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Ben's special guest this week on the Bees with Ben podcast is Stuart Sutherland from Electrotherm Pty Ltd. Electrotherm is an Australian manufacturer of specialized industrial heater jackets and pads. The company was established in 1991 with the aim of introducing energy efficiency to the traditional industrial heating market; their customer base includes industry, government, defence and research. And these unique heater jackets have an important application in the honey industry. As Ben explains, there is nothing more infuriating than when your honey stocks turn brick-hard in winter. Stuart tells us that he originally hails from south Wales (not New South Wales) and started his working life as a carpenter, working in joinery workshops across the UK producing stairs, windows and period mouldings before moving into shopfitting and a stint building boats in South Africa. Electrotherm was started by Mike Bell, an electrical engineer, who Stuart describes as a very inventive man, and Stuart took over the business about a year ago. Whereas many heating products utilize an element that is essentially a curly wire, Electrotherm's products employ a very different carbon graphite element that looks like a black cloth and was originally developed to prevent icing in the wingtips of aircraft (it is also used as subfloor heating for houses in Europe). This has great advantages over the resistance wire format. Electrotherm is very thorough in its product development and employs stringent quality control The heater jackets are made from a very tough PVC-coated fabric - they must be able to tolerate considerable heat as the jackets can get up to 90 o C. Based in Seaford, near Melbourne. Electrotherm's products are popular within the honey industry, as well as industrial chemistry, where heater jackets are commonly used to ensure glues, epoxy resins, polyurethanes and the like do not get too viscous in colder weather. Another of their customers uses heater jackets on skin creams and pharmaceuticals so that they do not become hard and difficult to work with. Electrotherm are always looking to improve and expand their product range, and are happy to take on custom work. Stuart will also be displaying his products at the Victorian Apiarists' Association annual conference in Bendigo from 5-7 July. He views this as a great opportunity to meet people and to listen to his customers, which in turn will help to refine his product. And Stuart also has a very special offer for all of Ben's listeners, but you will need to wait for the end of the podcast to hear it! For more information about Electrotherm's innovative products visit: electrotherm.com.au And to find out more about the 122 nd VAA Annual Conference go to: https://www.vicbeekeepers.com.au/page-18116 https://electrotherm.com.au/
Episode 48: Kink on a Budget In this episode, G & M talk about the current economic barriers to kink, how to DIY kinky toys and materials, and how to find kinky implements on the cheap! Listen in to hear M recount how they made their very first flogger, Ms. Pansy. Resources from the episode: Article by Stefani Goerlich LMSW:https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/bound-together/202105/keeping-kink-affordable How to make your own PVC flogger in 15 minutes! https://www.autostraddle.com/how-to-make-your-own-flogger-in-about-15-minutes-291709/ YouTube video example of how to make fire wands : https://youtu.be/knyUctvxeoA Kitchen Kink article: https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/hot-kitchen-sex-guide Twitter: @knppodcast Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tumblr: http://www.knppodcast.tumblr.com The music in this episode is the Secret of Tiki Island by Kevin MacLeod and is licensed under Creative Commons 3.0. You can find more of Kevin MacLeod's music at his website. Support Kinky, Nerdy, and Poly by contributing to their tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/knppodcast
Episode Summary On this week's Live Like the World is Dying, Margaret and Inmn talk about what goes in a go bag, or bug out bag as they are sometimes called, and how being oogles might have set them up for being preppers. They talk about the different purposes one might make a go bag for, the different smaller kits that make them up, as well as other kits that are helpful to build alongside go bags. Tune in next week for part two. Host Info Margaret can be found on twitter @magpiekilljoy or instagram at @margaretkilljoy. Inmn can be found on Instagram @shadowtail.artificery. Publisher Info This show is published by Strangers in A Tangled Wilderness. We can be found at www.tangledwilderness.org, or on Twitter @TangledWild and Instagram @Tangled_Wilderness. You can support the show on Patreon at www.patreon.com/strangersinatangledwilderness. Transcript LLWD: Margaret and Inmn on Go Bags Inmn 00:15 Hello, and welcome to Live Like the World is Dying, your podcast for what feels like the end times. I am your co-host today, Inmn Neruin, and I use they/them pronouns today. I'm obviously a new host, and today I have with me Margaret Killjoy, who is, you know, the normal host and we're gonna we're gonna do some fun role reversal here. Instead of instead of me teaching Margaret something about prepping, because I don't really know much about prepping--well, I mean, you know, I know generally about prepping, but a lot of the specifics I'm newer to, a lot of the technical stuff I'm newer to. Strong ideology, low tech. But Margaret is going to teach me about how to put together something that has daunted me a lot, but that I understand the importance of and that is go bags. This podcast is also a proud member of the Channel Zero Network of anarchists podcasts and before Margaret talks to me about go bags, we're going to hear a jingle from another lovely show on that network. Doo doo doo doo, doo. Inmn 02:35 Okay, we're back. Margaret, could you introduce yourself on your own podcast that you started,you know, with your name and your pronouns and just a little bit about what you're here to teach me about today? Margaret 02:50 Yeah, my name is Margaret Killjoy. I use she or they pronouns. You might know me from such podcast as Live Like the World is Dying. But, maybe this is your first episode. In which case, welcome. We have many hosts now on Live Like the World is Dying, which is very exciting. So, I'm going to be talking today about go bags, sometimes called bug out bags, or as I first heard them called, oh shit gear or OSG. No one really calls it that anymore. But some of the first anarchist preppers I ever met like 20 years ago called it OSG. And my background for this is that well, I'm sort of a prepper. I also have lived off-grid more years as an adult than I've lived on-grid. I do currently live on-grid. Before this, I lived in a cabin. Before that I lived in a barn. Before that I lived in a van. Before that I lived in a minivan. Before that I lived out of a backpack. And so I do feel like I have a fairly strong basis in what you need in a backpack to live out of because I did that for about 10 years. But it is a different context, right? And we're going to talk a lot about that today, the context of being traveling crust punk versus having to go bag and all the other different contexts. Yeah, that's my background. Inmn 04:11 Wonderful, and we're also trying to connect it, I believe to this lovely new book that you just put out through our publishing collective Strangers in a Tangled Wilderness and the importance of go bags, you know, not only in our completely real tangible lives and these very fictionalized versions of our lives like Mankiller Jones', to which there are absolutely no similarities. There are no similar threat models. Nothing. Nothing like that. Margaret 04:48 Yeah, for anyone listening, I my most recent book is called "Escape from Incel Island" and the protagonist is a nonbinary afab person, named Mankiller Jones, who's trapped on an island full of incels--thus the name--and needs to escape using their wits and the help of friends. Inmn 05:09 And their go bag? Margaret 05:11 Yeah, although okay, I'm actually going to argue that there is a difference between a go bag--I'm going to talk about some different types of bag systems you might have for living out of, right. So there's the go bag, and I'll get to that last I would argue that most...a soldier or mercenary or someone in a tactical situation, the primary objective of their thing is combat or evasion or, you know, something in a very militaristic setting. Usually, that might be called a rucksack. And it might be called like rucking. And you're going to have a very different load out of gear for, you know, your tactical situation. You're going to use probably a different type of bag. You're going to use it a lot of different stuff. So, that's like one context. It is a context to consider in these United States of America that are considering a national divorce, and there's a lot of people who want to murder all the trans people and you know, people color and all that shit. So, it is worth considering that and we'll talk a little bit about that. Okay, some of the other contexts that are not go bags, but are in form all of this, you have backpacking bags, right? And within that, basically like, I'm going to go and camp for a couple nights and hike, right? A backpacking bag is designed for two things. It's for hiking, and for camping. And within that you've traditional backpacking, and you have ultralight backpacking. Traditional backpacking, you're going to be carrying like 20 to 50 pounds of stuff. Whereas like rucking, you might be carrying 30 to 80 pounds of stuff, you know. And then there's ultralight backpacking, which is defined as less than 10 pounds before you add like food and water and shit to your bag. And that is like to make the hiking easier, right? But those have a specific purpose and it is not bugging out. It is not going. It is backpacking, right? And then you would have something called a bushcraft pack and I'm making that term up. And this is closer to the tactical bag because it is going to be very heavy, probably, and a lot larger. And bushcraft would be like "I'm going out into the woods to go live in the woods," right? If you need to build shelters, you're going to need different equipment, right. For example, in ultralight backpacking certainly and most traditional backpacking, you're not bringing a saw or an ax. However, if your goal is to survive in the woods for an indefinite period of time, a saw and an ax. are very important tools to have available. Okay, so those are, I'm gonna go spend a lot of time in the woods bags--or desert or whatever. And then you have a go bag. And it's really easy to kind of conflate these things. But they really are a very different purpose. I would argue that your primary goal with a go bag--this is the bag that is in the closet by the door, or is by the door, or lives in your vehicle, or is packed and ready to go at all times in case an emergency takes you out your door for an unknown length of time, or even unknown length of time. And so this is the one bag you grab when your house is on fire. This is a bag that you grab, or you already have in your car, in case you need to spend your night in the car. Like, you know, it's these...people tend to think of go bags as like 'the world has ended' bags, and that's not...the world is always ending and it ends and fits and starts, right? And so it's for disasters. It's for crises. If you need to spend a night in the car, you're going to be very glad that you have a toothbrush and toothpaste, you're gonna be very glad that you have your medications, you're going to be very glad that you have your Nintendo Switch. And, if you suddenly have to flee the country, which frankly a lot of us have to think about as a possibility. It's not in an inevitability and it's not crazy likely that all LGBTQIA+ folks will have to flee the country or whatever. But, it's something that's on a lot of our minds, right? And so, in which case that bag is going to need your passport, it's going to need the rabies identification for your dog, you know, the vaccine identification for your dog. It's going to need a lot of really specific stuff that if you have to run out your door right now this is the bag you would pack and you just keep it already packed. But, most of the time your go bag is sometimes in your car, if you go to your friend's house for a surprise weekend because, you know, there's a hurricane coming, or the boil advisory for your town keeps getting deeper and deeper and you're starting to get really distrustful, or a train derails and there's toxic chemicals in the air, or your ex is in town and he's scary, right? You know, it's just the like...or wildfires sweeping through and there's an evacuation call, right? That is what a go bag is. There might be camping stuff in it, depending on your situation, how much you feel like carrying, how you expect to carry it. If it's gonna mostly live in your car, have some fucking camping stuff. Or, if like me, you live in a fairly isolated place, you know, you live rurally, like, if I needed to get out on foot I would need to have camping stuff with me because I am more than a day's walk from the nearest place that might be safe. Right? So yeah, that's the basic concept of a go bag. Inmn 10:55 Just to parrot some information back to you so that I wrap my head around it, so there's there's a few different kinds of bags. We have go bags, we have rucking bags, we have backpacking bags, we have bushcraft bags. And are go bags... Margaret 11:20 I'm making some of those terms up, but... Inmn 11:22 Yes. And then are go bags and bug out bags the same thing? Margaret 11:29 Yeah, it's just a...If you're avoiding the sort of prepper terminology, which is understandable, you call it a go bag instead of a bug out bag so you don't sound as crazy. Inmn 11:40 I see. I see. And you know, everyone can understand the need to go, but bugging out can feel a little different. And so within a go bag, the idea is that you want anything that you will kind of like immediately need if you have to leave for whatever circumstance? Margaret 12:05 Yeah, it's a combination of things. That is one of the things, is stuff that you would immediately need. It's like your overnight bag. It's your toiletries bag. All that kind of stuff is going to be more important than most of the other like survival gizmos or whatever, right? You know, your camping folding shovel is gonna be a lot less likely to be useful than dental floss, right? Inmn 12:29 But it's cool. Margaret 12:31 Oh, yeah, no, I have folding camping shovel in my truck. And I ponder putting it in my actual bag, but I probably won't. And so okay. Should I talk about the types of bags, like what kind of bag you want? Inmn 12:48 Yeah, okay. And we're talking about go bags here or just any bag? Margaret 12:56 I'm going to talk about mostly go bags. I'm going to focus what I'm talking about on go bags and I'll kind of like dip into...Because your go bag--if a civil war starts, which it probably won't, but 'probably' has a lot more modifiers than it did 10 years ago--and then your your bug out bag, your go bag, is going to have a lot in common with a tactical bag, you know a rucksack, whatever. I think rucksack is literally just like what military people call their backpack in order to sound cool, but I'm not actually entirely certain about that. Don't @ me, or if you do, @ me at my Twitter handle, @IwriteOK Okay [Robert Evans.]And so, you know, and if you're planning to hike to a different country, right, or a different state then it might have a lot in common with a backpacking bag. And, if you're planning on laying low in the desert or the Canadian wilderness, I don't know, then you're gonna have a lot of bushcraft stuff in there too, right? But overall, the sort of core of it is a go bag. And it really...you know, there's kind of like one bag that you keep around at any given time generally, but you might change it based on how circumstances are changing, and where you live, and what your threats are, right? Like, if the most likely thing is run out of the house because wildfire and throw it in your car, one, you might just leave it in your car. And two, you might be able to afford more weight, right? But if you're most likely thing is set out on foot or your most likely thing is spend a weekend away, you know, or if...I guess what I'm saying is it can look a lot different ways. And so you will have different options. I mean, it could be anything, right? You can have a shopping bag as you go bag. I don't recommend this. You could have, you know, my personal current go bag, I'm probably going to change this, but it has been my go bag for a number of years. My personal go bag is a style of bag that usually gets called a three-day assault pack. It is a tactical backpack that lacks an internal frame. It can hold-- it kind of sucks. It can hold a lot of weight, but it doesn't distribute that weight incredibly well across a body. It is not a backpacking bag. It is a soldier's bag. And one of the reasons I like it is because unlike a backpacking bag with like a big internal frame or an external frame, but those are really rare these days, it doesn't take up as much like space, you know? An internal bag, like an internal frame pack is very unwieldy. And you don't...it's hard to put in your lap if you're in a car. I've done this as a hitchhiker many, many times, you know. And so, I've moved away from those and I've been using what's more of a day pack size bag. And I personally went for a tactical style one because I'm a nerd. One of the reasons to not consider a tactical bag...I like things that are all black basically is what it and day bags tend to be really brightly colored if they're hiking bags. And, one reason to not consider a tactical backpack is people argue that it makes you more of a target, it makes you look more like a prepper, it makes you look more like a soldier, it makes you look more tactical and therefore more of a risk. And this is the sort of gray man theory that's very big in tactical spaces, which is an attempt to look not like a tactical bro. Ironically, most people who try and do this still look like tactical bros because they're like wearing gray man tactical pants that still say 511 on them or whatever, which is a brand of tactical gear, that I totally wear. And the reason I can wear it, is that I look fucking weird no matter what. I'm not going undercover anywhere. I have a giant nose ring. My hair is long. I have bangs and might be wearing women's clothes. You know, I'm not hiding, right? And I also not going to look like I'm enrolled in the United States Army or whatever. Right? So yeah, a tactical bag for me has no downsides from this point of view because it's just like whatever, I'm a punk. I look like a punk. And tactical bags will have something called molle all over it, which is that webbing straps, which allows you to attach other bags and things to it. And it makes it modular. And this is a little bit, like most of the time you're not really going to bother modularing out your thing. But, sometimes it's nice. You know, mine currently has a little bonus modular water bottle holder and my bushcraft knife that is part of my bag but wouldn't be part of a normal person's bag, is strapped to the outside with molle, which makes me look tough. Inmn 17:38 See, I would get the impulse to...I love modular things. So, I'm like, okay, wait, so yeah, it's...In your in your different...So you want to plan your go bag based on your, I guess your threat model, or your risk assessment, and your environment it seems like? And so could you have your base go bag and then like a little additions? Like, well, there's the go bag, but here's the piece that you attach to it that makes it a better camping bag or something? The this is the it when shitty ex comes to town and this is it when it's wildfire, and they're like easy to combine? Is that? Is that a thing? Margaret 18:26 Yeah, yes and no. Molle is not the system by which you do that. Molle is a very secure attachment system and it's a pain in the ass to attach. You're basically like weaving webbing through webbing. And there's different systems people have to make it fast. And if you really practice it'll get faster. But, it's not like grab and go type of thing. However, what you're describing makes a lot of sense. And it's the reason for example--I don't keep a gas mask in my go bag. I do keep a gas mask in a bag next to my go bag. Right? So if my threat on my way out the door is Russia nukes DC--again, very unlikely but a lot more likely than it was 10 years ago. You know, I'm not in the immediate blast zone of that, but I'm in the trouble area, right? And so like, you know, the gas mask is there. And it would be the same like if wildfires are threat, right, you would want your gas mask or at least a good respirator immediately next to it as well. And actually, if you live in wildfire zone, you probably have the respirator in your pack. Or it's outside your bag because you need to put it on as soon as you fucking need it. But, and so the other way that people modular it is that people modular the inside using different like--usually they're called packing cubes--and you can get different packing cubes that--like if they're like more tactical, they'll be made out of thick nylon and they'll have molle on them even though there's literally no purpose for them to molle on them. Or if you're an ultralight backpacker, they'll be made out of this parachute cloth that weighs nothing but will eventually rip. Because that's the thing with ultralight backpacking is it's incredibly light, and it's effective, but the equipment isn't as durable, right? Or, if you're like a different type of backpacker, they might all be dry bags so everything stays, you know, dry and separate. But basically...or if you're like a tour...you know, if you travel by suitcase, you'll also use packing cubes. And it's like, "Oh, this one's all my socks," or whatever. But it could also be, "Oh, this one's all my like magazines," not for reading but for reloading ammunition. You know, it could be the folding nine millimeter carbine, or whatever, that you throw into it, you know? And so you can modular it out. But molle is not quite the way to do it. Inmn 20:58 I see. I see. Margaret 21:01 Oh, we didn't get those other types of bags. Inmn 21:03 Oh, yeah, What kinds of bags are there, Margaret? Margaret 21:06 Okay, so, you've got the tactical bags, right, you've got the backpacking bags, the internal frame bags, which if you're going to be walking a lot, is probably what you want. And these are also available...you can kind of like look at things as either tactical, or there's a word for it I can't remember....hiking? But it has some word...technical! Technical versus tactical. Technical is like outdoorsy stuff that isn't made for people who shoot people for a living and it's gonna be brightly colored and it's high performance stuff with all the bells and whistles. But, it's not going to be camo, right? You know, versus, you can get a hiking bag that's all camo and it's gonna be aimed at military or whatever, right? And if you're hiking through the woods a lot, you might want the camo one. You might specifically not want the camo one because if you're hiking through the woods because like your car broke down you don't fucking camo. You want blaze orange so people can see you and rescue you. But, if you're like crossing a militia checkpoint to leave a red state you're gonna want camouflage. Um, yeah, anyway. And so then you could also have...some go bags are literally just small duffel bags, right, that are designed not really to be carried on your back and they're just meant to be thrown in a trunk. And like, and that's actually a very useful form factor for a lot of stuff. And, it might be that your extra bag is that. And then also, you can be really low key about it and just have a regular--not a day bag like a hiking day bag but just a regular day backpack is an incredibly good bug out bag for many people, especially people in urban environments where resources are going to be easier to come by. You're not necessarily gonna be camping. You don't need to carry as much stuff because you will be able to blend in with this kind of bag much more effectively. It'll still carry what you need. I like bags. My basement is full of backpacks that I've collected over the years. Inmn 23:01 You know, I really like bags as well. I don't have a lot of stuff to put in the bags, but I have a little collection of bags. Which, I feel like sort of hearkens back to...I used to be a lot more of a oogle and... Margaret 23:20 Yeah. Inmn 23:22 yeah. And I had a little... Margaret 23:24 It's good training. Inmn 23:27 Okay, so I didn't think that I was going to have much to actually contribute to this, but like now that we're talking about it. I'm like, "Wait, were like train oogles preppers?" Margaret 23:39 Yeah, because you need everything because you can't rely on anything showing up. Inmn 23:44 Yeah, yeah. Margaret 23:45 It's why when everyone's like, "You need a tent." I'm like, "Do you?" Like I never traveled with a tent. I don't know. If it's not really cold I just fucking wrapped myself in a shitty tarp and hope the rain left me alone. Inmn 23:59 Well, the... Margaret 24:00 Tents are useful in some situations. Go ahead. Inmn 24:04 The thing now