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Earthship construction


By Pisces, 2010-03-24
Well the weather has finally begun to clear up here in Canada. Ive been working on the second floor quite a bit. Now the entire first floor of my earthship is comprised of tires. However i used cob and then adobe to insulate and cover the tires as i live in a colder climate. Instead of using straw bales for the second floor ive decided to primarily use cob. The building aspect of the is hugely speedy and i can avoid potential mold problems in the future with greater ease. Ive found the first floor is a tropical temperature and very moist almost like living in Florida. The only concrete i used so far was for the frame of my 5500 gallon aquarium. Im trying to perfect a siphon system into bio filters and the rear has a valve so i can heat the cement bottom of the tank as needed to keep the temp up if for some reason it chills to much. There is back up electrical heat for when i head to Thailand and Aus but i have arranged for someone to stay there for the month im gone to keep an eye on things.

Ive gone a little hybrid and fixed issues i found with the earth ship design itself. My goal was to 90% of the material in the home from on site or from previous demolitions or homes. I just bought a video camera so i can document the building process. Im working on adding a saltwater hot tub outside comprised of an adobe/cement mixture and old hardware from a destroyed hot tub. But its a side project and ill try to put up some material on it shortly.

So far septic and plumbing to indoor gardens has been great. Electrical has been fine. Ohh and ive been experimenting with using buckwheat hull and straw to stuff duck cloth mattresses. This has been very successful! I have a king size mattress stuffed this way and ive added lavender and nag champ packets to the inside to give the mattress an always fresh smell. I flip it every 2 weeks and i would say its the best ive ever slept. The whole thing cost me $80 canadian to make. For a king size mattress thats golden!!!! Gonna put up a tutorial on mattress making as soon as i have time to figure out adding things to youtube.


Stay tuned as i will begin to add tutorials on grey water plumbing systems. How to build a green home from scratch. You dont need tires to do it there are other methods which you can use that are just as easy to learn. Work with whats available in your area. Grace your dreams with effort!

Namaste


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result at work


By iluvblutak, 2010-03-21
so, today i had my first day back at work with the start of dreadlocks in my hair.
i work in a vegetarian restaurant as a chef so i didnt think it would impact and i was right.
the only things i had was some odd looks when i walked in the front door... i dont think the other staff recognised me untill i started speaking and they promptly put on bob marley which did make me chuckle.
The only slightly negative comment was from my boss, she took a while to say anything about my hair and i could see that she was trying to find the right words and courage to ask me about it. she then asked me who did my hair (me) and then she asked if she could touch my hair after-which she simply said 'you had such nice hair'
so all round pretty boring i think. but some interesting conversations will follow on later when my dad comes to visit and then my grandma is visiting too, i dont think she'll be too impressed but i suppose we'll find out.
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This made my day


By iluvblutak, 2010-03-20
i just wanted to share something i got told today
This morning, i was walking through york, along the main highstreet. This may not sound unusual but let me fill you in on how i dress.. i tend to wear jeans or chinos with a collared t-shirt maybe a jumper and a really nice tweed jacket, and as you could imagine.. this combination with (very very baby) dreads is fairly uncommon.
Well anyway on the walk down the highstreet i got stopped 4 times by just random strangers saying how nice my hair looks. The one person that really made me smile though was the last one. He was a policeman and said how nice it was to see someone with dreadlocks wearing clothes alot of people would call formal and that it helps to dismiss some of the negative views some people have on people with dreadlocks. he then explained that his son has dreadlocks and the amount of dirty looks and snide comments he got from people was mind-blowing.
I dont think i'm the only one who finds this unpleasant, i don't know how people with dreadlocks have got this reputation, but i think it's a real shame that some people are so shallow and class people with dreads as ''bad eggs''. However, i think we all know how nice it is when we get compliments, and i just wanted to share that lovely experience with you guys x
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1 week reflection


By iluvblutak, 2010-03-17
1 week ago, i realised my ambition to get dreads. My girlfriend of 3 years had just had intimate relations and run off with some other guy she works with, she dumped me by typing it over skype, thus delivering me a metaphorical kick to the crotch. This started me thinking. i would change how i live. i have always wanted dreadlocks, now i am a student and my girlfriend had gone i had noone to upset, this all magically coincided with my hair being about 4-5 inches long so i decided to give it a go. I knew what to do, 4 years ago i had helped my friend backcomb his hair to get them started, so i did the same. i spend a long afternoon quickly back combing my hair and then twisting it and fiddling with it. the next morning i walked off to my lecture at university looking like sideshow bob.
Now, i'm a biology student so there a a couple of people with strange hair but non with dreads. i was expecting lots of laughs, or faces of disgust as i imagine people might often recieve from the uneducated who think dreads happen when you don't wash your hair. However, i was greeted with smiles of admiration and i had people approaching me saying that it looks great despite them sticking up all over the place.
So, it's been 1 week, i backcombed last wednesday, i washed them in baking soda mix on saturday after playing a very long rugby match and have just washed them again today. as you can see in the photos i've put up... i have come out the other side of the sideshow bob look but i feel like they're starting to come undone and loose hairs are popping up all over the place. i stil play with my hair and make sure it looks presentable in the mornings (i sleep in a wool tam i crocheted a few days ago) before going to lectures. i dont know if this helps or hinders the locking process so hopefully i'll find out and as i have a 5 week holiday starting on friday (oh the hard hard life of a student) i dont need to worry about how it looks.
Thats my 1 week update, i shall continue documenting whats going on and i hope, provide some interesting and maybe even amusing reading for some lovely people in their moments of boredom.
stay safe lovlies x
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The agony of waiting...


