Tatiana Trunilina

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That moon calendar is awesome! Thanks! So logical and convenient!

Philippe Elskens wrote:

Tatiana Trunilina wrote:MC Word is probably best for this. They do have calendars in templates, but you can also delete stuff easily like extra days and trim months down to 28 days. How would you name the months though?

What's MC Word? When I google it I get 'Microsoft Word' and 'Mac Word'...

Not sure yet about the names of the months. Couple of possiblities:
-number from 0-12   (=Human calendar)
-number from 1-13
-January -> June - Sol - July -> December   (=International fixed calendar)
-Archimedes, Brahe, Copernicus, Darwin, Einstein, Faraday, Galileo, Hippocrates, Imhotep, Jung, Kepler, Lavoisier, and Mendel           (=Tranquility calendar)

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1 month ago
MC Word is probably best for this. They do have calendars in templates, but you can also delete stuff easily like extra days and trim months down to 28 days. How would you name the months though?
1 month ago
Tyler, that's just part of daily life here. We just keep adding base to the driveway every year or two. Planning to cement it later when we have a chance. I guess we're so used to it now that it doesn't even register on my mind as a "well schnapz look at the road!"

And yeah, rain harvesting is already in the plans, but thanks for the resources!
3 months ago
There's an article out where you can check out how weather in a town nearest to you will change: https://www.vox.com/a/weather-climate-change-us-cities-global-warming It also shows precipitation levels. In my area, precipitation right now peaks in late spring and early fall, and is lowest in the late winter and late summer. It is a normal sight to see brown grass in August in this part of Texas (Edwards Plateau) unless we have a hurricane wander in once in a while. The pattern will change in that the total precipitation during high-rain months will remain the same, but will be lowered dramatically during low-rain months. So, the wet months will probably remain the same, and the dry months will get dryer. In addition, there probably will be more weather extremes, such as prolonged flooding and prolonged drought. Edwards Plateau is very hilly, so flooding isn't much of an issue here as in, say, Houston where water doesn't have anywhere to go. Although the flooding a couple years back washed 100+ houses off their foundations in a neighboring town with a 30 ft flash flood wave. So, unless you live near a creek bed, you're pretty okay, maybe only cutoff from roads and stuff. But we all have wells here, so if you got your own electricity, you'll be okay.

I'm thinking of buying a large piece of land in the future for farming. I'm planning to create something like a combination of a food forest and plots for cultivating monocultures. The area I have my eyes on has a more or less flat region like a valley, and a range of hills that aren't very high, but it's still a way up to build a house there. I mean, it's possible, but expensive. I'd like to have a combination of hugelkultur beds and swales to capture the rain water in the dryer months, but also have a drainage system for when it gets really wet, and make it so valuable soil is not washed off with the flood. Is there something in permaculture that already has some sort of tips and tricks for dealing with weather extremes? When it rains a lot here, in our area there's a lot of rushing water, and it destroys everything in its path: roads, houses, gardens, etc. Can anyone recommend a book or diagrams?
3 months ago

Mike Jay wrote:Good question Tatiana.  The challenge is that while many engineers do attend nerd conventions, a lot of non engineer nerds do as well (I believe).  I guess non-engineer nerds could also be viable partners.  I'm mostly familiar with the engineers...

I'm guessing any event associated with Star Wars, Star Trek, Comic con, science, board games and face-to-face games (dungeons and dragons, Magic the Gathering, etc) would be a place to start.  "Gamers" of the online persuasion could be a possibility but I think the ratio of engineers to non engineers would be less favorable in that community.  I'm not sure if these would fit your definition of "fun" or "less fun".  For the people you meet, they'd be likely very fun so you might be stuck with a Trekkie forever.

Of course, getting a job in a place that has an engineering department would grant easier access.  But that is a higher hurdle to entry.

Putting the words "engineer" in a dating profile could help engineers to find you.  For instance, "I'm an introvert but I think I'd like to date an engineer, rocket scientist or performance artist".  