is...God, what are they called? Margaret 24:09 Bivvies? Inmn 24:10 Yeah, bivvies. I was gonna call it a ghillie sack. And I was like, that's something else. Margaret 24:15 No, I like bivvies. A lot of people don't like bivvies. Inmn 24:19 Yeah, I feel like bivvies are pretty pretty popular in that world right now. And yeah, I used to be obsessed with finding the perfect bag for that kind of stuff. And it was hard because you know, the camping stuff is brightly colored. It's a little too..it's not the most durable. Like it's made for hiking. It's not made for like, throwing it off a building, you know? Margaret 24:47 Yeah, totally. Inmn 24:50 And...but then, like, you know, the army stuff is a little terrible in another direction. It's not comfortable. Maybe it is now. Margaret 25:03 No, overall, it airs on the side of durability and not comfort because it's like it's being put on a disposable human. You know, they don't care that whoever carries 100 pounds this long is going to destroy their knees because they're expecting somebody to shoot you. Inmn 25:19 [Makes an 'Ooph' sound. Sighing.] Yeah. I always hoped that eventually it would emerge that there was some, you know, like train riding bag maker that would just make the perfect bag. Margaret 25:43 Yeah. Inmn 25:44 If you're out there, please, please email us. Email me. Margaret 25:49 Well, and what's so funny, right, is even among oogles you have a difference between hitchhikers and train hoppers in terms of the size of bag they need. You know, like,when I first started and I was attempting to hop trains--I was never good at it--and I carried an internal frame pack. And then for a long time I moved down to, it was an old skateboarding backpack. Not because I recommend skateboarding backpacks, it was just literally my backpack from high school, you know, and I just carabinered my sleeping bag underneath. And then when I got to where I was staying I would take off the sleeping bag and then have a regular day pack. You know, it's like, because you need so much less as a hitchhiker because you don't need to cook. Inmn 26:30 Yeah, yeah, I went from like one of those big 70 liter hiking packs to a like bike bag, not like the Chrome side strap ones but those like the made out of... Margaret 26:46 Foldy top? Inmn 26:47 Yeah, the fold the top. But you know, they were durable, and waterproof, and fairly spacious but no frame, absolute murder on your back if you carry too much. Margaret 27:01 But, that would be an amazing go bag for most situations because it's waterproof. It's durable. It fits in your lap when you're sitting. Ut doesn't have straps going everywhere. Yeah, like for a lot of people that style a bag is fucking perfect. You know? Inmn 27:16 Yeah, and for folks who don't know what we're talking about they're these like bicycle bags. They're made out of like, vinyl or PVC. And then they're covered with really high strength, like durable like cordura. And, they're made to be on someone who's biking so they're comfortable. But walking is not always the same as biking. Margaret 27:41 Yeah, totally. Well, and it's like, and so because most go bags you're probably taking public transit or you're taking vehicles, you know, you're...like most things...It's worth having something you can walk with, right? Like I wouldn't recommend your go bag be 150 pound pickle bag, you know, a duffel bag. But like, you know, should we talk about what goes in it? Inmn 28:05 Yeah, what? Margaret? Margaret, what should I put in my collection of bags that could be go bags? Because, I don't have a go bag and I feel really embarrassed about that. Margaret 28:17 I know I can't believe you don't have a go bag. There was that--I don't want to out where you live--there was a toxic thing near where you lived at one point. So okay, I would argue that a preparedness base...you can sort of build up to the bag and what's in the bag, but if you don't do these things before it, you put all of this in the bag, and that's fine too. First, there's your kind of everyday carry, right? If you tend to wear clothes that don't have as many pockets you can do this with a fanny pack. This is one of the things that's so great about being a queer prepper is I don't have to...Like, men will do anything to avoid having to wear a fanny pack. There's these like chest packs that are fucking, have a harness across the back. They're so He-Man. They're so gay. I love them. Inmn 29:05 Yeah, I've seen those. Margaret 29:07 And it's like just wear god damn fanny pack. And then like, one of the best off body carries for a subcompact handgun are like fanny pack specifically designed for drawing from. But, they don't do all that well because men are afraid to wear fanny packs. It's hilarious. But anyway, you can put all this in your pockets. You can put all this in a fanny pack. You can put all this in your punk vest. Whatever. The basis of a lot of it is wearing somewhat durable clothing and practical clothing as much as you can. I'm someone who wears maxi skirts. I swear you can go hiking in them. Sometimes you have to hike them up. Whatever some of the stuff.... Inmn 29:45 You can. I can attest. Margaret 29:47 Yeah. No, it's funny. One time, I was like working outside and the mail carrier was coming up and I was like, "I really don't want to deal with being a crossdresser right now." so I just like hiked up my fucking maxi skirt and I was like wearing tights underneath. And I'm like, "Now I'm just a weirdo in tights." Like this is better somehow. So, things to consider carrying on your person. And this to me, this goes back to my oogle days. The first and single most important prepper tool is your cell phone. And there's stuff--we could do a whole separate episode about stuff to put on your cell phone. Offline maps. That's a big one. Various tools that help you do things. And so, cell phone number one. Other things, a Bic later. Some people wrap it in duct tape because the duct tape can be used as a fire starter. A multitool. Like I use a pliers style multi tool. If you're older than a millennial, you'll prefer a Swiss army knife. A pocket knife, a folding pocket knife. This isn't as important because you got your multitool, but I've always sworn by having a pocket clip knife on me. It's useful for cutting all kinds of things. That's not even a euphemism. And, a flashlight. And, the reason I like a flashlight, a tactical style flashlight that is in my pocket at all times or in my fanny pack is because you can use it to see shit. I also like headlamps and I'm gonna talk about headlamps in a little bit. But, a flashlight is an incredibly important self defense tool. Specifically--it's funny because the tactical flashlights people are like "So you can hit people with them." And you're like, "No, it's so that you can shine it in their face." And they're like, "Yeah, with the strobe function," and you're like, "No, because the strobe function disorients you and the other person." No, if someone shines a really bright light in your face all of a sudden, you are disoriented. And so the number one self defense tool-- other people are you pepper spray too and that's great, and I just don't have as much practice with pepper spray personally And but pepper spray would also be in this sort of category--but the flashlight lets you see things and it lets you fucking blind people and run away. Which, is the secret to surviving fights is to not get in fights. And one of the ways to do that is to disorient or disable your attacker and then run away. Okay, so that's everyday carry. And then you might want to consider other self defense tools like pepper spray. A bandanna is an incredibly useful survival thing. Oogles. I learned this from oogle life. You can use it as a dust mask, you can use it to prefilter water. You can use it to wipe sweat. You can use it as a napkin. You can, like a little...hikers use something called a buff and it's just a...hikers... They just don't want to oogles so they use a buff instead. Inmn 32:30 They just don't want to call it a bandanna or a? Margaret 32:33 Yeah, totally, I mean, it's a slightly different thing. And it actually is a little bit better suited for hiking because you can use it as a headband and stuff. And like if I was like more of a hiker...like a year from now, because I'm getting into hiking, I'm gonna be like, "Nah, you just need a buff, like no matter what," you know, but I like don't own one currently. Another thing to consider as part of your everyday carry, depending on your threat model, depending on where you live, is a handgun with a holster and a spare magazine. And if you carry the capacity to do deadly force, you should also carry a tourniquet at the very least. If you don't carry a full IFAK, an individual first aid kit meant for gunshot wounds, carry at least a tourniquet. And honestly, if you're in a situation where gun threats are a thing, I would carry a tourniquet before I carry a gun. It is a lot safer legally. It's a lot easier. And like my goal is on any given day is to not die. And the ability to stop bleeding is often more effective than the ability to put holes in other people. So, that's everyday carry and if you don't have this on your person, you're gonna want it in here go bag. A lot of these I replicate in my go back. Okay, the next thing, and the most important thing from my point of view is what--and this is like kind of like the Margaret school is a little different than other people's school of thought around this--is that more important than a go bag as an emergency kit. I make and distribute these emergency kits. All my friends who visit me they leave with an emergency kit. I get a...actually, I get a tactical medical pouch. It's a five by seven, six by nine? I don't know. And it actually has molle on it so you can attach it to a backpack. So, if your go bag is full you can put it on your backpack. And the emergency kit is everything that is like small and light and useful. And this turns any bag you're carrying into a go bag. And it is small and light and if you make them in bulk it costs you 50-60 bucks worth of stuff if you put like everything in it. And I'm gonna talk about what's in it. Inmn 34:42 Yeah, what's in it? Margaret 34:43 In my emergency kit, it is three different things. It is a hygiene kit. It is a first aid kit and it is a survival kit. For hygiene, I carry a folding toothbrush and travel toothpaste. If you're an ultralight hiker, you're gonna have toothpaste tablets, I'm going to look into those but for now just fucking use toothpaste. Whatever. Dental Floss, which doubles as sewing thread, a compressed towel... Inmn 35:07 Another oogle lesson. Margaret 35:08 Oh yeah, totally. And this is what I wish I learned as an oogle is a compressed towel. There are these like little tiny tablets that if you put them in water they turn into washcloths? Yeah, they weigh nothing. They will...I carry tampons in a hygiene kit. This is not for plugging gunshot wounds. Do not use tampons to try and stop bleeding because they don't stop bleeding. They don't apply pressure. They absorb some blood. The amount of difference between the amount of blood someone having a menstrual cycle produces versus the amount of blood or gunshot wound produces....This is not what they're good for. Primarily I carry these to give to people, if we're in an emergency situation, who wish they had a tampon with them. They have some other purposes by pulling out the cotton and using it as fire starter., etc. But, I carry earplugs, just the foam cheap ones, unless I have my nice ones with me. Sometimes they're in my bag too. The ones that are like for concerts and shit. But, earplugs are for if you are shooting, if you're using heavy equipment, if you're trying to sleep in a rescue center, if you have ear damage anyway and you sometimes...Like earplugs are incredibly useful and they're light and cheap. Lip balm. I carry lip balm. I don't use lip balm in my day to day life. However, avoiding sunburn is like one of these super important things, and then also lip balm, some of it, can like double again as fire starter. stuff. Put it on cotton. Things like that. I carry condoms in case I have sex with somebody and then--or other people are trying to and don't want to get sick or you don't want to like deal with pregnancy or whatever, you know. There's like other uses for condoms. People are like, "Oh, you can use them to like store water," and stuff, but a lot of the survival uses of condoms are a little bit like people just trying to come up with uses for shit. And then also, you have to use unlubricated condoms for a lot of these purposes. However unlubricated condoms have are less effective at their primary task. I carry lube packets. Again, anything small, light, cheap, and useful is fucking great. I carry nail clippers. I carry hair ties. And, I carry soap strips. And this is a little bit like...I carry it but whatever. They're like little dissolvable papers with soap in it. That's the hygiene part of it for me. You might have a different one. I actually am kind of looking into figuring out how I'm going to put razors into here. For shaving. Usually, I just kind of have my electric razor on me, but I feel like if I'm backpacking, or whatever, it might be hard to...It's a little bit bulky. For first aid...Am I missing anything for hygiene? Inmn 37:47 Not that I can think of. I'm also....Okay, so I said that I didn't have a go bag. And literally besides the emergency kit, I have a go bag on me at all times. I was like oh yeah, I mean, I'm an ex oogle. I have a giant fanny pack with a with multiple forms of self defense and like multitools and... Margaret 38:17 That's what people forget, is they think of a go bag as this utterly separate thing but it's like...Like purse snacks is prepping. You know, like, again, men are really weird and like, if you go to a random...if you're out at a bar, the most prepared people in there are the women. They have so much stuff in their purse that is so useful. You know, the men might have guns--well, maybe they're smart and they're at a bar (you shouldn't combine alcohol and firearms) but whatever. But like, you know, what's more likely than shooting someone is getting hungry. You know? Like, Inmn 38:52 Oh, yeah, yeah. Margaret 38:54 Alright. Inmn 38:56 But what's in a first aid portion? Margaret 39:00 In the first aid portion, these are the ones I make, right. You can make your own depending on anything, right? I carry emergency packets because they make water tastes good and might theoretically be good for you. I carry alcohol wipes. These are sort of contentious. Well, they're not contentious for sterilizing things. If you need to lance a blister, you need to suddenly sew yourself back together or whatever, you're going to be glad you have alcohol wipes. Within the first day community, there's a lot of arguments about using first aid to sterilize wounds. Alcohol, slows down healing of wounds. It also sterilizes them. And so people have different opinions about the trade off of that. I carry superglue. Go ahead. Inmn 39:42 Oh, yeah. Well, you can you can also use them for their intended purpose, which is preparing the skin for things like maybe you have some kind of injection that you need to do. Maybe you need to do sutures like you can use the prep pads for their purpose. Margaret 40:00 Yeah, no totally. Inmn 40:01 Cleaning off the skin. Margaret 40:02 Yeah. And then also cleans a lot of other stuff. Like, having alcohol swabs around is just fucking useful. Anything that's light and cheap, especially if it has multiple purposes, just fucking carry it. There's like no reason not to have them. They weigh nothing. I carry a little thing of superglue. I am not currently of the superglueing your skin back together thing, but a lot of like old woodworkers and stuff will use it as like, kind of instead of a band aid, you know. They'll like close their wounds with superglue. There's like some bonus upsides and downsides to that. I usually use superglue to like fix small things, personally. And like use it and woodworking. Antibiotic ointment packets super fucking important. More likely to die of an infection in the woods than someone shooting you. I carry some band aids. I carry wound closure strips, either the steri strips or the butterfly bandages depending on what I have available. These are for like wounds that kind of borderline needs stitches, you know. I carry an irrigation syringe and this is like a little bit like bigger of a thing, an irrigation syringe. But, I carry it and I put it in every pack I include because irrigation syringes are what you use for puncture wounds and cleaning out puncture wounds. And if you're hiking in the backwoods and you step on the thorn, or whatever I don't know, and you need to clean something out, seems nice to have it. Avoiding infection is like a big part of what I learned by living out of a backpack for a long time, you know? Inmn 41:34 Yeah, yeah, Margaret 41:35 I carry tweezers for similar purpose for like picking things out of wounds, for plucking my eyebrows, for taking ticks off. Although I'll be real, I usually use the pliers on my multitool to take ticks off but don't do what Margaret Don't does. I carry gauze. Even though this isn't my like IFAK, this isn't my gunshot-wound kit, I carry gauze in case there's like deeper wounds that need putting packed in gauze. I carry petroleum jelly packets. These are also sort of like...some people use them medically, like put it on wound. Some people don't. People like to argue about it. I carry them...Honestly, I mostly carry them for fire starter, but I put them in the first-aid section because some people use it for first aid. And then I carry a bunch of different over-the-counter-drugs and I don't use over...like I just don't use drugs. But I carry them with me because other people might need them or I might need them. And like and this is one of the things that I like see people not...I think this is a really good idea. However, specifically with pills, the first thought I had was like, "Oh, I only need 10," so I'll buy a bottle, and I'll pull out 10, and I'll put them in a Ziploc bags. If you have to interact with police ever, this is a bad idea because now you have unmarked pills in a bag even if it's fucking Benadryl. And so what I carry is blister packed pills or like in tiny like one dose pack pills that are labeled from the manufacturer. The biggest downside is I have not found caffeine pills in that form yet. So the caffeine that I carry is caffeine gum because caffeine gum you can get in smaller pockets. It's a little bit more than I want to carry. I'd rather have a caffeine pill. But whatever. I carry loperamide, which is like Imodium. It's an anti-diarrheal. Because if you eat something wrong or drink something wrong and you have another like three days that you have to hike, diarrhea will fucking kill you. And so I feel like this is a thing....This is the one that I would say most people overlook. I carry Benadryl or diphenhydramine, which is its formal name, and this is an anti-inflammatory. You can use it to stop itching, which is a common problem in the woods. You can also use as an anti-anxiety, which for some reason might seem like a likely problem. You can also use it as a sleep aid. Don't use it and then use heavy machinery. Don't go chainsawing. And for painkillers I carry all three of them. I carry ibuprofen, acetamino--thing [said like she can't remember the word] and aspirin. Advil, Tylenol, and aspirin is like the common names for them, but it's ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and aspirin. They all have different purposes. Read the thing. Some of them are good for people different situations. But, being able to bring down fevers and being able to like...You're fucking old and you're hiking all the time like you fucking might need some shit to keep your knee happy enough so you can get out of there, you know? And also, carry potassium iodide, although now I am past the age where this matters. I think this is the kind of thing that preppers are like, "You got potassium iodide?" and like it doesn't really matter all that much. Potassium iodide is...it is for disaster. Okay, so yeah, if you are near, but not in the get-blowed-up range of a nuclear disaster, you might, there might be an emergency broadcast directing you to take potassium iodide and you only have have 15 minutes to do it before it's too late and there's no point anymore. And what it does is it floods your...I forget the word for it...thyroid. It floods it with iodine so that you don't absorb radioactive iodine because it's full. And this can prevent some cancers down the line. It is contra...it is also really rough on you if you do this. And so it is contraindicated for people who are 40 years and older. So, for my birthday, I should have just given away all my potassium iodide. And I think the idea is that it's just like...your body doesn't want rough stuff to happen to it. And also, they're kind of like, "Well, you're gonna die before you die of cancer anyway. You're old." I don't entirely understand the mechanism. Inmn 45:46 I feel like they need to update that. I feel like they probably maybe need to update those. Margaret 45:53 No, it's worth, I should probably look into it more and I still keep some around. And then, any personal medications that you might need. In this case, for me, it would be my dog's medication. And then also, I take famotidine to stop heartburn. One more thing for the emergency kit, the survival section. And this is not going to be like a super packed out section. Because again, this is not your full go bag. This is your little survival...your little kit. I keep KN95 masks in there. For some obvious reason. I actually kept masks in here before covid because it's important to like...like when COVID broke out, I had a bunch of P100 masks, which is like kind of the next step up from an N95 mask, and the reason I had them was like prepper shit where you're like, "I don't know, if you're in a city and there's an earthquake and there's dust everywhere," you know? Inmn 46:50 Yeah, I will say that one of our other prepper landmates at the time, sent all of us text messages well before covid was much of a popularized thing and was like, "Y'all should really go stock up on like P100 and N95 masks," and I did not. And it is...like it haunts me that I did not listen to him. Margaret 47:15 Yeah, no. Yeah, Inmn and I used to live together on a land project. And, there was me and one other prepper there, and even though we're like, anarchists on a land project, we mostly got made fun of for being silly, for being preppers. However, covid has turned everyone into preppers on some level, thank God. It is the one upside. Yeah, when it broke out, I was able to, like, have masks for people who needed it and that felt really good, you know. But, which actually gets to some of the point of prepping I talk about a lot on the show, but like, the point of prepping is to kind of like have your own shit settled so that you can then help other people, you know? Because even if I only had one P100 mask, well then at least I don't need someone else to get me a mask, right? And so everything that you have prepped is like you're one less person who needs to rely on the mutual aid network. And then everything you have on top of that is stuff you can provide to the mutual aid network, and that rules. Both of those rule. Yeah, okay. In the survival [section,] you've got a mask, you've got another butane lighter. Just carry a Bic lighter everywhere. Fuck it. Like you got two Bic lighters, you're fucking good. Little pieces of solid fuel, which is just little like tablets that you can burn and some of them are actually designed, they're like--I don't know how to describe what size they are--two Starburst? And they're like, designed that you can like cook a 15 minute meal over just burning one of these tablets, you know? But they're usually used to start a fire. I carry a little bits of tinder. The purpose made stuff isn't super expensive, but can also make your own. I carry a little needle thing with sewing needles with three different leather needles and six regular needles in it. And this is for repairing different equipment. I use the dental floss as my thread in an emergency. I carry fishhooks and line. I don't eat fish, but I would if it was me or the fish. However, I'd be fucked because I don't know how to fish. I actually think fishing is fake. I tried fishing so many times when I was a boy scout. I have never caught a single fish. I think what happens is that I go out...everyone else knows the fishing is fake. And they're like, "Let's just trick Margaret again." And so we go out fishing. And they're like, "Oh yeah, oh, I gotta tug on my line," and then they wait till I turn my back, and then they like pull a fish out of a cooler, and they're like, "Oh, I caught a fish." You know? That best as I can.... Inmn 48:07 Well, Margaret that's why they call it fishing and not catching anything. [Margaret does not laugh] This is my bad dad joke. Margaret 49:09 Oh, I see. Well, if you're fishing for humor, for laughs, it's not gonna work. Find out more at https://live-like-the-world-is-dying.pinecast.co
RNZ: Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan
A recent study from Otago University, Christchurch supports the need for a stronger strain of immunisations against pneumococcal, know as PVC-13. Co-author of the study, Professor Tony Walls speaks to Jesse.
