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Common sense combined heat and power.

So why do we build enormous fossil fuel gulping/burning power plants to distribute electricity to run electric domestic water heaters? And the domestic water heaters are providing water at about the temperature the power plants condensers are sending plumes of … Continue reading

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Commonsense Denial

Many issues arise in the design,  construction and maintenance of buildings because of our firmly rooted habit of Denial. If we don’t see (know about, ask about, wonder about) it, it isn’t really happening. You may not believe some of … Continue reading

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Gravity

Commonsense would dictate that structure would have to be adequate to support us and our things against the pull of gravity. There is one notable exception in regions prone to earthquakes where all those physics formulae have to revisited and … Continue reading

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Commonsense Sustainability

Everything is interconnected. My interest is linked to everyone else’s. Our survival and future are linked. Therefore the destruction of your so-called enemy is actually the destruction of your self….Daily Dalai Lama quote for 7/24/2011. So it is almost a … Continue reading

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Commonsense Hurricanes

Here I sit on the coast of Maine waiting for Hurricane Irene to come calling: Applying common sense is sometimes difficult in the face of adversity, but let’s apply it to insure our own temporary sustainance and sustenance: It’s not … Continue reading

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From Bauhaus to Wowhouse

Tom Wolfe wrote an interesting little book years ago called from Bauhaus to Our House. Decrying the loss of ornament and “homey-ness” of our ascetic architectural style in modern buildings. (“O beautiful, for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain, … Continue reading

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Chief Commonsense

Well over a hundred years ago, Chief Seattle  is believed to have said these words: This we know.  The earth does not belong to us, we belong to the earth. This we know.  All things are connected like the blood … Continue reading

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Commonsense Engineering

You probably know by now how I try to find parallels (love that word, remember the parallel “l”s are on the inside, for those who have trouble with enunciation: go to Llewellyns and get a parallel ruler, ask for Lloyd!) … Continue reading

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Commonsense Common Sense

Why is common sense uncommon? There is a brain chemical, anandamide, (N-arachidonoylethanolamide!) that helps us clear the clutter in our brains. It is sometimes called the bliss molecule, because it is the chemical eraser that allows us to tolerate situations by … Continue reading

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Common Misteaks

Okay, I know they are mistakes! But in the age of most importantly and secondly, how long will it be before that looks right? Remember, there are plenty of new mistakes to make, let’s not keep repeating the old ones. … Continue reading

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