By RootzValley, 2010-03-12

After my graduation, I was a bum for about 5 months. But I got tired of the idle times and wanted to focus and have a career in everywhere possible. I really wanted to enhance and practice what I have been learning from school. It was in the late October of 2005, I have decided to apply for the position of Information Analyst to a conversion process company. And lucky did I passed the exams and interviews. But somehow, I felt reluctant on some things and some guidelines of the company. One of it is the dress code. Prior to the signing of contract, the Human Resource manager warned me about my dreadlocks.

I reasoned out and ask as to why the company won't allow me of having my dreadlocks in spite of making it neat as possible but needless to say, I didn't get a good answer. But due to financial reason, I have come across the conclusion that I really have to cut it in spite of being downtrodden and having a heavy heart. It was in November 2005, a month after I signed my contract, its still fresh in my mind how I cut my 3 yrs old dreadies in exchange of my employment. I feel pity for myself and annoyed likewise. I am very much angry how other people are stereotyping at times. But I am the one who wants the job so I reckoned and let the feeling of bitterness pass by.

Day by day, months after months, years after years, I feel envious to other dreadhead in the place. But I painstakingly said to myself that one day, these dreads on my mind will flow positively and the people will know the truth behind those false assumptions about dreadlocks. Lucky did I have the chance to talk to the HR manager again. But because we do know each other for quite sometime due to company band competitions and stuff, and because I'm in a band playing ska reggae music, I have gotten the chance to talk to him about the dread thing again and let him know and understand that its not merrily a hairstyle but a lifestyle stolen from my whole being.

Then the right time has come. Its been 4 solid years of wanting and urging of having my dreads, and now I am in so much thankful that they (my company) have let me do and wear my dreadlocks. The agony of waiting has paid off. Its been an awesome 6 months of having my dreads done now.

Lessons learned: Patience is a virtue. Know, Stand and Fight for your right.

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dreadlocks in my mind and soul..


By RootzValley, 2010-03-12

Having my dreadlocks is not just about a hairstyle but its about a lifestyle. A lifestyle of positiveness creating a positive outlook on life. How about you, what do you think are the reasons why your getting your locks? Anyhow, I salute to all thecourageous bredrens and sistrens of this wonderfull site! Much love and respect. Jah bless InI

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why reggae? why rasta?


By RootzValley, 2010-03-12

I have been raised up by a musician father. From the moment on that I had my first grip of a drumstick, I knew in my heart that I belong to a certain group where drumming is an integral part of existence. I've been playing different kinds of music but I have grown up to love reggae music for the profoundness of its lyrics, its rhythm, vocalization and its skanky style.

The lyrics may vary from a never ending love story, blatant socio-politcal issues, marijuana legalization
and decriminalization, of course, but what caught my ears most is the spiritual message that lies within that reggae beat. This is where I started to question my faith and as to what lies behind those spiritual realms. I started to dig in deep and overstand how and what reggae music all means, and for that, I am being led to research on its roots. Reggae and Rasta Belief goes well together. With every positive vibrations that I hear through that kind of music, I have come to overstand and accept that Rasta is not about a religion nor it is a religion but it is a Way of Life. A simple kind of life where equality is essential, wombmen's and childrens rights are important and most of all, the love of nature and the love of Jah dwells well together.

I am in so much love and joy to express how I trully feel on the way my life is leading me. Thanks to Jah the most High for enlighten up my mind and my life! Bless InI Irie Highs! :)

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Starting over..


By Kay, 2010-03-11
I've decided that I am starting over on my dreads.. I'm going to find someone that actually knows what they're doing.. My hair is very important and if I'm going to KEEP dreads then I want them to look decent and not like someone threw a dirty mop on my head and called it dreadlocks...
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Love....Jah


By LowRyderMan, 2010-03-07
There is but one love of Jah, as there is but one person in the poor, Jah. We take vows of chastity to love Jah with undivided love; to be able to love him with undivided love we take a vow of poverty which frees us from all material possessions, and with that freedom we can love him with undivided love, and from this vow of undivided love we surrender ourselves totally to him in the person who takes his place.
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A Shout-out To My Favorite Dreadheads....


By Leslie Lou, 2010-03-03
Love to you, my favorite dreadheads:

Soaring Eagle
Guitar Mikal
Jody Dale B.
Sneeky McA
Zion- Mystic Roots Band (Marry me?)
Michael Franti
George Clinton
John Butler
Ronon Dex
Elke Robitaille
The Marley Men

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