A dirty and stained A4 sheet of paper, printed with purple images and text in a monospaced font. A logo including a sun, with an ocean wave cresting inside it, in a shape vaguely reminiscent of a tongue ringed by sharp teeth. The headline “The Last Resort News Report!” is typed, with the explanation (we lost the stamp, still looking!) and the date July 1st, Year 2
Body text, first column, headline in all caps: Lost Stamp
If anyone has seen the stamp we use to do our usual header on these newsletters, please let us know! It should be somewhere in the workshop, and having a new one made would be a real hassle!
Headline in all caps: Wire Work
Speaking of the workshop, Gemma is trying to increase our stock of wire by training more people to draw wire! While the dies you need to make wire are specially made from tempered steel, and need to be worked by an expert, to make the wire itself once the dies are made is pretty simple! Everyone on the committee had a go at pulling a few metres this saturday, and we can confirm it just needs a bit of strength and some patience! We also need good readers, since Gemma is starting a program of “lectors” who will read books for groups focused on repetitive work like this, so we can all have fun or learn something while producing something our community needs! She says she got the idea, as well as what she needed to know to make the wire-making dies work, from books she read in the library, so who knows what other great ideas will come while you’re spinning wire for our new border barriers!
New column, headline in all caps: Electric Economy
Another use for wire which might soon be a bigger part of our lives is wire for electrical equipment. And while we have been cooking with electricity for years, electric lights keep our walls safe, and each cabin has an electric light for late-night needs, it’s only in the last year or so that our power generation situation has been stable enough to consider expanding our use of the old-world technology. With wind generators, the solar panels, two (emergency) treadmills and of course the two compressed air tanks to store it, we’ve finally reached a point where we have a surplus of power for our current needs, if you will excuse the pun! Because of that, we’ll be exploring a few other ways to use electricity for the good of the community. One possible change is an increase in hot bath days, to once a week – cleanliness is vital if we’re going to avoid epidemics in the future! We’re also going to try out an electric heater for the sing-alongs this winter, along with the fire, so that even the shy singers at the back will be toasty warm!
If you have any other suggestions for how we can use our surplus of electricity, pass them along! Do remember the limitations of carbon arc lamps, though, and that our supply of other light globes is still fairly limited!