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Okay so phase I would be getting up there, getting a temporary shelter in
place and establishing a daily rhythm that's comfortable and productive.
It shouldn't last long, just a few weeks at most, and at the end we have
enough infrastructure to do phase II...

In terms of gardening and agriculture, the primary activity all summer
will be to clear out the fire fuel then chip it, wet it, and compost it
to make good soil on top of the rocky "gravelly loam" that's there now.

It won't make sense to sprout most of the seeds I have now in the middle
of summer?

Phase II is about building the larger infrastructure out of available
materials (and energy): collecting, sorting, stacking rocks to make
walls; investigating e.g. mushroom panels (thin for membranes and thicker
for insulation) and paper panels for greenhouse or shadehouse walls;
placing swales, ponds, catchments, lil canals, etc. for when the rain
comes again.  All of this will be predicated on the robots and
automation, of course.

FWIW Phase III will be about closing the loop, making the whole system
self-replicating.  This is the really fun and tricky part, because we
have to come up with computers and motors and sensors that are not
silicon-based-- or maybe they are --the idea is that we want to be able
to make our systems as directly and immediately as possible.  E.g. a
simple PID controller made with, i dunno, fluidics or clockwork or even
simple homemade (and non-toxic?) silicon or something.

I don't want to take it too far though.  I'm okay with requiring some
products of the advanced global industrial system.  Microcontrollers are
so cheap and so useful that it seems kinda foolish to forego them just to
maintain ideological purity.  Chemical purity, on the other hand, is
important, what I mean is that we should have a plan to recycle these
devices after they are no longer useful.  (A plan that doesn't involve
people in poor parts of the world melting them down over backyard fires.
Although the problem there is the chemical pollution, not the economic
structure.  Schumacher "Small is Beautiful", eh?  Then again, those folks
have better potential than just being human PID controllers for a simple
well-understood and easily-automated task, eh?  "Let the robots do the
work an we'll take their pay."

When it comes to gardening and food production, that's different because
the activity is intrinsically rewarding and fulfilling (at least for most
folks, I believe.  I'm not about to insist that people who don't enjoy
gardening should do it anyway for their own good, eh?)  Most people
should garden, at least a little bit, I feel.
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