Saturday, July 15, 2017

Breaking it Down.

Finally!!! A major news organization Breaking It Down!!!! This sorties ran as the cover of the New York Magazine on July 9th.

Make yourself a cup of tea, take a deep breath, turn on your reading for comprehension meat computer program, don't try to read it on your phone. It's long. It breaks distills  and breaks down the impending and current effects of climate change into the 9 major categories of impact : the mass extinction underway, the extreme heat that will cook us alive, the collapse of our ability to rely on our food sources and our agriculture, plagues and the spread of diseases, the toxic chemical composition of the air, war and conflict provoked by rising temperatures and shrinking resources, permanent economic collapse, sulfide poisoning of the oceans, and finally the veil of denial and apathy that we are trapped in, and that will ultimately doom all current and future generations if we don't wake the fuck up right fucking now,

And if you really want to dig into the interviews and research informing the piece it's all there.

Here's the opening. Click on the title to go to the article.
The Unihabitable Earth, by David Wallace Wells. 

Peering beyond scientific reticence.
It is, I promise, worse than you think. If your anxiety about global warming is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible, even within the lifetime of a teenager today. And yet the swelling seas — and the cities they will drown — have so dominated the picture of global warming, and so overwhelmed our capacity for climate panic, that they have occluded our perception of other threats, many much closer at hand. Rising oceans are bad, in fact very bad; but fleeing the coastline will not be enough.
Indeed, absent a significant adjustment to how billions of humans conduct their lives, parts of the Earth will likely become close to uninhabitable, and other parts horrifically inhospitable, as soon as the end of this century.
Even when we train our eyes on climate change, we are unable to comprehend its scope. This past winter, a string of days 60 and 70 degrees warmer than normal baked the North Pole, melting the permafrost that encased Norway’s Svalbard seed vault — a global food bank nicknamed “Doomsday,” designed to ensure that our agriculture survives any catastrophe, and which appeared to have been flooded by climate change less than ten years after being built.




Sunday, May 7, 2017

YES! Worms at Work!

The population is growing! Soon there will be enough worms to handle the volume, but in the meantime....just soes you knows: YES! worms can turn food waste and human waste into "Black Gold!" So, if you get squeemish feelings every time you drop a big fat juicy turd into a couple gallons of  perfectly good drinking water, there IS a better way that not only saves the water but also can feed your garden too! And not only that, but using a composting toilet come sin handy for rhetorical purposes. If you end up, like me, having a nagging, irrepressible urge to talk to others about how to reduce their own carbon foot print, and they try to make excuses, or call you a hypocrite for pointing things out you can say, "I'm not pretending my own shit doesn't stink. I know it does because I take responsibility for it!"
Speaking of a squeemish feeling: I remember when I first started pooing in a sawdust filled bucket...boy did I feel weird! Ever since I was a little kid I felt embarrassed by the plop sound that poo makes when it hit the water, and in a public bathroom I would hold it until I was alone so no one would hear me poop.  Saw dust makes no plopping sound, so thinking about that was the first trick I pulled to re-adjust my mind to a new paradigm, but still...I felt so weird when I first got started with this. I would kind of gag and get a creepy crawly feeling when I started handling the composting operation. How incredibly suggestible and habit forming our minds are! Anyways, needless to say, I got over it.

I have posted this little tidbit before, but it's worth saying again: being a vegetarian/vegan makes human poo WAY less stinky than meat-eater poo. I am used to it now. It's a mild and sweet smell, and I use incense also, which I have noticed is common in bathroom with flush toilets too.

Monday, May 1, 2017

People's Climate March, Washington DC, 2017

 Photos from the People's Climate March in DC this weekend. 
 Took the bus up with not very many people from Athens (24), but more people that I see riding bike instead of driving any day of the week.
 I made this banner out of part of my plastic drop cloth and me tent poles. Rode my bike of course!!!! Wore my mask so that I didn't have to put sunscreen on my face It was in the mid 90's (33 degrees C) and sweat makes sun screen run into my eyes!
It says:
HOPE     RIDE BIKE     GO VEGAN     GO SOLAR    COMPOST     ZERO WASTE   SPEAK OUT   
 This is what we did for our anniversary!
 ​I met this awesome gal named Hannah who biked he 60 miles from Philly to DC. I loved her sign "Pedal Power! Basic Cycology!"
The other sign I saw that I really liked said "Whose Under Your Carbon Footprint?"
 ​We stayed near these Peruvian Indigenous Power Dancers. They were burning cups filled with Palo Santo. The smell was so thick in the air. It felt great.

Here's a few of about 250,000 people who passed by the Trump Hotel and made a lot of angry noise. Some people sat down and blocked the entrance.
The news team of Democracy Now! was on the streets covering the march all day. I am a monthly donor. You can watch the daily show @ www.democracynow.org . Amy Goodman, the host is coming to speak in Atlanta on Thursday and Joel & I are gonna go.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Cabinet Doors.

