The Solar Floating Resort

Check out this imagining of homes of the future: a floating, energy independent resort sea home!  Pretty radical. I would like to see an investor take this on. I know, there are a lot of concerns with something like this (like the underwater viewing bulb smashing into a coral reef) but hey, points for effort!

It is a cool concept. I think there is enough in the idea that is practical and currently demonstrable that the designer might be not far off from reality. Sure, an eventual “sea home” might not be round, or have a viewing bulb, but my guess is that it would have a photovoltaic skin coating, and harness tidal power, and be manufactured of extremely lightweight materials.

If I see future concepts, I would like to see sea water desalination, fresh water storage, storm shutters/immersion technology, anchor capacity, a docking slip, room for a dinghy … and yeah, a beer tap.



Summer Gardening

Summer usually brings with it an unquenchable fever for gardening and all sorts of landscaping activities. This year, though, I have barely mowed the lawn. What gives?

My thought is that the bizarre weather has messed with my internal clock. It is mid-May and we still have cool rains falling. We haven’t had a sunny day in weeks. It still feels like we are breaking out of a late winter even though we are long into the early summer already. There don’t seem to be any natural events going on outside to trigger my gardening instincts. I need a gardening trigger stimulus!

This week, I know I do need to cut back the tulip and daffodil shoots. I need to get some annuals for the beds. But what about the mulch, the worm castings, the tomato planters, the endless seedlings. And jiffy mix?  Those i’ve usually been through with a month ago. My back deck is usually a tropical jungle of herbs, vegetables, & flowers by now. Instead it is a barren of last fall’s empty marigold pots which the dog has taken for abandoned and now pees on.

But for the summer rose bushes exploding all over town in front of homes and businesses, I’d have forgotten to plant altogether. 

Those summer roses, bless them. Oddly, I think they are blooming so heartily because of the constant drizzle throughout these many long, cool, shady days.

I guess the garden has some lessons to teach me. Even if they are other people’s gardens, other people’s roses, I should remember to think if the better things that can come out of unusual circumstances.

Madame Seriziat

My father has always loved this portrait of Madame Seriziat. Over the years I have come to admire it a great deal, too. Such a subtle, but beautiful woman.

The art of our ancestors is a wonderful thing. In the midst of cell phone notification-overload and Tivo-remorse, it is a joy to pause for a moment and enjoy something simple and still. I have to wonder what is making this woman smile. I also wonder what her toddler grew up to become, and frankly how the artist (Jacques Louis David) was able to keep him still long enough to capture his likeness.

I don’t know anything about art, but David’s other work (he is a renown artist) includes recurring themes of politics, religion, and death. This portrait is so wonderfully absent those things. It makes me grateful for my family & grateful that my dad shared it with me.


Check out my new theme

My personal blog now has a new theme (design). Hooray for me! I got this theme from ThemeTrust. They have a pretty nice selection of WordPress themes at a fair price. Why did I buy instead of make my own? I had imported free themes and I had built themes, but I never actually paid for a premium theme. So I wanted to check out the bells and whistles. I learned that A) there is always a learning curve, even when you pay for something, and B) I am really happy for the fellow who built these themes. He is working hard in the community forums to answer thousands of questions from users, so he has a lot of pressure on him. But it appears, from reading through the forums, that he is doing a great job of helping folks out.

One thing i would suggest is that his “Getting Started” PDFs include default image dimensions. This would make it easier to quickly build out a site using one of his templates.