Welcome. I use this website to share my "Lo-Tek" inspired ideas and experiences. What is "Lo-Tek"? Not an easy answer. To truly explain how it has permeated my life, would require me to share more about me. But this isn't the main focus. I'm nobody.
William Gibson is the famous Canadian author of the Sprawl Trilogy (Neuromancer, Count Zero and Mona Lisa Overdrive). He describes Lo Tek's as a kind of fringe urban survival community. On the one side, tribal and primitive. Tattooed, Pierced. Body modded in ways our current medicine and science can't replicate. On the other hand, posessing the skills and experience to build, reverse engineer, recycle, reuse and otherwise survive and sustain their complex communities. In a world far more corrupt and dangerous than our own.
I believe he mentions in one of his books, the real life efforts of Karl Hess. Which were documented in the book "Community Technology". To grow gardens on the rooftops, catfish & shrimp in under utilized basements. Which failed not from a technological or results standpoint. But due to human weakness. Thefts and abuse.
Growing up in a multi cultural city like Montreal. I got a chance to see/experience firsthand the different ways in which people fullfill the same needs. Back in those frugal 80's of my youth. Every nationality had their gardens, their home made or preserved delicacies like wine, cidres, fermented veggies, hot peppers, pickled fish... but leaving the realm of food. There were masons, carpenters, welders, machinists, engineers, truck drivers, bakers, plumbers.. it seemed you could literally build/repair/maintain pretty much anything in the neighborhood.. without having to look very far. In a way, that ability to adapt to the difficult times.. with more success it seemed we all moved away. Those trades and skills replaced with skills and trades which had no direct value at the neighborhood level. Cheap pre-packaged food you buy off the factory skid. Fast forward to 2014 and the decay is obvious at all levels. For me, these hobbies, experiences, connect me to the real world. The gradual materialization of a lifelong dream. Plans, within plans, within plans.
"I'm a very technical boy. So I decided to get as crude as possible. These days, though, you have to be pretty technical before you can even aspire to crudeness." - William Gibson
This site is a tribute to all who have shared their ideas with me and helped make me the person I am today. I strive towards the wisdom of being good at being nobody. But I would be NOTHING if it wasn't for my friends and family. It's for all the other Lo Tek's out there. Who might find this interesting, or useful.
index of projects:
- Mountaineering Crampons
- TAIG Riser Block
- TAIG DC motor mod
- TAIG Dead Center
- 2x72 Belt Grinder
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