Archive for November, 2009

Female Voices of Metal

Posted in Arts (Design & Performance) with tags , , , , , on November 30, 2009 by Drogo

A video called Albert Christina:



Interview for Noel Lana Tavano

Posted in Interviews with tags , , , , , on November 30, 2009 by noellanatavano

BEGIN INTERVIEW for Noel Lana Tavano

1. Why did you start writing books?:   I’ve read a lot of crappy books, and I felt I could too could write crappy books.

2. Give some advice for anyone wanting to do what you have done:  I wouldn’t recommend it, but if you’re thinking about it just do it.

3. How do you view “Sustainability” in what you do?   It would be nice, but everything in my life is a house of cards except husband.

4. What is your opinion of “Cooperatives”?   They are strange animals but kind of fun.

5. How important is “Organic” design in your life, as opposed to simple mechanical design? For example in the food you eat, buildings you live in, and work you do…               It’s easier if it flows.

6. Do you have any other plans for future “Development” of these or any other goals?   I have no ambition. Somebody motivate me to work on my third book please.

Thank you, Blessed Be.


Self Interview: Do It Yourself!

Posted in Interviews with tags , , , , , , , , on November 29, 2009 by Drogo

If you are shy, or don’t have much time to get together, here is your chance to share with others. Here is the basic structure of a “SCOD do it yourself interview”. Simply write responses for each of the lines below, email it to and I will post it on the Blog for you.


SCOD Blog Self Interview


Name of Person interviewed: _______

Reason interviewed: ______________


1. Why did you start (Reason interviewed):


2. Give some advice for anyone wanting to do what you have done:


3. How do you view “Sustainability” in what you do?


4. What is your opinion of “Cooperatives”?


5. How important is “Organic” design in your life, as opposed to simple mechanical design? For example in the food you eat, buildings you live in, and work you do…


6. Do you have any other plans for future “Development” of these or any other goals?



Thank you, Blessed Be.

Interview for Drogo Empedocles

Posted in Interviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 29, 2009 by Drogo

BEGIN INTERVIEW for Drogo Empedocles


1. Why did you start SCOD:


I started SCOD in order to have projects that I can do in life, directly relate to my friends and our common interests. It started with a few of us, and branched out from there. It is like the Round Table at Camelot in many ways, except everyone is more equal as King (or Queen) of their own lives and their own interests in SCOD. Members of SCOD, like at Camelot, were not always the same list of names. There were times when there was a lot of support, and times where no one showed up. The most important thing in both is faith in one’s own dedication to a common purpose.


2. Give some advice for anyone wanting to do what you have done:


Write things down, and be able to later access that writing to remind yourself. Do that and you are less likely to give up on your dreams. Also be hard on yourself more than others. If other people are being shitty and not cooperating, do something because you said you would, then if no one else comes through, at least you were true to yourself. Don’t be a fool trusting people who don’t follow through, but if someone lets you down but really wants to make amends, give them a few tries. Try to make things work without selling all rights to the property (metaphor).


3. How do you view “Sustainability” in what you do?


There are different aspects to that popular term. In architecture Sustainability usually means a structure built to last, and refers to it’s permanence. However Sustainability can also be judged by the structure’s impact on Nature and Ecology. If a building lasts forever but poisons the environment, then it is not a Sustainable habitat for life around it. Therefore sometimes a temporary structure built from renewable materials that bio-degrade is more Sustainable.


4. What is your opinion of “Cooperatives”?


Cooperatives are related to neighborhoods, communities, socialism, communism, and many work situations. Collectives of human beings and other animals, working and/or living together as functionally as possible for the common good. Jesus did it, so it must be a good thing, right?


5. How important is “Organic” design in your life, as opposed to simple mechanical design? For example in the food you eat, buildings you live in, and work you do…


Very important. I love organic things, maybe because I am organic.

6. Do you have any other plans for future “Development” of these or any other goals?





Thank you, Blessed Be.


Black Friday

Posted in Politics, Sustainability with tags , , , , , , , , on November 26, 2009 by Drogo

Adam the Craftsman, formerly of Albion Swords, via Facebook:

“It was originally called Black Friday because the people that led anti-consumerism rallies thought of it as a black day. Only in the last few years has the retail market taken it as their own. I like the original meaning more…”

Thank you Adam! We the people should reclaim Black Friday from our Corporate overlords. Rather than be consumer victims, we should be proud of our accomplishments and spend time reflecting on them, or on quality family time. People should not be expected to rush out and compete in a life-or-death consumer market, the day after a major Holiday.

