Derek Diedricksen isn’t just a man with too much time on his hands, he is a man who has found a way to turn other people’s junk into something beautiful and meaningful. The Stoughton Massachusetts resident makes micro-shelters in his backyard. The tiny houses are made out of shipping pallets, castoff storm windows and discarded kitchen cabinets. The largest is about 24 square feet and the smallest is 4 feet tall at its highest point. Each microhouse costs less than $200 to make and comes equipped with transparent roofing.
Google earth is a very effective tool if used right but this is one feature the Bahrain government would gladly do without. The government blocked Google Earth when it discovered that the oppressed Shiite majority where using the tool to view palaces and other estates that make up 95% of the country. The controversial images captured in an anonymously distributed PDF file caused uproar and fed the current mass revolt happening in the country.
Our visitor Running Is Fun sent us these funny pictures with guys and girls from the Philippines who, according to the author, “don’t know how to smile”. Yeah, what they are doing is called – duckface! Apparently, they are following this “popular trend” too.
This trendy home was once a cement factory. The abandoned cement factory was discovered in 1973 and converted to this upscale home by architect Ricardo Bofill. The renovation took two years. The home contains various plants including cypresses, olive trees, palms, and eucalyptus. It serves as Bofillo’s apartment, exhibition space, model laboratory, archives, and architectural office. His renovation included exposing previously concealed structures, cleaning cement and demolishing some structures.