Alex Ojeda

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“She said: Two healthy strong adults if they truly busted theirs all day, could pound three tires in 8 hours. That you had to put over 3 wheelbarrows of dirt into that tire and pound pound pound it in (15" car tire) with sledge hammers and it worked best if two were working on the same one, hitting alternating blows. Cost overruns, yes. Even though they scrounged most of the wood, lights, wiring, fixtures; it wasn't $5 a square foot.“

A few points, I’m building an earthship right now.  I’m doing it myself.  No help.  Just me.  I’m 54 years old a d not an athlete.

I can pound up to 12 tires a day.  They never take more than 1 and 1/2 wheel barrows of clay/dirt (that I use) and I use the larger tires.  It would be better to have two people per tire.  Things would go way faster.  

What I know, if you have professionals with all the right tools, skills and logistics, things go very fast and end up working very well.  If you do things yourself and prototype ideas, it takes longer, there are changes, repairs and it costs more.  

Every time I go to Earthship Biotechture in Taos, we spend the night in one of the earthships.  They are amazing and they work.  Every climate in the world is a little to a lot different, so the earthships are adjusted to that climate.  

At the end of the day, people seem to be lying or very inept and that is hurting the opinions of the uninitiated to technologies that are potentially the most important ones.

I hope that people go learn from those that know what’s being built and like permacukture, take special care to learn how to make the adjustments for specific climate conditions.  Learn how to do this most efficiently and least expensively.

Live Fierce and Free!
9 months ago
I keep seeing epic pictures of Christmas trees made out of books. I tried to make one in a past year, and it was so awful looking that I gave up.

Here's my start this year. Paul thought it looks good enough to put lights and decorations on! We'll do that later and I'll post another pic then.

We chose mostly green books, some of the best titles in the house, too. :-)



Those are great books!  So, maybe colorful ribbon bookmarks hanging out of them for decoration?
4 years ago
Here's a shot of the tree as it hangs right now.
4 years ago

Jocelyn Campbell wrote:Reviving this thread because it's awesome! Have you made a similar Christmas tree in the years since this post, Alex?



Great to hear from you again!  Yes, we continue to use this same tree.  It doesn't seem to have a shelf-life.  Still trucking along just as good as day one.  We just pull it out from being a chair where it stays year-'round, hook it to the ceiling, plug it in and voila.  Christmas!

All of our Christmas presents use Christmas bags from years gone by, so there's very minimal waste.  Running the LED lights (since it's in the 80F temps here in December and we don't need extra heat) off of solar (nickel Iron batteries) helps with that too ;)
4 years ago
If there's a movie that belongs on this list, please let us know.

How about:

Dawn of the dead 1978 (not just a zombie movie)
Day of the triffids (British versions from the 90s or the 2000s)
Five (1951)
Glen and Randa
Mad max
Malevil (French language only :(
Miracle mile
Panic in year zero
Road warrior (80s)
Survival zone
The world the flesh and the devil
Target earth
Terminator
Testament
Threads (dark, but realistic)
War of the worlds (50s version)
Where have all the people Gone (freaked me out when I was a kid)

Books:
Alas Babylon
One minute after


There are so many more.

4 years ago

Michael Buck wrote:I am an off grid lifer, been here 17 years won't ever, willingly, choose to go back.  We electrified 11-12 years ago with 24v Trojan L-16HC.  I was quite careful with my maintenance and that bank lasted me nine years of daily cycling.  However, the last 6 months were dismal at best.  Anyway, I mention the history as it is my only defense against ignorance about batteries.  No science understanding, just seat of the pants daily charge and discharge.  

A couple years ago, when replacement was needed, we decide on Iron Nickel and on Iron Edison as the dealer.  I  cannot say enough positive things about Brandon and Maggie Williams (owners of Iron Edison).  Stellar individuals that really have there customers in mind and do ALL they can to help and ensure the product is understood and performing properly.  I do love my batteries and I think the payoff will come but, obviously, that is along time from now.  I have  a  neighbor with IN cells and we have fiddled and think we have found the sweet spot for DOD cycling parameters and it requires a more detailed description about what happens when you pass ~40-50% discharge.  We have noticed that the cells discharged below 50% all the way to 80% discharge behave in line with the literature.  That is, they will recharge and show no damage.  They will fully recharge, however, the amount of energy to recharge the the 50-80% portion of the deep discharge is much greater than the energy required to recharge 30% on the top 40-50%.  That is the only qualification I feel that the literature/information needs.  You can deep discharge without damage but it will cost you to smile at the e-meter again.



Since we have backed off to a 40% discharge we are seeing stronger performance easier charging cycles and with an occasional overcharge the performance is fantastic.  Water consumption is higher but even that has been largely mitigated with a slightly more gentle treatment.

Hey, do you know what would happen if you let the batteries run low on water?  Anyone?



4 years ago

paul wheaton wrote:

Alex Ojeda wrote:Is there a way to get a re-send of the links?



I think that if you find your ledger page, you won't need new emails:

https://permies.com/t/160/66730/kickstarter-support#578732

Thank you!  I found it all!

paul wheaton wrote:

Alex Ojeda wrote:

paul wheaton wrote:

Alex Ojeda wrote:Was this supposed to come in as an email?  I seem to have missed it.  What do I do to get my stuff



You were sent one email for each item.  

Further, there are some instructions earlier about alternative ways to find the stuff that you now have access to:   I just went to your ledger and saw the list of all your things - so you definitely have access.



What email was it sent from?  I'm doing searches my emailer and I'm not finding anything.  Thank you for the help



I am not certain.  I think it comes from something at permies.com.  

Search for "gir bot"



Thank you Paul!  OK, I've looked and I find a few things that did come in.  The Rocket canning forge, the Sepp Holzer podcast and the PDC notes.  I had already gotten those.  Nothing else.  Is there a way to get a re-send of the links?

paul wheaton wrote:

Alex Ojeda wrote:Was this supposed to come in as an email?  I seem to have missed it.  What do I do to get my stuff



You were sent one email for each item.  

Further, there are some instructions earlier about alternative ways to find the stuff that you now have access to:   I just went to your ledger and saw the list of all your things - so you definitely have access.



What email was it sent from?  I'm doing searches my emailer and I'm not finding anything.  Thank you for the help