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Economies of scale with Group Living

Posted in Co-housing, Community, Societal Values on February 16th, 2011 by leodirac – Comments Off on Economies of scale with Group Living

One of the advantages to group housing is that there are many opportunities to take advantage of economies of scale. That is, there are many required activities that scale non-linearly with the number of residents. A simple example is any activity which is required for the house but only requires a single person to take […]

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Real-time Web Development in Python with Hookbox

Posted in Ego, Geek, Python on February 15th, 2011 by leodirac – Comments Off on Real-time Web Development in Python with Hookbox

Tonight I’m giving a guest lecture for a class on web development in Python.  I’m talking about building real-time web sites using Hookbox.  It draws on my experience building the software version of the Groovik’s cube. Here are the slides from the lecture: Here are the slides from the talk. I start out talking about […]

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Co-housing: We are not alone

Posted in Co-housing, Community, Geography, Seattle, Societal Values on February 14th, 2011 by leodirac – 2 Comments

One point I didn’t get a chance to make in my Ignite talk on Advanced Co-housing Techniques is that we are not alone.  It’s easy to listen to one guy singing on stage about how happy he is in his modern techno-hippy commune and dismiss him as a freak.  While I might be a freak, we are […]

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Group Housing and Co-housing styles

Posted in Community on February 12th, 2011 by leodirac – Comments Off on Group Housing and Co-housing styles

I said in my Ignite talk on Group Housing that a primary motivator for us was to build a village to raise our kids in.  There are lots of different styles of villages you can build in a modern city.  Before we found our house, we explored several alternatives.  We also were aware of several […]

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Co-Housing Governance: Democracy vs Consensus

Posted in Co-housing, Community, Societal Values on February 11th, 2011 by leodirac – 5 Comments

In my Ignite Seattle talk about Advanced Co-Housing Techniques, I mis-spoke about governance.  I said that our house is run as a democracy, which actually isn’t a very accurate representation.  Democracies are clearly sustainable forms of governance, but they tend to leave a bunch of people unhappy in many decisions.  Up to half the residents […]

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Advanced Co-Housing Techniques

Posted in Co-housing, Community, Ego, Seattle on February 9th, 2011 by leodirac – 7 Comments

Here’s my presentation for Ignite Seattle 13.  It’s lessons from the trenches of living in a large group house. Or you can watch the original presentation on video. The topics I touch on are: Raising kids in a group house Choosing your housemates How to deal with somebody needing to sell their share of a […]

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