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Utilitarian Debate Metaphor

Posted in Matras Quotes Tips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 9, 2013 by Drogo

This parable is about the interaction of two units, and their relationship. When trying to loosen a pipe and meeting resistance, I try to remember to try turning it another way; because if I am wrong about the direction I can break it (ive broken nuts and threads before). Debates are communication interactions between sides of an issue, regarding differences, advocating one over another for the sake of proving cases; this is similar to sex, plumbing, and carpentry.

The sexual connection between the male part (pipe or bolt) and its female fixture (linkup or nut) is a metaphor for discussions, besides being a useful plumbing or carpentry tip.  Cooperation being the proper function of tightening or loosening, between the two objects. Strongly stressing an issue or party in one direction may result in fractures. Sex is also naturally related to Life in general.

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Drogo’s SCOD Quest 2012

Posted in Fictional Stories, SCOD Fallout Projects with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 1, 2011 by Drogo

There is always more work to be done. One can be finished working when one is dead, but the work itself may live on long after.” 

~ Drogo Empedocles

The SCOD Pipedream Pub as an idea started decades ago.

For years we planned in secret, because we knew that the Pipedream was not for most people. We refined the concept into the Master Plan known as The Sustainable Cooperative for Organic Development (SCOD).

If our over-lords had not been over-thrown by their own wars, we probably would have never been able to get our land to build on. Before Armageddon land was very expensive, and we came from less-than-royal families of common trades, that would never have been able to save enough money, or get the sponsors necessary to loan such exorbitant amounts of money. We were prisoners in a Capitalist consumer debt society, with no real democratic way to change the system.

However the system was broken, and so things changed. Everything finally went to Hell. Land titles meant very little because public records were often destroyed and there were few legal enforcers since they stopped receiving paychecks, and all their money was increasingly worthless anyway. Sure some cops and firefighters stayed on as fraternal clubs, like biker gangs, but it was not the same.

So we talked to some local survivors that wanted to see the return of more stable communities to the area. We tipped the appropriate people for a few acres of land that was not contested by anyone recently. We felt confident about homesteading that land in particular, and that was important. No one ever challenged our right of eminent domain, at least no one with a previous claim.

Also before the Apocalypse it would have been harder to start an alternative community within an uncompromising empire, such as the one we had. It was not that we were lazy before, because we had probed the corporate climate for years without any ally. So the time was right, but we still had to face a serious dilemma.

After the Apocalypse things were much harder, and life changed for everyone. It was easier to leave where you had been, but harder to pick up with fewer motorized transportation options. It was also easier to make shelter from existing ruins and reused materials, than try to build entirely new structures. So this was the main decision for SCOD members. Do we compromise the main Circle Field with buildings on the perimeter, for land that is closer with many structures already there? Of course
there were many other problems, and questions within questions, but this stood out in my mind.

Often people had nothing of value anymore, so there was nothing holding them back besides loyalties,  nostalgic depression, or worse psychopathic issues that had manifest since the Breakdown. You had to really ask yourself the question; where are you and what are you there for?

Most SCOD members pre-Apocalypse had lived hundreds of miles apart. This meant many days travel once the highways and many roads became unusable for vehicular traffic. Luckily as SCOD members we were more prepared than others to be survivors, and we had contingency plans that we had been putting into place. Not all our plans would be successful, but that is why we had more than one plan ready to go. If you only have one plan, it is harder to reset and try something new.

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Eric Meulemans Interview

Posted in Interviews, Pub Library with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 13, 2011 by Drogo

Name of Person interviewed: Sir Eric Meulemans

Reason interviewed: Pipedream Pub

1. Why did you start the Pipedream Pub:

The Pipedream Pub began – as many college-year endeavors do – as the mad hallucinations of a closely-knit group of friends, who desired to actualize their medievalist fantasies in the form of a Prancing-pony-like hangout where they would be free to eat hearty whole-grained breads, play eclectic music of all sorts at all hours, become learned beyond measure in artes arcane, use an abundance of hyphens and ellipses, and generally just hang out and be awesome with one another and perpetuate awesomeness upon the world.

Given the practical constraints of construction of such a physical reality, and, as so many such similar dreams are interrupted by that thing mortals call “life,” the Pipedream Pub lingered in a perpetual Pipedream state, waiting to be brought to fruition in its originally conceived form but over time evolving into much more. Rather than merely being a physical place, the Pipedream Pub became a virtual storehouse for the common interests and developments of its members, who seek to collect and disseminate knowledge for the betterment of those worthy of it.

