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Andrius Kulikauskas Self Learners Network. Think Through Art with Andrius Kulikauskas. Directory of ways of figuring things out. Chicago Street Artist Blog. Video summary of knowledge of everything. Notes on Gamestorming. Living by Truth working group. Twitter: @selflearners Email: ms @ ms.lt
Edward Cherlin Earth Treasury
Kennedy Owino Nafsi Afrika Acrobats
Ben de Vries
Samwel Kongere Mendenyo
George Christian Jeyaraj
Lucas Gonzalez Santa Cruz
Christine Ax, Steve Bonzak, James Ferguson, Maria Agnese Giraudo, Marcin Jakubowski, Ed Jonas, Rick Nelson, Hannington Onyango, Linas Plankis, Proscoviour Vunyiwa
Andrius helped with the following websites:
My interests are very broad: history, books, beekeeping, psychology. philosophy,health, linux, alternative economy, cooperatives, alternative politics, free education, ceramic, small business Skype: sasha.mrki e-mail: mrkflux at gmail.com
I am working on an appropedia article. My goal is to make this knowledge open and accesible to whom ever it needs. http://www.appropedia.org/Masonry_stoves
Beekeeping is a noble occupation that enriches both physically and mentally and in the same time it is very important part of food production system. Bees are pollinating one third of our food crops. Albert Einstein speculated that "If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would only have four years of life left." Today modern beekeeping is industrialized and in my opinion shows big signs of stress. Trucking bees across continent in order to fulfill growing need for crop pollination, parasitic varroa mite which has traveled from far away Java island because of migratory beekeeping and has since '80 spread trough the whole world, bacterial and viral diseases, economical destruction of beekeepers because of importing of low quality and often contaminated honey (made probably with slave labor) from China, there are many problems today for us beekeepers. But on the other side not everything is so dark. Pure enjoyment of working in the nature which such beings whose are considered as sacred begins in many traditions, enjoyment in the smell of a freshly opened beehive, hard earned honey which is truly a food of goods along with other incredible products of a healthy beehive, wax,pollen,royal jelly,propolis and even bee venom, is highly priced. All in all a beehive is a spring of health and youth. At least it was until 2-3 decades when the real problems of over stressing bees with artificial feed (sugar) pesticides against mites,and too intense robbing of bees work has occurred. This year we have a some weird things happening to bees colonies in USA ,it is called CCD - colony collapse disorder, it means that nobody is knowing what is happening, the bee's are simply gone from beehives and the hives were found empty. But there is some kind of improvement , the organic beekeeping movement is gaining strength, it is a radical movement which does not allows using any kind of treatment of our bees ,it seeks way back to natural beekeeping, to find again the strength inherent in bees which have survived for so many thousands of years. For me personally, my goal is to achieve independence with my small beekeeping endeavor. I am trying to start small and grow with time and eventually one day maybe make my living from beekeeping only. If I don t achieve that ,I am pretty sure that my love for beekeeping will follow me through my whole life. When you are once hocked to smell and buzz of bees it is hard to forget their magic. To be a beekeeper one must have a clear mind, you have to think about everything,weather,flowering,economic considerations,health of bees,making wooden equipment etc.
Learning basics of beekeeping is not too complicated but to learn finesses you have to learn all your life. As someone once said it is more than a science, beekeeping is really an art. Right now I have only 5 hives left from 15 which is the numbers of hives I have before last winter. This year I plan to split my hives in order to increase the number of hives. I need to reach at least 100 hives in order to make a living from bees. But I think beekeeping is rewarding and in time my work will yield something for me. That is the reason I endure all the problems. I hope I will succeed in beekeeping in the organic, sustainable way.
Masimba, here is a small text I wrote about me some years ago
I want this page to be a small footprint in cyberspace of me and my family and our life in third worldish south-east Europe.
Who are we? Our pictures .Small young family consisted of Zdenka mother of our little girls Jovana and Jelena ,and me ,Sasha ,the proud father . We are living in what was long time ago a small and at that time prosperous socialist country called Yugoslavia. To cut the too long and not yet fully explained story ,the small country has been destructed in series of small bloody civil wars. One social catastrophe pulled another ,so we went from economical crises to breakdown of economy ,maniacal nationalism ,mass hypnosys conducted by the Evil (with the big E) State Radio Television to wars that now show themselves completely senseless ,hyperinflation that is comparable only to the hyperinflation in Germany between world wars. Economic sanctions by the UN (read USA) have given the final blow to the already dying economy of socialist gigantic firms with thousands of workers going to illusional jobs doing nothing and receiving almost nothing for pay. Imagine a supermarket that is working and has nothing on shelves, think about hospitals without medical materials ,no drugs no bandage ,no needles nothing. Imagine buying gas for a car on the street black market in 1l bottles. Imagine cold winters without electricity for 6 hours ,then few hours online then again darkness. Eh ,there are many memories most of them bad. Basically I have almost not moved from our house these ten years but have survived many things.
