1. tygermama:

    paperwaspnest:

    vegan-vulcan:

    rollership:

    eduardo said: 

    10 Reasons Why EarthShips Are Fucking Awesome

    Earthships are 100% sustainable homes that are both cheap to build and awesome to live in. They offer amenities like no other sustainable building style you have come across. For the reasons that follow, I believe Earthships can actually change the world. See for yourself!

    1) Sustainable does not mean primitive

    When people hear about sustainable, off-the-grid living, they usually picture primitive homes divorced from the comforts of the 21st century. And rightfully so, as most sustainable solutions proposed until now have fit that description. Earthships, however, offer all of the comforts of modern homes and more. I’ll let these pictures do the talking…

    2) Free Food

    Each Earthship is outfitted with one or two greenhouses that grow crops year-round, no matter the climate. This means you can feed yourself with only the plants growing inside of your house. You can also choose to build a fish pond and/or chicken coop into your Earthship for a constant source of meat and eggs.

    3) Brilliant Water Recycling

    Even the most arid of climates can provide enough water for daily use through only a rain-harvesting system. The entire roof of the Earthship funnels rain water to a cistern, which then pumps it to sinks and showers when required. That used ‘grey water’ is then pumped into the greenhouse to water the plants. After being cleaned by the plants, the water is pumped up into the bathrooms for use in the toilets. After being flushed, the now ‘black water’ is pumped to the exterior garden to give nutrients to non-edible plants.

    4) Warmth & Shelter

    The most brilliant piece of engineering in the Earthship is their ability to sustain comfortable temperatures year round. Even in freezing cold or blistering hot climates, Earthships constantly hover around 70° Fahrenheight (22° Celsius).

    This phenomenon results from the solar heat being absorbed and stored by ‘thermal mass’ — or tires filled with dirt, which make up the structure of the Earthship. The thermal mass acts as a heat sink, releasing or absorbing heat it when the interior cools and heats up, respectively.

    The large greenhouse windows at the front of the house always face south to allow the sun to heat up the thermal mass throughout the daytime.

    5) Energy

    Solar panels on the roof and optional wind turbines provide the Earthship with all of the power it needs. As long as you’re not greedily chewing through electricity like a typical first-world human, you’ll never be short of power.

    6) Freedom

    With all of your basic needs provided for and NO bills each month, you’re free! You don’t have to work a job you hate just to survive. So you can focus your time on doing what you love, and bettering the world around you.

    Imagine if the entire world was able to focus on doing extraordinary things instead of just making enough to get by. Imagine if even 10% of the world could do this. What would change?

    7) Easy to build

    At a recent Earthship conference in Toronto, Canada, a married couple in their forties shared about how they built a 3-story Earthship by themselves in 3 months. They had never built anything before in their lives and were able to build an Earthship with only the printed plans. They did not hire any help, nor did they use expensive equipment to make the job easier.

    If one man and one woman can do this in 3 months, anyone can do it.

    8) Cheap

    Earthships are exorbitantly cheaper than conventional houses. The most basic Earthships cost as little as $7000 (The Simple Survival model) with the most glamorous models costing $70,000 and up, depending on how flashy you want to be with your decorating.

    With these cost options, Earthships can fit the needs of everyone — from the least privileged to the most worldly.

    9) Made of recycled materials

    Much of the materials used to build Earthships are recycled. For starters, the structure is built with used tires filled with dirt.

    If there’s one thing we’re not short of on Earth, it’s used tires! There are tire dumps like the one pictured here in every country in the world. There are even places that will pay you by the tire to take them away.

    The walls (above the tires) are created by placing plastic and glass bottles in concrete. When the Earthship team was in Haiti after the earthquake, they employed local kids to both clean up the streets and provide all of the bottles required for building their Earthship. Plus, they look pretty sexy.

    10) Think Different

    The most powerful thing Earthships do is force people to think differently about how we live. If housing can be this awesome, and be beneficial to the environment, then what else can we change? What else can become more simple, cheaper and better at the same time?

    It’s time for us to re-think much of what we consider normal.

    ugh honestly this is my dream

    I went from “huh neat” to seriously considering one rather quickly.

    dream house

    Uh so I was pretty into the idea of tiny houses but earthships just took first place.

