Monday, March 30, 2009

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Shipping Container Homes

This looks interesting, haven't looked at it yet though...

Twelve amazing shipping container houses
By Brian Clark Howard
Posted Mon Mar 16, 2009 10:50am PDT

(Photo: Urban Space Management)

Invented more than five decades ago, the modern shipping container is the linchpin in our global distribution network of products. In the containers go toys from China, textiles from India, grain from America, and cars from Germany. In go electronics, chocolate, and cheese.

While a number of resourceful people have converted shipping containers into make-shift shelters at the margin of society for years, architects and green designers are also increasingly turning to the strong, cheap boxes as source building blocks.

Shipping containers can be readily modified with a range of creature comforts and can be connected and stacked to create modular, efficient spaces for a fraction of the cost, labor, and resources of more conventional materials.

Discover some of the exciting possibilities of shipping container architecture, from disaster relief shelters to luxury condos, vacation homes, and off-the-grid adventurers. See what makes them green as well as cutting edge.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The Essential Homo Faber

These are my top 10 things I need to be a cool and collected homo faber, always at the ready:

1. Leatherman multitool

2. Broadband internet

3. Shovel

4. Pull saw

5. Cordless Drill

6. Hammer

7. Station Wagon

8. Permaculture Designers Manual, by Bill Mollison

9. WD-40

10. Shop Vac

I will probably have to change this as I contemplate it. What are your top ten thing you need to be homo faber?

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Sunday, March 15, 2009

compact disc playing device

So I was looking around our new car and realizing there were a bunch of small problems I had to fix. Then I looked into the spare wheel well to check the tire pressure and found that we have a CD changer in there. It holds 6 CDs and the stereo plays them and I was shocked to find a CD player in the spare wheel well. But hey, the bad was outweighed by the good today, and it was beautiful and sunny! Praise spring!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

personal safety

This is a PDF pamphlet put out by the Organic Consumers Association that is a guide to safe Personal Care Products. Check it out, print out out, give it to your friends!

Sunday, March 08, 2009

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