Category Archives: Lifestyle

“Mr. Fuller, Why would you build a round house?”

Round homes were the preferred choice of our ancient ancestors. Could they be making a comeback as we become more conscientious about efficiencies? Source: “Mr. Fuller, Why would you build a round house?” : TreeHugger

Zappos’ multimillionaire CEO explains why he lives in a trailer park with his two pet llamas – Yahoo Finance

  Zappos’ Founder,Tony Hsieh, moved from a luxury penthouse to a 240 square-foot trailer in a Las Vegas trailer park…intentionally…and has been happy ever since.  Read the article to find out why. Source: Zappos’ multimillionaire CEO explains why he lives in a trailer park with his two pet llamas – Yahoo Finance

Family Builds Greenhouse Around Entire Home, Saves Big on Heating Bills

This is about a family that lives in a bubble…a house inside a greenhouse to be exact.  What a great idea!  This is a project I’ve fantasized about building for years but I’m happy to say this family has beaten me to it.  With a durable enough greenhouse, the internal living quarters could be anything, even just […]

Naturalist David Attenborough says sun can save Earth – Yahoo News

David Attenborough, acclaimed nature documentary-maker, calls on the world’s governments to spend a fraction of their defense-related R&D budgets on making renewable energy so cheap that, in ten years , nobody will want to use fossil fuels anymore.  According to Attenborough, capturing only 1/5000th of the solar energy that falls on the earth and moon […]

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Would You Live in a Plastic House?

For years we’ve heard how bad plastics are for the environment supported by countless stories of landfills overflowing with plastics, deadly toxins and hormonal disruptors, and a huge floating island of plastic trash in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.   And now the plastic industry wants to build houses out of the stuff?  Is it time to break out the picket signs and start protesting?  Not so fast.  Apparently, these aren’t your grandfather’s plastics anymore.  According the American Chemistry Council, modern plastic building materials are much safer and efficient than their ancestors.  The Plastics Make It Possible campaign built an experimental 200-foot tiny house to demonstrate the many benefits of building with modern plastic materials, many already used in housing construction today.

Source: Would You Live in a Plastic House?

Think you want a tiny house? Businesses offer a tryout first – Yahoo Finance

Due to a rapidly increasing interest in tiny houses, some innovative businesses are offering potential buyers the chance to test the waters before investing. Source: Think you want a tiny house? Businesses offer a tryout first – Yahoo Finance

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Need a Brain Upgrade?  Do It Yourself!

 

Have you ever thought how nice it might be to clean the cobwebs from the old cranium and pop in a new, freshly upgraded brain?  If you thought your only recourse was to track down an evil brain-transplanting scientist, think again.   According to neuroscientist Sandrine Thuret in her recent TED Talk, you can do the brain exchange yourself by making a few simple lifestyle changes which enhance neurogenesis.

Single mother of 3 builds her own tiny home [video]

Tiny homes are all the rage. They’re more than just a fad, though. For a single mother of three kids, it was a life changer. H/T Guy Kawasaki Source: Single mother of 3 builds her own tiny home  

People around the world are eating banana peels because they know something that Westerners do not

Before you throw away your next banana peel, read this.  Maybe you can do yourself, and the environment, a big favor.   Source: People around the world are eating banana peels because they know something that Westerners do not – Yahoo Finance

Drinking water systems imperiled by failing infrastructure – Yahoo News

A huge headache for many cities around the globe is figuring out how they can continue to maintain their aging water and sewer systems, treating ever more polluted water, without significantly raising rates. Source: Drinking water systems imperiled by failing infrastructure – Yahoo News