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Building the Pink House

The Pink House house is made of rammed earth, and heated by geothermal energy – through in-floor water pipes. The floor is concrete, which is the best conductor for in-floor. The heating is supplemented by a Tempcast masonry stove, the latter the greenest cheapest way to heat a house, its radiant heat used in pre-electricity Europe. For the first year, we only used the masonry stove, and it kept us warm, despite the 12 foot walls, and massive central hall.

The cost savings of geo-thermal were substantially less than advertised.

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Team Sussex or Cambridge?

March 3, 2019
A friend and I have been in a year-long discussion about the cable tv actress who has been elevated to Duchess-hood by marrying Harry Windsor. Megan Markle, from a broken, mixed-race family barely this side of trailer trash is notable for wanting to heal the world while wearing millions of pounds worth of couture. She is backed by the mixed-race aristocrats of the entertainment industry, and is correctly thought of as being the ...
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Mr. Black Swan unfollows Jordan Peterson

February 4, 2019
Nassim Taleb had a hissy fit last night: Nassim Nicholas Taleb‏Verified account @nntalebFeb 3 Where I block @JordanbPeterson for violation of intellectual integrity/virtue signaling. This spat was over Jordan Peterson’s endorsement of golden rice. Patrick Moore, one of the founders of Greenpeace, is a promoter of Golden Rice, vis this in the Globe and Mail a few years ago: Two humanitarian scientists, Dr. Ingo Potrykus and Prof. Peter Beyer, used their knowledge of genetics to create Golden ...
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Note to David Brooks: Tough progressives like Che or Fidel or Stalin or Pol Pot? Kamala like that? That gets you hot?

February 1, 2019
Kamala Harris, Call-Out Star The toughest progressive we’ve seen in a long time. By David Brooks Opinion Columnist David Brooks, apparently missing the parts about no more cars, no more private health insurance, no more free market, no more guns, no more borders thinks that Kamala Harris is just the bee’s knees. First of all, she has an elite education and brilliant parents. She chose to “work for the poor” like the last progressive Brooks bought and sold to us ...
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To The Book Community, Go Fuck Yourself

February 1, 2019
Last night Larry Correia, a fantasy writer – he hunts monsters for fame and profit – published a furious and funny screed indicting the social justice warriors in book world who harassed a new author, Amelie Zhao until she pulled her book from publication. Writing fiction had been, as it is for so many, Zhao’s childhood dream and finally she had pulled it off. Correia begins with this. First off, to know what I’m talking about, ...
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Ann Althouse, the Green Reaper and Calculus

January 25, 2019
Yesterday Ann Althouse wrote about the Green Reaper mascot that the Department of Energy created in 2013, a monster that was sent out to elementary schools during the Obama era.  She appends this note:   “Wow! It was designed to scare children! I remember being scared through my entire childhood by the threat of nuclear bombs. And for thousands of years, people have scared children about Hell. The fact that ...
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The Dopamine hit always wins

January 24, 2019
If we learned anything this week, it is that it is virtually impossible to censor the hive on the net.  The media attempt to crucify a bunch of Catholic schoolboys was stopped by a titanic blowback by tens of thousands of unconnected individuals that only crashing Facebook and Twitter for four days could have stopped. One expects massive reordering in the media business over the next six months, as bosses figure out how to prevent ...
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Berlin Fashion Week

January 21, 2019
I’m shopping in my closet for the next two years.  At least.  I have so many clothes I am embarrassed. But this combination of fuck-you-all-I’m wearing-what-I-want speaks to me.   I can do this.  If this is the way forward, I approve.      
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Gwyneth and Samin Nozrat will save us

January 14, 2019
It occurred to me last night, as I was assembling the thirty ingredients for a recipe from a cookbook received for Christmas, that cookery and the pursuit of beauty will integrate us far faster than hate speech laws, sensitivity training and the hectoring of our superiors.  Our senses are ravenous for novelty and where is it easily acquired?  The culture of the mysterious other.  Two of the three cookbooks I recently acquired focus intensively on Middle-Eastern ...
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Heart Berries, Land Rights and Reconciliation

January 12, 2019
I am reading happily along in a memoir I have just discovered, published last year to near-universal acclaim by a young indigenous woman from Sea-bird band, when I lose my way and it takes some time to find it again.  Heart Berries is by  Terese Marie Maillot,35, from the Interior Salish tribe, the ancestral range of which stretches through British Columbia, Washington state and Oregon.   I was excited that there was a literary voice from a nearby ...
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New Year’s Resolve

January 2, 2019
Plain words on plain paper. Remember what Orwell says, that good prose is like a windowpane. Cut every page you write by at least a third. Stop constructing those piffling little similes of yours. Work out what you want to say. Then say it in the most direct and vigorous way you can. Eat meat. Drink blood. Give up your social life and don’t think you can have friends. Rise in the quiet hours of the ...
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