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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Ecocapsule

Introducing the ultimate tiny residence, the Ecocapsule. A new entry into minimalist living, the microhome "...is capable of accommodating between one and two people, and is able to function for almost a full year off the grid. As well as the power-producing components of the pod, it is also capable of producing both grey water and drinking water."

All at the modest price of $91,000.
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I tell my micro students everything I teach them is important, but the truth is that some things are more useful than others, and opportunity cost is near the top. 
~Economist Emily Oster

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Greywater Goes RVing

How does one sell the idea of a $280,000 to $400,000 recreational vehicle?

Make the RV green by incorporating greywater into the buyer's camping experience!

Introducing the EarthRoamer XV-HD Camper series.

The Good Stuff about the EarthRoamer XV-HD Camper:

  • Modded ground-up version of Ford F-750 Chassis.
  • Features EarthRoamer™ quiet solution engine and generator combo. The XV-HD hardly makes any noise, unless and until the car’s stuck in mud and you are pushing the accelerator down the floor.
  • Fully resistant to weather conditions, climatic changes etc.
  • Company installed rooftop solar array for energy storage.
  • Up to 20,000-watt hour lithium ion battery bank!
  • Intelligent, self-sufficient hydraulic leveling mechanism.
  • Luxury interiors with custom designed decorations and usage items.
  • Additional floor plans are available for further customization options.
  • Over 100 Gallons storage capacity for Blackwater and Graywater reserves.

."...gray water is sort of an environmentally friendly water that is partitioned in another container in the vehicle.  You have the option of dumping this water reserve for the benefit of plants and shrubbery in the wilderness around you."
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No one should be able to enter a wilderness by mechanical means. 
~Garrett Hardin, Biology Professor, 
coined the concept Tragedy of the Commons

Friday, May 19, 2017

Greywater and the Red Planet

Star Date -  47634.44.

Mars Desert Research Station (Utah).

Mission - Aerospace Medicine.

Captain's Log:

  • The MDRS was built by the Mars Society in Utah in 2002.
  • The society is a volunteer-driven, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to promoting human exploration of Mars.
  • It is the second of four planned Mars surface simulation exploration habitats.
  • The site includes living quarters, a GreenHab to grow plants and process grey water, an observatory and an engineering area.
  • Crews of six volunteers at a time live at the facility for two weeks doing experiments and simulating life on Mars.
  • Mars 160 Mission - Underway Now! Follow the latest on the Mars 160 Mission by visiting the Mars 160 Website.
  • Visitors please note: From September 24, 2016 to May 31, 2017, the Mars Desert Research Station is closed to visitors
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It's not going to do any good to land on Mars if we're stupid. 
~Ray Bradbury

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Hollywood Gets It with Greywater

Prepare yourself to be afraid of everything else...
including "grey water" (referenced in linked clip)