This is Andy. Welcome, to episode #117 of the Sprinkling Nerd Show. Today today you just get me and this is a little bit of an experiment. And I would like to frame this episode, around experimenting. So let's talk about that. I'm in my truck right now driving to my office. It is Friday, and I didn't have any, I had one interview queued up for this week, but then I had to postpone it so you get me again, and sometimes I've mentioned this before. This is the hardest part of podcasting. It is relatively easy to speak with a guest, ask questions, be curious. It is completely different to talk into outer space alone, solo. It's actually much more difficult than you might think, and today I didn't have anything queued up because of that guest cancellation, so I figured I would just kind of do a little, almost like a. Audio diary today. So I'm in my truck, I'm running an experiment and that's what we're gonna talk about, experimenting. I'm running an experiment right now because I have a brand new wireless laier microphone that I got on Amazon and I don't really remember why I got it. I just thought that my current lavalier mic, that's wireless just really. It's kind of a pain in the ass, and it only had one mic. And this unit has two mics. It comes in a nice little carrying case, kind of like AirPods, and it's by a company called Holly Land. It's the Lark M one. So if this episode makes it live, it's because the audio quality that we are recording right now was sufficient enough to publish. So this is going to be an experiment, uh, just to see if the audio quality is good enough in the truck. Because I've tried a few different microphones in the truck and I settled on actually a handheld microphone. The Audiotechnica ATR2100 is connected to USB to Lightning. Works pretty well, but it's a pain in the ass to have to hold a microphone, and there's a lot more background noise in a vehicle than you may believe. Uh, it's actually not, it's not quiet, right? In a vehicle, there's a lot of background noise and it can muffle the voice. So hopefully if you're hearing this, it's then, then the quality of Thelarche one by Hollyland is sufficient. So that's my experiment right now here today, and I wanna encourage you guys to be experimenting. And I want to ask you, what have you experimented on this week or maybe what have you experimented with in the last two weeks? And an experiment could be a new product, it could be a new way of doing something, could be a new way of trying to splice a valve a new way that you've never done it before. It could be pitching your proposal to a homeowner in a new way that you've never done before. I'm, I'm a believer in trying new things, seeing how they work. Doing it again, making an adjustment. And that those little, those little changes over time compound. And after two years goes by, you can look at yourself and go, wow, I am, my business is completely different than it was two years ago. But it wasn't a shift, it wasn't an overnight shift, it was just little things. Compounding over time can be transformational. So, This is my experiment here right now, and I want to tell you about a device that I experimented with this week. This is only day three of the experiment, and I came across, so I came across a wireless clamp-on ultrasonic flow sensor maybe a month or two ago. It's called the simpleSUB, the simpleSUB flow meter, and. Uh, what it does is you can clamp it on a half-inch, three-quarter inch or one-inch pipe. It accepts CPVC, PVC, copper type L, and type M, only up to one inch. But all you do is clamp it on with wire ties. It has a cellular. Uh, card, if you want to call it that, a cellular built into it. You simply turn it on basically, and it connects to the simpleSUB cloud platform right out of the box. And there's a couple reasons that this device, that you might want this device, and there's a couple reasons that it may not be what you want. However, I think it would be worth taking a look at. So the website is Simple Sub Water, I believe that's what it is, simple sub water.com. I will check that when I get to my office and put the actual link in the show notes if I. If I just misspoke, simple sub water.com, the unit is less than $400 and then it's $5 a month and you can just strap it on any half inch, three quarter inch or one inch pipe, and you can record the daily water use right up to the cloud. Okay, so if So, you could put this on your irrigation main. Absolutely. Right. If your client wants to know how much water they're using on the irrigation system, You can put this right on the main line if it's one inch or less. And I suppose if it's greater than one inch, you could just put in a section of one inch pipe and then clamp this on. But so what the device does, is it, it totalize or it logs the gallons and then once a day it sends it up to the server. Okay. So the simple sub meter cannot find brakes in pipes. Because it's not really sending, it's not sending real time flow to the platform. It's sending Totalized flow for the day. Now you could potentially find a leak if your total for the day was more than you suspected it to be. But it's really designed to, I think, Um, provide individual billing to apartment or living units that don't have their own, uh, water meter. Okay, so if you had water meter going into a building and then there was 20 subunits, but there was only one water meter, you could put this device individually on all the sub mains that feed each of the living units and then build at tenants individually for. Their water usage without having to. Reach out to your local municipality, hire a certified plumber, put in the meter and create all of that extra billing. You can just simply strap this on, record the daily water use, and then send your, your tenants a water bill at the end of the month. But what makes this really easy is that there is cellular built into it, so you don't have to worry about. Connecting to somebody's wifi, you don't have to worry about another gateway or a hub. It will connect directly to the cloud. It comes pre-provisioned. It's ready to go. You don't have to make a phone call when you purchase the device. They ask you specifically for the size and the type of pipe that you're going to be putting it on so that they can provision. The meter before they ship it. And that's really handy because then they, they ensure that it is calibrated correctly for that specific. Pipe size and pipe type. So all you really do is have to clamp it on, and that takes, I mean, literally about 90 seconds to install it. So again, if you have a, a client, commercial tenant, commercial client, or even a, a residential client, and they ask you if there's a way to meter their water, Just for totalizing purposes, this could not be easier. I'd highly recommend it. I'd highly recommend that you test it out, and it could be, well, I was just gonna suggest that it could be a way to learn the flow of all the zones, but that's really not possible because it only records water. It only sends water used once a day for all of the water used that day. So it isn't going to send you, give you minute by minute. Uh, reporting. There are other devices that can do that. I have a Stream Labs device in my house that connects to wifi that is absolutely amazing. I'll probably need to record another podcast episode on that device. Stream Labs Water, I think that's what it is. Stream Labs, water. And if you want. You know, minute by minute recording down to like a 10th of a gallon, it just clamps on and it couldn't be, it couldn't be easier. But you do need to have wifi, so you do need to have access to your customer's wifi and connect it up that way, where the simple sub, you just clamp it on, turn it on, walk away, and you are going to get the water use data. So this could be an opportunity for you to maybe sell some extra services if you have commercial clients. That have a lot more indoor plumbing, maybe you could, uh, offer this to them, suggest this, uh, and I guess in the, at least try putting it on an irrigation system that you have, which has a one inch main line and does not have a flow sensor. So of course I would always recommend putting in a flow sensor if you're doing new installation. But if this is a retrofit, you just clamp this on. And it'll pipe the data straight up to the cloud. Uh, hopefully I will be able to have Brad, he's the inventor and the founder of The Simple Sub, and he was a, he was actually a, a lead engineer for Raio for three or four years before he started Simple Sub. Hopefully I can connect with him and invite him on the podcast to share his story. I think it would be fun to, to hear what it was like to create this product from. Scratch. And again, to me it's just an experiment. I came across the device a couple months ago. I reached out to Brad, uh, it was at the beginning of last week. We had a Zoom call together. He explained it to me. I immediately bought one. He provisioned it, he shipped it, it arrived this week. And of course I had to install it that very day and it couldn't have been easier. Super simple. And you know, really, that's my, that's what I was experimenting with. This week. There's a lot more that I was experimenting with, but that's what I can share with you right now because the other experiments are still in the experimentation stage. And I probably will make a video on this where I'll show you the device and some pictures of my installation, so stay tuned for that. That'll be on the Sprinkler Supply Store YouTube channel, which is, uh, Uh, I think I actually changed the name. It's Sprinkler to Andy on, on YouTube, but I will, I'll make a video and post it there. So you can see in real, real life, well in video format what the device looks like. And I think we're gonna see a lot more of these types of devices and components come, too, come to our business. You know, the days of having to connect everything with a wire, um, are, I don't wanna say they're coming to an end, but there's a lot more wireless opportunities like this. Coming our way, and if you can't measure it, you can't manage it. So I highly recommend adding more sensors to your system, collecting more data, and providing more insights and accountability to your clients where it makes sense. Of course, it doesn't make sense for everyone, but I think commercially it probably always makes sense if you're putting in an irrigation system on a commercial property. And a flow sensor was not in the bid. Not in the spec. I would add one, and if it's a one inch size, I would put this on there and I would send your clients the exact amount of water that you are using. I'd probably even sit down with them, have a conversation, talk about the water needs of the landscape, and probably put a budget together with the client and talk to them about their water needs and how green. They want their grass or which sections of the landscape are, are high priority, put together a water budget and then start sending them daily, weekly, or monthly reports right out of the simple sub. It's totally possible it's here right now. You can install it, deploy it in just a few minutes, and it would be, it'd be fun to have you guys experiment with this and let me know. Let me know how it goes. So that's what we have here, guys. My two experiments for the day in the week one is this Lark M one Holly Land Wireless lavalier mic, that I hope the audio quality comes out because I just uncomfortably recorded this podcast in my truck Driving to Work. It's also raining, so we're gonna have to see how, how well it does recording my voice, uh, on top of the rain. And then the weekly experiment with the simple sub. Give it a try. Let me know how it goes and let me know what you are experimenting with. I think it is so key to always be trying something new, and it doesn't have to be groundbreaking. It could be something so small like you change the way your signature looks this week. It doesn't matter, but it's so important to do something new. Keeps your mind fresh, keeps you in the game. Always be trying something new. So that's all I have guys. I'm stopped at the light here. So now we get to test the audio at a complete stop with what should be total silence in my truck. Have a great day, have a great weekend, and we'll catch you next week with an awesome guest that I have queued up that is gonna bring this podcast global. Cheers. Talk to you later. Bye-bye.
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THE WONDER: Science-Based Paganism
https://atheopaganism.org/2018/04/22/hows-that-maypole-thing-work/ Remember, we welcome comments, questions, and suggested topics at thewonderpodcastQs@gmail.com. S4E15 TRANSCRIPT:----more---- Yucca: Welcome back to the Wonder Science-based Paganism. I'm one of your host Yucca, Mark: And I'm the other one, mark. Yucca: and today we have another holiday episode, so welcome to the next spring holiday for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere. Mark: Yeah, and of course we're gonna talk about all the different things we might call that holiday. But this, this episode will drop on May day. Which is May 1st and is kind of the traditional day for celebrating this. As always, we view these holidays as more of like, kind of a week window, you know, seven days, give or take. So if you have to do it on a Sunday or on a Saturday, that's all fine. Don't have to be super, super precise about it. Yucca: Right. There's no, you know, cosmic being with a clipboard, keeping track of how on time you were. So, yeah. So, yeah, let's talk about names. So Mayday Beltane is another very common name for it. Mark: Which is a Scottish derivation of what was originally an Irish language word, which is Yucca: Which is the month of May, I Mark: Yes. It's the month of May. Yucca: yeah. So it's the beginning of the celebration of going into, into May what do you call it, mark? Mark: Well, I call it mayday unless you're talking about in the summer, i in the Southern Hemisphere, in which case calling a day in November, mayday is probably counterintuitive. What I call it then instead is oh, I think it was summer Tide. I think that was it. Yucca: Some are tied. Okay, so you live in the Northern Hemisphere, but if you were in the Southern Hemisphere, that's the name that, that sounds like it Mark: would, that I would use. Yeah. Because obviously it's pretty weird to call something in November, may day. Yucca: I have. Mark: And the reason that I do that is that I try to avoid all of the cultural names for. The holidays. And the reason for that is that when crafting atheopagan, I deliberately wanted it not to be rooted in any particular cultural tradition. Yucca: Mm-hmm. Mark: I wanted it to be something that was modern and belongs to everybody who chooses to practice it. And that didn't have any cultural appropriation in it. Yucca: Right. Mark: that's, Yucca: And of Mark: why I went that way. Yucca: there are plenty of folks who are atheopagan who do have a really strong tie. To a particular culture and do then apply some of the traditional names from their culture to that. But when you were creating it, you didn't have that tie right. And you wanted to make it so that it was, that it was welcome to everybody, right. That Mark: Right, and well, and, and you need to bear in mind that when I was creating it, I was only creating it for myself. Yucca: Yeah. Mark: It, it, the, the whole idea that this was gonna turn into a movement was really a surprise to me. And I don't have a strong feeling of cultural derivation from anywhere. My antecedents came here 400 years ago, and any englishness that they had has long since been lost. So I just feel like an American settler who doesn't have a claim to being indigenous to this land. But has a primary relationship with this land anyway. So I didn't want to use words like Beltane and SA and those kinds of words because they're derived from other places that I didn't have a, a connection with. Yucca: Right. Mark: So I call it mayday. And then there are the, the variations of beta or bina. Are there any other names that you're familiar with? Yucca: Were you second spring? Yeah, but I haven't, it's not like some of the other holidays that have, you know, 15 different names. Usually I just hear either Mayday or Beltane. Those are the ones that are pretty common. And I'll end up using those. I'm not a particularly verbal person. Right. So I don't really associate the holidays in a strong way with a name. The, I will use names to communicate with other people, but when I'm thinking about it inside of me, I don't think in words. So it, it isn't, it doesn't have that, which is funny because I talk and I write for a living, but, but inside it's, it, none of it is attached to words. It's attached to feelings and to smells and experiences. It's a, it's a very different ex interior experience and it's but it's really about, it's, it's spring is what it really is for me. Right. There's different, we split the year up into eight seasons in my family instead of four seasons. It's really more like, well, there's different ways. There's also, we also split it into two seasons, right? There's summer and winter. There's the, the the hots and the light side of the year, and the cold and the dark side of the year, and then there's the official four seasons of the calendar. But those don't really match with what's happening in our environment. But the eight seem to work a little bit better. And this is sort of the, the midpoint of the second spring, which really is more like the spring that, that most people would picture for a spring. The spring where you have warm days, but little bits of chili nights and the flowers are coming back and the, there's insects. The hummingbirds have just arrived back. Right. So it, it feels very spring now for us. Mark: Great. Yucca: Yeah. Mark: Yeah. I, when it comes to, to seasons, I mean there we have something similar here. We have the gold time and the green time from about July through December is the golden time when all of the hills turned gold because all of the grasses have gone to sea, then died off, and then. When the rains come in the winter everything turns emerald green and it stays that way until about June. Yucca: How beautiful. Mm. Mark: so there's the golden time and the green time. That's one way of dividing the year. And then there's the dark side, dark half and the light half, which. They're sort of offset from the gold time and the the green time. When it comes to four seasons, I really prefer the way that they count them in Ireland, which is that this holiday is the beginning of summer. Yucca: Mm-hmm. Mark: Rather than being the middle of spring, which is how it's figured in the official calendar of the United States. And the main reason for that is that there's all this wonderful early music about May and, and the beginning of summer because that apparently is how it was calculated back in the 16th century and earlier. And I just love singing that stuff. Yucca: And that's what works for that climate too, right? For he here. It really doesn't make sense to say it's the beginning of summer because it's still freezing at night. Right? Mark: Well, and, and for you, I mean, summer is something that's unimaginable in Ireland. It's, it's so much hotter and so much drier than anyone who's never left Ireland has ever seen. Yucca: Yes. I mean, we we're not too bad in terms of the heat, but compared to what, what they experience, it's a completely, it might as well be a different planet. Mark: Mm-hmm. Yucca: Right. Just in terms of how different climates are Mark: So all of this goes to one of the principles, well, no, I won't say principles cuz we've got official 13 principles, blah, blah, blah. One of the ideas that, one of the concepts that that we have in atheopagan, which is adapting your own wheel of the year. I mean, you're, you're hearing from just me and Yucca and tho those are two of, you know, millions of possible different ways of parsing the year, depending on where you live and what's happening in the natural world. So in Yucca: are important to you? Right. Which of those things do you focus on and which things don't matter as much? Mark: Exactly, exactly. So and so, really encourage listeners, you know, if you're in the process of organizing your practice and kind of figuring out how you want to do what you're doing you know, be thinking about that for yourself. You, you can decide for yourself when you think spring starts and when you think summer starts. You can decide what to call the holidays. Yucca: And you can change. Mark: yes. Yucca: if you did something, you came up with, you painted this beautiful wheel and you put these labels on it, and now a few years later you're going, mm, that doesn't really match with what I'm experiencing now or what I'm valuing. You can change, Mark: Yes, that's, that's what post-its are for. Yucca: Yeah, exactly. Mark: So, You know, just to put in, put in a word for people doing their d i y spiritual practice, you know, that is something that's really important in, in Ethiopia, paganism and naturalistic paganism generally, you know, we're not doing this to appease any invisible creatures. Were not doing this to be in conformity with some invisible forces. We're doing this for our own wellbeing and our own happiness and our own celebration and our own wisdom and learning. Right? So that's a thing you can do and really encourage you to, to take that up. What are some other themes that we might talk about for this time of year? Yucca: Well, this time of year often has, is a celebration of sexuality, Mark: Mm-hmm. Yucca: The young adult, the sexuality that that kind of beautiful fertility all of that stuff is, is often a theme that people look at for this time of year. Mark: Right, right. There's that old that old poem. Hooray. Hooray. The 1st of May, outdoor Sex Begins Today. Which of course goes back to the old tradition of going a main because it's finally warm enough that you're not going to freeze to death Yucca: Yeah. Mark: in the forests of Europe. So this was sort of a loophole practice where. Young couples could go into the woods ostensibly to be collecting flowers, right? But the reality was that they were being unchaperoned, and so it was giving them some private time to themselves. One. Story that I've heard. I don't know how true it is, but there's a story that children that were born of mayday couplings were named Greenwood or Green, Yucca: Mm-hmm. Mark: Which I don't know whether it's true or not, but my name is green. It's an interesting story, so I like it. Yucca: Yeah, I've heard that story as well, actually. Yeah. Maybe that's why there's so many greens in the world. Mark: Could very well be because we're not all related with one another. By any means. There are all these independent, freestanding branches of greens out there. Yucca: Mm-hmm. I've always liked color names. Find it very fun, but there's some that you don't see. I, I've never seen purple as a last name for instance, but White, brown, green. Yep. Gray Mark: violet as a, as a Yucca: first name. Yeah. Mark: The flower, I think, rather than the color. Yucca: mm-hmm. I've known some Indigos as first names as well and some indies, but I'm not sure if those are Henry's. Or if those are, were Indigos, but yeah. Mark: Never known a yellow. I've never known anybody who was named yellow, either first or last name, Yucca: I don't think I have either. Yeah. Hmm. Mark: and of course you have William of Orange, and you know all those folks. Yucca: Yeah. But I like color names. I love tree names, flower names. Mark: Mm-hmm. Yucca: Yeah. Star names as well. Mark: Yeah. I, I, I like all those natural world names. They, they, they seem, they seem better connected to me somehow. Yeah. So themes, yes. Sexuality is a big one for this time of year. And. It's funny, a member of our community was saying that he was doing Google searches on on Beltane, and he said that all the results that were coming up with were how to celebrate Beltane or mayday without sex. Yucca: Yeah. Mark: this, this sort of overreaction of, you know, and, and I think that some of that is because of the rise of consent culture, that you know, that we want to have comfortable environments where nobody feels pressured to do anything and everything is all, you know, oriented around consent, which of course is what we want. But that Yucca: various ages, right? Mark: right, Yucca: That might not be something that you'd be comfortable bringing your pre-teen