention that it is biodegradable though.
Seems like it could have lots of other permie uses.



Richard Gorny wrote: First that comes to my mind is to use it at the bottom of pots and seedling trays to hold moisture when I'm away



That would be interesting to experiment with!

Last night, I was trying to think of ways to make it water repellent. I had seen videos of superhydrophobic sprays to make street art that shows up when it rains or to coat many materials to make them water proof. My concern is that these sprays are produced in unsustainable ways. Then I realized that these people are just trying to imitate a property found on some plants (of course!). Isn't that how everything is? I wonder if there would be a way to use lotus plants for their superhydrophobic properties to help with the vegan leather to make clothes.

Here's a quick intro to The Lotus Effect

And here's a little video showing what these coatings can do to different materials:



edited to add a link to a pdf from Biocouture on the steps to make vegan leather:
Biocouture instructions
4 years ago
Awesome! Here she is giving a TED Talk about it. She's still working on the minor caveat that it absorbs water.

4 years ago
I would like to thank all of you who have given input on your experiences. We both can handle the occasional crunchy or soggy pasta, or food that doesn't taste too great. Our concerns were that it might go bad in a few weeks. It was encouraging to hear that it should last for years if the water is completely out. I think there may have been one or two meals that we couldn't eat because of them not being properly dehydrated.

Hadalinda dehydrated many meals in December and January. We've eaten some of the meals since then. It's difficult to rehydrate meals to perfect texture. Usually, noodles are more wet than you would normally eat when cooking fresh. Also, it's difficult to get the exact amount of water correct without putting too much. Despite these minor issues, it's all still edible and makes for an easy meal in five minutes. It's very convenient for those days where we're just too tired at the end of the day to put much thought into food. Since I'm not a great cook myself, I get to tap into Hadalinda's hard work she did earlier in the year by simply putting one of her dishes into boiling water. Just last night, we pulled out a tomato and pesto rigatoni dish and rehydrated it. It tasted great. It's working out that we have all this extra food, since we are on an extremely tight budget. We have been living out of our truck camper on 10 acres since February, while all of our storage is in a cargo trailer on our land. Despite the hundred degree weather, the cargo trailer has managed to keep our stored food at a decent temperature. We still have a couple bins full of dehydrated meals, veggies, and fruits that will feed us on the days we are completely out of money.
4 years ago