#scuttlebutt (thought i'd posted it there... :/ )
For almost exactly the same amount of physical space as a luggable loo you can have a small porta-potty like this that keeps the smell away when you use it and is easy to dump down a toilet or any RV septic dump which you can find for free at many truck stops that also cater to RVs (and of course rv campgrounds). We usually just dump it in the toilet because that's easier. I don't remember what brand we have but i can go find out if you're interested. I would strongly recommend this over a luggable loo.
I'm not a fan of the Biolite. Hunting down tiny pieces of wood is just annoying, especially when you're in between places and at a truck stop. I'd go with one of the small canister ones like a JetBoil. Personally I've got ultra small titanium one for backpacking but if space and weight aren't an issue the JetBoil is fine. They have a pot which is nice too. Pretty much anything else in that vein that has decent reviews is fine. Also, if you're building stuff you can just embed something like that in your counter top as long as you can pull it out to change the canister. Or you could get a propane tank and a burner that you embedded, but that means more space taken up.
Electric hot plate sounds like too much wattage. You'd need so much solar and battery to compensate for using it with any regularity, or a couple deep cycle batteries for that and other stuff. I, obviously, haven't done the math on it but it doesn't sound a good plan.
I'd likely stick to a small wok, a kettlepot for boiling/steaming and the smallest pressure cooker I can find. Maybe a dutch oven for baking. Wondering if I can get away with using a cordless drill for immersion blending.
I love this kettle from GSI small, lightweight, and works great. We used it for years in our vanagon and at home. didn't feel the need to upgrade to a "real" one.
if you swing by southern VT I think we still have a small dutch oven we got for our vanagon, but never used, that you could have. I'd have to check. We ended up just using pots and pans.
re grinding and blending. do you need to? that sounds like extra stuff to bring that just wouldn't be used often enough to justify its existence, but i dunno about your typical meal prep.
For showering NEMO Helio Portable Pressure Shower with Foot Pump is great. It packs down pretty small and works well. We used it with a pop up privacy tent behind the vanagon. they pop up fast and pack flat... still a wide disk, but a flat wide disk. I wouldn't recommend giving up that much space to build a shower inside what i assume is something van-sized. Also, I've seen many attempts and they're almost all really annoying kludges, and frequently have problems with water escaping. I agree that grey-water is overkill. And draining grey-water onto the road / ground is illegal in many places.
We've kitted out a Vanagon for off-grid living (including mid-winter living). And now I'm working through the mental calculations for a 6+moth trip at the end of this year (we don't have the vanagon anymore). If i end up in a 4 wheel vehicle i think i'll just take a spare battery maybe go all fancy with a Goal Zero that can be charged by the car (solar's not worth it if you're driving regularly), my camping gear, my computer, and not much else.
if i end up on a motorcycle again, well it's tent-city baby!
Good luck. I've been through this stuff before and my wife's done the electrical so I'd be happy to act as a sounding board.
A quick and dirty hack to compensate for max post length
So the weekly summary was 3 posts. The next one is probably going to be similarly large. I have also written multiple posts that i had to break up into multiple smaller posts.
Doing this manually sucks, and i don't know enough about ssb / patchwork's guts to implement
blob support. So I wrote ssb-splitter
- Reads in a markdown file
- Splits it into multiple files with as many paragraphs as possible in each
(roughly 7000 bytes to be safe)
- adds a line to each post indicating which one it is and of how many. E.g. "post 2 of 12"
Usage instructions are on GitHub along with the source.
And if you're reading in the future and the download links don't work just go to the GitHub repo and download it from the releases page.
Blah blah, running unknown executables from strangers is an obvious security risk, blah blah. Quick hack. blah.
If you're on a mac you can find a binary here
I don't have a linux box but if you do you can download this and run this command to compile it:
cc 'ssb-splitter.o' -o 'ssb-splitter' -rdynamic -lpcre -lgc -lpthread /usr/local/Cellar/crystal-lang/0.23.1_3/src/ext/libcrystal.a -levent -lrt -ldl -L/usr/lib -L/usr/local/lib
If that doesn't work I can't help you. Sorry. This is a quick hack and I don't have a linux box. ;)
When i do get access to a linux box I'll compile something and make a release on GitHub.
Have fun (if this sounds interesting). I wrote it for me so ignoring it is totally cool too. ;)
I was just musing on the benefits of having separate spaces for short and long form content. - @Richard D. Bartlett
I have trouble with that. From my perspective I have a collection of people who like hearing what i have to say. Sometimes I have short conversations. Sometimes I have long ones. I shouldn't have to switch languages, or rooms because i have more words to say.
Now, sometimes people simply don't have the energy to listen to some long thing regardless of who is saying it. Here we can simply do what Patchwork already does, and truncate it visually at some point and say "show more".
I love that people can use different tools. I hate the default twitter client. I love that I have so many opinionated choices to go with for posting to twitter. I'm also very thankful that an effectively random subset of my posts aren't restricted to being seen by my followers who happen to use the same client. Doubly so when on twitter and SSB I'm just sending some text, and maybe some images.
Side note: I understand (or at least have the impression) that there's some underlying technical reason why the clients initially limited things, and that switching to
blob for long posts solves this.
We're not really looking to engage with authorities at this time. We're really trying to make this a grassroots flat decentralized network and starting with top-down buy-in doesn't seem like a good way to achieve that. @juul
Having worked with our EMA i'd think that a combination would work best. Get a couple local people to set up a couple nodes to prove that it works "and here you can come over and test it" then talking to local EMA ( or EMA Adjacent ) people who actually care about disaster planning. No reason you can't have the best of both worlds, and it's l lot easier to convince someone who actively plans for disasters and has a place to put these (town land) than it is to convince a whole network of individuals, in the same town, that they should bother sticking one of these on their land and let you occasionally come on their land to check on it.
re wasach 100
The Wasatch Front 100 Mile Endurance Run is held in Utah the first Friday and Saturday after Labor Day each year. The run stretches from East Mountain Wilderness Park, Utah to Soldier Hollow, Utah and covers some of the most beautiful scenery the Wasatch Mountains have to offer. There is a cumulative gain of approximately 24,000 feet, as well as a cumulative loss of approximately 23,300 feet throughout the course. This is a premier run that will test the endurance of any runner.
That sounds like it'd need a LOT of disasterradio nodes since they're using normal wifi frequencies. What's the range with clear line of sight? How many you planning on making @viduno ?
It also has a single database at the race end which probably contributes to bottlenecks in data transmission. -- @viduno
they using D-Star or ?? for data transmission over ham ?
I went to BU and miss Boston. I lived on Strathmore closer to BC. Loved living there.
heh. we just moved to southern VT to get away from the city. Our CERT work with the town in MA is now purely remote help (calls, putting together maps for remote calls while they sleep, etc) ... well except for the marathon. I like helping with that, and learn a ton from listening to the totally professional ham net they manage, so I'll drive the 4hrs back for that.
my understanding is that @mfitz situation is actually better than most. Most EMAs seem to be all "civilians?! Radio people?! We have radios right here. Why do we need them?"
@viduno: I'm eager to hear how your tests goes. I'm a CERT member in a Massachusetts EMA. We work with the EMA police officers regularly, and Ham volunteers play a huge part in the Boston marathon relaying info between all the various officers and groups. Our primary contact at our town's EMA is a Ham who understands the value of things like this, so if it gets to a point where it's ready for more real world deployment i can start talking with them about the possibility of making it happen in town.
@Petromir Dzhunev I would also note that following a tag/channel is fine but I believe you will have a better experience here if you search for topics that interest you and then follow people who are talking about them.
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