to or your, you know, seven year old or something. Mark: Right, exactly. You've got families that are, you know, that still wanna celebrate the holiday and, you know, can maybe incorporate other, you know, sort of quasi sexual themes like fertility, right? Like planting vegetables or, you know, whatever it is. Yucca: Or flowers, right? Mark: planting flowers, Yucca: Flowers are the reproductive organs for these other beings. Yeah. Mark: explaining how flowers work, why, why flowers exist. Because in the natural world right now, at least in the Northern hemisphere, in most places, it's an orgy going on out there. You've got, you know, all of these, these plants waving their sexy parts at one another and bees busily stir, you know, running around all the pollinators, running around. Yucca: And there's just clouds of pollen. I dunno if this happens where you are, but we'll just see these golden clouds going by of just, and I don't have any allergies, so it doesn't bother me, but I know it makes some people miserable to. Mark: I'm, I'm in. I'm the same way. I don't have allergies either, but particularly when the Acacia here in February and then when the oak trees start to bloom in May, there are people here who are just miserable. Yucca: Yeah. For us it's the Junipers. And then Chaisa, which I think in other areas is called Rabbit Bush. It's this beautiful bush that we have with the golden flowers. Those are the ones that are the worst. And there's isn't really any time of year that in the spring, summer or fall in which there isn't some sort of. Pollen. So it can be kind of a miserable experience for folks who have strong allergies. A lot of people will just be allergic to one particular thing, and then the other ones don't bug them, Mark: Right. So if you are going out to have outdoor sex, first of all, make sure you have privacy. Secondly, take your antihistamine. Yucca: And maybe something a like a picnic blanket or something like that. Mark: Yeah, because there's all kinds of stickers and bugs and All kinds of stuff. Yeah. So, that's one of the major themes of this time of year. And as you mentioned as I reckon the Wheel of the year, one of the aspects is the, the developing arc of a human life. And so this station on the wheel of the year is that of young adulthood. You know, the, the late teens, early twenties all that sort of passion and juice and fearlessness and cluelessness and and horniness, right? All of those are, you know, things that are right in there with that population of people. And so all of those kind of passionate, creative, colorful, excited kinds of qualities become things that we can fold into our rituals and our celebrations. Yucca: Yeah, it's a fun time of year. Mark: It is. Yeah, it is. It's a great time of year. What else, what are some other themes? I know that you have different sort of families of creatures that you recognize. What is the one for this time of year? Yucca: This is actually the annual plants and the early succession beings. So this really is the, you know, the. Flowers and the grasses and the, you know, things that we think of as weedy species that are coming in when there's been some sort of disturbance that are coming to cover up that bare ground and grow as quick as it can. The dandelions, all of those sorts of things. And that a lot has to do with what's happening in the environment around me. This is when the annuals are That this is when they're starting to grow. This is also when planting is beginning. Right. So for annual gardens it's still, we really shouldn't be putting our annuals out for another week or two cuz we'll still get a frost or so. But you know, this is when the leafy greens can be out. This is when you've got the stuff indoors that, you know, should be our tomatoes are, you know, two feet tall waiting to go out, you know, that kind of thing. So that's, that's the, the big theme for us. And then of course, it's also. There's just, you can finally be all the way out, In the, in the earlier spring you could start getting out, but there'd be days where you couldn't work outside. Now, The wind has died down. We can eat lunch at, we can eat our meals outside every day. It's the back, it's the back outside. It's the, so I guess that is kind of the summer's beginning part for us, even though it's not really summer, but it's the, that part of the year that's the outside part of the year has really begun. Mark: Yeah, and I think that in the historical stuff, that's a lot of what it is. It's like, okay, it's finally okay to go outside again. The weather has eased enough and I mean, you know, you look at Northern Europe and they're definitely still getting freezes at this time of year, but the problem wasn't so much the freezing as it was the snowing or Yucca: The wetness, you know. Mark: Yeah. All that kind of stuff. So, Yeah, I, I think that that whole idea of returning to the outdoors is really kind of bound up in this holiday. We, Yucca: Oh, and all the baby animals are here. Mark: right, right. Yucca: you know, the, the baby animals in terms of the wild ones, but also, you know, the, the calves have been born, the lambs have been born, the little chicks are here. You know, all of that. They're, they're all here. Mark: piglets and all of them. Yeah. Yeah. So it's, it's definitely, you know, a time of year when, you know, this whole reproductive thing is really kind of up. So. So that whole creativity, fertility thing becomes something that you can really fold into your practices and rituals. Because the, I mean, there's lots of ways to do that, right? It doesn't have to only be like physical reproduction. It can be all kinds of creative endeavors that, that bear some kind of fruit, whether it's throwing a pot or painting a canvas, or writing a book, or, you know, Planting a garden, whatever that is. It's still something that feels like a fertile expression. Yucca: Yeah. I, I really appreciate you bringing that up because, Fertility doesn't just have to be a physical, literally reproducing thing that it's a idea that is, is much broader than that. Now, that's a component of it, although funnily enough, this is not human reproductive or this is not our season, right? Humans can be born any time of year, but humans tend to be born in the late summer, early fall for whatever climate they're in that just Mark: sense cuz that's when all the food is available. Yucca: Right. Well, and backtrack to what was happening during what time of year was it when the baby was conceived, you didn't have much else to be doing at the time. Mark: That's right. Yucca: Right. So it makes sense biologically, but it, that's not, it's just very interesting that it, our reproductive cycle isn't matching up with what we see with so much of the rest of nature. Mark: Right, right. Well, and I mean, that gets you into the whole, you know, the mystery of menstruation versus a heat cycle and. You know, those are so different and why are they different? And you know, there's a lot of unanswered questions evolutionarily about why humans are the particular way they are. But we don't have answers to them. So we have conjectures, but that's about it. Yucca: Just pretty interesting ones. Right? And that a lot of that probably has to do with there being so little dimorphism between the sexes Mark: Mm-hmm. Yucca: compared to other other apes and other primates in general. Mark: Mm-hmm. Yucca: So it's a fascinating field. Mark: Yeah. Yeah. That was your tension for today. We hope you enjoyed it. Yucca: Yes. But why don't we talk about some of the. Rituals and practices that we have or ones that we've heard that are quite common, kind of give some inspiration for the folks listening. Mark: Sure. Well, first and foremost, the most famous one, of course is the maple. And the May pole is a big phallic pole stuck in the ground with ribbons, depending down from the top of it. Usually there's some kind of a crown full of flowers that's put over the top that has the ribbons flowing down. And then there's a dance that you do around the may pole, which weaves the ribbons around on the pole, and it's, it's really fun to do. It's a very joyous activity and it results in this very beautiful creation. On the, on the pole. I've danced a lot. I made poles in my time and it doesn't get old. It really, it's just, it's, it's like a spiral dance at, at Hallows. It's just one of those things that's really a beautiful old European tradition that is just, it's a Kuiper. It's, it's one I really like. Yucca: Yeah. We were laughing before, right before hitting play. Cause it's saying that we haven't done one of those in my family and I was imagining what would happen where I think my oldest would be able to do it, but my youngest would think it would be so funny to run the other way and just tie everybody to the pole. The way dogs tie, you know, like will run around a pole on the leash and, you know, tie their human up. I'm. Positive that that's what would happen just almost instantly. So we don't do a pole, but we do take colorful ribbons and tie them into a tree that we have, and we see those ribbons blowing in the wind and fluttering around and it's. It's really very beautiful and it's exciting too to go and tie them and probably some of them are getting snatched by the birds too, to incorporate into their nests, so, Mark: Yeah. That is very consistent with an old Irish tradition, which is the may bush, Yucca: mm-hmm. Mark: In which ribbons are tied into a bush. And there are, there's, there's a wish or something that goes with it. I, I, I don't remember the specific details, but It's a lot of the, the lore there is fairy lore, so it may have something to do with appeasing fairies or something like that, but it's, it's an old tradition that I know some people are still practicing. I. We, my partner Neman, I have done hanging of ribbons in trees before when we haven't had a maple celebration or even when we do, cuz we have these ribbon things that we can hang in trees. Last year, the Northern California Affinity Group for Ethiopia Paganism which calls itself the live oak circle. We had a, a maple without the pole. Yucca: Okay. Mark: we had a, a ring of metal, which was actually from a mason jar. And then we tied our ribbons onto that with a wish for the year. And then holding our ribbons. We danced around in a circle, so it was like, You Yucca: Oh, cool. Mark: spokes on a wheel. Yeah, yeah, it was fun. It was really a fun thing. And I still have the thing with the ribbons on it. It's on my focus right now. And we are meeting tomorrow actually to do a, a real may poll. The couple of members of the, the group got aole and stand for it and all the ribbons and everything. So we'll be doing an actual may pole tomorrow, and I'm excited about that. Yucca: Now I'm remembering some. Did you have a story about a PVC pipe? As a Mark: Oh, yes, that was a problem. Yucca: is that what didn't work out so Mark: No it, it was the, the maple was constructed of one of those heavy cast iron Umbrella stands, outdoor umbrella stands. So that was the stand for it. And then the pole itself was PVC pipe with a, with a wire assembly crown at the top, which had the, the ribbons coming from it. And the problem was that, The tension as people were dancing around and weaving it around, the tension was stronger on one side of the pole than on the other. And so the whole pole began to band over and I ended up having to kind of stand there and hold the thing upright. While people were continuing to dance around it in order for it to work properly. But the next year, the, the same person that had brought that napole had gotten rebar to put inside the pvc. So it didn't do that anymore. Yucca: Alright. Mark: But you know, one of the things that's challenging a about a maple is not everybody has a place to store an eight foot or Yucca: Or, or greater, yeah. Mark: you know, telephone, pole sized pole. Yucca: Mm-hmm. Mark: And so these, you know, using these heavy bases so that the thing doesn't topple over. And then some kind of a rigid e either wood, if you can get a big enough dowel, like a four inch diameter dowel or five inch diameter dow or even P V C will work, but you've gotta put something really solid inside it so it doesn't bend around. Yucca: Yeah, Mark: And it's still fun to dance around. Yucca: I wonder if, you know those basketball hoops that you fill the base up with water? Mark: Yeah. That's a great idea. Yucca: right? You just take the, the hoop off. That might be something. I mean, that's still kind of big to, to store, but it's easier to store that, that you can just leave outside under a tarp or Mark: Well, yeah. Or you put the basketball hoop back on it and shoot basketball. Yucca: That too, right? Mark: yeah, so it, you know, it could be a multi-use kind of thing. Little outdoor exercise and, and then your maple in the spring. That's a great idea. Yucca: Yeah, because there, I mean, it's gonna depend on where you are, but you know. Yeah. Mark: And I wrote a blog post a long time ago called What's Up With That May Poll Thing, or something like that. We'll put a link to it in the show notes. It explains everything you need to know about how to do a May poll ceremony and how the dance works and all that kind of stuff. And trust me as someone who is. For whatever reason, whether it's actually a brain development thing or whether it's a psychological thing incapable of learning dance steps, you can still do this one. All you have to do is just walk and raise the ribbon and then lower the ribbon and raise the ribbon and lower the ribbon. It's, it's really easy to do. Yucca: That's good to hear cuz I am terrible at beats and remembering dance moves and all of that. Okay, well and what about some non maple. Traditions. I know there's giving flowers, baskets of gifts and flowers. Mark: Even just little posey, little bouquets, leaving them on the doorstep of your neighbors is a thing that that is an, an old tradition gathering dew on May morning and washing Yucca: rumor of such a thing. Mark: have you. Yucca: Yes. Do I hear it's moisture or something in the Mark: Oh yes. Well, yeah, you, you, you don't have dew where you are. What you have is very thirsty soil that will suck up any molecule moisture. Yucca: I'm sorry. Continue. Yes. Mark: but anyway, you know, if you're in a place that does have Morning Dew, then you can gather that and wash your face with it. And it's supposed to re pre preserve beauty and. you from aging or something like that? I'm not sure, but it's supposed to be a nice thing to do. Yucca: Mm-hmm. Mark: And it's traditional for Morris dancers in England to dance the sun up on May morning. Yucca: Hmm. Mark: I, on Monday, I'm actually going at five 30 in the morning for our local Morris team to watch them dance up the sun. Yucca: Nice. Mark: Which is, Yucca: that may be when many of you are listening right now, mark is maybe dancing up the sun right now. Mark: that could be, no, I'm not dancing. I'm observing. Yucca: oh, excuse me. Mark: I, I, I tried learning how to Morris dance and I was as bad at that as I was at waltzing, so just didn't work. So, Those are all, and, and actually that's a really wonderful thing cuz you've got, you know, people with the horns and they're clacking them together or sticks or swords or whatever it is. And it all seems very old. Like an old, old tradition. What else? Yucca: Paper flowers, that's one that we do, right? And we put things in our windows because we have a lot of birds around here. And so we put like kind of sticker things. And so in the winter we have paper snowflakes that the kids make and we will be trading those out for paper flowers. And that's just so that the birds don't. Fly in because they have a, a, I'm sure this happens everywhere, but they have a really hard time seeing the windows. So we put little things into the windows so that they know, hey, this is not an open door. You can't fly through it and, you know, smack yourself. So, but paper flowers are just a lot of fun. For that. And all around the house. And that's another great thing to give to neighbors too, is make some cute little paper flowers. And some people do really elaborate, you know, make roses and things like that. We just cut out petals and blue, stick 'em together and, you know, make our pretty, you know, rainbow flower. And this is our all pink flower and our all blue flower. And how does that flower have polka dots? But it does. So. Mark: Yeah, so generally speaking, flowers, ribbons, and expressions of love. Yucca: Yeah. Mark: You just, you, you can't go wrong this time of year with those three things, you know, Yucca: And seeds. Mark: seeds. Yeah, yeah, yeah. That's true. Yucca: So it was just a fun, fun time of year. Mark: It is. Yeah. Yeah. I really enjoy it. Yeah, so I'm excited actually to have a couple of things to do this year. Last year there really wasn't much to do. The community that I used to do a Beltane ceremony with, well, a whole weekend celebration It's kind of having some problems right now, so I'm, I'm staying away. What else were we, I think that may be about it. Yucca: Yeah, I'm sure we'll think of some things as soon as we hit stop, Mark: Right, of course, Yucca: yeah. Mark: as always. But yeah really encourage you to get out of the house and away from the screens at this time of year. You know, go see some nature, go, you know, smell some flowers. There's a lot going on that's really lovely right now. And you know, I, and I hope that you'll have a ample chance to enjoy it because, Like everything, it goes away and then a new cycle has come and there's new stuff to enjoy, but it's not the same. Yucca: Yeah. Well, thank you everyone for joining us. We hope you have a wonderful mayday Beltane second spring summer tide, whatever you call it, and we'll see you next week. Mark: Yeah. Thanks so much everybody, and thank you Yucca.
Le roi Charles III sera couronné le 6 mai, huit mois après le décès d'Elizabeth II en septembre 2022. Pendant près de six décennies, l'ancien prince de Galles s'est consacré à de nombreuses causes : défense de l'environnement, harmonie architecturale, intégration des territoires… Toutes ces causes, Charles les a mises en œuvre en créant sa propre ville : Poundbury, dans le sud-ouest de l'Angleterre. Visite guidée de la ville d'un roi. À première vue, Poundbury ressemble à un village anglais traditionnel : de longues rues bordées de petites maisons fleuries, la statue de la reine mère au centre d'une place, un pub… Pourtant, quelques détails attirent l'œil des plus attentifs. Aucun panneau publicitaire ne borde les routes, sur lesquelles aucun marquage n'a été tracé. « Il n'y a pas de bâtiment ultra-moderne ici, décrit Mark Adams, architecte installé à Poundbury depuis une dizaine d'années. Il n'y a pas de câbles, de paraboles, tout est caché sous terre. Il veut que l'apparence de Poundbury reste la même dans les décennies à venir. » « Il », c'est Sa Majesté, Charles III. Alors qu'il était prince de Galles, le nouveau roi a entrepris la construction de sa ville idéale sur ses terres, mitoyennes de la ville de Dorchester, au sud-ouest de l'Angleterre. Poundbury est sortie de terre en 1993 et devrait finir d'être construite à l'horizon 2027. Bâtie sur des principes d'intégration, sans quartiers délimités, la bourgade mêle petits pavillons mitoyens, hôtels de style néo-classique et manoirs géorgiens. « Son projet personnel » Fran Leaper a emménagé dans une grande maison de trois étages au début des années 2000 et s'est tout de suite impliquée dans l'association des résidents. La retraitée a vu la ville s'étendre et prendre forme : « Charles a supervisé le moindre détail de Poundbury. Chaque demande de permis de construire porte les gribouillis du prince. C'est vraiment son projet personnel. » Un projet couronné de succès : 4 000 habitants ont déjà emménagé à Poundbury, mélange de propriétaires, de locataires et de bénéficiaires de logements sociaux. Françoise Ha, elle aussi membre de l'association des résidents, a emménagé il y a cinq ans : « C'est un endroit merveilleux, l'architecture est magnifique. On appartient à une communauté, et il y a de bonnes écoles pour nos trois enfants. » La thérapeute en médecine coréenne loue aussi le fait de pouvoir tout faire à pied. Le lien avec Charles III ? Un bonus : « Ça se voit que les gens qui ont conçu la ville l'ont fait avec attention. » Les habitants ont la royauté timide : à quelques jours du couronnement de Charles III et contrairement au reste du royaume, aucun drapeau n'orne les façades. « Nous sommes représentatifs de la population générale, assure Fran Leaper. Tout le monde ici n'est pas convaincu que Charles était la meilleure personne pour diriger le pays. Nous ne sommes pas différents juste parce que Poundbury appartient au roi. » Faible diversité Dans la ville voisine, pourtant, Poundbury est bien considérée comme le joyau de Sa Majesté. « Moi, je dois attendre une heure pour avoir un bus, déplore Doris, résidente octogénaire de Dorchester, mais eux, ils en ont plein, parce que c'est chez Charles ! » La faible diversité sociale et ethnique, alors que neuf habitants sur dix sont Blancs selon le dernier recensement, n'aide pas à enrayer les rumeurs autour de Poundbury : on y serait snob, privilégié, et surtout, on n'y ferait pas ce qu'on veut. « J'ai entendu dire qu'on ne pouvait pas étendre son linge le dimanche, souffle Doris. Moi, personne ne me dit quand je peux faire ma lessive. » C'est vrai que la vie dans un écrin royal requiert quelques sacrifices. Fran Leaper souligne l'interdiction de remplacer les cadres de fenêtres en bois par des installations plus modernes, en PVC, au nom de l'esthétique : « C'est une négociation récurrente avec le Duché. » La lessive doit être étendue à l'arrière des maisons… L'affichage public est également fortement réglementé. La place de la couronne, tout juste construite, abrite pas moins de six commerces qu'on ne remarque qu'une fois devant la porte. ► À lire aussi : Les finances de la famille royale britannique, l'un des secrets les mieux gardés du Royaume-Uni Françoise Ha a dû composer avec cela en s'installant à Poundbury. « C'est un défi pour se faire connaître des habitants. Il n'y a pas de centre-ville ici, les commerces sont parsemés à travers les rues : vous ne pouvez pas dépendre du fait que les gens vont vous remarquer en passant, il faut avoir votre clientèle. » Cependant, la thérapeute n'est pas entièrement contre cette règle : « Ça fait partie de l'identité de Poundbury. » La quadragénaire n'a encore jamais rencontré Charles. Lorsqu'il était prince de Galles, Son Altesse se rendait environ deux fois par an dans « sa » ville, désormais propriété de son héritier, William. Les habitants en sont sûrs : une visite royale ne sera qu'une question de semaines après le couronnement.
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On today's program we'll dig into some of the lesser known histories of labor struggles in Colorado's coal fields with a local author. Replacing lead pipes with PVC? A new report says that’s leaping from the frying pan into fire, […]
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Today, on the Hudson Mohawk Magazine: We begin with an interview with Eyad Alkurabi about the “Hands Off Al-Aqsa Mosque” rally taking place at Townsend Park on Friday, April 21. Then, Mark Dunlea interviews Beyond Plastics about the safety of PVC plastic pipes for drinking water. Later on, H Bosh Jr interviews Jeff Deskovic of the The Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation for Justice for this week's Triple Es. After that, Andrea Cunliffe goes to 344 2nd Street Storefront Gallery ahead of the opening of the WomenxWomen exhibition. Finally, Moses Nagel heads to the Radix Center to learn about a few important things we can all do to help the environment while improving quality of life in our communities.
The replacement of lead water service pipes recently became a major issue in the City of Troy. In a new report Beyond Plastics warns of the human health risks of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic, recommending state and local officials avoid using the material for their communities' water pipes. The Biden administration and Congress is providing $15 billion to municipalities that need to replace toxic lead service lines. Judith Enck of Beyond Plastics, former Region 2 EPA Administrator, speaks at the news conference releasing the report. By Mark Dunlea for Hudson Mohawk Magazine. Dunlea and Enck have been married for 41 years.
