Canned Soup

These are modified versions of your regular condensed soup. I used Campbell because it's the cheapest. Condensed soup IS NOT the best thing to eat, however, if you're strapped for both time and money these will tide you over until you can get more of either one.

Better Tomato Soup

1 container of lemon flavored yogurt
1 can of Del Monte Flavored Diced Tomatoes (my favorites are Basil & Garlic or Zesty Chilie)
1 can of Tomato Soup (Campbell)

In one pot. place the soup and yogurt on low. While it heats, blend the yogurt and soup together. Now, the directions on the can says to add a whole can of water into the pot, because of the tomatoes, I only put in half. Now add the diced tomatoes into the soup until hot. Serve immediately. I eat this with a grilled cheese sandwich. 

This can serve 2-4 depending on how hungry everyone is.

Real Potato Soup

1 can of Cream of Potato soup
1- half a can of corn
1- half a can of diced potatoes

Heat the soup according to the directions of the label. (I use 1 whole can of skim milk to keep it some what creamy. Opt for either water or milk to your own preference.) Add both half can of corn and potatoes. Serve hot. I've never eaten this with a sandwich, but my recommend a BLT, vegetarian or otherwise. 

Now, what you have left here is two halves of two cans of veggies. This is what I do with it.


1 can of chili (I get the Vegetarian with beans)
1- half a can of corn
1- half a can of diced potatoes

Dump everything a pot and heat up! Best with your favorite crackers or Frito Scoops.

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I did it!

I made yarn from a tshirt as posted in the previous entry. It turned out amazing!

It took me a little long to cut the tshirt because my sissors aren't the sharpest and I did it really roughly. I cut the strands about the width of my thumb. Then I taught myself to knit using vids on youtube and voila!

(If you don't have any knitting sticks like me.. CHOP STICKS work just as good!)

This is a great way to recycle old ts. I can't wait to learn how to knit a hat.
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> NO GAS...On May 15th 2007

> NO GAS...On May 15th 2007
> Don't pump gas on may 15th
> In April 1997, there was a "gas out" conducted nationwide in protest of gas prices. Gasoline prices dropped 30 cents a gallon overnight.
>On May 15th 2007, all internet users are to not go to a gas station in protest of high gas prices. Gas is now over $3.00 a gallon in a lot of places.
>There are 73,000,000+ American members currently on the internet network, and the average car takes about 30 to 50 dollars to fill up.
>If all users did not go to the pump on the 15th, it would take
>$2,292,000,000.00 (that's almost 3 BILLION) out of the oil companys pockets for just one day, so please do not go to the gas station on May 15th and lets try to put a dent in the Middle Eastern oil industry for at least one day.
>If you agree (which I cant see why you wouldnt) resend this to all on your contact list. With it saying, ''Don't pump gas on May 15th"
> If you need gas, get it the day before or the day after!

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i was born into a middle-class family.
i am seventeen, and i go to a school that costs 9,000+ dollars per year.
so why am i here?

this summer i am dropping my lifestyle of shopping sprees and reveling in a disposable income to live homeless, dumpster dive, hitch rides, and sleep in cardboard dumpsters.
not because i think it'd be a laugh and a smashing good time, but because i'm tired of being around people who care more about the label in my pants than the thoughts in my head.
i'm here for support, because everyone i confide in is freaking out.
i'm hoping for someone to refrain from warning me of the dangers. i know. i'm hoping for someone to embrace my decision instead of passing off my ambition as a childish fantasy.

i hope that this is the place i can get what i'm hoping for.

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another natural house building project...very low cost compared to buying a house infact the couple that built it only had one part time job income.

And, because it was built in Britain, it tells me that I can legally manage it here.
Low impact woodland home

It also offers the chance to try your hand at helping with a build...

Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment

The link between Mind and Social / Environmental-Issues.

The fast-paced, consumerist lifestyle of Industrial Society is causing exponential rise in psychological problems besides destroying the environment. All issues are interlinked. Our Minds cannot be peaceful when attention-spans are down to nanoseconds, microseconds and milliseconds. Our Minds cannot be peaceful if we destroy Nature.

Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment

Subject : In a fast society slow emotions become extinct.
Subject : A thinking mind cannot feel.
Subject : Scientific/ Industrial/ Financial thinking destroys the planet.
Subject : Environment can never be saved as long as cities exist.

