Monthly Archives: September 2014

Ladders to the stars

A few random ideas:

  • Notice the lack of headroom in this loft! Plus the ladder seems in the way?
  • The basic ladder at the end of the desk. Seems workable for a Silver-Bullet office. Also, look at how much room is behind the desk?
  • The other one also has a ladder at the end of the desk, as well as a nice side to the bed.

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How long to build a Tiny House?

In 117.5 hours we have a home that is just a few hours away from being able to be occupied if we so choose. Though it won’t be completed, we can at least have shelter beyond our pop up tent trailer. Not too bad considering we started with nothing but a trailer base a few weeks ago.

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Making life meaningless

From Ran Prieur on Sep 3rd 2014,

In VIznut’s August 5 post, The resource leak bug of our civilization, he starts out talking about how vast increases in computing power are being mostly wasted, and argues that the waste “is nothing utilitarian but a reflection of a more general, inherent wastefulness, that stems from the internal issues of contemporary human civilization.”

The bug: Our mainstream economic system is oriented towards maximal production and growth. This effectively means that participants are forced to maximize their portions of the cake in order to stay in the game. It is therefore necessary to insert useless and even harmful “tumor material” in one’s own economical portion in order to avoid losing one’s position. This produces an ever-growing global parasite fungus that manifests as things like black boxes, planned obsolescence and artificial creation of needs.

Wow, Ivan Illich lives! Then he goes into more detail about “black boxes”. Ground-level processes that humans used to do on their own, are automated into modules, which are stuck together with other modules into bigger modules. In theory this makes life easier but really it makes life less meaningful:

People who have a paid job, for example, can be regarded as modules that try to fulfill a set of requirements in order to remain acceptable pieces of the system. When using the money, they can be regarded as modules that consume services produced by other modules. What happens beyond the interface is considered irrelevant, and this irrelevance is a major source of alienation. Compare someone who grows and chops their own wood for heating to someone who works in forest industry and buys burnwood with the paycheck. In the former case, it is easier to get genuinely interested by all the aspects of forests and wood because they directly affect one’s life. In the latter case, fulfilling the unit requirements is enough.