Yearly Archives: 2014

Creating Affordable Housing in Portland

There are many reasons for wanting to live in a city as beautiful and progressive as Portland.  For us, we like the fact that by staying close to the city core, we don’t have to commute for our jobs which

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Posted in Dwelling, Personal, The Squatch, Tiny House

The Right Dwelling For Me

I think I’ve nearly come full circle in my desired house.  When I was raking in a lot of cash working at a coal mine in Pennsylvania, I wanted to buy a pice of rural property and build a house,

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Posted in Dwelling, Personal, Philosophy, The Squatch, Tiny House

The Absurdity of Property and Human Rentals

Perhaps this is a little much for some people to swallow, but I’m just going to lay it out. We have a property disorder here on this planet.  Yeah, property.  Like land, trees, the air, the minerals, the means of

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Posted in Marxism, Personal, Philosophy

Growth, Death, and Survival

Homo sapiens may very well be the first species that must learn to live on Earth.  It appears as though every other species that came before us, or exists today, has a population limited by available food supply or other

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Posted in Organized Entropy Expansion, Personal, Philosophy

Yet Another Change Of Course

I want to talk about overunity.  Anyone that has looked around this blog knows that I have a special place in my heart for refrigeration, “heat pumps” more generally speaking.  Vapor compression systems have fascinated me for years.  It has

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Posted in Dehumidifiers, Dwelling, Hot Water, Philosophy, Refrigeration, The Squatch

Acceptance and Adaptation

Human activities of the last 10,000 years have made irreversible changes to the landscape of the Earth, to the waters, the air, and the biodiversity of life.  This much is not up for debate; marshes have been drained, forests leveled,

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Posted in Personal, Philosophy

The Electric Hybrid Bicycle === Delightful

For many years, I’ve planned on building and electric hybrid bicycle for my general transportation needs.  An electric motor that supplements the human operator increases range, cargo carrying capacity, and general enjoyment of the ride.  A few hundred watts of

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Posted in Personal

Squatch: 2nd Month Water Figures

Here we are, two months in our motorhome at this lovely trailer park.  I’ve been keeping busy with projects of various sorts and collecting data in regards to our water consumption habits.  I feel as though this little self contained

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Posted in Dwelling, Hot Water, The Squatch, Tiny House, Water

Earn Your Freedom

I have to share this post from Eddyfy. Are we born free, and then get shackled by the constraints of society? Or, are we born enslaved, and must fight for our freedom to do what we wish with our time?

Posted in The Squatch

Urban Homesteading and PITAC

I’ve adopted a policy in our motorhome of “Pain in the Ass Conservation”.  That’s the best term I can come up with at this early hour.  What it comes down to, is a little taste of rural homesteading in an

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Posted in Dwelling, Hot Water, Philosophy, The Squatch, Tiny House, Water

Feedback Conservation

Chatting with a friend over drinks the other night, we were discussing the conservation of resources like electricity.  He was explaining to me that back in Arizona, a program existed with the power company that allowed the customer to buy

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Posted in Dwelling, Philosophy, The Squatch, Tiny House

Free Money? My Foot.

They tell me it’s free money.  They tell me there’s a guaranteed return on investment.  They tell me it’s a win-win scenario and I’d be stupid not to participate.  “They” say a lot of things. My boss regularly harasses me

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Posted in Marxism, Personal, Philosophy

C-3_H-8…Propane!

I had a feeling the other night, that we were dangerously low on propane.  My fears were justified as the heater began sputtering the next morning.  I shut everything down, including the refrigerator until I could get some propane.  It

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Posted in Dwelling, Refrigerator, The Squatch, Tiny House

Simple Things Can Make All The Difference

There’s a few things I’ve done since we moved into the Squatch that make day to day life just a little bit easier.  I simply want to change my immediate environment to best suit my needs.  I’ve found myself getting

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Posted in Dwelling, Hot Water, Personal, The Squatch, Tiny House, Water

In the Face of Ridicule

My co-workers think I’m nuts.  That’s nothing new; I’ve always worked blue collar jobs with rural type folks.  Salt of the Earth kind of people, some would say.  I’ve never fit in.  My opinions on politics, human rights, environmental concerns,

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Posted in Dwelling, Personal, Philosophy, The Squatch, Tiny House, Water

Motorhome Living, One Month In – Daily Water Consumption

Well, we’ve lived in a motorhome for a month now, and I think it’s time to start sharing some of our experiences, as well as a little bit of data I’ve collected.  We’ve made the life choice to live in

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Posted in Dwelling, Hot Water, The Squatch, Tiny House, Water

Modified Hide Away Spice Cabinet

The motorhome came equipped with this nice big spice cabinet, next to the oven and microwave.  It extends from floor to ceiling, and is hidden by a tall, skinny door.  A tall board with several baskets is mounted to three sliding

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Posted in Dwelling, The Squatch, Tiny House

Two Weeks in Our Motorhome…

Yes, it’s finally happened.  After months of waiting for an RV park space to open up, we’ve finally done it; we’ve moved into our motorhome.  I thought I would be nervous.  I thought it would be nerve racking and stressful.

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Posted in Dwelling, Personal, The Squatch, Tiny House, Water

Corollary to a Sun Tracking Tiny House

I must get these ideas for a sun tracker out, so I can move on to more pressing matters.  I simply feel the need to develop an idea, and then set it aside for possible implementation in the future.  Yesterday,

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Posted in Dwelling, Philosophy, Tiny House

Sun Tracking Tiny House

One of the great advantages of a tiny house on wheels, is that it can be moved or reoriented to suit the needs of the occupants.  Don’t like your view?  Spin that thing around!  I believe this unique feature is

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Posted in Dwelling, Philosophy, Tiny House

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