Departure and Return
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Departure and Return

I am returning to Ottawa this Friday. I don’t feel like my work here is ending since I’ve made so many friends, and will need their help in the future. I will miss being surrounded by people, and wearing the same thing every day. I will miss the trees and stars, and swimming naked in […]

Reprimitivisation on Manitoulin
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Reprimitivisation on Manitoulin

I told my friend that I wanted to start a church called the Church of the Machine. He told me that it would be easy, since religions are just a combination of bits and pieces laying around. Like a good social scientist I told him it probably had to do with charisma, which Weber thought was […]

Economy and Apocalypse on Manitoulin
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Economy and Apocalypse on Manitoulin

How do economies arise? At their base, they are made up of transactions. Different types of economies are sewn together like a quilt. The economic quilt on Manitoulin is like a disorganized scrapbook. A disorganized scrapbook would have elements from different times laid side-by-side. In a quilt different elements are sewn together. Quilting leaves seams. […]

Intentional Living: Halfway Point
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Intentional Living: Halfway Point

A Brazilian told me that the flies are less vicious in their country because they have something to peck at all year. In Canada their species is nearly wiped out during the winter, so they are hungrier. We can’t figure out why the skunks, weasels, and raccoons are so desperate for our chickens though. The […]

Jottings and Visuals: Doors Open
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Jottings and Visuals: Doors Open

Hello everyone, Quick update on the chickens: they have all contracted bronchitis. This means that few will die, but the rest will suffer a lower quality of life, effectively not laying any eggs at all. We preemptively killed one. It was delicious. I have had a really busy week. I participated in two Native American […]

Naturalia indoor (promiscuités et éclairages du phyto-anthropo-logos)
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Naturalia indoor (promiscuités et éclairages du phyto-anthropo-logos)

Dans l’intimité des espaces domestiques les relations entre l’humain et le cannabis ont dérivé dans des développements techniques et de nouveaux assemblages, hybridations et croissances de la plante. Dans les pénombres de la prohibition et du tabou, les lampes aux halogénures métalliques, les lampes au sodium à haute pression et les diodes électroluminiscentes ont remplacé […]

Forest Gardens: The Theoretical Landscape
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Forest Gardens: The Theoretical Landscape

It’s fair to say that most of human life is spent on a solid surface. Of all the surfaces of human life the most fruit-bearing is land. The animal kingdom has and may forever need to eat to stay alive. However, the proliferation of industrial technique has temporarily eradicated our collective landbase. For instance, the […]

Living in an Intentional Community Day 4
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Living in an Intentional Community Day 4

It’s been less than four days since I arrived just outside Little Current. The farm I’m on is called Manitoulin Permaculture. I live in a tent with a fluctuating population of 5-10 other people. Over the past few days we have had Buddhist monks visiting. They stay in a large dome in the forest, I […]