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What I Found Interesting May 12, 2013


Here’s something that is important to understand:  Resilience isn’t passive.

You can see it in the words used to describe it.

  • Plant, grow, and harvest food.
  • Catch, filter, and store water.
  • Capture, generate, and distribute energy.
  • Design, collaborate, and make things.

These words are full of vitality.   They will mold your mind and body as you accomplish them.  Making you more vital than you were before you started.

Here’s some items that are interesting:

Flexible Water Tanks

If you need to store water that you harvest, and you don’t have the space for a conventional cistern or tank, a flexible water tank could be a solution.  It’s essentially a big plastic bag that can hold thousands of gallons of water.   It can be place on on any smooth, flat surface.  Here’s one in a crawl space.

Water Pillow

Solar Sheds

I need to build a new shed for my equipment.  One of the best ways to get more out of the effort is to add some solar panels to it.  So, I’m on the hunt for elegant solar shed designs. These sheds are so big, the solar arrays are almost large enough to power a home.


Here’s one from a Texas property that incorporates water catchment and storage.  Nice.

water solar shed

Since I’m betting that electrical rates are going to become more dynamic, I’m going to orient the shed to face southwest to capture that very valuable late afternoon summer sun.

Anyone reading this have a solar shed they would like to share?

Sincerely Yours,


John Robb

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