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


September Reskill/Reuse Event

Reskilling/Reusing event for September 27th at the Portland Library in Louisville KY
AUDIO ONLY.  Listen via streaming or download for later listening.

AUDIO of September Reskilling/Reusing Event

Date: Last Tuesday of each month
Time: 6pm – 7:30pm
Location: Portland Neighborhood Library; special events room
Topic: all things reskilling and reusing
Format: Informal, conversational, varied, supportive, creative
Moderator: Nate Pederson
Recorded and stored at blog:  metageny.com/reskill as mp3 sound file.

Come and check it out.

August Reskilling and ReUsing Event

Once again unto the breach” — Henry V

Another program/event for reskilling and reusing at the Portland area library:  Held August 30th at 6pm in the main multipurpose room.  Open to the public.   Lots to be discussed as usual.  Joining in person and joining via listening to the podcast represent the idea of “being present”.  Do so.

from facebook:

Some things can’t be helped…Like hosting/attending/participating in events in our fair city. Another month means another reskilling/reusing meeting. http://metageny.com/reskill/2016/08/30/august-reskilling-and-reusing-event/ Repleat with on-air intention, this pre-recording of a soon-to-be-posted podcast is the type of thing that memories are made of. If you have stories of this type to tell, do tell. If you have things to show or show with words, do show. Be a part of a conversation that has octopus arms but that isn’t afraid of spilling black ink all over the place. Join us and let’s all become our better selves, while spreading seeds like you know we were all born to. No tea served; not that sophisticated yet. Set your internal clock: Every last Tuesday of the month at 6pm at Portland Library — Very close to the freeway, so that’s good.


Unfortunately, the sound file was either corrupted or incorrectly saved, or both–leading to the horrible situation of having no sound file available.  Not even in Recycle Bin.  Luckily, I found DiskDigger freeware which dug some of the deleted files out of the hard drive.  The recovered audio file is in 6 second increments, per the Audacity program manner of saving, and the filenames are not chronological.  The audio file is in filename order, however, which makes for a popcorn effect which is impossible to make sense of.  Furthermore, the stereo files are separated, so there are many repeated 6 second snippets.  Maybe someday I’ll reorder the 6-second files into chronological order and remove redundancies, but I’m not holding my breath since it is only encompassing the last 10 minutes of a 90 minute reskilling/reusing session/event.  Here’s the wonders of modern technology:



If you want to know what we talked about, here’s the notes from the meeting which we only got to about half the contents:


Novelty in agenda:
Intro: Why reskill and why reuse?  Why meet in person? Why record for podcast? Fireside chat — anything on topic.
Physical, then Psychological, then Sociological, then culture/taboo/deep issues/spiritual/elephants in the room
Laughter yoga
SEANCE–give it a try
Wrap Up
Made a wood shed from found wood and pallets.
ReUse: Grabbing tree trunk sections instead of sending to land fill.  Use for stove.  Learn to clean chimney pipe of creosote.  Learning how to split big tree trunk sections:  Sharpen axes and bring in the wedge.  Find sledge hammer.
ReUse old metal grate for use as gate for chain link fence.  Make hinge from eye bolts, but force analysis needed to keep robust and in place.  Take picture of lower hinge of gate and fix it by reversing the hinge and elongating the eyebolt.
ReUse and Reskilling:  Spent grain can be quite tasty. lots of the starches have been removed, leaving the protein and fiber.  Brewers should never throw this stuff away…and they shouldn’t give it to cows/chickens unless humans say they don’t want it.  Yeast is not a problem with spent grain for compost.
Spent grain at breweries.  Drying the grain in a solar oven?  Beer takes up lots of grain, so it’s just a luxury item…or a transition item. http://www.metacookbook.com/tag/spent-grain/  Start using breadmaker with spent grains.  Find a way to grind the dried spent grains.
Emerson Garden shed — don’t destroy.  Store used tiller.  Existing built environment is thrifty, but “new” is safer so insurance/risk/liability is in play.
Food:  harvest, compost, replant for fall.  Monetize your meat:  Transition from dollar bill sized meat portions to the size of a quarter.
Plant food in your front yard…even though it might get stolen.
Cuttings for Grapevines should be given out every Sunday after church.
Humans ate kelp while migrating from alaska to chile.  We are ignoring submerged plant eating…e.g. drum in back yard.
DIY pipe shotgn with hot pads.  $1. Over-population isn’t even being written about, let along thought/talked about.
Folding saw is so convenient:  Can keep in purse.
Invest in harness for roof work and tie around chimney.  Also don’t forget knee pads (Bargain Supply)
Scavenged mesh from trampolines and using above my driveway to partially block sunlight.
Brother gave bag from Trader joes:  If this bag is framed after use, is it recycling or reusing?
also from brother:
I scrounged some sod pallets some time ago. Waiting for a use for them.
My chicken coop is made significantly from reused wood stock.
How about making something last a long time? Dad liked aluminum paint as a rust resister, and he made a lot of his own tools for outdoor building maintenance and yardwork!
My garden shed needed replacing when we moved into our home 12 years ago, but by patching all the micro-holes in the tin roof with roofing tar (from the inside on a sunny day), and by applying Rust-Oleum primer on the outside roof, and by modest paint touch-up and repair, it is still going!
The shed is good cover for my gardening tools, of which the metal I sharpen and oil, and the wooden handles I rub with boiled linseed oil, at least annually.
When the boys were young, I noticed a previously-used, wooden play structure in my neighbor’s yard. I made an offer on it, they accepted, I dismantled it, modified it slightly, and erected it in our yard.
I keep a large outdoor storage area of stones, pavers, old cement blocks, lumber, deck replacement boards, fencing, all behind a stacked firewood visual screen for my neighbor’s sake.
Much more…

Take time for fantasy and utopia, since daily grind can get rough if weather or health or finances aren’t perfect.
Have a 5 year plan, but not a 10 year plan.
Use outdoor assets.
Get out and do things in early mornings when it’s cooler.
Learn what it is to be hungry.

