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Open Source Ecology

Open Source Ecology

The Post-Apocalypse Survival Machine Nerd Farm Marcin Jakubowski sits cross-legged on the dirt floor of a round hut in Missouri farm country, carefully making an open-faced mayo and cheddar sandwich. Inside the hut there’s a bed, a small desk, a few plastic containers (including one for food), and, occasionally, mice and snakes. It’s 104F out and only slightly cooler inside. There’s no fridge, so just how the mayonnaise hasn’t spoiled is something of a mystery. Jakubowski, who’s of average height and extremely fit, wears khakis and a long-sleeve oxford shirt. Jakubowski’s hut anchors a 30-acre compound near Maysville, Mo., full of wooden shacks, yurts, work sheds, flapping laundry, clucking chickens, and a collection of black and strange-looking machinery. In 2007, Jakubowski began working on a minimum set of machines necessary to sustain a modern civilization. Photograph by Michael FribergA second-generation Life Trac tractor, built on the premises Jakubowski, 40, came to the U.S. from Poland at age 10 with his family.

Eco Truly Park -Volunteer Program The top 5 reasons Trackers isn't a good fit... | Trackers PDX Blog The top 5 reasons Trackers isn't a good fit... Featured Youth Programs Ages 4-5 Bonus Camp - Sept 3-6 Rovers Forest Camp: Summer Survivors Portland Public Schools does not start kindergarten until September 9 so join us for an extra week of camp. Plus, if you want a year-round outdoor option for your child, consider our 3-day a week Rover Forest School Transported After School Outdoors (TAO) We just added Woodstock Elementary to our After School Outdoors pick-up. Blog Is Trackers a good fit? Trackers lets kids carve with knives. I sincerely believe our camps today are even more relevant than our first camps seven years ago. By the way, this is usually not that many folks. So eventually, by Tuesday of camp, we get the feedback that they didn't realize zombie camp would have so many zombies. So I offer up these five points with humor and sincerity. The top 5 reasons Trackers is NOT a good fit... You're Actually a GREAT fit for Trackers! -Tony Deis, Trackers Earth, Founder Adult Programs

Ron Finley: A guerilla gardener in South Central LA Ron Finley plants vegetable gardens in South Central LA — in abandoned lots, traffic medians, along the curbs. Why? For fun, for defiance, for beauty and to offer some alternative to fast food in a community where “the drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys.” Eating HealthyGardeningGIYGrow Food Not Lawns Related Posts « How To Keep Your Home Garden Monsanto-Free Cancer Doctor Explains How Cooking with Turmeric Leads to Amazing Health Benefits »

6 Things Movies Get Wrong About Swords (An Inside Look) In fantasy novels and action movies, we like to see weapons at work but we don't particularly care how they were created, sort of like sausage. We want to see our protagonist double-wielding pistols while shooting holes in the faces of their enemies, but we certainly don't need a whole montage on who handcrafted those guns. Yet for some reason, swords are different. There's a special place in our hearts for knowing exactly where and how each blade was forged before the hero pokes someone with it. Chris Farrell, a bladesmith for 13 years and owner of Fearghal Blades in Austin was kind enough to sit down with us at Cracked in what was likely the closest we will ever get to actual journalism and explain why everything movies and novels have taught us about making swords is complete bullshit. #6. Toshifumi Kitamura / AFP / Getty "Only a Japanese blade can end something this perverted." But actually ... First of all, you don't need to fold good steel. #5. But Actually ... #4.

Global Village Construction Set by Marcin Jakubowski Open Source Ecology is a network of farmers, engineers, and supporters building the Global Village Construction Set - a modular, DIY, low-cost, open source, high-performance platform that allows for the easy fabrication of the 50 different industrial machines that it takes to build a small, sustainable civilization with modern comforts. The aim of the GVCS is to lower the barriers to entry into farming, building, and manufacturing. Its a life-size lego set that can create entire economies, whether in rural Missouri, where the project was founded, or in the developing world. So Far we’ve prototyped 8 of the 50 Machines and we’ve been expanding rapidly. We are 100% crowd-funded. Please watch these videos if you are new to the project: What Makes the Global Village Construction Set so special? Why should I help fund this project? The library of instructional material that we produce will make replication a straightforward task. What will you do with the $40,000? Absolutely!

Heavy Lifting Improves Running Economy in Masters Athletes Running economy has been a major topic of research for endurance sports in recent years. This is for a good reason, as it may be a better predictor of performance than traditional measures like VO2 max. However, despite the fact that the topic has been well studied, there seems to be a lack of good science in the realm of masters level runners, meaning those over age 35. This lack of literature is surprising when you consider that in endurance events, and especially ultra-endurance events, people in this age group account for a major portion of competitors. Something else we have all come to take for granted in the last decade or so is the benefit of strength training for running. The reason running economy may be such an important trait to measure is that it matches your performance level of intensity. In this study, the participants were all masters runners competing on a team. There were no confusing results with this one. References: 1. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

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