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  • in reply to: is capitalism the problem ? #64056
    blueskymine
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    hello again, sometimes it all seems a big challenge, but if the president had a good plan… and the interesting thing is that those who do not like capitalism often run to another ideology and say it has to be this way or that entirely, such as socialist or whatever… but why can’t it be either or, neither nor, or both)(and almost everything inbetween)? depending on… why don’t the people who want to get together and live a socialist life get together then and get on living it…. and the same for other ideologies. Or actually I think there will be all sorts of various hybrid ideologies across the world in the future as a natural adaptation.(in reality though, serious questions would have to be answered in regards to how these different types of social organizations could get along without intruding or invading upon one another).. How many eons do republicans and democrats have to fight back and forth before they realize that they have finally become obsolete because of the rising power of the bright, intelligent and well reasoned Centrist Majority that changed everything over by way of its own independent non-governmental actions…. and then the rest will follow probably not even knowing they are. thx for the posting, have a great day (vinceremo!'”We Shall Win!”:)

    in reply to: cycling generator. #64050
    blueskymine
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    Here is a link to a bicycle generator I am hoping to get soon called the “Pedal-A-Watt”:

    https://www.econvergence.net/electro.htm

    (for some odd reason the page is partially blank until you scroll down a little and then you will find all the info and pictures about it,etc.)

    and here is a link to the “Cyclean Pedal Powered Washing Machine”:

    https://www.treehugger.com/files/2006/08/cyclean_pedal_p.php

    hope it helps

    in reply to: Need Help – Solar Powered Fan #64049
    blueskymine
    Participant

    hello, I was reading through a site that seems to contradict wiring in a series… I am wondering what anyone thinks about the following:

    “ON BATTERY BANK INTERCONNECTION FOR OFF-GRID SELF SUFFICIENT LIVING DESIGN”

    “The novice often wires the parallel so that all positive terminals are connected, and all negative terminals, then taps off of one end or the other of the bank, thinking it will give him the amp hours we have indicated. I have even seen this type of connection diagrammed on solar sites that should know better. It will give the added amp hours, but it does so in the direction of the tap. The first battery goes down to 0% faster, then the next battery and so on. This causes the closest batteries to cycle and stay unused causing faster sulfation, wearing them out faster than the farthest. All of them will wear many times faster than they should, because it will be breaking the 50% rule.” https://wayoffgrid.com/

    I am a novice so please forgive me:), I just thought of this posting when I was reading this the other night, and started to wonder which is the best choice then…. have nice day

    in reply to: combating condensation in van dwelling #64051
    blueskymine
    Participant

    Hello, maybe “super shammy’s” would help in some way. I have heard the ones that are made in Germay are superior to most other brands commnly used(only have heard this)… but they are supposed to absorb water in a magnificently way!(then just ring out later) I also saw somewhere that they also work to dry clothing faster… there was a demonstration where they just rolled a wet sweater from the wash up in a super shammy and it was much drier as it soaked up most of the water… maybe they might help, hope so anyway, have a good day

    in reply to: Whree to get info????? #64040
    blueskymine
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    one favorite of mine i found on fortunate accident, is makezine.com and the paper mag itself is just called “Make:”

    to get some of its feel and vibe on the back of one it says: “I’ve chosen concentration rather than conformity, imagination in place of mainstream social acceptance.”

    hope that helped, I know its helped me here and there, and is different and interesting, have a nice day

    in reply to: is capitalism the problem ? #64039
    blueskymine
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    yes, that could be too.. sometimes I think it all depends on how people look at the “quality of life.” I took a class about technology and society last year, it was truly fascinating and it talked about how it is often the case that “low-tech” societies often have a far higher quality of life than those living the more “modern” “high-tech” industrialized lives, etc..

