My introduction to Solarpunk

It seems I am gaining a lot of interest in solar. The topic has always facinated me, mainly because it seems so simple, yet so difficult and foreign. How come something as simple as putting some cells on the rooftops will lower our killer power bill.

Living in a hot land, things like A/C are vital to our living standards. I’m used to sleep with A/C on all night, internet, and computers running 24/7, as a coder, they run specially during the night.

My family house used around 2.5 kw/h own a rather medium sized pool and also had up to 5 vehiecles. I imagined our carboon footprint was a large as it could be. No we didn’t had a private jet or travel every other week, but we did had a great deal of vacationing, a large office, and a large payroll.

And no is not to brag, but to actually make sense how can this or other families could afford to mantain their lifestyle entirely on the sun.

Sure we did had land, unocuppied land and even a ranch and with some great creditline we could have foster our own little power plant that could not only be enough for us but for maybe even the whole block.

We might have not have had the engineering expertise but being a civil engineer, this knowledge could have been acquired rather easily. Not just that, but it could have been good for business, generating hydropower was one way we were already making money, a solar plant could have been something unique that could have made us even more money.

But let’s do the math? How exactly is solar affordable not just now but back in the 80s/90s?

Right now the math goes like this:

400dls x 1kw/day panel plus inverter and wiring. To get our solar juice around 2 panels would have been an 800 dls investment.

I would love to get into the economics of it all, but I think this vary greatly because of the lack of knowledge for building such things nationally. Having to import everything put a high tax on the implementation, and this makes it hard to be able to get things straighten up.

Researching solar, I have come across facinating things. One of the experiments I remember well is how to harvest energy even from a light post many miles away enough to at least spin a small wheel.

Another was about the way it was rather easy to build solar panels from garbage.

Finally I learn how the history of the world could have greatly changed to a solar reality if some experiments would have gone well back in the early 1900s.

So now, thanks to random events I am getting back into solar once again and I hope this time I would be able to get things finalized into true solar benefit.

Start investing your internet time on research

Yesterday I had a friend coming over and have a serious discussion about the way people view the internet, and even if we know we have the worlds knowledge at a few click reach, most people refuse to make use of it to connect with the knowledge they really lack.
I think even in an age of apparent information overload, there is still a lot of people cognitively disconnected from it. We should try to start connecting our search skills to the current information we are lacking in our lives and start connecting to the information pools that are actually valuable in our lives.

Making this happen is more about discipline than money, or speed of your internet or even your technical knowledge. The basics of searching is really just a mind map of words that you can sometimes, even, randomly spew at the search bar and will often come up with the right answer. If your phone is not that old you could even dictate the query to it.

The important thing is that when you are in doubt your brain will be hardwired to search those terms.

The next step is learning the value of links, sure some people are very anal about their bookmarks, I am kind of the opposite. I seldom bookmark sites, but on the flip side I live with a 10000 tabs open just to make sure I am able to go back to where I was.

The next thing is really to read but also give back, a two-way conversation is better than just reading, for that you will need to type. Getting in touch with people on the internet is rather simple. Just look for their twitter, Facebook or email account and more often than none, you will get a reply.

Social searching is incredibly powerful, specially if your search is about a current event, or something that is becoming big in the news.

Youtube is also an alternative way of searching, if you are not the reading type, a video might be the way to go. Conferences, talks, discussions opinions, or even vblogs.

So next time you want to learn about something, just do that, it doesn’t really take that long come up with a whole bunch of material.

Writting some more django

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So lately I have been training into django some more, have beenr eading some books, with django best practices, and techniques to understand better the handling of projects. Some of the things I’ve found out is that there is more than what the documentation says. There are many adjustments to be done to a project that you are preparing for a team of people, and a lot of these conventions are known but not too easy to get the pieces together.

One of the things that got my mind a bit thinking was the manage of secret keys. Having the secret keys on a different location is both brilliant but also a great example of what is necesary to think about when it comes to using a django project across the board.

