Today I go meet an old friend to see if they have some space where I can break out some prototypes for new additions to the work. One large charcuterie system, and then I will construct what I hope is a series of palatable chambers that can isolate and/or expand to grow a myriad of crops. I was saddened by the concept of the MIT food computer shutting down as a scandal, yet, all our work was on a parallel track, and we have been able to grow food. The difficulties are not in any one area, although I was surprised how difficult the HVAC and passive/active air handling really is in a small space – but instead – you have a great deal going on with the recipes and until some robot come online to a cost/level that makes them affordable to the masses – you need some humans to work.
Inside the united states – there are plenty of people that want to do cool techie things and promote “awareness” but far fewer actually growing and getting dirty (or have nutritious spray mist on them)
Another thing I would like to do is tandem the new rockets and some of the other exciting areas we are getting into because a few years ago, people didn’t know how to tell time and show up and work. It was that day that I sadly said, “automate it all!” what really bothered me was one can grow amazing mushrooms, yet, they are somewhat labor-intensive in you need to harvest them. Aside from moving the automation forward, it opened up the idea of bringing technology into what were traditional curing processes.
The path for how agrowspace came into actually surprised me when I look back. It also amazes me that I would ever be growing my own food because unless you have a great chef in your house (that will one day be a reality) and you can cook – odds are you will be happier making the dishes and serving them – ideally right off the vine. Once you get used to the flavor profiles, textures, and tastes – it is hard to go back to processed food.
So, we shall see. There is a great irony. If this space works, it will be right down the street from where the SR-71 flight simulators were built. At the time, it was a non-descript building in the middle of a town, no one had a clue what went on in the building, and when they were done, it became a drug store.
As I work to clean out my dad’s shop and the garage, it is tough for me, as he is the man that taught me how to build something with basically nothing. Right now, I am thinking back to a night I was in Nashville after 9-11, and the entire immersive audio show went kaput, and I failed. He didn’t see me in my office packing up, nor did he know how bad it was. I wasn’t expecting him to say, “Son, I am proud of you.”
“proud of what dad? I failed miserably.”
“I have never seen a kid go so far with so little as you.”
Let’s see if this temporary space can work. The market isn’t ideal in that some of the tools I need are not available for another year with the universities and/or higher-end machines, but while not the optimal skunkworks. Let’s see if there is space to gang the projects and speed up prototype reality.
Last night I was looking at the immersive mixing at Blackbird Studios in Nashville. It appears to be a beautiful space of which the complexity of the “space” to hear must have cost a small fortune for studio c. This is the type of music I want to hear live one day…. not another stage with some video screens, but “you” are the show. Failure is not a fun thing to experience, but it is the best teacher on the planet. The irony is now 18 years later, the show can work, as the technology is here, and in the next 10 years, it might be possible, sans people thinking wearing those earbuds is “good audio!”