    However, regardless of everything I think rotten people are the problem plain and simple… If I owned some sort of utility company I simply would not rob people blind just because I could, in fact I would do the absolute opposite, but maybe that is what is in the heart of the old capitalist? ? but the article on the front page of this website today is kind of hopeful in that many of those who can afford large quantities of land are trying to do decent and responsible things… but it still is not right that money creates the ability to decide a major part of the fate for an entire country in a multitide of ways… but then is that necessarily the fault of capitalism or a combination of many other things?

    in reply to: pedal power ! #64038
    blueskymine
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    I agree that down sizing is a major part of the answer, but I provide for 3 children and a grandmother and there is only so much they’ll allow me to do, or take away that is.. i myself could get by with very very little but everyone else seems to disagree with my ideas:)

    another tricky thing is the icy cold winters.. I wish double AA batteries would keep everyone warm!! LOL!! in the utmost alternative inventivenes and frugality, nomatter how hard I work, or how much I think and conserve (even wearing layered clothes w/insulative airspace:).. it doesn’t matter.. the monthly utility bills in the winter are far higher than incoming paychecks, in a minimalist situation to say the least. But its okay, because it has inspired invention.

    I offered out the idea to my mom/grandma of just using a cooler in the winter using the free snow to keep things cold instead of a fridge, and everyone started making fun of me and got very angry at even the suggestion. as if they have anything to say about it, but still, its hard to live in an environment where everyone is angry at you and thinks you are from another planet. However, if the various costs of living keep rising, they will not have a choice anymore.. they will be out helping me shovel snow instead

    I understand your viewpoint about what it means to be off grid, but in the most straightforward sense it means to me what it says literally: being off the grid. The “grid” is not the same as “electricity.” The grid provides various forms of electricity for different purposes in its grid like way… but electricity is electricity.. the only reason someone should have anything against electricity itself is the fear of getting struck by lightning or some imbalance of positive and negative ions or something.. simplicity tends to be a requirement of getting there and/or a by product of it all. To me its all very simple too… or should be… but in reality it is not necessarily always the case… t.v., radio, lamps, computer, etc… are truly not a big barrier, I even forced them to go without airconditioning this summer and everyone is fine and probably healthier for it, but heating for example is a not as simple until I build a very smart small house… and camping is great too, but not all year in a snowbank. give thanks for your thoughts and have a great day

    in reply to: pedal power ! #64034
    blueskymine
    Participant

    thanks for the link, its very helpful. I’ve been really looking into pedal power and have a savings can set aside, lol, for an interesting pedal power system I’m hoping to try. I’ve been having a hard time deciding which would be more efficient for me to start out with – a few solar panels or pedal power system since I can only afford a little at a time. I live where there are extremely cold winters so maybe pedal power might be the way to go first? anyhow, I appreciate the link because am trying to learn as much as possible about all this. Hope everyones having a nice day.

    in reply to: is capitalism the problem ? #64035
    blueskymine
    Participant

    hello, I think it seems the u.s. is mostly being referred to, but all in all the solutions are the same… anything and everything that will bring more independence and strength into the hands of (decent) individuals the better. Most people within their hearts and souls are yearning for the same things but the societal “structures”{for lack of a better word(l)d] is not there to help those who do not think for themselves as much or rely on other types of social and cultural institutions and things… again I am sure most people on earth are yearning for the same things… and if we are to have representatives and leaders of the sort, then let it be those like PETER GARRETT and BARAK OBAMA, what an inspiration, HOW GREAT AND WONDERFUL THAT IS FOR THIS EARTH to finally have some people like that in power, at least on the policy side, etc.. I bet many people fantasize about some great leaders taking control and TURNING EVERYTHING AROUND (peacefully) AND DOING THINGS RIGHT. Instead of everything revolving so much around the wants and needs of the wicked and the witless.

    The ultimate core of turning it all around is when people step outside and just look at eachother and find new ways (and old ways) to function and survive which are more beneficial to themselves, and others and likewise not being harmful to themselves or others. Part of this, economically involves a market but one in which is more like the old time market place. Also more worker owned cooperatives, more options with what you do and who you work with and/or for (usually ideally yourself and family:), everything benefitting the earth and society not harming and inhibiting it. More smaller specialized groups and associtations instead of the big schmolopies:) And everything has to be looked at and reexamined all over again, …. EVERYTHING… especially in a more historic view…… how many people do you meet walking down the street that are thinking to themselves how this all came to be and how it all relates to your own life and everything we see going on around us… maybe more than I’m guessing, but usually it seems otherwise… or maybe people ask the questions, but often stop there.. and go on the same in all this, well its so wonderful when some are brave and take a step sideways, and look at eachother and say hey maybe we could even work together somehow in this..in one or more areas, large or small…. changing economic and educational structures, mentalities, political systems and policies, cultures, technologies, and so much more….

    sorry for the ranting…. and thank you for the thought provoking postings, all in all i agree with most of the posters and do not feel capital-ism in general is the (main) problem but much much more that often utilizes capital-ism for its own gain in harmful ways.

