Roberto pokachinni

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While I believe that the debt /bank corporate monopoly bulls hit must go down, I don't think the bit coin model is the path to go down.  The reason is that bit coin currently burns up more electicity than Ireland to 'mine' it's algorithms with computers.  And, number two, it is right now it is a small market, and number 3 is only accessible by the techno elite. 
2 weeks ago
A bit of context for the bird habitat stuff I mentioned in my previous post can be found in This Toby Hemenway Link
2 weeks ago
It's a great observation.  I have noticed many times that this is the case in our local fence lines.  Not only the posts, but along wire fences; birds perch and shit out seeds.  It's a great place to find good seedlings to transplant elsewhere. 

 
Originally my thought was that there could not be seed spread by birds because there were no trees with seeds nearby. Maybe next trip I'll measure the distance but I'd guess at eight miles (as the crow flies) to the nearest juniper mature enough to seed.

I don't  know why they come to me, maybe because I don't have dogs barking, maybe because so often there's no one the


Birds might come to the fence line because it gives them a good view off the ground from a stationary position.  This is a much different view then what they have when they are flying.  Some birds don't like to land on the ground much at all, and the fence line might be the only spot to land for them between juniper trees that are miles apart.
2 weeks ago

Here in Europe, specifically Germany, it's getting more and more difficult to find radiation-free areas

  I would say that it is likely impossible to find truly radiation free areas as there is so much radiation from so many different things, including natural radiation, that we need to accept a little no matter what, especially in highly urbanized, densely populated areas where tech abounds.  I would actually prefer to have nothing at all in regards to cell service in this valley.  It would give me great pleasure to not see the ugly monstrosity of a cell tower, and it's barb wire topped chain link fence that Telus put up beside our community hall that actually gave worse reception then the previous one on the mountain ridge.  I would like them all to go away, and my phone with it.  I would rather just have a land line and not deal with the cellular mentality, but that is not the world we live in any more.  It would be impossible for many people to functionally do their jobs without the use of this new technology; the work force has accepted this tech as a matter of course.  Even if I never picked up a cell phone, I could not change the times and the technology that has enveloped this valley.  I begrudgingly accepted first a cell phone (as I was fully an on call worker at the time), and then a smart phone (reasoning posted in above post), even though it's not really my style.  If I want to be free of this potential health problem, the forest and mountains are not far away; sadly this is not an option for everybody. 

The thing that I started this thread about was more about the fact that there is so much uncertainty in the service.  It seems like it should work better than it does.  It's not like the phone is telling me that I don't have a signal, or that the text is not going through. It seems strange to me that there is such a gap between what I perceive is the common belief of the service provided, and the actual service being provided.  I would just like to understand how it all works so that it makes sense to me as to what is actually going on, or not going on.  That's it. 

when we move, I might like to ditch the cell phone and not have one, and she cites “what if there’s an emergency?” I get it, but I also remember being a teenager driving wherever I pleased with no cell phone. I got a flat tire once, and changed it. I ran out of gas once, and a nice guy picked me up. My wife doesn’t so much worry about those things, but more of something like a tractor or chainsaw or broken leg accident on the farm where I’m way off on the other side of the property out of sight of the house. It’s a valid concern, but I’m not too worried about it. 

  Most of this valley has crappy cell reception.  I had a flat tire on Jan 2nd this year.  Fortunately there was a nearly full moon as it was 6am and otherwise dark, the wind was howling and it was minus 10 C ( 14F ).  I was halfway through changing the tire, when one of my community neighbors drove up with his truck.  He shined his headlights on the job and came over to provide pleasant conversation while I finished the job.  Right now I don't have a land line, and I'm not sure where the closest one is to my property.  I'm operating heavy tools like chainsaws and circular saws often at my place, and my Dad is sometimes around doing the same and he is in his 76th year.  He could have a heart attack or stroke and I might want to make a call, like now.  He's a relatively healthy older dude and is game to work until he can't, and I want to give him that option.   Land lines are great until a tree falls in the storm taking out the lines.  Since the tech is here, and I doubt it is going anywhere any time soon, I eventually want both, and I would just like to know if and when and where I can rely on it.  It is an increased safety net but it is not a massive thing that ways heavy as worry on my mind.   
2 weeks ago
There are many days when my phone sits on my bedside table with its charging cord plugged in.  The phone is first and foremost MY phone for MY convenience.  It is not a tether to which I am tied. I got up one day on my weekend in December to see that my phone (which had been selected on UNINTERUPT) had had several calls from one of my supervisors  and numerous text messages and a voice mail had been left in the night. I read and listened and decided to talk to them when I got in to work the next day. There had been a minor emergency and they needed someone to deal with it.  The eventually found someone else.  They asked me, however, why I didn't answer my phone.  I asked them if I was on call, and they said no.  I'm willing to take call outs when I'm not on call but like I said I'm not tethered to the thing.  On my days off, it's my choice.  If you want me to be on call, there is an on call charge for that, and I'll be seeing it on my paycheck with or without activation.   Besides many of my favorite pass times on my personal time are out of cell service. Heck I might be hanging out with friends and I leave my phone in the car or at home.
3 weeks ago

