Yep - very much a slinky - except a slinky can move ...
Interesting. Problem if it catches fire (hydrofluoric acid). Seems it can
be modified to resist solar gain (around here we have 650 watts/m2).
Strength: seems it can handle impacts. Ok for wind speeds if used in
Is this the way we are heading?
"Cursed be he who joins house to house and field to field that a man may
never be alone ... " [Essene manuscripts - I think]
Maybe the grumpies can have one of their own :-)
Well, it's floating, so I'd presume they'd have a pretty good water
supply to put out fires.
Pretty interesting design, though. Food for discussion and far better
than Buckminster "Hey, look at me I'm a genius!!" Fuller's stuff.
That quote is from Isiah, and it actually says something quite the
And if someone needs some alone time, there's always a rowboat. ;)
The one on CNN was on a patch of dirt next to a road. What happens if it's
floating and there is a storm/cyclone/ tornado etc? Anchor it to the
bottom? Could work I suppose - hemispherical forms have best performance in
high winds. I'm a bit skeptical, but then, I have just been watching a 300
ton concrete walkway floating down the Brisbane River and that should have
been impossible as well.
Yes indeed. I'll have a look at this stuff - raw materials, inputs, costs
So it is - thanks for the correction. A little bit ambiguous in the KJB
version, or just my attitude perhaps ...
Haha - wouldn't be long before the community management provided one for me
I'm with you on that one - that's why I investigated the quote you
posted. I liked it and wanted to be able to whip it out when I wanted
to tell people to go somewhere I'm not. I was quite disappointed to
find out the Isiah version. I like yours better. Hmmm...there are a
number of versions of the Bible out there, maybe you should write (and
right) a new one!
I was going to use it as a (tongue in cheek) defence against urban
I've done an 'Everything' search to find my original notes, but nothing
comes up - must have been on an old drive that failed.
The context was probably right - Essene manuscripts from the Dead Sea
Scrolls. These have fragments of old testament stuff. Lots of people have
had a go at "translating" the scrolls and a lot of the stuff is dodgy. On
the other hand, the Essenes didn't seem to go for urban consolidation
Yep - it's all about covetousness rather than claustrophobia.
Just this week I had someone email me this. It reminds me of someone
on here years ago talking about megabuildings or cities within
buildings or something like that.
Reminds me too of a fancy pen for the herd.
I was kind of hoping that it would work like a water wheel. When the
community decided it was time to move they'd all climb up one curving
wall and rotate the wheel and paddles would propel the wheel forward.
If everyone started running in the same direction it might even be
able to kick up a wake.
And speaking of (opium) pipe dreams, there was a show on the tube
about the efforts to 'save' Mies' Farnsworth house. I got a great
kick out of his surprise that a woman would want to have a closet for
her clothes - even in a weekend house. And that's what I would have
done to him if he had given me that response. Kick him. I was also
surprised, but not really, that the people that wanted to 'save' the
Farnsworth house were aghast that the house could easily be dismantled
and moved. That's the best thing about that phone booth...excuse
me...house. They never mentioned anything about condensation on the
windows in winter, so I can only imagine that Mies didn't believe
people should go away for the weekend when it was cold out. Wot a
The house looks like the result of someone with "writer's block" who
just decides to go with the lack of flow.
Like a blank page with simple borders. In that case, who needs
About condensation, I just had a 'permaculture moment' insofar as
having something-- some sort of indoor planting-- that could leverage
that and all the light.
Thinking inside the box, where, when you're in the box, you might as
well be outside.
I helped one of my ex's move her stuff to another town one summer, and
it took two trips by car plus a moving-truck. Her idea of closets were
entire rooms. I'm not kidding.
The Farnsworth House would make a nice closet-cum-gallery-showroom for
all her stuff. It could be attached by some sort of heated glass
walkway to the main Thoreau/Waldin Cabin:
...Wow ok, each would make an excellent counterpoint against each
appropriately-oriented on the same land, a "creative instalment";
"Honey! Come back! Where are you going?!"
The statue of Thoreau in that last photo makes him look like he's
surprised to find he has a hand. I guess a book is supposed to be
held in that hand, but I like the surprise better. I also like
Christopher Morley's Knothole better than Thoreau's cabin.
It's near me, just behind the dog park. I did not know until posting
this that it had a Dymaxion bathroom! Talk about strange
I replied earlier but don't see the post...
Well I had said that I had to look Dymaxion bathroom and in the
process, found a site of some writers' rooms. Here it is again:
...Wow-- 'man-caves', Rico! (fans face with hand) ;)
Ok ok, it's Monday...
Nevertheless, and speaking of something I was writing about and kind
of similar that I would prefer over those:
Which can be found here:
(Amazingly enough, they're restoring the Bluenose 2! [The first is
what's depicted on our Canadian dime])
In this town ("Unesco heritage"):
Right up from Boston. :)
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