Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net
Source: Tesla Motors
Yesterday, there was a wall of Tesla patents in the lobby of our Palo Alto headquarters. That is no longer the case. They have been removed, in the spirit of the open source movement, for the advancement of electric vehicle technology.
Tesla Motors was created to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport. If we clear a path to the creation of compelling electric vehicles, but then lay intellectual property landmines behind us to inhibit others, we are acting in a manner contrary to that goal. Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology.
When I started out with my first company, Zip2, I thought patents were a good thing and worked hard to obtain them. And maybe they were good long ago, but too often these days they serve merely to stifle progress, entrench the positions of giant corporations and enrich those in the legal profession, rather than the actual inventors. After Zip2, when I realized that receiving a patent really just meant that you bought a lottery ticket to a lawsuit, I avoided them whenever possible....Continue ReadingView Comments (1)
BioLite Stoves make cooking on wood as clean, safe, and easy as modern fuels, while generating electricity to charge phones, lights and other electronics off-grid.
With only a handful of twigs, trash, leaves, or pinecones, it can charge an iPhone 4S in as little as 20 minutes of burn time, while boiling a liter of water in under five minutes!
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Using BioLite’s patent-pending thermoelectric technology, BioLite Stoves convert heat to electricity, which in turn, powers a fan to make the fire ultra-efficient. Excess electricity is then used to power low voltage electronics, such as LED lighting, cellphones, and radios. By having a device that can serve multiple purposes, you can reduce your payload weight and save space.
BioLite recently added two great additions to their line-up, the grill and kettle attachments. With the KettlePot, you need only bring a single piece of cookware that can satisfy a variety of situations and needs. Whether you are making a pot of coffee to start your day or cooking a meal for four at the end of a long hike, the BioLite KettlePot is a true grab-and-go system, conveniently housing the actual stove within itself when on the move....Continue ReadingLeave a Comment
Source: Small House Bliss
Cúbica is a company in Costa Rica that specializes in alternative construction, based on repurposed shipping containers. They have built residential, commercial, and institutional projects from cast-off containers. Cúbica cites lower cost, short delivery times, earthquake resistance and low maintenance as a few of the advantages of using containers.
One of their flagship designs, the Casa Cúbica, is a compact dwelling built from a 20-foot shipping container. A 20-foot container has just 160 ft2 of space, but Cúbica stretches that out with a short extension at one end, as well as pushing the front glass area outwards, and creating a unique space on the roof deck.
The back wall of the living space is lined with cabinetry, containing the kitchenette, closets, and a Murphy bed. The extension provides a space for built-in bunk beds, while the bathroom is at the opposite end....Continue ReadingLeave a Comment
A husband and wife team of dreamers based in Chico, CA, have built a 120 square foot tiny home on a limited budget, and with no construction experience. With only $6,000 in the bank, the two started learning construction tradecraft via YouTube and a few books, and before long, they had a beautiful tiny home.
The couple describe their work as, “holding the vision of bringing a community based sustainable world into existence, one alternative dwelling at a time!”
We designed the shell to be simple and approachable for first time builders. And because our budget was as tiny as the house, we used as much salvaged, reclaimed, restored, discounted and second hand materials as possible. The chronic lack of funds inspired a lot of creativity and I discovered an amazing alchemical skill for transforming trash to treasure. The whole thing cost less than $8500 to build and took about 9 months to manifest.
We have plans to develop the edible landscape with recycled grey water, a tiny greenhouse, and rainwater catchment system.
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FOX4 reports on a Cape Coral, Florida, woman who is being targeted by code enforcement officials because her home is “off grid.”
Robin Speronis, who outright owns her house, with property taxes up to date (do you truly own it if you continue paying “rent” in the form of property taxes?), has been served with an eviction notice after the local FOX affiliate ran a story about her living off the grid.
“A code enforcement officer came, knocked on the door, then posts a placard that says “Uninhabitable Property – Do Not Enter”, says Robin, as she reads the sign.
A local attorney has picked up the case, pro bono.
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Friday Headlines are here a day early!
