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How much longer until the utopic Solarpunk future where Capitalism is dead and we all live in ecologically sustainable high-tech forest cities? Asking for a friend.

Until we make those ecologically sustainable high-tech forest cities ourselves. It’s going to take a lot of us to do it though, so best to spread the word (and gather native tree seeds).

And, like, get started now. Then our “weirdo houses” will be the only thing functioning when everything falls apart!

The only reason why we don’t live in a solarpunk world right now is because no one has bothered to make it yet. 

We’ll have to make it ourselves, and we’ll have to help each other make it. That’s why it is solarpunk. 

Some resources to consider creating or joining or doing:

Repair cafes - create or join your local repair cafe! Repair stuff, learn how to repair stuff, teach others how to repair stuff.

Map of Makerspaces - make some things! learn how to make some things! teach others how to make some things!

Community Garden Map (note that this is US-only, and not a complete list) - join a local community garden

Support your local farmers / local economy (US only link)

Support or create a local Food Not Bombs chapter

Support or create a local Food Not Lawns chapter

Grow food in 5 gallon buckets

Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity (as a bonus you can learn extremely practical skills)

Volunteer via 350.org to help the environment / the planet / the place we live and depend on

Excellent-and-still-growing wiki from reddit’s awesome r/zerowaste community - great resource to learn how to live more lightly on the earth

Spread the word about solarpunk, especially to engineering students. Show them projects like Open Source Ecology - Global Village Construction Set and Bridges for Prosperity 

Learn how to Patch a Hole, Mend a Seam, and Fix a Hem

Learn how to repair a hole in the sole of a shoe

Learn some basics on passive solar design - clever use of the sun can create extremely energy efficient homes and buildings. You can use these principles to save on energy bills, even if you’re renting.

Free USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning, 2015 revision - cut down on personal food waste! Learn how to safely preserve food. Very useful if you suddenly harvest / purchase for crazy cheap in season / dumpster dive a ton of perishable food.

Donate to One Acre Fund, which provides training and capital to farmers (making them more productive and pulling them out of poverty) in various east African countries

Donate to Bridges to Prosperity, which provides technical expertise, money, and volunteers, to help local people build and maintain their own footbridges in extremely isolated rural areas 

joining r/solarpunk, and sharing links/ideas/art/music with the community. Also, upvoting stuff for greater visibility. There’s over 900 members!
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VIKING LORE HELD THAT BOTH WEAVING AND SORCERY WERE WOMEN’S WORK, DITTO THE ORDERING OF THE HOUSE ACCOUNTS. MANY CULTURES HAVE HISTORICALLY LEFT ACCOUNTANCY TO WOMEN! MANY SOCIETIES HAVE ALSO LEFT FIBERCRAFT TO WOMEN BECAUSE IT IS TEDIOUS AND REPETITIVE BUT ALSO VERY NECESSARY. SEE ALSO: COOKING, CLEANING, BUDGETING, EMOTIONAL LABOR. 

ANYWAY FIBERCRAFT, AS I HAVE DISCOVERED VIA LEARNING TO DO A WHOLE LOT OF IT, IS ALMOST ENTIRELY APPLIED MATHEMATICS EXCEPT FOR THE PART THAT’S ENGINEERING (WHICH IS ALSO MATHEMATICS). ONCE YOU LEARN EVEN THE BASICS OF KNITTING, SEWING, AND WEAVING, IT BECOMES ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE TO REALIZE MEN THINK WOMEN ARE BY VIRTUE OF THEIR SEX (these are of course sexist gender-essentialist men who are not cool with trans people) ILL-EQUIPPED TO DO MATH SOMEHOW. HOLY SHIT, HAVE YOU SEEN HEIRLOOM KNITTING PATTERNS? HAVE YOU SEEN THE FORETHOUGHT THAT GOES INTO WORKING A HARNESS LOOM? OH MY GOD. 

