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Heinlein Biographer Bill Patterson at KHC

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

  Heinlein Biography
KARL HESS CLUB MONDAY  AUGUST 16, 2010              

Bill Patterson on his new book, Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with His Century: Volume 1 (1907-1948): Learning Curve

The Secret of Freedom (Meeting Tonight)

Monday, June 7th, 2010

THE Konkin-Rothbard Limited / Orange County Special Event Supperclub

E C O N O M I C S   A N D   G E O - P O L I T I C S
   Usually on a Fifth Monday of a Month except on a major Holiday
Charles […]

Urban Farming Workshop in Detroit Feb. 2

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010
Little House on the Urban Prairie announced this exciting permaculture workshop (e. e. cummings style):
“urban ecology detroit presents a workshop with eric toensmeier - lessons learned from nuestras raices: permaculture for community and economic redevelopment, february 2nd from 10am to 2pm at the environmental interpretive center located on the campus of the university of michigan […]

Urban Farming around San Francisco

Monday, December 28th, 2009

This ABC 7 online article, “Urban Farming Gains Popularity in Bay Area,” features video of a small farm in Oakland, California and a store in Berkeley catering to increasing numbers of urban farmers in cities surrounding San Francisco.
In San Francisco itself, from the YouTube description posted July 30, 2009, a doctor at UCSF deals with […]

Better Than The Best Idea

Saturday, December 12th, 2009

In a recent podcast of the San Francisco radio show An Organic Conversation, with host Helge Hellberg, Guernica magazine and former Mother Jones journalist and now “investigative historian,” Mark Dowie, talked about his career and plans for his own radio show.
I enjoyed the German, Hellberg’s personal account of his experience twenty years ago when the […]

Farms on Land, Sea, or Skyscrapers?

Sunday, November 15th, 2009

A recent WorldChanging article, which came to my attention in this TreeHugger article, complains about the alleged “Dark Side of Transition Thinking,” and thus bashes a growing movement active throughout the world.
The author, Alex Steffen, wrote in “Transition Towns or Bright Green Cities?” that “All over the world, groups of people with graduate degrees, affluence, […]

Dirt the Movie at Conscientious Projector

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

Conscientious Projector is hosting a free showing of Dirt the Movie in Tustin, CA this weekend (Sun., Nov. 9, 5 pm), which I plan to attend.
Here’s the Soul at Home location website with the Tustin address if you’re nearby and want to see the film.
There will also be a showing Wed., Nov. 18, 2009 […]

Ruth Stout’s Hay Mulch Planting Method

Saturday, October 24th, 2009

 I was surprised not to find Ruth Stout already here in a search of this blog.
Ruth lived from 1884 until 1980 and is famous for her planting method of essentially pressing seeds into the ground, which she prepared by covering with soft hay to protect from the sun, suppress weeds and keep the ground moist. […]

Soylent Green Metropolis

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

In the October, 2009 issue of Los Angeles Magazine, amongst the full page luxury car ads, guides to trendy clothing stores, restaurants, shopping in general, and Hollywood industry discussion, I was surprised to see “Homegrown” and “How to have a bumper crop right in your own backyard” on the cover.
The print edition has a section […]

“Permablitz” Suburban Garden Trend

Monday, September 28th, 2009

From Australia comes a story, “Trend blossoms,” by Meg Sobey in the Moonee Valley Community News about neighbors doing an extreme makeover of a family’s backyard. (Thanks, Google Alerts).
“IT is difficult to imagine that Melanie Henkel’s kitchen once looked out over a grey courtyard. Her backyard now resembles a miniature farm, offering vegetables, fruit and […]

Geodesic Improvement of Chook Domes

Sunday, September 6th, 2009

From mostly
Permaculture Noosa describes a geodesic enhancement to the classic Linda Woodrow chook dome design.
Who thought Bucky Dome Climbers for kids had such a practical use? Too small for a human dome home (thanks PlanetGreenTV), but the perfect sized skeleton for an improved chicken tractor.
Now one person can lift the enclosure intact instead of […]

Phenomenal Goat Staring Food Forest

Monday, July 6th, 2009

I was amazed when a grandmaster of Hollywood trivia attending a Libertarian supper club recently claimed not to have heard the term “permaculture” before.
It seems quite the trendy thing these days in political and cultural circles, but then I’m looking for it everywhere. Maybe folks will notice the release of the film “Food, Inc.” in […]

A Last Meeting. Also, Goat Towers and Seeds.

