Ah yes... In a science tv program I once watched, they talked about
that in relation to bridges.
Hi from the Atlantic coast (Nova Scotia), where I've just moved,
incidentally. Had two scoops of ice cream at Peggy's Cove last week:
Cashew-currie (surprisingly good) and '3 berries' or whatever the name
Thanks for your older post about straw bale BTW. What's been happening
this summer over there?
I'm currently in Liverpool... I like the area, and it is in part for
and as part of my investigation of other suitable places to live for
myself and the Transitional/Permacultural/resilient lifestyle. No one
I'm aware of is after me. :)
Housebuilding probably, unless it's as a boatbuilding course, which is
unlikely at this point.
FYI, I've taken and included some quick photos of my "office" (dormer
off a gambrel roof?) and a couple of builds in the area (struggled
with this new UFRaw software):
That's right... I popped out and took a quick snap, posted at the same
As you might gather from the image, the original old lines of the
house (roof line) seem to have a nice classic proportion, but the
additions in back as you can partially see on the one side of it give
the house a kludgy look. The new massing just messes it up. It's
apparently one of the oldest houses in the area (and a wallet-killer
to heat, which is why I'm moving into a smaller place in Oct.).
You can see the other side (older paint/tile job) here (too lazy to
step outside to take another pic :)
I'll miss my office.
It does seem small unless the tourists are included. As such, I'm
unsure I'd like to live there, but it's fun to pass through, if only
for the ice cream. :)
Hopefully, I won't have to return to Ottawa.
Yeah, there's one flik that shows a suspension bridge, I think in
Missouri, with an old 30's or 40's car on it, swinging like a hammock
in a stiff breeze.
Well, I closed my store in May cause management was hostile and it
came down to gutting them like fish or just leave, so I left.
Did a major re-do on over 1000 sf of deck at our house and revamped
the entire railing system.
Have my first major client here in hoosierville whom I've designed
several projects for thus far.
Still hit the headboard on a regular basis.
On July 18th I did a 684 note scale (roughly 4 minutes) of "Return to
Serenity" flawlessly which has been my passion for more than 8 years.
Have created a series of small house plans available for purchase
Have also installed most of my custom woodworking creations on the
same website/shopping cart.
Actively searching for an early 20th century upright piano to rebuild.
Drank 4 beers about 2 weeks ago.
That's about it.
I seem to recall with the nickname like 'Gerty' or 'Mathilda'.
What store? What were you selling? If it was your store, what were you
doing with having to deal with any kind of managment? You mean like in
management of leased-space/building?
Any new options for the store since?
The owner of the house here sent in an appraiser and I took the
opportunity to make some quick inquiries... Apparently there's a guy
near here who I got a name and number for who did an off-grid post-and-
beam (straw-bale?) house; and that the building code minimum house
size is 450sq. ft. (no matter the length or width I think).
What does that mean? Regular sex?
Congrats. Perhaps you might like to one day record that and post it.
I'll check out "Return' " and see what kind of tune it is. Maybe I
know of it.
Sounds like fun.
A couple of days ago, hot as July, I rollerbladed out of the shallow
harbour area that Liverpool sits at and down the road to a spot on the
edge of the Atlantic for the first time.
I got in the water up to my thighs. Kelp and sea urchins and clear
saltwater that I tasted as I do as tradition, rather like the pope
kissing the ground.
It was warm enough to swim or wade in one of the pools among the rocks
(rocky shore area), but I hadn't brought a change of shorts so I just
enjoyed the atmosphere.
Brought a coffee mug full of ice-slush milk-brewed East Timor bean
coffee with a shot of vodka along for the trip, and my camera just in
The 'pool' image is where I'm in the water. The pool drains a little
in between the wave, and some waves/swells (you can sort of make one
out near the horizon-line) can crest over suddenly, rapidly swamping
the pool, so I took a small risk just so you could maybe get a bit of
a feel for almost being there. ;)
Nashville, IN is known worldwide as the *Artist Colony of the MidWest*
and I decided to involve myself in it over a year ago.
I leased some premium property and initiated a major marketing
campaign with excellent success but in short order realized I was
being commandeered by basal neanderthals that only recognize extreme
violence. While I am quite capable of dealing with them on that level
I find the whole manner of methodry unredeeming and sought an amicable
way out, an onward. As always, money solves all so I bought the
cavepeople out. In the past few years I have rewakened a 40 year old
skill and talent that has been dormant and have exploited it to my
financial and creative benefit. I, and everyone else, am limited only
by my, and our, imaginations - something that is generally lost in the
transformation from child to adult. While the physical store has
closed it has opened and expanded on the web. It is an ongoing work in
Is that inside or outside square footage?