THIS IS, THEN, WHERE PROGRAMMING (AND SORCERY) COMES IN. A PROGRAM IS “CODED INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE AUTOMATIC PERFORMANCE OF A PARTICULAR TASK”. WEAVING IS OFTEN A BINARY PATTERN: OVER/UNDER. PUNCH CARDS ON ADVANCED LOOMS CAN SET WHETHER THREADS GO OVER OR UNDER, AND SWITCHING THE CARDS AROUND YIELDS DIFFERENT PATTERNS OF CLOTH. A DUDE NAMED JAQUARD DEVELOPED EXTREMELY COMPLEX PUNCH CARDS THAT STARTED TO ENCODE HIGH VOLUMES OF INFORMATION FOR INCREASINGLY AUTOMATED LOOMS. A HUNDRED YEARS LATER WOMEN ARE USED AGAIN FOR THE ‘TEDIOUS BUT NECESSARY’ BUSINESS OF USING BINARY ON/OFF CARDS TO WRITE PROGRAMS FOR EARLY COMPUTERS. 

WHERE SORCERY FITS INTO ALL THIS IS HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A WOMAN USE A CARD LOOM REALLY FAST? IT’S THE MOST INTIMIDATING SKILLSET OUTSIDE OF A RODEO. SHE 100% LOOKS LIKE SHE COULD MAKE YOUR BUTT FALL OFF IF YOU CROSSED HER. APPLIED MATHEMATICS / ENGINEERING IS BAFFLING TO WATCH FROM THE OUTSIDE, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO FIBERCRAFT. YOU CAN MANIFEST WITH YOUR MIND AND HANDS THIS HIGHER AND TRUER ARCANE PLANE OF EXISTENCE INTO A NICE SCARF AND KEEP YOUR HUSBAND ALIVE FOR THE WINTER. MAYBE IF HE CROSSES YOU YOU CAN ALSO MAKE HIS BUTT FALL OFF. 

I TOTALLY ACKNOWLEDGE THAT MEN DO FIBERCRAFT TOO BUT THIS WAS SPECIFICALLY ABOUT THE INTERSECTIONS BETWEEN WOMEN, MATH, FIBERCRAFT, AND MAGIC, SO THERE YOU GO. 
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I’d vote for the silver-laced wyandottes! To me, they look prettier than the barred rocks. The shs look gorgeously dramatic but psychopaths with claws and beaks sound like a bad plan.

The spangled homborgs aren’t like… murderous psychopaths. They’re just… really really high-strung, apparently. They scream constantly and run around and panic a lot.
But this is apparently a good idea for a free-ranging bird, and so my sister says they did very well as free-ranging birds, which was what they had at their old farm out in Illinois. (They’re basically free-range here; the electric fence is to keep other things out, not really keep them in.) 

Oh! There was a tour of the farm my first night in town this visit, and while we were all up looking at the hens, one of them called an alert and all 300 of them ran under the coops for shelter while a loose cordon of the roosters stood guard trying to spot the intruder. (We think it was that they mistook a low-flying airplane for a hawk.) I’d never seen them in full-on attack response mode before, it was really impressive– and it’s a very good illustration of why roosters are useful to have around even though they don’t lay eggs. (They do tend to die in predator attacks at a higher rate than the hens! Fingers crossed, it’s been a good year, though, with very few predator attacks– though the local harrier hawk took a turkey the other day, in a textbook vertical takeoff, very impressive.)
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ok i had to look at all these chickens because i’m living vicariously through you. have you considered Araucanas? i like them ‘cause they’re super weird looking and lay colorful eggs. or it looks like they’ve got a rare breed special which looks like a fun grab-bag. i’m so excited for you! someday i will get to have my own weird chickens.

I love the idea of araucaunas but I specifically need multicolored feathers that are neither red nor white, because they have those two colors already. [Not that I collect them, but I could.]

