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SCOD Hybrid Design

Posted in Adaptive Reuse, Crafts, Politics, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 3, 2016 by Drogo

‘All or nothing’ is the same mentality that causes gridlock in Congress, and starts wars. In historic and environmental circles, there are many hypocritical idealists and intolerant purists. Puritanical authoritarian attitude leads to inhumane imbalances in politics, as found in Nazis, and my ancestors ‘the Puritans’ who not only killed witches, but also stray Quakers. As radical as Bernie Sanders seems compared to main-stream Hillary, or far-right Trump; he still would barely scratch the surface of our socio-economic problems or ecological design work that needs to significantly change the paradigm. But Sanders would be a good start to help shift pop-culture a bit further to the left socially, as Obama allowed somewhat, to tolerate pluralism.

The SCOD way of reasoning, is that it is better to preserve larger portions of nature when planning architecture. If over 50% of a farm can be kept for growing food, and wilderness conservation for-ever (as long as can be predicted reasonably and indefinitely), then regardless of the details of any historic, artistic, or ecological architectural combinations; the master plan is a success overall. There are 7 basic SCOD architecture types: Yurt, A-frame, Sod, Cob, Tree, Dome, and Glass; all of which can be mixed or overlap (sod underground homes can be dome-shaped).

Hybrid cultural appropriation and poly-synthetic blending is a natural part of history. Race is an artificial term, to distinguish superficial differences between homo-sapiens. New-Age multiculturalism celebrates social and religious diversity, and encourages exchange and adaptation. Enlightened New-Age spirituality runs parallel with advances in science; such as the importance of bio-diversity, relativity, quantum theory, and mathematical fractals.

Cultural pride is not hatred of others; what ‘cultural pride’ means to me, is I can love Celtic music and mythology, and not hate other cultures. I can even love cultures that are not my own, and adopt what interests me into my own celebrations and studies in life; regardless of snobs that say I am not worthy because it disrespects cultural purity. Obviously I can be sensitive to cultures that have been abused, but I am fine with Africans wearing torcs and crowns like those in the museums of Europe. I would love that. We should share and celebrate each-others historic cultures, while helping to create new World cultural traditional blends. None of it was ever pure, and we will continue mixing and remixing all things.

People should be comfortable in communities, and methods of negotiation are useful to arrive at levels of comfort architecturally. Pillow people need to communicate with Straw people, and find out if some pillows can be made with straw, or if straw or hay can be used without using finished processed materials sometimes. Sharing personal stories, tools, games, and allegories can be helpful as well, in the art of design.

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Local Market Model

Posted in Economics, Individuals / Members / Monsters / Creative Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 28, 2014 by Drogo

Local Economic Market Model for Books:

1.  Local author sells a set of books to local core fans.

2.  The core fans sell and give books to others.

3.  The book sales expand exponentially by grassroots word of mouth.

4.  Core fan base help local author to get their book for sale at local shops.

5.  Local core fans act as dispensaries that make sales profits, by selling copies for more than they buy them from the author.

6.  All parties benefit, because author includes the core fan base in the book!!

7.  Author helps others with their businesses, and all use the book as a portfolio community collection.

(this market model can work with 5-100 first person contacts, however to function they all need to desire the product or believe in the cause the book supports or understand how person to person sales affects their friends directly)

Local Authors and Illustrators Dilemma

Posted in Book Reports, Cooperatives / Communities / Networks / Travels, Crafts, Economics, Illustration, Individuals / Members / Monsters / Creative Writing, Organic Development with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 26, 2014 by Drogo

I often wonder why locals are not more interested in supporting local authors and illustrators, even those i have put in my books because I support their belief in supporting local food and history. It is not because they are too poor, because they have enough spending money for other more expensive entertainment like events, shows, internet, drugs, etc… so i was going to send out a survey to understand the lack of market better, but after thinking about it i think the surveys would not do much good.

i think there is just no existing market example; at least none established like a Common Market for local books. So people do not think my books are worth investing in, even when they are well made and even have the reader in the book! Of course thank you to those who have invested and purchased my books!!

