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The Ideal Camper for One!

Camper For One, Please: Bufalino Concept

The Bufalino, designed by Cornelius Comanns (great name) is a little three-wheeled camper made for a single person. Or two if you like things cozy. Like, really cozy. I’m talking privates touching cozy (the best kind).

the minimalist construction is based on the existing piaggio APE 50 three wheeled light transport vehicle; a model chosen for its economic and fuel efficient benefits.

‘my aim was to give people a better understanding of the country, the surrounding, and the range they have travelled. the travelling vehicle is always with you like some kind of a base camp, while also being used for moving on in an easygoing and spontaneous way.

‘bufalino’ encourages users to explore the surrounding off beaten tracks. meanwhile the furnished interior consisting of a bed, two seating units, a cooking zone, a basin, storage space, a water tank and a refrigerator offers the comforts of a home.

Call me crazy, but I actually want one. I’ve always wanted to get behind the wheel and see this great country of ours. Ooooor get drunk and have a ‘Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives’ marathon. What? Baby steps, yo!

Hit the jump for a whole bunch more pictures of the last thing you’ll ever camp in before being mauled by a wolf/bear/mountain lion (maybe I’ve been playing too much RDR).

cornelius comanns: bufalino [designboom]
‘Bufalino’ concept car, an apartment on wheels [dvice]

The Farm is under Attack!

After owning this property since 1988, we have huge gardens, solar water, and electricity eight chickens, (and next year three pigs). We have discovered that we, our home, our farm our everything. Is contained within the 120 meter set back  from an Ontario Province significant wetland area. In our case it is administered by the Cataraquai Waterway authority. the upshot of all this is that we had to teenagers come out to our property and tell us that we would have to pay them $150 every time we built a building or graded our driveway.

Now I am all for protecting the earth that we inhabit, but how come I get this tax? I’ve been solar since ’88 but I never got any kind of credit for that. we buy locally what we don’t produce here, and we manage our water consumption carefully. (We have a dug well). But not so the others in the area!

Up the road there is a chap (very connected, government job) who put two lakes in, with his back hoe he flooded a huge area, making himself a private lake!, then he put in a large lined pond, All within the wetland. Currently they are redoing a local bridge in Outlet. The construction company is dumping huge amount of chipped concrete into the creek, do they have a permit? No. The county even hauls water directly out of Grippen Creek which is next to my property. Within the PSW!

This is an attack against the local rural farmer, please go to our Facebook page and join our cause, after all they let people have chickens in Toronto now, why not let us have this new fangled technology you call chicken, out here in the countryside!

We’re ‘Splitzville!, Like Outa Here!

Happy Trails!

Have a great winter we are off on our annual epic trip to Central America. This years trip starts off with us driving to Florida in a nice big Cadillac, and getting paid to do it too! We’ll stop off in Tennessee for BBQ and in Meansville Georgia for the best Tilapia you’ll ever find at an airport! Then after dropping the car off in West Palm Beach we have a few days for poking around South Beach Miami before we fly to Honduras for $8 each!

Once on Honduran soil we will make a bee line from the metropolis of San Pedro Sula to the northern coast town of La Ceiba, and just in time for Saturday night at the ex patriots bar! Then the trip gets a bit more relaxed, we will hop a chicken bus to Trujillo, the town where both Columbus and William Walker landed in the new world for the last time. From here we will try to get a boat to Guanaja, and then on to the east end of Roatan, but if we can’t we will retreat to La Ceiba, and just in time for Saturday night at the ex patriots bar!!!

I learned to dive on Utila back in the early nineties so we will slide over there for a week. We want to get some of the BBQ at RJ’s and if we’re lucky Dave’s as well. There are some great bars on Utila so we might be up a bit late! Our friend Vern sails back and forth between Utila and West End, Roatan a couple of times a week, so we will get to Roatan with him.

Once on Roatan we let go of the reins, we have so many friends here and they will have a wide variety of options for us to stay in once we arrive. After stopping off at Coconut Tree Divers to see our friends, we’ll wander over to Sundowners for a few drinks and the greatest sunset on the planet!

Mission to M.A.R.S.!


The Magenn Air Rotor System (MARS) is a new generation of wind turbines with cost and performance advantages over existing systems. 

MARS is a lighter-than-air tethered wind turbine that rotates about a horizontal axis in response to wind, generating electrical energy. This electrical energy is transferred down the tether for consumption, or to a set of batteries or the power grid. Helium sustains the Magenn Air Rotor System, which ascends to an altitude as selected by the operator for the best winds. Its rotation also generates the “Magnus” effect. This aerodynamic phenomenon provides additional lift, keeps the MARS device stabilized, positions MARS within a very controlled and restricted location, and finally, causes MARS to pull up overhead to maximize altitude rather than drift downwind on its tether. mars2

The Advantages of MARS over Conventional Wind Turbines are: (1) low cost electricity – under 15 cents per kWh; (2) bird and bat friendly; (3) lower noise; (4) wide range of wind speeds – 2 to more than 28 meters/second; (5) higher altitudes – from 200 to 1,000 feet above ground level are possible without expensive towers or cranes; (6) fewer limits on placement location – coast line placement is not necessary; (7) ability to install closer to the power grid; (8) mobile and; (9) ideal for off grid applications or where power is not reliable. mars3

Tim Hortons Should switch to Earth cups!!



