Bill Crim

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Issaquah, WA
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On the webpage for the PDC, there are still some tiles have Scubbly links to the Rocket Mass Heater items under the "Permaculture Design Course Instructors" -> "Erica Wisner - 2018 PPDC Instructor" section. If there are more appropriate links to the "Digital Market", you might want to replace them.

Also the META tag has description of "May 28 - June 10 by Tim Barker and Paul Wheaton. A permaculture design course (PDC) in Montana with emphasis on homesteading design.".

Misspelling on Lily's bio... "steward of a ΒΌ acer community" of course should be acre.
3 months ago
I'm pretty sure that any trowel will kill slugs the same.
5 months ago
Copper is anti-microbial to surface contact. Generally too much copper will cause living cells to die. Electron transfer is the the main mechanism that drives biological processes. The cells die not because they are "poisoned", but because the high concentrations of copper conduct electrons so well they literally drain the energy from biological processes by conductivity. Its a great way to keep bacteria out of a water supply, or moss from growing on your roof, but not really good at growing plants in the concentrations a copper tool would provide. (Elemental copper, as opposed to copper sulfide)

This is a form of the "Supplement" argument for nutrition. If you need to take a supplement to be healthy, it is "better" to fix your nutrition.

If there is something that make claims about the benefits of copper or magnets, its best to stay away.
5 months ago
Imagine what you could do with a robot the size of a lawn mower that could do basic farm tasks. Specialization is the key at large scale, flexibility is key at the small scale. You can currently only do dense biointensive planting by hand. What if you had a basic robot that could snake a planting tool in between a dense thicket of tomatoes and plant basil seedlings. You sort of can get rid of the concept of "turning over" a bed to plant a new crop. You also don't need a tool to blanket your garden with compost. A robot with a bucket and a trowel could spot-apply compost around any plant you think needs it. If you had a $2000-$5000 yard robot, it would let you manage 1-2 acres intensively instead of 1/4 acre. That's a hell of a lot of potential for the home(small scale) producer.

Any level of automation at a large scale of production can usually be scaled down to a smaller level for tools. Especially since most of it isn't robotics, but software. You will embrace your new robot overlords when you come home from work and your yard robot tells you that 7 peaches, 3 tomatoes, and 1/4lb of lettuce are ready for harvest today. "Would you like me to harvest them? Yes/No"
6 months ago
You also tend to get your gut bacteria from both your environment(living with your family for 18 years), and the foods you eat(What Mom fed you for 18 years).  They have an extremely big impact on your health. Often times when people have food intolerances, it is really they are lacking the right gut bacteria. Or you are lacking enough of one or more kinds.  i.e. If you don't eat beans often enough to build up the right balance of bacteria, you will get gas every time you eat beans. Good gut flora will kick-start the digestion with proper enzymes. Over time, higher order mammals can lose genes if they always have a symbiotic bacteria to do the work for them.

On the plus side, it is possible to reset your gut bacteria. On the negative side, it usually involves 3 days of diarrhea.

Also note, your bacteria respond to your ACTUAL diet, not your ideal diet.  I heard lots of asian friends say, "I'm skinny because I eat a traditional asian diet". However once they hit 30 they got a gut like everyone else.  Your bacteria know the difference between a "Traditional Asian Diet" and a "Traditional Asian Diet + 3 Beers + 1/2 bag of Cool Ranch Doritos + Frappachino + Croissant"

10 months ago
The Primative Technology guy used the orange rust-mud and smelted a small bit of iron out of it.

10 months ago
I have not hear of them being turned into wine, but I have heard of them being used in hard alcohol ferments. Sunchoke alcohol(in german, sorry) Usually you just boil the crap out of them, and the starches unwind and start to break into their component sugars(starch = glucose, inulin = fructose). This happens with grains being boiled to be turned into beer(the boiled grain mixture is called mash, and the sugar rich liquid they drain off is called wort). The wort is used to make beer. You would do similar things with the inulin in the sunchoke. I don't know how long it would be, but here is a discussion about it... Page about making homebrew "topinambours", a type of german alcohol made of sunchokes.

I have cooked them based on a podcast of Paul's that was talking to some ladies in the Puget Sound area about them. They said cook it for over 24 hours to caramelize them. So I setup my slow cooker, put one of those collapsable steaming baskets in it(the basket needed to collapse because it would be too wide for my pot otherwise. I loaded it up with sunchokes, and filled the slow cooker with about 2 inches of water(just BELOW the level of the basket feet). I cooked them on low for 24 hours.(refilling the water at the 12 hour mark).  They came out "perfect". By perfect I mean they were a beautiful brown all the way through(Maillard_reaction) and tasted like an overly sweet, but earthy tasting sweet potato. I just ate them plain. They come out being too sweet to use as a potato/sweet potato replacement, but not quite sweet enough to be desert on their own.

