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Good Sea Ranch House Design

I don’t care for most Sea Ranch architecture. Too sterile, and no overhangs, which is just dumb here on the west coast. Landscaping at SeaRanch, by Laurence Halprin, however, is brilliant; he just left everything as was, coyote bush and all.

This house, however, looked good to my eye.

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Secret Apartment in Eiffel Tower

“When the Eiffel Tower opened in 1889 to universal wonder and acclaim, designer Gustave Eiffel soaked up the praise, but as if that wasn’t enough, it was soon revealed that he had built himself a small apartment near the top of the world wonder garnering him the envy of the Parisian elite in addition to his new fame.…”

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/gustav-eiffel-s-secret-apartment

From Anonymous

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Stunning Hobbit-Like Cave House in New Zealand

Sent us by Kelly Hart, of www.greenhomebuilding.com. WOW!!

“Underhill is an incredible hobbit-home like, eco-cave house built into the hillside of a Waikato (New Zealand) farm. The house is cleverly constructed to resemble a cave. With no electricity in the house, the stone, wood and rustic features truly make you feel like you’re stepping back in time.
We’re almost totally enclosed in our tiny house and will soon be moving onto the internal fit-out. We thought this was a great opportunity to show you around the house so far and what we have planned for the inside!…”

https://www.livingbiginatinyhouse.com/underhill-eco-cave-house/

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Retired Engineer Having Fun

Boy, is this guy having fun! This was in Saturday’s New York Times in the business section. It’s more like monkey business. Made me laugh out loud.

“’Why Knot?’ for example, uses 10 electric motors to drive 10 mechanisms to construct a four-in-hand knot on a necktie that it wraps around its own neck. Grasping, pulling, aligning and winding the lengths of the tie, Mr. Knot can detect the occasional misstep or tear, untie the knot and get it right. Unlike Rube Goldberg’s whimsical contraptions, Mr. Goldstein’s is no mere cartoon. It works, if only for Mr. Knot. He cannot tie your tie.


Mr. Goldstein might be exceptional for the range of his skills, but he is characteristic of a sizable — and with the first of the baby boomers retiring now — expanding cohort of pensioners. Smart, agile and creative, they catch a liberating wind upon leaving the bosses, bureaucracies, commutes and time clocks of their workaday careers to tackle something consuming and new, whether for material reward or none at all.…”

Article by Peter T. Kilborn, photo by Matt Roth for The New York Times

Here it is in action: 

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