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:
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.
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
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
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