Thing the First: On the heels of my post yesterday about the ecological advantages of city living, here’s a great article about a former Chicago meatpacking plant that’s being converted into a huge vertical farm. This is exactly the kind of change I want to see in making our cities greener. So often our cities are expected to expand outward, not upward (unless it’s fancy-schmancy skyscrapers). However, we can make better use of the space we’re taking up if we do build higher, and especially if we repurpose the usable infrastructure already in place. I wish the folks behind this vertical farm the best, and hope for more success stories to come. (Here’s where you can follow their progress on Facebook, by the way.)
Thing the Second: For those who have asked, yes, most of my books are available as ebooks. Almost all of my titles from Immanion Press/Megalithica Books are available on Smashwords (scroll down as mine are mixed in the list) in a variety of formats for $5 each. Additionally, most are also on Kindle (though New Paths to Animal Totems, which is published by Llewellyn, costs a bit more via Kindle). You can, of course, get dead tree versions, but for those who have e-readers or who are on a tighter budget, the ebooks may be a particularly good option. (On the other hand, I can’t sign an ebook, so you’re always welcome to buy signed paperbacks from me, which I always appreciate since I get to keep more of the cash to pay bills!) Finally, continuing in the budget discussion, while my IP/MB published books tend to not cost much less used than new, New Paths to Animal Totems is selling for under $3 for used paperbacks on Amazon.
I’m a much bigger fan of vertical farms than I am of kitchen counter-top farms: http://shopping.yahoo.com/news/farm-432—insect-breeding-on-your-kitchen-counter-214732341.html I don’t want to pass judgment on the cuisine choices of others, but let’s just say I’m glad I don’t eat meat.
*nods* I still need to get over the squick factor with insects, but it’s on the table (so to speak) for future endeavors.
I don’t have the article bookmarked, but there was something about 3D printers printing up our food of the future. The printed product looked very much like cardboard pellets and were reconstructed from [primarily] ground insects. If I recall, the inventor of this magic trick is meant to receive the Nobel for finding a way to eliminate world hunger.