Hi! I'm here to dive a little deeper into topics as #sustainability, eco #gardening and #permaculture. I'll mostly toot related stuff I'm doing and stuff I find on the web (artworks and articles).
I'm from northern Germany and am also interested in different IT topics, but I'll mostly toot about that on my first account @tofuwabohu
"For centuries, Islamic designers and craftsmen have made geometric patterns just by drawing straight lines and circles with a compass and straight edge... Tilemaker lets you build layers of lines and circles, mimicking their actions. As you experiment drawing different intersections of line segments and circles you will discover new patterns, just as they did!"
This (free) app is super fun and it seems it was created to share a bit of Islamic culture/history.
Some unsolicited advice on growing sprouts! 🌱🥗💚
Seeing as a few people asked, this is the method I use. It works pretty well for me so far, but feel free to adapt things however you see fit. Everyone has to find what works for them, after all!
Sprouts are tasty and nutritious and they’re super easy to grow. You just need to take a little care, because the ideal conditions for growing sprouts are also ideal conditions for growing bacteria and mold. But if you know what to look out for, you shouldn’t have any trouble with either of those.
(Thread) After listening to this #36c3 talk , I thought about how energy efficient search engines can be. I feel that at least for IT and privacy affine folks, there's a shift towards meta engines like #searx. These actually have good results while offering good privacy properties, but have the drawback of searching lots of other engines, which is far from energy efficient.
 (German but has dubs) https://media.ccc.de/v/36c3-10852-wie_klimafreundlich_ist_software
It occurs to me that some people may not know about this. Fancy taking a free online #permaculture course?
You can find one here https://www.permaculturewomen.com/freepermaculturecourse.html
For a complete beginner like me it's mainly been good for teaching me a new framework of thinking. I don't feel anywhere near equipped to turn my garden into a food forest yet, but it's been a great start.
Finally attempting an inaugural mastodon post - here (if they successfully post) are photos of the #garden today. 🌱🌿🥬🍁🍂
Interesting to see what's going on...
News from the Czech #permaculture world
I HAVE A GARDEN
We have a big rectangle of lawn out our back yard that I've been wanting to do something with for about ten years but don't know the faintest about gardening. Then Jen asked if she could utilise some of our lawn to plant stuff and I was like HECK YEAH LET'S MAKE A FOOD GARDEN!!
So here we go. :) Bought a bunch of really cheap palettes, our other friend came over with her drill, we broke down one palette and reassembled into a six-inch-deep planter. (cont)
Doing probably-stupid things with USB batteries and a solar controller to try and get my phone through the winter hours:
Am I going to kill my battery?
> “Salmon suffer when confined in vast numbers, with nothing to do but swim listlessly in circles. And yet, tens of billions of small #fish die in inhumane ways on huge industrial fishing vessels, in order to fuel the salmon kept in these underwater #factory #farms.”
How about a break from all of the climate-related fire and storm disaster news for a nice prose-infusion on a #SolarPunk based community infrastructure?
A locally-administered Mastodon instance is to the Fediverse what a neighborhood microgrid is to the backup potential of the grid as a whole.
A #Microgrid is an independent electric grid that can operate as a node independent of the central power grid. It allows for a steady power supply even when an outage on the main grid happens. Several types of energy can be used to "collaborate" on a microgrid's design (See "The Neighbors Theory" on QE) for energy and informational storage capacity ideas.
Some big IFs to keep in mind:
(1) Photovoltaic panels make use of (and therefore contribute to the mining of) rare earth materials; mined materials are not sustainable. Continents with a hefty or spreading desert / #desertification problem are evidence of this.
(2) Electricity generation from renewable sources can be intermittent and variable depending on many factors including time of day and weather. What kind of energy your grid should be powered on depends on how well you can predict climate change.
(3) Distribution protection: when power generation happens within the distribution system, energy flows both ways, making voltage regulation especially difficult.
(4) While "rare earth" metal recycling can be done, recycling on the whole ought to be preceded by "Reduce, Reuse". What do you care enough to reuse? What does your town care enough to recycle?
Overpopulation used as racist vehicle
I want to add it's not my intention to blame Western individuals here. I know that even barely surviving in our infrastructure and society has a too large footprint. I just want to point out that it's utter bullshit to incriminate the global south for our emissions and pollution and that this kind of argumentation usually follows a racist agenda.
Overpopulation used as racist vehicle
Found a nice summary on reddit regarding the blaming of the global south for overpopulating the world while it's actually the western countries who are responsible for most of the earth exploitation.
The post focuses on US but I doubt Europe would look that much better.
Quoted sources (just in case the reddit post disappears):
Barcelona got great results on this, tooted about that some weeks ago:
"The results are in and San Francisco has voted to greenlight a new plan that will see Market Street closed to private cars."
Excited to see the results of this!
On this account I think I'll focus on sustainability and linked topics. There's more info in my introduction toot.
Avatar: The botanist (Joe Shenton)
Sunbeam City is a Libertarian Socialist solarpunk instance. It is ran democratically by a cooperative of like-minded individuals.