Saturday Linkages: DIY Coffee Roasting and That Crazy Rhubarb Lady

IKEA hack: DIY coffee roaster.

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IKEA hack FrankenRoaster – DIY Coffee Roaster Drum http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Ikeahacker/~3/Ii6NHUh_5Hg/frankenroaster-coffee-roaster-drum.html …

Made in the Shade: Building a Vertical Garden Under the Canopy of Our Guava Tree http://disq.us/8en1h5

Create Your Own Hipster Logo In 6 Steps http://www.fastcodesign.com/node/1673156 

Back to Basics: Direct Hydropower http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/typepad/krisdedecker/lowtechmagazineenglish/~3/3fsfrNm3iis/direct-hydropower.html …

HOWTO: Ultra-cheap Sous-vide – Boing Boing http://boingboing.net/2013/08/11/howto-ultra-cheap-sous-vide.html …

Nature
Biology, Antifragility, and Nature http://goo.gl/fb/VQHx3Garden Centers Sell Bee-Attractant Plants with Pesticide Residues Toxic to Bees http://www.beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblog/?p=11566 …

Want your kids to play outside? Rip out the lawn! by Garden Rant » good read http://gardenrant.com/2013/08/want-your-kids-to-play-outside-rip-out-the-lawn.html?utm_source=feedly …

Design
The Modern Seaweed House by Vandkunsten and Realdania Byg http://www.dezeen.com/2013/07/10/the-modern-seaweed-house-by-vandkunsten-and-realdania/ …

Daily Flash: Jay Nelson/Mollusk Surf Shop http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/lloydkahn/~3/rw0ApY0oJPM/daily-flash-jay-nelsonmollusk-surf-shop_2987.html …

Your Open-Concept Kitchen Will Ruin Your House and Your Life http://www.slate.com/articles/life/culturebox/2013/08/against_open_concept_kitchens_don_t_listen_to_hgtv_and_keep_your_walls_and.html?utm_source=tw&utm_medium=sm&utm_campaign=button_chunky …

New Skateboard Can Go Down Stairs http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/lloydkahn/~3/3_e0IccStLo/new-skateboard-can-go-down-stairs.html …

Life in the city
Urban Healers: http://urbanhealers.tumblr.com

Clotheslines vs. HOAs: “Right to Dry” States http://bit.ly/13nMrPL

The Ten Most Ambitious Failed Utopian Mass Transit Systems http://jalopnik.com/the-ten-most-ambitious-failed-utopian-mass-transit-syst-1135019271 …

Making a Case to Phase Out “Beg Buttons” in Santa Monica’s Pedestrian Action Plan http://disq.us/8elfzy

Meet Streetmix, the Website Where You Can Design Your Own Street » good read http://www.streetsblog.org/2013/08/12/meet-streetmix-the-website-where-you-can-design-your-own-street/ …

Werner Herzog Made a Documentary About Texting While Driving. And It’s Haunting. http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2013/08/09/werner_herzog_texting_while_driving_documentary_from_one_second_to_the_next.html?utm_source=tw&utm_medium=sm&utm_campaign=button_chunky …

As City Considers Removing Ban on Parkway Vegetable Gardens, Some Communities Continue Planting http://la.streetsblog.org/2013/08/13/as-city-considers-removing-ban-on-parkway-vegetable-gardens-some-communities-continue-planting/ …

The view from above Los Angeles http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-oe-green-homage-to-los-angeles-20130814,0,4040309.story …

This Week in Crazy Rhubarb Lady by Amy Stewart http://gardenrant.com/2013/08/this-week-in-crazy-rhubarb-lady.html?utm_source=feedly …

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  1. After reading the “Close Your Open-Concept Kitchen” article, I can only conclude some people don’t like them. I wouldn’t trade mine for the world and disagreed with the author on nearly all points.

  2. In defense of lawn for children–anyone who thinks lawn is not play area has obviously not seen a child careening across the grass, learning how to control a bike and actually stop. Most of the time, at first, my kids took a spill onto the grass.

    Plus, my spacious lawn was good for a game of freeze tag, hide-and-go-seek. Yes, the hiding places were good, but so was a place the run to get to base.

    I was the only mother on the block who would allow children to play baseball on the lawn. The bases killed a bit of grass. Runners slid into base more often that necessary, gouging places out. For over a year, they were allowed to ruin the grass. But, I had happy children who ate well at mealtime and slept well at night. I heard lots of talk, laughter, and arguments over the game and rules. I am better off from having had worn grass and children sounds. Plus, I knew where my children were. The other preschoolers were out of their parents’ hair.

    When they were older, they lay in the grass or looked for clover. The little one would rather sit in the grass under the oak tree and search for bugs than play in hidden places.

    If I were to rip out lawn, it would be to grow food and cut down on the area to be mowed. But, that is my mindset now. They had plenty of shrubs, trees, swing sets with sheets over them, huge front porch,and curbs/aka rocks to be happy. Oh, they could jump right off the retaining wall into traffic if they decided to do so. There was adventure in our lawn.

    Since I grew up on several acres of lawn in our ten acres, I remember more about the lawn activities than hidden places. Those hiding were in the woods.

  3. Great article on direct hydropower Erik.

    Let’s go find a stream. Now if only we can power a cat brushing mill / litterbox automatic scooper from Heavy Metal Nuclear Trout that flows more readily than water in the LA storm drains then we’re in business.

    By the way, shout out to my new band HMNT. ( see reference above )

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