We discussed it, but having the occasional blue egg in the batch would probably be more annoying than useful– it would be distracting and weird to customers, unless we had enough of them that there’d be a green one in every dozen or so. It would just alarm people to open their box of eggs and have one so different. As it is the Reds lay any color from almost white to fairly dark brown, and the gradation is subtle enough that it’s not weird if you’re slightly careful when arranging each dozen. (They also don’t sort by size much, so we try to arrange the eggs within each dozen carefully so that a huge and a tiny one aren’t directly next to each other, so you don’t notice it as much. We separate out the jumbos, but that’s only because they won’t fit in the regular carton.) We tend to wash and carton eggs in quantities of like, 40 dozen at a time, and so beyond washing and sorting them, we’d also have to make sure the colors were distributed reasonably… it’d just be one more thing to worry about. So, probably no Easter Eggers, for now, and preferably no white-egg layers either, though it’d be easier to mix white eggs into brown ones since some of them are pretty pale… 
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Jesus. I can’t imagine how much it’d hurt trying to get birds to hold still enough for medium format film. Especially if they like you.

Ah, but the credits mentioned that it was a 100mm f/2.8 lens, which means it’s telephoto and wide-aperture, so it’d let you have a fast shutter speed and be at quite a distance. So it’s possible that the chickens were in there with someone they liked, and the photographer was behind a blind or something. They may not have known he was there. Which is what I’m considering doing, if I want to get portraits myself… But yes, digital is much faster than film, especially medium format. 

(also it is hilarious that the post about the chicken book came out of my queue right after I posted a thing about buying fancy chickens, LOL)
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fizzygins:

yeah, yeah I know I already reblogged “autobiography” earlier today which is basically about a thousand times more exactly what I want to say than any essay could possibly be BUT then I went and actually read what people are arguing here and you know what

SOOOOOOOO

There are two things that are being collapsed in this argument that we really, really cannot afford to collapse. That is:

For AO3 to be a sustainable project long-term, there needs to be a comprehensive policy in place designed to prevent its users from harassment and abuse; and

Some content that people would like to host on AO3 is, to some people, vile or offensive.

Both of these things are true. However, it does not follow from (1) that we need to regulate or restrict the content of the works hosted on the Archive to ensure the content referred to in (2) doesn’t make it onto the Archive. People seem to be taking it for granted that (1) means banning all that stuff in (2), and that’s wrong.

(cw for high-level references to the existence of rape, underage sex, and anti-Semitism; as well as one marginally more specific reference to kinky sex)

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bluestockingcouture:

November:

August:

Today:

What the fuck is the goodreads recommendation algorithm up to. Of all the non-fiction in the world, why this.

THEY’RE EXTRAORDINARY CHICKENS

OH MY GOD I OWNED THIS BOOK

Briefly. I bought it for a Christmas gift exchange. I was like, they just said “bring a book”, they didn’t say what kind, I’m going big or going home. This’ll be hilarious, look at this one’s face. It’ll be great. 

Nobody else thought it was at all funny. They were just like, oh, okay, B likes chickens, uh sure.

For the record the photos were extraordinary, shot on Kodachrome in medium-format with a 100mm lens, I was quite impressed actually with their technical merit. And they were glorious chicken portraits of some truly wacky fancy chickens.

But now my dude’s family thinks I’m, like, super into chickens or something, and don’t get why I brought a book about chickens to this gift exchange.
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ooh ooh so! They’re getting a new batch of day-old hens in October, to raise over the winter and put out to pasture in the spring to lay eggs. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN, you ask? Well! I have been waiting more than a year for this.

If I buy FANCY CHICKENS, they would be able to be raised with the commercial egg hen chicks, because they’d grow at the same rate. I couldn’t throw fancy chicks in with the broiler chicks, because they grow at a different rate– but egg chickens and the pretty heritage breeds that grow decorative feathers all grow at close enough to the same rate that they’d be able to be raised together over the winter.

WHAT KIND OF FANCY CHICKENS SHOULD I GET?? I’m shopping just now on Murray McMurray’s site, because they have the biggest selection, and I’m looking at their week of Oct 1st selection.

They have Barred Rocks, Silver Spangled Homborgs, and Silver-Laced Wyandottes, which are all ones I’ve considered. The chickens we have already give red to brown feathers, and there are a couple of barred rocks in the mix but not enough to shed near enough feathers for me to ever do anything cool with them. 