In this episode, Anne and Gillian stress the importance of having a high-quality home studio for voice actors. The hosts discuss the technical aspects of setting up a studio, such as having a good computer, fast internet, and a reliable microphone. They also emphasize the need for soundproofing, with Anne sharing her DIY approach to creating acoustic panels for her studio. Additionally, the hosts talk about the importance of isolation and how it can be achieved through building panels or using reflection filters. Overall, the episode provides valuable insights for anyone looking to set up a professional-grade voiceover studio. Transcript It's time to take your business to the next level, the BOSS level! These are the premiere Business Owner Strategies and Successes being utilized by the industry's top talent today. Rock your business like a BOSS, a VO BOSS! Now let's welcome your host, Anne Ganguzza. Anne: Hey everyone, welcome to the VO BOSS podcast. I'm your host Anne Ganguzza, and I'm excited to welcome back to the show audio engineer, musician and creative freelancer Gillian Pelkonen for another episode in our BOSS audio series. Hey Gillian. Gillian: Hello Anne. How's it going today? Anne: I'm doing good. Gillian, I love talking all things audio with you, especially because for a voice actor, our home studios are so very important. And I work mostly out of my home studio, and I know that you kind of do both. You work out of professional studios and your home studio. So I thought we should discuss the important aspects of what voice actors really need and how they can fine-tune their home studio to sound their best, 'cause that's an important component of today's voice actor. We need to have great sound. Gillian: Yeah, I definitely agree. And I'm home. This is like my working station, but when I'm really working I'm always just bopping around to different studios. So I understand why your booth is so important. It's like your second home or -- Anne: Yeah. (laughs). Gillian: You know, you spend all your time in there. Anne: We spend — oh yeah, we spend a lot of time in our booth. So first of all we have to be confident that it sounds amazing, that we can deliver amazing sound to our clients. And then also it's gotta be someplace where it's comforting for us because we do spend an awful lot of time in here. Gillian: I definitely agree with my personal setup that I have here. I have like all my little mementos that I wanna see, and I have my mic of course for just meetings and talking. But really professional studios are so different than a home studio, because for me I'm always going different places. There's a ton of different gear, a ton of different stuff that we swap in and out for different uses, different clients, but really you guys are just focusing on your voice. Anne: Yeah. Gillian: A lot of the work that I do is just to get creative sounds, different sounds, but with voice acting you want it to be consistent and you wanna show up in the booth to do, I guess, revisions for something that you did six months ago and you need to be the same Anne that you were, which is so crazy to me. Anne: Yeah. And even longer than that, actually I had a client just the other day that I had to provide pickups on something that I had done close to five years ago. And interestingly enough, I've actually transitioned from one studio to the next. So having I think the good bass sound, right, that you can get out of your studio area and also your mics make a big difference too in terms of the sound. And so I had to make sure that I could match it because I literally moved from my studio in Irvine, which was a different setup, a studio that my father built, to a custom studio that Tim Tippetts built here right before the pandemic. Oh, and in between I had a temporary studio, I forgot to mention that set up at an apartment that we were staying at until our new house was built and ready. So that was a different studio. So all through those three different studios, thankfully I had the same mic, so I at least knew that I could get the same sound as long as I had a decent environment to record that in. And then also I will give props to myself because I had the audio files from five years ago. So I'm a big proponent of backing up your stuff and keeping an archive of it so you can listen and see what your performance was like, see what you sounded like and then be able to match it. Gillian: Yeah, that's crazy. And so incredible that you have those files and I think that's one of the most important things for me personally too, just to keep everything backed up and know what's going on. But enlighten me, because I really don't know, like did you spend a lot of time working in studios before the pandemic? Like what was your experience like? Anne: Oh, good question. So I started, gosh, I started back in the early 2000s doing voiceover, and that was when a home studio was like just a thought. It was not a requirement, it was just a thought. And you used to go to local studios to record things, and you would get your jobs based upon auditioning with either studios, or you could audition and then you would select a studio and you would rent space there, or you might be on a roster for a studio. So it's very interesting because as technology evolved and online became a thing and online casting became a thing, then all of a sudden home studios became a thing. Actually back in the day with Don LaFontaine, right, having to travel LA traffic all the time, he became, I think one of the first proponents of doing things remotely in a studio using ISDN technology. So that I think really spurred everybody else on to start to get home studios because there's so many variables when you record in a studio. But the good thing about recording in a studio is that you go there and everything is beautiful, everything is sound -- everything is, well maybe not sound proof, but everything is optimized for recording so you didn't have to worry about it. And so for me, all of a sudden having to create a home studio or a space for me to record and sound good -- I'm not an audio engineer by trade, I didn't really study it in school. So for me that was a big hurdle in the beginning of my voiceover career. And I know it still is for voice talent that are coming up through the ranks, because that's not necessarily what we studied. We didn't study audio engineering. And of course it's a whole field. So (laughs), it's not an easy field. And to set up a space in your home so that it can sound as good as a professional studio is really tough. So in the beginning when I went to studios to record and do my jobs, it was great, except for there was always the stress. Can I book the time in the studio? And if I had the time booked for me in the studio, that was great. All I had to do was make sure I got there on time. And then that became a stressful thing for me because of possible traffic. And back in the day, I didn't live in the LA area, but I did live in the New York area. And so traffic anywhere, just the stress of getting to the studio on time, 'cause that's the last thing. You know, that was the one piece of advice that everybody gave to starting voice talent was that don't be late, don't be late to your studio time. You wanna make sure that you show up and you're professional. But you certainly didn't have to stress about anything other than just performing in front of the mic. And I think that was a big plus for going into studios. And people still go into studios today. And I know I love it when, even if I'm remotely connecting to a studio, I have the engineer taking care of all the sounds and levels and the files, and there's just so much to think about when you are at your home studio. And I'm rambling on here, but it's also a thing that when we are in our home studios, we have to think about things like, okay, well, it's our time to open those files, save the files, upload the files, send the files to our client, edit those files. And so that's something that when you don't go to a studio is now the responsibility of the voice actor. Gillian: Well, that's crazy (laughs). I mean obviously a lot of these things I know to some extent and it seems like there's so many pros and cons for both. I mean, just hearing you talk about it, obviously we know showing up to record and not having to record yourself, it takes a burden off of it. Anne: Yeah. Gillian: Because I record myself. I mean, I'm not a voice actor by any means, not at all. But I've been working on my music for my whole life, and I think when I was like 12 or 13 I got a little ProTools CD and like a tiny interface and that was what started it and the convenience of being at home. But really it is such a treat to go into a studio. Anne: It's a luxury. I think I consider it a luxury. Gillian: But also hearing you talk about it, I feel performance-wise, it's gotta be easier to deliver when you're not stressed about getting there on time, you're not stressed about, you know, needing to be in front of other people. I know for myself, I love recording myself, especially when I'm doing singing or vocals because it's super vulnerable and sometimes I don't wanna have to do that in front of somebody else, especially someone I don't know, a stranger. Like, it's a little bit more difficult. But it is interesting because I work at a lot of music studios, so we don't do a ton of voiceover, but whenever we do, we always apologize to the voice talent, 'cause we have this entire gigantic beautiful studio, and we're like, okay, we're gonna give you one mic, we're gonna stick you in the corner 'cause it has the best isolation and close the door, and that's where you're gonna get to go. 'Cause it really is true. You need a good mic, you need a good setup. But voice actors don't need that whole setup. And so I guess the question or conversation is gonna be about how do you take the pros of a pro studio and incorporate them into your home studio setup and make it so that you don't wish you were at the studio. You have everything you need right there. Anne: Yeah, yeah. It's a journey, for sure, for a voice actor, because again, I don't have the audio engineering education that you do. I know how to perform behind the mic. And so I just remember for me setting up my initial home studios --and I didn't have an ear either for it. I think when you first begin, you just don't have an ear for what good sound sounds like, and I would record and I didn't think anything of it and sent my file off to someone and they're like, mm, yeah, no Anne, that's not gonna do, that's not acceptable. And I was mortified and then it was like, wow. So what do I have to do to make my studio produce sound that is viable for my client? Gillian: Yes, definitely an interesting conversation and thought just because it's true, like voice actors, they do have to fill the role of the audio engineer. I do believe that. But I also don't think that all voice actors need to be audio engineers. Anne: Yes. Yeah. Yeah. I agree. Gillian: You need to know how to record yourself. You need to know how to see if you're clipping, if you're too quiet to hear, a little bit of distortion or hear if your voice just isn't sounding right. And obviously, you know, with auditions you have to edit, you have to make it sound comparable to the other auditions and maybe a final product. But really I feel like if you tell someone who's not an audio engineer, or if you told me five years ago before I was really an audio engineer, you have to do this, it's so overwhelming. So I feel like talking about what people actually need to know, versus what you hire a professional for, or what you just kind of say, okay, this is a setting within my DAW that does not pertain to me. I don't need to be using this to get proper file delivery -- I feel like that's really important for people to just, I think make peace with. Because if you spent all your time trying to learn how to be an audio engineer, you would have no time to be a voice talent or to be doing what you actually wanna be doing. Anne: So true, so true. So then I think maybe starting from square one, if BOSSes out there are just getting started, and I know I work with people who are just getting started in the industry, and they'll connect to me for their sessions in an office with a headset, and there will be no studio whatsoever, and they will be okay, I'm building my studio. So for me, I will always say to them, well, I certainly have a ton of people that I can recommend to you that can help you build that studio. But there are certain principles that I know, like I can now hear if they have good sound or not. And I think the first thing to consider is, in your home, like where is a quiet area? And I know that's such a lofty question to ask, but in reality what I've learned is that if you can go somewhere inside your home that's maybe on an inside wall, maybe something that's not necessarily externally connected or near windows or near doorways or near sounds that can turn on — I mean I thought I was really great in the beginning going into my office closet, but unfortunately I found that it was very close to where I would hear water when the toilet flushed upstairs. So it was like one of those things I kept hearing noises. And so I think the first thing is to find that spot in your home that is quiet and also yet convenient to a place where you can put a microphone and also your computer, 'cause you do need your interface, your computer and your microphone. So where can you put that and set that down so that you can record in a space and also have the functionality of being able to record into your computer, and then obviously hit the start record, stop, record, and all that stuff. And also wear a pair of headphones in the beginning so that you can kind of find out what your sound is like. All those things that people don't think about, they're like, well, I'm gonna put my studio here in my closet, but then all of a sudden their desk is like at the other side of the room, and they don't have a long enough cable. It could be that simple, right? (laughs) They don't have a long enough cable for their headphones, and then they're like, well what do I do? Or they don't have a long enough cable for their interface is sitting on desk completely across the room, and then well do they bring the interface into the room? So it becomes all these different questions. But I think understanding that your spot in your home I think needs to be in a quiet area first. Maybe not near a window or not near anything that's within a wall that could be making noise like a heater or air conditioning or a generator, that kind of thing. What are your thoughts on that, Gillian? Gillian: It's so funny 'cause the like doing vocals in a closet or whatever, it's a cliche because it works. Having the padding of the clothing and typically that ends up being a quiet spot in your house, but it's not sustainable to work in your closet forever. And all those things that you mentioned are totally important. You have to have a computer, all of those things. And don't take me for an example if anyone's watching the video; I'm in my office. I don't do recording in here, but I'm like by a window by a ton of noise. It's terrible. But I think finding the right spot to get set up in is totally important. But the most important thing I think, and you can let me know what you think, but for the most part for doing voiceover work, obviously you need a microphone, but your computer, your internet connection, those are like hugely important things because how fast your computer is, how good it is at processing audio speeds, how well it connects to your interface — like all of those super technical things within — I know I have like a brand new MacBook — those are gonna really matter for how your audio sounds when you deliver it to clients. And you can have the nicest setup in the world, but if you don't have internet, or I know a lot of people also do like ethernet connections, you're not gonna make it to the job. Obviously if you're just auditioning and sending it later, that's a different scenario. But I mean, how important is it to you to obviously be able to connect to clients? That's like the number one. Anne: Well, I think that's probably one of the most overlooked aspects of being a successful voice actor is your internet. And especially now with needing to have high capacity audio recording features like Source Connect or ipDTL or whatever connection you might be using to get to a studio — that's if you're connecting to a studio -- you need to have a reliable internet connection. And I remember I very much was adamant when I came to my new place here, because it was being built, I specified that there were three specific ethernet jacks placed on the wall, on each wall. So literally I made sure that I had ethernet hardwired, connected before I moved in because I knew it was gonna be easiest to do it then. Because the people who move into homes, and they don't have ethernet connections, then they usually have to hire an electrician or somebody that can find out that they can run the wire through the wall to get to their modem or their router, or they have to move the router into their office and then other things become a problem. So ethernet and your hardwire connections are so important. And I don't see the technologies advancing anytime soon. Like wireless technology is great and convenient, but it's still not as great as a straight wired connection. I mean you cannot beat an ethernet connection or a fiber connection to your router that gets your data there fast. Gillian: I think it's just sturdiness. It's true, wifi goes out or it's finicky sometimes. So those are are really important things. And obviously having the foresight to know that you need to have ethernet and all those things installed is really important. But for the people that didn't think about this, are already living somewhere, don't know what to do, find a spot where you feel comfortable, find a spot that's kind of away from extraneous noise. And I personally don't think, if you're just starting out in voiceover, you need to splurge on a booth or anything right away. I think there's a ton of DIY options that we can talk about, but I think that's also a lot of pressure, or at least from what I'm hearing. I'm also like half in the voiceover world, half out of it. So there's a lot of questions that I'm probably gonna have for you about like why people say certain things. And I know kind of random but kind of on the conversation is a lot of audio people that I know are very adamant about not updating your computer or having really, really old hardware. I understand the processes -- Anne: To support the equipment, right? Gillian: -- behind it. Yeah. But I personally don't live that way. I update my computer. I have new stuff and there are times, like when I, I updated to a newer version of ProTools or a new version of Mac, like the Mac OS that was not supportive of ProTools, and I had a couple weeks where it was having a little bit of bugs, which is frustrating. But definitely for security of myself and all of the other things going on in my life, I don't think that you need to be using a 2010 computer. Anne: Well, I agree. Normally I would agree with you 'cause I worked in technology for like 20 years. I would always say -- Gillian: No, no, tell me. Anne: Update. Update. Gillian: I'm not saying that right. This is just the way that I work. (laughs) Anne: Update, and I love being updated to the latest and the greatest 'cause I figure it's getting rid of a lot of bugs. However, sometimes when Apple doesn't update, because I work with Apples, it's not conducive to working with my hardware for my studio. So my Apollo, which is my interface, and I have backup interfaces, but right now the latest release of Mac OS is not compatible with it. And I can't afford to struggle for two weeks. I need to have something that allows me to connect and record. And so I will wait on the update until I find out -- I usually check all the -- there's a lot of great groups out there on the internet that talk about should you update your hardware for this new release? Is it compatible with the latest release for the Apollo? And I think it's wise to keep your eyes on that. I don't think you should be 10 releases behind for sure. But (laughs), I do think that before you upgrade, to just take a look and ask around to see if things are compatible. That's important, especially if you're required to record every day in your studio, and you don't wanna have to go to your backup recording. And that's the other thing too is that I'm very much into having a backup recording setup, because I've had things happen to me enough times. But people just starting off getting into voice acting, they probably don't even have their first setup (laughs) set up, let alone a backup set of equipment. Gillian: So let me just talk to you on that for a second. I personally don't have any Apollo, Apollo or UAD stuff for that reason because I'm so nervous to be stuck without it. And I totally agree with you, because when I updated my computer without realizing that ProTools -- I mean I'm fortunate enough that I have five or six other places that I can go use ProTools. It wasn't like -- and it was working. It just, there were certain plug-ins that weren't working. But that's not the end of the world. Anne: Right. Gillian: But the lesson that I learned from that was, oh my gosh, never update without checking because it's true all the programs that you're using -- and I think within Apple they will say what is compatible and what's not compatible with these new releases, and that is totally smart person way to do it. And you get burned to realize that you can't do it, which is what happened to me and I'm sure has happened to you. Anne: You only have to get burned once. Right? Gillian: You get burned once and then you're like, this sucks. I'm so dumb, I have my features and now I can't do my job. Anne: Yeah. Gillian: Which is sucky. Anne: Exactly. Gillian: So learn from our mistakes, don't make your own. But there are some people, and I've met them, people that I work with too -- I mean one of these studios, we had a 10 years old ProTools rig, and when you get into the large professional studios, they are upwards of like $10-, $20-, $30,000 for new ProTools rig like expensive. Anne: Oh yeah. And I'm sure that's why they don't upgrade to the latest and greatest all the time. Gillian: Well, the old system was super sturdy, was working really well. And then we upgraded and there were some glitches and bugs and things that come with updating. I don't know why. I just heard people that I work with grumbling like, ah, you know, the old system was so great, now we have the new system and it keeps crashing. And so the, there is this conversation about not upgrading for like 10 years. I don't know if you've heard that within audio engineers. Anne: That's a long time. Yeah. Gillian: So if anyone is giving you that advice, I'm just gonna give you the counter-advice so that you can take both of them and make an educated choice about what you wanna be doing. You don't need to be doing what I'm doing and have the newest stuff. If you have an Apollo, you definitely can't always have the most updated, because it's a little bit behind and everything that's not within Apple will always be a little bit behind. But just make your own choices, people. (laughs) Listen to us, gather the info and make a good choice. Anne: Yeah. Make an educated choice. And I, and I agree like there's always that fine line of when do you update your technology, like when does that happen? And I'm very used to just from my previous jobs -- I mean I was always living on the edge. I was always trying the new stuff. And so I'm very bold when it comes to trying new stuff. But I'm also smart enough, I've been burned enough times to know that I need backups of everything and then backups of the backups. And so I'm actually really thankful for that experience. And BOSSes out there, I say backups of backups, backups of your files, backups of your equipment, backups of your internet connection, because the one time will come when you really need it, and you won't have that backup. And that only has to happen once. I'm so old, it's happened to me multiple times. So I feel good that I've learned from it. And so while I feel as though I'm really close to the edge on everything I possibly can be, I'm also smart about when to get on that edge with equipment and stuff that I need on a day-to-day basis. So yeah, absolutely. So when you're looking for that space in your home, that quiet space, that space that's comfortable for you and also hopefully quiet for you, right, for that home studio, then you start preparing it, right, acoustically. So Gillian, what can people do to prepare their home studios acoustically? What sorts of things can they do to have sound absorption? Like if they're in a closet, obviously they can have their clothing which is a great absorber of sound. What other things can they use? Gillian: There are a ton of things that you can use. I know there's a few DIY boots in the sense that they're not thousands and thousands of dollars. They're like some PVC pipe and some packing blankets that will kind of isolate you, which is great. Anne: Sure. Gillian: I think the issue with the way that homes are built versus how sound works is you get the windows, you get all the boxy walls, and you have all these parallel surfaces, and you talk, and all the sound just bounces from side to side to side. So the whole point of having treatment on the walls and treatment around you is to stop all of that reverberation -- Anne: Reflection. Gillian: Yeah. And the reflections. And just capture it. And really a lot of studios will be built with like diagonal walls and all of these things to just go against it. I have never built a studio, so I can't say that I've done it, but I've been in a lot of places where I'm like, that wall's really weird. Why is it like that? Anne: Yeah. Gillian: And of course it's not for aesthetic, it's for sound. So just making, making sure that you are blocking yourself from any windows are really reflective, just any sort of padding on the walls would be really -- I mean I see yours, all of your stuff in the background. For anyone who's watching, Anne has all those nice little -- Anne: Panels. Gillian: Yeah. The sound panels that just absorb everything. And there's also these things that we use in studios that I haven't seen any voice actors use, so I'm gonna have to ask you about it. They're like reflection filters. Have you ever heard of them? Anne: Does that go on a mic? Gillian: It goes on a mic stand. Anne: Yes, I have. I have. Gillian: Have you seen I them? Anne: Yeah, I have seen them and I have not had good success with them, and I actually hate them. I hate them with a passion. Gillian: Okay, tell me about it because I'm just curious. Anne: I think that they can work nicely in a studio that already has some acoustic absorption built into it. And then if it's in a large area, if it's in a large space and you need a little bit more, I think that they can work nicely. However, what most voice actors try to do is use it for their studio and then it just becomes the only thing that is used, and it becomes very close to the mic. And first of all, they're really bulky on the stands. I had something called a reflection filter and I paid a good amount of money for it. And like 300 some odd dollars and that was 10 years ago. Gillian: Wow. Anne: And it was very bulky. It weighted my microphone stand in a way that kept falling over. And then also it did not create the kind of sound absorption that I liked because it wasn't enough. It just wasn't enough. And then it became inhibitive in a way because I felt like I had something like right here in front of my face. It was very close, and I feel like it just didn't do a good enough job 'cause I think your absorption material needs to be thick. Gillian: Yeah. Anne: And so when they make the reflection filters, it's either thick or even if it's not thick, then it's not enough absorption, I don't believe. One thing that I learned through the years of going through, I'm gonna say, three or four different versions of a home studio is -- and by the way, the window, believe it or not, my studio right now is built in an office. It's a room within a room and right in in front of me. Gillian: Great. Anne: A room in a room is great. Gillian: Yeah. Anne: Right in front of me is a wall that had a side window on it. And we actually, before we built the studio, we frosted the window so it wouldn't look silly because we had a studio in front of it, and people would just look at a piece of plywood or (laughs), you know, so it wasn't attractive. So we frosted the window and then we actually put Rockwool insulation and then a drywall on the out. So we created a whole encasement for the window. Gillian: Wow. Anne: So that that blocked any potential sound that could potentially get in. And then we put the studio right up against it. And so that's how we blocked our window. So we made sure there was absolutely no way that sound could get in from the outside on these walls. So it's a room within a room. And so my acoustic panels are four inches thick. And they have Rockwool insulation and that's something you can get at Home Depot. It's awesome. It's really cost effective. It's not expensive. And these were all DIY panels that were made. And I'm gonna give a big shout out to Tim Tippetts. He's got a great YouTube video on how to make them. They're all four inches thick and they sit just slightly off the wall. Gillian: Yeah. Anne: So that way you have a little bit of spacing in between the panels and the wall for the sound to kind of just -- if it bounces on that wall, it'll come back in through the panel, which is four inches thick. So that you get I think the highest amount of sound absorption that you can using the panels. And if they aren't using the panels and they're using blankets, again, those blankets are giving you a certain level of absorption. Not quite as much I think as the four inch thick panels with Rockwool in there, but again, it's your choice. And I hang them everywhere. I have a ton of them in here. I also have clouds that are up above me with the same kind of thing. And then outside of my studio, because I want the outside of my studio to be quiet as well, I also have panels hung out there as well. Gillian: See, that is just like an impressive setup, and thank you, Tim Tippetts. I know he was the previous BOSS audio guest, and that's awesome that he did all of those things for your studio. And that's just what I would say the difference between a Pro VO setup and a beginner VO setup. You gotta start somewhere, and I think that isolation is really important. And obviously, any advice we give, and this will be what I keep saying on the series, is just take what we say and apply it to your situation. Because unless we're working one-on-one, like either Anne or I working with you, there's no way to know exactly what your situation is. But when you're starting out, I think that — I mean even if a few people built those things that Tim has a video on it and built those panels and just had them in your home office, behind you, around you, it'll help. You don't need to start with a room within a room, even though that's an amazing setup and it sounds great. And all studios are built with rooms within rooms and floating floors so that there's no sound coming from the outside world. But yeah, I think we got a really good foundation of home studio verse pro studio, how to get your space set up. And I think on the next episode, we should really dive in for the BOSSes on like what you need for a beginner home studio setup. What do you think? Anne: Absolutely. So guys, when you are thinking about getting into voice acting, you must also think about where in your home is a good place for that studio, because you can have an amazing voice, but if you can't deliver the audio, a good quality audio to your client, you're not gonna be a very successful voice actor. So absolutely very important. But one thing I will say to give you all hope, in case you're overwhelmed at this point, is that once you get a home studio setup, like I have a home studio setup, you're pretty much good to go. I mean, your stress is over. You don't have to worry about it much after that, outside of your equipment failing, but your space, if your space is set up, it's set up, right? Gillian: The investment is forever. Anne: Right? Yeah. Foregoing any kind of natural disaster, right, or emergency, it stands and it will absorb your sound appropriately, and you won't have to worry about it again. So that's what I love (laughs). Gillian: Yeah. And I love, Anne, all you shared with me because obviously I work in all these big studios, but I can't say that I've been given a tour of anyone's booth yet (laughs). So you know, hearing how you set it up and all of those things, I think it'd be great for BOSSes to know, and you taught me a little bit today too. Anne: Awesome. Well, Gillian, thank you so much. I'm looking forward to our next episode. BOSSes, simple mission, big impact, 100 voices, one hour, $10,000 four times a year. BOSSes, visit 100Voiceswhocare.org to join in. All right. Also, a big shout-out to our sponsor, ipDTL. You too can connect and network like BOSSes, like Gillian and I; find out more at ipdtl.com. Thanks so much, guys. We'll see you next week. Bye. Gillian: Bye. Join us next week for another edition of VO BOSS with your host Anne Ganguzza. And take your business to the next level. Sign up for our mailing list at voBOSS.com and receive exclusive content, industry revolutionizing tips and strategies, and new ways to rock your business like a BOSS. Redistribution with permission. Coast to coast connectivity via ipDTL.
