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UnMeilleurReve
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Alright, so we need to delete all the profiles that haven't posted at all. It annoys me.

TuffEnough (sp?) indicated that she's definitely still interested, so we should probably continue to account for her. Vov has indicated he and his lady are definitely interested. Hopefully those three will start contributing some meat to the discussion again.

As for what to do, I think that we can do some real world testing on alternative energy methods. I'm going to try for a fun one pretty soon (make magazine's wind generator, it's windy as all hell in Pocatello).

As for research, I think our top priority should be looking for an urban location we'd like to use. We need to get some ideas for ways to make an urban area much more our own and productive, as well. I mean, sure, we can all pitch in together to get uber-cheap housing and then find jobs, but gardening (and testing different foods and crops, pepper-pesticides?, etc.), building community, testing mass-print methods (if we want to make documents), and figuring out what we'd consider to be a solid foundation in an urban environment would be good.

In the research area for the rural, more research into energy would be cool. For example, I found a sterling engine that runs on water in a closed system with a condenser up top so that it goes much, much longer on the same amount of water.

Any other suggestions?
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glorfon
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You have administrator access, right?  You can delete the inactive accounts if you want to.  Do we even want to stick with the forum or should we switch to a different means of communication?

Real world testing is a good idea.  I'll start looking for a project I can do.  I've been trying container gardening with little success.

As far as an urban location my support still goes to Kansas City, and not just because I'm already hear.  There is an insane amount of empty lots here.  There is already a great deal of urban farming happening here.  We could squat some lots and buildings and seriously have acres of gardens spread across a few blocks.  If anyone wants to know how we'd go about squatting I can fill you in.
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UnMeilleurReve
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Well darn, Moderator only I am.

Anywho, Kansas City sounds as good a place as most. We should definitely arrange tours of the most favored proposed cities. Seeing as how there are 3 or 4 of us, it's likely there'll be 3 or 4 proposed cities or more, unless there are those with no preference/suggestion. And Kansas has a great growing season, or so I heard somewhere Wink

We'll be working on the raised beds today, hopefully, and see how that turns out. Pictures to come.

Also, interesting factoid. My dad is off the grid in the Las Vegas valley. They invested in a 300w solar panel which he has hooked to some batteries, and he has light and can play his stereo (not on full volume). He's getting water from his mother's house. No idea how he's doing water/sewage/trash or cooking...
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Zeerahks
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Joined: 24 Apr 2008
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Location: Minnesota

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Hey guys.  I removed everyone with no posts/ one post a few days ago.  I was, and am, in a hurry though (on my lunch break) so I failed to post an update.

I'm cool with Kansas City, or really anywhere else.  I'm currently working a career/salary job (doing software development), and all I can say is that wherever we are, I'm not waking up until nine/ten EVER.  lol.

Anyway, gotta run back to work.  I'll try to swing by this evening again.

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glorfon
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You did? Oh, then I deleted some more last night.

I'm on skype right now and I'll try to be on more often.one want to talk in real time.
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UnMeilleurReve
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You know, considering the advent of modern lighting methods, it never made sense to me why people don't take the time during the evening or night, when it's nice and cool, to do their work....

And you do software development? What languages are you familiar with?
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Zeerahks
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Hah, agreed.  Even more than that, I'm simply not productive when I have to wake up early. Not conducive to the corporate environment...

My main language is Java, but I'm fairly fluid.  I can do work in C/C++, Perl, Shell, and pretty much anything else as long as you give me enough time to learn it.  lol

I'm down for realtime chatting, though I no promises on when I'm free.  I've only got a tiny bit of free time these days, and it tends to get snapped up pretty quickly. Sad

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From my time at Arcosanti I found that the best daily schedule was to work at dawn and dusk and siesta from about 11-5.  That siesta can be time for inside, creative, less labor intensive work as well as napping playing and eating.
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UnMeilleurReve
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I find myself working at dusk and throughout the night. If I get up at dawn I'm just clumsy, my words come out slurred, I can't think clearly, and I stay that way throughout almost the entire day.

The research out there is starting to say that everybody has their own circadian rhythm, and that learning what it is and going with it is usually the best idea. Some people are nocturnal, diurnal, or have bimodal or trimodal sleep schedules. Some people get their sleep done in 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, or 12 or so hours. Most people benefit significantly from a nap, and sleep usually has about 8 (if I remember correctly) REM cycles. The cycles can be distributed throughout multiple sleeping sessions, and the real thing that messes with people's sleep is interrupted circadian rhythms.


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