Archive for the 'Self Reliance' Category

Electricity Off-Grid From Cooking Heat

Friday, April 27th, 2012

The Power Pot Kickstarter project expires May 4.
After that, visit their website directly at
“The PowerPot is a cooking pot that doubles as a portable electric generator. It can be used indoors or outside and works with any fuel source.”
“Unlike solar power, The PowerPot works day or night, rain or shine to bring you the […]

Increase Your Home’s Albedo

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Wikipedia Roofs
In a new Slashdot politics post, “Bill Clinton Says “Paint Your Roofs White”,” the former U.S. President describes the benefits to job seekers, paid for by energy savings, of painting every rooftop white.
Slashdot links to a Newsweek article, “It’s Still The Economy, Stupid,” with the white roof idea as one of the Clinton’s 14 […]

Sungevity Solar Challenges Grid Necessity

Thursday, May 26th, 2011
I finally caught up with the May 2, 2011 episode of An Organic Conversation, “The Ecology of Energy,” which featured Sungevity founder Danny Kennedy as a guest.
Kennedy discussed Sungevity and solar lease economics and described a foreign solar panel installation in the Maldives, working next to President Nasheed on the Mulee Aage palace roof.
A PRNewswire […]

Herbal Medicine and Edible Plants

Friday, April 29th, 2011

Despite a warning from a skeptic of herbal medicine, “Plants are trying to kill us,” the OC Weekly paper kind of touts “Really?!?!? The Miracle Berry: A Solution to World Hunger?.” That’s the name of the cranberry-ish fruit. Miracle Berry. But it has an amazing property that you’ll have to read about in Michelle Woo’s […]

Boing Boing on Bike Repair Videos

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Bicycle Tutor site featured in Boing Boing post, “Learn the basics of bike repair at home.”
Just in time for “Ciclodia” season. What Peruvians are calling their Ciclovia, according to SF Streets Blog, “Peru’s Traffic Menagerie.”
Los Angeles is having another CicLAvia April 10, according to the Huffington Post, “CicLAvia Returns.”
The most moving account of a Ciclovia […]

The Conscience of an Anarchist

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

(From Mike Everling)
KARL HESS CLUB MONDAY  MARCH 21, 2011     [Award: The SEK3 Memorial Chauntecleer]

Gary Chartier   “The Conscience of an Anarchist”                BOOK TOUR

Karl Hess, Jr. speaks at Karl Hess Club

Monday, February 21st, 2011

KARL HESS CLUB MONDAY  FEBRUARY 21, 2011                                      
[200th meeting]

Karl Hess IV
“Whither Conservation in the 21st Century:
More Government or More Liberty?“

Monday, Jan. 31 KHCTF Meeting

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

Karl Hess Community Technology Forum
A Rare Fifth Monday in a Month
January 31, 2011
Location: Asian Buffet (Oriental buffet)
23552 El Toro Rd., Lake Forest, CA 92630
At Raymond, behind a bank, near the public (gov’t) library branch.
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Tel: (949) 206-9988 - Fax: (949) 206-9098
Pre-meeting: 6:00 p.m.
Dinner 7:00 p.m.
Announcements: 7:45 p.m. Howard Hinman, Master […]

January Meetings in So. Calif.

Friday, January 14th, 2011

KARL HESS CLUB MONDAY  JANUARY 17, 2011                                          

Geo. McCalip Update on “Fomenting Revolution for Fun and Profit”

Survivalism for Musicians

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

At Boing Boing, Cory Doctorow posted “Indie Band Survival Guide: soup-to-nuts, no-BS manual for 21st century artistic life.” The post clearly explains how the success of the authors with their band (named there) makes them “in the scene” and qualified to write on the topic. (Nobody can say I hijacked this “hot news,” even though […]

KHC Oct. 18 with Sharon Presley

Monday, October 18th, 2010

KARL HESS CLUB MONDAY  OCTOBER 18, 2010                       BOOK TOUR

Sharon Presley  “Standing Up to Experts and Authorities: How to Avoid Being Intimidated, Manipulated, […]

“None Simpler” Etched Spirals Replace Coils

Friday, September 17th, 2010

  NS-40 Board
After being thrilled connecting up a Pixie 2 based QRP Miniwat ham radio transceiver circuit board purchased on eBay to random switches and plugs I had around my room (see the Resilient Freedom post about my “Bumble Bee transceiver“), I’ve been rereading some classic QRP books (low power designs–great for backpacking and […]

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

Sal Khan: One Dude on YouTube

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Salman Khan, founder and faculty of the Khan Academy, has more lessons and viewers online than MIT and Stanford.
With over 1,600 lessons in various fields and growing popularity with students worldwide, Sal Khan has been featured on the PBS Newshour and CNN.
“A very bureaucratic organization,” the former hedge fund analyst jokes about his volunteer teaching […]

