Jack Bennett of Homer (Photo courtesy of Jack Bennett)This week we’re hearing from Jack Bennett from Homer. Bennett is an industrial hemp advocate looking to establish more hemp homes throughout rural Alaska.Listen nowBENNETT: As an advocate of organic foods and using herbs for natural healing, I easily understood the benefits of building all-natural. A house requires at least ten different technologies: fiber glass, insulation, house wrap, OSB plywood, sheet rock… And hemp replaces that – one product. Industrial hemp as a construction material is a zero-waste product, zero footprint.The problem is, in Alaska, especially in rural Alaska, it’s $8 to $10 an hour to heat a home with diesel. It impacts average family households by 50 percent. With the savings up to 70 percent, “hempcrete” is gonna save rural Alaska. It may not be the solution to affordable housing, but it’s a solution.I have traveled all over Alaska to my hometown of Fairbanks, AK at the World Energy Forum, presenting it to 200 tribes as a solution to affordable housing and solving the rising cost of energy of living in the Bush.I’m working with members of the House and Senate. SB 8, commercialization of industrial hemp is coming up in January. I will ensure that it passes. I will work with Alaskan farmers that have one acre, five acres, seven acres, 150 acres, 150,000 acres to collect the material.I am super passionate about renewables in my life today. And I’m in a position to make change, within my limitations, within my disabilities – a day at a time. And I’m never gonna give up.
World of Warcraft has a very rich story for a game that is primarily about grinding and raiding. The lore throughout the game, which drives quests and expansions, is often overlooked by players who just want to bang out their daily rituals and eventually get the biggest, baddest armor set they can find. The reason some players (like myself) may overlook some of the amazing story-driven content written into WoW may be because of a simple graphical issue.Welcome to Storyline, an add-on by Kajisensei which turns the quest dialogue interface into something akin of a classic RPG. It puts the quest box front and center, with the avatars on either side, and text that wipes in as it progresses. Very Dragon Age-like. It’s such a simple enhancement that completely changes the way you view WoW.Storyline streamlines the way you turn in quests, choose your rewards, and interact with NPCs. The 3D-rendered avatars of your toon and the quest-giver brings WoW in line with other popular RPGs. Even after just trying it out for a test drive, the game felt completely different, more immersive, and gave greater weight to the quests and story behind them.World of Warcraft has seem some major upgrades since the original game debuted in 2004 and revolutionized the way of MMORPGs. But the game has been having a difficult time retaining subscribers. With a new expansion on the way, and a highly praised (at least in the visual effects department) film set to come out next year, Blizzard is still putting a lot of time and money into their breadwinner. It’s great that they allow third party developers to create add-ons, visual and strategic enhancements that allow players to really customize how they play WoW. Maybe this is something they might want to consider when they introduce Legion.