Then there is the different things like use of environmnents and requeriments. Beyond the use of virtualenv and fabric. The actual use and map of modules and even the naming of them. Beyond pep8 and other already known conventions.

Other things I have been studying is the use of certain modules specially the use of permission models into the view, the format of url() patterns and atributes as well as the use of alternative templates.

So far I have used some external modules of django like django wiki and django rest framework. I want to check out django channels and django oscar.

Werid disaspointment

ghost-in-the-shell-fingers-500x253So today I had a weird disappointment on my user skills, I find out to my surprise that my right hand is kind of useless on the keyboard. Turns out that I mostly use my index for everything on the keyboard. Sure my thumb is always on my spacebar and also my pinky sometimes operate the arrow keys every now and then. However I find it trully hard to believe that I cant type P or O because… well my index always was faster.

So from now on I am on a quest to try to type fully with my right hand’s fingers. I find the single quotes hard to type as well as all those weird =-)( keys.

Oh well let see if I can pick it up by the end of the month.

Talking about the Universe

Is nice when u have people that talk like nobody else. Those unique people with original ideas that connect you with something else than the routine. Whenever is deep spiritual things, or metaphysics is just the awareness of other things than the terrenial pre-disposed things that surround us.

Is the things that are out there, and that makes you get out of what you value day by day and makes you look up to the infinite. Something bigger than anything that you have known to each point. Doesn’t have to be emotional, doesn’t have to be human or human-like, things can be as cold as a rock, or a chemical that surround you.

Only the idea of contemplating a plane that is somewhat connected into a super organismo that slowly evolves into something that nobody you know will ever guess.

Being awaken, is something that is to some terrifying, to some amazing. The fear of letting go of anything that they consider meaningful in life and trading it for something that they are not sure at all. This is the way I think at the moment when I talk with my friend about the universe. Then there is the other thing which is conciousness.

What is this conciousness and studying the 7 levels, although some talk about 9 levels and others talk about just 4 levels. Some of these seems to overlap a bit, and at this point it doesnt really matter about the specifics, but just be aware of the shades of conciousness and which ones we are just not paying attention.

A quote from my friend’s book I love what she says about it.

The wave of pure consciousness takes place right after the first wave of pure
intent. The being now starts imagining themselves into existence in any and
all possible scenarios. This is where all the higher dimensions reside, where beings
manifest as infinite parallel expressions of pure awareness. This consciousness is in
constant union with the heart (the core essence). Consciousness can of course only
expand within the parameters of the original creative intent, within the boundaries of
natural law.

Sometimes is hard to get to learn about all this, and is relatively easy to dismiss as most of the pressure of dealing with the more mundane realities of self push us away from exploring this aspects of our life that we dont recognize as our own.

Getting back with the Django Logic

These past weeks I have gone back to my Django resources to try to learn the last stages of the Django modules, business logic, etc.

I most say that I have actually skip most of the documentation and gone into more trusty tutorials that do one task, and learn from it.

One of the tutorials I found was for the CRUD system, something basic enough to grasp it easily. However, even then it wasn’t as easy as I thought.

The writer develop an internal debate between a Class based view, and a Function based views. As you know, Views is where the business logic of the applications are. So even if this learning was good and simple, I might need to multiply it by 2. Not that is necesarily bad, but still, wish it was simple.

I went to a DjangoCon videoset on youtube. One of those was about teaching Django at University, and there was a very interesting explanation on how Django sometimes is unecesarily complicated. Also some recomendations like the Django Girls group, and a book called Two Scoops of Django, something that I already had on my resources.

This gave me some idea into their philosophy. Hearing someone recognizing that the documentation is not always the best way for learners to understand whats going on. Building on top of an understandment is something that is helpful for learners build their best interpretations.

Telling a n00b to study this documentation with everything you will ever needed inside doesnt mean he would actually go through it all. On other words, most people will rather create a fix for their inmediate need.

At the moment some of these needs are:
– Creating a cookbook
– Creating mentoring mechanisms
– Generating 50 shot view of whats going on