June Reskilling/ReUsing will elucidate the usual suspects: bring handcuffs

Reskilling and ReUsing Event was held on Tuesday, June 27th at 6pm at the Portland Library, LVL KY.

We killed it.  Here’s the audio file:

And here is the slide presentation to go along with the audio:

Reskilling and Reusing –June 2017

Note: the song about 2/3rd through is strong on vocals relative to guitar, and musical sounds are not crisp since the filesize is kept short due to desire to keep download times for viewers at a minimum.

Next meeting will be the last Tuesday in July at 6pm in the Portland Library (Louisville KY), all purpose room.

Here’s the original posting content prior to holding the event:

There may be a million reasons to seek to reskill and reuse… but there are at least a trillion things to reskill and reuse.  This forum is a way to get in the practice of talking about it.  The Greek god Atlas would be pleased with this venture.

Content to be discussed will stem, in part, from the following pictures, uploaded with thanks to google:


To be there: Ah, such sweet delight — Shakespeare

May’s Event featuring Reskilling and Reusing

Last Tuesdays of the month at 6pm at the Portland Library in Louisville KY.
Contents: All things Reskilling and Reusing, such as why do it, how to do it, when to do it, …you get the picture.  This event is in the past (Held May 30th, 2017) and the audio file is available for review at this location:

The accompanying slide show is viewable at this URL:

Reskilling and Reusing eventMay2017

As always, feel free to get deeply inspired and empowered beyond your conscious awareness–I don’t mind a bit.

Here’s a cute picture to keep your attention:

Organized by Nate Pederson


April Reskilling and ReUsing Event Planned

TUESDAY APRIL 25th at 6:00PM.  Every month a Reskilling and ReUsing event is held at the Portland Library, 33rd and Portland Ave in Louisville…in the main multipurpose room.  Open to everyone.  Topics range from tools in hand to concepts to be overcome/eludicated…We need a venue to talk about this over and over–at least monthly.  The conversation and ad hoc presentations are audio recorded and pasted at this blog for later listening to anyone anywhere anytime anyhow.  When the event is done, the audio file will be posted below.  Enjoy/Enrich!

The Event was collected on audio file and is in mp3 format (30 MB) and can be grabbed/streamed here:


The associated Powerpoint presentation used during the event is found here (12 MB):


Oh, and a 2nd microphone, set up with Audacity (freeware) created an audio file worthy of an upload, but it is 90 MB long–indicating the need to become efficient with mp3 file creation once saved in Audacity.  Learn by doing and redoing e.g. iteration/’try, try again’.

Organized by The Planning Entity
(Doing more than Entirely Plan)

March Reskilling and Reusing Event

The audio file is up and ready in mp3 format.  Enjoyz!

The monthly Reskilling and ReUsing Event is scheduled for Tuesday at 6:15pm at the Portland Library (March 28th).  Come ready to share what you’ve been learning and to be involved in a loose network of sharing the same.  News and information and musical entertainment are the usual fare…and the time goes fast.  The audio recording of the event will be posted following the event.

You do not need to let anyone know you are coming; just show up and be a part of it all.

Portland Nate

Initial neurocyber reusing jam

Once announcement of Mayor’s ReUsing goal was announced, this is the initial mind grenade launched to enthuse the powers that be.  These thoughts never saw the light of day until now, about a year later.  Here:
The revitalization committee of PNI was informed about the latest program from the Mayor’s office– the motherlode of many good things and this is one of them
we felt the need to inform you of our reaction as a community-based organization.
reuse resonates with portland and PNI…here’s how:
we have history of lots of use…and can learn about reuse, as we all can.
we tend to share with others rather than buy new
we tend to have old things that can be used for other purposes
we have restore and repurposing businesses with sharable business models
we are poor enuf to see the virtue of reusing rather than tossing
we have more housing that needs reuse/restoration/revitalization than any other neighborhood
we believe in recycling, but reusing is easier…and a little more challenging and complex
we resonate with the cost of recycling…relative to reusing… and are willing to share this insight in a manner that raises everyone’s level of understanding and thus dialogue with neighbors, friends and family.
we appreciate that reuse can have a business model but also a way of life that individuals and schools can get involved in.
we see how kids and schools can build this into their programming and curriculum
Looking to the future, we seek partnerships
We want you to know that you have a friend/supporter.
Please consider Portland to be named in any grants, federal or other, that can be gleaned and administered, as well as academic-based internships that may spin off from this initiative.
we see the creativity involved in reuse which is a delight for humans in general, rather than mindlessness of just going to the store and buying something without regard to where it came from or how it was made.
we promise to follow what you are doing, communicate it to PNI and the community as we have ability, and to provide leadership, ideas, and enthusiasm.
we will be working with chery b h in coordinating and celebrating the unique salient features of the neighborhood…and how such can be augmented with this ReUse program.
consider this as a promise of salidarity with you… and our support to the green efforts of our metro area.
We will listen to your programming mechanics and lend our capacity towards embedding your thoughtful philosophies into the fabric of our neighborhood in a mutually supportive fashion.
We are excited to find out ways of mutual/commonality to foster success in our neighborhood in an ever changing environment…and for looking for ways to communicate passion, practical magic, and ubiquitous expressions of success…to the benefit of our neighborhood, our city and the attractiveness of the Ohio Valley in our region.
I know there will be communications with the greater metro in the future and you are free to express our solidarity with your programming initiative.
Just like the LVL Loop trail circles the metro, so too our relationship with things have the potential for circling into reuse, rather than a single road to conspicuous overconsumption and commensurate waste.
We refuse to deny labeling refuse reusable.  Let’s do this together!
Please note we are not looking for your support; there is nothing you need to do with us or for us — we merely are demanding our right to express solidarity with you with this program that potentially has no bounds.
I hope you sense an openness to dialogue with us as we all look for ways to make a positive difference in the seemingly crazy, fast-paced world–in areas that we think really matter.