Traffic is bad enough on any commuting day of the week, without forcing people into a consuming frenzy!

Autumn Fall Harvest Festival

Posted in Pagan with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 26, 2009 by Drogo

Commercial Advertising tells us that there are sales to be had the morning after Thanksgiving, on Black Friday! Wow, I say “Fuck You” Commercial Advertising. It’s bad enough that Saint Macy’s tells us we need to start buying for Christmas, by showing Christmas themes during an urban display of Corporate Pride. This Parade is shown on TVs across the USA on the day of Thanksgiving, a Holiday in it’s own right!

I like that Benjamin Franklin wanted the Turkey as America’s symbol, instead of the Eagle. I even respect my Founding Fathers, the Pilgrims, in their early days as they tried to get along with the ‘Natives’ in order to survive, and therefore tolerated their ‘savage’ company in order to be fed well, and give ‘thanks’ before over-breeding, and pushing them into virtual extinction on the East Coast.

I don’t need to eat Turkey on Thanksgiving, as part of the ritual. I am thankful for any quantity of food during this Season, as it is the last Harvest Festival of the year. To be full of food, and not starving is satisfaction enough for me. Not to mention, being accepting of vegetarians should be part of the ceremony as well.

The Crone will get her due, all Winter long. There is no rush. The Lord of Darkness will rule again soon enough, until Spring.



Maintenance of a Boarding House

Posted in Cooperatives / Communities / Networks / Travels, Organic Architecture, Sustainability with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 26, 2009 by Drogo

Maintenance of a Boarding House requires a minimum of weekly tasks all year round, dependent on the quality and quantity of existing structures and grounds. The principle structure is often a Mansion, or Manor House.  The house itself is complex, as it has inner needs as well as outer needs. Outside the exterior of the building must keep the unwanted elements out, while allowing access safely to the tenants. Inside, the interior of the building should have functioning utilities and furniture, all of which are subject to the condition of the exterior. Leaks can damage the interior decor as well as the exterior and interior structural strength of the house.

Tenants of the Boarding House pay Rent, which is used to repair the house, make improvements, and pay bills for the property. Bills include Utilities, Taxes, and Mortgages. Utilities include electric, water, sewer, garbage, and others. Rent may be on a Daily, Monthly, or Lease agreement. The term “boarding” originally meant “meals served on a board” (as in “room and board”), in which Boarding Houses would be more like a long stay B&B (Bed and Breakfast), with the emphasis more on dinner meals.

It is an important task of the Landlord to keep tenants that pay rent on time. If rent is paid regularly, then bills should be paid and the architectural condition of the building should be maintained. The Landlord is to then appropriately utilize the funds provided by rent. This in turn keeps renters interested in paying rent to live there. Communal tasks, events, or meals are secondary to the function of affording the shelter.

While the Landlord often owns the property, the owner may delegate responsibilities to a custodian or relative who acts as the Landlord. Boarding Houses often hire local workers, but do not usually have estate staff like a Hotel or traditional Manor House. The Landlord may do most of the work themselves to maintain the property. If the Landlord has family, often they share in the duties, or work elsewhere to supplement family funds to various degrees.

The amount of rent paid cumulatively by all the tenants, should be relative to overall costs of maintaining and improving the properties of the House. Although high rent can provide better facilities, the reality is that many renters can not afford to pay high rent. Therefore a balanced Boarding House will have rooms of all sizes and features, lesser rooms for less rent, and more room and amenities for more rent. Slum Houses held by Slumlords, are usually the result of poor incomes only able to afford small rooms and cheap expenses, and rich incomes produce Manor Houses, with poor income renters as the servants.

It is generally the floor plan of the building that determines whether it is called a Boarding House, or an Apartment House (or Tenement House). Boarding Houses are functionally closer to family households, because those who live there share more of the architectural features and costs of utilities. Boarding Houses have common rooms, including Kitchens and Dining Rooms, that are more “house like”. Apartment Houses are usually partitioned into more independent clusters of rooms, for more private divisions of renting. Apartment Houses share common rooms that are more utilitarian, and the Apartment Buildings themselves are usually located in the city, and therefore not usually “houses” at all, but rather Townhouses. Terms that better describe urban multistory apartment complexes and their function, are “apartment buildings” or Townhouse Apartment Buildings.