I’d kinda like to ditch my cell phone all together. I admit, it is convenient, and somewhat useful, but also I’ve resisted the “improved” technology and have never owned a smart phone. For me, I think they’re just another distraction, but also I think I’m more afraid of finding it too useful and won’t ever be able to go back.

  As the saying goes:  "I hear that with my bad ear."  Quite literally in this case.   I originally got my cell phone upgraded to a smart phone when I went to work on the road all over a couple provinces; we would change locations at the last minute and I was required to find my own accommodations.  If I didn't have a smart phone, I could not possibly find an available hotel room in a small town in Northern Alberta without a serious time commitment with a phone company operator who would be not very conducive to appreciating my lack of technology due to their inevitable urban service convenience.  I use it more for the phone, text, and camera than anything else, but the calendar, the calculator, and other functions do actually get a lot of use.  And then there's the internet.  I do use it, but compared to lots of other people I see, I'm a light weight. 
3 weeks ago
Poetry.... I'm not the guy to judge it as I understand only a small bit about it.  I like some of it, and understand some of it, but... not all of it is as clearly understandable as I would like.  Song lyrics are often more indecipherable than regular poetry in my experience.  Here's an example:  System of a down's Toxicity:

"Toxicity"

Conversion, software version 7.0
Looking at life through the eyes of a tire hub

Eating seeds as a pastime activity
The toxicity of our city, of our city

New, what do you own the world?
How do you own disorder, disorder
Now, somewhere between the sacred silence, sacred silence and sleep
Somewhere between the sacred silence and sleep
Disorder, disorder, disorder

More wood for their fires, loud neighbours
Flashlight reveries caught in the headlights of a truck

Eating seeds as a pastime activity
The toxicity of our city, of our city

New, what do you own the world?
How do you own disorder, disorder
Now, somewhere between the sacred silence, sacred silence and sleep
Somewhere between the sacred silence and sleep
Disorder, disorder, disorder

New, what do you own the world?
How do you own disorder
Now, somewhere between the sacred silence, sacred silence and sleep
Somewhere between the sacred silence and sleep
Disorder, disorder, disorder

When I became the sun
I shone life into the man's hearts
When I became the sun
I shone life into the man's hearts



I mean, I'm not expecting to have some deeper understanding of the universe while listening to System.  But these guy's are actually quite bright and the music is highly intellectually exceptional and interesting to boot, but do I understand what he is getting at in this song?  I mean what does the last part have to do with anything else in the song?

Now if I was to take Bob Dylan's Blowing in the Wind

[Verse 1]
How many roads must a man walk down
Before you call him a man?
Yes, and how many seas must a white dove sail
Before she sleeps in the sand?
Yes, and how many times must the cannonballs fly
Before they're forever banned?
The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind
The answer is blowing in the wind

[Verse 2]
Yes, how many years can a mountain exist
Before it is washed to the sea?
Yes, and how many years can some people exist
Before they're allowed to be free?
Yes, and how many times can a man turn his head
And pretend that he just doesn't see?
The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind
The answer is blowing in the wind

[Verse 3]
Yes, How many times must a man look up
Before he can see the sky?
Yes, and how many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry?
Yes, and how many deaths will it take till he knows
That too many people have died?
The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind
The answer is blowing in the wind

  We can see why it is that Bob is putting out more of an effort to clearly get an idea into someone's head with imagery.   There's a reason that he was given a noble prize for literature for his lyrics... but not all lyrics are created equal.

