Archive for Documentation
Andrew Bateman will be joining us Monday, April 16 – as the Factor e Farm Documenter. This will help us provide more regular reporting on Open Source Ecology work happening worldwide and at Factor e Farm.
Andrew’s work plan is shown on the wiki. Welcome to Andrew. If you have ideas or comments, you can email him at batebag at gmail dot com.
Instructional video on the connection of LifeTrac valves to motors, cylinders, and Power Cubes.
In order to make our videos more accessible, going forward we will be uploading to both Vimeo and Archive.org. Archive.org automatically transcodes media into a variety of formats (quicktime, h.264 & ogg). We hope this option will make it easier to not only watch our videos, but also to edit & remix them.
Video of CEB controller box electronic boards hookup:
(See transcript at the wiki)
Hi, I’m Rebecca Rojer, and I’m one week into my month-long stay at Factor e Farm for a Dedicated Project Visit in documentation. I’ll be picking up where the talented Ian Midgley left off, working on documentation for the Christmas Gift To The World as well as a recruitment video for the OSE Dream Team.
Just completed the fourth video in the new series of instructional videos. With instructions on how to make a power cube, tractor frame, and now tractor wheel, you can be more than halfway to building your own LifeTrac.
The next main phase at Factor e Farm is renewed focus on documentation. This emerged from our production run, where we learned that we could get perhaps 30-50% more accomplished if we had professional-quality fabrication drawings, detailed fabrication procedures on the wiki, CAM files available, and quality video Instructionals for preview by any participants. These tools become indispensable from the management perspective for any distributive enterprise – especially when the number of production run participants exceeds 4 people.
We are calling for volunteers to take on Dedicated Documentation Project Visits – which are Dedicated Project Visits focusing on documentation. We have the CEB Press, Tractor, Power Cube, and Soil Pulverizer in need of complete documentation – for the purposes our future production runs, fabricator training, and replication of production to other individuals and distributive enterprises. We are looking for 4 on-site docuemntors. We estimate that each project would take about a month of dedicated time to docuement, and probably more if we are to create thorough, well-edited instructional videos. Read the rest of this entry »
Greetings from Factor e Farm.
Life has been busy around here.
We’re in the middle of a production run, so we’re working pretty much round the clock. What’s cool is that as we’re building things, we’re finding all these things to improve about the process. There’s a lot of room to grow, and we’re pumping out a lot.
Here’s a few photos of the past week. Read the rest of this entry »
Factor e Farm, our land-based facility for Global Village Construction Set development, has now been alive for 4 years. We encountered the place as an empty soybean field abused by commercial agriculture. This video shows in 4 minutes what has happened in the last 4 years – and points to the plans for the next 2 years. These are exciting times indeed.
The current plan is 50/2/2 – the entire set of 50 Global Village Construction Set (GVCS) technologies to be completed in 2 years within a $2.4M budget in a scenario of rapid, parallel development. By year-end 2012, we want to be done with the basic GVCS shown above, so we can move on to applications – such as the infrastructure for a real community. This is a big, hairy, audacious goal. It requires that a large parallel development team is recruited, that a scalable development process is realized, and that the organizational infrastructure to support this task is established.
We have about 200 True Fans now – including two at the Angel level. Subscribe.
Sean will publish his short documentary on Factor e Farm in a couple of weeks. These are some of the sights from summer 2010 as preview.
Here is the short Explainer Video about the Global Village Construction Set (GVCS) that we promised – pure inspiration:
The quality is amazing. Credits go to Isaiah of Encyclopedia Pictura (video production company responsible for Björk’s Wanterlust animations), who is one of our True Fans. We plan to translate the video to many languages and to spread virally to recruit True Fans. If you are inspired – Subscribe! We’re at 155 True Fans.
You can download the raw file without the voice-over – for dubbing into other languages. The file in English is here. (note: the link at the end has been changed to http://openecology.org – forthcoming)
From the video: