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Builders of the Paciic Coast Sneak Previews

Here are some early rough layouts of our forthcoming book. I'll try to post some every week or two. Book should be out by June. For more previews, go to our website.

Tim Biggins' island home

Dean Ellis' steel-framed house overlooking the sea


SunRay Kelley

I love this picture of SunRay, the barefoot builder, shot in 1995. SunRay is one of the three featured builders in our next book, Builders of the Pacific Coast

"The men don't know, but the little girls understand." (The Doors) -Photo by Corwin Fergus

Old Photo of Chinese Junk

"A large Chinese Junk running goosewinged. Note the huge mainsail and the different balance of sails and their design." Old photo from South China Morning Post

Treehouse Brazilian Style

Photo by Victório Rojas

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Dream Home: Microsoft and Disneyland's View of the Future

"Lights and thermostats will automatically adjust when people walk into a room. Closets will help pick out the right dress for a party. Countertops will be able to identify groceries set on them and make menu suggestions."
A $15 million Inventions Dream Home will soon open at Disneyland in Anaheim and visitors "...will experience the atmosphere of tomorrow." It's a collaboration between Disney, Microsoft, and Hewlett-Packard.
“We’re thrilled that Disney has chosen Microsoft to bring digital entertainment to life at Disneyland,” said Joe Belfiore, Corporate Vice President, Entertainment and Devices eHome Division at Microsoft. “Together, we’re showcasing innovative technology that is both attainable and inspiring, offering park guests the opportunity to see, touch and feel digital home experiences in a simple, fun and interactive environment.”
Great. A voice-activated screen in my closet will tell me what to wear to the party tonight. When I place a bag of groceries on the counter, a monitor will suggest recipes. "Touch-screen technology will be built into appliances, furniture and countertops, " said Belfiore...
Does this strike anyone else as creepy? Do we need Microsoft telling us what to cook for dinner or how to dress for the party? And at what cost? Sometimes I wonder if I and my friends, with our preferences for cozy, colorful, creative, rich dwelling spaces aren't a little like the book lovers in Fahrenheit 451 — in the minority, out of the mainstream.
Take Dwell magazine as an example of soulless living. No warmth, no richness, no human clutter in the sterile homes depicted. Is this the future of shelter? I hope not.