Thursday, January 31, 2008
16 year old Marco Facciola built this entire bicycle completely out of wood and glue - no metal parts! The frame, chain and sprockets - he even has a racheting system. I would like to bet there are professional woodworkers and engineers out there that would find this challenging.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
A farmer in the UK, Robert Fidler kept concealed among bales of hay down on his farm... a castle. Over the course of two years, he managed to secretly – and unlawfully – build the imposing mock Tudor structure in one of his fields, shielded behind a 40ft stack of hay bales covered by huge tarps. Once it was finished, he and his family moved in and lived there for four years before finally revealing the development. Mr Fidler claims that because the building has been there for four years with no objections, it is no longer illegal. Council planners are unimpressed and are considering knocking the building down. The neighbors are apparently unimpressed as well -- which I think has to be more of a jealously issue. As a neighbor, I would much rather look at that beautiful castle than the 40ft wall of hay. The matter is decided sometime in Feb. and if it doesn't pass -- poor, clever Mr. Fidler is given six months to tear the beautiful castle down.
I realize this may be slightly old news but we had a little discussion about it today during class and it sparked some new thoughts. Although I agree that it is simply flat-out stunning, impressive, sleek, beautiful, and the list continues -- I would be hesitant to carry it with me anywhere for fear of breaking it in half. The breakthrough, ultra thin design must be ultra compacted with no breathing room for wasted space thus providing no clearance for any damages. All those small dents I carry around on my macbook pro couldn't happen on this (what seems to be) fragile machine. I'm not sure a .76 inch thick, 3lb notebook is worth the extra precaution I would need to take. What do you all think?
Sunday, January 27, 2008
While I was diligently (haha, umm) working on homework tonight I came across the whale faucet attachment I used to have as a kid on treehugger.com. I couldn't believe when it said "wanna buy a whale faucet?" with a link to purchase. YES! I've been looking for one of these ever since the first one disappeared. Disappointingly enough, the link doesn't work. Has anyone seen them anywhere? What a wonderful way to save on disposable cups in the bathroom though -- don't you think?
Friday, January 25, 2008
This little map birdie is so freakin adorable. Does everyone know about my obsession with maps? I can't stop looking at them-- kinda like the birdie. Great gift idea too. It comes nested in it's own beautiful little box! Order it for your mom (or me) here!
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
What a beautifully geometric and warm bed. It makes me want to just look so I don't ruin it!