One Community is facilitating conscious management of Spaceship Earth with open source and free-shared plans for sustainable food, energy, housing, education, for-profit and non-profit economic design, social architecture, fulfilled living, global stewardship practices, and more.
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One Community’s physical location will forward this movement as the first of many self-replicating teacher/demonstration communities, villages, and cities to be built around the world. This is the February 12th, 2023 edition (#516) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
One Community is facilitating conscious management of spaceship earth through Highest Good housing that is artistic and beautiful, more affordable, more space efficient, lasts longer, DIY buildable, and constructed with healthy and sustainable materials:
This week the core team continued to improve the solar sizing spreadsheet and met with the Compression Testing Team to discuss expectations, create new attainable goals, and convey the goal for this week, as well as discussed with Marcus the experience the previous team had with using a wand to directly add the foam to the slurry. The same team member also interviewed and on-boarded a new volunteer to continue work with the city center hub connector design process.
Stacey Maillet (Graphic Designer) completed her 87th week working on the final edits and revisions to the Murphy bed instructions. This week Stacey continued to address and resolve the comments received from the team. Screenshots below relate to this work.
Julia Meaney (Researcher and Assistant to Executive Director) completed her 21st week with the team. This week, Julia checked on the “Murphy bed Instructions” PDF and resolved comments where feedback had been integrated. She then continued and completed her review of Chuck’s integration of requested edits on the “Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping” Feedback PDF. She made fixes on the live webpage to headings, table of contents, spacing, Title texts on links, and other formatting and coding issues as needed. She checked all of the images on the site, making small fixes as needed and assigning larger tasks to Chuck on the source Google Doc and the Feedback PDF. Julia then completed her final review of the “Addressing Non-recyclables” Google Doc. She checked Mercy’s most recent additions and added her feedback in the comments. Next, Julia went through the “Chickens” Google Doc and checked Chuck’s integration of new content to the “Ethical, Humane, & Conscientious Chicken Stewardship” webpage, crossing off content on the doc that had been correctly integrated. She made various fixes to ToC’s, images, format, and linked resources as needed and backed up new additional resources to her Dropbox folder. Finally, Julia continued her work on the “Eco-Laundry” task. She added a new “Flexibility Strategy” section to the site, writing a paragraph explaining One Community’s eco-laundry flexibility strategy and updating the table of content with the new subheading. See pictures below.
The Compression Team consisting of Genesis Avila (Engineering Intern Researcher), Fatima Duenas-Esparza (Engineering Intern Researcher), and Sarah-Jean Boyd (Engineering Intern Researcher) completed their 13th weeks helping with the Aircrete and earthbag compression testing. This week the compression testing team made another batch of aircrete using the same recipe as the week before but with the other foam generator, the Little Dragon. The focus shifted to trying to get the proper foam density (90g/L), which continued to be difficult because the effect of changing the pressure was unpredictable. Pictures below are related to this work.
Loza Ayehutsega (Civil Engineer/Assistant Civil Engineer) completed her 6th week helping review the Net-zero Bathroom and Earthbag Village water collection and storage engineering calculations and designs. This week Loza continued reviewing the report document, rainwater harvesting system, and septic tank design. The rainwater harvesting system described in the report document was not clear. Rainwater harvesting systems from different literature was reviewed and the Introduction, approaches, and benefits for the residential buildings are presented in the review work. The septic tank design part was reviewed in the previous weeks. However, this time some details from the literature were added to the review work. See below for some pictures related to this.
Vidhi Bansal (3D Visualization Artist) completed her 3rd week helping with video and AutoCAD renders for a 4-dome cluster Earthbag Village housing design. This week Vidhi worked on the 4-dome cluster flythrough landscape and lighting tests and iterations. She worked on foliage tests, arid and green landscape and has deduced from reference images that the ideal landscape would be a mix of both where the land around the building is cleared out. Next week she will work on proper placement of the foliage so the building looks well situated on the site. Less green than the green landscape and more green than the arid one. She also worked on lighting with good rays keeping camera angles in mind for a more cinematic and realistic effect. Check out the pictures below as examples of this work.
One Community is facilitating conscious management of spaceship earth through a Duplicable and Sustainable City Center that is LEED Platinum certified/Sustainable, can feed 200 people at a time, provide laundry for over 300 people, is beautiful, spacious, and saves resources, money, and space:
This week, Gabriela Vilela S. C. Diniz (Architect and Urban Planner) completed her 32nd week working on the interior design for the Duplicable City Center rental rooms. This week Gabriela finished fixing the problem with the TV and almost finished the renders for the room, just one scene to go. It took a lot of time because it pushed the boundaries of her computer, but it’s almost done. She updated the presentation with the new images and now she just needs to finish the last image for the room, last items on the presentation and the cost analysis table. Pictures below show some of this work.
