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Ultra-compact Living

Fuyuhito Moriya, of Tokyo has built his 3-story house on what is generally the size of a single parking space. 30 square meters of real estate. That’s 5 meters by 6 meters. About 16.5 feet by 19.5 feet.

I absolutely find this compelling. Living in that small a space wouldn’t be realistic for me, but… I wouldn’t mind giving it a whirl for a few days. You have to admire the human ingenuity to create something that beautifully effecient.

It all feels very Scifi. Cyberpunk. It brings over-the-top futuristic set design to mind. The stuff I love. There’s something very Brazil about Fuyuhito Moriya’s pad. An over-populated urban center. Humans cramped together. All white like a space station.


This morning I threw on the same outfit I wore on Saturday night, because I figured, “No one from work was there, I’m fine.” It was on my floor and it accomplished the dual tasks of both straightening up the room and clothing me. I really appreciate efficiency.

Except I was just tagged in some pics on Facebook from Saturday night. I work in digital the space. So naturally I’m friends with every single one of my coworkers on Facebook. So now everyone knows I don’t wash my clothes. These are real issues we have to deal with now. Might be time to invest in one of these ventless combo washer/dryers.


I’ve hated New Year’s Eve for as long as I can remember. The entertainment bar is set so high, it’s nearly impossible to reach. I figure if I hate it, I’ll lower expectations and may have a good time. Regardless, I always participate in the spectacle kicking and screaming. Every year it’s a let down.

Well last year started with such promise. With a pizza and a kiss. I was happy. Hopeful. Several years of downers behind me. In the end though, 2009 was more of the same. I’ve spent most of this past year beat down and sullen. I wake up every morning with the exact same images in my head. As if my mind has stopped making new memories. And is haunted by the old ones.

This holiday season was ruined by revelations of far away lands on a commuter train in November. Never mind all of the music and movies throughout the year that either served as reminders of the past or that I avoided as not to be reminded. Long nights, staring at the ceiling. Unable to get a decent night’s sleep. All leading up to this day- January 1, 2010.

Scientists have been able to erase memories in rats. Apparently, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, is not that far off. In that movie, Jim Carrey faced hesitation and regret to the procedure. I don’t know if I’d be that flip-floppy. 3 million girls in this city and I see your face on every other one of them.

This is not just for those lucky rats anymore. Researchers have developed a therapy that, without drugs, can erase certain memories. Will this be covered by my $20 copay or is it going to count as a “specialist”? Either way, hello to a promising 2010.


Direct Mail

For some reason, I received a catalog for outdoor event tenting in the mail. Fabric structures and greenhouses. Collapsable canopies. The occasional extra garage or shed. I have no idea how this has happened. How did I get on this list- And who do I thank?! There’s a deal this month. 25% off. I had no idea I wanted one. I mean, yeah I did- But it’s way down the list.

I’m curious to know what course of events caused me to receive this catalog. I wonder if some computer somewhere cross-referenced my name from a bunch of lists somewhere else and decided that I might be interested in outdoor tenting. Or perhaps I fell under the umbrella of some blanket marketing campaign. Though, it is hard to believe someone could be so off the mark as to offer giant fabric structures to the area of Brooklyn I live in. In that… I have no place to put one. But who knows, maybe my neighbors are into them?

Either way, the team is giving it a hell of a shot and kudos for going the old-fashioned route. I don’t want to poo poo all of their efforts. If you’re in the market for livestock housing or other large outdoor coverings, you should check out Clear Span. They look pretty good. Payments as low as $99 *per month. Let me know if you want to borrow the catalog.