I had a meeting with Indy Johar at Hub Westminister and the project has now broadened in scope as well as narrowed. I had elements of this plan in the back of my mind but I have now been advised to bring it all to the forefront along with a new structure.
The idea that it is not open if it is not shared/sharable. Continue reading
A quick update over what has been happening with the documentation project and why I’ve been quiet.
I’ve added some of my work to http://www.appropedia.org/Hexayurt_Plywood . Images to be added as I make ones I am happy with.
I’ve started migrating the work onto opensource platforms. I’m learning how to use Scribus and Inkscape. Not sure if I’ll also learn freeCAD, at this moment I think the accessibility of SketchUp and the 3Dwarehouse to be more useful. Continue reading
Instead of repeatedly appealing for collaborators I am posting a series of my thoughts on documentation to publicise the documentation project. Part 1 – Why Document?
Once again this will all be with respect to appropriate open hardware. (still deciding on what is the best label to use).
Who is responsible for producing documentation about the thing? Continue reading
Instead of repeatedly appealing for collaborators I am posting a series of my thoughts on documentation to publicise the documentation project.
I will begin from a very simple and obvious point. “A thing is useless to me if I cannot use it”. No matter how brilliant the thing is.
This can be for many reasons.Too big, lack of training, unsuited for my cirsumstances, in the wrong language, lack of capital, I cannot acquire it, I cannot communicate with the people that could help me etc. Until all barriers that prevent me from accessing it are overcome it is functionally useless to me. Who is responsible for eliminating these barriers is another matter entirely that depends on the thing in question. I assume this holds true for most people. Continue reading
I originally had this as part of the previous post but after much consideration and consultation I had to redo it all.
While I was working on the hexayurt Instructions I began to wonder what should I do next. I could either finally work on my initial plan of documenting how one could attempt to build one on their own, or to create additional documents for the rest of the plywood hexayurt family.
I decided I would do the later. I would create documents for a haiti specific hexayurt, h13 and upgrades to achieve higher living condition.
—– NOTE: between the time I drafted this post and when I was finally ready to release it the nature of what I want to do has taken on a whole new life. I have kept this post the way it is for the most part since it serves it’s purpose but I recommend you read my next post “The project with no name”
Every time I think I am on to the next step it turns out I stumble across and even more basic or crucial step. So here is the instruction manual before I tackle anything further.
I’ve got an exciting new project that I hope to launch within a week so stay tuned. Still need to name it. Self indulgent teaser here.
In other news:
When I attended the COP15 in Copenhagen there was a solidarity day of fasting. Due to my Muslim upbringing a 24 hour fast seemed too easy so I elected to do 3days or until I returned to the UK, dependent on what seems more appropriate at the time. I think I did 72 hours in the end. There was a girl there who looked on the verge of collapse who had been on hunger strike for over month, I regretfully cannot remember how long exactly. I was possessed by an idea that sadly got lost in the mess with other stuff but one that I hope to resurrect. Continue reading
This blog is starting to become only about the hexayurt, however I want it to be about how low tech can save the world. It is often too easy to try to fall into the trap that some new fancy technology (cold fusion) is gonna solve all of our ailments. Maybe it will but what really gets me buzzing is not the anti mosquito laser turrets. It is the stuff that makes me think, “It can’t be that simple”. The hexayurt is one of them, using a foot of insulation in homes is another. However, I don’t think I have ever seen one as midbogglingly simple and world changing as this one. Continue reading
Perhaps I was too quick to judge Google Sketchup in my last post. I still dislike many things about it but it is a capable package.
Well I got about creating models of the h12 and h13 hexayurt.