What happens to empty homes? They become forgotten houses

Thursday, 3 May, 2012

The sounds of an abandoned house’s long absent occupants render “Forgotten”, a short film by Michael Cameneti, undeniably haunting.

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One way to overcome homesickness is to keep on moving

Thursday, 23 February, 2012

Could homesickness be eradicated if we saw ourselves as nomads or wanderers, rather than people who are meant to be bound to a certain location for large segments of our lives?

Matt believes that we’ve forgotten that moving from one city to the next, one country to the next, something we think we are meant to accomplish with ease, is actually a trauma. Human beings are essentially tribal, and it’s unnatural to remove yourself from your social groups and suddenly plant yourself on the other side of the world. It’s only this American myth of self-sufficiency and individualism, a myth that favors an all-mighty willpower over any instinctual urges for comfort and familiarity, that tries to convince us we can overcome our emotions and longings by sheer force.

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We once lived in brick and mortar but now we call the cloud home

Thursday, 13 October, 2011

If brick and mortar businesses such as shops are all going online then it makes sense that the place we call home will eventually follow suit.

What the web has inspired, then, is a postmodern understanding of what “home” is: a de-physicalised, conceptual and psychological phenomenon that externalises its invisible meanings. And interaction designers recognise this: the web is another castle that the Englishman can live in, and he seeks to create virtual places that have as much effect on pride, self-esteem and identity as the bricks and mortar version where he sleeps.

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Being homeless, you may not have much but you have yourself

Thursday, 3 February, 2011

Becky Blanton, who lived for a while in only an old van, writes about the oddly liberating appeal that being homeless can bring:

But there is safety in being invisible. No one expects anything. You’re living the life you believe you deserve. No matter how you ended up on the street, a part of you believes you deserve it somehow. Stay on the street long enough and your self-esteem bottoms out. You begin to say you want out, but the reality is that the demands of a job, a schedule, are daunting. As hard as life on the streets becomes, a part of you enjoys the simplicity. Days become a blur and you become numb. And being numb from the pain is almost as much of a high as being numb from the bottle or the needle.

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The pros, and of course the cons, of working from home

Tuesday, 31 August, 2010

In short, don’t allow the flexibility of working from home to erode your social skills…

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Multibasing: all your base are belong to us and are also our home

Thursday, 8 July, 2010

Sean Bonner and his family have vacated their Los Angeles apartment, put their possessions into storage, and plan to spend 12 months travelling around the world, and calling the network of friend’s houses and guest apartments they will be staying at, home.

Being without a permanent or official home might bother some people, but as far as Bonner is concerned the term is nebulous at best:

I’ve talked to a lot of friends about this over the years and I get the feeling for a lot of people the idea of home is much more romanticized than anything they’ve ever actually experienced. What with “home is where the heart is” and other such slogans beaten into our heads. But even that doesn’t point so much to a place as a feeling, right? If you can feel like you are home when you are around certain people just as much as when you are in certain places then maybe home itself needs to be better defined before you can try and figure out where it is.

Bonner refers to the idea of moving from place to place, and his accommodation network as “multibasing”, which is akin to the way digital nomads, and other location independent professionals live and work, and is something he sees becoming more widespread in the future:

I see this as a natural progression of things, and think more and more people will be doing something similar, or some parts of it anyway. This is the core of what I’ve been calling “Multibasing” for years, that is having multiple bases, but it’s something that would make sense to a much larger group of people I know who are always on the go, but often in one of a handful of places.

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Home comings in photos and words

Monday, 25 January, 2010

Creative professionals reminisce about the dwellings – which range from caravans to farmhouses – where they spent their childhood.

I had been away from this state for over 20 years, and it took a great deal of courage to make the trip from Yosemite to visit 50 Villa Street. I tried not to think of what it might look like. Unbidden, images of decay arose, or perhaps an apartment building standing where I used to play.

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A simple house, not a mansion, is the only home you need

Wednesday, 2 September, 2009

An architect who has previously worked for blue-chip clients decides to downshift his lifestyle in a major way… by building – and then living in – a portable cardboard shelter in a subway station.

I created a temporary structure within the local subway system. It was made out of cardboard and duct tape. The purpose of this structure is to promote “sustainability” and “portability.” One of the walls of my new home was “already built” and I could theoretically live any where in the world, just as long as there was some sort of “wall” where my home could be attached. I did not need multiple rooms, a restroom, or even many furnishings beyond a bundle of cloth to sleep upon.

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Pancakes: the secret to working successfully from home

Thursday, 23 October, 2008

Readers of A List Apart share tips and advice on working from home while juggling family and day-to-day commitments. I could get into Sarah Bray’s pancake idea…

We make breakfast time a special time to connect. Sometimes we’ll make pancakes together. (They’re faster than you think.) We always talk about what we’re going to be doing that day. After breakfast, we have some special together time. We’ll read together or play a game. After, I work on things that take less focus while the kids are playing (email, paperwork, filing, etc.). I work on things that take more focus while the kids are asleep (phone calls, creative work, concept building, etc.). I have a “turn off computer” time every day. It may not be the same time every day, but after I say I’m done for the day, I am DONE. I don’t do anything on the computer, even fun stuff.

That “turn off computer” time is seldom before midnight around here, but it also the absolute end of the day when I do in-fact power off.

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Twilight Night NYD 2008

Tuesday, 1 January, 2008

Home

Home by Spearhead.

If you are hungry I will bake some bread for you.
If you are worried I will hold your head for you.

If you can’t sleep at night I will screen your dreams for you.
And if you feel uptight I will make everything alright for you.

If the key don’t work / knock on the door.
If the key don’t work / knock on the door.
no matter how far away you seem I am always here at home.

See you on the flip side. Have a good one :)

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