Design Web

Posted on do 25 mei 2023 in tools • Tagged with design web

Looby Macnamara's Design Web is a design process. You can read about it in her book People & Permaculture. I resonate with using its anchor points and allowing jumping between points as questions come up and get answered.

The tool gives 12 different anchor points to use as a starting point …

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Bullet Journal

Posted on vr 05 mei 2023 in tools • Tagged with bullet journaling, year compass, feedback

I have started bullet journaling on 20 December 2019. I have kept to a very minimal set of collections.

Ryder Carroll encourages you to record an intention for your bullet journaling practice. Mine is: "I want my BuJo practice to help me record the ebb and flow of my life …

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Contemplation on oil, gas and coal

Posted on vr 05 mei 2023 in contemplation

  • oil is used
    • in powering machines for moving / transporting
      • raw materials
      • half finished products
      • finished products
      • people
    • in these environments
      • water - boat, submarine
      • land - car, shovel, tractor, truck
      • air - airplane, helicopter, drone
    • it is also used as a basis for
      • lubricants
      • solvents (in paint, as a cleaning agent)
    • characteristics
      • oil …

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Permaculture Ethics and Principles

Posted on vr 05 mei 2023 in tools • Tagged with permaculture, ethics, Holmgren principles, attitudinal principles


  • Earth care
    • Reduce
    • Reuse
    • Recycle
    • Repair
  • People care
  • Fair share / Future care

Attitudinal principles

  • Multiple elements x multiple functions
  • Everything gardens
  • The problem is the solution
  • Yield is theoretically unlimited
  • Work with nature
  • Minimum effort, maximum effect

Holmgren principles

  • Observe and interact
  • Catch and store energy
  • Obtain a yield …

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Thinking in Patterns

Posted on vr 05 mei 2023 in tools • Tagged with thinking in patterns

Below is a list of patterns found in nature. Every pattern is a response to a specific challenge.

  • branching / fractal
  • circle / ring / torus
  • cloud
  • dome / lobe
  • gradient
  • hook / burdock / ogive (pointed arch)
  • meander / wave / seneca curve / logistic curve
  • net / web
  • scattering / camouflage
  • sheet
  • sphere / bubble
  • spiral
  • streamline
  • succession
  • tetrahedron / triangle …

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Mental Inventory

Posted on vr 05 mei 2023 in tools • Tagged with mental inventory, bullet journaling

I first came across the mental inventory when I started using the Bullet Journal method.

Find the original explanation here.

  • Create it by rapid logging / brain dumping into three columns
    • Things I am working on
    • Things I should be working on
    • Things I want to be working on
  • Filter your …

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Survey for a location design

Posted on vr 05 mei 2023 in surveys • Tagged with permaculture, survey, community, location design

I'm collecting information for a design on location. This to validate our current choice of location and / or to find another place that is more suitable to our wants and needs.

Money and energy needs of different sized communities

Estimation of monetary needs for a community of size n. Expenses …

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Making soap

Posted on wo 03 mei 2023 in blog • Tagged with soap, experiment, recipe

We made a shampoo bar / soap for washing our hair. We did this for the first time in 2021 and after we had used up the first batch, we made a second batch in 2022.

We took every precaution to do this safely. Please familiarize yourself with the process before …

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Homemade Insulated Insoles

Posted on vr 20 januari 2023 in blog • Tagged with experiment, season: winter

I was looking for a way to create insulated insoles. I considered covering a piece of plastic with felt. As I looked around at what I had laying around to use as a felting template, I considered radiator foil.

The foil is made of a layer of foam and a …

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Journal of work in Proeftuin Meerhoven in 2022

Posted on wo 04 januari 2023 in blog • Tagged with survey, practical, season: spring, season: summer, season: fall, season: winter

Since mid 2017 I have been involved with gardening at the Proeftuin Meerhoven in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. This is a community garden maintained by volunteers in the neighborhood adjoining ours. We use the space with approval from the local council. The harvest from this garden has supplemented our lunches and …

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