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"Food fermentation is a strange thing: it inverts what many regard as waste and turns it into a social, living, edible object. As a friend of mine once said, if you have too many grapes, you make wine. If you have too much wine, you throw a party. If you still have too much wine, you make vinegar. Fermentation turns scarcity and abundance on its head, belying easy categories of what is waste and what is too much."

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Initial experiments seemed pretty successful! It's definitely tough fibrous material.

I haven't figured out a good way to get the fibres off of the inner pith, so I only had some pretty short strands to work with. ๐ŸŒฟ

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If you live in the bay area or the mediterranean you'll likely have seen this fella!

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Found a big tough stalk of common mallow by the bay yesterday. Excited to mess with it and see if it can make good cordage like I heard :o

"The priests came among us. They taught us to hate our bodies. They taught us to fear the forest, the mountains, the black night. They monopolized magic and wed it to ceremony."

I've been learning how pulleys work by building my own from scratch from natural & salvaged materials, and I'm trying to decide if a write-up or video would be more enjoyable for folx?

There's not much to see yet, but v1 of my new website is up!!!!!!


The Search Engine for Vintage Computers

paging @MutoShack ๐Ÿค“

I found one of my old sketchbooks and in it, the Leg of Sauron:

I made these two solarpunk patches.
They are made out of felt sheets and needle felted together. They don't have an iron on backing so they'll have to sewn on.
I want to give them away if someone is interested. I can mail them within so called canada and the us.

It's interesting that just three decades after Pripyat was abandoned because of the Chernobyl disaster, the forest has already reclaimed the city.

Don't let anyone convince you that reforestation is difficult. It'll happen all by itself, if people allow it to.

question for autistic trans folx 

If you were diagnosed as an adult, did you self-dx or get a doctor's dx?

Also very interested to hear your notes in the replies! I'm currently exploring my options.

I always forget about these until I stumble upon the one I have:
Capacitance Electronic Discs. Like phonographs for TV. The technology was very neat and very doomed.

Currently fascinated by simple machines ๐Ÿง€ ๐ŸŽฃ ๐ŸŽก ๐Ÿ”ฉ โš™๏ธ

Please write me your simple machines questions :3

pictured: modified screwdriver with a lashed-on crossbar to allow me to use different muscle groups when I was putting in LOTS of screws this weekend ๐Ÿ˜ช

Stop Naming Your Technology After Something That Is A Common Word Challenge 2021

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Sunbeam City ๐ŸŒป

Sunbeam City is a anticapitalist, antifascist solarpunk instance that is run collectively.