ArchiveJanuary 2018

Day 1: Insulating a Van for Summer & Winter Living

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The first thing I did to my new Ford Transit van was rip out all of the factory-installed cargo gear to make room for insulation. This is part of a series of posts about building a tiny home inside a cargo van (#vanlife). Insulation Needs I wanted to be able to park my van to the base of a ski mountain, like Tahoe, so that I could get first runs in the morning. In order to not freeze my butt off...

How to Speak Human (as told by a puppy)

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Humans are quite easy to train, if you have the time. It takes a lifetime, unfortunately; for humans never really learn anything. Oh they do wondrous enough things, to be sure. They’re quite adept of the conjuring of food, and other such magic. Their word for magic is “technology.” Of course, the Pupish word for technology is “boring.” It’s not a direct translation but it will suffice. Synonyms...

The Plan to Build a Van

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About a year ago, a friend first told me that he was buying a “sprinter van” to live in. Knowing the friend, I laughed and shook my head at the prospect — something I’d later learned is called #VanLife. Come to find out, there’s a whole community out there of people who convert vans into tiny homes. Skip Ahead… Day 1: Insulating a Van for Summer and Winter Living Why...

Bright

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Bright was brilliant on multiple levels. Re-imagining a now-classic fantasy mythology in a modern setting, extending and building upon the original idea… it’s as if Tolkien’s world never ended, and is layered behind a modern present as some distant past. I especially appreciated touches like the vaguely Nordic accent of the elves, providing some coherence to the extrapolation of the...

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