I never made them again, because I could have made 24 cheesecakes in the time it took to cook them, and I would have been happier.
10 months ago
Some of the comments here feel like people who have had a bad divorce. Where they get mad at someone, then retroactively reevaluate every interaction with the person in the most negative light possible. The Fouches and Paul quite clearly did not have the same set of expectations. I don't think the Fouches posted this just for the clicks, anymore than any other Youtuber(for whom clicks are ALWAYS on their mind). They put out 13+ Videos(mostly positive) over the course and it would have been WEIRD if they didn't make a summary video of their experience.

Paul was selling a PDC, and the customer had mixed reviews of the product. "The customer should have known" is not a helpful attitude towards making sure both parties have a good outcome. They did not have a good experience at the Lab according to THEIR standards, which they expressed on THEIR channel. Paul did not have a good experience with them according to HIS standards, which he expressed on HIS forum. The Fouches left Boston to setup an off-grid Homestead in Idaho with 3 kids. Passive easy-going people do not do things like this. Strong personalities interact strongly. A "Fuck the Fouches" sentiment and mean-spirited limericks don't do anything but stir up an us-vs-them bitterness that doesn't have to happen.

NOTE: I HAVE listened to all the podcasts, read the fourms regularly, support the kickstarters, and support in other ways. I am not confused as to what Paul is trying to accomplish, or why he is doing it the way he is.
I live in the Seattle area(reasonably wet). A few months ago, the heating element went out on my dryer.  So I figured I would just buy a rack and try drying them for a while. I set it up in the tub/shower of my guest room.  With just a small desk fan(4" wide) and a closed door, I was able to get my clothes 95% dry in 24 hours.(sometimes the pocket areas of jeans would be damp) Since the bathroom had a greater ability to handle moisture, I didn't even need to run the ceiling fan.  The constantly moving air was enough.

The electric use of a small desk fan is trivial compared to the dryer, so I still came out massively ahead.
1 year ago

David Livingston wrote:The point remains folks are made bankrupt because they cannot pay their medical bills in the USA but not in europe.

Rebutting this statement was covered in the first part of the post. I am not making a statement that Europe and America have the same problem, just in different forms. I am making a statement that coarse comparisons of European and American systems often miss the mark because they are not comparing the same things. People of modest means in the UK and the US will both become insolvent if they try to access an expensive cancer treatments. This manifests differently in each country, but accessing the fundamental resource is still constrained by the ability to pay. The only difference is who pays, when do they pay, and how much do they pay.

In the US:
  • You get the treatment at the hospital.
  • You get a bill for the portion the (already expensive)insurance won't cover.
  • You struggle to pay until your finances are completely shot.
  • You file for the court insolvency process known as Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

  • In the UK:
  • You go to the NHS GP to get the doctor to recommend the treatment.
  • You find out the treatment you want is not available on the NHS.
  • You appeal to the NICE committee, which decides which treatments are "worth" offering on the NHS. Your treatment request is eventually denied.
  • You must purchase the treatment yourself overseas. Overseas because if the NHS won't pay for it, often the treatment isn't even offered privately in the UK.
  • Your financial situation deteriorates until you file for an IVA. IVAs are a private insolvency process that is not classified as a bankruptcy.

  • Socialized health systems are subject to exactly the same resource constraints as private ones. They manifest in private systems as uneven, missing, or expensive coverage. In socialized systems they manifest as treatment approval committees(like NICE in the UK), long waiting times, rationing, and periodic bouts of benefit/welfare reform to keep the health systems solvent.

    David Livingston wrote:As for the fear that some ones care may be open ended in practical terms this never happens people die I think to suggest otherwise implies some people are immortal .

    In 1860, the only treatments for cancer on offer were ether, scalpel, and a bonesaw. You could offer these services to everyone quite cheaply. Today there are hundreds of different cancer treatments that can be tried, each costing a few thousand to a few million. So long as SOMEONE is willing to pay, a person now has the capacity to consume millions in cancer treatments. The only limits are the number of treatments on offer, and the willingness of someone to keep pumping resources into providing them. That is what I mean by unlimited.

    A community or family voluntarily giving their surplus to support a sick member of the community is NOT ethically equivalent to demanding(or forcing) that a community give their surplus to support a sick person who is not a member of that community.  My willingness to give to members of my community is the measure of how much I value I place on the interactions with them. The community or individual has no right to claim more.  I don't have to justify giving or denying someone my surplus. "Because I NEED your resources..." is not a good enough argument. That seems to be the core of the Third Ethic argument that Paul was making.