Smart Flora

Michael Giberson Via Reuters: Researchers at New York University’s interactive telecommunications program have come up with a device that allows plants to tell owners when they need water or if they’ve had too much via the social network blogging service Twitter. If only I had had such a device last August, maybe I wouldn’t have … More Smart Flora

Responding to Higher Energy Costs, the Home Building Version

Michael Giberson An article in the Washington Post discusses what you can do when building a new home to help keep energy costs low. Here Michael McKechnie of Mountain View Builders in Berkeley Springs, WV, provides a summary: McKechnie outlined the major steps to building a house with the lowest possible energy costs and perhaps … More Responding to Higher Energy Costs, the Home Building VersionMore Responding to Higher Energy Costs, the Home Building Version

House Renovation: Have We Got Concrete?

Lynne Kiesling Over the past several years, some kind readers have inquired after the state of our home. Here’s the backstory: three years ago we bought a neglected 1924 Craftsman home in Chicago. We did some preliminary work (air conditioning, plaster, refinished wood), but then spent three years living in the place and working with … More House Renovation: Have We Got Concrete?

A Little Fun Frivolity

Lynne Kiesling Through my various wanderings in the past week I have come across two fun little shopping-oriented sites that I like: Little Splurge, which highlights little (and no-so-little) finds for fashion, home, travel, work, etc; and Paperclippy, focusing on office-friendly fashion finds. These two cute sites are great examples of Internet filtering; there’s so … More A Little Fun FrivolityMore A Little Fun Frivolity

Spring in the KP Garden

Lynne Kiesling Today is chock full of interesting stuff in the day jobs, so I leave you all heading in to the weekend with this lovely shot from the KP garden: I planted three peony bushes last summer, and they are just bloomin’ gorgeous now! Finally. I feel like I’ve been waiting for them to … More Spring in the KP GardenMore Spring in the KP Garden