Garden's for a Future

Self-Sustainable Flight (continued)
February 1, 2011, 3:11 pm
Filed under: Transportation

I’m mentioned previously that we should begin breeding a flying animal to fly on, but why wait?

Take for instance the hot air balloon. A type of fuel is used to create hot air which is used to create lift since hot air rises. Now take a solar heater(s) and pipe it into the balloon. The same result should occur.

To get this thing off the air I believe a few things are necessary:

1. How much air flow needs to be running through the balloon to create adequate lift for cargo (us)?

2. How many solar heaters would be necessary to create that lift?

3. What materials can we use to create the balloon if purchasing one is too $$$?

So here’s the scoop. I want to see a solar heater hot air balloon flying this year. I’m putting this idea out there for somebody to accomplish it.

I’m going to make a small scale version and then scale it up later on to see if my concepts are right. I’ll post some designs later down the road and you should post yours here too.

CompariSons and Mutualism – blue food + aquaponics
January 30, 2011, 4:26 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

To get the full benefit of this post, you need to frehen yourself with two things, aquaponics and the blue food revolution.

Aquaponics is the combination of hydroponics, growing plants, and aquaculture which is growing or farming fish.
This is the blue food revolution:

First thing, they both work on using the fish waste to fertilize plants and create self sustaining ecosystems. Aquaponics has been introduced into the ocean waters. The pump is the ocean currents, which is used to carry fish waste through patches of other vegetation such as seaweed and other bottom feeders such as mussels.

My qualm about this method of fish farming at the moment is the transportation of large quantities of fish from the ocean to local areas. On the other hand, this could be offset by using technologies that harness the energy of nature such as a sail and it provides salt water fish and vegetation.

Aquaponics inland does have an advantage of bring down the street but requires the use of electricity (for at least the water pump) and and raw materials. One thing of interest, between the two is that fingerlings are grown inland to allow the fish to mature providing an opportunity for inland aquaponics to be coupled with the production of fish and vegetables in coastal cities and in the ocean.

That’s all for now. All his information is still digesting. In short, I’m positive these two designs can be coupled to create the future of food and life on Earth.

Seeking Knowledge to Create Your Ideas
January 27, 2011, 6:41 pm
Filed under: Education

is a Communal effort.

I decided to test it one day on facebook and the response has given me a better perspective of something I once knew nothing about.

The idea was to create a bicycle powered concert. I began by creating an event for the event and wrote out the general necessities for it to happen. It was a call to action for people to pool our resources together and see what we are capable of.

In a few days, a friend was able to contact a fellow electrical engineer and obtain some information to determine if it would be feasible or not. The information was then relayed back and the information I was seeking was given to me.

Without sharing ideas and knowledge, the idea of creating an alternative way of life is an uphill battle against yourself. It is possible to create your dreams on your own if you have the resources. On the other hand, to create a bigger reality of it requires the resources of the environment surrounding you. Doing so opens the perspectives, information, resources, networks and connections of all the people you know. Holding back leaves the dream only to an individual’s passion.

However, a vital issue comes to play when sharing an idea, what if someone steals it?

Well if they succeed in sharing your dream with the world is that not a good thing?

In the end, it should also bring to your attention the need to start working towards your dreams and goals. Locking it up keeps it jailed away from the world to enjoy and build upon.

The Effects of Sound and an Electric Toothbrush on Plant Growth
January 17, 2011, 9:43 pm
Filed under: Patterns in Nature

Recently, I’ve been doing some research on various plants, tomatoes and lettuce, and have stumbled on some interesting ideas.

Lettuce is a vegetative plant that we eat while tomatoes go through a vegetative state followed by a fruiting stage. Tomatoes can self pollinate by the wind, but like most plants they do best with the aide of the noble bee.

So what’s the whole thing about sound and an electric toothbrush?

Well, we’re getting there. First things first, if bees are not present and you want that awesome tomato harvest, I’ve read about shaking your plants. This idea has been passed around about stressing plants so that they produce more fruit to ensure future generations.

