Carbon Fiber Plant Sourcing

Scientists are making carbon fiber from plants instead of petroleum
Cheaper, plant-based carbon fiber could be used to make lighter cars that consume less fuel.

Acrylonitrile is one of those sci-fi polymers with outstanding strength to weight ratios, but was traditionally formed from petroleum processing. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has effectively cut out the carbon to coal/oil middle man and used agro byproducts as a direct source for acrylonitrile synthesis. This plant-direct methodology produces no toxic byproducts, creating an ideal union of function and bio-integration.

Establishing a type 1 civilization requires absolute efficiency of all resources and inputs. Thus, projects that incorporate biointegration, emulating the decomposition-like effects of natural systems, and eliminate toxic byproducts are necessary and vital to our progress. Exciting stuff.

Popular Science – Deaton, J. 12 Jan 2018


august 25th, 2017

How I make $75,000 on 1/3 acre in a residential neighbourhood!


Kelowna, BC Canada. Setup with 5 urban sites focuses on high yield, high-value small veggies for local restaurants. Microgreens, lettuce, tomatoes, squash, zucchini.

Rotational planting with good planning. Works on the mentality of ‘focus on tasks that produce income, minimize those that do not’. Some information on irrigation technique, weeding technique, pruning. Good information on infrastructure like coolers, washing tables, and drying racks. Looks like a lot of work, but well-rewarded.

Great winter nursery setup inside the main house for starting microgreens in trays. Also a nice soil block setup outside on an elevated table.

link: youtube

august 24, 2017

The Most Profitable Jobs You Can Start With A Backyard & A Basement:

Worm Farm & Aquaponics!

Video from the perspective of a backyard grower looking to produce income with minimal investment. Focused on basement worm castings for vermicompost and aquaponic veggies with tilapia. Recommended grain with buckets for worm castings, and IBCs for aquaponic setup. Looked relatively inexpensive to begin.

link: youtube




I recently found that while I had been methodically plodding along in my university education, I had neglected my personal research and development. I can’t realistically expect my formal curriculum to drop me into the world prepared and ready. This blog will document the personal work I’ll do, and serve as a library reference for future works. If an idea or notion sounds familiar, perhaps I’ll find it in the archives on this page.

My intent will be simple, at first. Each day, I’ll watch one plant-related video and record it by date, summation, useful/learned elements, and keywords for later searches. That’s it. I’ll incorporate more ambitious goals later, but for now, baby steps. Work son!