Monthly Archives: March 2012

* Architecture: Electric Boat House by Groosman Partners


Architecture: Electric Boat House by Groosman Partners: “..facing south, the roof is covered with 72 solar panels over an area of 91 square meters. the PV cells provide 11,072 kWh per year generating enough energy to fuel 1,385 boats per year. rainwater runoff is also collected in a tank for use in the toilets and washing the watercrafts. the structure’s temperature is regulated with an earth mouth heating pump. construction materials have been used in their most natural form as much as possible, without paint finishes to exude its natural beauty..a boat house which may charge electric boats..the industrial building contains a warehouse with machinery to store and rehabilitate vessels, an office and exhibition space which allows objects to be displayed by floating on the water’s surface. each programmatic area has a defined external appearance and character based upon its function. a black volume with an angled roofline hovers above the transparent base for exhibitions..”…

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* Residential Architecture: Two-Tree House by Golany Architects


Residential Architecture: Two-Tree House by Golany Architects: “..the house, which now appears to have grown there, actually began as a recycled shipping was constructed by applying prefabrication wherever possible, with all the interior finishes, insulation and structure completed off-site. it was brought to the site fully prepared to serve as a dwelling. the timber cladding, light roof over steel ceiling, stone work, and decks were designed in advance, and were complimented by works on site, after the house was inhabited. prefabrication was chosen to achieve the tight timeframe and budget, but also as part of the strategy to preserve the trees..”  Charming, rustic exterior, wonderful use of repurposed shipping container..

image: yaron golany; article: Designboom

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Small Children with Deadly Pets: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

CBS Los Angeles

Above:  “I know! –Let’s put a 2-year-old on a leopard.  It must be safe — it’s on a leash, apparently made of string.”  Or we could dangle a toddler with a snack in his hand, over the raccoon enclosure.(Raccoons are pretty clean animals with rounded teeth, right?)

But to my way of thinking, nothing beats putting a giant constrictor of some kind, on top of an infant, not yet old enough to ask his parents “Why do you want to get rid of me?”

Unless it’s a surprise new pet, for a sleeping pre-teen. Notice the cat, also in the bed, pretty much is taking care of itself. Cats are good at that.

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Oops! I may have made a mistake with the title of my blog!

Josh, Naked

When I started this blog, it was originally supposed to be part of my self-care plan in graduate school. It was going to be a way that I could vent, blog/journal, and stay in touch with my family. I think I posted twice. I started the blog in Jan. 2010, I believe. I was trying to think of a clever name for the blog, something that would catch people’s attention. I had recently began to read the newest book from my favorite author Nick Hornby entitled “Juliet, Naked.” Not to spoil anything from the book, “Juliet, Naked” was the title of an “unplugged,” if you will, version of a studio album that a characters partner was obsessed with. I figured I could use “Josh, Naked” as a way to pay homage to Nick Hornby, and use it as a symbol of what I wanted the blog to represent, me vulnerable, raw, “naked.” And I figured that with the word Naked in…

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Whale Caught In 50 Feet Of Netting Rescued By Dana Point Crew

CBS Los Angeles

DANA POINT (CBS) — A young California Gray whale whose tail was trapped in 50 feet of netting is now swimming free thanks to the help from a Dana Point whale watching crew.

Capt. Dave Anderson, of Capt. Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Safari, says he and his wife Gisele were on their way to dinner Friday when they got a call from one of their whale watching boats, notifying them that a whale had been spotted with a huge amount of gillnet wrapped around its tail flukes.

With the help of  several friends, Capt. Dave and his crew were able to keep track of the whale through the night Friday and work the whale’s tail free of the netting before nightfall Saturday.

The whale, nicknamed Bart by the crew, had gotten caught in netting toting a sea lion, a leopard shark, two angel sharks, various crabs, fish and rays.

“This whale…

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Good Cooks

Hi guys! It was an awesome weather yesterday and today, days to enjoy the spring with the kids, a relief after a continuous raining for the whole last week and the week before, which is good but not in kids spring break though. Hope it will not cool too much especially in April, as many are expecting, like what happened last 2 years when it snowed and made damage to a lot of trees and plants.

Today’s the last day of the kids break. We tried to make it super fun. Fortunately, they had a pretty little camp with friends last week before the rain, but during the rainy day, there’s only one thing. Sticking Inside. So we enjoyed some indoor plans, they had the chance to join me in the kitchen and make some of their favourite recipes, or actually, some of their long list of recipes they wished to make…

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