Peter Chan

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ok, so the tree root plate morphology is where they painstakingly dug up the roots?  it would seem that a windblown survey wouldn't be the best way to go about it....hopefully they got at least an equal amount of data from digging up the roots as they did from the windblown survey.  how did they know if the tree had been planted or if had grown on its own?  even if was a native tree..maybe they went into a pristine area, as you said..
1 month ago
hey!! I got my kickstarter reward email!!  one question though -i thought that when the kickstarter hit a certain amount, that meant that everyone who backed would get the plans for the solar dehydrator?  that wasn't on my list!  :fingers crossed:
1 month ago

Victor Johanson wrote:No trees here in interior Alaska have taproots; the ground is too cold and roots of any kind generally aren't found below about two feet (and they're never found much deeper than that). Most trees elsewhere don't retain their taproots in adulthood either; there has been extensive research where fully grown native trees were painstakingly excavated in situ and mapped. Typically, trees send out shallow lateral roots, with vertical striker roots descending from those. The taproot atrophies and eventually disappears, although there are some exceptions to that (e.g. walnuts), but often even the exceptions are missing their taproots, without apparent negative consequence. So the taproot doesn't seem very important, since it's generally an anomaly in mature trees.



whoa, that's pretty mind blowing.  who did the research?
1 month ago

paul wheaton wrote:
Surely there is a place on the internet that will print one bumper sticker that says anything you want?   And then you can make one that says "Converting from electric heat to a rocket mass heater reduces your carbon footprint as much as parking 7 cars"  ??



Sure, but I just can't seem to get the wording right, so I was hoping someone would have a better idea.  yours is def. better, but, if I saw that on a bumper sticker, i would think it was referring to electric heat, as in heating the home....   Wasn't your recent video (with the 7 cars bit) regarding carbon footprint specifically talking about the electric conventional oven/stove to bake/cook vs. electric to heat the home? 

plus, i think that when a bumper sticker is made and ready to buy, more people are more likely to buy, and then there may be that many more public sightings of the term "rocket oven" or "rocket stove."
1 month ago
Hi!

I think it would be so awesome if you offered a bumper sticker as one of the Kickstarter prizes, or even if you made a kickstarter for a bumper sticker.  I've always felt that putting any bumper sticker about the environment on my car was very hypocritical, so it would be great to have a bumper sticker that says something like "driving a car emits 4.6 tons? of CO2 into the atmosphere every year, but an electric oven emits [blank] tons (7 times that)?  Rockets stoves/ovens are the best way to reduce our carbon footprint."

ok that verbiage was terrible, catchy phrases aren't my forte.  but you get the idea?

please someone that actually has a way with words rescue this idea for a bumper sticker!
1 month ago
Well, I think your way is much better, than you don't have to worry about spraying plastic tube (which is inside the glass spray bottle) tinctured solvent all over your kitchen.
2 months ago

Sarah Elizabeth wrote:

Peter Chan wrote:

Peter, I know what you mean. Plastic spray bottles are so convenient but I don't tend to leave anything in them because of the leaching problem. If I use one,  I just put the stuff in it temporarily and funnel the remainder back into a glass jar or an old glass juice bottle or whatever for storage when I am finished.  For doing the dishes I just tip out a bit of my lemon oil from the glass jar into the bowl.


 



Thanks for your reply.  I should have clarified that I was talking about using glass spray bottles, but that the TUBE inside is still plastic and we are essentially using solvents (alcohol, vinegar, essential oils, etc) to tincture this little plastic tube!  what nasties are in these little tubes i don't know.

i like your method...it's simple.  I totally agree there is no need to disinfect everything, but I did feel good about doing it after processing raw meat.  i guess maybe i can just switch to soap and water with a dishcloth.  the spray bottle is real convenient though!

2 months ago
haha, i like the way you spelled those words. i like spelling the word humor with a U.  HUMOUR.  anyway, i really like your method.  like you said, it is cheaper.  i use my lemon "tincture" as a spray to clean counters, etc, and have never added it to my dish water.  i have to admit, it has always weirded me out to make an extract of any kind, whether it is a tincture, using alcohol, or vinegar, or oil.  it's not the making of it or even the result that freaks me out...it is when it is put in a SPRAY BOTTLE that is freaks me out. becuase, regardless of the fact that i made a lemon tincture prior to bottling it in a spray bottle, while the lemon tincture is in the spray bottle, the medium (vodka) is tincturing or extracting things from the plastic tube which draws the liquid from teh bottle and out thorugh the spray nozzle.  every time i spray it, i'm thinking "am i spraying endocrine disruptors into the air and on eveything?"  i've thought and thought about how to avoid this, but becuase the spray bottle is so convenient, i have kept doing it. i've though about instead drizzling counters with my lemon tincture form a vinegar cruet or an olive oil spout to eliminate the need for the plastic spray tube sitting in the tincture, but the whole point of the spray bottle is that you coat the surface, and if you leave it there for a minute, it acts as a disinfectant.  i know i'm now off topic, but i was wondering if you had any thoughts about what i've said.
2 months ago

Teaoh Be wrote:So as someone living off grid and making my own soaps, the detergents just kind of creep me out.

The most effective thing and pleasurable one for me is using used coffee grounds. They soak up grease, leave your hands dry, smells nice, gets ride of any odors and makes for a wicked compost. Nothing is wasted and it’s a pleasure to do. Ash is more work and needs water to rinse after, and me being ina dry climate, water. Ones at an expense.

Try it out and be amazed. Many cafes just throw out their coffee grounds, just ask and be surprised how happy they are for it not to go to waste



could you describe a little more on how you're using the coffee grounds while you do the dishes?
2 months ago
Feihdlim,

Thank you so much for sharing these resources!!!   AWESOME!  and you're right, it was very traumatic, but he's not related to me, so at least when I leave, I no longer have to deal with him.  I've had previous abuse experiences with in life from family members, and those are chronically traumatic without careful thinking and planning.  It is extremely disheartening when I have interactions like this one with my landlord, when I realize that there are people so opposed to dealing with waste responsibly that they would use the mere concept as a way to degrade me and make me seem as a lunatic worthy of eviction, but to know that here are also people like you in the world bolster my heart and I sleep a little easier again.  For our children's children's children's children's children!
2 months ago