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When Hell Freezes Over – Risks and Rewards of Refrigeration

You’re god damn lucky. You really are. Out of all of the hominids born in the last few million years, you were born at a time of abundant energy and refrigeration. Yes, refrigeration – and on top of that, you

Posted in Personal, Philosophy, Refrigeration, Refrigerator

It’s Evolution Stupid!

The recognition of one’s own ignorance is a valuable component in the character of the individuals I care to correspond and share personal time with. In a world of “leaders” and followers, politicians and prophets, “experts” and arm-chair economic theorists,

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Posted in Organized Entropy Expansion, Personal, Philosophy

Technology, Autocracy, and Extinction

I’ve gone through something of a trauma recently.  Nothing to get excited over, more of an existential thing, or a re-analysis of my own values and outlook on the world.  I have spent so much of the last few years

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Posted in Personal, Philosophy

Fridge Powered by Farts and Rainbows

The most difficult part of designing a durable, robust, long lasting refrigerator is dealing with the the question of how to power it.  Electricity is the answer most people would pop off before I get the last breath out.  But,

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Posted in Personal, Philosophy, Refrigeration, Refrigerator

Bringing Materialism Back

It is a worthy undertaking to redefine what we know as “materialism” in today’s culture.  The word is so often associated with excess, waste, and possessing more stuff than the neighbors have.  Keeping up with the Jones, or what not. 

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Posted in Personal, Philosophy, Refrigeration, Refrigerator

Designed For The Unborn

Let it be known that I do not want to sell refrigerators, own patents, market products, or operate anything which could be construed as a business.  That being said, a guy has to make a living, so that if I

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Posted in Personal, Philosophy, Refrigeration, Refrigerator

A Refrigerator For The Ages

Over the course of the next several years I will be illustrating a plan for a long lasting, modular refrigeration system which encompasses my values in the realm of design and simplicity.  Here I will begin that process by trying

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Design With Planned Integrity

It has taken me some years to find my path.  I believe that were I born in a previous era, I would have found my way to the field of engineering, as that seems to be the my core interest: 

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Beware of HVAC Technicians

In the fall of 2015, I did something which I felt was for my own good:  I quit my job as a local truck driver, and pursued a residential HVAC maintenance position at a Portland area company.  My view then,

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Change of Course – 3 ? 4 ?

This is at least the third or forth time I have decided to change the course of this blog, and my focused area of research.  You could say I wander wherever my attention is captured.  I remain interested in all

Posted in Dwelling, Personal, Refrigeration, Refrigerator, The Squatch, Tiny House

Heat Pump or Heat Engine?

I haven’t bent any copper for a few weeks now.  Between the heat, a vacation, and some bad habits, the shop has barely been opened.  Part of the reason is due to a recent fascination with power plants.  Previously, in

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Posted in Personal, Refrigeration, The Squatch, Water

Refrigeration – Back at it!

  Oh my; where to start?  I’ve been away from the blog so long, and have so much to discuss, I fear I know not where to start.  I’ve written quite a bit about refrigeration in the past, but that

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Posted in Dehumidifiers, Hot Water, Personal, Philosophy, Refrigeration, Refrigerator

Determination and Resolve

I feel a little lost lately.  I’m still looking for a cause to devote myself to.  It’s not like there aren’t enough options; the list of interests I have is endless, but I have little structure in my life to

Posted in Personal

Build A Community, As If Your Life Depended On It

These are uncertain times to be sure.  The human population is almost 7.3 Billion, and as of this writing, the net population growth on Earth this year is about 602,000; yet it is only January 3rd.  I don’t look at

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Posted in Dwelling, Personal, Philosophy

Creating Affordable Housing in Portland

There are many reasons for wanting to live in a city as beautiful and progressive as Portland.  For us, we like the fact that by staying close to the city core, we don’t have to commute for our jobs which

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Posted in Dwelling, Personal, The Squatch, Tiny House

The Right Dwelling For Me

I think I’ve nearly come full circle in my desired house.  When I was raking in a lot of cash working at a coal mine in Pennsylvania, I wanted to buy a pice of rural property and build a house,

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The Absurdity of Property and Human Rentals

Perhaps this is a little much for some people to swallow, but I’m just going to lay it out. We have a property disorder here on this planet.  Yeah, property.  Like land, trees, the air, the minerals, the means of

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Posted in Marxism, Personal, Philosophy

Growth, Death, and Survival

Homo sapiens may very well be the first species that must learn to live on Earth.  It appears as though every other species that came before us, or exists today, has a population limited by available food supply or other

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Posted in Organized Entropy Expansion, Personal, Philosophy

Acceptance and Adaptation

Human activities of the last 10,000 years have made irreversible changes to the landscape of the Earth, to the waters, the air, and the biodiversity of life.  This much is not up for debate; marshes have been drained, forests leveled,

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The Electric Hybrid Bicycle === Delightful

For many years, I’ve planned on building and electric hybrid bicycle for my general transportation needs.  An electric motor that supplements the human operator increases range, cargo carrying capacity, and general enjoyment of the ride.  A few hundred watts of

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