Imagine sleeping in the basement during US bombing attacks ,a missile had hit ,I was later told it was a tomahawk missile , empty gas reservoirs that were about 1000 to 2000 m away from my house .I remember that as the first time I was really scared .The house has shacked like a empty cola can ,and the earth has moved like in a earthquake.
Buh ,then the Regime. A small independent radio station in Belgrade was the only candle in the dark ,something that helped me a lot to stay sane. Thanks B92 .You cant imagine how stupid and cruel can get a regime which thinks that it is indispensable and the only truth .It was a disgusting oriental tyranny like the ones Toqueville describes as counter to the democracies ,that is empowered with new electronic media mainly the State Television the TV Basttile as we called it. The TV news , the famous Dnevnik was a series of brutal and maniacal lies combined with subtle and not so subtle indoctrination. I had stopped to listen to these lies pretty soon and that was a reason that I had managed to stay insane ,unlike many other people. You would not believe how ordinary people ,good ,decent people ,can get almost crazy by TV mind manipulation.
Then ,the Money. I have now 30 years and have not worked when put together a full year. Mainly odd jobs or jobs that I made myself. I was determinated in not cooperating with the regime so much that it had make a big time problems. I could work only maybee in big firms that have worked only fictionally ,but I never had the opportunity offered to me. I remember the day my mother coming home crying with her monthly salary ,it was 1.5 DM (german mark) worth enough to buy basket of apples. I will not forget that scene as long as I breathe. Those were the day when we even had not enough to eat. The only one job offer to me was to be a policemen ,which I had in my desperate condition ready to accept but then after a few days of thinking I had rejected the offer. I did not want to beat my people and take part in the criminal gang called the State.
It was uneven battle ,on one side a repressive state with all its control capabilities and on other small individual ,me ,with only my determination not to cooperate with the monster. Seems to me that monster had loosed for some reason. It is hard not to cooperate in world like this was. Almost everything was under regime control ,you have to obey if you wanted anything ,so I tried not to want anything. It was a hard mission and I have endured so much because my parents had a small cash reserves because they had worked in Germany for some times. It was not big ,mind it ,just few hundreds dollars and some valuables that had been sold. But it was real hard ,extreme voluntary simplicity was the discipline that I runt in. Lets not get in too much details ,many people in the world are suffering from hunger and deep poverty at this moment ,but for the sake of the story ,my thinking is that it is pretty hard to drop from relative prosperity to miserable poorness. What you dont know dont hurts but when you remember much better times it is hard to cope with the harsh present .
Also there is not only the material factor that causes pain ,there are also other things you need to survive. The society wants you to fit in ,no matter what. They put indirect pressure on you when direct one dont work. There is no respect for a person who refuses to work and generally not cooperate in what is now clear a society that is deeply dysfunctional if that is a good word for the condition.
The only way acceptable to me to live in such condition was to be as much self reliant as I could be. That was the main reason that attracted me to the homesteading ideas. The only problem was that I had no land to live on, just a small apartment in a small province town. Thus I began to explore no land paths ,from there on prompted my interest in beekeeping. Also the interest in masonry stoves ,I wanted to start a small business that would help to solve our financial troubles. I had learned much from the internet ,especially from a group of people on the homestead mailing list ,(thanks Gene, Tvo ,Rob ,clanskeens and all others ) ,these people are walking treasure of homestead knowledge and wisdom.
Now ,after the bloodless revolution of the 5 october 2000 the evil regime has gone to history ,but the poorness is still main problem in Serbia ,and my prediction is that it will be a problem for long time.
I am trying to make a living by working in the masonry stove business but it is very hard ,almost impossible to achieve something like this here. The politics has changed ,but still the main rule here is to cope with the mainstream ,if you want to live by mean of small business people gave you strange looks, at least until you begin to earn heaps of cash ...
They are not aware of the possibilitys hard work in some fertile field gives to a man. Strange statement from someone who has worked so little isnt it?
My current problems are to get the equipment I need to start producing parts for ceramic stoves called kachelofens in Germany. This is potential very lucrative business here because very small number of businesses here works in this field.
