Monthly archive for September 2009

The True Cost of Divorce


Divorce is a really nasty thing to go through, there is no doubt, the emotional wreckage that it leaves is tremendous. I have talked some about the financial toll it leaves as well. With an average of $15,000 in legal fees alone, you then also lose half your assets or more. There is the kids, the house you worked hard to build, the relationships you built with your spouse and their families and friends. It’s a nightmare. But here is another toll of divorce.

Divorced households annually consume 73 billion kilowatt hours of electricity and 627 billion gallons of water more than they would if both partners were still living under one roof, costing an additional $10.5 billion each year.

Age at marriage for those who divorce in America
Age                                    Women             Men
Under 20 years old      27.6%             11.7%
20 to 24 years old         36.6%            38.8%
25 to 29 years old         16.4%            22.3%
30 to 34 years old        8.5%               11.6%
35 to 39 years old        5.1%                6.5%

“Clean Coal”

You gotta love the notion of clean coal, talk about branding, here is a great video trying to pursued folks that there is actually such a thing.  Sad part is that it just might work to convince people that its true.

Efficient Stairs

Here is a s strairs that are designed to fit into a square meter.  which is pretty impressie, even spiral stairs are a lil bit bit bigger and I really like the styling on these.


EeStairs have realised what many thought impossible,

a space saving solution designed for minimal opening sizes, where conventional staircases are simply not practical.

Limited space

There are many situations where a property can be enhanced by creating a useable space from a redundant upper level, however a consistent factor is limited space. The introduction of a staircase to provide access to a proposed upper level will invariably compromise the floor space below where originally no stair was intended.

EeStairs unique patented 1m2 staircase

EeStairs have developed the 1m2 ® staircase;

a functional, stylish and safe solution designed to fit into openings of just 1m x 1m.  EeStairs hold the patent to this unique space saving staircase and there is a license available to our business partners.

check out the designer here

Porta Bubble

Found this great little house/shelter thing that is designed to be a non permanent shelter.  So basically a glorified tent.  here is what the archatech said:

buBbLe tries to advocate a space and a time for non-permanent dwellings. We believe it is possible to create contemporary residential units that penetrate the city’s interstitial spaces. These units would thus complete the city’s functioning and allow for the newly arrived, or displaced people in general, to gradually settle in the city. Semi-regulated spaces that, accepting the transience of new residents, alter their character slightly and contribute to social inclusion.




more here:

How Far Can You Get From A McDonald’s

I admit that sometimes a McDonald’s burger is good, but I eat only a handful of them a year, mainly because it is about as far from beef that a beef patty could be.  I usually like cooking my own or if I have to eat out fast food, 5 guys is pretty solid chocie.  I found this map of all the McDonald’s in the USA (continental) and discovered that the farthest from one of these you can be is 145 miles!  This is in South Dakota and its kind of alarming at the density that these places have.  Over 50 million eat fast food every single day…..  let me say that again:  Over 50 MILLION people every single day!  This figure is 2 years old, so I can only imagine that it has gone up.

With around 350 Million people in the USA, that is 1 person in 7 eat fast food every day.


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