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ca2328ca1611f484e1c98350dc37124aac38e5a4 — glyph 4 months ago 02cdf4d myco_grow_forests
Add both parts of SSB forest growth (funding), plus minor updates
M src/main.rs => src/main.rs +20 -0
@@ 115,6 115,24 @@ fn fungi() -> Template {
    Template::render("fungi", &context)
}

#[get("/fungi/design-patterns")]
fn fungi_design_patterns() -> Template {
    let context = FlashContext {
        flash_name: None,
        flash_msg: None,
    };
    Template::render("fungi/design_patterns", &context)
}

#[get("/fungi/grow-forests")]
fn fungi_grow_forests() -> Template {
    let context = FlashContext {
        flash_name: None,
        flash_msg: None,
    };
    Template::render("fungi/grow_forests", &context)
}

#[get("/fungi/grow-together")]
fn fungi_grow_together() -> Template {
    let context = FlashContext {


@@ 258,6 276,8 @@ fn main() {
                computers_i2c_adventures,
                computers_rust_compilation,
                fungi,
                fungi_design_patterns,
                fungi_grow_forests,
                fungi_grow_together,
                fungi_lichen_space,
                fungi_network_resilience,

M templates/fungi.html.tera => templates/fungi.html.tera +2 -0
@@ 3,6 3,8 @@
    <h2>Fungi</h2>
    <ul>
      <li><a href="/fungi/lichen-space">Lichens in Space</a> - <i>28 May, 2020</i></li>
      <li><a href="/fungi/grow-forests">Grow Forests</a> - <i>26 October, 2018</i></li>
      <li><a href="/fungi/design-patterns">Mycelial Design Patterns</a> - <i>26 October, 2018</i></li>
      <li><a href="/fungi/grow-together">Grow Together</a> - <i>29 March, 2018</i></li>
      <li><a href="/fungi/network-resilience">Network Resilience: Woronin Bodies and the Scuttleverse</a> - <i>25 March, 2018</i></li>
    </ul>

