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Ok I totally want to live on a houseboat now…

Ok I totally want to live on a houseboat now…

can’t wait to start this human-centered design course (put on by ideo.org and acumen fund) next week!

the fruit bats- you’re too weird


these guys were great at huichica (aka the best, most under-rated summer music festival on the west coast)

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deadgoodanna:

First Animation. It’s a bit crappy, but it makes me laugh.

I have really talented friends :)  This is awesome…

Awesome stop-motion video based on excerpt from ‘Food Rules’ speech by the one-and-only Michael Pollan

Awesome cover of a great track but some rad-ass sf peeps :)

Benji Hughes- Waiting for an Invitation

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booklamp.org

(a ‘book genome project’ similar to how pandora works for music)

Atlas Sound- Walkabout

Wendell Berry’s 17 Rules For A Sustainable Local Community

1. Always ask of any proposed change or innovation: What will this do to our community? How will this affect our common wealth.

2. Always include local nature – the land, the water, the air, the native creatures – within the membership of the community.

3. Always ask how local needs might be supplied from local sources, including the mutual help of neighbors.

4. Always supply local needs first (and only then think of exporting products – first to nearby cities, then to others).

5. Understand the ultimate unsoundness of the industrial doctrine of ‘labor saving’ if that implies poor work, unemployment, or any kind of pollution or contamination.

6. Develop properly scaled value-adding industries for local products to ensure that the community does not become merely a colony of national or global economy.

7. Develop small-scale industries and businesses to support the local farm and/or forest economy.

8. Strive to supply as much of the community’s own energy as possible.

9. Strive to increase earnings (in whatever form) within the community for as long as possible before they are paid out.

10. Make sure that money paid into the local economy circulates within the community and decrease expenditures outside the community.

11. Make the community able to invest in itself by maintaining its properties, keeping itself clean (without dirtying some other place), caring for its old people, and teaching its children.

12. See that the old and young take care of one another. The young must learn from the old, not necessarily, and not always in school. There must be no institutionalised childcare and no homes for the aged. The community knows and remembers itself by the association of old and young.

13. Account for costs now conventionally hidden or externalised. Whenever possible, these must be debited against monetary income.

14. Look into the possible uses of local currency, community-funded loan programs, systems of barter, and the like.

15. Always be aware of the economic value of neighborly acts. In our time, the costs of living are greatly increased by the loss of neighborhood, which leaves people to face their calamities alone.

16. A rural community should always be acquainted and interconnected with community-minded people in nearby towns and cities.

17. A sustainable rural economy will depend on urban consumers loyal to local products. Therefore, we are talking about an economy that will always be more cooperative than competitive.