After Just Four Weeks, The Homeless Man Learning To Code Has Almost Finished His First App <- Great story about a homeless man given a laptop and a few books, and has learned a new skill.*Video, as well.
Tiny Living: 1966 Scotsman Vintage TrailerContinue ReadingLeave a Comment
The bus was purchased on Craigslist for $3000, and has had about $6000 in improvements. It’s not pocket change, but it’s less than a down payment on a home, and it’s less than I paid in tuition for my last semester of grad school. The majority of the work was completed in 15 weeks, just in time for my final review (although the first seven weeks were almost entirely design and prototyping, with the bulk of the construction completed in the last month and a half of the semester).
It’s not an original premise, but I don’t feel the opportunities have been explored very thoroughly and I wanted to show people the the potential in converting an existing vehicle.
There are some great shots of the bus in the posts that document our journey, but the full extent of functionality and flexibility isn’t apparent from just those images. This gallery elaborates on how the space is organized to create an environment that is comfortable, functional, and flexible.
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Here are some headlines from the weekend that you might have missed!
New signs of language surface in mystery Voynich text (15th century mystery text)
Video Game Casts Tea Party and Patriot Groups as Enemy Terrorists (Rainbow Six Patriots)
VIDEO: DARPA Computer Geek Talks About Hacking Cars (Journalist Michael Hastings’ Mercedes Benz, perhaps?)Continue ReadingLeave a Comment
It’s Friday! Time for headlines!
Southern Plains Consulting Offering Discount on Prepping Consults, First-aid Gear – Mention Truth is Treason.net and receive an additional 10% off on top of that!
Max Velocity Tactical: Team Training, Fallujah – A good illustration of vehicle mounted and dismounted protection drills for high threat and combat environments.
Solar Aquaponics DIY from the Urban Farming Guys!...Continue ReadingLeave a Comment
One of my biggest passions is alternative architecture and radical self-reliance. I try to showcase it regularly here on TruthisTreason.net, but it’s been awhile since I have posted a good collection of projects. So, without further ado, here are a few abodes that have caught my eye recently!
The story of a young couple building a modern cabin off the grid in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
We are Caleb and Marci Larsen. We met in art school and got married in 2003. In the past eight years we’ve lived in Kalamazoo, MI, Portland, ME, Seattle, WA, Providence, RI, Tulum, Mexico, Hancock, MI, and now, Calumet, MI. This nomadic lifestyle has mostly been for fun, to experience different cities and parts of the world.
We’ve decided to build a cabin (‘camp’ in local parlance) and will be blogging about the experience. From our inspirations, plans, triumphs, to our failures, frustrations, and utter devastations – this is our return to Bootjack.
Read about their adventures here -> Bootjack Cabin
Design by Vandervort Architects
I couldn’t find much information regarding this particular cabin, other than basic dimensions and such from Vandervort Architects. ...Continue ReadingLeave a Comment
Andrew Morrison, of StrawBale.com, is interviewed on living small, the role of straw bale construction as a solution for housing, and his experience of living in a pop-up tent trailer in Baja for several months after selling more than half of his belongings.
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While I looove alternative architecture and tiny homes, it is not for some “save the planet” motive. My obsession with tiny homes is rooted in the evolving shift in perception and understanding that we need to get back to basics, natural settings, and efficiency, coupled with the ability to create Tiny Towns, build small communities, and become radically self-reliant; throwing off the shackles of not only an out of control government, but being truly self sufficient in as many areas as possible.
Here are a few headlines to keep you going!
America Stone has uploaded a new instructional video on knife sharpening (bottom of the page)Continue ReadingView Comments (3)
Source: Tiny House Blog – One of my favorite websites! Be sure to bookmark them!
Portland, Maine architect Will Winkelman provided this restoration on a 1959 Chevrolet Viking short bus. His client was looking for something flexible and movable for both wilderness exploration as well as being functional and funky for a guest bedroom at home.
To make it funky, Winkleman infused an alternative life into the bus. With beads, dangles, and paisleys, they brought the 60′s lifestyle into the bus.
Photo Credits: Remodelista
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