A templates/fungi/design_patterns.html.tera => templates/fungi/design_patterns.html.tera +25 -0
@@ 0,0 1,25 @@
{% extends "nav" %}
{% block content %}
    <article>
      <h2>Mycelial Design Patterns</h2>
      <i>26 October, 2018</i>
      <p><i>This is the second part of a two-part essay which first appeared on Scuttlebutt [1] as an exploration of growing the ecosystem. Part one: <a href="/fungi/grow-forests">Growing Forests</a> [2].</i></p>
      <p>1. <b>Think long-term.</b> Dream the future that will support as much diversity and interdependence as possible and then anchor it through integration, practice and reflection. This is already going on in the Scuttleverse so I won’t expand further.</p>
      <p>2. <b>Be experimental.</b> The saprotrophic (foraging / decomposing) fungi stream nuclei to their rapidly branching and elongating tips. These nuclei provide the compute resources to analyze external environmental conditions and respond accordingly. Fungi are capable of synthesizing some 200,000 unique compounds, many of which are acids and enzymes deployed to dissassmble metals, minerals, baceria etc. So, again, a diversity of approaches is best. Allocate some grants as small packages and let grantees scout the terrain of possibility. I think the $5k grants from Dfinity were a great practice of this kind of experimental embrace.</p>
      <p>3. <b>Store energy when it’s plentiful.</b> Some species of fungi grow underground storage vessels known as sclerotia or truffles. These dense nuggets of mycelium provide sustenance in periods of prolonged adverse conditions (drought, lack of food etc.). I think efforts like the Open Collective etc. can play a role in facilitating this kind of saving. Times may come when we have no incoming funding and then the surplus of previous crops can keep us going. I think we should be wary of spending all available resources as they come in.</p>
      <p>4. <b>Foster collaboration and sharing across boundaries.</b> As others have stated already, mycelia of many species interconnect the root-zones of plants and trees, thereby providing the infrastructure for distributing nutrients and messages in a way which supports the collective. The more we can forge relationships between SSB and other p2p, decent techno-communities the better. So perhaps some funds may be allocated to collaborative projects which strengthen both SSB and other regions of The Chorus (ie. dat, ipfs, cabal etc.). I also think this cross-boundary funding should ultimately reach out into geographically local projects and communities. By that I mean the funding of permaculture and earthworks, healing, teaching etc.</p>
      <p>5. <b>Foster collaboration and sharing inside the Scuttleverse.</b> This is closely related to the above point but I think of it more in terms of ensuring our documentation is top-notch and accessible. Mycelium learns to digest novel compounds and then shares that knowledge with the rest of the network, meaning that those compounds are rapidly decomposed when encountered the second time around. This ability to learn through trial-and-error and then disseminate the information is key to the adaptability and resilience of the network. As such, it seem pertinent to continue funding the creation of documentation, not just of the software variety but that produces through reflection and retrospectives (facilitating and produced by ethnographers, organizational analysts, participatory process folx etc.). I already see encouraging examples of this here.</p>
      <p>6. <b>Live cheap.</b> Fungi disassemble what they have available to them and build with the resulting molecules. This is what voice of the mushroom said to Terence McKenna: ‘when you’re a mushroom, you live cheap!’. We must strive to allow for running nodes with the lowest possible resource inputs. There are a bunch of cool projects which fall under this category, some of which are already underway (@cel [3] is working on minimal sbot, for example). Perhaps we should think about funding things like 32-bit support, the creation of RPi installation guides, more electronics shenanigans, guides on solar setups and recycling batteries etc. I reckon ssb-wiki would really help in arranging this knowledge.</p>
      <p>7. <b>Decompose by design.</b> We need to get better at extracting valuable elements from waste and ensuring that our building materials do not cause detrimental effects to the wider eco-system when they decay. This one is still relatively unformed in my mind, but I’m thinking about things like using biomaterials in place of plastics, plastic digesters etc. The work of @Sam Smith [4] and @dangerousbeans [5] et al. comes to mind. I wonder how this concept relates to software and sociotechnical tribes.</p>
      <p>I’m going to leave it at that for now. There might be some upcoming episodes of The Local Gossip which explore these topics in more details. I realize that most of what I’ve highlighted above is already manifested in Scuttlebutt in beautiful ways. I hope this mini-essay doesn’t come across as being ignorant of all the effort that’s going on. In many ways, I’m just fractal-gazing at double-exposures of the mycelium and Scuttlemesh and pointing out the symmetries I see. Apologies for the long post and thank you if you stuck with me to this point ;) Keep up the cross-pollination and keep making friends with non-humyns!</p>
      <h3>Cypherlinks</h3>
      <ol>
          <li>Cypherlink to part 2: %+dhqokfiKrZMTANy53fSOliuW5gN+UbzMa4VeB6hTG4=.sha256</li>
          <li>Cypherlink to part 1: %RRp5H5obsNYHhjSa/2FAxcTiyGGVvhPKAUYYgZTj6hI=.sha256</li>
          <li>@cel (public key): @f/6sQ6d2CMxRUhLpspgGIulDxDCwYD7DzFzPNr7u5AU=.ed25519</li>
          <li>@Sam Smith (public key): @w87xXIicF6SVqG0VIBqbKfHJ/QuXdBOBhtMUweZxE4k=.ed25519</li>
          <li>@dangerousbeans (public key): @TXKFQehlyoSn8UJAIVP/k2BjFINC591MlBC2e2d24mA=.ed25519</li>
      </ol>
    </article>
    <hr>
{%- endblock %}

