I am happy to report that a premix concrete truck will get up the mountain. It opens up two designs for the new lab. What is fascinating is the technologies and the ways we are trying to maximize insulation, minimize power use, and create a place that has all the comforts of a modern American home –but off the grid. With the concrete, we can get more mass to stabilize temperature rates as well as use some old school techniques to reuse waste heat and other elements.
There is a part of me that thinks I might be too old for this adventure, but I think in hindsight it might actually be much healthier because of the amount of activity. What I am truly looking forward to is having tools and the computers in one space.
There is nothing better than the phone ringing or getting and email:
“Can you help me with this idea?”
“Is it possible to?”
“Weren’t you working on (insert topic) for many years?”
“How can you make this idea possible?”
Even better is to just wake up, sit down with a cup of coffee, markers, pencils, pens and a roll of drawing paper and just see an idea come to life and then look at the paper and know that you have the tools and materials in a room next to you that allows you to build, create and test the idea. It still amazes me how much one can accomplish with this method.
The piece it requires is small teams of people with a great deal of autonomy working on ideas.
Much of the world is afraid when they have to give up the control of managing some idea to others and they can’t leave loose reigns on the people. I still remember buying my own equipment at Feld Entertainment when I started. People would ask the reason and I would say, “we are working 70, 80, 100 hour weeks most of the time and why do we need to work more with equipment that does do the job, yet, it isn’t anywhere near what is best for the problems we face.”
When you get into larger organizations, have an idea and ask, “Can we try this.” Usually by the time you write up the idea, you have invested more time and money than actually doing the simple test of the idea. In some respects it is like writing a businesses plan. You write, rewrite, present, then someone will ask for more and more…it can become a never ending cycle. Maybe that is why I did the abnormal route and would stick my own funding into an idea.
In entertainment this is considered abnormal. They had the term OPM, which translates into other people’s money.
So this morning, I get a bit excited at the prospect of breaking ground. Call it all a mini arcosante of sorts with bad design. But everything has been thought about and the old school meets high tech and new school ideas will all come together.
Simple, looks beautiful, easy to fix, requires minimal energy, and has a space where any idea can be created and prototyped. The kicker that has me really interested is the agrowvillage microcosm. The entire village idea living and breathing, ideally year round on top of a mountain – fresh eggs, vegetables and some other food ideas
I guess this might seem odd to most people, particularly those who might have known the old me. You can only go to so many cities, see so many places, eat at so many restaurants and look for external stimuli to seem like the way to live life.
Somehow I ended up with the idea of living on top of a mountain, off the grid and working on ways for help people create self sustaining lives and then the developed world gets technologies that allow them to see themselves.
That is the plan. Should be an interesting place indeed.
How odd that I will go out into town to pick up my Stumptown, Kaladi and other roasters coffee beans, sketchbooks, raw materials and supplies, go to church. People can come up and work, visit, have a meal - take a moment to detox from the normal speed of life.
I never realized the true genius and beauty of design in nature till I got older.
I just have to hide the sat dishes in a way i don’t see them so as not to destroy the illusion.