Sep. 12th, 2017

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I achieved a temperature differential! That’s what insulation is for. Now, it’s not much of a differential, but it’s something… We’ll call it a start.
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Floating Garden Cleans As It Grows In One of Most Polluted Waterways In US

The Gowanus Canal in New York City is notorious for being one of the most polluted waterways in the U.S. Imagine everyone’s surprise when, three weeks ago, an oasis of pure greenery sprouted atop the surface of the river.

Not only is this improbable garden a breathtaking sight on the brackish water, but it is also cleaning the stream as it blooms.

The project, called GrowOnUs, is an experiment in “floating infrastructure” that utilizes a process called phytoremediation to tidy up the murky canal. Over 30 different kinds of plants act as sponges to purify, desalinate, and mitigate the chemicals affecting the waterway.



GrowOnUs, ideally, will deliver a positive change in shoreline protection, wildlife activity, and financial income for the city. It could also become the next wave in locally-grown food.

“We have pioneered floating landscapes, we now want to learn what can make these floating structures financially sustainable” said Balmori in a press release. “Dr. Michael Balick at the New York Botanical Garden suggested we grow herbs, low maintenance crops.”

“In a few years NYC restaurants may be serving meals and drinks infused with herbs [and fruits] grown on one of these islands.”

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Diana Balmori Explains GrowOnUs Water-Cleaning Garden on Gowanus

Taking the plunge into the toxic Gowanus Canal: Lenny Speregen and John D'Aquino at TEDxGowanus

‘“We have pioneered floating landscapes, we now want to learn what can make these floating structures financially sustainable” said Balmori in a press release. “Dr. Michael Balick at the New York Botanical Garden suggested we grow herbs, low maintenance crops.”“In a few years NYC restaurants may be serving meals and drinks infused with herbs [and fruits] grown on one of these islands.”’

You didn’t “pioneer” shit lol

And restaurants been using produce from chinampas and are highly acclaimed in Mexico.

I have been working with chinampas for years, and I’m so very happy that ppl are using it to improve the environment, yet giving credit to the source & learning form this ancient technique would be much better
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Teardown. Another chicken processing day successfully finished. (at Laughing Earth)
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Them Crooked Vultures in New Zealand, 2010.
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She has made a “bear”-icade. ( her mother’s pun, but she was delighted.)
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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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