–Thoughticus Endus–


February Reskilling-Reusing Event

February Reskilling/Reusing Event

February 28th at 6pm at The Portland Branch of the Louisville Public Library

This is the audiofile of the event.  The above link is for an .ogg file and it’s about 60MB.  Then below we have a link to an earlier file conversion to an mp4 filetype which is 83 MB…and I can only get it to work on VLC software/freeware.)


and this is the original .amr file type directly from the cell phone which VLC can also play but I can’t upload to this blog site since it doesn’t accept it as a media file type.  Sheesh.



What it is:  A time to gather and talk about all things that bolster one and all in areas of augmenting and extending our Skills and our ability to reuse or repurpose any and all things.  We will give you time to share your passion in these areas for those who have recently been enlightened…and time to hear new and repurposing ideas.  All comers, come!  Invite friends and friends of friends: The place is huge.  The theme:  “Eclecticity and Electricity–Bring the juice and be the one.”  This event will be recorded with the mind to publish and practice the notion of turning this into a radio show.  Show up for maybe the time of your life.


Pre-emptive rabble rouser: PortlandNate


January Reskilling and Reusing Gathering and Sharing

Monthly gathering and sharing event planned:
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at Portland Library, 33rd and Portland Ave, LVL KY.
6pm until 7:30pm
We will once again brave the notions that we can learn and share together in ways that benefit us all.  The event will be recorded and placed on this blogsite after the event.  So many things to discuss, including tapping maple trees, but so much more.

AND HERE IS THE AUDIO PODCAST for your potential listening pleasure and edification.

December Reskill/Reuse Event Happening

This month’s event will be held on Tuesday, December 27th at 6pm at the Portland Library on 33rd and Portland Ave.  The event will consist of bringing new ideas–and brushing off the old–to a world that probably would appreciate taking the competency to the next level.  After discussing the rationale for endeavoring into intentionality regarding basic resilience and confidence regardless of cultural circumstances, we will as usual embrace notions of concepts and nuanced details of any manner of variety of relevant subjects, all in a greater context.  If this sounds tiring, it just plain isn’t.  Just show up.  If you prefer to hear the recording of the event, the audio file of it will be available in this blog shortly after the event concludes (after a few days).

The ImPortland Matters Commission

Here’s the link to the podcast for the reskilling/reusing event for December:



November Reskilling and Reusing Event Summary and Podcast

Attendees and absentees are both able to grab this podcast of the meeting.  For enjoyment only.

Held November 29th 2016 at 6pm



October Reskilling/ReUsing Event Home

Reskilling ReUsing gathering Tuesday, October 25th, 2016 @Portland Library Community Room in Louisville KY at 6pm for 90 minutes.

We discuss things we’ve done and skills acquired that make a difference when taking the long view of what peoples of earth need to survive and thrive.  After the event, the audio will be posted.

Public is welcome and encouraged to come in droves.

Here is the audiofile for the audiophiles:

and here are the show notes:

Reskilling/Reusing Event October 2016

Waiting for a Miracle song
An Inconvenient Truth song

Reading selections from DIRT, and Survival Tactics for the Zombie Apacolypse, and Bio-integrated Homestead

Items on the table e.g. show and tell.

Pictures from the collage discussed.

Thoughts throughout the month:

Theme song for reskilling:  Eagles song: Heart of the matter –Forgiveness —
The more I know, the less I understand
All the things I thought I knew, I’m learning again
I’ve been trying to get down to the Heart of the Matter
But my will gets weak
And my thoughts seem to scatter
But I think it’s about forgiveness
Even if, even if you don’t love me anymore
Gary’s idea of laundrymat in poor nbhds:  It’s heavy into remodeling, heavy into staffing up — by why not just add such a thing to the NBHD House…and why not long ago.  The joy here: working with a group of people to hammer out what to do, how to do it, keeping on track, not losing energy, using microvolunteering.

uses for spare land: biochar, drying house, raised beds, climbing wall, vertical garden, pallet fencing, wood shed, fruit tree plantation, compost pile, little library,  wood chip dumping, stump dumping/chopping

Today is National ReUse Day :  U of L is hosting bike mechanical fixit day; Buddhist center is hosting an Metro sponsored event.  I asked LFPL if they have the rights to the REUSE film.

