There and Back Again: A Pragmatic Guide to Internet Privacy

Submitted by Ben Stallings on Mon, 09/16/2013 - 19:48

[updated July 2017]

A number of friends and colleagues have asked me recently about what I would recommend doing to regain some Internet privacy, given my background in Web development and technical support.  The guide at PRISM-BREAK is authoritative but too technical for most people to follow.  In recent weeks I've gone down the proverbial "rabbit hole" to see how secure I could make my Internet experience and then dialed the paranoia way back to a more practical, useful level.  Here's what I've found.

2013 Video Tours

Submitted by Ben Stallings on Sun, 09/08/2013 - 13:36

Below is a series of videos we recorded originally to try to promote a fundraising campaign to go to Cuba for the International Permaculture Conference and Convergence (IPCC).  In the end we did not reach our fundraising goal, but the videos are still here for your enjoyment!…

Notes on King Solar presentation, 4/13/2013

Submitted by Ben Stallings on Sun, 04/14/2013 - 19:13

Update!  King Solar has offered us the following group purchasing offer: if we order kits containing 8 or more solar panel modules in one shipment, we will get them for just $695 per panel module, a discount of more than 6% from the regular price.  (Each module includes the panel, a micro-inverter, mounting hardware, and cable.)  Please let me know if you are interested in going in together on this deal.  Read on for details.

Illustrated Audio Tour of our urban farm! (2012)

Submitted by Ben Stallings on Fri, 04/27/2012 - 13:01


This tour was recorded Sunday, May 6, 2012 (International Permaculture Day).  It is illustrated with a series of photos, each marked with the time in the recording when it is described.  Click the (i)nfo button to see the timestamps and descriptions; click the right side of each photo to advance to the next.

Photo slideshow

What's the Ideal Shape for a Strawberry Pyramid?

Submitted by Ben Stallings on Fri, 03/16/2012 - 20:12

When I teach intro classes on permaculture design, when we're talking about boundary optimization -- that is, when to maximize the edge and when to minimize it -- one of the questions I like to ask students is along the lines of, "How many strawberry plants, spaced 6" apart, can you fit in 16 square feet and still reach them all easily for harvest?"  The exact numbers are not important; what I'm looking for is the ideal design of a strawberry planter to maximize production in a minimum of space.

Boundary Optimization and other lessons for Art Therapy

Submitted by Ben Stallings on Sat, 07/09/2011 - 08:20

Today we presented a workshop at the American Art Therapy Association's annual conference in Washington, DC.  The slideshow for the presentation was too image-heavy to convert to a Google Doc, so we can't embed it here as a slideshow, but you can view or download a PDF copy.