    (via moyaofthemist)

     

  2. moyaofthemist said: And you’re really no good at nighttime stuff…

    Actually, the hours I’d probably take wouldn’t be so bad. Work 4:30-11:30 or something. I can handle late nights if I want to (I actually prefer going to bed at the 11-12 hour), and if my schedule allows it :)

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  3. !!!!!!!!!!! moyaofthemist

     
     

  4. Last time I saw my doctor and talked about returning to work, he mentioned that I should start at part-time and work up to full-time, so as not to overwhelm myself. Made sense, so I got in touch with HR at work to see whether that would be possible.

    After a lot of worrying and a brief phone meeting, I have a few options:

    1) Throw caution to the wind and go back to my old position at full-time at the end of November, which is what we expected when I went on leave. This is probably a bad idea.

    2) Take a “part-time” shift that’s actually 30 hours/week. There are a few scheduling options, all of which have me working nights and weekends. This is probably my best bet.

    3) Take more time off until I’m sure I can go back full-time. I’d need to get this approved officially, so this isn’t a 100% option. I’m also not convinced it would help.

    Honestly, I’m really bummed out that I might not be going back to the exact job I used to do, where I was surrounded by the hustle and bustle of the day shift. The part-time hours they’re offering mean that I’d have very little contact with the folks who made my job so fun. I mean, I know the night team is great too, it just sucks to think about losing what I had. I also don’t know if they’d be able to pull me off the night team when I’m ready to work full-time, since they’re always hurting for night shift workers.

    I’m also feeling incredibly hopeless about my future. I suppose I was trying to believe that after medical leave my life would go back to normal, but the truth is that it’s been irrevocably changed. There was no world in which what I wanted to happen was actually going to happen, but I managed to delude myself into thinking it would. Facing the reality that things are changing is hard, and it’s no wonder I’ve been kind of catatonic since that phone call.

    Finally, I’m just plain scared. Even if I feel good sometimes, I could crash at any moment. Can I even handle 30 hours a week on a regular basis? Will I ever be able to hold down a standard job? How long will I last back at work before I become too sick from the effort and miss too many days? What if I’m let go in a way that causes my disability insurance to be cut off?* There are so many unknowns, and I’ve never been good at handling those. The fact that there’s money and insurance involved just makes me even more terrified.

    *I should probably just research this one soon so I can stop fussing

     

  5. I have a cold and an attitude problem. Pretty sure I’m gonna sulk all day, and I’m so okay with that.

    Tagged #personal
     

  6. unburntqueerscritta:

    budgerigorous:

    how do you advertise a free perzine

    so budgerigorous is an awesome friend of mine who made a pretty cool perzine and you should send her an ask about it or like something

    This zine was super entertaining 11/10 would read again.

     

  7. a discussion on sexual orientation

    1. me: *explaining various sexual orientations to a classmate*
    2. classmate: wait, what's polyamory?
    3. me: well, it's when someone has more than one intimate relationship at a time with the knowledge and consent of everyone involved.
    4. professor: *overhears from front of class*
    5. professor: that is d i s g u s t i n g
    6. me: *defensively* um, actually, no it's--
    7. professor: how DARE they put a greek prefix on a latin root like that?! What right do they have to decimate my beautiful antiquated languages?!?! GREEK AND LATIN DO NOT FRATERNIZE THIS IS LIKE THAT STUPID ROMANTIC SUBPLOT BETWEEN THAT DWARF AND THAT ELF IN THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG NO NO NO NO NO NO!!!
    8. me: ....
    9. me: ....
    10. me: ....
    11. professor: it should be polyerosy
     

  8. the fucking cat pooped in the fucking bathtub

     

  9. concentratelikeorangejuice:

    arglblarglwargl:

    So I went to the #acnl (animal crossing: new leaf) tag for the first time.

    First image is of one villager giving a very graphic bj to another.

    That’s enough internet for the rest of my life.

    image

    That was my face too.

     

  10. So I went to the #acnl (animal crossing: new leaf) tag for the first time.

    First image is of one villager giving a very graphic bj to another.

    That’s enough internet for the rest of my life.