Dumping My Butane Soldering Iron for a TS100 (No More Hands of Flame)
Power up: Blue Fireball!
Low Power Computing
I spend a lot of time with computers. Despite having very small amounts of power at my disposal (especially during the winter months) I still need to be able to do some web development - both to earn money and as a hobby. I also like to spend time surfing the web of course. Making this happen is challenging and, like everything about this way of life, a constant work in progress with lots of room for improvement.
Fermenting (AKA Micro-Gardening)
I've started to learn about fermented foods. At the moment all I do is sauerkraut and sourdough but I can tell it's something that will be with me for life now so I'm bound to learn more and more.
Velcro, Hooks and Rubber Bands
"Yo tech! You don't have to be high to be cool you know!" In fact I'm enjoying low-tech solutions more and more nowadays. It tends to be cheap, easy and readily understandable. I like it when I can see how something works.
Stop Saying Van - It's a Caravan!
Funny you should say that. In fact the word van is a contraction of caravan. Caravan once used to refer to a large group of people carrying a lot of baggage and may have its origins in the Sanskrit word karabhah (meaning 'camel'). Why listen to me though? A Judge at the Court of Appeal has laid down some education on the matter. (To be reasonable: van for most people nowadays does generally mean a motorised vehicle. I tend to use it over caravan mainly because it has fewer syllables - caravan is quite time-consuming. When I use 'van meaning caravan I always prefix it with the apostrophe to denote the contraction.)
Lowest Power Lighting
I'm still working on reducing my power demands. Getting all of my 'leccy from the sun and living at a latitude of about 50 degrees means I often run out of power by evening, especially during the shorter, darker days of winter.