I should get statements from Justin Mog and someone from metro or buddhist center.
Go door to door and ask portlanders what they have repurposed or reused lately.

Hydroponics herbs during winter at UofL — go thru professor —  Brian Barnes?
Yarmuth: The only way to get things done is to do things in secret; the media love a food fight.

UL Sustainability Day/week:
A Bike Maintenance Workshop from 4pm-6pm in the Humanities Quad to celebrate National Reuse Day!

The Left needs to group of issues.  Girioux, Henry; Mcmaster Univ   america at war with itself

UK Ag Ext Office: The Latest Dirt:
Newly planted plants, especially, need to be mulched. Freezing and thawing during a KY winter can “heave” or literally push recently planted plants out of the soil. The insulation that mulch provides reduces plant loss to the heaving of soil in winter. Mulch also keeps moisture consistent, helps control erosion and, of course, improves the look of your landscape. Just don’t use too much! 3 inches of mulch is plenty.

Winter cover crops can give your garden or landscape an “all natural” start to next year by providing a variety of services for your gardening space. Some of the major benefits are: reduce winter weeds; add organic matter back to your soil; prevent soil erosion; add vital nutrients to your soil.
The end of the season is a great time to spend on repairing that loose hoe handle, fixing a leaking hose line as well as cleaning and sharpening all the hand and mechanical tools you depend on all season. Removing soil and debris from your tools is yet another sanitation technique to make sure that some of the invisible bacteria living in the soil doesn’t return the following year. Additionally, the winter months are a great time to learn a new skill, like sharpening your lawn mower blades—it’s easier than you think with this instructional video courtesy of Your Kentucky Lawn! Finally, winter is a great time to take stock of any lawn or garden chemicals you have in your shed and remove those that are expired, leaking or damaged. Most pesticide products have a recommended shelf life of 2 years.
Cleaning up your garden and landscape is essential for preventing disease and insect problems next year. For the garden, pull out all dead plants and dispose of them in the trash or a hot compost pile. Diseased fruit and leaves should be removed as well, including leaves that are falling or about to fall, from this year’s growth of shade trees. In addition to removing dead or diseased fruit and leaves, be sure to spend some time pruning your home orchard to promote healthy plant and fruit growth in 2017. If you intend to use leaves in the compost pile reduce the particle size by running the mower over fallen leaves.

Does this qualify as re-use?

Tell Kate Leitner of my interest in rugs on walls and floor.

Valerie reskilling: origami cigarette butt holder.

I should pick up some red wigglers from Portland Elementary.
Having a bake sale is a perfect oppty to grandstand about why we have to sell cookies to help the poor…and why our economy is based upon scarcity in the first place.

Lyrics:  It’s pretty pathetic if you are copascetic.

First off, what are some examples of “repurposing”?  It is taking a byproduct or waste stream such as a retired street sweeper brush and giving it a 2nd life as a backscratcher for horses or cattle.  It is taking a decommissioned fire hose and giving it an extended life as a boat dock fender.  It is taking an obsolete ski lift cable and giving it a second life as hand railing in a luxury condo building.

repurposedMATERIALS is the only company in America whose entire product line is made of “repurposed” items.
To date, our company has helped a number of organizations through “repurposing”:  US Army, Denver Broncos, City of Chicago, Nestles, BNSF Railroad, Oklahoma State University, Purina, US National Forest Service, Campbells Soup, State of Wyoming, Paramount Pictures, and many, many more!
re·pur·posed·MA·TE·RI·ALS  (noun) Byproducts and waste that have value “as is” to a 2nd, unrelated industry.
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-might be fun to exercise in this way: every 10 seconds, the body/torso must be touching the grass/floor/mat.  In this way, there’s lots of ups and down, but with lots of variety.  I could setup my heart rate monitor so as to look at the correlation between HR and the interval time between torso/turf periodicity.  For instance, outfielders in baseball could to burpees to keep frosty between pitches (as the new normal).  Is there a way to program the android to make a beeping noise every few (user defined) seconds?  Repeat timer alarm.
Just record a sound file saying “Mark” that is xxx seconds long and have it continue to repeat.  Android voice record file can be forwarded to email and then downloaded to m4a file which works in audio app… single song repeat.  Perfect.

I’m thinking that single people get caught up in cool usage/adaptation of apps, but a reskilling environment (Maker space) allows to share these adaptations in a sea of potentiality.  Need Maker Space environments all over the place? Put “maker space” garages on google maps for anyone to find and hook up?

I sent a sketch to Cindy of my FM tower with balloon at top with sweet potatoes all around.
Can I start broadcasting FM waves using solar power 12V?

…we only have to give a little push & roll to get the shed placed at its new forever home at Lots of Food 🙂  Come help if you can give a little push or roll – and celebrate with me when it’s done! Kentucky Proud almonds will be available for tasting!

Brief Summary then adjourning.


As discussed in the session