Field Day For The Hams

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

Although I didn’t participate in any Field Day events this year, I did assemble with the saints (ham radio operators) this morning at the TRW Swap Meet.
I picked up three rechargeable fluorescent portable lanterns cheap for blackout bags and a bunch of free RF connectors and rubber duck antennas that the fellow didn’t want to […]

Resilient Freedom Project Begins

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

I’ve started a new blog called Resilient Freedom.’s focus is how governments are blocking the green agenda they claim to promote. It will also have suggestions for people with sustainable projects to accomplish them legally.
The Resilient Freedom project is funded by a generous grant from the California Legal Rights Fund. The CalRights website is at […]

Power and Water

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

According to the White Fence Index, the national average cost for electricity is $80.96 per month. Your mileage may vary, of course.
It’s a close race between the inept small town electric utility in Pahrump, Nevada and the corrupt Los Angeles, California DWP as to who has the most outages. (I’m Mr. Negativity today). A small […]

Revolution Is My Hobby

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

Brad Linaweaver gave me the title “Revolution Is My Hobby” to use on one of my early stories (novelette length over 10,000 words) about a high tech revolution controlled by a prison inmate in a future dictatorship. “Hobby” was written (but never published) before my “Blue Light” short story was published in the Summer 1997 […]

The Real April Fools’ Day

Friday, April 16th, 2010

Here’s a classic article from 1963, “Why Pray for Peace but Pay for War?”
The thesis of author Maurice F. McCrackin, a Presbytarian pastor born in 1905, is that “Income tax paid by the individual is essential to the continuance of the war machine.”
The article makes a strong moral case based on the author’s own experience, […]

Free Permaculture Course Videos Online

Monday, March 15th, 2010

Instructor Will Hooker
36 video episodes of classroom instruction (over 40 hours) for an “Introduction to Permaculture” course are online at iTunes U, but are not easy to find. Here’s a direct link to the series,, which will launch iTunes.
“Spisblog,” a listener to The Survival Podcast, heard Jack Spirko talking about permaculture and blogged […]

Toxic Cleaning Products: Fear the Future

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

Looks like the glass spray I described in “Get Ready To Eat and Wear Glass” is being joined by “hairy surfaces” in the war against consumable toxic cleaning products.
The first description of the invention I read was a Slashdot post, “New “Hairy” Material Is Almost Perfectly Hydrophobic.”
According to the Science Daily article being quoted, “Water […]

Get Ready to Eat and Wear Glass

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

DVD at Amazon
From Kurzweil AI comes a summary of a Physorg report that must be read completely about Turkish scientists creating a revolutionary glass spray that promises to “make cleaning obsolete” and even serve as a non-toxic barrier to pests for food crops.
“The liquid glass coating is breathable, which means it can be used on […]

Off-Grid Water Purification Breakthrough

Friday, February 12th, 2010

I’ve heard the Lifesaver bottle advertised on The Survival Podcast, but was not excited about it until I saw this TED Talk video from 2009 of Lifesaver’s inventor and CEO Michael Pritchard’s presentation at Oxford, England.
The Lifesaver system filters out contaminants larger than 15 nanometers. It’s 100% effective against the 25 nanometer sized polio virus […]

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 […]

Plug-Ins Panned, But Supercaps Coming

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

ARS Technica describes a recent National Academies of Science report in an article, “New report offers grim assessment of plug-in hybrids.” Several commenters to the article naturally rejected the report’s fuel price assumptions as oil company fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD).
Which reminded me about the promising EEstor breakthrough that’s supposed to be demonstrated this year, […]

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 […]

What Freedom?

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

Coca Cola was one of the companies listed on an often played TV ad in the U.S. that shows the word “Copenhagen” morphing into “Hopenhagen.”
Maybe Coke’s marketing department was thinking of their polar bear mascots.
The solution to stopping global warming proposed by scientist Saul Griffith, in his SALT talk in January of this year, […]

Et tu, Newsweek?

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

Newsweek has a reputation for bias toward the Democrat party in the U.S. Browsing their website tends to support that notion, because of the anti-Fox News and pro-Federal Reserve articles. That Fed support is a bit much even for most Democrats. Job numbers are “growing” (still at 10% unemployment) and anything else the administration does […]

Kite Based Wind Power Generation

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

Harvard Gazette photo
If you’re confused why something tagged “Winds-day” is being posted on a day other than Wednesday, let me remind you that the universe isn’t tied to your homeworld’s orbital position. Not by a strong force anyway. Moving on. . .
Although the great Saul Griffith talks about global warming a lot, his Instructables site, […]

Power from Water Makes a Splash

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

The BBC online story “Hydro-electricity in Wales: Turning streams into cash” describes micro-hydro turbines gaining popularity among farmers. The small systems are generating the amount of power used in surrounding communities.
For those who have streams, but without a steep waterfall drop that makes existing turbines worthwhile, Boing Boing’s Mark Frauenfelder reports something new, “Technology to […]