Edge Collective


Romanticism; the future of energy.

CO2 Monitor

It can be presented as an exercise in accommodating available tools, skills, and the existing supply chain. It is also a useful tool in its own right.

TODO: gather the kit materials. Demonstrate the logging, the wifi. Implement a calibration procedure. Fix the graphing.


Also a design that reflects the current supply chain. Use existing code, and chips which are no longer being produced but which are most likely widely available in the population and easy to scavenge.

TODO: see if it's easy to decouple the listening library code (always-on) from the posting (doesn't need to be always-on)

Looks complicated at first glance. So, make an i2c version to begin.

Relevant i2c gps chip (SAM-M8Q) here: https://www.digikey.com/en/products/detail/u-blox/SAM-M8Q-0-10/7393573

Solar charger for scavenged lipos

Similarly, a 'scavenge'-focused design

Romanticism and Metamodernism

Some key points from the Romantic critique of modernity:

The bulk of the Romantic outlook is backwards. Metamodernism seems to attempt to incorporate some of Romanticism's insights without being as caught up in the past.

Low Energy Future

In the medium term: it looks as though we'll run out of cheap energy. In the short term, there are many extreme events possible which could have the same effective result. It isn't just a matter of preparing in a material sense; there is a psychological preparedness required. There is a joy that must be found after peak oil.

People are not familiar with appropriate technology designs and considerations. The books and materials that exist are outdated and don't reflect the current or near-term supply chains.

There are certain sorts of infrastructure that, once built, can last for decades. Some of this is much easier to build now, with supply chains and energy as they exist now.


Appropriate Technology Arithmetic

People don't have a basic sense for what they can and can't do with energy outside of the 'always-on' fossil fuel-powered grid. They haven't prioritized production or consumption accoriding to any identified needs.

TODO: make a list of the appropriate tech projects in which to engage first.

Community building

Food as a key focus. Joy and pleasure as a key focus. Art production together. Prototyping a new way of work.

COVID, pandemic, risk

If deadly or debilitating diseases persist in the population, one way to retrieve something akin to normality would be to organize into larger community 'pods' within which restrictions are removed but which interact with the outside world with extreme caution (masks, ventilation).

One of the emerging ideas seems to be: COVID weakens the immune system, rendering one more susceptible to other diseases.

COVID-19, children, risk:

'Immunity debt':

Part of the reason why so many children are ending up hospitalized with RSV now is that for the past few years, their exposure to the virus was minimal due to public health measures. With life returning to normal, children who would have been infected by RSV for the first time a year or two ago are instead encountering the virus now, and it is the first infection that is typically the worst and thus more likely to land them in the hospital. As Dr. Fatima Kakkar, an infectious disease paediatrician at Sainte-Justine Hospital, explained on CBC’s Front Burner podcast, instead of all of these children getting the virus in a staggered manner over the past two years, with hospitals able to cope with it, “everybody is getting it at the same time and they’re getting it for the first time. That’s why it’s so severe.”

It’s not that children’s immune systems are weaker, but rather that they are all being exposed to viruses from which they were shielded when public health measures were in place, and they are now falling ill at the same time.

Woodworking / Harvesting lumber

Riven wood: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=he4JkbYLij0

Making a box: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wg_PAROwHA0

Greenhouse and Coop temp monitoring

Coop: http://bayou.pvos.org/data/834ksnvaq3hn?plot_param=temperature_c

Greenhouse: http://bayou.pvos.org/data/qeaj3bt3a584?plot_param=temperature_c

Ham radio

Local nets related to ARES: https://ema.arrl.org/ema-arrl-activities-calendar/