Some random items of interest:
- Ernest Hemingway's very smart productivity tip: Stop writing (programming, etc.) for the night when you still have something to say. Easier to start up the next day. Here's the quote: “I had learned already never to empty the well of my writing, but always to stop when there was still something there in the deep part of the well, and let it refill at night from the springs that fed it.”
- Planterponics. MiiU's Shlok and Ross have done some DIY design work and come up with a very low cost and easy to build window gardening/farming system. Nice entry level alternative to expensive and complicated "windowfarms." They are gearing it up into a pretty cool project.
- This appealed to my inner geek. Definitely on my xmas list. It's a solid state hard drive ($0.80 a Gb and 140/150 ratings are 5 star). The idea is that you can replace your hard disk with these solid state cards. They just plug right into the same slot. The benefits? They are FAST (I've read 3x-10x faster), less power hungry (avoid all of that spinning) and don't get as hot. All goodness in my book. Anyway, sorry for the geekfest, but I was really surprised to find these at a reasonable price today while I was shopping for some memory from crucial. NOTE: Here are some video instructions on how to add it to a macbook pro (might be a way to extend the use of it for a few years).
- Mark Frazier's new organization, the artisan's courtyard network, is focused on promoting local artisanal production.
- Getting resilient/permaculture food production/industry off the ground: The Hazelnut Improvement Program How to purchase Hazelnut bare root stock. Plant now and generate lots of valuable calories later.
- Finally, here's some custom, likely DIYable equipment for nut processing, from nice folks at Forest Agriculture Enterprises.