Tiny Home in a Truck — Shoebox Dwelling | Finding comfort, style and dignity in small spaces

I know the title says a lot.  Who would want to?  Then you see the outside of this vehicle and visions of Mad Max survival mode jump into my head.  But when you look at the pictures of the inside of this truck you get a different appreciation.

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Free Range ->

Seth’s advice:

The alternative is to compete against nothing but yourself. To excel merely because the act of excelling without boundaries or incentives thrills you.

And the good news is that once you find that, you’ll always have it.

This sounds really hard but is the best way to do things !

Simple Elegance: Sliding Door Hardware from Krown Lab : Remodelista

Blending three of my favorite things – glass metal and wood to create some beautifully designed sliding door hardware.  I have seen these a few times before and I continue to try and find a way to reconfigure my house in some way to use them.

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via Remodelista

Wood Works

How small is too small?  I think that is in the eye of the beholder and how much junk they have.  Dwell Magazine’s article called Wood Works shows a 240 sq. apartment in New York city.  There was a time when the bigger your living space the better.  I like small warm and cozy places myself – but even saying the number 240 sq. feet sounds small.  But after viewing the slideshow in the article – it might be possible (providing In continue to get rid of my junk). Regardless it is a wonderful use of space.

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Crafstman Software Development

The other day I was listing to Build and Analyze episode #95 This Unicorn Doesn’t Support NFC. Toward the end of the episode Marco Arment demonstrates how his application, Instapaper, uses voice assist to help others may have some visual impairment. He also went on to showed how a few other applications in the category deployed or attempted to deploy a similar. I was very impressed by the demo but did not think about it to much initially.

Since then Marco has released two updates to the popular Instapaper. The first update was for iOS 6 compatitbilty but it included some other features as well.

I consider Marco to be a craftsman developer. His product is great, he is meticulous about the features he adds and why and he is always moving the product forward. In the last 2 releases (4.2.5 and 4.2.6) Marco has taken time to add features for what I can only imagine is a very small percentage of his user base. Marco has added fonts to aid the accessibility of customers with little or low vision.

The first version 4.2.5 added the Open-Dyslexic font to assist reading for people with Dyslecia. 4.2.6 added FS Me which has been used in the past to assist people with learning disabilities. I actually love this font and it seems to make things very sharp and easier to read for a long time.

So why did he add these new fonts? Did he have a plea from the community of visually impaired to add these? Does 70% of install user base need these? Is he getting pressure from his competitors to be feature competitive?

I speculate that none of these are true. I imagine he decided it was the right thing to do and it would assist some small portion of his user base. He took a craftsman approach to taking something really really good and making it even a little better. Instantly I think of the back of the cabinet approach Steve Jobs father spoke of –

“the back of the cabinet should look as good as the rest of it”.

Nice work

The Airstream Office – Businessweek

Could you work in an Airstream trailer? The simple answer is YES !  I could and I would love to.  I have had an odd passion for these classics for about a decade.  Not so much for the camping aspect as I am not a huge fan of that as an activity, but as a source of refuge, a work and thinking place. I can imagine this parked in a near semi-permanent state on the side of my house and being used and an office to run my side business or to start new ones.  If I had the opportunity to be location independent I would be able to use this as a temporary residence or work location.  I really got excited when I saw Matthew Hofmann of Hofmann Architecture transform one of these Airstreams into a residence and office about 2 years ago.

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