The Library

The Library is currently in disarray from being moved. Articles will slowly appear below as I have time to migrate them. If you are looking for something specific please let me know and I’ll try and get it online for you.

The documents below have been slowly collected since the late 90’s. Some of them I typed in by hand from much loved original sources, others I simply copied from somewhere online. All of them are here because at the moment I read them, they struck chord within me.

Initially I saved bookmarks to my favourite writings, but over the years I discovered that links don’t last. More often then not when I went reread a story, or send a link to a friend, I found that it was no longer available.

Eventually I decided that if I wanted long term access to these writings, I had to keep copies of them myself. It didn’t take long to realise that if I was going to do that, I may as well share them with others.

Nearly all documents have been copied without permission and all of them remain under the copyright of the original author. Where I was able I have included attribution to the original author and site.

If any of these writings belong to you, and you would like them removed or the attribution changed, please let me know.

In the Beginning… Was the Command Line

About twenty years ago Jobs and Wozniak, the founders of Apple, came up with the very strange idea of selling information processing machines for use in the home. The business took off, and its founders made a lot of money and received the credit they deserved for being daring visionaries. But around the same time, […]

The Zen TV Experiment

How Many of You Know How to Watch Television? “How many of you know how to watch television?” I asked my class one day. After a few bewildered and silent moments, slowly, one by one, everyone haltingly raised their hands. We soon acknowledged that we were all “experts,” as Harold Garfinkel would say, in the […]

George Carlin: The planet is fine

Haven’t we done enough. We’re so self-important. So self-important. Everybody’s gonna save something now. Save the trees. Save the bees. Save the whales. Save those snails. And the greatest arrogance of all, save the planet. What? Are these fucking people kidding me? Save the planet? We don’t even know how to take care of ourselves […]

Mycorrhizal Associations with Plants

Family Genus Common Name Mycorrhizal Type Actinidiaceae Actinidia Kiwi Endo Mycorrhizal Adoxaceae Viburnum Viburnum Endo Mycorrhizal Adoxaceae Sambucus Elderberry Endo Mycorrhizal Alliaceae Allium Garlic Endo Mycorrhizal Alliaceae Allium Onion Endo Mycorrhizal Alliaceae Allium Leek Endo Mycorrhizal Alliaceae Allium Chives Endo Mycorrhizal Alliaceae Allium Shallot Endo Mycorrhizal Altinglaceae Liquidambar Sweetgum Endo Mycorrhizal Amaranthaceae Amaranthus Amaranth Non […]

Wildfire

Excerpt from “Permaculture: A Designer’s Manual” by Bill Mollison Available from Tagari Press Wildfire is a feature of many sites and climates. and can be created even in hot humid climates by logging. or by block plantings of eucalypts and pines. It is notoriously violent in summer-dry climates peripheral to large arid areas; “wet” savannah […]