I was able to pickup the methanol for $4 a gallon at Rick's Performance Center. You will need to purchase one of their containers for repeated fill ups. I came home and immediately mixed up a mini batch of B99 using:
- 10 liters of WVO
- 70g of lye
- 2 liters of methanol
The mix is settling now, but looks promising. I expect to save $3.19 on every gallon of B99 I produce instead of buying diesel. As usual I do not include my cost of labor.
When the maker allows their original thought or inspiration be commodified and locked, they have made an inner pledge that even they are perhaps unaware of. In the case in which the copyright or patent becomes the makers future work, and most certainly this can be seen in makers decisions to franchise, the maker moves from creator to caretaker of their good idea. Inspiration digresses into redundancy. Of course if that good idea is released into the world community to be shared the idea would be free to transform as would the maker. The maker would be free to have their next good idea. You could say that capital and it's systems of hoarding ideas asks the maker to assert "this is my last good idea."
From another view we could say that no idea is property because there is no one to own it. Should I build a ship, the first of its kind, a marvel of good design, I can acknowledge that there exists a history of shipbuilding and a history of knowledge that has accumulated over time on the subject. It is this evolution of an idea and the people who carried it that enabled me to build my own (however seeming unique). A multitude of beings gathered knowledge over generations to bring this ship into form. Our relationship to these beings, in the sense that we are life and they are life and life has always been, is that they are us. In every generation we re-arrive. How can the I that is here now take credit for any thing? And what of the materials? The wood for my ship comes from the earth and is the result of eons of evolution. The water to sail it on, Gaia. I can neither create wood nor water nor wind to fill a sail. In this way no idea and no creation can be property because there is no individual to own it. Man, to date, has created nothing from materials found elsewhere from the earth.
Nothing masks abundance and the interconnectivity of life better than capital. What capital co-opts are ideas - namely the idea of what it is to be human. Are we singular, mechanistic and limited? Or are we multiplistic (a community of life), unbounded and creative? Our ideas naturally take the course of our answer to this question.
"The merchant of Love's Bazaar is none other than the customer himself. Where then is the profit in trying to buy and sell?"
- Javad Nurbakhsh
If you'd like to drop in on us and you have a few volunteer hours to give, please join us next weekend, October 4-5. The work we'll be doing is applying expanded metal lathe to our rebar dome using a pneumatic hog tie gun and also hand tying with wire ties. The weekend of October 4-5 is also Truth or Consequences Hot Springs Cool Art event and there will be events in town each day and eve so it'll be a nice time to be here. We can welcome those who wish to camp on our site or recommend really inexpensive hot spring hotels in town.
Hope to see ya!
Wendy & Mikey
also upgrade all the tools I use for my embedded hardware projects. It amazes me just how many people are on the arduino / processing setup when it is so limited compared to what can be done with a $50 jtag programmer. Seriously folks single step hardware debug is CRITICAL to getting projects done fast.
So I made my choice a few years ago. I left NYC for Truth or Consequences, NM, a tiny desert town that was never fully dependent on the national economy. Folks here have skills: welding, sewing, woodworking, canning, growing etc. The domestic economy is vibrant, in fact barter is more respected than the dollar which says so little of one's character. When a developer came here with big plans to "help us" I realized that he could not see that poverty is being redefined. While one in four American homes are empty, here in T or C we have a nearly full occupancy. He sees trailers and mobiles, "poor folks!" I see balance, living within one's means. This is wealth! This is a place that skirted through the great depression of the 1920's and 30's. Here locals grew food and stocked the supermarket for those who could not grow. That supermarket is still here.
In Truth or Consequences one must bring their work or create it here. You could say that it's a perfect place for folks who attend Burning
Man. Like the desert utopian experiment T or C is pioneering, it asks you what your made of and what your skills are. You can still buy a home here for $50k, taxes average at a couple hundred bucks a year. What's here? Whatever you bring here. Like Burning Man it asks you to manifest and share what matters most to you. This place highlights my own belief that in this time the maker is the revolutionary.
We'll all find our place soon enough. As we slide deeper into what's being now called the 'greater depression' I suggest we consider this collapse is also the renaissance in disguise. If your tempted to savor what was: money, consumerism and greed, consider how little life it contained. Mystics over the ages have told us that we fell from paradise, from the garden. Religious texts speak of man's fall into idolatry. These concepts need not be filed under religious thinking. When we built a world on top of one that was given to us and we thanked ourselves for it we parted ways with the natural world and we made gods of ourselves for the doing of it. What do we have to gain from this collapse? Only paradise and the rediscovery of our humanity. And perhaps wealth will finally move to the hands of those most capable of holding it, those who know how to live in the real world a world that teaches us through our ability to live in it that the health of the individual is dependent on the health of the whole. The above photo was taken by Moe Koenick.
- One liter of 130deg Waste Veggie Oil (denim filtered)
- 7g of Lye (NaOH drain cleaner)
- 220ml of methanol (yellow heet)
- mix lye and methanol by swirling or gently shake
- now you have methoxide solution
- mix methoxide solution with waste oil
- shake vigorously for 5 minutes
- 30 minutes should see glycerin form at bottom
- let settle overnight
- ready for car - use strainer
together and we didn't thin them out early in their development. We
did get a few normal sized carrots, but many of them ended up like
- 25lbs jasmin rice
- 50lbs white unbleached flour
- 25lbs of chic peas
- 25lbs of black beans
The savings are pretty incredible when you compare to what we had been paying per pound for these items. That and the end of the global economy is coming.
- 4 cubies
- old denim, secure around cube cap threads
- 1 funnel
- 1 clean cube to catch the filtered grease
Even with my oil at 100F from the sun I'm still filtering less than 2.5 gallons per day. I just poked a hole in the top of the dirty cube to act as a air intake. I've tried filtering oil that had water content and the denim swells right up preventing contaminated oil from passing. I believe each layer of denim acts as a 20-30 micron filter.
after a bit of shock from a transplant. I think it edible as it arose
from compost. Olive maybe? I love the way that from an ariel view it
looks like an atom or moleclue.
could buy a $25 door that would pretty much serve the same purpose.
However, I did not go on the most recent trip to Albuquerque with
Wendy when she picked up this Pella fiberglass door at the Re:Store. I
think this door is normally over $600 and it was never installed so we