    *  Earth Cup™ is made from renewable resources, is 100% compost able and petroleum free, all which make this cup very earth friendly.

    * Most hot cups are coated with Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE), a petrochemical plastic. LDPE is non-renewable and non-compostable, making the only methods of disposal; litter, land fills or incineration. Earth Cup™ is coated with earth friendly bio based material that uses less energy and significantly less greenhouse gas footprint.

    * Earth Cup™ meets the ASTM 6400 composting standard and is acceptable at over 45 composting facilities in North America.

    * Earth Cup™ can be coated one side for hot cups and two sided for cold beverages.

          o Earth Cup™ hot cups are suitable for hot coffee, tea and other hot beverages.

          o Earth Cup™ 9 oz water cups are coated on both sides and are suitable for water, soda and other chilled beverages.

    * Earth Cup™ hot cups stock sizes are 10, 12, 16 and 20 oz.

          o all hot cups fit one size Tater Ware™ sippy lid

          o 24 oz cups will be available in December.

    * Custom print using either flexo or off set print is available hosting up to five colors using soy based inks (minimum order is 50,000 per size).

Make this Handy Heater with an old Flower Pot

Written by Sarah Nagy

Kandle HeeterToday is a cold, wet dreary day. Which inspired me to dig the Kandle Heeter out of the garage.


Parked next to my mouse, this little device brings the temperature of my 8×12 office up from shivery to cozy – not quite enough to take my lovely handknit wool socks off, but a great antidote against a dreary January, and a definite cat magnet.

How it works: That top terracotta pot is actually a nest of several, spaced with metal bolts. Heat rises from the candle and then absorbs into the ceramic, which is a high ‘thermal lag’ material. High thermal lag materials are dense and heavy – tile, concrete, water – all of these store heat well. The pots won’t hold it forever, but they concentrate it, slowing down its exodus to the ceiling. They keep the heat near my mouse hand – which definitely increases my productivity!

The developer says a 3″ dia. by 3″ ‘dollar store’ candle will yield about 50 BTUs an hour, for a total of 1000 BTU. I get about two days per candle, so that’s 0.50/day. If all my winter days were wet, cold, and in need of paraffin cheer (sum total of mid-Dec thru March = 105 days), that’s about $50 for a heating season. And it smells nice.

Granted, I live in mostly sunny Northwest Florida, so my heating bill is pretty small compared with snowy places. But this one with the silly name is one of those ‘value added’ ideas – if I’m going to burn a Christmas gift candle, I may as well get full value.

(Check out their other nifty ideas: using an incandescent light bulb instead of a candle, and other open-architecture common-sense energy concepts.

UPDATE: Here’s a podcast interview with inventor Doyle Doss. (Ed. note: Max tells us the podcast isn’t there anymore, but he’s reposted it at


NEW LED’s for Florescent Bulbs

t_8_rp_22 LEDs are now available to replace Incandescent, Fluorescent and Neon lighting

These LED tubes fit into a T8 fluorescent fixture. The brightness is similar to a 40W T8 bulb, but ours uses 14W of electricity. You save 26W per bulb. Now times that with every fluorescent light in your building and the KW savings is staggering.

We can offer a beautiful warm white color that will be almost the same as an incandescent (Edison) bulb. These tubes will last about 17 years if used 8 hours a day.


The savings is normally between 70-85% on electricity.

There is no hazardous waste.

No mercury.

No gases.

All environmentally friendly.

LED diodes quantity – 300 PCS (driverless)LED Wave – 3700k

LED Color – White = 5500

Kelvin – warm white = 3700Savings

Based on $0.06 kwh, 4-foot, 40W fluorescent tube x 80,000 hours/the lifespan of the LED light.1 small store with 60 lights would save over $10,000!

60 lights with $156.00/each = total savings = $9,360.00 .Technical Specifications

7.5W & 14W(no driver)

Tube working voltage

110V AC

The Return on Investment for either of these solutions is less than one year.

Even before the protester is removed, even before the public safety is secured the advertising goes up


The ongoing “tree-sit” protest to stop construction of an athletic training center on the U.C. Berkeley campus finally came to a conclusion on September 9, 2008, when the last tree-sitters came down from the one remaining tree. The scene attracted a huge crowd of sympathizers, detractors, onlookers and media.


A recent legal ruling had cleared the way for the university to begin construction after a seemingly interminable series of delays which lasted over a year and a half. Within hours of the ruling, campus work crews felled all but two of the disputed trees which had occupied the work site — one that was to be transplanted elsewhere, and the other (a redwood) which housed the last four tree-sitters. A few days later, on September 9, after negotiations failed to convince them to come down of their own accord, the police had no choice but to bring them down whether they liked it or not. The stage was set for the final act.

Even before the protester is removed, even before the public safety is secured the advertising goes up

Even before the protester is removed, even before the public safety is secured the advertising goes up

Check out  for the full story.
Please note that the photo shown is cropped and has been photo shopped to obliterate all personal identification as well as the name of the company that built the structure. Note that the guys putting up the advertising don’t seem to be wearing safety equipment. ( I should know I’m an Aerial Rigger!)