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Conformity Is Overrated [Feb. 11th, 2008|03:15 am]
Kelly J. Cooper
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I want the ability to take all different forms of energy and pump them into a battery that my house can then use for electricity.

For instance...

I want a battery that captures the energy generated by the movement of my body that can be removed when I get home (or just periodically) and plugged into a larger energy capturing unit.

I want the ability to plug a stationary bike or rowing machine or whatever the fuck into a wall and use it to generate energy.

I want to have little paddles in my downspouts, and mini-windmills, and solar panels that shift as the earth moves, tilting to catch as much sunlight as possible, and I want them all to dump that energy into storage.

It should be neat, well-designed, and fucking EASY to do this. Dammit.

Also, I want a magazine or book or something that caters to "packrat style" home decoration. All the current magazines are about having NOTHING in your rooms but a few decorations. I HATE that look.

And all the links for "packrat" take you to places that teach you how to declutter and clean. Now, I appreciate a well-organized space as much as the next person, and goodness knows my house is a pit and I hate it. BUT, I love cubbies and shelving and built-in storage. I like using every inch of a room. I like it to look busy and slightly crazy, but easily searchable. Where's my Martha Stewart-esque goddess of dense design?

Fuck the mainstream.
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[User Picture]From: metagnat
2008-02-11 02:15 pm (UTC)
Sing out!

I would totally subscribe to a magazine about cluttered design and the cluttered lifestyle!

-E
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2008-02-12 05:00 am (UTC)
*grin*
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[User Picture]From: lillibet
2008-02-11 03:26 pm (UTC)
I want a battery that captures the energy generated by the movement of my body that can be removed when I get home (or just periodically) and plugged into a larger energy capturing unit.

Was that inspired by the recent creation of just such a thing, or is it merely the zeitgeist doing it's usual efficient thing?

There's a nifty book called Decorating with Books that we gave my MIL a couple of years ago. It seems to get at least a little way toward what you want in a decorating manual.

I like to think that I've done pretty well on this front, actually. When I think about my house, it certainly doesn't conform to the 'no stuff' paradigm that is frustratingly popular in design magazines. But it's not messy, despite the vast quantities of stuff accummulated. Well, most of the time :) Someone at our last party gave me a great compliment--he said "you have one of those homes where no matter where you sit, no matter where you look, there's something interesting to see" and I thought "someone gets it!" :)
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[User Picture]From: whitebird
2008-02-11 07:01 pm (UTC)
Curse you, I spent an inordinate amount of time looking for the knee brace only to find myself beaten by a much more wordy response! :)
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[User Picture]From: lillibet
2008-02-11 07:40 pm (UTC)
Google: knee brace energy
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[User Picture]From: whitebird
2008-02-12 07:32 am (UTC)
That is indeed what I ended up doing, after searching the two websites I thought I'd seen it on for a few days back.
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2008-02-12 05:00 am (UTC)
Was that inspired by the recent creation of just such a thing, or is it merely the zeitgeist doing it's usual efficient thing?

The zeitgeist. I've been mentally whining about this for months and been meaning to put something on my LJ for weeks and finally got around to it last night.

I hadn't seen the article when I wrote the rant.

Wow.

Thanks for the links!
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From: i_leonardo
2008-02-11 06:39 pm (UTC)
i've got a copy of "decorating with books" if you'd like to browse through it.
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2008-02-12 05:01 am (UTC)
I sure would. I hope I'll remember this when you come back...
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[User Picture]From: wonderreader
2008-02-11 08:55 pm (UTC)

energy

well, they do that bicycle thing over in Africa - the village has a computer and the amount of time you are alloted is related to the amount of time you pedal because pedaling puts energy in the battery - or something like that. should work with an exercise bike. I'll try to find a reference
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2008-02-12 05:04 am (UTC)

Re: energy

Huh. Sounds cool. I know it exists because there's a movie actor... oh yeah, Ed Begley Jr. who has a home-made rig he uses wherein he rides his bicycle to power the toaster for toast. He's been doing environmentally positive stuff for over 30 years and has a show called "Living with Ed" on HGTV that highlights this kind of thing.

But what I want is for it to be EASY. Plug-n-play, because I don't know how to rig a bicycle to a car battery to run my toaster.
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[User Picture]From: whitebird
2008-02-12 07:32 am (UTC)

Re: energy

Another environmental activist actor is Daryl Hannah. She too has a bit of a show or podcasts thingy about it. And has gone so far as to convert her really nice muscle car into a bio diesel car and drink her fuel on camera.
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