Anyway… I gotta think about that. meanwhile there’s a gala I’m supposed to attend tonight and I’d better go get cleaned up for that… 
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I tried huitlacoche for the first time the other night. It was considerably better than you might imagine just by looking at it. Huitlacoche is a fungus that grows on maize. It’s a Mexican delicacy of Aztec origin—better known on farms in Iowa or Minnesota as “corn smut.” 

I had it on a huarache (fried masa cake) with cheese and radish. It sort of tastes like the best qualities of corn (sweetness and juicy firmness) mixed with the umami richness of a good black mushroom. I loved it.

Huh! What kind of texture does this have? Juicy firmness, I guess? 

I work with folks who work with mycotoxins in crops so I didn’t consider options such as delicacies from fungi on the same crops.

I know what that fungi feels like cause i farm corn every other year. But like, i never thought that thing is edible.

@tlatollotl I feel you may be interested in this 

I think I’ve had this before. Mine was bluer, though. I had it in Tepotztlan
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The autumn school holiday in Switzerland is literally ‘potato holiday’ for this reason

I LOVE THAT THAT’S A THING! Wow. Awesome! 

I made it through one huge tote before my skin started prickling and I had to get out of the sun, but it was just as well, someone had to pick the Child up from pre-k. 
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Potato harvest time! Community members helping. A good harvest this year! (at Laughing Earth)
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today is potato harvest day

and i mean

all of the potatoes

all of them

under normal circumstances i am not great at potato harvesting but i have this cold in my sinuses so i am expecting i will enjoy bending over and digging even less than i normally do so uh

well, think of me, when you eat potatoes. industrially i think they have a different way of doing it, but for us, there’s a tractor that turns over the rows, and then we get in there with our hands and pull them up and dump them into totes. note to self: find my good thin rubberized-fabric gloves, wherever they went…

because tonight i have to go to a gala and it would be gross to show up with dirt ground into the skin of my hands. 
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“The abbreviations correspond to the standard pattern of words used in the Herbarium Apuleius Platonicus – aq = aqua (water), dq = decoque / decoctio (decoction), con = confundo (mix), ris = radacis / radix (root), s aiij = seminis ana iij (3 grains each), etc. So the herbarium of the Voynich manuscript must therefore be a series of (“simple”) recipe ingredients with the necessary measures.“

Guys.

All this time.

It was someone writing latin in stenography.

I’m so happy and yet so mad at the same time.
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OK if I had time to be online for more than like five minutes at a stretch, I would go through every single note on this post I made about the Tumblr boycott, and find every single asshole who said any variation  of “but free speech”, and send them an ask about how the White House just called for a journalist to be fired over having stated that Trump, who has refused to sign the measure that went through both legislative houses condemning white supremacy, is a white supremacist. 

That is the definition of a First Amendment violation. That is the government, literally, suppressing free speech, in an extremely direct way. 

I bet you absolutely 0% of the dumbasses that think a hate group’s right to organize and incite violence is protected under the First Amendment would ever, ever stand up for a Black journalist. I bet none of them answer that ask and say “gosh you’re right, is there a petition I can sign?” 

It turns out that if you tear the mask there, the tiniest bit, you see that what those people really want to protect isn’t free speech so much as, wow, you’ll never guess: white supremacy. 
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cut for discussion of intrusive thoughts, fairly mild but, still

Tuesday I eviscerated and finish-plucked chickens. We processed 201 birds. I only eviscerated about 6 or so, but I taught someone how, which means I had to think about it, and I handled knives a lot. (Mostly I pulled pinfeathers out and cut oil glands off tails and ran errands.)

Today I mostly babysat, but I also cooked lunch. Among the things I did was roasting two birds, and chopping up a bunch of vegetables.

I slipped trying to peel a rutabaga with a paring knife and knicked my knuckle. It was minor, and bled briefly.

I keep having intrusive thoughts about cutting fingers off with butcher knives. Because of cutting up a fucking rutabaga and some acorn squash.

What a fucking waste of mental space. I seriously fucking dismembered still-warm animals all day on Tuesday and it was nothing. I cut up meat today! Nothing. Even cutting myself wasn’t what did it. Just cutting fucking rutabagas, and all I could think about was if I stabbed myself or someone with that big heavy butcher knife, or if I cut someone’s, maybe my, finger off. So vividly, too. Ugh. 

