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Life Inc.

I was sitting eating smores today and watching the Colbert Report, he had a really interesting guest today who was promoting his new book Life Inc.  Basically it is talking about how corporatisim extends to every aspect of our lives, how it drives consumerism and how our value is derived by the amount we consume.  This have obvious ties to the story of stuff (click here) and many other discussions I have had on this website.

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Urban Assault Vehicle, Dump Truck or Mobile House?

If you where to see this thing rolling down the street, you might pass it off as a dump truck, but when you see an arm extend and ATV drop down, you might be wondering “what the hell?!?”6-24-09unicat1_rect540

That pretty much what I did, but when you see this Truck’s interior, it’s amazing!  I am not quite sure who the intended market is for this, but whatever market requires a mobile home with bullet proof glass and espresso machine, yeah that’s the one…. What!?!?  Regardless, this truck has tons of great design Ideas, its put together well and it certainly embodies the adventurers/outdoor spirit.

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The vehicle comes with:

  • Double bed in living area
  • U-shaped seating unit converts into additional double bed
  • Separate shower and toilet room with doors
  • Usable dry storage with radiator drying
  • 3-flame stove
  • Conventional oven with steamer
  • Dishwasher
  • Espresso maker
  • 26 gallon fridge with freezer
  • 3 wardrobes
  • Aluminum exterior storage boxes
  • Solar system
  • Water cooled 7.2 kW diesel generator with water cooled muffler
  • Music system throughout with DVD player, satellite TV
  • Low voltage XELOGEN lights throughout
  • Lights in outside storage compartment
  • 177 freeze proof drinking water tanks with built in water filtration system
  • 8.8 gallon hot water-heat exchanger
  • 52 gallon freeze proof waste water tank
  • Removable sprayers on bath and kitchen faucets
  • 18 kW central heating system
  • 5 kW integrated air conditioner
  • Integrated storage compartment for ATV in the back

Tiny Retreat

I stumbled upon this over at Apartment Therapy, its a little getaway retreat that is only 50 square feet, but I am a bit skeptical, it looks more like 150ish square feet071409_marieclaireEcoBed.  Anyway, this house has a great layout and is designed well.  the living area has benches for during the day and at night they roll together to form a bed.

The other big appeal for me is the colors and design choices, they are very calming.  There is no sink, just a small wash bowl, the dishes are done in the river nearby.   The washbowl is actually a brick layers’ mixing trough mounted onto a small table.  Just add water.

Old Magazines Into Coasters

While I find coasters to be a hassle and I use the Bodum glasses which eliminates the need for them, there are many folks that use them.  In addition they make a great gift if you make them yourself.  So here is a quick way to reuse old magazine to make some fun coasters.

6-24-09coasters11. Tear out 6 magazine pages. Cut off the ragged edge on each, then cut each page in half lengthwise. I stacked them and cut them all at once with an X-acto knife and ruler. (To make a coaster with a finer weave, cut each of the half-page strips in half lengthwise again. And note that weaving will take you twice as long!)

2. Fold each strip in half lengthwise. Then fold the resulting piece in thirds, folding the cut edges inward first so they’re hidden inside. Now you have a long, thick strip. Fold it in half at the center. See steps pictured above. Repeat with each magazine sheet.

3. To start weaving, interlock two strips. This is the bottom left corner of your coaster.

4. Add another strip that wraps around the outside of the horizontal bottom strip.

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DIY Sunscreen

With so many sunscreens out there, why make your own?  check out the list of commonly found ingedients in sunscreen that causes cancer after the read more link

Materials:

sunscreen

  • 8oz oil (olive, sunflower, jojoba, or soybean)
  • 1oz emulsifing wax
  • Sunblocking agent (zinc oxide or titanium dioxide) – available online
  • Essential oils of your choice (optional)

Go to Instructables for complete instructions. Good luck – and of course care should be taken with this DIY to make sure your skin is properly protected.

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