Jieying “Mercy” Cai (Sustainability and Climate Policy Researcher) completed her 21st week working on completing the Best Small and Large-scale Community Options for Sustainable Processing and Reuse of Non-recyclables research, report, and tutorial. This week Mercy continued working on Julia’s comments on the tutorial. She finished editing and rewriting the “Limitation of Landfilling”, “Waste sorting”, and “One community’s plan for addressing non-recyclables” sections. She also found heat exchanger and heat recovery boiler products on Alibaba.com. Mercy then worked on the hot tub task, she reviewed the comments and researched the outcomes of interaction with chlorine and bromine. See below for some pictures related to this work.
Ranran Zhang (Architectural Designer) completed her 9th week working on the updated video internal and external walkthrough for the Duplicable City Center. This week, Ranran modified the SketchUp model based on last week’s feedback. For the exterior elevators, Ranran added a floor-to-ceiling wall to protect against snow and rain blowing in from that side. By studying the elevator brochure, Ranran, and Yuxi also discussed and tried to add a control room for the exterior elevators. After their meeting, they made three proposals for the location of the control room. She also updated the Lumion file according to the modified parts and selected two views that need to be rendered. These views are located on the first floor of the restaurant and the kitchen. See below for some pictures of this work.
One Community is facilitating conscious management of spaceship earth through Highest Good food that is more diverse, more nutritious, locally grown and sustainable, and part of our open source botanical garden model to support and share bio-diversity:
This week the core team worked on updates for the Rabbits and Chickens websites. We updated the Comprehensive Cost Analysis Spreadsheet for Chicken Coop, finished updating descriptions of all the items on that list, and then continued adding details to the Rabbit document as needed website updates. She added information to the “Ethical harvesting of rabbits” section, provided a list of items for the butchering process, added steps for the butchering process, and added links with descriptions of videos for the rabbit butchering process. The same team member also checked the Murphy Bed Instruction PDF, replied to some comments and resolved comments where issues were corrected. See pictures below.
Charles Gooley (Web Designer) also completed his 21st week helping with web design, now focused on the webpage for Chickens. Charles spent the week working on additions to the Chicken Shelter Needs section of the Ethical, Humane, & Conscientious Chicken Stewardship page. These included a discussion of chicken coop design with step-by-step building instructions with illustrations of coop design as well as how to implement nesting boxes. They should be safe, dark, clean & private. There were illustrations of how to make nesting boxes out of materials such as old furniture, 5 gallon buckets, plastic crates. Just about anything will do. Includes were the pros and cons of netting, wire and electric fencing. Finally additions were made on how to prepare chicken feed along with a feeding timeline. A few links to preparing chicken feed were added to the resources section. The pictures below share some of this work.
Yifei Zhu (Analyst and Researcher) also completed her 13th week, now working on reviewing and formatting for publication the recipes for the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan. This week Yifei has continued to work on converting the metric measurement to imperial for the Master recipe and 3-day Menu blocks. She converted from tbsp to oz, from g to oz. Yifei also re-edited the content from page 165 to 251 and also converted the formatting for these pages. Pictures below are related to this work.
Rebecca Miller (Chef) completed her 2nd week helping with the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan. This week Rebecca started correcting and editing recipes. She is working on adding metric measurements to all recipes. Rebecca is also finding mistakes or ways to improve current recipe instructions and double checking the work of interns also tasked with proofreading. Rebecca had noticed some ingredients not in the master cost spreadsheet and will work on adding them in. See below for some pictures related to this.
One Community is facilitating conscious management of spaceship earth through Highest Good education that is for all ages, applicable in any environment, adaptable to individual needs, far exceeds traditional education standards, and more fun for both the teachers and the students. This component of One Community is about 95% complete with only the Open Source School Licensing and Ultimate Classroom construction and assembly details remaining to be finished. We’ll report on the final two elements to be finished as we develop them.
With over 8 years of work invested in the process, the sections below are all complete until we move onto the property and continue the development and open sourcing process with teachers and students – a development process that is built directly into the structure of the education program and everything else we’re creating too:
One Community is facilitating conscious management of spaceship earth through a Highest Good society approach to living that is founded on fulfilled living, the study of meeting human needs, Community, and making a difference in the world:
This week the core team completed 30 hours managing One Community volunteer-work review not included above, emails, social media accounts, web development, new bug identification and bug fix integration for the Highest Good Network software, and interviewing and getting set up new volunteer team members. Pictures below show some of this.