Funny thing is i have given away many books for free, and have even published entire books for other authors for free. And people have actually seen the books in person, like at a festival even… still very few sales. Ok there is one local book store just opened last year; ill ask there sometime when i get the courage, but i have asked at libraries and other stores with no success. There are other local books stores for used books or historic books, but you would be surprised how stuck-up most venues are… they already usually have too many books that don’t sell enough they say.

Going door to door worked for my historic book for the town, but organic person to person has not worked for BOG PEEPS strangely… perhaps it is the income difference so they view themselves as lessers or equals; rather than benevolent sponsors…. even though both actually have the money to afford a copy if they believed in the product and it would not hinder their bill paying.

Hopefully a time will come when people view ARTS as a local ‘produce’ worth supporting in weekly common markets. We can make it happen by supporting local artists and authors with actual purchases and financing. Supporting individual artists and writers is not fantasy, it is real and we need to live it.

 

 

 

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BackCreekDaddy Productions

Posted in Film Reviews, Interviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 20, 2011 by Drogo

Founded in Hedgesville, WV 1997

***RPG File Footage***
The Drac Black Tape (various times throughout 1997 – 2000)***Feature Lengths***
Thrillogy of Horror
– Crossover Alliance (2002)
– Broken Alliance: A New Beginning (2004)
– Out of the Darkness (2005)
Evil Awakening (2010)
The Pawn (In Production, eta 2011)

***microMOVIE***
The Black Estate (2009)
– Co-Produced with Nee-Va Jade Productions.

***Stories***
Revenge is Best Served Dead (2005)
– Written by M.W. Hess

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BackCreekDaddy INTERVIEW 1

Name of Person interviewed:  Edgar (Mark) Hess
Reason interviewed:  Films

1. Why did you start making your films? :
It started with role-playing games, started making little skits. And then decided why not make a film.

2. Describe your films:
They focus around a self made vampire; the good guys and a government agency always try to take him down.

3. Tell us about your Community in relation to making films and showing films:
As far as the community goes there has been no problem with our filming locations. Our showing of films have only been distributed among the cast, family, and friends. Not to be sold or rented.

4. How important is Film-making in your life?
Well my film making brings together the family and friends. It gives us all something to laugh about. It is a good creative outlet.

5. Do you have any other plans for future “Development” of these or any other goals?
Currently writing a new script. Hoping to have an all original soundtrack so it can be publically shown.

6. Give some advice for anyone wanting to do what you have done:
My advice is if you want to do it, don’t say “I can’t,” just do the best you can and look back at it as a creative fun project. You just might surprise yourself.

Thank you Mr. Hess, Blessed be.

6 On The Axe !!!

Posted in Interviews, Music Reviews with tags , , , , , , on September 19, 2011 by Drogo

 

1. What are the origins of ” 6 on the Axe?” (and what does the name mean?):

lets see, Matt and Paul have been playing together and writing songs for years together. Since they were like 13 or so, I (aaron, drummer) had never really played per say, except to mess with Rock Band and such, but for some reason, Paul had a full kit in his basement, one night we all went out together and a few beers later, I had Paul talked into lettin me come mess with his kit, we invited our good friend Jake over who happened to play bass, we had a full band there, and we actually werent half bad, so Matt and Paul broke out a few songs they had in their back pockets and had me put drums to em and jake lay down bass. After that we ended up writing around 10 originals together and learned 8 or 9 covers and decided to try our hand at live shows, and it just kinda took off from there. Recently, Jake decided to leave to dedicate himself to his brand new marriage and baby girl and we added Justino Diaz on the bass, who Matt and paul knew from jazz and marching band in school, he was a perfect fit, picked up right where jake left off. it was all amicable and we remain great friends with Jake. The name comes from a beer feuled practice one evening, Paul has a large battle axe in his basement, he was dancing around like a midevil warrior then proceeded to put it on my drum kit, the next song comes in with a “6” count, so he turned around and said “Hey Aaron, give me 6 on the axe!!”, Much better than Pauls original attempts at naming us like The Cornhole Surprise or Big A and the Astrogliders..

