Arapahoe teacher on survival and resilience

For several years, I've conducted an annual Skype session with the students at Arapahoe High School in Colorado, who read my novel Little Brother as a jumping-off point for a wide-ranging, critical discussion of the Internet and politics. Arapahoe has been much in the news lately, for sad reasons: a student brought a gun to school, shot and wounded two of his fellow students, and then killed himself. Kristin Leclaire teaches Language Arts at Arapahoe, who was living in New York on September 11th, 2001, and she has written a sad, smart, important essay on her experience, called Scar Tissue . My thoughts are with my friends at Arapahoe. Read the rest

HOWTO make a bike-charged emergency battery

Becky Stern writes, "Last year Hurricane Sandy knocked out a large portion of the power grid in New York City, and I was able to stay online thanks to this rig my friend Hackett made-- it's a deep cycle battery, inverter, and stationary bike trainer with a permanent magnet DC motor and charging circuit. To deal with the lingering trauma of a very real natural disaster, we made a video detailing how it works."

Hackett's Bike Generator (Thanks, Becky!) Read the rest

HOWTO assemble the Powercube, hydraulic power source for the Global Village Construction set

This comprehensive, user friendly video shows you how to assemble the Powercube; Open Source Ecology's modular power unit.

HOWTO make your own automated compressed earth brick making machine

This comprehensive, user friendly video shows you how to assembly the Liberator CEB Press; the worlds first open source, automated compressed earth brick making machine.