L. Johnson

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I live and work in rural Japan and do my best to live a responsible life.
I like green woodworking, hugelculture, food forests, woodlands, bicycles, DIY, cooking, cleaning, minimalism, board games, D&D, folk music, good storytelling, and people.
Professionally I work in applied linguistics and education.
Japan, zone 9a/b, annual rainfall 2550mm, avg temp 1.5-32 C
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I certainly think digital fabrication has its place in permaculture.

3D printing with concrete as the building material has recently taken off. I think it's probably possible to do similar things with more natural materials. But as others said context matters for sure. Digital fabrication gives you speed and replication. I think that means it tends to be favorable when you are replicating the same thing over and over. There are objects and buildings that don't vary much in their design even in different settings. I think it can certainly make sense to use high speed fabrication methods for these jobs.

Personally I like the process of constructing slowly by hand. I also don't make a living on my land or building products, but as a teacher, so for me building is a joy activity, not a necessity one. For myself I cannot see it being sensible to buy a CNC machine or 3D printer or other computer based milling and fabrication devices. They cost a lot of money, take up a lot of space, make a lot of noise, use a lot of energy, and I don't need 1000 of the same spoon, shelf, or shed.
5 hours ago

Harmony Dybala wrote:If you put them out in a fairy house, just be prepared for bugs to bore holes into the dolls and lay eggs every-which-where!



Haha! True. The goal of populating the fairy gardens will still be accomplished in either case! Fairies or bugs!
14 hours ago
Of course when I see this and I watch the tutorials on youtube the first thing my mind goes to is... Here's a great way to make new monster miniatures for my D&D games!

Also a good way to populate fairy gardens!
1 day ago
I have found breath mindfulness and exercises to be a critical component of my wellness.

You can do so much with breath - focus and calm are two of the foremost results of a lot of breath training. It can help with pain management and anxiety. Some of the more exotic seeming breath exercises I've done in yoga are quite energizing and stimulating.

Breath watching can also be a journey into self observation. When I was younger and first learned about meditation I was often told "watch your breath but don't control it". It must have taken me 15 years before I was actually able to do that. But that journey allowed me to create a space for observation of my own body that I did not have before. You can apply the permaculture concept of observation to yourself as well. I think the results are worthwhile.



1 day ago

William Bronson wrote:There was a mention of grass invading the beds from outside.
I wanted to suggest a barrier consisting of something like comfrey.
The comfrey roots and leaves do a good job keeping other plants out and sucking up any "leaking" fertility from the bed.



That seems like a really good design solution. Comfrey itself doesn't spread too aggressively I take it? There may be other plants that could be used similarly. I wonder about something like daylillies.
I'm at the edge of the bonfire watching the sparks fly and admiring them.

Some of the sparks that inspire me made this very topic appropriate video called "Hikariyume" which means "Light Dream"



Maybe it will inspire some more loving connections!
2 days ago
I write.

I write here. I used to blog, but I decided I don't really like publishing my personal things to the public. My compromise is permies, where I publish garden and project things but not so much personal things.

I tried to write fiction for about ten years. I still occasionally write a story, but now only when I feel the urge and never because I think I should be writing. I did the nanowrimo thing for a while. I really wanted to tell great, epic stories, but I realized I don't really have the knack for compelling storytelling. Before that I wrote poetry. Some of it was alright, most of it was crap. I still write poetry when something really traumatic happens in my life. It helped me through the suicides of several friends.

Now, other than on permies, I just write for myself. I journal about my garden and the weather and things I've done and want to do. Looking back through my journals has proved useful for gardening, I can see when I planted something, and if I might adjust that for the following year, or about when would be good to harvest. I can also reflect on how the weather probably influenced my harvests and productivity. It also helps, as others have said, to just get things out of my head and onto paper.

I also have three professional books in the works. Hopefully I will publish them one day. They're all on education or language topics. If I don't get them published, oh well. Writing them helps me organize my thoughts around my day job.

4 days ago
The problem is the solution appears again...

It never occurred to me I could turn these annoying cat droppings into something useful.

I will ponder the methodology I will use to collect, dry, and burn said poop to prevent it from being stuck to the bottom of our shoes, boots, and other unwanted places while I wait for the best timing to talk to the cat owner...
4 days ago
Those are some beautiful wood wares.

I'm hoping I'll be able to share some nicely crafted spoons, bowls, and toys here in the future... but not quite yet.

I look forward to seeing what everyone else has to share!
4 days ago