October 14, 2012: Online Work Bee

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Contents

Agenda

  • Check In
  • Review WWWs
  • Review Agenda
  • Weekly Events Logistics
  • Solstice brainstorming
  • Newsletter
  • Book
  • Evaluation

Check In

  • Eric ... ear pain
  • Ben ... wrote a despressing blog post yesterday (http://scifiben.livejournal.com ) ... also working on graphic design homework
  • Brandon ... doing okay ... got started on converting the book to LaTeX
  • Shelley ... very happy because we went to the pumpkin patch ... have a report due tomorrow and am depressed by Excel ... back to work and that's been a little hard
  • Ren ... my life is full
  • Sequoia ... zzzzzZZZZzzz, fun at the pumpkin patch, ate second batch of donuts, now sleeping

WWWs from last time

  • Ben ... follow your topical community protocol for this week ... ongoing
  • Ben ... meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing
  • Ben ... contact Space Elevator Conference people about possibly making my paper publicly available online ... by next call
  • Brandon ... follow your topical community protocol for this week ... ongoing
  • Brandon ... meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing
  • Brandon ... revise Ben's newsletter draft ... by next call
  • Shelley ... follow your topical community protocol for this week ... ongoing (only talked to neighbors once)
  • Shelley ... meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing
  • Eric ... follow your topical community protocol for this week ... ongoing (described SolSeed at a CFI meeting, in process of switching to Seeing Nature reading and practice rather than excursions)
  • Eric ... meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing

WWWs

  • Ben ... follow your topical community protocol for this week ... ongoing
  • Ben ... meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing
  • Ben ... add photos and send out the newsletter ... by next call
  • Ben ... download and install LaTeX ... by next call
  • Ben ... get a github account and let Brandon know your user name ... by next call
  • Ben ... get git ... by next call
  • Brandon ... follow your topical community protocol for this week ... ongoing
  • Brandon ... meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing
  • Brandon ... get images working on the book ... by next call
  • Brandon ... get a 6"x9" template appropriate for Lulu.com working on the book ... by next call
  • Shelley ... follow your topical community protocol for this week ... ongoing
  • Shelley ... meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing
  • Eric ... follow your topical community protocol for this week ... ongoing
  • Eric ... meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing
  • Eric ... download and install LaTeX ... by next call
  • Eric ... get a github account and let Brandon know your user name ... by next call
  • Eric ... get git ... by next call

Weekly Events Logistics

Service Saturday October 20, 9:00 am PDT ... (Eric)
Rotation: Brandon, Eric, Shelley, Ben

Work-Bee Sunday October 21, 6 pm PDT 9pm EDT

In-person service with Vliets: none (there was one last week though)
Ottawa Seeing Nature Reading and Practice: Sun Oct 21 1:00 PM EDT (10 am PDT)

Winter Solstice

  • Friday, December 21st
  • In Biospheric Communionism they launch rockets
    • Can buy a kit from Estes (3-stage firework engine sold separately)
      • Rockets are reusable: third stage releases a parachute
    • Brandon recommends homemade Punk Rockets (demo'd at this year's Portland Mini Maker Faire)
    • Eric found that launching rockets at night isn't that cool, but it might depend on how much city light there is
      • Launch between 4 and 5 PM, so people don't have to leave work too early?
  • Shelley wants to do a big sit-down dinner
  • Themes
    • Ben: "Halfway out of the dark"
    • Eric: Achievement of The Destiny
    • Shelley: Something about cozy fireplace, yule log
      • Ben: I could draw a picture of a Yule tree inside a rocket, to tie into the rocket-launch activity

Newsletter

Hi everybody! This will be the last SolSeed Quarterly Report -- but only because we've decided to switch over to Seasonal Reports instead, in keeping with our spiritual practice of celebrating the Solstices and Equinoxes.

Speaking of which, for the Fall Equinox this year, we traded event concepts between Portland and Ottawa. Brandon, Shelley, and I adopted Eric's space-themed idea for the Equinox by creating prototype Closed Ecological Life Support Systems, sealed jars each containing plants, snails, copepods and amphipods, and a single shrimp. Joined by our friend Hank from the CELSS Facebook group, we had loads of fun gathering some of the organisms from a local wetland called Oaks Bottom. Unfortunately, we still have a lot to learn about the complex process of sustaining a miniature ecosystem; none of our shrimp "eco-nauts" survived more than a few days. We'll probably try again next year.

Meanwhile, in Ottawa, Eric and his family had adopted our idea of a more down-to-Earth trip to pick apples at a local orchard. This plan was thwarted by rain, but they did get to bake and eat tasty apple crumble while also pretending to be in space (with all the tableware Velcro'd to the table to keep it from floating away!) Because the Equinox was on a Saturday this year, we also joined Eric via Skype (after dinner for him, midafternoon for us) for our regular Sabbath service.

As for the rest of the quarter, we've largely spent it focusing on the long-term future, revising our One-Page Plan away from a narrow focus on the next quarter and toward a vision for the direction we're headed over the next few decades. I also gave a talk about future-focused motivations, specifically answers to the question "Why go to space?" at the annual Space Elevator Conference in late August, which this year was relocated to the inspirational environment of the Museum of Flight in south Seattle. I was also inspired by Michael Laine's pitch at the conference for his company, Liftport, and its new lunar elevator project, and SolSeed decided to make a donation to the Liftport Kickstarter as a result.

Earlier in August, we made a major donation to another Kickstarter run by our friend and ally, John Boswell, for his new album of songs celebrating science, Terra Lumina. The songs are written from scratch and sung by his collaborator Will Crowley, rather than using clips of famous scientists as in John's popular Symphony of Science videos. John and Will are also going to create a song for SolSeed, as thanks for our contribution!

We'll be back in three months with the 2012 Autumn Report!

Book

https://github.com/SolSeed/a-book-of-life

http://www.latex-project.org/ftp.html

Evaluation

  • Ben ... I don't like having to run into weird technical problems ... but I've got it started downloading ... I was actually looking forward to working on something (the song lyrics) during the call
  • Eric ... my earache has gone away (the soothing medicinal qualities of a SolSeed conversation) ... not overly excited about having to install new software (I hate that!) but I see the point and so will do ... in biospheric communionism we tried to celebrate 8 events (costume party in mid-fall)
  • Brandon ... I look forward to these calls ... it's kind of a harship, if it were some other call on the weekend it would just irritate me, but this call is good
  • Shelley ... I enjoyed the Winter Solstice discussion and I'm looking forward to that
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