Saturday, May 27, 2017

Earthship Build Site Update

You may remember this post from June 2014 about the first Earthship build site. Here is an update and side by side comparison from then to now, May 2017:

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Fresh Organic Raspberries Anyone?

We have started construction on the Berry Patch.  These posts will guide the wire that holds our raspberry vines up.  We can't wait to start planting and enjoying such a delicious treat.  We also have started working on a tutorial so you can grow your own!  More to come...

Friday, September 5, 2014


We currently have 2 websites available until we decide the best way to present our media and marketing to the public.

Website 1:

Website 2:

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Our first pounded tire...

It all starts with a single tire and a couple wheelbarrows of dirt.  From there the possibilities are endless.  For those of you out there who know what this means, we tip our hats to you!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Website and Memorial 5K

Be sure to sign up for the Life Emulation Memorial 5K 2014.  It is a run/walk 5K that benefits both Life Emulation and other charities in remembrance of former cross country teammates who have passed away.  Additionally, we have a new website located at!  Thanks to everyone who donates or lends support.  Sign up online at or mail or call in your registration to Life Emulation Research, PO Box 17, Watkinsville GA 30677; phone number 706-489-1136.  Registration is only $15 until October 15th, plus you get a nice t-shirt!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Campsites Are Open This Season

We recently prepped our two campsites for campers.  Campsite One has a fire ring, bench, two chairs, and a good view of Beaverdam Creek. Campsite Two has a bench, a double-seated  chair, fire ring and is nestled further inland, while still being close to the water.  For $5 per person per night, you can rent a campsite with a stack of firewood included. We only ask that you "Leave No Trace," and leave the campsite in good condition (fire is out, no litter, don't kill any wildlife or plants). Below are pictures of each site,.  Call 706-489-1136 to make a reservation.

Campsite One

Campsite Two

Saturday, July 5, 2014

New Temporary Web Address

Due to our previous hosting company turning into an evil money eating machine, we have transferred our website to a much more reliable and ubiquitous company: Google.  The only problem is that Bluehost (the evil hosting company that we previously used) has hijacked all of our domain names.  Therefore, to access our website for the time being, please go to:

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and we hope that our domain names will be back in our possession soon.  Thankfully, we at least have "Life Emulation" trademarked with the USPTO.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Earthship Build Site

     An Earthship is a type of building developed by architect Mike Reynolds of Earthship Biotecture.  They are radically sustainable buildings that provide shelter, water, food, electricity and sanitation without any inputs from the grid.  We encourage you to check out their website at to learn more.  Our founder spent three months working with Mr. Reynolds and his crew in Taos, NM in order to bring this technology to Life Emulation Research and begin building sustainable structures in our community.  Our first building will be modeled after the "Simple Survival Model," and plans are available from Earthship Biotecture here.  While Earthships save money and resources by being built out of recycled materials, the trade off is that they are very labor intensive.  However, it is fun labor if you work with a team and make a party out of it! We invite anyone interested in learning about Earthships, or anyone just looking for a fun way to spend the day, to join us on our work days which will be posted here.  For now, we are waiting on some equipment to be repaired so we can level the build site.  Below is the build site before the excavation.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Get ready for some big changes!

Hello faithful supporters of Life Emulation Research!  A new season is upon us, and some very exciting changes are just around the corner.  We have a new website coming, we are starting the creation of a "handbook,"  we are expanding and revamping our online store, we are starting an Earthship inspired build and we are going to begin documenting the build online for everyone to learn how to do it themselves!  Stay tuned for all of these exciting changes...

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Organic Garden 2012

We've planted this year's garden and are trying some beneficial insects to try to get rid of the cucumber beetles that ate our corn last year.  Below are some pictures:

Friday, May 20, 2011

Video Slideshow

   This is a video created with the help of Nate Thurman from UGA that tries to explain in a nutshell what Life Emulation Research is all about.  It shows pictures of the research community started in Georgia including the chickens and the finished hut.  We might also post a news article that came out in a local college paper sometime soon.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Website Updated

  Last night we made a small update to the website, rearranging some things and bringing our research into more of a central focus.  Please take a look and give feedback: Life Emulation Homepage

  We currently only have the time and manpower to present the site in Silverlight.  You can download the free Microsoft plugin here:  If anyone is interested in working with us to convert the site into a more universally accessible format such as HTML5 we would be very grateful.

  Also, apologies for not posting more blog updates.  We are also looking for a dedicated PR person who can take pictures, videos and write-ups as well as help update the blog and site.  New pictures of the chickens, hut and land are next on the list for the blog!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Goals II

  Things have been moving along more quickly than planned, so we have decided to update the goals.  One of the most significant changes is the acquisition of a piece of land in Agness, Oregon for a second research community.  Also, the campsite has been upgraded to a homesite, as evidenced by the previously posted pictures.  The video below the goals shows the land we hope to purchase in Oregon and the surrounding countryside (cabin segment begins at 3:00).

  • Finish a full amenity cabin for viewing wildlife and bunking while at the community
  • Improve and grade the main road
  • Purchase a second research site in the Pacific Northwest
  • Continue to clear unwanted vines and foliage from the Southeast site and create a trail network

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Goals I

Over the past two days we've been setting up a campsite to establish a human presence on the land and to have a basecamp from which to work.  This morning was spent clearing small sweetgums and vines.  During a water break a raccoon slowly walked up to the camp, looked around, and left.  It was good to see some of the wildlife interested in what we are doing, it should, after all, benefit them greatly.

Our first goals are as follows:

  •  create a good trail and road network through the land, including a perimeter trail
  • improve campsite by adding a wash station, storage, solar charger and other items as they become necessary
  • remove any unwanted vines and foliage from the land
  • prepare a portion of the land for agriculture

If we are able to achieve all of these things by planting time in the spring, then we will have  used our time this winter very wisely.  We can then shift our focus to agriculture and a more permanent shelter.

Monday, October 4, 2010

The Land

  In this post we will introduce the land that is currently being used to build the research community.  We also are willing to sell the land, however, in order to purchase new acreage elsewhere as well as some basic supplies to assist in development (sawmill, solar-powered pump, etc).  But for now, we are using what we have and learning a lot in the process.

  The site consists of 84.0 acres of mixed pine and deciduous secondary forest.  The land is currently a protected wildlife area which had previously been farmland.  The usual species expected in the Piedmont forests of Northeast Georgia are present including whitetail deer, rat snakes, beaver, songbirds and temperate trees.  The surrounding land consists of more forest which is hunted for deer and possibly other game, several small residences and family farms.  There are currently two access points to the land by vehicle via dirt road.  The following is a plat of the land, the concept layout of the community and a soil map as provided by the NRCS:

84.0 Acre Research Community Site

Research Community Concept Map
A = Atrium, G = Gardens, SH = Storage House
1, 2, 3 = Multipurpose Buildings, RC = Recycling Center
FL = Fabrication Lab, B = Barnyard
 PW = Power and Water House, W = Water Tower

Site Area Soil Map
Source: NRCS

   Below are some pictures of the land and an aerial view of the research site:

Saturday, September 11, 2010


Welcome to the Life Emulation Blog, a place to receive news and updates on life emulation research!  We are currently in the progress of building our website and news blog, so please check back in Fall 2010 for the official launch.  Meanwhile, check out the Life Emulation Homepage for a quick introduction to who we are and what we do!

Thank you,
The Life Emulation Research Team