On MNN: Robot hotels, over-conditioned offices, seasteading still sinks, and I Kondoed my phone!

front desk robot hotel
© Henn-na hotel

One can only whine about wretched excess or write about yet another tiny house for so long, so I have been writing over on MNN about technology, the smart house, wearables and boomer stuff. Here are some recent posts that might interest TreeHuggers:

I, for one, welcome the new robot hotel staff at Japan's Henn-na Hotel

All the webs are going on about the robot hotel in Japan, but those robots are doing things that have already been dropped at many budget hotels. There a more interesting story about the whole concept of this hotel. The Robots are just fun. More at MNN.

The life-changing magic of tidying up your electronic life


smart phone on Kondo drawerLloyd Alter's Kondoed phone in Kondoed drawer/CC BY 2.0

I'm a fan of Marie Kondo and her book “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing;" I had to apply her techniques for deciding what to get rid of when we downsized. Then I read how Chris Mims applied the same technique to his phone, asking about each app: "does it bring you joy?" and getting rid of those that don't. I did the same to my phone and computer and really, they even feel lighter. More: The life-changing magic of tidying up your electronic life

Seasteading still floating libertarian utopia idea

seasteading from the air© Seasteading Institute

They've engineered a technical solution, but the rest of the concept still sinks. As an architect, I'm not sure that I want to live in a world built and run by libertarian engineers, particularly in a floating city. They might decide that if I get old and sick, the logical thing is to heave me over the side or into the tilapia tanks. Read more: Seasteading still floating libertarian utopia idea

Why do our offices feel like walk-in coolers?

robert scott south poleRobert Falcon Scott shows us how to dress for the modern office in July./Public Domain
It has taken me many years to finally admit that air conditioning is an essential part of our lives and our society. It’s like driving; we made that essential by designing our cities around the car. We made air conditioning essential by designing our houses and offices around it, and once we had those cars and air conditioners, moving to south and southwest where you can’t live without either. From home to car to office, we now live a cool bubble, and it's hard to pop out of it. More at MNN Why do our offices feel like walk-in coolers?

Boomer alert: Exercise keeps your brain young

Lloyd rowingThe author, doing his best to prevent cognitive decline. /CC BY 2.0

It's long been known that exercise adds years to our lives and keeps us physically fit, but a new study shows that it keeps us mentally fit as well. So excuse me while I go for a row. More on MNN: Boomer alert: Exercise keeps your brain young

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