I always wanted to live more ecologically and without having to chase large amounts of money. And I’ve now achieved it. I live in a little wooden cabin I built on a piece of land here in the French Pyrenees. I’m off-grid and live by solar electricity, rainwater harvesting, solar showers, dry toilets… It’s real “low-impact living”.
I got here by WWOOFing. From 1999 to 2005 I lived in a truck (with my then-partner) and was a full-time WWOOFer in France and Spain. We visited a lot of ecovillages, some of which were on the WWOOF list, some of which weren’t. We found them through networks like the Global Ecovillage Network or the Réseau Francais des Ecovillages, and they were generally open to taking visitors like us on a ‘WWOOF-style’ basis.
My partner and I were both very ‘handy’ people for building, carpentry, electricity, plumbing etc, and we carried a lot of tools with us, so our WWOOF hosts often offered us some paid work too. That kept some diesel in the tank and got us through the times when we took a break from WWOOFing.
I never did find an intentional community I wanted to be part of long term, but I ended up here on a small patch of land in the mountains, putting into practice what I’d learned through those six years of WWOOFing. It was a perfect apprenticeship. I can recommend it.
If my way of life appeals to you, feel free to come and visit sometime.
Why and How to Leave FacebookNick Briz is a Chicago-based new media artist, educator, and organizer. Briz teaches at the Marwen Foundation and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, has shown his work internationally, and is the co-founder of the GLI.TC/H conference. While all of that is undeniably impressive, I must say I knew Briz was a genius when I first saw, “Apple Computers,” a powerful affront against Apple and a manifesto for the prosumer of our age. So, when Briz made “How To / Why Leave Facebook,” a piece about leaving Facebook, I knew I should pay attention.I recently left Facebook as well, but I was uninterested in any self-congratulatory artwork or dramatic fuck-you to the social platform. I hadn’t enjoyed my time on Facebook for a while, but Facebook had been such a large part of my life for 9 years. I don’t buy most complaints about it “not being real life,” or some useless addiction. As the largest social network in the world, Facebook is very much a part of real life, I just hadn’t felt like I was benefitting from that part of my life.My vague discontentedness with Facebook finally reached a boiling point in light of theiremotional contagion study. The highly controversial academic study was recently published, and it claims that Facebook had secretly manipulated the emotional state of nearly 700,000 of its users. I understood that Facebook’s main purpose is to make advertising dollars from it’s users, but this felt excessively creepy. And as VICE News has already reported, one of the study’s researches received funding from the Minerva initiative—helping the Pentagon study and quell social unrest—that made it all the more creepy. Yet I knew Briz would offer some insight beyond the most recent headlines.
Source: Vice Magazine
Unjust laws exist; shall we be content to obey them, or shall we endeavor to amend them, and obey them until we have succeeded, or shall we transgress them at once?
I love you, but I’m mad at you is one of the most freeing, important things you can say in a stable relationship. Does that make sense? To know that you have the ability and the right to be mad at someone and know that it doesn’t mean things are over, that it doesn’t mean things are irreparable. That it just means I’m mad, but God, I love you. I love you. Now leave me alone.
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