I propose a different idea. Shaking a plant mimics the buzzing vibrations of bees and other pollinators. Likewise, people have used sound to promote or inhibit plant growth. Sound also make vibrations within the air that can also mimic the same frequency, pitch, and effect as pollinators. Ideas are going around for different reasons about sound that I’m unfamiliar with, but to me it’s the same as shaking the plant. Likewise, the electric toothbrush also mimics the buzzing and vibrations of such insects. Now imagine a whole hive of bees hovering around a tree or a tomato plant. It triggers a response in the plant to release pollen to begin the process of reproduction.

Let’s take a step back for a moment. Why and how would a plant know to release pollen based on vibrations. Well, this is how I see it. Plants and people are not that different. The human equivalent of pollen is sperm. Remember the song Good Vibrations by the Beach Boys? The vibrations of bees, sound, an electric toothbrush and shaking all excite the male flowers on a plant to release pollen. Do you see the similarity?

I’ll let you figure it out from here. That should the you enough information to figure it out.

Family, Crime, and Community Integration
January 5, 2011, 6:24 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

Public barriers to people with societal problems only furthers the issue at hand.

The habitual use of drugs, for example, segregates people by social class and creates a barrier for those who do well in society from those who only know how to live the life that surrounds them, their environment. This barrier makes it difficult for people in this way of life to concede their old habits and develop new ones. While the week develops, drug users run through a routine of seeing the same people who influence their behaviors to continue the things that may be destroying themselves and their community. Positive influences on these people are absent due to the cultural divide in neighborhoods, the division created by our social stigmas, and the very laws and messages that we are fed in our education system.

Once upon a time, drugs were openly used in society without the social branding. Users were treated as people with a habit. They were not ousted by their community and were able to seek the attention of those around them without the fear of being sent to jail, prison, or to death. The same can be said about rituals, habits, and mistakes in general.

The rituals of individuals occur with the constant neglect of their friends, family or community, which is also a mistake. People fail to confront the situation at hand and let it pass and evolve into a bigger obstacle. People who commit crimes and go to jail most often go back to crime because it is the only language that they speak. If they are trained to communicate, express, and act on a different path, the ritual of a habit or crime can be broken.

The idea behind this has been spoken of for ages. In one word, it is forgiveness. (It doesn’t mean you have to forget though.)

I understand the habitual individual has to want to create a change in their life. If they don’t want it, they won’t pursue the alternative. On the other hand, if they have never tasted the benefits of living within a community, they will never know or believe that something else exists for them leading them back to the road of destruction. Confronting the issues at hand with them and experiencing the world as we know it can change this.

To break this cycle, we have to take the steps to siphon our thoughts, words, and actions toward an integrated community. Creating the world we all would like to live in begins with this responsibility to our brothers and sisters.

Looking into the Past
January 4, 2011, 7:19 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

in the present.

We do it everyday. It just goes unnoticed.

So here’s the scoop. When you look at the stars, the light that has reached your eyes is star light from the past. How? Light takes time to travel and that star is very far away. It is a glimmer of the past of the heavens before us.

Even in everyday life, the light that bounces off of an object takes a fraction of a second to hit our eyes and register as that object. In its essence it is the same thing as looking at the stars of the past.

Just an interesting observation that I’m sure someone else has made a notion of.

Rhizomorphic Connections
January 2, 2011, 4:32 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

This is truly a small world.

During my sober hours on New Years Eve, I ran into a fellow who looked familiar. I just didn’t know where from.

Once we got to talking, it became clear that he knew an old friend of mine at the 21st street coop where we first met, he served me a flaming dr. pepper at a party there, and I met him at Epoch coffee shop in Austin while working on a proposal for the Rhizome Collective. Interestingly enough, that night at Epoch I ran into another fellow that I met briefly at a nursery in Ft Worth.

This is all groovy and great which leads me to the substance of this post.

Rhizomes are the aggregation of mycelial strands of fungi. They can span huge areas of land and carry nutrients all throughout its network. The mycelium is the vegetative part of fungi and it can form symbiotic relations with much of the plant kingdom.

In relation to us and our connections, we are all family one way or another. The family tree has branched out and we do have some issues to work out. Regardless, at the heart of it all you are my brothers and sisters. If we trace back the family tree even further we can include our bacterial, plant, fungal, and animal friends.

Welcome to the family.