    Have a nice day

    in reply to: solar dab radio – runs for 27 hours :) #64023
    blueskymine
    Participant

    that is also a good idea if you only want to watch dvd’s, and also there are little battery powered t.v.’s, I do not know what trickle charge means, but i understand your trying to say, which brings me to this link I’ve just stumbled upon, lol, the “take anywhere Hammacher Schlemmer” which should work for the dvd player and similar: https://www.hammacher.com/publish/75436.asp?source=Bizrate&keyword=75436&cm_ven=NewGate&cm_cat=Bizrate&cm_pla=SPORTS%20LEISURE&cm_ite=75436

    I keep wondering lately why there aren’t more larger items w/ build in batteries… Wouldn’t it eliminate alot of hassles in a variey of ways…for example, there are many types of solar lamps and portable camping led’s, etc… but I cannot for the life of me find one single regular household lamp that will emit the type of light I get from my other non-solar lights. But I am sure its possible to make a lamp like this, that I could sit outside (or part of it outside) like the other outdoor lights (which usually only give that slight glow which is good for yard lights and things but not mucn more)but bring in the house and just turn on like a regular indoor lamp that gives off a decent amount of light that could at least partially light up a room, not only a few millimeters… and it would be so nice to have other similar appliances with built in batteries like ort computers, dvd players, phones, etc. do…. if they exist… if they do and i am just missing it please anyone feel free to clue me in:)

    well enough of that rambling, but this is just one of the stumbling blocks that keep coming up for me while making my plans for an inexpensive off-grid home. I’m trying to detour all or most plumbing and electrical as possible with all sorts of ideas, and having certain household items with built in rechargeable batteries seems to be something that would help out alot but cannot find much except for small camping items or those that do not emit much light or power, etc… (again another great example would be a small refridgerator with a built in battery, that would be great!!!:) I suppose if it is not there I should make it myself somehow, this should be interesting:) I’ll let you know how it goes if I don’t zap myself trying first, lol,. Have a good day everyone

    in reply to: solar dab radio – runs for 27 hours :) #64024
    blueskymine
    Participant

    hello again all, after writing this post I searched for a solar powered refridgerator, I came upon alot of the smaller camping versions, some battery powered, but finding a larger refridgerator that is actually a literal solar fridge etc… wasn’t as common. I stumbled upon a nice surprise I didn’t know existed and its a literal solar fridge that can even run on a car battery. The fridge itself is quite large (at least in the picture)and definitly not mobile, but the battery itself could be brought to the fridge and hooked up to it, because it has its own terminals on it. Here is the link to learn more about it, it is the fourth product down. I think its a pretty helpful and neat idea (about the fourth one down the page):

    https://www.alibaba.com/product-free/100947461/_super_Deal_Solar_Refrigerator.html

    in reply to: solar dab radio – runs for 27 hours :) #64019
    blueskymine
    Participant

    thanks, that’s cool, would like to get one. While trying to find answers for myself, I keep finding all these other good links that are hard to keep to myself and want to share too, so here’s another, lol, in return for yours, for an upcoming solar t.v. link w/low power consumption:):

    https://www.inhabitat.com/2008/07/07/sharps-solar-powered-television/

    in reply to: Compact Fluorescent lamps and Inverters #64011
    blueskymine
    Participant

    hello again, I ran across this web page about inverters and about 1/4 way down it starts talking specifically about modified and sine wave inverters and some of the benefits/drawbacks of each… which appliances work better with a certain inverter etc.(or doesn’t at all). It did not talk specifically about compact flourescents, but there is contact info at the bottom of the page so maybe you could call or email them your question because they sound pretty experienced. good luck again:)

    in reply to: Compact Fluorescent lamps and Inverters #64012
    blueskymine
    Participant

    here is the link, lol, (forgot to post it, suppose you might need that:)

    https://www.backwoodssolar.com/catalog/inverters.htm

    in reply to: #64015
    blueskymine
    Participant

    thanks, pretty neat.

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