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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]

Harper has Sold our Countries Soul!
October 27, 2009, 6:57 pm
Filed under: Political

With the latest inaction of the Canadian government in regard to the climate talks in Copenhagen, Harper is borrowing from our children’s futures. If you could put a positive spin on the potential end of life as we know it, it would have received one of those big tory cheques, with a big logo. But you can’t. By actually going to the conference, with a firm agenda, all that is being doe is sending a bunch of hardline right wingers on an all expense paid holiday to Denmark.

In fact I offer that the cost of the flights and hotels would be enough money to really do some good,  somewhere  where politicians are not.


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!

Positive Proof of Global Warming!
May 19, 2009, 3:31 pm
Filed under: Political


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