Design Challenge: Reducing Piles of Laundry in the Bedroom

Levels of Laundry My wife and I both had parents that used hampers but we trace our organic approach to our many levels of laundry to Bill Murray’s character in Ghostbusters 2 as seen in this clip: This system served us well enough until for years. Then we found ourselves in our mid 30s tired of dealing with occasional moth …

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Weight Loss As A Design Challenge

Weight Loss As A Design Challenge I shy away from writing about subjects like fitness and health. I’d rather write about design, the future, and honestly, things that annoy me. I resisted writing this until I realized that weight loss is a design challenge. Breaking my weight loss down into repeatable patterns and creating a system rather than just setting a goal …

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Cultural Consequences of Electric Car Charging

Cultural Consequences of Electric Car Charging The cultural consequences of electric car charging have the potential to reshape the gas station experience in a profound way. Gasoline powered cars can be filled at a filling station in a few minutes and with the exception of full service stations the refueling requires us to remain at our car should the automatic shut-off fail …

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Calculating the Citizen Offset Cost Savings of Cities Such As Pittsburgh

Calculating City Savings Offset by Citizen Action I was mowing the city owned lots next to my house the other day when an idea struck me. Technically I was doing a job that a city employee should be doing – maintaining city owned property. I began to think about calculating the citizen offset cost savings of cities such as Pittsburgh. …

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The Milk Bottle is Half Full

The Milk Bottle is Half Full I’m a somewhat optimistic person which is why when I see something that is inefficient or poorly designed I’m not afraid to think of solutions and ask if they can be implemented. You might say that I’m a milk bottle is half full sort of person. This is why I decided to try to …

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Heart and Soul

I’ve hear the phrase “poured our heart and soul into ___” several times recently and it occurs to me that each time has been in relation to a failure that could have been prevented if the person who did the pouring was less emotional and was more analytical. That is to say, sometimes its best to pour a little bit …

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Hillside Hugelkultur Revisited

Steep Slope Stabilization 6 Month Check Up So its been over 6 months since we started our first hillside hugelkultur test and I’m happy to report that the results look good. If you’re unfamiliar with the process take a look at this post here. Over the summer the hillside was clearly very damaged with little more than rocks left on …

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Small Engineered Wetland & Climate Change

The Global Power of Wetlands: The Absorption of Carbon There is a lot of data out there about how important wetlands are to the safety and future of the planet but there is little emphasis placed on the ability of wetlands to capture carbon. Wetlands absorb carbon at a higher rate than more dry land for a few reasons. First, …

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Syria: An Open Letter to the President, Congress, and Leaders Around the World

Ladies and Gentlemen we stand at a crossroads. Before us is a choice that you’ll be making on our behalf. Despite what many of the citizens of the United States and elsewhere think and feel and no matter how vocal we are the choice is your choice and despite what you might feel about this Syrian civil war personally it …

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Permaculture and relocation

The Push to Move and Migrate We’re very much still the same people we were over 10,000 years ago when we began to settle down. So when times get tough we often think if we just move we’ll be better off. While in the times when we were hunter/gatherers that was to find a place with more food today we …

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