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There was a fourth little pig. He made his house from hemp.
Along came the big bad wolf. He set the house afire, than sat upwind to watch it smoulder. It gave him a pleasant feeling.
Then he got the munchies ....
Contrary to current fashion, I actually like laminate as a material - for covering counters, cabinets - especially in areas that need to be easily cleaned.
I am delighted with the new patterns, with the awesome selection. Edge treatments have certainly come a long way.
IMO, it's a superior product - not to be seen as 'second-rate' to others. I suspect most of the bad opinions are more a complaint against the earlier trends, which delighted in sharp corners and solid colors.
One advantage of laminate is that it's hard enough to be tough, yet not so hard as to be the terror of the glassware (just compare to a granite counter!). Indeed, I'd like to see someone make counters with a thin, resilient layer under the laminate- be it of cork, or some sort of rubber. Even a few mills of 'bounce' will make a difference.
I'd also like to see laminates made with some sort of texture, and to be marketed for less traditional uses- such as behind the stove top and in certain bath areas.
But where will Harry Potter sleep now? :D
What can go wrong?
Well, it all comes down to one question: Who owns the house?
LEED requires regular evaluations to maintain certification. One building is one thing - but a "community?" The certifications simply cannot be maintained without taking away control from the nominal "owners." What you really have are apartments with a high amount of "key money" required.
Doubt me? Courts are already swamped with countless suits involving home owners and their "associations." One such association - reportedly the largest such association in America - has recently made the news by foreclosing (forcing sale) of properties delinquent in their dues .... claimed debts of but a few hundred dollars.
Now there's a new twist on the old "security deposit" scam!
Today, the shining press release. Tomorrow? I predict deafening silence as this project collapses in misery for all concerned. I expect to win the lotto before FHB returns to this place to see how things really work out.
I, alone, have been raising the issue of make-up air on these very pages for years. Without exception, my concerns have been brushed aside - despite an ever-increasing desire for "tight" homes.
I am happy to see a fan maker tackle the issue. I don't care for the price ... but I don't think these pages have ever promoted a product that cost less than a Grand! Guess that's what "fine" means to some folks!
In any event, I think this product is overdue.
This is news?
The 'cube farm' pictured has since been replaced by the 'fishbowl.' An 'open' plan that allows / encourages everyone to see what the others' are doing, and further removes any feeling of having 'my' space.
This is no accident. Creative thought, imagination, initiative, empowerment, and 'personal space' are all cuss words to today's corporate mind.
They WANT mindless drones, tediously repeating actions through endless mounds of endless mind-numbing tasks. You're not supposed to know what you're doing, let alone be thinking about it!
Doubt me? Look at the computers on those desks. The machines are carefully limited to performing the handful of specific functions, the bare necessity for doing your immediate job. Having a new assignment also means a call to the IT department, to give you a new function.
You only reap what you have sown...
"Homeowners associations" are a contradiction in terms of American values. While they are an expression of our desire for self-government, they also intrude on our ideal of private property.
As such, they're one of the older of such arrangements. Alas, these days there are all manner of attempts being made to further whittle away at our right to control our own property.
The worst of this arrogance is found in the "green" movement, which has no reluctance to imposing their dreams, in the most intrusive manner. Prime among these is LEED.
Al least homeowners have influence within their associations. LEED is one example of the groups where the 'governed' have absolutely no say, and the group has zero accountability to anyone.
"Solar" is probably the biggest scam of all time. A look at the 'Solyndra" scandal should be all we need to see that we've been scammed, our processes hijacked, and out accounts plundered.
The simple facts are that 'solar power' continues to be a terrible choice. It fails to deliver on its' promises, costs far too much, and the manufacture of the components is far from 'green.'
If you don't like YOUR homeowners' association, you have choices. You can work from within for changes, or you can simply move. You don't have that choice in the brave new world of big government.
This is America. Our whole system is based on the belief that wisdom is found in the decisions of millions of ordinary folks over time. This is incompatible with the idea of a self-appointed governing elite.
In America, the ability of individuals to be "contrary" is a good thing.
Ahem. Here we go again!
The reasoning presented in this article truly is putting the cart before the horse. I mean- global warming causing increased cooling needs? Really?
How about we forget 'global warming' for a moment? Perhaps we're just fussier about our comfort (using something because it's available- while in the past we 'conserved' something we didn't have at all)?
I note the picture shows multiple 'mini-split' evaporators. The 'mini-split' is most often used to provide additional cooling for local heat sources- such as computer rooms. I also note that firms care a lot more about the comfort of their electronics than they do about the comfort of mere employees.
There's also the matter of 'tight' buildings trapping more of the heat that is generated within. We're not simply opening windows anymore.
I suppose someone will also attribute the lack of operable windows (see the picture that accompanies this article) to global warming. After all, that's a lot of glass for a very small operable section. Nor do those windows look particularly 'energy efficient.'
As for the assertion that increased cooling 'looks bad' for global warming ... how so? We've spent the last decade using only 'green' refrigerants and discontinuing the use of Freon.
Fiction cast as 'science,' re-writing history, and inverting logic. Quite an accomplishment for The Guardian. What's next? Blaming babies for creating mating rituals?
It might be interesting to compare the actual utility of the Vise-Grip offering to the "original," the Leatherman Crunch.
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