We get a ton of email around here – and there are some that offer outstanding ideas.  Take, for example, this note from a long-time Peoplenomics subscriber who sent us this:

“Wow, George!

This year you have given me two fundamentally useful recipes for organizing life. The first was the article about aircraft mechanics organizing tools and gear, then rolling carts around to pick up stuff for a given project.

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“I took the idea a step further. Bought a bunch of the rolling wire shelf carts, perhaps 4 feet wide, 18 inches deep and a bit under 7 feet high, with 5 shelves. In my barn, I created 60 categories of stuff, from trailer to small appliance to luggage to plumbing. Printed out large print signs. When completed, the carts will be lined up against the wall, narrow side out, almost touching.

Each has signs at the top regarding contents. Containers on the shelves identify subcategories. When needed, an individual cart is pulled out. Then put back.

The result is that 20 carts fit in a 40 by 4 by 9 foot space, leaving most of my the barn open for other uses. Each cart is the equivalent storage of a closet. Each costs less than $100. So $2000 buys twenty closets, and you can inspect the contents from multiple angles, visually. I stack light, bulky things on the top shelf, like luggage, ice chests, sleeping bags, bulk paper products etc. The heaviest items are placed at waist level to save backs. Several carts are rolling bookshelves, which hold incredible numbers of books, since you get two outfacing rows on each shelf. Just pull the cart out and access both sides.

Saturday’s self evident in retrospect 5 W thoughts are perhaps even more useful than the “Suddenly the Inventor Appears” methodology. So why not buy a self guided mower that autonomously mows?

Huskvyarna (sp?) makes a big one I saw at the feed store the other day. Like an intelligent pool vacuum that mows. Most have a wire that iS used to carry weak radio signals to show the meet its boundaries. All you need to do is touch up work. Or maybe spray vinegar in trouble spots and put in mulch or gravel.

And don’t forget. Short grass deters snakes. Chickens eat bugs and grass and kill snakes. Ours treat scorpions as if they were lobster and grasshoppers as if they were prime rib. We just buy hens for less noise. There is attrition, but chicks are cheap. My next automation project will be an auto opener for the coop. Wife agreed yesterday to let me put in nipple waterers to eliminate the water hassles in the Coop. And yard eggs are incredibly good sources of nutrients, of course.

Similar thinking apples to things that wear out. So metal roofs, expensive paint etc. are 5 W ideas.”

Glad the information – and news ways of thinking – are useful.

By the way:  A side comment here:  I’ve been having a discussion with Elaine about whether people today actually care to learn anything new.

While sure, Peoplenomics readers tend to be the “grown-ups’ – and people who think strategically,  it’s a damn shame to go to all the bother of writing a book and basically have it fall flat.

Take “The Millennial’s Missing Manual: What School Didn’t Teach and What Old People Didn’t Explain” for example.  Not a single reader review on Amazon yet.

Which means I’m pretty dumb:  I’m  still working on the proofreading of Dimensions Next Door.

Seems like people say they are interesting in learning new ideas, ways of thinking, ways of being, approaching things, and in general growing a better person.  But the data around here seems to suggest that people are much more likely to read a short summary than actually put forth the effort to read something that’s in depth.

That’s just flat amazing.  But symptomatic of the times, I’m afraid.

There’s an old point in radio and television station licensing (remember those?) where it’s always a matter in licensing of Promise Versus Performance.  If a media outlet said it would do something, woe to their license if they did not.

Today?  Well, let’s see:  Media is whatever it wants to make itself up to be…and the Sources are even ,more flaky than the journos.

Everyone seems to be tapping icons in a deafening circle-jerk, unable to think (or lay out) new and useful thoughts.

Which (finally!) gets to a point:  UrbanSurvival is about us having coffee and chit-chatting on trading days.  Peoplenomics is about tools to actually up-lever life a bit (which includes making money and thinking news ways about things).

Eventually, the thinking over there (PN) shows up over here.  For example, we have been almost wildly bullish on stocks for a couple of years now.  This has happened against the background of doom porn reports, newsletters, and “special offers” that have offered the absolute worst investment advice you can find.

At some point, I figure the truth will come out:  You can make good money when the market is going up.  Or, you can make great money when the market is going down.  Either way, what we do around here is a little closer to the middle of the ethics column than telling you the world is about to end.

It’s a ways off yet, and in the meantime, subscribers have been benefitting from being on the right side of this market since (it’s been this long?)  Last NOVEMBER 11th when our long-term model said Buy.

With the money some readers have made, it’s no wonder they can be well prepped – and have plenty of storage carts!

Aging:  Personal Health Notes

We’ve been meaning to mention the latest salve that my buddy Gaye over at StrategicLivingBlog has come up with.  The article is Kick Things Up a Notch with an Awesome Healing Skin Salve.

I’m not mentioning this because I expect you to run out, buy a bunch of essential oils, and make some up.  BUT it is never too early to begin thinking about au natural approaches to health.

I happen to have damn itchy skin from eczema so anything that says “healing” has my attention.  For now, while the lights are on, it’s easy to load up on 800 gram tubs of triamcinolone ointment.  But when the lights go off?  That’ll be a different time.

Coconut Intake – Back in Our Diet

The more I read, the more it looks like coconut oil (and other Omega 3’s) are one of the ways to keep the brain young.

Readings along this line might include Omega-6 and omega-3 oxylipins are implicated in soybean oil-induced obesity in mice.  *(if your mice have been eating bad fries!) and Virgin coconut oil reverses hepatic steatosis by restoring redox homeostasis and lipid metabolism in male Wistar rats. A really good read if you’re worried about the liver breakdown of adipose fat in your Wistars….uh……

And how long have I been telling you about Huperzine A (like  Source Naturals Huperzine A 200mcg, For Learning and Memory, 120 Tablets)?

Go read Effects of Huperzine-A on the Beta-amyloid accumulation in the brain and skeletal muscle cells of a rat model for Alzheimer’s disease. and while you’re at it, see Effect of Chinese Herbal Medicine on Alzheimer’s Disease.  Ginkgo biloba and Hup-A get good mentions in the new stuff on www.pubmed.gov.

Ask your doctor – after you determine their clear-headedness on the non-prescription, preventative side.

Sharing the Knowledge

A couple of weekend’s back, OM2 son was by – helping out on this & that.  He went home with a real treat:  About 30 back issues of the early (and original) Mother Earth News donated by a reader years ago.  Back when it was on newsprint.

Having digested all of it, we passed ’em on…which is how knowledge should work.

If you live in a big city, there are lots of libraries that are slowly weeding out “old books” and while some of them are bound to show up on www.abebooks.com  it’s a safe bet that if you call your local library now and then, you might luck into one of those periodic book sales that libraries have.

Elaine and I have been talking about books a good bit lately – due to a recent Peoplenomics piece (Thoughts on Knowledge Compression) – and whether we will actually have a “library” in our next home (assuming that’s not a 6-foot long box….).  Will we have a bookshelf, or will EVERYTHING  be rolled onto Amazon’s All-New Fire HD 10 Tablets with Alexa Hands-Free, 10.1″ 1080p Full HD Display, 32 GB, Black – with Special Offers?  The option is there to do 64 GB of  RAM.

Gotta say, both of us love our Kindles and once you’ve made the transition to an electric reader, especially if you have eye issues (we both have ’em evolving), a 10.1 reader looks better than E’s K-7 Fire or my K-8 Fire HD.

Well, off to work on a hot topic for Peoplenomics tomorrow and watch the market lighting up…

Write when you get rich,