Geeking in a Cabin in the Woods

Geek Lifestyle
Location: D138
Average rating: ****.
(4.29, 14 ratings)

Geeks, being natural tinkerers, have experimented with not only technology, but just about every aspect of life itself. Where one lives, of course, is no exception. Some do freelance work over the web, earning greenbacks while living or traveling in remote corners of the world, where a handful of dollars could go a long ways. Some untether themselves, at least in the physical sense, to hit the road. And some of us may prefer to withdraw to the solitude and serenity of a cabin in the woods.

Based on my own experiences of turning a remote undeveloped patch of land in the backwoods of Northern California into a veritable home, this talk will cover the ins & outs, the hows and the whys of off-grid living. Topics will include practical subjects, such as water, electricity, sewage, shelter, heating, and communications, as well as a discussion on why alternative lifestyles might make sense to some of us, and how it could benefit us, as well as the world we live in.

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Ryo Chijiiwa

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Since last speaking at OSCON in 2004, Ryo Chijiiwa received a piece of paper from the University of Chicago, declaring him a reasonably competent Computer Scientist. In 2005, he turned down a job offer from Mark Zuckerberg, joining Yahoo! instead, where he lasted a little over 3 years before jumping ship to Google. In 2009, he left Google too, as their free gourmet food lost sway over his wild spirit. Later that year, he bought 60 acres of vacant undeveloped land in the woods of Northern California, which he has been wrestling into habitability since, and on which he has so far built two huts, named in true geek-fashion, Hut 1.0 and Hut 2.0 respectively.

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Ricardo Signes
07/31/2011 11:25pm PDT

I worried that this talk was going to be preachy and annoying, pleading with us to just for goodness’ sake to live deliberately.

Instead, it was a very simple and honest retelling of the speaker’s own experiences, told well and with plenty of attention to practical issues. I can’t imagine what would have made it better.

Casper Bodewitz
07/27/2011 1:23pm PDT

Very cool talk. Worth the additional 25 minutes :-)