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

Not to sound like a well-worn Nike slogan, but… just do it. If you desire something, pursue it. If you dream of it, build it. Too many among us look upon a mountain in the distance and think “I’d like to go there someday” and yet never take a single step towards it. Move your damn feet and you’ll get there – eventually. Remember, just like the NSA says, the impossible just takes longer.

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

I view sustainability in the same way as many of our ideals: it is a constant goal but one rarely attained. Too often we fall prey to the ills of society and the weakness of our own will, but if we remain aware of these failings we can strive to better both through diligence. Sustainability is not just “reduce, reuse, recycle,” it is something that allows for the continued existence and well-being of ourselves and environment through minimal initial impact and long-term considerations of use.

 

4. What is your opinion of “Cooperatives”?

Sounds like some commie plot to me…

Cooperatives have a strong history and continued presence in agriculture for many of the same reasons we intone it here. That it provides for mutual benefit of members with reduced risk, bringing opportunity which could not ordinarily be attained on one’s own. Few are those with all of the skills necessary to conceptualize, design, build, maintain, and manage an organization, and those few who can likely will find it impossible to do all of these in the time they have, so working together and utilizing the strengths of one another to attain a mutual objective is almost a necessity.

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…

“Organic” is certainly a bit of an overused and perhaps mis-applied term these days, but I admit a strong fondness for it anyway. Yes, I eat as much “Organic” food as possible, as I wish to limit my intake of toxins as much as possible and to support what I believe to be the proper direction of food production.

From a design standpoint, nature has already figured out how to work everything. Mimicking natural organic design is preferable to reinventing the wheel, yet we so often try to anyway. We tend to live in boxes, and this is not because they are beautiful, or efficient, or even necessarily convenient, but because the building industry told us we should. What other animals live in a box besides the ones we lock them into?

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

Yes. I will attain effective immortality so that I have the time in which to meet them all.


ps – Eric Meulemans works at Albion Swords (Albion does make the swords from the Conan films, but the originals (which he is holding) were done by Jody Samson).

SCOD Death Metal

Posted in Arts (Design & Performance), Medieval Tavern, Music Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 5, 2010 by Drogo

Absu – “Stone of Destiny” Video

Splendid, magnificent song from the omnidimensional texans known as Absu. Absu is a Metal-band from Texas. They started out as Death Metal. Then Black Metal, then celtic Black/Thrash. This song is from the album “Tara”. Listen to Proscriptors double bass-drumming at 02:50!

This video contains some footage from “Sacred Secret Ritual Circle Site” by SCODgreenhood.

Stewardship of Trees

Posted in Organic Agriculture & Horticulture, Sustainability with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 6, 2009 by Drogo

There are so many applications of tree stewardship in America, yet little funds allocated towards the responsible maintenance of our forgotten cousins.

Parking lots

Environmental Summary

Branches Overhang

Seed Products: Nuts, Fruits, and Berries and more

Leaves, Sap, and Seeds

Trunks (bark)

Roots

Highways

Environmental Summary

Branches Overhang

Seed Products: Nuts, Fruits, and Berries and more

Leaves, Sap, and Seeds

Trunks (bark)

Roots

Towns

Environmental Summary

Branches Overhang

Seed Products: Nuts, Fruits, and Berries and more

Leaves, Sap, and Seeds

Trunks (bark)

Roots

Cities

Environmental Summary

Branches Overhang

Seed Products: Nuts, Fruits, and Berries and more

Leaves, Sap, and Seeds

Trunks (bark)

Roots

Counties

Environmental Summary

Branches Overhang

Seed Products: Nuts, Fruits, and Berries and more

Leaves, Sap, and Seeds

Trunks (bark)

Roots

(more to be found in the original SCOD Thesis)

JRR Tolkien and War

Posted in Book Reports, Medieval Tavern, Memorials / Obituaries / Epitaphs, SCOD Fallout Projects, Spiritual with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 1, 2009 by eposognatus

While war and glory often go hand-in-hand in fantasy, the reality is – as Tolkien knew far too well himself – vastly different. We have the great fortune to be able to pursue our recreation in peace and without fear of true harm, but let us not forget that the weapons we may carry and their manner of use were devised not for fun, but for brutal and efficient killing. Few who walk upon the field of glory find it, and many do not walk back off at all.

“Wars are always lost, and War always goes on…” -J.R.R. Tolkien

“[Sam] was glad that he could not see the dead face. He wondered what the man’s name was and where he came from; and if he was really evil at heart, or what lies or threats had led him on the long march from his home; and if he would not really rather have stayed there in peace.” -Ibid

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?

 

Yes.

 

END INTERVIEW

Thank you, Blessed Be.