 

2. What style / genre is ” 6 on the Axe”?

toughie there, we have been compared to Chevell, The Sword bands with more of a hard musical edge as far as instrumentation goes but the vocals are 95% clean singing with some accent screams in there, so, I guess hard rock very close to the “metal” area but not quite..

 

3. What keeps you playing?

we dont do it to get famous or rich, we all have families, financial obligations and such that dont allow us to take off and do what it takes to become big, so as cliche as it sounds, the comraderie, and making original music we love is really an honest answer. We love the live aspect also, we try and give a good show whether its 3 or 300 in front of us, i can say though, we feed off it, if the crowd is into it, the show tends to be better.

 

4.  Give some advice for anyone wanting to do be in a band like yours:

just have fun with it, be creative, dont fall into the trap of playing what people wanna hear if its not fun, you will fail quickly, there is some AMAZING LOCAL talent out here that never gets heard because people dont come out to original shows in droves, how do you think big bands got big? they were mostly in areas where people cared about original music, we need to jump start this scene around here and get folks out, you dont know what ur missing when it comes to local shows..

 

5. Does the band have any plans for the future?

we are gonna keep playin shows, and loggin money on the books to pay for the rest of our originals to go on CD, the first 5 songs are done and recorded, on CD, professionally  with Todd Stotler @ Echoes Recording Studios, Just hit us up on Facebook to request a copy and we will get it to you..

Thank you 6-on-the-Axe, Blessed Be.

Rocky Road Trench

Posted in Loudoun Heights Hike with tags , , , , , , on August 13, 2011 by Drogo

Civil War road, trench, and gutter

It diagonally crosses the Appalachian Trail on Loudoun Heights just up from Chestnut Hill Road. I think it is a trench that doubled as a supply road and canon trail up the mountain, and by default acts like a mountain brook gutter. Also I know there are more recent logging trails on mountains.

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Grand Piano Conversion to Harp-Shelf

Posted in Adaptive Reuse, Sculpture, Services, Sales or Trade with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 27, 2010 by Drogo

Grand Piano Converted into a Harp-Shelf

Hardman, Baby-Grand Piano

Kaplon-Stowell House, Harpers Ferry, WV

The name Hardman dates back to 1842, and was one of the highest quality New York pianos available. Hardman famous features include: spruce soundboard, high quality action, and beautifully crafted cabinetry. Grand pianos come in 2 sizes, Full & Baby; Baby-Grand pianos are not for babies, they are only slightly smaller than a Full-Grand.

This baby-grand piano was purchased by Kip Stowell (RIP), for his mother. Kip’s mother, Helen Stowell, entertained guests and played bridge as well as the piano in Massachusetts. It was purchased ‘used’ in the 1950’s and has been in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia since Kip’s parents passed away in the 1970’s. Kip Stowell (Walton Danforth Stowell I) was mayor of Harpers Ferry, and this piano was last played on his victory election by Harpers Ferry antique dealer, entertainer, and friend of the family, Ken Norton (RIP). Wikipedia has an excellent article titled ‘Walton Danforth Stowell’ for more information.

Nena Stowell played the piano frequently for 30 years. Walton Jr. also played this piano, and even created his own way of writing music from drawing the keys. The family wanted to sell it, for extra cash and to free up some living room. Despite the low price offered publicly for years online, it was impossible to find any potential buyers to sell it locally. The buyer had to have access to a vehicle large enough to fit it safely, movers strong enough to carry it, a place to put it, and a respect for the piano as musical instrument, sculptural object, and historic furnishing. And no haggling. So a new concept was designed for the piano.


Piano features:
* Musically in Fair Condition (untuned & needs some key adjustments)
– After spending an additional $200-$1,500 (estimated) in functional and maintenance work
* Body Structure is in Good Condition, Dark Wood (Cherry or Walnut) Finish
* Complete with Bench that opens for storage inside
* Fully operable lid & music shelf
* Dimensions: 62″L x 59″W x 40″H
* Weight: 727 lbs

step 1 : Remove Legs; back, then front; use car jack and strong people

step 2 : cut and stain new legs; screw new legs on securely and squarely

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step 3 : lift piano up on the key-board, roll on to new legs; move into place

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step 4 : add shelf

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step 5 : add things to shelf, light creatively

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