I think it is ever so special that they thoughtfully placed the
excavated material right next to the building directing rainwater
runoff right to the foundation. Very efficient! ;)
Unless I've lost it and am in another reality, it looks like Google's
stretching itself pretty thin, like China: My yesterday's post via
Google Groups used an old nickname.
Anyway, ugly, cookie-cutter highrise ghettos as far as my eye could
see all too often. You can't have too many fall down (without people
in them of course).
The China I saw was like... like a wretched Communist-Capitalist
Notice the abundant greenery and trees.
What concerns me also is that the Chinese expats here agree with my
contentions about the country.
You see a lot of (former?) "third-world" rich immigrants that seem to
be embracing a lifestyle-dream that we're trying to change out of.
...So when does Google buy into the brick-and-mortar, or are they way
ahead of me? Shall I look forward to a lifetime of floppy rabbit-hutch
Ken: Could you steer me to a pic of your 20x20 please? TIA.
Thanks Ken. My interest is in part with the idea that just about
anyone could, and maybe should, build their own house, or at least
have a general knowledge of how.
We've become much of a society that can't do anything "real" or "old
world" for ourselves, and that's potentially dangerous.
Agreed, go for it.
Don't let the *general knowedge* part slow you down.
Nah, no more so than say, riding rollerblades down an escalator.
An idea, a little bit of logic, a decent array of tools and enough
materials and anyone can construct a shelter.
I'm living proof of it.
I've yet to see an action film where they're chasing some guy on
rollerblades. (Maybe they've done one?) Otherwise, I should write to
the Bond producers before the next film.
A well-done rollerblade escalator (etc.-- i.e. in around and over
traffic; inside through shopping mall) escape stunt scene might be
I've gone down an escalator in them, but just as a normal passenger
standing on one step all the way, rather than spread-eagled along the
smooth sides, although the thought did cross my mind... It may be
I recently had a security guard tell me I couldn't enter a mall with
them on, so I went into the store I wanted from their outside-access
door, only to find the guard on his way in from the mall entrance and
towards me. I promptly backed up back outside and headed off. One day
when I'm in the right mood, I'll set one up to actually chase me clear
through a mall, a la http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shotgun_house
for his exercise.
As a footnote, that store recently closed at that particular location!
(Well if you're going to chase away all your customers!)
Sure, but a permanent and pleasant shelter-- ideally to some kind of
"code"-- is what I'm talking about.
Yes, its been done, several times.
Maybe not on rollerblades but......
I recall seeing, but don't remember the name, of at least one flick
where a dood on wheels, skates or blades, dunno which, snagged an old
ladies purse and took off and somebody like Dirty Harry ran him down.
I think this idea was done on Baywatch too.
You'll be much happier if you rely on proven professionals for
guidance rather than gov't drones.
My 1st building project I did here in hoosierville was done to
(florida) code and the gov't inspectors claimed it was the strongest
building in the county.
My next 2 building projects were also done to (florida) code and there
were no inspectors involved - I learn quick.
Its nobodys business but my own what I decide to build.
You know it man, gotta keep movin'.
Its rainy today so that means I'm sorta confined.
So I drove 40 miles to pick up a nice piece of 1 x 6 x 4' clear maple.
Now, I'm gonna chop it into 6" lengths on the mitersaw, glue/stack and
clamp em together and get em ready for the lathe.
This'n will be bowl number 9, I'm still experimenting.
Then I'm going to build a cantilever shelf on the sanding center I
built yesterday to support my bench grinder.
After that I'm going to disassemble a 100+ year old floor lamp my
mother in law gave me last week and refinish/restore it.
I have a nifty Frank Lloyd Wright square stained glass shade I'm going
to put on it and I'll install (3) 13watt compact flourescents in it.
Outta be pretty cool when its done.
Then I'll disassemble the whole thing and ship it to Saratoa, FL to my
son for his 30th birthday.
It started with his great grandfather in the 19th century and now my
son will have it in the 21st century. Just passin it on.....and stayin
Hey, I'm voluntering at a local dairy farm starting next week, gonna
be working with baby kowz......can't wait....maybe I can get a direct
line of some of that raw moo joos.
Of what, the lamp I'm rebuilding?
Or the bowl?
