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Hi! Gonna introduce myself real quick. I'm a college student currently majoring in environmental science. I'm really interested in how to make cities better for both people and the environment, but who knows what I'll be doing when I graduate. For now though, I'm looking forward to seeing some cool solarpunk stuff.

Weather update from my corner of Iowa: It's snowing! Because nothing says Iowa weather like a 50 degree day being followed by a 32 degree day. The leaves aren't even off the trees yet.

In related news, I need to grab my winter coat from home soon.

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Tired: brutalist architecture
Wired: brutalist architecture consumed by plants

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Your one-stop-free-shop for and is up, on the wiki!

Come here for pdfs, ebooks, audiobooks and don't forget to Searx Murray Bookchin!

wiki.sunbeam.city/doku.php?id=

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I can't stop thinking about the potential for recycled pallets to be used as vertical planters. There's so much vertical space in cities that could be filled with these:

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We need more makers, and we need more people supporting makers. Imagine if when something broke you could call someone who'd make you one that will last for your lifetime and, with some easy, light repairs, your childrens' lifetime too? Capitalism would collapse

What would a collective aimed at making a second economy like this look like? Lemme see that brainstorming in the comments

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*slaps the roof of a Trojan horse* this thing can fit so many soldi... Er, nothing. There's nothing in it. No sir, you misheard.

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announcement thread!

my next project is a gardening game
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with a surreal fantasy setting,
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programmable magitech robots,
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an emphasis on ecology,
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and existential horror components.
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working title, "nectar thief"

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new, completely πŸ”†solar-poweredπŸ”† website for Low-Tech Magazine!!

solar.lowtechmagazine.com/

"How to Build a Low-tech Website?"

"Our new blog is designed to radically reduce the energy use associated with accessing our content."

solar.lowtechmagazine.com/2018

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While this is applicable elsewhere, I'm specifically thinking about the problems we might have terraforming other planets (that haven't had our four thousand million years of ecosystem-self-evolutionary history) that might be significantly more than just "put a few seeds into ground and water them".

Or constructing ecosystems in generation ships.

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it should be a legal requirement for people to work less hours during the darker months, fuck getting up an hour early for work

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Actual Thoughts coming from that Accelerationist Dark Environmentalism exercise, though:

- The amount that what we as a species have now is dependent on energy reserves that have built up over LONG time is very under-acknowledged
- I wonder what other stockpiles we're unknowingly relying on: some sort of ecosystem-complexity?
How long does it actually take to develop a healthy global biosystem of decomposition,
How many millions of species does it take?
What are the risks of monoculture there?

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How anarchist organizers in rural Puerto Rico rebooted their power #grid after the privatized power company abandoned them
boingboing.net/2018/09/13/bett

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Sunbeam City 🌻

Sunbeam City is a solarpunk instance.