Matt Coston

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Apparently planning permission for offgrid homes using low-impact & sustainable techniques is easier to obtain in Wales, but I've never looked into that in detail.

You may want to look at woodlands.co.uk for finding land.

I've also heard you can put a caravan on a woodland and live there for up to 6 months of the year without any legal issues (I am not a lawyer, so do your own research).
3 days ago

paul wheaton wrote:Once you have access you will be able to upgrade to "tiny download" or "HD download"


Will that incur extra cost?
3 days ago
At the $150 reward level, we receive the 100hrs of PDC and 77 hours of ATC.

I can't find any info on whether this is streaming or download, SD or HD.

Can you please clarify that detail?

Many thanks.
4 days ago
Hi Chris.

To me, the important questions are:

1) How much smoke does it produce?
2) What it its long-term tolerance to heat? Will it still be working in 2 years time and hundreds of firings, or will it have been slowly but surely destroyed by the heat?

Obviously the second question can't be answered right now.

Looking forward to seeing your next videos though.
1 week ago

John C Daley wrote:Civil engineer who welds and sells earth block machines and plays with hot rods



Sounds like you may find the people at Open Source Ecology to be of interest to you (they designed an open-source rammed earth block machine and are working on many other machines). They are based near Kansas city, however their site is not open to the general public or to casual visitation. They do hold invitation-only events from time to time, including a new "immersion program."

I'm not affiliated with them in any way, but I think what they are doing is really cool.
3 weeks ago
The phys.org article has a perfectly mundane explanation:

"The simplest interpretation is that life is always evolving," said Stoeckle.

"It is more likely that—at all times in evolution—the animals alive at that point arose relatively recently."

In this view, a species only lasts a certain amount of time before it either evolves into something new or goes extinct.

1 month ago
My understanding is that it is a matter of UV intensity. UV sterilisation using sunlight is not possible outside equatorial regions, and even there you need to put the water into small bottles where the UV can penetrate through the entire container.

EDIT: I should add that I have never tried this myself.
1 month ago

Bryant RedHawk wrote:To actually get "the biggest energy-return-on-energy-invested" wouldn't you need the energy used to create the char do something else at the same time, other than heat the atmosphere?


I agree, and would love to see somebody make that. I've been tinkering with the idea myself but it is taking a long time.
1 month ago
If you haven't already, check out the series on garden bucket hydroponics by Cody's Lab on YouTube.

Here's the playlist

Bryant RedHawk wrote:While it is great to have the new techniques and the ability to incorporate them they really can't be as necessary as the "new wave" ideology insists, otherwise there never would have been a discovery of hundreds of years old terra preta, it would not have been able to be created.


I generally agree with you, but would argue that the new techniques are necessary if you must achieve the biggest energy-return-on-energy-invested. The ancient Amazonian people probably had vast biomass resources on their doorstep and also a lower sense of economic and environmental urgency than we have today.

Edited for clarification.
1 month ago