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grass roofs

I am a city girl but sometimes I delude myself that I would love to live out in the middle of nowhere, say in a log cabin with a turfed roof, for example.

I would be one with nature!

Or it could be someplace all mod and eco-futuristic...

...Nah, I prefer to go the fantasy route instead.

It would be wonderful to live here, I think.

Then I think "spiders" and recall that I am in fact two with nature.

Still, I've been stuck in town for too long.  I miss the sight of open fields and forests and mountains.  I think my attraction to fantasy homes is actually an impulse to be somewhere else for a while.  Madison makes a great home base, but I'm feeling the urge to do some traveling again, explore new places.

What about you guys?  Where do you want to go?
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tuesday miscellany

Cottage living doesn't get much more fantasy than this, but it's real. I'm chalking this one up under Humans Are Capable Of Beauty:

The whole thing is a DIY project, completed in four months for about £3000, and now it's where they live. There's plenty of information on the website, including building plans and more pictures. Also lists a couple of upcoming projects, if anyone's got some time off and wants to learn to build like this?

"Main tools used: chainsaw, hammer and 1 inch chisel, little else really. Oh and by the way I am not a builder or carpenter, my experience is only having a go at one similar house 2 yrs before and a bit of mucking around inbetween. This kind of building is accessible to anyone. My main relevant skills were being able bodied, having self belief and perseverence and a mate or two to give a lift now and again."

Check out the whole site for more info about low-impact building, sustainable agriculture, and so forth. (via alices_house)


In what appears to be legitimate news, Roswell conspiracy theorists have just been handed the holy grail:

"Lieutenant Walter Haut was the public relations officer at the base in 1947 and was the man who issued the original and subsequent press releases after the crash on the orders of the base commander, Colonel William Blanchard.

Haut died last year but left a sworn affidavit to be opened only after his death.

Last week, the text was released and asserts that the weather balloon claim was a cover story and that the real object had been recovered by the military and stored in a hangar.

He described seeing not just the craft, but alien bodies."

I'm considering an alternate theory that what crashed at Roswell was actually the swarm of gnats currently appearing in John Scalzi's back yard.  But I'm most tickled by the thought that this guy has been waiting sixty years to mess with the entire world. Come on, if you'd been the PR officer at Roswell in 1947, how could you pass up the opportunity?


Spike Jonze and Dave Eggers are working on a live-action movie of Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are. Intriguing. The first screenshot has been released:


And finally, for those moments when only a prairie dog can express the full dramatic impact of a situation:
People are contributing variations on the dramatic prairie dog website. Most only gild the lily, but I did get a kick out of the Lost director's cut.  (thanks, jennie!)
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wednesday miscellaneous is all about SCIENCE!

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* This week in The Revealer (an excellent daily review of religion and the press), John D. Spalding discovers the newly opened Creation Museum ("Our exhibit halls are gilded with truth").  The museum portrays history from a Biblical perspective, showing dinosaurs co-existing with people on the premise that God created dinosaurs on the sixth day, about six thousand years ago.  Spalding jazzes up his Biblical stories accordingly to be more dino-riffic:
Now that our family Bible is filled with huge flesh-eating monsters, my kids can't put the dang thing down!

* Alternately, if you choose to believe in that evolution theory stuff, you can watch The Journey of Mankind, which traces the migration of humans throughout the planet over the past 160,000 years. Kind of beautiful. (Watch out for global natural disaster at the 74,000 mark!)

* Because I can never get enough of treehouses, here's a collection of images of (mostly real) "luxury treehouses", including this one I would very much like to visit, at the Alnwick Garden in Northumberland:

* Or you could just build a house on the ground using trees as your living materials.
"...A house that will grow from a few seedlings into a two-story, water-recycling, energy-efficient abode. The Fab Tree Hab, a mix of ancient and ultramodern technology, isn’t merely environmentally friendly. It is the environment. Instead of building a home out of green materials, the trio figured, why not construct a living, breathing house?"
Check out the video and annotated picture.  I used to hope we'd live like this in the future.  I may have been corrupted by the pleasures of solid multi-story construction, though.

* "Our oceans are turning into plastic... are we?" Found via Mimi Smartypants, who accurately describes it as a "very depressing article. Some environmental reading gets you fired up, and you bike to work and recycle your recyclables and actually remember to bring along your canvas grocery sacks. Other kinds make you moan out loud, curl up in a ball, and decide never to eat anything other than organic raisins and filtered water. This is the latter sort, so you have been warned."  Still worth reading, though.

* And because the plastic thing depressed me (seriously! you've been warned!), let's end on a happy note with Steam Trek! Made over a dozen years ago by Dennis Sisterson, who's got a neat variety of animation styles, as well as the uncut version of Steam Trek, on his well-designed website. The thing I love most about this little movie ("Star Trek as Melies would have done it") is how true it feels to the 1960s show, still my favorite ST series. Special effects, plot, and all...

(via warren ellis)