Also I am trying to establish a apiary ,this is boot hobby ,that I am exploring for years now and potential sideline business. I have decided to give a try to TBH way of beekeeping ,exploring organic beekeeping methods as fare as I can get without using chemicals. My first couple of hives had failed because of my reluctant usage of anti varroa chemicals. Now I have made my hives , ten of them and they are waiting for tennants.
My wife had worked in a textile shop for years as salesperson ,but now she is jobless. It had take a bit of encouragement to her ,she is a womens tailor and she has golden hands as the local proverb says. Zdenka was very surprised with what she made with her scissors ,needles and old sewing Singer machine. The few customers were also pleasantly surprised and number of her customers started to rise.
Our childrens Jovana and Jelena have also their view of good times and of what is needed to accomplish.It is mainly good explained by a simple word FUN.
Life is incredible hard to live,
life is good
Franz2: Samwel no....And also, sasha, I would like to inform you
Samwel: I love to meet you one day and linking is fantasting
sasha: I havee seen many windmills
Franz2: that I am starting a project with Hungarian Telecottage Association
Samwel: what about it
Franz2: "Eliminating white spots on Serbias IT landscape"
sasha: really? :: interesting
Franz2: yes, the asked me to help them find a NGO in Austria :: And I networked them with VIDC :: Vienna International Development Centre :: They have also microfinanced our work with Bamenda, Cameroon
Samwel: that is excellent
Franz2: And they have comissioned a good practise guide
Franz2: that our technical person Ingo Lantschner edited :: He now has started www.binonabiso.com :: a venture in Kinshasa :: Linux for 4 schools :: but now you can see me sit here
sasha: yes :: please tell me more
Samwel: how can i involve in the kinshasa
Franz2: I am working in the Vienna Water Utilities plant in High Mountains :: to create a shoiwcase how this village can videobridge :: Samwel, look here http://www.binonabiso.com/en/ :: http://www.binonabiso.com/en/Whybinonabiso_com.html :: http://www.binonabiso.com/en/lyc.html
sasha: I am just trying to read dorfwiki, and I have to practice my german :: it is somewhat rusty
Franz2: oh very good, but if you like we could try to set up a serbian section in Dorfwiki :: we have English and Spanish :: Serbian might be interesting
Franz2: we even have a cyrillic wiki in Russian
sasha: why not
Franz2: Maybe it could greatly support the Project with HTA
sasha: we use both latinic and cyrilic
Franz2: latinic would be better
sasha: yes :: I understand why :: what was HTA again?
Franz2: so anyway...I am here in a beautiful place :: Hungarian Telehouse Association
sasha: I would like to help anyway I can :: I like to translate :: ah yes
Franz2: Lets see if we get the project allowance
sasha: I belive you
Franz2: I tried similar things before in Greece
sasha: what are they meaning by white spots? :: like places without internet?
Franz2: http://www.give.at/give/neohori/provchallenge.htm :: exactly :: the third page is missing... :: I am desparate..we have no people to care for our website :: so I might come up with a project and create some small jobs :: we have little funds
sasha: which website, dorfwiki?
Franz2: but it might be much money in Kenya :: the website give.at
Franz2: Saha I have to leave this chat for now :: sahsa
sasha: ok :: maybe we can talk later more about this
Franz2: but we will continue talking, also with Samwel
Franz2: I am really happy that people take up the GlobalVillages concept :: aufwiedersehn bis bald
sasha: personally I would like to relocate to a rural place
Franz2: Sasha, maybe you do like: find a village that values your initiative
Franz2: Samwel we talk later :: see you two soon
sasha: aufwiedersehn :: gotta do something,so I leave for now
I am sharing a chat I had today April 25 with Ken Owino
sasha m: hi Ken! nafsiafricaacro: Hi how are you doing? sasha m: fine thanks, would you care to join me and Andrius on our chat page? sasha m: http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?Chat sasha m: if you have time sasha m: I am just reading you e-mails nafsiafricaacro: Am quite busy but let me weigh the options nafsiafricaacro: Which ones? sasha m: trying to find out what you are up to,your 'endevours' sasha m: http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/socialagriculture/message/504 sasha m: Andrius needs this for tommorow for his webinar nafsiafricaacro: That's good nafsiafricaacro: I see sasha m: http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?Endeavors#section1 sasha m: you can easily write it yourself sasha m: it is realy easy nafsiafricaacro: O.k i can join in the chat briefly before i set to work thanks for the invitation. sasha m: just go to the page hit the edit button sasha m: you are