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Visions of the Rewilding Renaissance / Challenege for March
« on: February 28, 2011, 08:12:13 PM »
Hey, I keep noticing time going by and I don't pick up skills. A month back an idea of a monthly challenge came to mind. For Feb. Joe and I tried making bow drills (I totally failed  ::) ) Anyway for March had a tasty idea: For one day, eat only food you have foraged.

You wouldn't need to have foraged them recently, (unless you need more challenge) and wouldn't need to use foraged water (unless you want that challenge)

If you have the interest in doing this challenge this month, post below for motivation - for yourself and anyone else. And report how it went, success or learning experience, either way.

Pictures most welcome!

And any ideas to make this better and for a future month also most welcome!

Grief & Praise / Re: collapse news
« on: January 29, 2011, 11:29:04 AM »
Arab protests/revolutions have made it into the mainstream news recently. Food prices made the talking points of every protest, along with joblessness. (My uneducated theory goes the Mayan elite intensified temple building just before collapse to give the unemployed mobs jobs.) Video from Cairo of protesters beating back police on an apparently important bridge:

One report said Mubarak left the country already, and the army took over from the police but hasn't enforced the curfew. The government turned off 90% of Egypt's internet to make organizing protests more difficult but that doesn't seem to have stopped much.

On the other end of the spectrum, Sterling Allan, editor of FreeEnergyNews.com, seems to have taken up the position of top researcher for another Dues Ex Machina to keep Civilization growing [temporarily] after Peak Oil. This article claims cold fusion energy generation has worked and will go widespread within a couple years. Now that really causes grief to me!

As "Limits to Growth" points out, if energy limitations relax, pollution, water levels, arable land or other factors can lead to a harder collapse.

The Fabulous Forager / Re: ReWilded Soaps and Shampoos
« on: January 28, 2011, 12:19:18 PM »
10 minute discussion of primitive soaps, with a little of brushing teeth with sticks and using sandstone on nails. Nothing new, but she does talk through making a lather a couple times:


Grief & Praise / Re: collapse news
« on: December 22, 2010, 12:22:19 AM »
I don't know where these two fit into perspective, but they do indicate to me civilization may very well not move West one last time.

Eerie Chinese Ghost Cities

"The truth of this situation is that these new cities and developments are money pits. Even though the properties sit completely vacant and ready to be lived in, occupation is not fiscally possible because they are in fact still born cities; created without the possibility of sustaining themselves. And so a bubble in the economy is formed."

China sees inflation jump to 5.1%, a 28-month high

Certainly eats into the Chinese economy's 10% growth, a number the other story adds some qualifications to.

Struck me today, if indeed collapse comes in my lifetime, I'll experience exactly the same strong feelings people have felt several times before during the previous collapses over thousands of years. Kind of put in perspective a brief feeling that reminded me of standing on the Titanic the moment it starts to lean unnaturally and the band keeps playing.

The Fabulous Forager / Re: Lip Balm
« on: December 10, 2010, 08:14:25 PM »
ear wax. nuff said.


I tried it but can't get enough out of my ear  ;D

Visions of the Rewilding Renaissance / Re: A Model For Reviving H/G Culture
« on: December 10, 2010, 12:24:18 PM »
I really like this idea. When thinking about implementing it in the forest nearby, I realized I don't know what dates the acorns will fall (fell early this year, though so many). I wonder how possibly to get around waiting up to the last minute so anyone who needs to can plan ahead?

**READ HERE FIRST** / Re: Introductions
« on: December 10, 2010, 11:50:12 AM »
timeLESS, Fenriswolfr,
Thanks. Yeah, I like strategy in games, but I wish Sid Meyer would come out with Tribalization :)

Grief & Praise / Re: collapse news
« on: December 08, 2010, 09:49:46 PM »
"Is 'Peak Oil' Behind Us?"


"The I.E.A.’s stance that 2006 will be the year global supplies of conventional oil reached their ultimate peak is a more pessimistic take than its previous assessments. In 2008, the organization projected that conventional oil production would continue to slowly climb for several more decades."

I think this should have made front page news around the world. Peak Oilers had said IEA put out silly numbers and they still say these numbers betray an overly optimistic outlook.

**READ HERE FIRST** / Re: Introductions
« on: December 07, 2010, 11:38:17 PM »
Hi, I go by Dan out here. I live in Pittsburgh, PA currently and have 27 years on me.

I blame Malcolm Gladwell for getting me into rewilding. In “The Tipping Point” he mentions Dunbar’s Number, 150 -maximum group size a human brain processes effectively- and I could see everywhere how this created the problems around me. I’ve always considered Native Americans more sane, though, so probably rewilding had to get my attention at some point.

Watching Avatar (embarrassingly :) ) got me to look more into Dunbar’s number on Wikipedia, and a few links later I found Jason’s 30 Theses. I started reading Friday night, and by Sunday afternoon, could never again play my life-long favorite video game, Sid Meyer’s Civilization.

Now that I had all this free time, I’ve thought a lot about rewilding and collapse, and done some dirt time, which I’ve enjoyed. I find doing it on my own, I let time go by without doing much and don’t experiment as much, so look forward to talking and listening here, and with the people in my part of my bio-region.

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