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Architectural & Automotive Inspiration – Tiny House Truck

I’ve been daydreaming for awhile about building a tiny house on wheels. A lot of them are built on trailers. Makes sense. This way you can tow it with whatever truck you want. Seems smart to be able to decouple the vehicle and stow the house in a small spot.

But for some reason I’m really fascinated with permanently attaching a tiny house to a flatbed truck. Part of the reason is my love of cars and trucks. I’ve been working on them on and off since I was fourteen. Lots of stories about those days. Another time. Another reason is the sculptural possibilities and the travel nature of it. More RV than shed out back.

You may have noticed I put images up here to keep a record of my inspiration. Here are two more.

I want to put a tiny house version of this awesome church…

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Love the curved ceiling! Like an old Roma caravan.

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(I’m pretty sure I found the images of this church on the Facebook blog Abandoned, Old & Interesting Places – North Carolina.)

On the top of a old truck like this.

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Truck image source

Now to save the money. You could help by giving me a grant to get the truck. 😉

My New Job at Caktus Group

I am very excited to announce that in early October I start my new job at Caktus Group in Durham, NC. It’s a new position at Caktus with a newish mission. How’s that for vague? 🙂 Once it’s launched I’ll tell you more.

This is a very positive step for me that will have a profound effect on my life in many different ways. For starters I’ll be working in downtown Durham and be able to bike to work!

I have a lot of respect for the folks at Caktus. Ever since they worked at my business Carrboro Creative Coworking I’ve been impressed with them. They’ve steadily bootstrapped a successful business with great style. The founders Colin Copeland, Alex Lemann, and Tobias McNulty are talented technologists with big hearts. The Caktus team does a lot more than make web apps. They build social good via open source software here in North Carolina and in Libya, Zambia, Syria, Turkey, and Iraq!

Caktus Group is a team that I’m really proud to be part of. Stay tuned for more details!

-BrianR

PIRATEBOX

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What is the PirateBox?

PirateBox is a self-contained mobile communication and file sharing device. Simply turn it on to transform any space into a free and open communications and file sharing network. Inspired by pirate radio and the free culture movements, PirateBox utilizes Free, Libre and Open Source software (FLOSS) to create mobile wireless communications and file sharing networks where users can anonymously chat and share images, video, audio, documents, and other digital content.

 

Facebook: Pay up or Shut Up aka Back to the Blog Again

I’ve been thinking about how Facebook’s new “rules” or algorithm(s) have changed the reach of organic social media. (Translation: You can’t just get 10,000 friends and expect ALL of them to see your post.) Especially for small causes and nonprofits.

Right now I recommend y’all post everything to your blog THEN Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. Use a blog, like WordPress, to automate the posting to social media. Try to write your content in a way that it seems natural on all platforms.

Why? Because Facebook is putting the squeeze on those without financial resources. If you can’t pay up people won’t hear you. It’s another form of anti-Net Neutrality. Also known in 20th Century parlance as ‘PAY TO PLAY’. By putting YOUR content on YOUR blog you can decide where it goes and hopefully pay a lot less. Because in a year or two Facebook could price us out and be worthless to grassroot orgs.

I wouldn’t sling the hyperbole about Facebook if I thought they didn’t bait and switch. It’s true Facebook provides a great service. One that is worth paying for. But to get 1 Billion plus people to use it then slowly turn up the heat on those without money is ruthless. Facebook needs to solve this problem by providing free unlimited reach accounts to real 501c3 organizations.