Jonathan Swift:Gulliver's Travels " He has been eight years upon a project for extracting sunbeams out of cucumbers, which were to be put in phials hermetically sealed, and let out to warm the air in raw inclement summers. He told me, he did not doubt, that, in eight years more, he should be able to supply the governor's gardens with sunshine, at a reasonable rate: but he complained that his stock was low, and entreated me "to give him something as an encouragement to ingenuity, especially since this had been a very dear season for cucumbers." I made him a small present, for my lord had furnished me with money on purpose, because he knew their practice of begging from all who go to see them".
"I went into another chamber, but was ready to hasten back, being almost overcome with a horrible stink. My conductor pressed me forward, conjuring me in a whisper "to give no offence, which would be highly resented;" and therefore I durst not so much as stop my nose. The projector of this cell was the most ancient student of the academy; his face and beard were of a pale yellow; his hands and clothes daubed over with filth. When I was presented to him, he gave me a close embrace, a compliment I could well have excused. His employment, from his first coming into the academy, was an operation to reduce human excrement to its original food, by separating the several parts, removing the tincture which it receives from the gall, making the odour exhale, and scumming off the saliva. He had a weekly allowance, from the society, of a vessel filled with human ordure, about the bigness of a Bristol barrel."
The 500KILOWATT COMMUNITY is a community that engages its members to collectively decide how the electricity they generate(through biogas,pyrolysis e.t.c) is used to produce positive outcomes in their community. It's also engaged in the constructive destruction of Internal combustion ground vehicles as a means of transportion because of their ineffiency. And the imagery in the quotations above highlight the challenges this community faces vividly(and if taken literally this can be consider as achieving these results more by madness than science and innovation). https://www.bioconstruct.com/fileadmin/user_upload/2013-10-17_BR_Bioconstruct-ENGLISCH.pdf