Emotion is what we experience during gaps in our thinking.

If there are no gaps there is no emotion.

Today people are thinking all the time and are mistaking thought (words/ language) for emotion.

When society switches-over from physical work (agriculture) to mental work (scientific/ industrial/ financial/ fast visuals/ fast words ) the speed of thinking keeps on accelerating and the gaps between thinking go on decreasing.

There comes a time when there are almost no gaps.

People become incapable of experiencing/ tolerating gaps.

Emotion ends.

Man becomes machine.

A society that speeds up mentally experiences every mental slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

A ( travelling )society that speeds up physically experiences every physical slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

A society that entertains itself daily experiences every non-entertaining moment as Depression / Anxiety.





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I like the ethic this group is based on, and while I think that it may be near impossible for me to carry out my life plans and not have a job. Ultimately I would like to set up clinics in northern india/tibet/nepal and I have had this dream for 6 years now and will begin medical training next year. However, becoming a doctor (trauma surgeon) is a hard choice for me because of a lot of the issues that surround it, mainly the drug companies, but also general mindset/practice of current medicine. So before I have a huge salary, I need to firmly instill the basics of minimal consumption and simple living or I could end up not saving enough money and never fulfilling this dream. So that is why I am here.

I am an anarchist, a christian, a vegan, and a future med student, and these are only the surface of seeming contradictions that I live in. Feel free to call me out or debate with me on any of this as I need to be questioned at this point in my life.

I saw that there were some issues with introductions before and thought it was a good idea to volunteer one, though I agree with removing the mandatory introduction.

I am interested in urban/home gardening, dumpster diving, and other minimising actions I can take in my life that are somewhat impractical where I live now, but will be when i move to philly. I live out in the countryside now.


Yay, dirt!

Alright, and another entry cross-posted from my own journal. Since there was interest in my strawbale post, I thought I'd share my real fascination, cob. Like bales, this can also be a very cheap building method and very durable:

So, last weekend we started working on the cob bench for natural building materials class. T'was great fun and I totally would love to build a house this way! In fact, I'd probably be out either working in the community garden or playing with cob right now if it weren't for the fact that it keeps raining. Ah well, I miss the rain and it makes everything smell good. Hopefully we get some more thunder, the lightning looks awesome over the mountains!

So, the day before the instructor and a couple friends with trucks went and picked up rocks to lay the foundation for the bench. The cob itself is made of clay soil, coarse river sand, and oat straw. I stopped off at the Farmer's Market (yay!) before heading over, so here's what it looked like when I got there:

Linda is filling in all the cracks and crevices with cob in this picture. It's amazing how much you can stuff into them!

At first we just glomped cob into the cracks, then we used these incredibly specialized and high-tech crevice tamping tools (okay, okay, wooden spoons from the Salvation Army in reality) to make everything really nice and solid.

Here's a really cool guy in the class that I forgot the name of mixing up a small batch of cob. We used three scoops of clay soil to five scoops of sand. It's a lot harder work than it looks too, the stuff is really heavy and you really have to stomp down to get it to mix, but it's a lot of fun too. We only had four people when we started...

But then we got more! After the sand and soil are mixed, we added handfulls of straws. The straw acts to reinforce the cob, kinda like rebar.

You stomp for a while, then as the mixture starts getting too spread over, you grab the tarp and flip it. You know it is getting mixed to the right degree when it starts rolling over on itself like a burrito when you are flipping it (will get a picture of that next time). When it's all mixed, you form it into "loaves", like bread to carry over. That batch was our biggest, so we formed a chain and tossed the loaves to eachother. I was too busy cob tossing to take pics, sorry, but it was a pretty cool sight I promise!

Here was our progress for the day. We would have kept going, but we ran out of sand. We got all the cracks filled in and we're now building up the top of the bench.

We were orginally going to making this bench on campus, but they rescinded permission at the last minute, so we are doing it in Linda's yard instead. Our instructor, Liberty, is also in an advanced sculpture class, so she's welding a funky roof to go over it, like a bus shelter, should look really cool. Speaking of other cool things in Linda's yard, I also really loved her pond:

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Hey, what happened to this community?
I got an email saying that I was made a moderator of this group by someone...
I'm not really sure what that means as far as what I have to do, if anything.