Saturday Linkages: The Usual Suspects–Goats, Bikes and Tiny Houses

3D printed slug trap. Via Modern Farmer.

3D printed slug trap. Via Modern Farmer.

Small House Living
Tiny Cabin With Fold-out Porches …

Spherical Tree Tents for Temporary & Permanent Dwelling | Designs & Ideas on Dornob …

Tokyo’s Tiniest Apartments are Like Expensive Little Closets | Designs & Ideas on Dornob …

Wooden Boat Building

DIY garden gear made with a 3d printer: …

3D Printed Track Bike …

Goats, Just Goats
Goats in the house: …

Susan Orlean: The Power of Walking While Working …

Streetfacts #4: Children Have Lost the Freedom to Roam …

Mexitech 3D tortilla printer “miMasa3000″ available soon: …

As CicLAvia proves, Angelenos are eager to get out of their cars and onto bikes | …

“The Spokesman” A Great 3-Minute Video About Bikes

Mounted Handlebars … via

Gutter Cloud …

Ignoring Bee Crisis, EPA Greenlights New ‘Highly Toxic’ Pesticide | Common Dreams …

Shell’s racist pesticide ad, 1957: …

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  1. In the comments section of the 3D-printed garden gear, please note my comments, which attempt to prick that particular bubble. The link goes to a very long debate about the future, and value, of 3D printing.

    • Ruben said:

      “I think there is something concrete about the human touch, the history of a thing.”

      Ruben, that is a profound statement. All things I value are handcrafted, usually by someone I know or met, and one of a kind–jewelry, furniture, toys, clothing, utensils. Mostly, I know the maker. Some, I designed. Some, I asked for. Some, I bought.

      There is more assigned value in my Waterford Crystal vase than the vase my daughter made in pottery class as a child, but I value her vase more.

    • I don’t like being negative about new technology, but I have to agree. I think people have no understanding of the level of engineering and CAD knowledge needed to make a useful widget with a 3D printer. Most people will never be able to make anything useful with one of these printers, and even if they could, it would have been cheaper to buy a mass produced version.

      Some objects I’ve seen made are so completely overly complicated, I have to laugh. Those brackets for the rain gutter planters? I can go to the hardware store and find fifty different shelf brackets, or I could use some plumbers tape an some nuts and bolts, or perhaps some scrap lumber. I don’t need a $500 printer to do this.

    • Ruben–thanks for chiming in–I’ll include the Treehuger debate in our next link dump. I have to admit its not a subject I’ve given much thought to.

  2. What? No pee or straw bales today?

    I am totally amazed at the commenters who cannot see the racism in the Shell ad.

    Are we moving back toward plastic in the garden instead of using natural materials just because we can make things on a 3D printer? This seems sort of regressive for gardening even if it progressive for printers and plastic. Now, to go read Ruben’s comment…..

    The bubble in the pine tree is unusual. I suppose all these new-fangled homes are meant for the young who can climb like a monkey. I just see pine trees falling in the forest. Not every new idea is practical on many levels.

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