welcome sasha m: if you can please write what are your plans or endeavors nafsiafricaacro: Am going to do this, infact i have been planning this all along, it's only that i was swamped by schedules to beat. sasha m: I understand sasha m: could you login to the caht room maybe? sasha m: chat nafsiafricaacro: Yes, i was just checking out on the link you just sent.. it contains impressive endeavours. sasha m: yep sasha m: it would be helpful if you could add your thoughts,but off course just if and when you have the time sasha m: impressive group off people we have here in MS ,but we all are really different sasha m: but that is also interesting nafsiafricaacro: Diffrent people who have different perspectives and independent thinking yield a powerful thoughts tank you know. sasha m: yes sasha m: but I would really like to see effects of this in reall world sasha m: that would be most impresive to me nafsiafricaacro: It's long since we correspnded, i like your contributions very much, they are so inspiring. sasha m: I like ot read your emails too nafsiafricaacro: Most times our actions are in great contradiction with our positive thinking. sasha m: yes ,that is the diffrence between word and deed's sasha m: words and deeds nafsiafricaacro: If only all people could practice whatever positive they think, then theworld would an heaven on earth. sasha m: yes,but that is far away,I am afraide nafsiafricaacro: word and deeds should be compatible. sasha m: hey ken I see you on the chat page sasha m: lets go there nafsiafricaacro: O,k let's shift. nafsiafricaacro: In which room list are you? sasha m: free for all sasha m: I see you are loged in sasha m: just type something
Chat with FredKayiwa about AndriusKulikauskas webinar fdkayiwa: hi sasha m: hi fdkayiwa: am seing the regestration form of webianar do ihave also to regester sasha m: yes but I dont know would they accept you today sasha m: you can try fdkayiwa: sasha 10:30am easten time is it the same as ours? sasha m: I dont think so sasha m: you can jump to our chat A is there sasha m: I willl explain you there fdkayiwa: oh no am right now going to school sasha m: ok sasha m: wait a sec fdkayiwa: iwanted to know if he webinar still have some time ahead from now cos here is past 10:30 sasha m: 16:30 in my time fdkayiwa: ok sasha m: here is 10 48 AM sasha m: http://www.worldtimeserver.com/convert_time_in_US-NY.aspx sasha m: there you can easuly see and check if it is the same fdkayiwa: here is 11:53am fdkayiwa: ithink it will be around 5m sasha m: wait a sec I will check it for you fdkayiwa: ok sasha m: 17:30 fdkayiwa: pm? sasha m: yes fdkayiwa: thanks iwill be available then thanks sasha m: http://www.worldtimeserver.com/time_converter.aspx?f=US-NY sasha m: ok sasha m: but wait sasha m: where will you be? sasha m: you have to download 5Mb of data for that sasha m: some java script fdkayiwa: oh fdkayiwa: i thought iwil be on cyber cafe fdkayiwa: well pam had told me to talk to cyber cafe manager and am going to do it now sasha m: ok but you will have to have a fast internet for that ,if not go to our chat and I will help with communication fdkayiwa: http://java.sun.com/javase/downloads/index.jsp fdkayiwa: go to our chat now? sasha m: http://www.worknets.org/chat/base/dereferer.php?arsc_link=http://www.trainerspod.com/register sasha m: http://www.trainerspod.com/register sasha m: go there and check if you have the java script needed, after that you have to dovnload and ajust the software fdkayiwa: may be ihav to talk to cyber cafe guys and get one pc then download sasha m: but it would be much easier if we could talk on the chat sasha m: because I have to explain this more than once fdkayiwa: hope to be right back to u after few hours to tell me more fdkayiwa: ihave to go now sasha m: and A and SAwel are there sasha m: ok sasha m: see you later then
Lucas asks why food story? I had the same question.This is Andrius explaining it: It's a good and hard question because we're working for Greg Wolff - and his goal is to have a wikipedia for the world's food supply chain - but also we're building an asset for our lab that helps us connect to independent thinkers around the world. [7:18:44 PM] Andrius Kulikauskas says: I would say that My Food Story is helping us acknowledge and appreciate the people involved in agriculture. [7:19:21 PM] Andrius Kulikauskas says: And by focusing on them we are able to make it more concrete why we should care about other people. [7:19:28 PM] Andrius Kulikauskas says: Because we are all connected by the food that we eat. [7:19:49 PM] Andrius Kulikauskas says: So My Food Story helps us think concretely about each other and what we can do together. [7:20:15 PM] Andrius Kulikauskas says: By helping us empathize with people around the world through food which is both concrete and universal.
Chat with David Mutua May 02, 2007
18:05] <Dave> Cant see any messages any more..