Yiyun Tan (Management Dashboard Team Leader) completed her 41st week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Yiyun was working on the urgent bugs 3/4. During investigation on those two bugs, she realized the urgent bug 2 is also related to the others. She accessed Cali’s work and tried to get more clues. Next week she will discuss those bugs with senior developers, hopefully to solve them. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Yan Xu (Software Development Engineer) completed her 28th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. Yan this week started working on the “create new summary group” function, after clicking this button, it is possible to pop up a page to input the summary group name. But currently, it is not possible to successfully create a new row in the summary management table, so she still needs to investigate and think about the code for this. Yan will push PR part by part in the next step. As for the pause and resume button, she verified that the front end change will cause the backend change. See pictures below for some of this work.
Alan Lee Sing Chan Yau (Software Engineer) completed his 14th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Alan started off by working on fixing the misspellings of “committed” throughout the frontend and also the backend. He worked on a similar PR before, and this time Alan knew that it was very probable that some things might not work properly after updating the spelling. The first problem he encountered was that after fixing the misspelling problem, the weeklyCommittedHours value in the summary was blank. Alan understood why this was happening, and this was because every user has this value stored in the database with the wrong spelling “weeklyComittedHours” with one m. That is why Alan left just one misspelling so we can continue seeing this value. Then Alan worked on his Management Dashboard feature that was needed, by adding a button to the tasks of each team member on the dashboard to mark their task as completed. Alan was able to add this button to each task, but he is still figuring out how to mark it as completed the same way we can do it in the userProfile page. Pictures below show some of this work.
Kaixiang “Kevin” Gu (Fullstack Software Developer) completed his 14th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. In this week, Kaixiang wrapped up PR #651, resolved issues that reviewers experienced, and then the PR was approved and merged. He also continued working on the bug, “show time logs in team member tasks”. The 24 hour function is working right now but still needs to be optimized. He’s also trying to find a way to make the UI look more organized when we have a long list of team members. Pictures below show some of this work.
Jianjun Luo (Software Engineer) also completed her 11th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Jianjun made some updates to the “open all folders” task based on the reviewers. Loading has been accelerated and a signal was introduced to make it more user friendly. She also took a look at the bug reported from the user profile task/project tab and raised a PR to fix a bug from the leaderboard component about text overflow. Pictures below show some of this work.
Rajasri “RJ” Janaki Raman (React/MongoDB Full-stack Developer) completed her 10th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. RJ worked on her bug fixes for PR 632, dashboard component bug 4. Analysis on the code flow is ongoing but will be completed next week. She reviewed PRs 657, 658 and associated backend PRs, raised bug 2 and 3 in the login component, worked on identifying the important steps for Phase II, made necessary slack communications with Raul, Pedro, Jianjun, Alan and Jae, and analyzed “Storybook” suggested by Pedro for our usage in the app. Pictures below show some of this work.
Johny dos Santos Anastacio (Software Engineer) completed his 9th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Johny worked on the task, “Fix 100 hours total contributed badges bug”. He’s now working on a way to make user hoursByCategory properties to assign the 100 hours badges, because the only thing the categoryTangibleHrs are being used for is to assign those badges, but Johny is not understanding how this array categoryTangibleHrs is calculated. Johny also worked on his other task, “change the role from user profile gets saved and updated on profile page but doesn’t reflect on other pages/privileges”, he made some changes that were requested by reviewers, and the PR was merged. Pictures below show some of this work.
Aishwarya Kalkundrikar (Full Stack Software Developer) completed her 7th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Aishwarya thoroughly went through the issue and found out that whenever any task is deleted, its estimated time and logged-in hours are not removed. This makes the sum or remaining hours be calculated incorrectly. Aishwarya also found out that the remaining hours of the tasks which are present in the ‘all’ section after deletion are also considered in the total sum of remaining hours. She found the solution and is now finding out if there are any corner cases that need to be handled. Pictures below show some of this work.
Raul Effting (Jr. Front-End Web Developer) completed his 5th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Raul continuously checked and reviewed more PRs. Frontend PRs included: 657, 654, 641, 639, 622, 620, and 595. Backend PRs included: 277 and 266. Approved PRs included: 664, 651 (Frontend), and 269 (Backend). He also worked on PR 670 “'(PRIORITY LOW): Optimize user profiles for phones and tablets.” On Basic Information Modal, ‘status’ and ‘end date’ were aligned. The delete button was aligned on Teams and Projects Modals, and so were the tab titles and the checkbox overlapping. Inputs were aligned at the Links Modal. Finally, the badges’ modals were improved by resizing them to fit, including fixing the buttons without the scroll needing and creating a dropdown button on the Select Featured modal. The PR is pending approval. Check out the pictures below as examples of this work.