If it's outside square footage the interior space will be rather
I think bales are about 16-18 inches wide.
Look up a site called "Green Home Advisor".
I have subscribed to their newsletter for sometime now and they cover
a broad range of topics including the straw bales.
There's a plethora of info in that stuff.
Regular is a given.
I speak in grander terms, olympic even. LOL
Frankly, it is so difficult that I am not sure it was *flawless*.
Listen to it and if you have an idea how a guitar works you'll see
what I mean.
Nuances carry weight.
Designing buildings has always been fun for me, I'll never tire of it.
Are you taking about England, Great Britain or whatever they call it
The 1st pik is indeed pretty rocky, maybe dangerously so.
The 2nd pik puts me in mind of a bog.
The 4th pik is a gambrel roof with at least 1 small dormer in view.
Liverpool, Nova Scotia, Canada. Sharing the same coast more or less as
Rico in NY.
Great Britain's overpopulated, and in fact, so is Earth.
We wanted our collapse, Don, well, here it appears.
More dangerous for sure in a less calm day. It was a calm day, and
still a little surprising.
I didn't exactly know where I went-- just wanted to get more out the
the harbour and onto the Atlantic proper-- so I looked it up:
Didn't see any moose swiming around, but did have a green bug
willingly climb onto my hand and attempt to sample my flesh. It looked
a little like a katydid, but I don't know.
What do you make of the rooftype of the 'saltboxgambrel' image? Is
that what you'd call it? Some kind of hybrid roof? It's one of my
favourite houses of the area. Interestingly, many of my favourite
buildings (but to live in) are garages. I'll take a few shots of a few
and post them when/if I can.
I have since moved out the the yellow house and into an apartment
that's more my scale of lifestyle.
I never wanted collapse.
I wanted, and still want, people to start acting like people instead
of animal/machine hybrids.
Principles will have their way.
There are a series of terms in the housing industry that have become
sort of euphemistic vernacular in that they mean whatever the speaker
wants them to mean and saltbox is one of them. I know what saltbox is
according to my schooling but that seems to differ in what the term
can now mean.
We all know what a ranch is, but when it is applied to a house *style*
it means everything that isn't something else.
IOW, whatever the builder felt like building. Realtors had to come up
with a term to describe such houses, and there are probably more of
them than any other *style* so some marketing genius in the 50's came
up with the catch-all term ranch. Another is pole barn. In another
universe I have designed real pole barns for agricultural purposes.
Then I move here to Hoosierville and find the term has expanded to
mean just about anything. A grasshopper just now jumped on my keyboard
so I have to throw its ass outside before one of the gurlz takes a
hankering to it. BRB. IB and it took 2 throws cause it wouldn't let go
of my hand. Believe it or not my conventionally framed office/workshop/
garage with lap siding has been referred to as a pole barn. Go figure.
I subscribe to the Green Building Advisor and recently became familiar
with the term Larson Truss and just yesterday while researching
antique barns I found out about Jamesway dairy barns and the Star
Truss system. Inneresting stuff. I'm doing a 1 point perspective
drawing in autocad of the framing members of one of these barns, 36'
span, 46' from floor to roof peak, 80' long. Dawgeez. Lot's a stix in
them things and most of it is big stuff too.
Right. The Larson is not an end in itself but simply a starting point
As of yet, venting issues, which are supposed to alleviate mold and
mildew, still have not been resolved apparently.
Ya roll the dice then deal with the results.
There are *natural* harmonics at work here and trying to ignore them
is like swimming upstream.
It's best to study them and find methods that work *with* the natural
paths rather than against them.
There's some stuff on the web that uses *heated air is lighter air*
methodry that causes a natural venting process.
Cold air enters the wall at the bottom and as the sun warms it, it
rises and then is pumped into the interior space, continues upward and
is vented at the top of the roof. The Jamesway dairy barns have a
similar system for venting what Vitruvius called the *evil vapors*.
Yes, they knew about this stuff thousands of years ago and worked with
solutions, even in the primary layout of cities and communities.
The way cities and communities have been laid out in recent centuries
ignored this ancient wisdom at their own peril.
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