The maple bowl is still on the lathe with its 3rd coat of poly drying.
(This morning I glued and clamped a maple/mahogany/maple shallow bowl
blank (about 7.5" dia x 2.25" high) and hopefully I'll lathe it
When the poly dries I lightly sand it with some 12,000 grit micromesh
to even it out then hit it with another coat - for 3 coats total.
Looks like a diamond when I'm done.
Last night someone emailed my wife and told her they wanted to buy
FIVE of my bowls!!!
Can you believe that?
Watch your mailbox, it will have directions on how to view some of my
more recent creations.
Well, the lathe was around thousands of years before Roy, but that is
an excellent example of old knowledge that is still perfectly
Unfortunately, at least for your argument, Egyptians are a mixed race
and there's Nubian and Arab in with the mix, so I'm afraid that we
can't give the nod on this one to the "whiteman".
Apparently that is not the case.
Not all of the white devils fell under Custers curse.
But the indians did get reservationed, tortured, starved and killed
and the rest *were* chastized and welfared.
Today, they would have been napalmed, nooked and disappeared.
**Some did manage to escape and blend into the ether that surrounds
us, Jim Thorpe for example.
But I get your drift, its good to know basics, too.
Acquired this way I presume:
"Due to laws and policies that encouraged and sometimes required
Aboriginals to assimilate into a eurocentric society; Canada is
alleged to be in violation of the United Nations Genocide Convention
that Canada signed in 1949 and passed through parliament in 1952.
This coupled with the residential school system that forcibly removed
Aboriginal children from their homes and placed in Christian run
schools has led some scholars to believe that Canada can be tried in
international court for genocide. Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued
an apology on behalf of the Canadian government and its citizens for
the residential school system."
Canada, land and an Oky 20x20.
"The Okanagan language, known to its speakers as Syilx'tsn, is the
traditional language of the Okanagan people of the Southern Interior
region of the Canadian province of British Columbia and North Central
Washington State. It is a member of the Interior Salish group of
Okanagan is reported to contain the rare uvular flap."
Looks like they got yours and you got theirs.
You seem to have an odd definition for the word "tool". Since you've
decided to play loosely with the definition, I will, too.
Corn. Every person in the country, yours, too, eats corn every day.
How many people you know ride a horse every day? Have a horse? Have
_seen_ a horse this month (excluding on TV)?
Your win is a loss, I'm afraid. Next!
Still not a tool, but I'll allow you your delusion this one more time.
Around the time of Benjamin Franklin, a treaty with a tribe of Indians
was nearing its 100th anniversary. The Indians, as you well know, did
not know how to read and write (at least according to what is commonly
accepted by the whiteman to be reading and writing) - the Indians
passed down the treaty orally, from father to son. When they compared
the Indians oral treaty to the "superior" whiteman's nifty written
treaty, they found they were virtually identical. There had been no
loss in one hundred years of a spoken document. Interesting, no?
Now what does this mean? Well, for one thing it means that a crutch
took away our legs. Could you imagine how much better you would have
done in school, and how much faster you would have completed your
edjamicazion, if you had a eidetic memory? If _everyone_ had an
eidetic memory? You wouldn't need an address book, you wouldn't need
a date book, you wouldn't need a _bookmark_.
So how does cutting off someone's legs and sticking them in a car
improve them? Hmmm?
Seems you're down 2-0. Next!
It's okay. You are returning to simpler ways as you find the
"whiteman's burden" more objectionable as you age. You are growing in
wisdom and relinquishing the unnecessary frills of youth. Eventually
you will evolve...into a native.
Let's face it. You live in a self-built building that is little
larger than a teepee or yurt, you eschew urban areas for open
environs, and you wear as little clothing as the weather permits.
Remind me again why you think you're not a native....
YouMan Beans are pattern matching animals. The more your recognize
and recall, the more patterns you can match.
You do have a point about my memory, though I do like a nice mammary
or two. Memory is the ultimate tool, but it can also be a failing if
you don't know how to utilize it.
You can't win for trying. Peyote => astral projection = no mass to
move, the ultimate green transport.
Man, are you a pain in the ass! Fine! You're down 3.5 - 0.5.
There's your partial credit! ;)
Bzzzt! Sorry, they beat us in horse trading, too. ;)
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