Canada Floating Home

A Canadian couple have ditched busy city life to live on a colorful off-the-grid float-home and garden they’ve dubbed ‘Freedom Cove‘.

Wayne Adams and Catherine King created a completely self-sustainable float home consisting of 12 platforms that houses wooden structures, green houses and living spaces all interconnected through a wooden pathway.

The magenta and turquoise floating structure, off the coast of Tofino, British Columbia, was built in 1992, and the couple, who have two children, live in the home year round.

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Wayne Adams and Catherine King live in their turquoise and magenta float house off the coast of Tofino, British Columbia

The twelve-platform structure consists of wooden structures, green houses and living spaces, all connected with wooden pathways
The twelve-platform structure consists of wooden structures, green houses and living spaces, all connected with wooden pathways

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Let the Force and Permits Be With Him

By: the Common Constitutionalist

George Lucas has lived in Marin County California for decades, where he first purchased a 3,000 acre parcel of land. Since 1978 he has added to his humble abode, named the Skywalker Ranch at a cost of about $100 million.

Lucas is of course best known for his Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises. The multi-billionaire has done pretty well.

He had plans for the use of all that acreage surrounding the Ranch, by building a state-of-the-art film production studio. His wealthy Marin County neighbors, members of the Lucas Valley Estates Homeowners Association, were none to happy about that plan and successfully blocked the project.

Since the plans for a studio were out the door, in 2012 the billionaire movie maker/philanthropist decided to donate the land to the county for use in building affordable housing, which one might imagine, is sorely lacking in the affluent San Francisco superb. Lucas said, “If I’m not going to do what I wanted to do there, what can I do that would be really beneficial to this community?” read more

The New LG Flex-Phone

The LG G Flex 2 has a solid all-around set of specs with a curved (and slightly flexible) ...

The LG G Flex 2 has a solid all-around set of specs with a curved (and slightly flexible) body and display (Photo: Will Shanklin/Gizmag.com)

Is there any point in buying a phone shaped like a banana (or, if you prefer, a smiley face)? And is LG’s latest curved phone worth a look, in the face of tough competition? Join Gizmag, for our quick review of the LG G Flex 2.

The LG G Flex 2 isn’t quite a high-end flagship, as it feels a bit like a half-step backwards from last year’s LG G3 (and should lag even farther behind the upcoming G4). But the Flex 2 does rise above mid-ranged status, with a healthy set of specs highlighted by a fast Snapdragon 810 processor. read more

Demand Body Cameras for Politicians

by: the Common Constitutionalist

All over America, in every city and town (it seems), the public appears to be demanding that all law enforcement officers wear body cameras, because…you know…they’re all so evil and all.

vievu2Could it be, like every upheaval this country has been made to endure these days, it’s not really “the public” making these demands, but yet again, simply an extremely vocal minority of activist interest groups that push an agenda that all police are bad? That law enforcement wearing body cameras will cure all our ills, make the waters recede, and cause whites to be less racist.

Is that what is suppose to happen? Are all the cops that dirty and underhanded that we need to outfit everyone? To be sure, there are some bad cops, but the overwhelming majority are outstanding – working long hours, many times in very difficult conditions, and are expected to react perfectly to every situation, often with split second timing.

Last I checked, cops were human too, but unlike the rest of us flawed beings, are expected to be infallible.

So if all cops are bad enough to warrant the donning of body cameras, perhaps we should demand another group of well known dirty and underhanded professionals wear them. And what better candidates than America’s political class. read more

New Army Blast Dummy

X-ray rendering of the WIAMan

X-ray rendering of the WIAMan

For something commonly called a “dummy,” the mannequins used in crash tests are surprisingly sophisticated and so specialized that they’re not much use out of automotive safety labs. When the US Army went looking for a dummy of its own, it had to go back to square one by awarding a contract to California-based Diversified Technical Systems (DTS) to help develop the first instrumented dummy designed for military vehicle blast testing. read more

ISIS Camping On Our Doorstep

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Back in October 2014 Judicial Watch (JW)  reported that 4 ISIS terrorists “have been apprehended in the last 36 hours by federal authorities and the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) in McAllen and Pharr.” The information was provided by a source within Homeland Security, according to JW.

border fenceCalifornia Congressman Duncan Hunter claimed that no less than 10 ISIS fighters had been caught crossing into Texas to date and that his information was provided to him directly from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

In August JW reported that “that Islamic terrorist groups are operating in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez and planning to attack the United States with car bombs or other vehicle borne improvised explosive devices (VBIED).”

After Congressman Hunter made the claim on Fox News, the main stream media did some investigating of their own and found no evidence to corroborate Mr. Hunter’s claim. They said that both Homeland Security and the Texas Department of Public Safety found no evidence of such activity. In an email to Politifact Texas, DHS spokes lady Marsha Catron, wrote: “The suggestion that individuals who have ties to ISIL have been apprehended at the Southwest border is categorically false, and not supported by any credible intelligence or the facts on the ground. DHS continues to have no credible intelligence to suggest terrorist organizations are actively plotting to cross the southwest border.”

DPS deputy director, Robert Bodisch wrote: “An unsecure border is certainly a vulnerability that can be exploited by criminals of all kinds, and it would be naïve to rule out the possibility that any criminal organization would not look for opportunities to take advantage of security gaps along our international border. That said, DPS does not have any information to confirm the specific statements recently reported in the press.” read more

Liquid Metal Printing

Using a standard inkjet-printer, researchers claim to be able to produce flexible electron...

Using a standard inkjet-printer, researchers claim to be able to produce flexible electronic circuits that could advance bendable electronics for clothing, soft robotics, and wearable devices (Image: Alex Bottiglio/Purdue University)

Researchers at Purdue University have shown how standard inkjet-printers can be employed to produce flexible electronic circuits from liquid-metal nanoparticle inks. This simple printing solution promises faster, cheaper, and easier production of stretchable, bendable electronics for clothing, soft robotics, and wearable devices.

Making circuits elastic means that many rigid platforms could be made pliable, opening up a range of potential new applications for electronic devices. read more