A templates/fungi/grow_forests.html.tera => templates/fungi/grow_forests.html.tera +27 -0
@@ 0,0 1,27 @@
{% extends "nav" %}
{% block content %}
    <article>
      <h2>Growing Forests</h2>
      <i>26 October, 2018</i>
      <p><i>This is the first part [1] of a two-part essay which first appeared on Scuttlebutt as a response to a question [2] posed by @elavoie [3]:</i></p>
      <blockquote cite="%RRp5H5obsNYHhjSa/2FAxcTiyGGVvhPKAUYYgZTj6hI=.sha256">
          <p>I think we need a different narrative and symbolism for SSB. I feel it is already emerging in this community: the Tree and its role in a Forest. In the last day, I have seen references to Trees by at least 3 different people in my personal feed. I interpret that as a growing sensitivity to a different approach. How does that new symbol can inform our funding strategies?</p>
          <footer><cite>@elavoie</cite></footer>
      </blockquote>
      <p>I am interested in growing forests. A single tree may perish from disease, insect infestation or a chainsaw, while a forest composed of intricately interconnected and interdependent organisms is far more resilient. Even the ferocity of fire cannot cleanse the forest of life. Indeed, many organisms and living processes have evolved to thrive in the aftermath of such sweeping and sudden change.</p>
      <p>In these times of rapidly intensifying climate change, instability and extinction, we must become experts in the cultivation of forests. Forests that will feed us. Forests we can dance and sing in. Forests founded on care and attention. I mean these things both literally and figuratively.</p>
      <p>Enter: mycelium. Peter McCoy of Radical Mycology is fond of saying: the mycelium is the message. Fungal lifeforms mine rocks to build soil; they welcomed their plant kin onto the land circa 400 MYA - midwifing the emergence of the botanical lifeforms we see today. Fungi figured out how to hack lignin and are hard at work hacking plastics. They are polymath geniuses of the highest order. I could go on and on (and on and on…).</p>
      <p>Let’s take a peek at how fungi grow forests: as a meshwork of single-celled threads, mycelium is incredibly vulnerable to attack by hostile microbes and has evolved numerous defenses. One strategy is the selective cultivation of benefical bacteria on the outer surface of the mycelium. By selecting and caring for these allies, the mycelium grows a bacterial cloak of immunity. It is no surprise then that some medicinal mushrooms have been show to influence humyn gut microflora. But that’s not where it stops…</p>
      <p>In designing it’s local microbial community, the mycelium promotes the growth of some plants over others - shepherding the emergence of particular botanical communities. The mycelium itself, along with the mushrooms it produces, are food for insects, worms, birds and mammals. All of these creatures, plant and animal alike, can be thought of as biomass. The biomass ultimately feeds the fungus; falling branches are air-dropped takeout for the mycelial membranes below. You see this pattern in the contrast between grassland and forest eco-systems: grassland has bacterially-dominated soils while forests have fungal-dominated soil. What started off as a bit of humble bacteria farming grew into a complex and resilient system capable of supporting the mycelium and myriad other lifeforms. I think this is basically what we’re aiming for.</p>
      <p>That’s all fascinating and stuff, but how do we apply this to @elavoie’s original question(s)?</p>
      <p>I’ll highlight a few patterns I see in mycelial biology and ecology which I think apply. I have written about some of these elsewhere in the Scuttleverse (apologies for not including references and images and such).</p>
      <p>Part 2: <a href="/fungi/design-patterns">Mycelial Design Patterns</a>.</p>
      <h3>Cypherlinks</h3>
      <ol>
          <li>Cypherlink to part 1: %RRp5H5obsNYHhjSa/2FAxcTiyGGVvhPKAUYYgZTj6hI=.sha256</li>
          <li>Cypherlink to @elavoie's original post: %/oFE/AW2HqPTOtQ1UHBBXKzzfZpiEJHGbFcXksxKnPo=.sha256</li>
          <li>@elavoie (public key): @IgYpd+tCtXnlE2tYX/8rR2AGt+P8svC98WH3MdYAa8Y=.ed25519</li>
      </ol>
    </article>
    <hr>
{%- endblock %}

M templates/support.html.tera => templates/support.html.tera +1 -1
@@ 5,7 5,7 @@
    <ul>
      <li style="word-wrap: break-word;">Ethereum: 0x708f841c7c0f7B7648cb83e7885feA00b59A675e</li>
      <li>Donate to the <a href="https://opencollective.com/peachcloud" title="PeachCloud OpenCollective">PeachCloud OpenCollective</a></li>
      <li>Purchase a <a href="https://teespring.com/stores/harmonic-mycology" title="Harmonic Mycology Teespring">Harmonic Mycology t-shirt</a></li>
      <li>Purchase a <a href="https://teespring.com/stores/mycelial-technology" title="Mycelial Technology Teespring">Mycelial Technology t-shirt</a></li>
    </ul>
    <h2>Supporting</h2>
    <p>These are the projects and friends I currently contribute to:</p>