Low Tech Hacking: Soda bottle as light source

Residents in the Philippines have taken a soda bottle filled with water, some flashing, and some ingenuity to create a 55-watt equivalent light source in the dark shacks that are so prevalent in the poor parts of the world. The shacks are dark during the day and many of the individuals can’t afford much. Taking any food grade bottle, filling it with distilled water and inserting it into the corrugated metal roof, they create a refracted light source. By using the bottle, the sunlight hits the water and scatters in multiple directions (or refracts), thus giving a light bulb effect without the heat or cost of traditional electric light during the daylight hours.

You can read more and donate at isanglitrongliwanag.org

Let's Get a Farm!

Many of you know my somewhat unhealthy obsession with wanting to have a farm. I think it’s a mix of growing up visiting my Grandfather’s California farm and vegetable gardening. Regardless, It might be time to take that more seriously as an occupation. Jim Rogers, who started the Quantum Fund with George Soros, was recently interviewed in Business Week and said:

I really think agriculture is going to be the best place to be. Agriculture’s been a horrible business for 30 years. For decades the money shufflers, the paper shufflers, have been the captains of the universe. That is now changing. The people who produce real things [will be on top]. You’re going to see stockbrokers driving taxis. The smart ones will learn to drive tractors, because they’ll be working for the farmers. It’s going to be the 29-year-old farmers who have the Lamborghinis. So you should find yourself a nice farmer and hook up with him or her, because that’s where the money’s going to be in the next couple of decades.

Now if I only had 7 figures to buy the acreage…