So Long Fruit Flies

August 3, 2009

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‘Tis the season, and once those little fruit flies get a foothold in your kitchen it’s alot of work to get them out, right? They have a 10 day life cycle, can drive me crazy. They like organic food just fine. Here are some great ideas on how to rid your kitchen of fruit flies, from wikihow.com.  There is even a video! Google is great, right? I am going to do the simple remedy tonight- a glass with something yummy in it covered with plastic wrap and little holes punched in so they can get in and dine and they can’t get out. Let you know how it goes.

Floods? Go Floating!

August 3, 2009

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I found these interesting posts on Inhabitat.com about alternative housing in areas that have floods or where people fight the tides. For example, here a beautiful project in the Netherlands called Citadel which is a floating apartment complex. Beautiful, built in a polder, which is a flood plain separated from the sea by dikes. The Stilthouses are another idea for habitability and are workable whether or not there is flooding. A just-in-case home! And the most fun is the floating camper, the project of a group of students (also referred to as guerilla social engineers) who have been responsible for several projects like the one pictured above. Holland has a history of flooding and there is a great deal of creative thinking and building going on there. Smart and fun.