An aside from our usual articles and information. Somethings are silly, others are serious, but they’re all educational in some way.

Food crisis


Years ago I was presented with a theoretical dilemma. How do you easily grow more food? At the time it seemed like a very straightforward question with an equally straightforward answer. Make farms bigger. But as I’ve grown older, I realize that rarely present itself as straightforward and simple. Full disclosure. I’m not an engineer nor a farmer. I have no background in anything useful that would go into fixing the problem of how to grow more product. However, that’s what makes me aptly qualified to hypothesize the hell out of this conundrum!


Farm Skyscrapers. Hear me out before you dismiss the idea. Hydroponics are greatly improved from what they were even 10 years ago. Take into consideration that farm land is a vast, flat piece of dirt soaked in sunlight, and that makes skyscrapers painfully obvious.

Take a building (we’ll say 10 stories high for easy numbers) and dedicate each floor to a specific crop. Put in your dirt, irrigation system, and UV lamps and you’re half way to a real life working plot of sun soaked dirt. The first problem that cropped up (sorry, couldn’t resist) was how to harvest the newly indoor skyscraper farm.

If we’re sticking to good, old American standbys, then we’ll take corn. It costs roughly $40 per acre to harvest using a combine. I think if there were some sort of electronic harvesting mechanism built into the corn rooms, this could save drastically on cost.

And assuming the building was one square acre, according to a report published in 2013, we’d have to charge roughly $5 a bushel (with each acre of corn producing around 160 bushels) to break even. Since we’re stacking multiple acres on top of one another, wouldn’t that reduce costs as well?


Meanwhile, in the real world, this exact issue is already being addressed. Forward Thinking Architecture has proposed a triple decker floating farm that is sort of a self sustaining ecosystem. The farms would be free floating on a body of water, and each level would have its own purpose. The byproducts of each system would feed parts of the other levels. It’s ingenious. You can check out an article detailing the plans here.

So, I guess I was kind of right, I just had the wrong location.

Some ideas of what the floating farms may look like.


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All of these images came from the article over at GizMag. I suggest you go read it. It’s very interesting!

By |2015-10-19T22:07:50-05:00October 20th, 2015|Post, side tangent|Comments Off on Food crisis

Side Tangent: Drive-thru Etiquitte

Side Tangent: Drive-thru Etiquette

Drive ThruIt should go without saying that there are rules to follow when you’re in a drive-thru. Even if you’re just picking up a small fry at McDonald’s, there are still some simple guidelines to keep in mind. Here we go.

  1. You have to pay attention. When the vehicle in front moves, you move.
  2. There’s no need to touch bumpers. That’s right. We’re not racing. You’re not trying to pass. Give the other drivers some room.
  3. Do not honk your horn if you are more than one vehicle behind the front of the line. There’s no need for that. None.

See? How easy was that? Be patient, be courteous, be aware. That’s it. And that’s what really Grinds My Gears.

By |2015-09-23T22:28:10-05:00September 24th, 2015|Post, side tangent|Comments Off on Side Tangent: Drive-thru Etiquitte

The Top Business Apps You Need In 2015 For Your Phone and Tablet | TechBeat

The Top Business Apps You Need In 2015

Top business apps. Purple tie guysI love FileHippo. It’s a great place to find the top business apps and, grab any of your favorite downloads, and they house older versions of all of the software they host. Which is fantastic for a variety of reasons we won’t get into right now! I bring up FileHippo because I recently realized that they have a tech blog, TechBeat News.

They’ve compiled a list of the 10 best business apps for 2015, and while I don’t agree with all of their choices and exclusions (I would have included Evernote and Google Sheets), these are some great apps. Download some and give them a shot. I’m downloading Turbo Scan as we speak. Leave a comment here or on Facebook and let us what apps you’re using for your business.

The Top Business Apps You Need In 2015 For Your Phone and Tablet | TechBeat News

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By |2017-06-27T12:47:23-05:00January 23rd, 2015|list, side tangent, top ten|Comments Off on The Top Business Apps You Need In 2015 For Your Phone and Tablet | TechBeat