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Why I do what I do

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Some have asked why build a house on an old pasture in the country, why a  “green” house , heat with wood and went off grid.  Well I guess its because I think too much.
Thinking up new ideas

Thinking or sleeping

I have always been interested in self organizing complex adaptive systems such as physics and civilizations.  Learning why a system starts to wobble and then comes apart has always piqued my curiosity.
When I came back to Canada in 2004 I became further interested in other systems particularily the economy energy and climate.  As I could see oscillations had started to occur in these systems.   In one a year of good crop harvests would be followed by a bad year and cycles of a few years of good or bad seem to falling apart.  The economy was and is swinging between euphoria in the markets with day to day transactions replaced with debt rather than earnings.  Companies created profits from accounting practises as their earnings from sales shrink.
 Lots of fresh air
Insurance companies for example have started to project by 2050 will be out of business due to the rising costs of natural disasters.   Toss in the need to increase profits from increasingly risky market activity and they will likely be forced to further change their business models.    Western governments have also legislated that banks can go into depositors accounts to remove money if they require re capitalization.
Oscillations such as the price of gasoline increasing 300 odd per cent since 2000 and similar increases for products such as milk or eggs are indicative of change coming.
As they pass a threshold they move into a period of chaotic movement where outcomes are impossible to predict.   This continues until a new normal is obtained in the system.    Easter Island or Roman civilizations being examples or a hurricane or the life of a star.
All of which lead me to start thinking of managing risk at a personal level.   How to avoid being swiped by failures in some of these components such as the electrical grid or pension plans.   All of which lead me to build a house which pretty much maintains itself, eliminate water costs, electrical and pretty much all running costs.  It also provides me with the chance to take advantage of opportunities as they appear or so I hope as things change.  Some for the better and some for the worse.


What to do next

What to do next


Written by dcveale13

August 25, 2014 at 10:18 am

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  1. Hi Cam,

    Your house is looking great. I am so impressed Cam, to think it is one thing but to actually do what you are doing is another. Awesome really.

    Btw I made relish with cucumbers from my garden I will bring you some when I’m back! Have a great day. Christine

    Sent from my iPad


    Christine Marleau

    August 25, 2014 at 11:15 am

  2. Hello Cam,
    Yes, you are correct. Everyday, it seems that survival is more at risk. Everytime I read one of your posts, it makes me want to leave to Canada. Here in Barcelona, the city is not what it once was. Contamination and poverty are more and more evident. Chaos and corruption abound and the system is in a crumbling crisis, where the priorities have been shifted by greedy officials, leaving the basics behind. The population is suffering the consequences and the cutbacks are affecting families all around the area. Even though the markets have an abundance of food, more and more are closing because people are no longer able to buy as much as before. I am trying to come up with an “economical diet” that would be cost effective and meet basic nutritional requirements, but it is a real challenge. It is good to know that someone is thinking about coming up with better living arrangement that can serve as a model for future generations. Did you keep notes on your construction process? Hope you write a book about it, as it would be very useful to others.
    As a disabled person, I was helping a disabled friend adapt a new home, and it has been brutal. Just finding reasonable materials and getting an old industrial loft prepared was very exhausting. I can’t even imagine doing it far out in the country, although I guess the beauty of nature there would be a great comfort and inspiration.
    Well, hope that you have a lovely end of summer. Best, Chata


    August 25, 2014 at 11:42 am

    • Hi, Thanks for the note. It seems to the be same in many places. Detroit for example or Caracas. Incredible resources on the planet but humans seem to be like yeast in a petri dish. Consume until there is no more.


      August 25, 2014 at 1:05 pm

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