smallandtinyhomeideas:

America’s first official “Tiny House Friendly” Town
Jul. 20, 2014 - SPUR, Texas
The City Council of Spur, TX passed a resolution tonight designating the City of Spur as America’s first officially “Tiny House Friendly” town. The resolution tips its hat to the movement toward smaller and more efficient dwellings that has grown into a national trend dubbed the “Tiny House Movement” by proponents and the press.
Motivated by downward pressure on wages and real estate prices and an abhorrence of waste, a new generation of pioneers is setting about re-inventing the American dream, harking back to the pioneer spirit of early settlers who carved lives out of the wilderness with a determined focus on self-sufficiency and modest living. But this is not your great grandfathers’ tiny house. Aided by technology and innovative designs from companies like Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, the new pioneer house would make Thoreau blush at its luxurious accommodations.
 “We saw that larger cities haven’t been all that welcoming to smaller houses, seemingly unable to remove permitting and code obstacles, (usually requiring square footage to be 1,000 sq./ft. or more), so we hoped we could help by removing restrictions related to home size.” Adams says, “Folks who want to live the “Tiny” house life in Spur need only to build with quality, connect to city utilities and pay taxes like everybody else.”
More information about the Spur “Tiny” house initiative can be found at www.spurfreedom.com | hat tip to Tiny House Build

smallandtinyhomeideas:

America’s first official “Tiny House Friendly” Town

Jul. 20, 2014 - SPUR, Texas

The City Council of Spur, TX passed a resolution tonight designating the City of Spur as America’s first officially “Tiny House Friendly” town. The resolution tips its hat to the movement toward smaller and more efficient dwellings that has grown into a national trend dubbed the “Tiny House Movement” by proponents and the press.

Motivated by downward pressure on wages and real estate prices and an abhorrence of waste, a new generation of pioneers is setting about re-inventing the American dream, harking back to the pioneer spirit of early settlers who carved lives out of the wilderness with a determined focus on self-sufficiency and modest living. But this is not your great grandfathers’ tiny house. Aided by technology and innovative designs from companies like Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, the new pioneer house would make Thoreau blush at its luxurious accommodations.

 “We saw that larger cities haven’t been all that welcoming to smaller houses, seemingly unable to remove permitting and code obstacles, (usually requiring square footage to be 1,000 sq./ft. or more), so we hoped we could help by removing restrictions related to home size.” Adams says, “Folks who want to live the “Tiny” house life in Spur need only to build with quality, connect to city utilities and pay taxes like everybody else.”

More information about the Spur “Tiny” house initiative can be found at www.spurfreedom.com | hat tip to Tiny House Build

(Source: spurfreedom.comxas-becomes-americas-first-tiny-house-friendly-city.html)


montereybayaquarium:

Home on the Road: This Octopus Just Loves Life in a Shell

Is this the original RVer? The veined or “coconut” octopus’s home is wherever it puts down its, well, shell. And we’re glad to announce there’s one parked in our Tentacles exhibit right now.

But it’s not just a coconut shell that this cephalopod settles down in. Our Curator of Husbandry Operations, Paul Clarkson, says that the veined octopus (Amphioctopus marginatus) will “pick up anything at its disposal” to make a home on the road. This includes old cans, bottles, boots, shells and yes—coconuts. In fact, it’s proud to take up residence in any recently foreclosed property on the ocean floor. It’s all home as far as this cephalopod is concerned.

It could just be the ultimate recycler.

Octopus odyssey

Paul was recently part of a trip to the Philippines,  and his sole goal was to collect this curious cephalopod. The trip was organized by the California Academy of Sciences, which also happens to be the only other aquarium in the U.S. to have displayed them.

The dive site was near an old pier, which—unfortunately for the ocean, but perhaps not so much for the octopus—was rife with trash. He said they would often find the animals closed up in clam shells, with just their eyes poking out, surveying the scene. If spooked, Paul said, the octopus would “just duck down and close up the shell.” To move, it would pick up the shell and just hit the road.

This made life easy for the scientists on the trip. “To collect these octopuses, we would just take the whole house, with the animal inside. It was good for them, and easy for us.” The shell also furnished first-class accommodations on the flight to California.

Paul found that, if he was patient, the octopuses were quite sociable. “If we just sat still, with a crab or other prey, they would come right over and eat out of our hands.”

About the veined octopus

The veined octopus is found in Indo-Pacific waters, has a fist-sized body and lives to be a year old. Common prey items include crustaceans and small fishes.  

You can find it in our Tentacles exhibit, in the spot formerly occupied by the two-spot octopus, which has been moved behind the scenes. Don’t be surprised to find this vagabond displayed with some of the junk that commonly forms its home in the wild.

