Monthly Archives: September 2004

Arco- is not fossil fuel; Santi- is not about clean

As I begin looking at organizations in Arizona that interest me, I have run across a very interesting place called Acrosanti. B and I have an increasing interest in sustainability, or living in a way that leaves little impact on the world around us. It is about stewardship and a value of creation. So, I have been looking around Phoenix for companies or organizations who have taken this perspective. One of the ones that popped up was this Arcosanti project. It seems to be a community built around the ideas of Paolo Soleri. He is an architect that trained with Wright, and has been building this alternative to urban sprawl for the last 30 years. “Arcosanti aims to rise to an eventual 25 stories and house 215 people per acre (New York City averages just 33 per acre)” It is only about 5% completed, and Soleri is in his 80s…. At first glance it looks like an interesting place to work and a worthy project, but after looking around the site and doing some searching, I am not sure if anyone other than Soleri quite understands what the project is about. He has taken many terms and redefined them according to his own purposes, including such terms as grace, animism, resurrection, being, theology, creation, and self. It is all a bit confusing, and I can understand why more people are not jumping on to his wagon. The aims of the project are noble, I admit, and that attracts me, but the philosophy is too close to a new religion for my tastes. They do have an opening for a Network Manager, but I am not sure I can stomach the 5-weeks of workshop if it contains stuff like this.

More here from 1995.

a month and a half later…

school is in full swing, and we are through the normal hell that is school I.T. during the first month or so. Our workload is getting down to a level that is only considered ‘behind’ and not ‘snowed in’. Now we can fit in some projects, and the one we are working on now is implementing wireless to certain points off-campus. No more detail than that at this point. It is very interesting to find that wireless is rather inexpensive, if you are willing to do things yourself, like make the antenna.

In the cooking arena, we have not been doing too much. During a visit from sister A and her fiance in mid-August, I made my chili, which I have not made for over a year I think. Although I knew that she had been vegan, I was not sure what the latest was. Reports said that she was a regular omnivore these days, and I thought beef would be OK. She ate (and enjoyed I think) my chunky beef chili, but it was the first time she had beef in a long, long time. Later she was not feeling well, and I was a little worried. Seems that it turned out to be amoeba, so that is a relief. Not that I am glad that it was amoeba (which is a very awful thing to get), but I am glad that my cooking did not cause any suffering. I am sure you understand.

Speaking of cooking… I ran across cookingforengineers.com which sports a very nice format for recipes. I am a minimalist, and this appeals to my desire to do less to get the same results. Bethany also likes this, as she is an organizer supreme. This means that she can fit more recipes into her little black book, and can get rid of all those useless pronouns and adjectives that recipes usually contain.