Use city info/staff:  News sources update. I like Metro 25 in the background.
Reskilling:  short vignette plays and mimes and speaking of self in 3rd person– to convey meaning in a world of words that are meant to obfuscate/derail with great facility.
LouieLab and the CNET Urban Smart Home are expected to launch in September.
new offices for the city’s Office of Performance Improvement and Innovation.  5th floor of 745 Main st  <https://louisvilleky.gov/news/louisville-opening-louielab-collaborative-civic-innovation-performance-improvement>
Reskill:  Learn to find people to play tennis.  Alternative: play solo at Shawnee Park has a tennis backstop for practice.
Good soap opera drama:  Look at satellite images of actic ice.  Scarier than any apocolytic zombie walk.  Find good debates where both sides make good points:  debate clubs and law schools —  not the media.  Better yet, find case law and listen to computer reading of text: Use Google Scholar.  Get familiar with legal system — lifelong learning: Words in laws/policies are our freedom or our prison cell bars, so get to know them.
Police are using NextDoor to interact with neighborhood, but it can get abusive.  BBB gives it a D-.
Family and clan are 700,000 years old (fire) but city is 6,000…and hive mind is only 20 years.  We really need to step carefully as a species on the planet.

Low lying fruit that you can bite into:
Knowing when you are being mind-controlled isn’t enough — you must eschew…close eyes and block ears.
Cynical Understanding:  cynicism like cinammon has no bounds, and is spot on and adds to the spice of life– but is only helpful in moderation, like cinammon.
Trump virus: asking taboo questions.  e.g. Trash: pass laws to bring backhoe and bury your garbage in your backyard if you don’t clean it up and then bill you — so that you will lose your home soon to foreclosure.
Reskill:  Get good at cartoons since they can convey ideas to legislators that they otherwise obfuscate by words.  Make them view images for a set number of minutes by videoing their eyes while they watch a slideshow on mountaintop removal or something.
Cartoons example does this:  Start doing things radically different within the system, using something called (to animals) the Immune System — it self-corrects without revolution, but sometimes the inflammation can hurt while healing takes place; it’s just nerves firing — you’ll live.
ReUse/reskilling purpose: to show that if we adopt a Victory Garden/WWII mobilization across the world/nation and focus research on carbon sequestration, we can still survive as a species.  Solar panels and windmills are all massively heat generating to make the materials, so it’s not a win without massive effort and sacrifice. Why no one talks about over population?  Nothing more important than future laborers…that’s why rowe v wade is so important, b/cs TPTB want control over their future laborers…and they won’t let women thumb their noses to their plans for ever cheap labor.
‘trust gap’ — e.g. where do we go to find the real deal? Myths:  MUSHROOMS or ENKIDU.  Maybe truth needs to be like a mushroom, e.g. hidden underground and then pops up all over the place when the time is right.  Traditional news/info isn’t working, so the new model is mushroom info.  Like a tsunami/earthquake: shocking and unstoppable…and (most importantly) untaintable.  or ENKIDU who is the wildman who shocks the all powerful king after ENKIDU dies, e.g. not standing for the National Anthem.  (Portland Anchor)

Reskilling:  Announce on FB.  Gather together thoughts from this last month.
Solid Waste Mtg being held at same time as reskilling/reusing, but one is mega, and one is micro.
Need help at Portland History Festival on October 10th:  Kids can screw together an amoeba with screw gun. Someone needs to be at the table to oversee the screw gun and hand out bandaids.  Also overseeing its painting, blindfolded.
Shawnee area has Math and Science Center spontaneously generating.

The Useful Book:  too many recipes and procedures.  For reference only.
Green Living:  Thoughtful and wise — and practical in ways that are broad, but even the expert can learn from a reading.
Graphic Novels — take your mind off things.
The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials — 3rd popular after Lord of rings, Harry Potter.  Gave idea for seance.
Summary:  Overwhelmingly Humbling.  Mourning loss of free time to read.

LAUGHTER YOGA:  we all can see and hear… we all can speak English fluently… we all got here on wheels… we will all live to be 120…  we can run a mile… we are all quite clever…we have all laughed at bill cosby’s jokes… we allow Wall Street to play with our mortgage… Fracking keeps our gas prices super low… The new normal is obsolete by supper time… we have conscious awareness of here and now…  Laughing helps, I guess… We can stop now…

SEANCE:  Subtle knife:  close eyes, find a spot, open your heart to whimsy/fullness/glee/surprise, then take infiitely sharp knife and slice open and peel away into a new universe — ponder where you are with intuition and perhaps hallucinations, then zip up again.  Your secret.

WRAP UP: Podcast posted to website.  Please publicize the meeting.  This Land is Your Land