Author Archives: dmac

Emergency Car Kit

See parent article on prepping  priorities. The Emergency Car Kit consists of everything in the picture above (stored in a duffle bag in the trunk) and some items stored inside the car (pictured below). You could, of course, just buy a kit from AAA, but as with anything, you get what you pay for. I’m […]

A Four Generation Connection and Personal Account of an Open Source Ecology Workshop (2017)

A four-generation connection to building and a first-hand account of participating in an Open Source Ecology prototyping workshop, focused on the construction of a compressed earth brick (CEB) press and a power cube.

Emergency Communications

See summary parent article on prepping priorities. The two goals for communication are receiving information to learn what you can about the current situation and transmitting information (“I’m here”, “let’s meet there”). (1) Your most powerful communication tool is your cell phone You already know how to use this incredibly helpful device. Consider loading it […]

Emergency Backup Power

See parent article on prepping  priorities. Note that backup power is related to communication (a large priority because you’ll want to find your family in an emergency, learn what is going on, and call for help if needed). Summary: 3 systems can be used solo or in conjuction with one another: (1) Generator and/or (2) […]

The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology and Anthropology of Hunter-Gatherers (2014) – Donal’s Notes

Introduction Hunter-gatherers: term defined by William Solas in 1911 in which he also recognizes for the first time this distinctive way of life. Leslie White (location 536), neo-evolutionary thinking: Organize humans on continuum of evolution based on how much control they had over energy flows. Early humans relied on muscle, later humans harnessed fossil fuels […]

The Canary: A New Symbol for Gratitude

Here’s my Thanksgiving toast to our loved ones who suffer: Just as real canaries can save us from poison gas, our cultural canaries can help us know reality and live better. So, long live our cultural canaries. May we pay attention to them, honor them, love them, and help them. In so doing, we honor, love, and help ourselves. By listening to all of who they are, we listen to all of who we are. What better way be whole? What better way to love thy neighbor as thyself? What better way to express gratitude? #thankcanaries

What is Permaculture?

The word “permaculture” comes from the combination of “permanent” + “agriculture”. Since food is vital for culture, permaculture is also “permanent” + “culture”. It has the potential for solving many existing problems…

A Psychopathic President, Staying Awake, and One Planet Thriving

A psychopath is going to the white house. Four lessons to learn and act on.