[18:07] <sasha> that is because none is typing
[18:08] <sasha> CAWD is a NGO?
[18:09] User Samwel enters the room Free For All.
[18:09] <Samwel> I am back
[18:10] <sasha> that is good Sam
[18:10] <Samwel> yes
[18:11] User AndriusAndAlgis leaves the room Free For All.
[18:13] <Dave> Its a Charity registered in UK
[18:13] <sasha> ok
[18:15] <sasha> what does CAWD work on?
[18:15] <sasha> development?
[18:15] <Dave> Welcome back Sam..didnt notice you left..still new in using this techie
[18:16] <Samwel> yes tell us Dave
[18:16] User Samwel enters the room Free For All.
[18:17] <Samwel> I am sorry I have to leave now getting dark here
[18:17] <sasha> see you Sam!
[18:17] <Samwel> See you guys good time
[18:18] User Samwel leaves the room Free For All.
[18:18] <sasha> Dave, it is important for MS lab to know what are we all up to
[18:18] <sasha> ok
[18:19] <sasha> so it would usefull if you could write what projects are you recently working on
[18:19] <sasha> and how are they connected to your deepest value
[18:19] <Dave> I have introduced myself and what i do before, i think the info is available at the MS lab..
[18:19] <sasha> and inestigatory question
[18:20] <sasha> yes I know I have read it
[18:20] <sasha> but this is somewhat different
[18:20] <Dave> Sorry living
[18:21] <sasha> I am sure Andrius is much better and eloquent than me
[18:21] <sasha> you are leaving?
[18:21] <Dave> I didnt notice Sam's message about leaving...just saw it now
[18:21] <sasha> ahh, I thought you are going
[18:24] <sasha> what are you working on lately? [18:24] <sasha> youare an programmer?
[18:27] <sasha> Dave are you here?
[18:28] <Dave> No, had made a grammer mistake
[18:29] <Dave> Ok..
[18:30] <Dave> I will try my contribution, have logged in, it wonderful...though will need more time to go through it pls..
[18:31] <sasha> whit what, wiki? Or this chat?
[18:32] <Dave> I am here Sasha
[18:32] <sasha> fine
[18:32] <Dave> I am working on a project, the Teachers Talking - ICT training for teachers in Rural communities or schools
[18:33] <sasha> sounds interesting
[18:33] <sasha> is this working for CAWD?
[18:33] <Dave> COL is showed interest of funding the project through a proposal we submited..the COL Protein funds
[18:35] <Dave> Teachers Talking is Pam's initiative that started in Nigeria, Pam and I worked together in Nigeria through local organisation, i went there first as a VSO volunteer and later joined CAWD as the National Coordinator of the network member organisations activities
[18:36] <sasha> Dave ,this is an philosophical question, and it is useful for us in Minciu Sodas lab to know: what is your deepest value in life?
[18:36] <Dave> I am a CAWD Regional Coordinator but on voluntary basis..
[18:37] <sasha> ok, good to know
[18:38] <Dave> The first one is in a remote rural community without access to internet connection or computers
[18:38] <sasha> and what would you like to know, like a question you are searching for but can't find the answer to? This is what we call investigatory question
[18:39] <sasha> that is very interesting David!
[18:39] <sasha> and good work
[18:39] <Dave> My deepest value in life.....just came in
[18:40] <sasha> ok don't worry, I have time!
[18:43] <Dave> I have to go now, its not working well on my side, cant see messages sent to me, there is a great delay..
[18:44] <sasha> yes
[18:44] <sasha> I understand
[18:44] <Dave> We need to work on another meeting date..
[18:44] <sasha> sure
[18:45] <Dave> I can send a mail with my details, my vision and my work....
[18:45] <sasha> just check here ,I am around here,and Andrius too
[18:45] User Dave leaves the room Free For All.
[18:45] <sasha> that would be great
[18:46] User Dave enters the room Free For All.
[18:47] <Dave> Is there away i can get the messages you had send me before i left
[18:47] <Dave> I missed the last ones because of delays
[18:51] <sasha> Hi Dave
[18:51] <sasha> wait a second
[18:51] <sasha> are you stil here?
[18:53] <sasha> I will put the chatt between you and me here
[18:53] <sasha> http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?SashaMrkailo
I am experimenting with MindMapping. I have used an open source software for it http://freemind.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Main_Page
==== Chat with Fred and Sam, help with the wiki====
Projects for 2009
AndriusKulikauskas January 1, 2009 23:19 CET I'm taking notes from talking with Sasha and Zdenka about projects they would like to work on that our lab might support and fund and link to business opportunities.
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May God bless you