Same goes for poetry.
3 weeks ago
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I have a cell phone, and because I live in Canada, I pay a premium for the privilege of having all the bells and whistles that modern tech junkies think is important on such a hand held computer/communication device.  Because I have a relatively well paid job at the moment, I coughed up the dough for the better plan.

I also live in a relatively rural location.  It's not that I live way out in the bush on some windy bumpy dirt track, miles from power or towers; I live right near Highway 16 (the second trans Canada highway).  Sure I live in the mountains, and there is plenty of wilderness nearby, and I don't expect that I'm going to get service like all the fancy folks get in New York or London, or Tokyo but... there is a serious gap in my experience of this service, when I think of it in relation to the expectation that I believe is being presented to the purchaser of said device.

Here's an example.  Yesterday eve, I was a little late in heading out to my friend Tim's place.  I was driving to his place (also in my same hamlet) and then car pooling together to go to one of the nearby village's for an evening of the Chinese 'rummy' game, Mahjong (Tim lived in China for a time, and has infected our brains with this crazed game).  Anyway, as I was leaving, I sent Tim this text:  "On my way!" just so he knew that, even though I was clearly not on time, that I'd be there quite soon.  We don't live that far apart, by local rural standards and even with crappy winter conditions, I would be on a relatively plowed highway... blah blah, and blah; I'd be there soon.

Anyway, I meet up with Tim ten minutes later thinking (ten minutes ago) that he got this text, but basically forgetting it, and not mentioning it as we immediately jumped into a few topics that range from pig care to automobiles, to our new mahjong partner's skills, to... blah blah blah, and we are halfway to the village, and his cell phone makes a noise and lights up.  He picks up his phone from the car console and looks at me, and says, "I just got your text.  Glad to here you are on your way."  Tim has even less reliable cell service at his place then mine.

Now to explain further:  I send and receive texts relatively often for a Luddite, and sometimes I have the impression due to the relative speed of our exchanges, that this service is indeed functioning as advertised.  So I have no idea why it does not happen at other times.  I do not send texts when I am in what I call a cell shadow.  I can normally send and receive texts from where I sent the one mentioned above to Tim.

I regularly work way out of cell service on the railway between Blue River and Jasper.  If someone texts or calls me while I am out there, I'm told that the message goes up into something called a cloud and then when I come back into service it descends from the cloud and enters my device and it lights up or vibrates or makes a goofy noise, and I get my message.   Some times.  Some times it is a day late.  Some times it is two days late.  It eventually does it's thing... but I don't really have a high opinion of it's service, and I have no idea why there should be so much uncertainty involved.   Now I know that my cell company is not the same as Tim's or... is not necessarily the same as someone else's, and I get that his cell phone is getting it's information beamed up to such and such networks, and such and such network has to share that information with my network, and then that attempts to go to my phone and if it can't it get's stored in the cloud, and then the cloud tries to beam it down to connect with me, or something like that.  I just don't get the uncertainty.   What if I have an emergency?   Argh.  

  
3 weeks ago
All good points, Gilbert. 

I don't want to take away from the original post in saying that some second thought is in order.  The original post has in it an element (or perhaps several elements) that should not be overlooked.  There is a real need to plant a lot of trees; there is no question in my mind that this is true. 

There is the real possibility that those trees can, indeed, be planted and there are concrete examples of people doing so in other countries; so why not the U.S.?

I too have had dreams, fantasies, whatever... of food forests everywhere on earth to attain some kind of new 'Golden Age' where people can graze at will on the abundance of nature, and I think that this goal is noble, but then some other version of reality sinks in.  I just think, as I delve into the deeper ecological thinking that I must in my own permacultural brain, like Chris with his ideas that

suggest that we should plant massive soil reactor systems that include lots of food forest and pasture and field crop alleys for maximum edge habitat, land texturing, sediment trapping, water infiltration, and lots of livestock interactions, with a zoned design to include abundance for wild animals too. 

or Gilbert, with his,

dwarf fruit trees and vines strategically placed to block views and cool houses"

that

make a lot more sense than planting larger shade or fruit trees. 

... that these show that context and purpose trump the original idea, or expand on it into the landscapes themselves that give these plantings a greater meaning or a more pronounced actualization of their potential towards not only human needs, but the needs of the landscapes, and the greater ecological communities.
3 weeks ago
Those are a couple of great videos, Hugo.  Thanks for posting them.
3 weeks ago