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

ABC (Australia) Rural reports, “Group that started permaculture holds its last meeting“.
And here’s a couple of random Mound-day items. First, a Boing Boing post describing goat towers is worth reading and has cute photos. That goats are curious and like to climb on things was confirmed for me when I found goats on top of […]

Red Terra Cotta Powder v. Wet Modeling Clay

Saturday, June 6th, 2009

Finally making some seedballs to practice what I preach at
Remembering that red terra cotta clay was the largest proportion of materials, I left an art supply place in a fool’s paradise with a heavy box of modeling clay, not the dry powder needed to make seedballs. D’oh!!!
Searching around the interwebs, I found others who […]

Millennium Seed Bank TED Talk

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

As a fan of Paolo Bacigalupi’s 2006 Hugo Nominated novelette, “The Calorie Man” (read it free in PDF), I found it irresistable to watch this TED Talk on the TEDTalksDirector channel at YouTube about the Millennium Seed Bank.
“The Calorie Man” is a 1984 type of story about a future run by corporations owning all food […]

Plants Clean Air, Lose Weight, Control Pests

Monday, May 4th, 2009

LifeHacker has a story about Kamal Meattle’s TED talk video on three common houseplants that clean indoor air.
Some wit remarked at the YouTube video page that a simpler way is to open the window. But seriously, if you’re in the bowels of a high rise cube farm, there ain’t no stinkin’ window.
And at a place […]

Seedballs on NPR

Saturday, April 25th, 2009

I’m still on a road trip, which started with my participation at the Xanadu convention in Las Vegas. I spoke there about “All Things Ecological” and “Indie Filmmaking.”
I took a break from the convention to be interviewed, along with Alongside Night author J. Neil Schulman, by the Motorhome Diaries team, who met with us and […]

Commercial Property, Veggies, & Pirates

Sunday, April 12th, 2009

Antonio & Alexia Cardenas
“The Realtors In Motion”
With all due respect to certain realtors who may be able to squeeze buyers into properties they can afford (while said buyers still have business or job income), in general, real estate is down while gardening and old fashioned maritime piracy are up.
From a Mises Daily article by Doug […]

Overthrowing the “Green Revolution”

Monday, April 6th, 2009

Controversial left libertarian author Kevin Carson takes on the cheerleaders for the “Green Revolution” in a magazine length article at C4SS, “The Green Revolution Saved Lives? A Killer Meme That Just Won’t Die.”
“Recently, in honor of Norman Borlaug’s 95th birthday, Ron Bailey of Reason Magazine posted a quote from his 2000 interview with Borlaug. For […]

Obama’s White House Adds Veggie Garden

Saturday, March 28th, 2009

You might expect Mound-Day items to appear on Monday, but who says I’m tied to your planet’s orbital idiosyncrasies, Earthling?
An excerpt from a Chicago Tribune story last week about Michelle Obama’s kitchen garden:
“Friday’s activities are the culmination of a campaign to turn the 16 acres of White House grounds into an ‘edible landscape’. ”
This kind […]

Land Girls: Patriots With Pitchforks

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Daily Mail pic detail
A “permaculture” Google Alert brought me a link to this Design Thinking blog post with a transcript of a brief excerpt from a recent BBC2 show, Natural World: A Farm for the Future.
There’s also a link to the programme (UK only, maybe someday they’ll make the program available to the world).
I was […]

Jumping Out of the System

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

“Greenpa” over at Little Blog In The Woods has lived off-grid for over 30 years now. He posted news about his homestead, called the Little House, including the following update:
“. . .the Little House has been approached by Nick Rosen; author of How to Live Off-Grid, for us to be one of the families he’ll […]

Murray McMurray Anime Chicken Dance

Monday, January 19th, 2009

Melonie Kennedy wrote this Prepared Family post, about how the online Flash interactive version of the Murray McMurray Hatchery catalog just made her crave getting the paper version even more. So much for the paperless society. She also confesses her wish that live chickens could be mailed. Don’t tell PETA. (Here’s the regular McMurray site […]