Hopefully Greg or another engineer chimes in on other ways to find us or have us find you.

Thank you! This is actually really helpful! I like science!
4 months ago
What kinds of nerd conventions do engineers attend? That are more or less fun?

As a terrible introvert, the things that I like to do are all inside my house or yard. If I don't make a conscious effort to find somebody, I might as well prepare to be single forever.
4 months ago
Thank you for bumping this thread and for the apple!

Reading everyone's posts helped me a great deal to think more productively about this issue.

But I wanted to say a few things about bugging it out, or rather, warn against it. I'm a bit of an expert in the way our ancestors lived due to my profession. I study their diet and lifestyle, and also that none of us nowadays could be a hunter gatherer, it's just not possible.

Hunter gatherers are physically different than us who were raised in civilization with conveniences, the primary convenience is cooked food. We have grown soft and sensitive, and I'm talking figuratively and literally about our muscles, bones, organs, teeth, joints, and everything else. People who survive on wild plants have tooth and jaw modifications (or actually it's us who do) that allow them to chew the plant material, and also the digestive system that's adapted to that sort of diet. Their bodies adapt to the lifestyle from childhood. They walk barefoot, they take on the elements, and their bodies wear out by their thirties. It's not a happy life that people like to imagine, it's impossibly hard, extremely physically demanding. If you go out into a state park in the US today, for example, there simply isn't enough for you to eat as someone who was raised on KFC, pizzas, or even lettuce and green beans. All of the commercial crop cultures have been altered to suit our palate, to be softer and juicier than their wild counterparts. Even if you know about which plants you can forage in your area, they will not be as juicy and filling as a cauliflower casserole with gluten free macaroni for example. You might be able to get by on a couple plants here and there, eat some berries, but in the long run, your body will start to starve and break down, since it's not used to so much cellulose. You will be in a very unhappy place bugging it out by yourself, humbled by your own stupid choices.
4 months ago
True! Wish she knew the state of our budget, too
6 months ago
We got a little stray or feral kitty that we feed. We live out in the country, so there are barely any people around. There are probably more cats than people in this area.

The stray cat is smaller than she should be for her age, and most likely she was born in the wild but is friendly with people, so she might have been fed by others, too. I feed her grain-free dry cat food which she tolerates but isn't happy about. She is super skinny and is always hungry, but she won't eat the entire portion of the dry food, so she always leaves some in her dish. A raccoon family comes over and eats her leftovers. I've tried to give her canned cat food, and that one she eats all of about 5 grams of and then proceeds to meow intensely like she hasn't eaten for 3 days. Sometimes I give her more wholesome stuff like sour cream, some chicken organ meats, shellfish, all the meats raw, and she eats but not to her fill. The only thing she'll eat to her fill is wild game she catches. Once a bird smacked into our window and died instantly (without damaging the window), and I gave it, still warm, to the cat. Well she ate the entire thing save for the long flight feathers. I ain't seen a beak or anything left. She then slowly walked over to her chill spot under a bench and reclined there with eyes half closed and satisfied.

We've had stray cats in the past, and they always ate at least twice as much as her at regular feedings, and got noticeably bigger than her over time. She is as skinny as when she first arrived at our place begging for food. We like to keep cats because they eat mice and other critters that might attract snakes and stuff. But boy, I've never had to deal with a cat this picky! She'll be literally dying of starvation and meowing at me like I starve her to death and her dish will be full of some food that even I could eat.

I should add that we are very much broke and can't afford anything fancy or even healthy. A jar of cat food is only a few cents, and it's convenient. If I have to buy whole foods for her like organ meats, then I'd have to freeze/unfreeze it, and it's a pain to do, and she will leave leftovers anyway which I will look at with pity because that's money wasted. And again, because we are broke, we can't take her to the vet to check her health.
6 months ago
Yes, can someone please explain the abbreviations for the uninitiated?
6 months ago