The Cherry Hill Research Institute
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Hello /diy/. Over the next 3 years I will be establishing a combination hacker-space/research institute on my property in Ontario, Canada, to the West of Algonquin provincial park. I own 21 acres, 18 of which I will be re-zoning to start the institute. The working name is Cherry Hill Research Institute.
The goal of this project is to bring groups of DIY'ers, scientists, engineers, and technologists together for collaboration on open-source technological and scientific projects. As an incorporated research institute we will be able to access federal and provincial grants to fund our research, as well as accept internships and co-ops from traditional colleges and universities. CHRI will also function as a hacker-space resort with housing, utilities, food, and access to workshops provided for a flat monthly fee. A volunteer-ship program will also be added for those who may be willing to work on the project but who we are unable to pay or pay the monthly fee (free housing, food, and internet with a 32 hour work week).
Benefits of participation include would include work experience which could be put on a resume, networking opportunities, and general fuck-tonnes of fun that cannot be had in anywhere other than a rural area (Snowmobiling, canoeing, camping, target practice, ATVing etc...).
My current base of operations is reddit.com/r/CHRI , where I post updates and brainstorm on the future structure of the corporation. I would invite you to participate and ask any questions/present any criticisms you might have.
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Ok, so today my friend brought me to the woods to show me this "fort" he has been working on. I live in a suburban, somewhat wealthy town in New Jersey and woods here are like, not very woodsy. The fort was great, log cabin style just like I wanted to build earlier this summer. But we only have the base done, and I need help on ideas to fortify the "cabin" and possibly better materials, since we dont have plywood and not many small trees left to cut. Any cement-substitute like materials that are easy to obtain? Or just good ideas?