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A comparison of three banjos - 1) 12.5" x 3/8" thick green PVC rim with PET plastic heat shrunk head; 2) 11.125" x 3/4" thick white PVC rim with 1/32" baltic birch plywood head; 3) 11" x 5/8" thick Sissoo Rosewood rim (Helix build-up) with Elite Amber head. All banjos tuned to Open G.
For more than 60 years, John Cale has continued to make exciting, challenging and culturally relevant music, including his most recent release, Mercy. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with the Velvet Underground legend about his new music, collaborations and legacy. Plus, the hosts share some of their favorite spy songs and bid farewell to jazz saxophonist Wayne Shorter. Join our Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3sivr9T Become a member on Patreon: https://bit.ly/3slWZvc Sign up for our newsletter: https://bit.ly/3eEvRnG Make a donation via PayPal: https://bit.ly/3dmt9lU Send us a Voice Memo: Desktop: bit.ly/2RyD5Ah Mobile: sayhi.chat/soundops Featured Songs: John Cale, "STORY OF BLOOD feat. Weyes Blood," Mercy, Double Six, 2023The Beatles, "With A Little Help From My Friends," Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Capitol, 1967John Cale, "EVERLASTING DAYS feat. Animal Collective," Mercy, Double Six, 2023John Cale, "MARILYN MONROE'S LEGS (beauty elsewhere) feat. Actress," Mercy, Double Six, 2023John Cale, "TIME STANDS STILL feat. Sylvan Esso," Mercy, Double Six, 2023John Cale, "NIGHT CRAWLING," Mercy, Double Six, 2023John Cale, "MOONSTRUCK (Nico's Song)," Mercy, Double Six, 2023The Velvet Underground and Nico, "Femme Fatale," The Velvet Underground & Nico, Verve, 1967The Velvet Underground and Nico, "I'm Waiting for the Man," The Velvet Underground & Nico, Verve, 1967John Cale, "Dying On the Vine (Fragments)," Artificial Intelligence, PVC, 1985John Cale, "MERCY," Mercy, Double Six, 2023Johnny Rivers, "Secret Agent Man," ...And I Know You Wanna Dance, Imperial, 1966Tony Allen, "Secret Agent," Secret Agent, World Circuit, 2009The Fugs, "CIA Man," Virgin Fugs, ESP-Disk, 1967Gene Vincent, "Private Detective (feat. The Shouts)," Private Detective (feat. The Shouts) (Single), Columbia, 1964Rockwell, "Somebody's Watching Me," Somebody's Watching Me, Motown, 1984The Untouchables, "I Spy (For the F.B.I.)," Wild Child, MCA, 1985Lori & The Chameleons, "The Lonely Spy," To the Shores of Lake Placid, Zoo, 1982Desmond Dekker & the Aces, "007 (Shanty Town)," Action!, Lagoon, 1968The dB's, "A Spy In the House of Love," Like This, Bearsville, 1984Big Boys, "Detectives," The Skinny Elvis, Touch and Go, 1993Steely Dan & Tom Scott, "Aja," Aja, ABC, 1977Wayne Shorter, "Speak No Evil," Speak No Evil, Blue Note, 1966Poster Children, "She Walks," Flower Plower, Limited Potential, 1989Support The Show: https://www.patreon.com/soundopinionsSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
This is what you do when you have a strange name and need everyone to remember you. Don't be a little weird, stand on the edge of absurd. Dave Young: Welcome to the Empire Builders Podcast, teaching business owners the not so secret techniques that took famous businesses from mom and pop to major brands. Stephen Semple is a marketing consultant, story collector, and storyteller. I'm Stephen's sidekick and business partner, Dave Young. Before we get into today's episode, a word from our sponsor, which is... Well, it's us, but we're highlighting ads we've written and produced for our clients. So here's one of those. [No Bull RV Ad] Dave Young: Welcome back to the Empire Builders Podcast. Dave Young and Steve Semple here. Stephen, you told me the topic today, and it was sort of the joke of a lot of standup comedians, I think, in the '70s because the brand had started growing and people are like, "What is a Nauga?" And I'm talking about Naugahyde. You mentioned that today's subject is Naugahyde, and it's sort of ubiquitous anymore. It's sort of an old-timey joke now, but it was a thing and it ended up being kind of a big deal. So what is a Nauga? Stephen Semple: This is going to be a bit of a fun one. So Naugahyde is a brand of artificial leather. It's basically vinyl. It's composed of a knit fabric and expanded polyvinyl chloride PVC coating. And it was developed by Byron Hunter, who was a senior chemist at United States Rubber, and it's now made by a spinoff of Uniroyal. It was invented in 1914, and it was the first rubber-based artificial leather ever made. The name was trademarked in 1936, and comes from where it was first produced, which is Naugatuck, Connecticut. So that's the reason why they decided to use the great name Naugahyde. It's such a good name, right? Dave Young: That's our episode. Thanks for listening. Stephen Semple: So Naugahyde is mainly used for furniture. It's easy to clean, long-lasting, and also you find it in car seats. But in 1960, competition started to rise in the vinyl furniture area. So they wanted to create a campaign to separate Naugahyde from the competition. So Uniroyal hired George Lewis and designer Kurt Wells. So here's the challenge that they looked at. They said, "Naugahyde, it's a hard name. What the heck are we going to do with this?" Dave Young: They named it in the 1930s? Stephen Semple: 1936. Dave Young: Okay. And when did they hire this designer? Stephen Semple: Early 1960s. Dave Young: They went 30 years just saying Naugahyde. Stephen Semple: Right. Essentially in the early days, they didn't have much competition. There weren't other people making it. So it was sort of one of those ones. You're the only game in town, or you're the largest game in town. And then all of a sudden, other people started getting into the turf, and so they wanted to separate from it. So what George and Kurt did was they created a fictional character called the Nauga, and the hide of a Nauga is Naugahyde. Here's the thing I found that was funny about it. Nauga's easy to remember, and as soon as you think about that, all of a sudden Naugahyde becomes easy, because it's a hide of a Nauga. And the Nauga is a colorful, horned, happy looking creature who's native to the island of Sumatra, and was once hunted close to extinction. But hunting them for their hide is unnecessary because they painlessly shed their skin once a year. That's the story they created. Dave Young: Of course it is. I don't know. There's probably no way to prove this, but I'll bet you that the jokes about Naugahyde preceded that story. They probably just leaned into the story and because if this thing called Naugahyde existed and there wasn't that story, you would be talking about, "Ha. We're sitting on a Naugahyde booth in a restaurant. I wonder how many Naugas had to die to make this booth." All of those jokes would've been there already.
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What you'll learn in this episode: How Noel promotes Canadian and American jewelry artists throughout the world How people who've never seen art jewelry should approach it for the first time Why brooches are the best type of jewelry for artists to express themselves How Noel selects pieces and artists to represent at his gallery Why Noel is hopeful that the financial and artistic value of art jewelry will increase with time About Noel Guyomarc'h Noel Guyomarc'h is the founder of Gallerie Noel Guyomarc'h. Established in 1996, the gallery exhibits outstanding collections of contemporary jewelry and objects created by Canadian and international artists. The only gallery in Canada dedicated specifically to contemporary jewelry, it has presented over 100 exhibitions in its space, which is considered to be one of the largest in the world. This internationally acclaimed gallery is a must for collectors, museum curators, and anyone who wants to discover and become acquainted with art jewelry. Additional Resources: Galerie Noel Guyomarc'h Website Galerie Noel Guyomarc'h Instagram Galerie Noel Guyomarc'h Facebook Photos available on TheJewelryJourney.com Transcript: Although Canada's art jewelry scene is relatively small, it has a devoted champion in Noel Guyomarc'h. Noel founded Galerie Noel Guyomarc'h in 1996 and has spent nearly 30 years bringing art jewelry to Montreal—and bringing Canadian jewelry to the world. He joined the Jewelry Journey Podcast to talk about how he chooses artists and exhibitions for his gallery; how he introduces art jewelry to first timers; and his hopes for the Canadian art jewelry scene. Read the episode transcript here. Sharon: Hello, everyone. Welcome to the Jewelry Journey Podcast. This is the second part of a two-part episode. If you haven't heard part one, please head to TheJewelryJourney.com. Today, we're talking to Noel Guyomarc'h in Montreal. He is the owner and founder of Galerie Noel Guyomarc'h. He wants people to see that artists create works of art and that these pieces, when they're worn, it amplifies their significance. A relationship is established between the person who wears the piece itself and the viewer. He encourages visitors to cast a new eye on jewelry. Welcome back. Do you travel a lot for your work? Do you go to New York City Jewelry Week or Munich Jewelry Week? Noel: Yes, in fact, there are two fairs I'm doing now. There are two events. I've done the New York City Jewelry Week three times and I'm going to do my second edition at Munich. Sharon: Oh, wow! Noel: I've done it this past July. Sharon: Munich, for those who don't know, is one of the biggest art jewelry fairs in the world. How do you decide what to show there? Is it larger than your gallery? Noel: No. Have you been already? Sharon: Before Covid I went. Noel: So, you know you have all the events in the city, then you have the fair and the Schmuck exhibition. All around it's galleries, and I'm part of those galleries now. To select the work is quite challenging because you can't represent the same work in other galleries, so we have to do a selection that you can show in fact. I'm showing some Canadians, some Americans and many international as well, but those are very much represented by the other galleries. Sharon: Have you ever chosen work you thought you would show and then gone and seen—there's the handwerk mesa, which is the back commercial place, and then there are a lot of galleries all over the city. Have you ever gone and thought you'd show something, and then you saw that somebody else was showing the same thing and you changed your mind? Noel: No, it hasn't happened yet, but it's the artists who have to let me know if they're going to show somewhere else. When I'm doing the handwerk mesa, I have no time to go to the city and look at what's on display because we're doing long hours from 9:00 in the morning to 7:00 p.m. It's very long hours. I don't have time to visit the other shows in town. We have to work with confidence with the artists. Otherwise it's not fair, but it never happened. The artist can tell me, “O.K., I may show some work with this gallery in town. It's not the same work.” It's usually very different. It's not the same connection, so it's not the same work. Sharon: It's interesting. I always think that for a person who's going to buy just a piece or two, it's a place to see what's going on in the world in terms of art jewelry or art things going on. Do you find that? Noel: I went a few times to Munich before, but just as a visitor. Yeah, if you want to be aware of what is happening, you have to go there. It's what I did, and I still feel the same. It's very avant garde. If you want to see new ideas, new approaches, it's the place to be and to go. Sharon: Have you ever seen an artist there and you said, “Oh, that's new. I think I'll ask them if they're represented or if I can carry them in the gallery.” Have you ever done that? Noel: Oh yeah. I even took some shows. I think it was in 2019, I went and there was a show with Taiwanese artists. I said I wanted that show in my gallery because I found the treatment, the ideas, the way they were working with materials, everything, it was very interesting, and I said, “O.K.” At the end of the fair, we organized everything and I showed the work in my gallery. I'm meeting a lot of new artists. Last year I met Nikita—I forget his name. He's working with onyx, and he has done great work by carving onyx at Idar-Oberstein. I decided to show his work, and I brought it and showed it in New York City Jewelry Week. I was showing this work there. So, it happens sometimes that I meet new, fabulous artists. Sharon: Who is it, Idar-Oberstein? That's a gem-cutting center. Noel: Exactly, yeah. Sharon: He was cutting onyx there and then he incorporated it into jewelry? Noel: No, they look a little bit industrial. It's like tubes, but they're quite large tubes carved in onyx. He built it to look like tubing, but it's not only tubing, it's also quiet and calm pieces. At first glance, they look like PVC tubes, but they're made of onyx. Sharon: Wow, that would be hard to do. Noel: Yes. Sharon: Why do you stay in the gallery world? I presume it's difficult, but the gallerists I've talked to say it's hard. Even though they like it, it's hard. Why do you stay? Noel: Why do I stay? I think I feel like I'm part of something bigger than just me. It's to help the artist pursue what they really want to do, to have a space for them. I like the contact with people also. For me, it's very important to know. Recently I met a young couple that are both living in the Montreal area. They jumped into the gallery by accident, and they found what they really liked. They were so pleased, and they never stopped coming back. Just to meet those people who are so open-minded and open to receive what I show them and explain to them, that's the reason I like to do this shop. I also like the idea of community, to be all together. I like when students have traditional training, but they come to the gallery and they're curious. I can explain to them what's happening in the field, because sometimes it's not taught when contemporary jewelry is. Also, it changes, communication with people I really like. Sharon: Do you find that people come from all over Canada or the U.S.? Noel: All over the world. Sharon: Yeah? Noel: It's very nice. Some people recently came from Australia. We talked and I said, “There are really nice galleries in Australia,” and they had never heard about them. It's nice to share that as well, “O.K., you can go to Funaki Gallery. You can go to other galleries there.” They were shocked to learn that they have such places like mine, but in their own country. I think it's nice to share that, to be all of us in the community and support each other. It's nice. Sharon: Let's say I'm an artist. How do I come to you and say, “Will you carry my stuff?” Do I send a picture, or do I come and bring the actual material to you? Noel: I like when they make an appointment with their pieces at the gallery. I like it when we have an appointment because we're always working on projects, so we're always busy. Now, I'm working on Munich because Munich is in three weeks, so I have much to do. After that, I have a show with Monica Brigger, a German artist who lives in France. We're always working for the future. We're always working on projects, so that's why for the artist, when they come to the gallery, I like to be ready to receive them. So, it's nice to get an appointment. For sure, it's happened over 27 years. Some artists came and were wearing their pieces, and I said, “O.K., what's that?” and talked to them, but I like when it's organized. Sharon: Have you seen an interest or understanding of art jewelry growing in Canada and/or around the world? Noel: It's pretty difficult to answer that question. I think in the past 40 years, there were many collectors and buyers, and I think all the things we've seen have been very dynamic over the past years. Now I think we are in a challenging time because there are fewer and fewer collectors, and I think it's difficult to create new collectors. To pursue what the collectors did in the past and to add new collectors, it's very difficult. Sharon: Yeah, I think that's something that all jewelry organizations talk about. How do you get young people involved? What do you think? Do you think it's having a young collectors society? What's the demographic of the people who buy from you? Noel: There are a lot of people because even if I have a gallery, mainly the reason is because I have collectors from outside Canada, not Canadian collectors. I have some very important American collectors, and some are international as well. It's very difficult because in Canada, there are just a few, not many, and they're not buying every month. If they can buy three or four pieces a year, it's already a lot. After that, to create new buyers like the couple I recently met, they're buying quite a lot because I know they want to build a collection. I always give all the right information for them to have and to get in their collection. Also, the pieces I've sold are not just for collectors. They're just people who like that specific piece and they're ready to buy it. So, they can buy a piece every two or three years in their goal to build the collection. Sharon: How do you build a collection? Is it buying a certain artist? Is it just buying and keeping things? How does one build a collection? How do you build a collector? Noel: What a challenging question! Because there are two kinds of collectors. I have some collectors that are just buying pieces by an artist. They have pieces not just by one artist, but they focus on a few because they like their work, and they believe in their work. They have bought pieces from different periods of time and different pieces and different collections, and they're building that collection because they like that work. They believe in what has been done and where this work is situated in the field and in the career of the artist. I have collectors that just fall in love with pieces. They like to buy and add pieces in their collection because it's very different. It's an interesting way of expressing what the artist did, so they're ready to buy that. They're not focusing on a specific artist, but other work. But to build collectors, it's another story. It's very difficult. Sharon: I know. It's a hard question. It's hard to find them. I understand that. I hear so many definitions, but I've wondered about it myself. Noel: I think it's different from painting and sculpture because in jewelry, we don't buy for an investment, which is the case sometimes when you buy paintings or sculptures. They feel like, “O.K., over the years, it's going to take a value.” We're not sure that it will happen in this field, even if I can see an auction and think that some jewelry is selling very well and higher than what they were at the beginning. It's a good sign. It's a really good sign. I think you have to share your patience for that, and I think if there is somebody who likes it or receives it very well, you can mention that you are starting a collection. Sharon: That's interesting. Whether it's jewelry or art or sculpture, I think of a collector as somebody who buys and says, “I like this artist's work. I'm not necessarily going to wear it, but I like what they did,” and then they take it home and put it in a drawer and never take it out again. So, I don't know what a collector is. Is a collector somebody who buys something, or is it somebody who collects because, like you're saying, they want to be able to show a progression or “He did this 20 years ago and this is what he is doing today”? Noel: Yeah, it's difficult. I know that some very important collectors—you interviewed Susan Cummins not a long time ago. She's a major collector, but she's never worn a piece of jewelry. Sharon: Yes, I know. Noel: And she said, “They're in my drawers,” but she's a very important collector. So, it's interesting to see that. Is it the right way to initiate people for contemporary jewelry and to start to collect? Because I think we have to show them. We have to show how they can be worn, what's happening when you wear them, because that's your behavior, the way you start a communication with others. Also, the fact that you're wearing a piece makes it different. So, is it the right way to introduce people to contemporary jewelry? I don't know. It's difficult to say that I like when pieces are worn, not just kept in the drawer. Sharon: Let's say somebody comes in and doesn't know what your jewelry is and they buy a piece. Let's say it's their first piece. Maybe they have an intention to buy more. They don't know if they will or they won't buy more, but do you talk to them about a collection or say, “This is a great way to start a collection”? Noel: Yeah, I always mention that. I think for my 20th anniversary, I got some written notes, one from Susan Cummins, one from— Sharon: Notes? Noel: Just some words about the fact that it was my 20-year anniversary. Sharon: Like testimonials? Noel: Yes, a horrible word. Sharon: O.K., and Susan Cummins is a very important collector. Noel: She wrote something about the collection, and then I put it on my wall so people could read the different testimonials I've received on the walls in the gallery. Just the fact that I have that, it's always a very nice way to introduce people. “Oh, O.K., jewelry can be collected.” It's a step. Through that, I think it's nice, because I can't explain much more than those words on the wall. Then people are thinking much more about what they are planning to buy. Sharon: Whether they are planning to buy a ring to match what they already have, or to buy another piece by the artist? Either way? Noel: Yes, either way. Sharon: Not to put you on the spot, but who else? You mentioned Susan Cummins. Who is a big collector in Canada that you can talk about, or anywhere in the world who you say is a big collector? Noel: There's Deedie Rose. I don't know if you know Deedie. Sharon: Deedie Rose in Texas, yes. Noel: She buys very often from the gallery and her sister and daughter-in-law, Catherine, as well. Those are the two that really support the gallery. They really like what I have. From time to time there are other collectors for sure, like Susan Bentley. Sharon: Do they come in person, or do they come online? Noel: Online. Sharon: Online. That's interesting. I don't get to come to Montreal that much, but I hope I can get to see your gallery because I know how many people are going online now. Thank you very much for being with us today. I really appreciate it. Noel: Thank you very much for the invite. Thank you, Sharon. We will have photos posted on the website. Please head to TheJewelryJourney.com to check them out. Thank you again for listening. Please leave us a rating and review so we can help others start their own jewelry journey.