Pedro Elton (Frontend Software Developer) completed his 5th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Pedro built and delivered the resource component. That can be found at Admin Login → Other Links → Projects → Click WBS Icon by project chosen → Choose WBS → Add Task. Pedro also fixed the styles of the circle icon that toggles on that same component and the padding between buttons from the WBS page. He then built a style guide based on the bootstrap design system and discussed with RJ and Jae about the consistency and performance across the application, suggesting an integration with Storybook to make it easy to maintain the large code base of the app. Pictures below show some of this work.
Rafael C Castro (Software Engineer) completed his 3rd week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Rafael continued to perform PR reviews, checking the related code and following up on those with new developments. Rafael also tested the HGN App for features and bugs. PRs reviewed this week were PR#267, PR#269, PR#635, PR#651, PR#657, PR#664, PR#666, PR#667, PR#668, PR#670, PR#672. Check out the pictures below as examples of this work.
Prabhjot Singh (Fullstack Software Engineer) also completed his 3rd week helping with the Highest Good Network software. Prabhjot reviewed 10 PRs this week and 2-3 of them twice after revisions. He suggested solutions for fixing 2-3 issues and also found some extra errors and got those fixed by Alan. See below pictures as examples of this work.
Filipe Santos de Oliveira (Full Stack Developer) completed his 2nd week helping with the Highest Good Network software. Filipe finished PR reviews this week for a variety of issues and bugs posted on Github. The issues were 595, 666, 668, 654, 670, 671, and 670. In PR 654 Filipe informed that sometimes the dashboard doesn’t load after he refreshed the page or when he was trying to go back to the previous page. Also he noticed that clicking a second time on the dot next to the user the leaderboard only shows the user he clicked on previously. As soon as he comes back to the page it shows all users again and after clicking on a second user the leaderboard only shows that user again. For PR 595 Filipe found many errors: Unable to click on items from the tab tasks, last week, week before the last; Popup bar is not fixed on the top; The floating menu is opening below the time counter window and summary window. He recommended some minor changes to the popup bar that fixes the popup bar space on the left side of the page and puts the popup bar above the number in the red circle of tasks, badges. Finally for PR 670 Filipe found that in the basic information, the ‘role’ field is overtaking the screen and in the basic information, the ‘Time Zone’ field is overtaking the screen. See below pictures as examples of this work.
Anish Pandita (Software Engineer) also completed his 2nd week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Anish completed PR reviews for multiple issues and bugs listed on Github. The issues included #664, #666, #667, #670, #668, #671, #672. Most of the issues were UI changes that needed to be tested to ensure everything is working fine. He commented all the findings like the bugs found in PR #666 where the deletion of task from still didn’t update the time filling menu, suggested that some optimization might be necessary in the PR #667 for better UX, found that the profile page had still some bugs while testing responsiveness on different screen sizes for PR #670 and formulated the findings for #672 where Anish found some bugs in the create task menu. Overall it was a fruitful week and he learnt a lot. See pictures below as examples of this work.
Gurkanwal Singh Kang (Software Engineer) completed his 2nd week helping with the Highest Good Network software. Gurkanwal evaluated various relevant code files this week and completed a number of PR evaluations. During the PR review, he offered advice and found a few bugs. This week’s key priorities were testing and evaluating GitHub pull requests. PRs #668, #670, #671, #666, #664, and #667 are among those that were evaluated. See below pictures as examples of this work.
Ray Lee (Digital Creator) also helped create the custom graphics for us to share each Valentine’s Day. These graphics replace the heading on our website and can be used for other marketing and promotional purposes too.
Tianjue Wang (Software Developer) joined the team and completed her 1st week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Tianjue worked on reviewing PRs by checking the code, adding comments, etc. She reviewed #667, #670, #671, #276, #635 and, through reading comments, she learned how to do PR reviews properly. Also, Tianjue spent a lot of time reading the code other team members wrote so that she could get familiarized with the whole system and the coding style. See below pictures as examples of this work.
Xinyu Jiang (Software Engineer) also joined the team and completed her 1st week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Xinyu spent most of her time on the setting up and onboarding process, finishing all the checklists and reading all the documents carefully. It was interesting for her to fix several issues and vulnerabilities she came across in the process. Apart from that, Xinyu set up all the related development tools and got familiar with the basic functions of them. Lastly, she prepared for code review, looked into all the current PRs that were available, and will focus on PR reviews starting next week. See the images below as examples of this work.
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