Watch a veined octopus make a home out of a coconut shell

Learn more about our Tentacles exhibit


unimpressedcats:

toilet party

unimpressedcats:

toilet party


hifructosemag:

Henrique Oliveira’s current installation at the Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade de São Paulo, now on Hi-Fructose.

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random-stuff-from-jayhurl:

The sarracenia a just loving all this heat and sunshine!

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jl7299:

vincentvangoth:

when u miss the last step on the stairs

image

Can we just remember that the animators drew snow white frame by frame.

Someone drew that intentionally.

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wockawock:


Patrícia (modelagem em placa) (via Acácia Azevedo: Open Space: My Students)

wockawock:

Patrícia
(modelagem em placa) (via Acácia Azevedo: Open Space: My Students)

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hale-to-the-queen:


qweety:

urbanmongoose:

Normal cats shake their butt when they’re about to pounce on something. Polly shakes her head. .-.

Oh my god

her EYES

hale-to-the-queen:

qweety:

urbanmongoose:

Normal cats shake their butt when they’re about to pounce on something. Polly shakes her head. .-.

Oh my god

her EYES

(via unimpressedcats)



blastingradio:


This is not my beautiful houseThis is not my beautiful wife

blastingradio:

This is not my beautiful house
This is not my beautiful wife

(Source: derpycats, via unimpressedcats)


hipsterlibertarian:


America’s next leaders think the government is f***ed. Pure and simple, young adults are disillusioned with the current political system. The people who will be the future leaders of America say politics today are corrupt, inefficient and messy — words that only begin to underline the disgust many young people feel. 
That’s what a recent Mic survey of 666 people under the age of 34 from every state said when asked to describe today’s American political environment. When asked to use one word to describe it, nearly all respondents included negative terms. Sh*t. Messy. Ineffective. Oligarchy. These are the damning terms respondents turned to when describing American politics.
The Mic survey results echo the findings of another recent poll completed by Reason-Rupe, which found that millennials overwhelmingly think government is inefficient, corrupt and supportive of cronyism. This sweeping report cites that 66% of young people believe the government is inefficient and wasteful — a substantial increase since 2009 when just 42% of young people described the government as being inefficient and wasteful. […]

How did we get here? A generation that spent their childhood in the economic boom and prosperity of the 1990s has spent the last decade imbued in two grueling wars and an economic meltdown.

Read the whole report here.

hipsterlibertarian:

America’s next leaders think the government is f***ed. Pure and simple, young adults are disillusioned with the current political system. The people who will be the future leaders of America say politics today are corrupt, inefficient and messy — words that only begin to underline the disgust many young people feel. 

That’s what a recent Mic survey of 666 people under the age of 34 from every state said when asked to describe today’s American political environment. When asked to use one word to describe it, nearly all respondents included negative terms. Sh*t. Messy. Ineffective. Oligarchy. These are the damning terms respondents turned to when describing American politics.

The Mic survey results echo the findings of another recent poll completed by Reason-Rupe, which found that millennials overwhelmingly think government is inefficient, corrupt and supportive of cronyism. This sweeping report cites that 66% of young people believe the government is inefficient and wasteful — a substantial increase since 2009 when just 42% of young people described the government as being inefficient and wasteful. […]

How did we get here? A generation that spent their childhood in the economic boom and prosperity of the 1990s has spent the last decade imbued in two grueling wars and an economic meltdown.

Read the whole report here.


mothernaturenetwork:

In France, grocery stores are selling out of ugly produceOne grocery store chain purchases “inglorious fruits and vegetables” and turns them into profit instead of waste.

mothernaturenetwork:

In France, grocery stores are selling out of ugly produce
One grocery store chain purchases “inglorious fruits and vegetables” and turns them into profit instead of waste.


vastderp:

quintessence-of-dust:

Kacy Catanzaro: the first woman in history to qualify for Mt. Midoriyama.

I just need everyone to watch this video [x]. She’s a 5 foot, 100 lb gymnast and she beasts through this insanely difficult, heavily upper body focused course like it was her morning jog. The camera keeps cutting to these massive, musclebound men in the audience with their mouths hanging open. 

OH SNAP this photoset shows those insane vertical obstacles, look at her go.

(Source: felicityperhaps, via hugs4me4you4all)


montereybayaquarium:

Happy #Friday! There’s nothing common about this cuttlefish: the common cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis)  uses its skin to communicate—flashing stripes and patches of color convey threats or courtship messages. We’ve raised generations of them at the Aquarium.

On exhibit in Tentacles!



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