Strawbale Housing

Straw is a waste material that can be used for building houses. Bales of straw are treated and arranged to form walls. Straw bales can be a highly efficient building material. Brief Applause: Straw Bale House Here is a tweet about a video on strawbale construction: “ healthy living * Houses of straw – the rediscovery of…

Building with Laterite

Laterite is a beatiful gold-and-red coloured stone, with a wonderful earthy tone, that was very commonly used as a building material in Kerala, India, as well as other parts of South Asia. It can be left exposed without plastering. Laterite will always be sort of rough-hewn, because it is an agglomerate, unlike granite which is…

Doing business with a lackey

Do you do business with someone who uses the following expressions: "... I have been summoned..." "... I have been mandated..." Do you do business with such a person? No, because that is the the language of a lackey. While this may be nothing more than a grubby negotiating tactic, to claim to have to…

Sean Parker dissing Twitter

Even multi-millionaire Silicon Valley whiz-kids have moments of irrational jealousy. Here is Sean Parker, founder of Napster and ex-president of Facebook (he was played by Justin Timberlake in the film Social Network), commenting on an article in Forbes.com: Twitter is FAR from a Facebook competitor. To call Twitter a competitor is like saying Potato Chips is competition to…