Early in my career I was repulsed by the idea of sales. However, over the years, I have learned just how crucial it is to building a sustainable business. Today on the show I dive into this with my guest, Mario Martinez Jr., who is an absolute sales machine. We focus on leaning into the prospecting side of the sales process to help destroy the feast or famine cycle and set up your business for consistent and reliable revenue! Following Mario's PVC method will not only make reaching out to new clients so easy, it will make you more effective than ever before at landing these new clients. Don't settle for simply hoping that prospective clients find their way into your sales pipeline. Use this method with confidence and understanding to actively bring them in! Key Takeaways Focus on actually helping your clients and, in return, your sales will soar. Reverse engineer your client's desires to find their true motivation. Then capitalize on helping them with that goal. Learn how to prospect successfully to avoid the feast or famine cycle. Master the P.V.C. Method to build connections with potential clients that will eventually lead to sales. About Mario Martinez Jr. Mario is the CEO and Founder of Vengreso. He spent 105 consecutive quarters in B2B Sales, Marketing and Executive Leadership. In 2021, he earned the #1 spot in the Top 10 Most Influential Business Leaders by Beyond Magazine. He is one of 20 sales influencers invited to appear in the Salesforce.com documentary film “The Story of Sales”. He was also named among the Top 10 Sales Influencers by The Modern Sales Magazine and Top 25 Most Influential Inside Sales Professionals. Mario is also the host of the popular The Modern Selling Podcast. In This Episode [00:00] Welcome to the show! [03:17] Meet Mario Martinez Jr. [13:34] How to “Help” clients through corporate video [17:41] Reverse engineer what clients really want [21:48] The two sides of sales [25:01] The PVC method of prospecting [27:37] Hyper-personalization [31:40] Adding value [33:13] Call to action [35:49] The most effective way to add value [39:38] Connect with Mario [42:49] Outro Quotes "The greatest salespeople in the world are called business owners, or entrepreneurs. They work off of 100% commission to feed themselves and the company.” [05:18] - Mario Martinez Jr. “Sales is the art of helping.” [10:50] - Mario Martinez Jr. “My best advice to a business owner is; this is the life we choose and make the best of it because it's a great life if you can focus in on the most important things that you need to get done, today.” [42:28] - Mario Martinez Jr. Links Get the The Lead Machine: Website Checklist for Filmmakers FREE Workshop Available "How to Consistently Earn Over $100k Per Year in Video Production While Working Less Than 40 Hours Per Week" Join the Grow Your Video Business Facebook Group Connect with Mario Martinez Jr. on LinkedIn Follow Vengreso on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter Use Mario's coupon code: 50PERCENTOFF4LIFE Test out FlyMSG Now and use Mario's coupon code: 50PERCENTOFF4LIFE Follow Ryan Koral on Instagram Follow Grow Your Video Business on Instagram What's your question for the podcast? Share a video or audio response! Check out the full show notes page If you haven't already, we'd love it if you would take 1 minute to leave us a review on iTunes!
Akindare and Jemima discuss Nigeria's naira redesign and cashless policy, the fuel scarcity leading up to the elections, and encouraging Nigerians to use the power of their PVC at the next elections in this episode. Did you vote during the presidential election? Share your experience with us on Twitter: @theshrinepod; Instagram: @theshrine.pod, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Join The Shrine on Clubhouse and become a member of our community. We just launched our Youtube Channel: @theshrinepodcast. Everyone is welcome!
Above It All by Johns Manville
Podcast episode 38 features PVC Product Manager for Johns Manville, Brandon Mark. How is the PVC market changing? What ways does JM want to serve its customers with a superior PVC product? Brandon Mark, a thought leader in the space, joins us as we talk all things PVC.
Yeaaa man! Back with a brand new episode this week LIVE from the igloo! This episode we had special guest Bill Schofield jump on with us. Bill is the host of the Nooner Nation Podcast and the Parents That Swear Podcast. We jump right in and hear all about those great shows. Then we get some great stories from the road and discuss some extremely amazing baseball stories. We of course jump through the sports talk and make our way over to the NFL to discuss our favorite teams and how they have been doing in recent years. After that is all said and done we get a few crazy stories to end the episode. Philly side cars and PVC pipes are involved and you might be surprised why. Make sure you hit that play button and share out this episode for us! Cheers out there! Be sure to follow all our socials below as well as the Nooner Nation Podcast and Parents That Swear Podcast! All of our links are below!https://linktr.ee/eskimobrotherspodcasthttps://linktr.ee/noonernationhttps://linktr.ee/parentsthatswear
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We welcome Coach David Greenwalt to the show, who talks with Mike about Leanness Lifestyle University. LLU is a science-based, educational platform that helps men and women find the food and exercise program that will help them lose body fat, gain muscle, and stay lean for a lifetime. Coach David has been doing this since 1999 and led countless people to a lifestyle of health and happiness through educating them about the value of real food and hown to move their bodies in a sustainable way for a lifetime. Transitions from War After his service in the United States Marines Corps, Mike Ergo started theTransitions from War blog and Podcast to talk about his struggles returning from combat in Iraq. From PTSD and addiction to finding endurance sports, Mike has found a new life purpose and a passion to share this with others. He is joined by fellow Marine, Rich Dreyling to talk all things veteran. Transitions from War Sponsors: Leanness Lifestyle University Leanness Lifestyle University was founded in 1999 by David Greenwalt. As an early adopter of the Internet, David saw the potential of two-way real-time communication unique to this form of media. Leanness Lifestyle was launched from inception with a science-based educational framework. Having worked directly with clients since 1986, David had already realized that “calories in calories out” messaging didn't work. Telling people their weight was all their fault and all they needed to do was “eat less and exercise more” was, and is, the standard, and a grossly ineffective approach. David knew the only real way to help people lose fat, keep muscle, and then keep the fat off permanently was to educate and provide a truly personal touch. Leanness Lifestyle was the first online program to couple nutrition, exercise and emotional-fitness education with accountability, motivation, and personal support. Many evolutions and advancements have occurred since 1999 and continue today. David is a Certified Wellness Coach earning his certification from the leading authority of wellness training—WellCoach™. Today, now more befitting of the original and continued education mindset, the website is called Leanness Lifestyle University (LLU). LLU provides a robust online campus with tools that lead the field in recording, tracking, reporting and scoring the behaviors optimal for successful weight-management. LLU is completely mobile and tablet friendly too! Zealios Zinc-based performance sunscreen along with chlorine-removing hair and skin products. Use the promo code VETS to save 20% on all orders. Primal Kitchen Healthy, Paleo/Primal/Keto and Vegan condiments, salad dressings, and energy bars that actually taste good! Use the promo code PRIMALVETERAN to save 10% on your order and directly support this show. Green Wolf Tactical Marine Corps Veteran-owned business specializing in paracord gear, custom embroidery, bracelets, key chains, survival gear, PVC patches, & more. Save 20% on all your orders with the promo code SEMPERFI TransitionsFromWar.com #TFWSTORIES
Hello Citizens of OYFlandia, where the coffee flows like wine and calories don't count. This week we discuss the benefits of glue guns, blood tests, bear pillows, PVC, Mr.T and the 90's. Buckle up we are all over the place on this one. Thanks so much for listening and please go floss yourselves. Thank you. Love Carlos and Sandy Lee P.S. Dont forget to book your cruise for the next Smiles at Sea in May. (Discount Code is OYF). It's the first time off the west coast and we will be there and want to meet each and everyone of you. Thank you!! Info on Carlos' new Emotional Intelligence Workshop and Humor Workshop for Speakers can be found here, https://www.carlosrdh.com **DENTAL PROFESSIONALS ONLY** Use this link, Ambassador info: https://mailchi.mp/theautoflosser/oyf Use our discount code FREE SHIPPING 1 https://aflexxassistarm.com Join Our Facebook Page Here: https://www.facebook.com/offyourflosserpodcast Subscribe to our Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTlSaKUhUITjRztbl8t-_qw For More OYF Info,Booking Information and Sponsorship Opportunities https://www.offyourflosser.com
It is election week, who are you voting for, Abubakar Atiku, Peter Obi or Bola Ahmed Tinubu? who will become Nigeria's next president in 2023 as Nigerians go to the ballot to decide? We explore the Naira notes debacle, the state of the economy, and the PVC availability as Nigerians decide between the APC, PDP, and Labour party amongst all other many political parties. Trivia question: Do you know what it takes to at a minimum be elected President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria?Thanks for listening... visit our website at BattaBox.
Rise and Pod with Adrian Conway
Coach Conway diving into his thoughts on CrossFit Games Open workout 23.2! This episode will provide you strategy, context your mindset going into this workout and also what will be the primary limiters to be aware of. Coach also pays Adrian Bozman some homage for his programming thus far and also makes points on what he saw as we all watched Roman Khrennikov and Pat Vellner attack this thing live! We have provided warm ups, primers and cool downs for you at www.ttrufitness.com in the blog write up 23.2. Warm up and prep: 15:00 WARM UP 2-3 minutes lightly jumping rope or jogging _________ 8 Banded or PVC pipe pass throughs 6 Spiderman + twist (3 each side) 4 Inch worm + stand up 3 4 count air squat 2 Squat jump 3 rounds (5:00) ________ Empty barbell work 3 Full grip front squat 3 Push Press 3 thruster 2 rounds then Build up to a moderate loaded thruster (6:00) _______ 5 kipping swing 3 Burpee's 3 Burpee pull ups (practice where your hands will go, make marks, and practice rhythm) 2 rounds (3:00) _______ Primer: 3x shuttle run 5 Burpee pull up 2 rounds at touch faster than your starting pace (2:00) _________ Rest 3:00 GO GET IT! Recovery: 10:00 easy bike flush Lying in front of wall 2:00 Legs in squat stance, feet on wall, butt close to wall for stretch 2:00 legs on wall, legs wide and open If you desire it, this workout is highly repeatable and won't create much muscle soreness for those who have done a proper amount of running and bounding throughout the preparation season. **Had a few glitches in making our video this week and that's why it's on the pod only. We will get to the bottom of the break ups here and there! We apologize. **
Join the Anxiety Chicks this week as we kick off the beginning of February with our monthly Q&A episode! In this week's episode we answer YOU GUYS questions that you submit on our instagrams every Sunday before the recording. We try to answer in depth 4-5 questions each time! This week we answered: What is a PVC? Scared to google and find out How do you deal with cognitive distortions such as mind reading? How can I learn to re-love my home after experiencing a lot of anxiety there and then leaving for college and coming home? Did either of you ever struggle with what your purpose is or your self worth? This weeks Sponsors ZOCDOC: Go to Zocdoc dot com slash ANXIETYCHICKS and download the Zocdoc app for FREE. Then find and book a top-rated doctor today. Many are available within 24 hours. Calm: For listeners of the show, Calm is offering an exclusive offer of 40% off a Calm Premium subscription at CALM.COM/ANXIETYCHICKS. Follow us: @theanxietychicks @health_anxiety @theanxietyhealer
#plugintodevin - Your Mark on the World with Devin Thorpe
When you purchase an item after clicking a link from this post, we may earn a commission.Devin: What do you see as your superpower?Ken: One of the things I've learned is that I work well with entrepreneurs. I've been a five-time entrepreneur myself, but I've also enjoyed working with other entrepreneurs.“We're the oldest, and we believe also the largest business accelerator in the clean tech climate space,” says Ken Hayes, executive director of Cleantech Open.Cleantech Open was created to help climate and environmentally-focused entrepreneurs get support, attention and financing they weren't receiving in the marketplace.The goal was to help these entrepreneurs build successful businesses. “If a business is not successful commercially, it won't also be able to succeed in the environmental realm,” Ken says.Over 1,900 companies have gone through the Cleantech accelerator.“We work with about 100 companies a year. We match them to business mentors. So we have over 1000 volunteers,” he says. “These are business people that volunteer their time. So, we're one big community working together to try to help these entrepreneurs become successful.”From each cohort, the team chooses a grand prize winner. Ken emphasizes the experience that all the participants receive over the four to five-month curriculum. They all benefit.The winner of the last cohort was Renegade Plascis, which is producing an environmentally friendly alternative to PVC-coated fabrics. “Our low-carbon coated fabrics curtail plastic waste and reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” the website says. “They have a high UV, thermal and chemical resistance and do not contain any PVC, heavy metals, PFAS or phthalates.”The accelerator works with companies in eight categories:* Energy generation, * Energy storage, * Energy efficiency, * Information and communications technologies* Transportation,* Green building * Agriculture, water and waste* Chemicals and advanced materialsCleantech Open is also concerned with climate and environmental justice. Ken says:We all have the right to have fresh air, fresh water, clean, clean air. A lot of the companies that are going through Cleantech Open are targeting these communities in order to improve them, make sure that their technologies are not just for wealthy people or wealthy homes but can be used in many different situations and can become affordable and available to people of all backgrounds and all communities.Over his career, Ken has developed a superpower working to support entrepreneurs.How to Develop Working With Entrepreneurs As a SuperpowerOne key to Ken's success in building this superpower was the decision to develop it. “I've wanted to expand the scale of my impact in a positive way,” Ken says.“What I'm good at is starting small companies, getting them to about 20 people and selling them,” he says. “I wanted to figure out how I could leverage that skill to help others become successful.”“When you have your own startup, you're only impacting yourself and your direct colleagues, and all of your eggs are in one basket,” Ken notes.As an angel investor, he learned he could help more people but limited resources constrained his impact. He co-founded a venture capital fund called Canyon Creek Fund II. That increased the breadth of his impact with funds from limited partners, allowing it to invest in 40 companies.“Still, I thought there was an opportunity to do more,” he says. “I was approached by the leaders from Cleantech Open to join Cleantech Open. Here it was! Wow! We have 100 to 150 companies a year.”“I'm a catalyst; I'm a sounding board,” Ken says. “I can provide lessons from the trenches, from past wars, so to speak, and create the system and a platform that can help these entrepreneurs learn and become better.”“Going through the program for 99% of these companies, they do not give up any equity,” he says. “So we're not out here trying to make ourselves wealthy. We're here to help those entrepreneurs become better entrepreneurs.”Ken says, “We're here to make the world a better place and make these entrepreneurs successful.”As an example of the impact of his work supporting entrepreneurs, he highlighted FIGS, a company in which he invested early (and that was coincidentally featured on my show nearly a decade ago.)Although the successful female entrepreneurs bought him out after 18 months, they went on to list their enterprise on the New York Stock Exchange.Ken has two critical tips for learning to help entrepreneurs succeed.The first is “radical candor.” He says, “Be real. Tell them how it really is. Don't sugarcoat it because you're not doing them any favors. But do it from a place of sincerity and empathy.”The second point is to remind the entrepreneurs of an essential fact. “Those who learn fastest are the ones that are going to be successful.”He prefers the phrase “learn fast” to “fail fast.”There's another business technique called fail fast. I don't like that word because it connotes failure. Like, who wants to fail fast? Like, I don't want to keep failing. I would I rather use the term learn fast, which means you're testing. You're trying out new ideas. Maybe you're doing iterative campaigns, but the whole point is to learn as fast as possible about what's going to work, whether it's trying to discover a customer segment, trying to discover how a technology is going to get adopted. It's all about learning that as quickly as possible and ideally based on evidence.By employing Ken's example and counsel, you can learn to master the art of helping entrepreneurs succeed, making it a superpower that enables you to do more good in the world.Recently, I read The Man Who Broke Capitalism by David Gelles. I keep recommending the book to people, so I figured I should take a moment share it with you. Get full access to Superpowers for Good at devinthorpe.substack.com/subscribe
6ers, practicing the art of networking outside of your immediate social circle throughout your life in underrated skill. Building a professional network is not just about collecting business cards or having one off conversations. It's about genuine connections and meaningful relationships you can form that lead to mutual success. Misty Cook is a veteran, CEO, and founder of Concierge On Call (positioning retiring military leaders as sought-after consultants), an advisory board member of Blue Star Families, and Military Protocol Consultant at the USMC Memorial Foundation. She joins Tony Nash this week to discuss her three mantras: - Be a good human - Make sure your WHY is aligned with your actions - Surround yourself with people that will mention your name in a room full of opportunities When you make an honest effort to understand the struggles of others and listen with compassion, you will find that real connections form naturally. The people you meet and connect with can provide you with invaluable opportunities, contacts, resources, and advice. You have an effect by being a helpful resource to others, which makes them feel appreciated. It's not just about getting what you want, but also about giving back to the community. It's not a give-and-take practice, but the benefits to your success from cultivating professional relationships are massive and long-lasting. ----- Resources mentioned: 12-Week Year by Brian Moran & Michael Lennington ----- 01:05 - How Misty suffered from an impostor syndrome 03:26 - Misty had prepared for her business 5 years before retiring from the military 06:25 - Ways for in-service members to assist retiring military members during the transition 09:38 - Why you need to build a professional network in the private industry 11:26 - The power of saying “Yes” in networking and how it can lead you to more opportunities 15:26 - The importance of having open ears to other people's own pain points and staying engaged 17:46 - Learning about relationships as you actively seek new connections 20:11 - Nurturing relationships by using systems like CRM 23:14 - The importance of making people valued ----- Here is how to connect with Misty Cook: LinkedIn Concierge on Call ----- Connect with Got Your Six podcast: Website Instagram LinkedIn Twitter TikTok ----- Connect with Tony: Website LinkedIn Instagram Twitter ----- Badass Patches specializes in custom military PVC rubber and embroidery patches. We offer the best price and lifetime guarantee, and we are veteran owned. We've worked with USAF, USMC, US ARMY, and USN or Navy units to provide the best military uniform patches money can buy!
The Money Pit Home Improvement Podcast
SHOW NOTES: Kitchen Island Design: Add extra food prep space with a versatile kitchen island that's affordable and user-friendly. Driveway Markers: Get ideas for eye-catching driveway markers to add curb appeal and increase home safety. De-Icing Tips: Find out how to quickly thaw a frozen windshield with this easy DIY solution. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Home Addition ROI: Finished basement or second-floor addition: which one offers a better ROI? We think Matthew's home will gain more value by adding bedrooms and bathrooms on a second floor. Rodents: Kathryn wonders if an ultrasonic device would help control the mice in her basement. Along with baits and poison, it would be more effective to eliminate nesting areas, plug up any openings, and avoid leaving any food or water in the house or garage that could attract pests. Gutters: Joe's roof shingles don't extend far enough to direct water into the gutters. We suggest using a flat bar to pry up the edges and insert flashing under the shingles to create a bridge to the gutters. Countertops: Is there a way to remove scratches in a Corian countertop? Gayla can try a deep cleaning product to make them less obvious or have a professional lightly sand and repolish the surface. Deck Cleaning: What's the best way to clean algae and mold from a pressure-treated wood deck and a stone patio? Bill needs a pressure washer with a bleach solution to remove the stains. Wallpaper Removal: Jan wants to remove a layer of wallpaper liner without damaging the drywall. If it's adhered well, she should be able to add a textured surface right over it. Fascia Board: Is it possible to remove a rotted fascia board without removing the spacer and gutter? It will all need to come off, but then Derwin can replace the wood fascia with a cellular PVC board that will last without rotting. Dry Rot: What causes dry rot and how to tell if you have it? Joan learns there's no such thing as dry rot, only wet wood that dries out and starts to decay. Shower Renovation: Is flashing needed around a prefabricated shower stall base to prevent moisture issues? Randy should be fine installing the pan over the backer board and adhering tile directly onto the board. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Keystone Copycats with Chris & Zach
Hello all you little copycats out there. This week on the show we didn't have time to record our The Fugitive episode yet so you get the first edition of Oops All Stories where we get into Chris' notes app to figure out just what the fuck he was talking about. We learn about PVC teeth, the traumatic effects of Baywatch on a young Chris, tow truck drivers kicking you out of their car in the middle of nowhere, and of course, Mary had a little me. All this and more and the debut of Oops All Stories! Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @KeystoneCopycats and on twitter @KeystoneCopycat. You can also find us on Reddit at r/KeystoneCopycats You can direct your questions and comments to KeystoneCopycats@gmail.com OR you can leave us a voicemail at (513) 239-7682. www.KeystoneCopycats.com www.DinosaursPodcast.com https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/ https://anti-asianviolenceresources.carrd.co/ https://prochoice.org/ https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/abortion https://www.wired.com/story/guide-abortion-resources-post-roe-america/
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Nigeria struck in all its glory this week! We tried 8th different takes to record this and still had to use a cloud backup due to the unfortunate internet conditions on the day.Dami tells us about her interesting struggles trying to finalise her PVC registration. #Votersuppression? Listen in for tips and remember to make your vote count it you can! #VOTEFORPETEROBI (09:15)We then discuss Burna Boy and outline all the consistent themes within the country that leads to people still wanting to vote for the BAT. Is this a trauma cycle?Dami suffers the heartbreak of her food not being delivered on the call and then the internet officially gives up on us to bring this episode to a conclusion.