It’s using a big knife that does it. Little knives, like the 6″ boning knives we use for slaughter and parts-cutting, don’t affect me much. It’s the big knives. Ugh! My sister has a beautiful big heavy kitchen knife, and I do too, I like using it, it’s the only thing for winter squash and the like. 

At least this wasn’t as long-lasting as the last time I wound up with awful intrusive thoughts about knives after cutting up vegetables! 

I know I get them from using pruners too. Can’t wait for wreath season.

Is this the kind of thing being medicated for depression/anxiety helps with, or do you just sort of have to hope for the best?? 
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Farmbaby poses with Monica and the pumpkin and winter squash harvest from today. (at Laughing Earth)
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h-brook-writes:

How the setting looks in my head:

How the description comes out on the page:
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Miss Nora Kerin, edwardian stage actress. 1907
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s-leary:

@bomberqueen17, I haven’t been on Tumblr much and am failing at following your conversations on topographic quilts, but I wanted to mention that I have a ton of them saved on Pinterest.

WHAAAAAAAAT that looks so cool!!! there hasn’t been a ton of discussion honestly, i mentioned it offhandedly a while back is all. I hadn’t seen much so I was trying to come up with the concept on my own so this is tremendously useful, it hadn’t occurred to me to search for it.
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So Tumblr uses a fuckton of data and I’m on my cellphone when I’m staying at the farm, if I’m in the yurt, which is about the only place FarmBaby doesn’t crawl into my lap and demand I show her videos of squirrels if she sees me on my computer. (She’s very snuggly this trip. I’m enjoying it, but only because most of the time I have plenty of personal space. She’s so sweet except when she’s s c r e a m i n g … Guess what three and a half year olds can do a lot louder than two and a half year olds? Scream!) 

I’ve discovered that if I use the Xkit function where you tell it to scroll to the bottom of the page endlessly, and do that for a while indoors on wifi, then go out to the yurt and scroll back up offline, I can mostly get in as much Tumblr browsing as I care to, without using any data. Except if I want to like or reblog or reply to something. In which case, I have to get online, do so, and then get offline again. I’d just get online and stay that way, but I know Tumblr will reload the fuckin page while I do. Browsing offline, there are a lot of autoplay videos that don’t work, and most photosets load partway blank– not because the photos didn’t load, but because the goddamn site wants to reload them while you’re scrolling, because it’s designed to use as much data as fucking possible.

But anyway. That’s why I’m mostly offline; I’m doing slightly better than normal at at least passively browsing on y’all’s lives, but. Let’s be real, I’m probably not going to sign on just to like your selfie. Rest assured, normally if I see a selfie, I like it. But it’s just too much data to do it just now.

I’m so tired, and I’m getting a cold, but everything is going well here, and I finally got my yurt insulated– at least, the preliminary part, which was putting a radiant barrier insulation layer up. I got the whole roof, and the walls, but there’s a huge gap around the transition between the two– I’m talking, like, a foot, all the way around the 30 feet of wall circumference, so that’s a whole bunch of heat loss. But the whole roof is a big start, and I’ll work on that gap.

Just lighting a couple of candles now can bring the temperature up a couple of degrees, which is nice. I don’t feel the cold if it’s 45 or warmer. I missed the one night it was 38 here already– that was Harvey spillover, I’m told– and I don’t look forward to that. But the next step is to fill that wall gap, and then I’m going to hang curtains down the center of the yurt, and only heat the half that the bed is in. I think that’ll help a lot. My ideal is to have it well enough insulated that just my body heat and maybe a candle can keep it up five to ten degrees warmer than the ambient air. That’ll be enough for me to sleep through about the worst of the weather I expect to put up with before I take that thing down in mid-November.

I do have a tiny electric space heater, but when I turn it on, the LED lightbulb dims, and I feel like that’s a bad sign for the carrying capacity of my extension cord, so I don’t let it run more than maybe half an hour at a time. That’s enough to take the chill off when it’s 45 at dawn, and that’s all I really ask for.

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