Mycelial technologist - coding & cultivating a decentralized, multispecies future.
Academic background in anthro / ethnobotany. Living in permaculture contexts on-and-off for the past four years.
Currently contributing to PeachCloud - a Pi-based Scuttlebutt hardware project.
It's a pleasure to be here and I look forward to learning beside you all.
Beginning to compile a reading list for 2020:
How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan
The Overstory by Richard Powers
The Handbook of Contemporary Animism edited by Graham Harvey
Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
Thus Spoke the Plant by Monica Gagliano
The Mushroom at the End of the World by Anna Tsing
and perhaps I'll finally finished How Forests Think by Eduardo Kohn.
Things seem to be under control now. At one point I thought the fire might reach a stand of eucalypts on a nearby farm - that would have been a big problem. Fynbos (our local vegetation) is fire-adapted and burns low and slow but invasive trees (eucalyptus and acacia) make things much worse.
So much for filing my taxes today...
👀 'Towards fungal computer'
'We propose that fungi Basidiomycetes can be used as computing devices: information is represented by spikes of electrical activity, a computation is implemented in a mycelium network and an interface is realized via fruit bodies. [...] In an automaton model of a fungal computer, we show how to implement computation with fungi and demonstrate that a structure of logical functions computed is determined by mycelium geometry.'
Similar findings for reishi:
"Tea waste was investigated as a new supplement for substrate mixtures in Ganoderma lucidum cultivation. The substrate formulations producing highest yield and biological efficiency were 80 (sawdust) : 20 (tea waste) and 75 (sawdust) : 25 (tea waste). Yield and biological efficiency of substrates containing tea waste were generally higher than that of the control (80 sawdust : 18 wheat bran : 1 sucrose : 1 CaCO3)."
"Tea waste of appropriate ratios (40–60% [of total volume]) could successfully be used as an oyster mushroom cultivation substrate with high yield, biological efficiency and relatively shorter cropping time."
I finally got around to uploading the medicinal fungi zine I made last year. If you find it interesting or helpful in any way, I'd be happy if you passed it on.
Mycelium is Medicine: An introductory guide to the medicinal properties of fungi & techniques for integrating their healing into humyn lives.
Includes info on cultivation, extraction, medicinal constituents of fungi etc.
[ PDF is 2.4 MB ]
Finding names for things I've been thinking about lately.
Defensive programming: "a form of defensive design intended to ensure the continuing function of a piece of software under unforeseen circumstances."
"If any script fails, the page still delivers its core functions and information via the markup, stylesheets and/or server-side scripting."
Map from the South African National Research and Education Network
One of the cables connecting South Africa to Europe (WACS/SAT-3) is broken in at least two places. We're experiencing a strong storm in Cape Town and the repair ship has been unable to leave port. Internet connectivity in the region could continue to be effected for weeks.
this represents a living system, a terminal making requests https://youtu.be/nnQdMa0airo
Added a few new RPC calls to peach_network this morning. It's now possible to retrieve the network id for a given ssid and to enable, disable or remove a network based on that id. This will allow me to implement the rest of the network functionality in the PeachCloud web interface.
[ sowing seeds of symbiosis | weaving webs of wu wei ]
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