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Add drawers under stairs for storage

"One of the oldest space-saving tricks in the interior design handbook involves making use of that leftover area underneath the stairs, the awkward extra space that does not always lend itself to cheap or easy storage solutions. These designs, however, show just how creative one can be with what seems like the hardest space to deal with in a house." http://bit.ly/aroja

Voice-command Keyboarding

Having a carpal tunnel wrist operation three weeks ago prompted me to get MacSpeech Dictate, as well as a good quality microphone (Sennheiser M/3 with Andrea pod from emicrophones.com) in order to type using voice instead of fingers. It works amazingly well. I'm sitting here, keyboarding this with my voice, and stretching my arms and wrists while so doing. DragonNaturallySpeaking seems to be the program of choice for windows; MacSpeech Dictate apparently uses their engine for its program. Voice recognition software has come a long ways.

Builders Without Borders Strawbale Ecohouse Project in Washington D.C.

This is a really nice movie of construction of a demonstration strawbale ecohouse on the terrace of the US Botanic Gardens, across from the Capitol Building in Washington DC. Organized by Builders Without Borders.

Green Walls for Houses

The technique here is called a "green facade. A living wall can cool a house by blocking direct sun rays, provide moisture, and be a haven for birds. Vines or climbing plants are trained to grow along either welded wire fencing or stainless steel cables. The plants grow away from the wall, not on it.

Vegetables Growing on the Roof

An otherwise uninteresting and too-big house in Mill Valley, Calif. has this great living roof. http://bit.ly/r49pW

Water Bridge in Germany

Channel-bridge over the River Elbe joins the former East and West Germany; this amazing feat of engineering took six years, 500 million euros, and is 918 meters long. It is located at Magdeburg, near Berlin. The photo was taken on the day of inauguration in October, 2003.


Radical Skateboard at Purple Skunk

A unique thing about the Purple Skunk Skate shop in San Francisco is that they have maybe 15 longboards that you can take out and test ride. If you're into hills and carving—and in the San Francisco area—check it out. At 5820 Geary Blvd. (23d Ave or so).
This us Meister board mechanic Rodney with a new space-age board.

Simple Window Awning

Spotted this in Sanra Cruz Saturday. Nice use of corrugated metal roofing.