I looked up the other day at the faux etched glass ceiling panels in an elevator, and remembered when, years ago, I decided that it would be really nice to have a similar effect in the cabinet doors in the kitchen. So I gleaned a piece of lighting plastic at the ReStore, but it was too flimsy and broke. Then I gleaned 5 etched glass window panes, and have been saving them carefully for years, making sure they didn't get broken.
 I put them together with peg joints. The openings are the size of the glass panes.
 The rest of the scraps I ran through the table saw twice made a rabit mitered corner frame for each pane.
 However, I didn't have a miter box, so my joints are a bit uneven, so I made some filler putty with sawdust from sanding the doors and wood glue.
Vanish and assembly
Panes held in with nails... the old fashioned way. Salvaged hardware.
 Here they are!
 The Steve Keene paintings in the back!





Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Salvaging in the Emerald City Land of Plenty.

 I needed 6 knock-out pin hinges to complete my work cupboard project, and they don't make hinges like that any more really. At least not that don't cost your first born child in exchange. But the tumbled down shed nestled beside the scuppernong vineyard is full of old doors and shutters, the wood rotting away and the metal rusting. I sit and look out the picture window and drink coffee melting into the bucolic scene everyday, so I peered in a window to get a glimpse, asked to go inside, and I was made welcome to glean in there for the parts I am looking for.

 I found everything and more! Hinges, door latches, two cat legs, and this cool spring catch from the bottom of an old ironing board.

 Naval jelly, chops sticks, a tooth brush... no more rust. A layer of clear coat spray enamel, and they are ready to use..just need to build the table/doors now!

 I found two rough planed left overs from a cedar milling in the burn pile, two pieces about 3/8th of an inch thick, perfect for the faces of the door/table. The other materials I have to work with are the trusty light weight free pallets from the coffee roaster.
 I cut a dado in the crossing frame boards to receive a wooden rod to help hold the two doors flush when they are joined as a table.
 I made multiple passes on the table saw and then cleaned the dadoes out with my chisel and hammer.
Clamps + glue + screws. I used the table saw the true up the side of the cedar pieces and fixed them to the frame as the fronts. Looks really good with a coat of varnish. 

 When set up as a table it gives enough room between it and the window that I can sit between them, and thus not block passage through the house if I am working.

Here's the cupboard with the doors on and closed, the corner empty.
 Doors open, furniture in situ.
New bathroom door catch and key hole escutcheon plate to cover a screw hole from the hook and eye latch I had there till now, and a detail.corner shot.
One last Home and garden shot.

So, here at the end of this post: I finished my cupboard yesterday, the last major piece of furniture in my house. I have been staring at the empty space where it now sits for years, figuring out how it should be. Visualizing. With what seems like a dusting together of my hands, here it is! I used to have my camp stove set up on a piece of metal (now under the stove) in that corner. Now I've got a bad case of the "sit-&-stare"s. I get to live here in this beautiful place?!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Work Cupboard

Been working on the final cupboard in my house, the one intended to house work related equipment. I used to make my living as a clothing designer and pop-up book maker. My work was frequently interrupted by housing/studio instability, and I thought when I started building my house that designing it to allow me to accomplish my creative work at home would really be great. By lowering my overhead expenses I hope that I will be able to accommodate work that will support my lifestyle with out having to take on more work than I can feasibly produce. We'll see. Having this part of the house built is one more step to living out that dream.
Made with the last few pieces of the box elder I have been saving, and recycled pallets from the local coffee roaster, Jittery Joe's.
By building a recess into the bathroom wall I have finally made the best place for the toilet to live. There is a a recess on the remaining portion of the wall for little cubbies in the living area and a recess compartment for a small ironing board. I am glad I had some scraps of paneling for shims.
 And here's the cupboard mounted on the wall.
 The dining room table fits right under the cupboard too. I am not sure yet if I will build a door for the cupboard that can fold down and become a table to work on, or if I should use the dining table for the work table.
Next steps: build and install the shelves, cabinet face molding, the doors, a cork board above the recess cubbies, and the wall paneling under the cupboard.
 So...added paneling between the shelve spaces,
 used recycled floor boards to build the shelves...
 Installed a towel bar I collected years ago...this one will be useful to hang pieces in progress inside the cupboard. The shelves have 3 inch recesses to make room for hanging pieces.....
 And here's the shelves and the molding.
 This side, parallel to the french doors will remain open shelves, and the larger part of the cupboard will have doors, maybe that can fold down to become a table top also.
 The last spikes of flames I can look forward to seeing, before the color in the wood mellows in the sun.
 I am really looking forward to when I have reliable electricity and can get back to work sewing!
 In the meantime, it's nice to have more places to put stuff.
Last steps: to build the recycled cork board and the cupboard doors.


Kind of mi nd blowing for me to remember when so much stuff was stored in the kitchen area that it was a lot of work to move stuff around to stand here, when I used to work my hobo kitchen in that corner. It has been so long that I have been visualizing this piece being here that... now...I feel like I have been time warped.