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Sustainable Winegrowing with Vineyard Team
Like with many projects on a sustainable farm, composting at Niner Wines Estates began with a problem; what could be done with all the pumice from the winemaking operations. Patrick Muran Winemaker at Niner Wine Estates started experimenting with thermal aerobic composting in 2016. With a 200-acre property, the farm has a diverse array of plant material coming from the restaurant garden, cover crops, and vineyards. Patrick explains how they turned a waste stream product into a valuable commodity including what temperature a compost pile must reach, what plant material to include, how to inoculate a new pile, and how long it takes to make top quality compost. References: 1/20/2023 REGISTER: Improving Soil Health with Compost & Vermiculture Tailgate 53: Producing Compost and Carbon Sequestration 106: What? Bury Charcoal in the Vineyard? 151: The Role of the Soil Microbiome in Soil Health 153: The Role of Nematodes in Soil Health Aerated Compost Tea Composting Handbook Compost Use for Improved Soil Poster Series Improving and Maintaining Compost Quality Niner Wine Estates SIP Certified Testing Composts Tipsheet: Compost Vineyard Team – Become a Member Get More Subscribe wherever you listen so you never miss an episode on the latest science and research with the Sustainable Winegrowing Podcast. Since 1994, Vineyard Team has been your resource for workshops and field demonstrations, research, and events dedicated to the stewardship of our natural resources. Learn more at www.vineyardteam.org. Transcript Craig Macmillan 0:00 Our guest today is Patrick Moran, winemaker at Niner Wine Estates in Paso Robles, California. And today we're going to talk about composting. Welcome, Patrick. Patrick Muran 0:07 Thank you, Craig. Happy to be here. And to talk about some compost today. Craig Macmillan 0:11 Yes, we are. And in the spirit of full disclosure, I want to let everybody know that Patrick and I work together. So this is not the first time that we've talked about this. So I know about what we do. But we're gonna try to get into the details here and try not to forget anything. It's a really cool project that you, you kind of you founded. Correct. You kind of got this whole thing going, right? Patrick Muran 0:31 Yeah, it was birthed out of a problem of what do we do with all this pumice waste and ruin to kind of a passion project of figuring out how to unlock the keys and composting all this waste that we had? Craig Macmillan 0:49 So when did it start? How long have you been doing this? Patrick Muran 0:52 So this started late 2016, early 2017, we start building piles, Gosh, 5, 6 years now? Craig Macmillan 1:01 Yeah, in a minute. So the idea here was that you had a lot of waste that was coming in, or grape material that was coming in and you wanted to do something with it. What were you doing with it prior to accomplishing with it? Patrick Muran 1:12 I mean, I've been at this now, gosh, almost 24 years, you know, when I started, we had our big 40 yard roll off dumpsters getting dropped off and are filling them up with grape waste and pumice and stems and all that kind of stuff. But you know, we're scheduling trucks and paying for these trucks to be on the road and do all this material and material is getting stinky out there in the yard, flies are starting to fester, we had, you know, a similar problem here. Here I'm paying for a truck to come drop off this dumpster that's going to kind of make a mess and in our yard for weeks on end. And then pay to have that material removed. It was a kind of an, I love elegant solutions in this was elegant solution to a problem where we can turn a waste stream product into you know, a valuable commodity. Craig Macmillan 2:04 Did you have an experience with composting prior to that? Patrick Muran 2:07 No, not to the degree of what we're doing now. My notion of composting was probably like most people's it's like, oh, just chuck it in a in a black container or something in the yard and forget about it for six months and then come back later. And all of a sudden, it's it's all done. That was more or less my notion of what composting was. But when you're talking thermoaerobic composting, to the NOP like organic standards, it's a little bit of a different feel. Craig Macmillan 2:36 How did you educate yourself about this? This is interesting to me this is you went from zero to now 100. Patrick Muran 2:41 Yeah. With Cal Poly, actually Cal Poly had an extension program. And they brought in Dr. Elaine Ingham, and she did a seminar on composting, thermalaerobic composting in particular. And it just blew my mind like because I'm I'm microbiologist by by schooling, you know, I spent my year in college studying microbiology, and she was talking my jam, like she was talking all the biology in the soils. And in this compost that was promoting plant growth. So she she really kicked me off on this path. And, and so I just started educating myself on how to do it properly, and how to the biology and the ecology that supports your plant that you're trying to grow. Craig Macmillan 3:33 So did you already have a plan for what you were going to use this stuff for? Patrick Muran 3:37 No, I just knew if it was done properly, we could definitely use it all over the place. Like all of a sudden you've got this thing that can grow. But we did have a target because we have were growing grapes in a world. Our compost is going to help support the life that grapevines. Craig Macmillan 3:56 When you started, were you using just pomice or were you adding other material to it? Patrick Muran 4:02 No, I learned pretty early on that the more diversity of your ingredients that go into that compost pile, the more diversity you'll have as far as microorganisms, bacteria and fungi and protozoa and all these these different layers of of organisms. And I figured out pretty early on that we're going to need a diverse stream of sources to kind of hit our target. Craig Macmillan 4:28 And where did you source that stuff from? Was it from the property? Did you bring stuff in from the outside? Patrick Muran 4:33 Yeah, I mean, we've got over 200 acres here. So with a with a garden, cover crop growing, you know, we've got kind of a diverse array of materials, it was just a matter of collecting them your and making sure they're kind of staged and ready to go. Craig Macmillan 4:54 What's the timeframe from when you have let's say pomice from harvest until you have something that you can use? Patrick Muran 4:59 Yeah, so the ideal timeline for promised to complete product is about 60 days minimum is 15. But 60 days is the point of which you get that rich, organic material that's consumed all it's easy foods, and you get a little more diverse array of microorganisms in there. Craig Macmillan 5:20 Are you measuring the microorganisms? Are you sending samples out or something to get an idea of what's there? Patrick Muran 5:26 Yeah, we were doing both I do it here, or I was doing counts like bacterial counts, and, and fungal counts kind of fungal biomass and bacterial biomass. It's a little labor intensive. And after doing it enough times, you can kind of get a good sense of what the populations are, by easy look under a microscope, we are also sending out to an outfit called Earth Fort where they'll do the assessment for us, and then just kind of give us the results. Craig Macmillan 5:56 So is that how you know when it's done? Or is there other cues to you? You go, hey, all right, we're there now? Patrick Muran 6:02 Yeah, the cues that I use really are color temperature and and sort of the touch and feel of it all he can you get a sense of that digestion is complete, and you get into a form that really does look, I mean, it looks like 70%, dark cocoa chocolate bar, you know, hit that. And the whole pile has a very consistent makeup. So it's just there, you know. Craig Macmillan 6:30 So you mentioned easy foods, what would those maybe be in those are things that the microorganisms are consuming? Is that right? Patrick Muran 6:37 I would go back a step, I think of this is a lot like making wine, you know, you have the materials, you're starting kind of an inoculum, or a biomass that is going to grow, that's going to consume the nutrients that are available. You know, as a winemaker, there's a lot of parallels in composting as there is to making wine, you know, tank size or vessel size can inform you on how much heat will be generated and how fast fermentation may complete. Same goes for composting, the size of the compost pile will dictate kind of the thermal insulation that can take place. So you can kind of create a lot of thermal mass and a big pile. The next step is food. You know, we think of these two simple nitrogen compost, you think the carbon to nitrogen ratios. So again, nitrogen is your food source, those readily consumable foods, sugars, for example, really, you know, feed into the bacterial populations that just want an easy hit of sugar, and they go, so those are going to be the easy foods, the more complex foods, and it's again, similar to, to fermentation, you've got diammonium phosphate, you're now your DAP is like just putting gasoline on a fermentation. And you have more complex organic foods like for fermato or whatnot, yeast derived but they're much more complex or not as readily available, and they'll take longer to digest and release that energy. So then you got your food source. So I think carbon to nitrogen ratios, composting, I think of yeast to simple nitrogen and fermentation. Craig Macmillan 8:23 So you're using a lot of the same kind of conceptual ideas that you use for making wine for making compost, it's there's some similarities in terms of kind of functionality in your mind. Patrick Muran 8:32 And figuring out the proportions of those different components. And kind of the momentum, you know, that can be generated by it is really the key to unlocking a successful compost operation, as it would be with a successful fermentation operation too. Craig Macmillan 8:50 When I was first learning about this topic, there was like a recipe that you were supposed to kind of follow. And one of the elements there was manure, so you had to have manure in the mix doesn't sound like you're doing that because there's not cattle on site. Patrick Muran 9:02 That's right. And we've stayed away from manure for the moment because we'd like to use whatever's available on the property. And high nitrogen can come from other things other than manure, which includes things like alfalfa, all your nitrogen fixing plants, alfalfa, some clovers, but also seeds have a fairly high nitrogen content, just so happens to be got a lot of those coming out of these fermenters. So we use seeds as a high nitrogen component, they act a little differently because they're kind of a slow burn as opposed as opposed to a fast burn. They definitely will contribute to that heat to that energy release that temperature zone that you're trying to hit. Craig Macmillan 9:49 Do the seeds breakdown because I've seen pomice compost piles before where the seeds just didn't change. Do they break down for you? Patrick Muran 9:56 Yeah, they do break down they're not they're not fully in kind of destructured, you know, they're still like this funny shell, they almost look like a popcorn, they swell a little bit and kind of spilled some of their guts, but kind of the shell sort of remains of the seed. So they definitely have a different look and feel than when they started. But they do add a nice volume filling component, something like perlite or something like that, you know, they kind of fill, fill out the compost, make it a little fluff here. Craig Macmillan 10:29 So even though there's this material left behind actually has a role that actually does something for the way the pile behaves, and what it will do eventually, it sounds like. On the manure topic, we have a new aspect to the system, the ecosystem at Niner. And that's chickens. Have you thought about or are you using manure from the chickens? Patrick Muran 10:48 Not yet, just because we haven't needed to. This is what the beauty of this whole system is, you're getting rid of this waste as it is, you know, you're getting rid of garden waste, when you throw it in a green waste bin or you throw it in a, you know, a compost pile, we're getting rid of chicken manure as you clean up the chicken house and things of that nature. So you're collecting it, so why not use it. So all of these different streams are going to come into play in the chicken manure will come into play as well. It's just a matter of getting the material there staging it to making sure using using the right proportions at the right time, we just so happened to have worked out a formula with what we have currently. That's really nice and consistent. And chicken manure will change it a little bit. So we'll have to tweak it a little bit to get everything just right. Craig Macmillan 11:38 Another thing that I believe you've been bringing into the system is chipped grapevines, and also material from landscaping. Again, I was under the impression that things with high lignin did not compost very well. Have you started with that material? Or is are things happening? Are you looking at stuff what's happened in there? Patrick Muran 11:54 Yeah, so the high carbon source. So that's things like any sort of wood material, wood chips, hedgings anything that's going to have a lot of that cellulose hemicellulose. Like those really difficult to digest components, those can definitely be incorporated. And we like a nice proportion of those because they are great fungal foods, and we're trying to grow fungi as well on these compost piles. Those are a great source of fungal foods. And those do decompose, they take a little longer, we can give a little more time to the compost piles in terms of digestion, because you'll get that fungal push towards the latter half of composting. As they start speeding off of those partially digested woody components and high carbon sources. Craig Macmillan 12:50 Do you have to inoculate the piles? Patrick Muran 12:52 You can totally kick them off if you make compost teas. And so basically you take a finished pile, make some tea, and then use that tea to inoculate a new pile that's like Like imagine and throwing it in, it's really kick things off. The other way is to simply just take a finished compost pile and use a small amount as an inoculum. Like you would fermentation an inoculant you with the yeast and innoculate you with all the stuff that I've grown up with this previous pile to get you started right away, or like a native ferment and you can kind of sit around and wait for it to it's kind of naturally get some momentum, it takes a little longer certainly get that going as well. Craig Macmillan 13:38 What is your method here? So you're collecting material, and then you have to make it into a pile of some kind. And then you have to manage the pile? Right? So there's things like moisture and temperature, correct. What specifically are you doing to manage the pile? And specifically, what are you looking at in terms of the variables that tell you oh, I need to do this or that. Patrick Muran 13:55 To start wit we start with about four different streams of materials. We're starting with wood chips, or woody material, high carbon source, we're starting with green waste, which is anything that was cut green. So garden waste that was cut green, we even took grass clippings from you know, when they mow or around here as long as it was green. That's going to be one stream. The other stream is going to be rake. So anything that came out of destemers, it's going to kind of live in one vein. And then lastly, we're going to do the skins and seeds. So anything that came out of a fermentation tank that was fully fermented so they don't now we have our seed component. So we just treat each one of those streams as a different source. And we'll compose it's about 40% of woody material and we consider the rake is of woody material. So we'll go rake plus wood chips that's going to compose about 40% of the material. The green waste stream is going to be about 30% of that material. Okay, so that's going to be in those green waste, clippings and whatnot. And then lastly, we'll use the last 30% of the seed, and skin material, all the pumps that came out of tanks as a string. So we're going to take those components in those proportions and assemble it and kind of mix it up, we make windrows out of this, and they're roughly four feet tall, four to five feet tall, and about eight feet wide, we're gonna try and mix this as well as you can, and get moisture in there. Moisture is really the thing that sets this whole stage up to digest. I mean, you like any living organism, like you can't live without water, neither can these organisms. And moisture really is the key component to keeping that. We're going to try and strive for about 40% humidity or 40% moisture content. That's a touch and feel thing. Like you can really get scientific on how much moisture goes into a pile. But really, once you learn touching, feeling, squeezing the material, you'll get a sense of moisture, Woody materials really difficult to soak up. So we try and pre wet that a little bit. Seeds and green waste usually has sufficient moisture content to get things started. So mix it into a pile, mix it into those windrows. And then we no longer have covering piles at this point. So we just let them be out there. But if you have the right components in the right size, moisture, and composition, they'll kick off, I mean, we'll be up to 130 in gosh, within three days, certainly, we'll be right into a nice thermal compost, and then we're going to be turning it and we use a bucket on a tractor. It's not ideal. Ideally, you have a compost turner that aerated and really does a nice job of mixing. But we felt we got we can get by with a with a bucket on it on a tractor. And we do it by just simply folding that pile laterally. So if you think of a windrow, like pointing down, basically, one direction, we're going to come in perpendicular to that windrow, take kind of the outside piece, we're going to fold it up over the top, then we're going to kind of try and pull the core which is the hottest piece. And that's going to be become kind of the back end of that windrow. So you're kind of taking these in different sections. A better way to put it is if you think of a triangle, cut it into four parts. So you're going to have like the two wings, the top in the core. So you're trying to get the inside core cycled out, and you're trying to get the wings, whether it's the top or the outside sides to become the core, say you're just trying to fold union. So you're cycling the material through the core, that's basically the key. It is temperature and moisture determined. Typically were like every three to five days, but you'll find it needs more rigorous turning in the beginning. And then you can kind of back off towards the tail end. Craig Macmillan 18:18 When do you get the water in? And how do you do that? I've seen different solutions to that problem. What do you put it in? How do you do it? Patrick Muran 18:25 We've tried multiple solutions to this, the ideal is very small droplets. Like that's the ideal if you can get up a fine misting spray, that would be the best solution. Getting moisture in we use a fire hose, a water wagon. And that fire hose is able to emit you know a fine spray. So we go in with a water wagon, fire hose and a pump just basically wet out all the outside and then immediately turn it that's kind of the key is not set. It's just trial and error to figure out how much water do I apply? You know how what does this need to get? And that just has taken us a little bit of time to understand. You know, in the beginning it is more difficult to wet up. In the end. It's it's much easier to wet up knowing when and how much to apply is kind of that's what's taken us time to learn. Craig Macmillan 19:21 Yeah, practice. You mentioned temperature you mentioned 103 degrees Fahrenheit, what what are the temperature bounds? What do you have to hit? Why do you have to hit it? What's too hot? How often do you measure that? How do you measure it? Patrick Muran 19:33 temperature requirements are over 131. 131 to 170 for a minimum of 15 days. And you have to turn a minimum of five times in that 15 days. We use just a long stainless temperature probe. It's three feet, even a PVC sleeve and basically inserted into the core each day just to see where you stand. And then you're we do that kind of along the windrow in different spots, and kind of get an average of what's happening throughout the pile. And then secondly, we dig a little gopher holes into it like basically trying to dig down, or to get a sense of what the moisture content is like. And so we'll go dig through these piles, see where they stand, see what the moisture contents like, and then make a determination as to whether it needs water and turning and whatnot. Craig Macmillan 20:31 You just dig in there with your hand, you already have a tool? Patrick Muran 20:35 Now, I mean, it's it's, like I said, it's kind of nice. It's a touchy feely kind of thing. And you get a real good sense of what the moisture content and the different layers you can you'll find like moisture sort of will reside on the outside, but the core can become kind of dry, because that's the hottest spot. So just using your your old hands to kind of get in there is sufficient. Craig Macmillan 21:04 Oh, when I forgot ot ask, What do you been using the compost for? Where's the finished product been going? Patrick Muran 21:09 Right? Yeah, that's kind of going both into our garden or vegetable garden that we use for the restaurant and out in the vineyard. So they're applying it both aspects. And then I'm also making some compost tea or extract that I'm using to apply in the vineyard as well. The whole idea is, is really biology, you're trying to build the biology to support the plant that you're wanting to grow. And this is a great way to get the microorganisms that do the nutrient cycling and promote water holding capacity of the soil, suppress weeds. I mean, it's it's there's so many wins in the successful application of compost in those microorganisms to the soil. It's pretty cool stuff. Craig Macmillan 21:57 Are you measuring that to see if there's changes over the time? Like maybe you're doing some kind of trial or experiment? Patrick Muran 22:03 Yeah, yeah, we're working on on trying to assess this from a biological standpoint, what we're doing, what type of impact is that making? And how do you quantify that? There's a lot of discussion on that right now, what organisms matter what organisms don't matter? What is that nutrient cycling? Like? are you introducing harmful organisms to the, to the process? Yeah, we're trying to get answers both from a metabolic standpoint, just like metabolically, what's the activity in that soil, and then we're also doing it just by cell counts, and biological counts out there. Ultimately, we'd like to see long term what the impact is on the vine, as well. So we're trying to segment out different different blocks in our vineyard and assess what the yield is like what the cane weights are like what you know, the growth is like, and possibly even water holding capacity of the soil in the future. Craig Macmillan 23:08 What is the number one like challenge or obstacle that you've had to overcome with this whole program? Patrick Muran 23:12 It's like anything, just just getting off the ground, you know, like trying, failing, trying and failing. Doing it over and over again, it did take some time to get comfortable with like these types of assessments because I don't have like the analytical tools like to do it. So there is a little bit of a touch feel component. So just being comfortable going out there and saying, we need moisture, we need 200 gallons on this pile, you know, it needs to be turned today, you know, that sort of stuff, keeping things from going anaerobic is is really key that promotes a loss of nutrients, organisms that that are not going to help your plan all these things and keeping things in an aerobic manner on that aerobic side is, is very important as well. So it's just trial and error and getting those compositions moisture and size. Craig Macmillan 24:11 That sounds like patience is an important part of this little in the willingness to keep trying, which I think is an important. Patrick Muran 24:17 Wine making should be a good base of knowledge because it's also an act of patience. You know, these these compost piles will take a couple of months. I mean, fermentations and aging takes a couple of years. Craig Macmillan 24:30 I do love the overlap. I've never thought of it this way. But I really do love the love the idea that the kind of the training and experience in one field can apply to another than some of the same kind of concepts in terms of like, hey, I have something that's alive, and I need to keep it alive. And I need to be patient as it does its thing. It reminds me of like a sluggish fermat you just have faith. You're gonna get through it. You know, just keep keep trying and try different things. Is there one piece of advice that you'd give someone who to start producing compost on site, either at the vineyard or the winery. Patrick Muran 25:03 Yeah, I mean, I, my advice would really be just to start, like just getting a sense of even a small pile, like something you can manage and screw up and not have much consequence, just start small. It will help inform you on, like how you can shift the dynamic, based upon what you add to it, you know how much moisture it takes to kind of get this thing together. And then also recognize when you scale, things are going to change a little bit, because the size is going to change and the whole, the whole dynamic is going to change when to scale to like a windrow size. Just as get started, like we started with wire, mesh kind of hardware cloth piles built on pallets basically and, and just learn from it. And it was a bit of work. But I mean, you could do a really small one in in the yard, just to get a sense of it, keeping it aerobic learning the kind of the warning signs of when things go anaerobic, keeping consistent moisture content, that kind of stuff, you'll know if you got it right, or you got it wrong. I mean, it's, it's pretty apparent. And we and we screwed plenty up and re composted, um, you know, a few times over each time you learn a little bit from the process. Craig Macmillan 26:22 Where can people find out more about you and more about what you do. Patrick Muran 26:25 I mean, as far as education goes, I would really reach out to either Davis or Cal Poly, find out what they're doing, they'll give you a nice baseline where to start, and maybe the education that can help you not learn the hard way, I would really go to those groups first. Obviously, there's a lot of online type of stuff. And this is this is a dangerous thing. So I would really pick maybe some organic standards, there's some good worksheets on making organic compost put out by the NOP like National Organic Standards and, and things of that nature, that would be a good place to start. Because you could go down a YouTube rabbit hole with thermal composting and the different ways I think that was my struggle to begin with was the subjectivity it became a subjective form. And it's like, wow, no, I think that there's a little more, there's a little more precision here that than just again, throwing it in a bucket and leaving it for six months. And coming back, there is a little more science to it. Craig Macmillan 27:30 And I do want to underline that there is so much so much more information and much higher quality information than there wasn't even 10 years ago. And so there's a lot of resources out there. And I think you're right, you have to be selective and decide what stuff is useful. And going to folks that have you know, the background and the science behind it. And there's a lot of that there. And so that's, I think we're living in what's going to become a golden age of composting here. There's more and more people do it. And there's more and more experienced this more and more ways of trying it. I think that's really exciting. And I really compliment you for the work that you've put in and sticking with it because like you said, you have to be patient and you have to try things and you're gonna fail and you have to just keep going. That's how you learn. You know, you gotta you gotta crawl before you walk, walk before you run. But that's our time for today. Our guest today was Patrick Muran, winemaker at Niner Wine Estates where he's been composting material on site for quite a while now has learned a ton and I really appreciate you being on the podcast, Patrick. Patrick Muran 28:22 Absolutely. Craig happy to happy to be here and happy to be supportive of anybody out there trying this and want to reach out to me do whatever I can to help steer you out of the potholes. Craig Macmillan 28:35 Well, we will have a lot of information also on the end links on the site. So there's a lot of resources out there. Transcribed by https://otter.ai
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