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No, despite evidence to the contrary, I’m not fixated on toilets :-)

It’s just because our bathroom is the next room to (finally) be renovated.  And in this case, it’s what is on the wall that has caught my eye.  I saw one of these sensor toilets on the Australian series The Block a couple of months ago, and have been searching for them since.  Forget about pressing buttons or levers to flush to toilet – just wave your hand in front on the sensor.  This absolutely appeals to the clean freak in me!

I haven’t found a NZ supplier yet, the closest supplier for Geberit is in Australia, but expect to see one of these if you visit us this time next year.


Stumbled across this today and had to share it straight away.  Thanks Semi-Permanent for the opportunity to hear Nat Cheshire.  It was intoxicating, and I’m still trying to unravel why, and perhaps more importantly – so what…

And now, I’m looking at the environments I’ve created and wondering what would Nat Cheshire think – oops, is that my insecurity showing?


I want one of these ducted wind turbines in my backyard (well, to be precise I want one up at the Lodge).  Well, not this exact one – I don’t need to power 15 houses.  I am very intrigued by the claims of Sheerwind (I hope it’s really as good as they say).  In New Zealand Pacificwind have the license to sell these (though I don’t believe they’ve sold/installed any here yet).  I don’t understand why they aren’t targeting the residential market?  I hope it’s not because they’re not effective as they decrease the size…

UPDATE:  Below is a different solution from Archimedes (based in Rotterdam) – with a claim of being able to achieve 80 percent of Betz’ limit.  Archimedes says that “The Liam F1 generates an average of 1,500 kilowatt-hours of energy [per year] at a wind-speed of 5 m/s [16.4 ft/s], which resembles half of the power consumption of a common household.”

Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do

Because I’m happy, even if Parrell didn’t win the Oscar.

This screw makes me happy.   Studio Yumakano paired up with Japanese screw factory Komuro Seisakusho to reinvent a rather overlooked, everyday item – the screw.  The big question – where can you buy them?  Sorry, I don’t know – I was at M10 today, they didn’t have them :-(