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Co-housing: Picking your housemates

Posted in Co-housing, Community, Seattle on July 23rd, 2011 by leodirac – Comments Off on Co-housing: Picking your housemates

So you’ve found some folks you think you might want to live with.  Or maybe they’re awesome friends whom you’re super excited to live with.  Either way, before signing a lease (or a mortgage!) it’s important to do your due diligence and try to figure out how well you’ll get along living together. If it’s […]

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Ignite video on Advanced Co-Housing Techniques

Posted in Co-housing, Community, Ego, Seattle on June 26th, 2011 by leodirac – 1 Comment

My Ignite talk from April on Advanced Co-Housing Techniques has been posted.  This is my best 5-minute summary on the joys of living with friends, and some techniques for making it work.  For some deeper thoughts than what I could fit into those 5 minutes, check out the community section here.

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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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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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Madison Market’s support of Estrella Creamery values community over health

Posted in Community, Health, Seattle, Societal Values on January 17th, 2011 by leodirac – 1 Comment

Below is an open letter I sent to the board of directors of Madison Market, a co-op grocery store near Capitol Hill in Seattle. Hello Board of Directors, I am writing to express my deep concern with your active support of Estrella Creamery.  I have been a long-time supporter of yours going back to the […]

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I’m speaking at django-seattle tomorrow

Posted in Geek, Python, Seattle, Software Engineering on December 13th, 2010 by leodirac – Comments Off on I’m speaking at django-seattle tomorrow

Tomorrow night I’m giving a presentation to the django-seattle group.  If you’re interested in Django come join and meet like-minded folks. When: Tue, Dec 14th 6:00pm – 7:30pm  (Meetings are on 2nd Tuesday of each month) Where: Web Collective, 1402 3rd Avenue – Suite 925 – Seattle (3rd and Union, 9th Floor, Vance Building, kitty […]

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Omnipotent Self-Aware Botnets

Posted in Geek, Humor, Seattle, Uploading on April 11th, 2010 by leodirac – 1 Comment

My buddy Scotto wrote a play titled “When I come to my senses, I’m alive!” which will be performed at Annex Theater on April 23 –  May 22.  I read an early draft of the script and am quite excited to see it performed. I don’t want to give too much away, but from watching […]

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The Paradoxes of Color Temperature

Posted in Physics, Science, Seattle, Sustainability on February 22nd, 2009 by leodirac – Comments Off on The Paradoxes of Color Temperature

Last week I went to the Indoor Sun Shoppe in Fremont and got a couple new CF bulbs for the house. I love their selection — they have everything from tiny 7W candelabra bulbs to these massive 150W bulbs that look like death-rays. A giant 105W bulb (pictured) is now trying to make my monstera deliciosa’s home in the living room a little more like tropical mexico and less like winter-in-seattle. In addition to a huge range of powers, they also clearly show you the color temperature of each bulb. Some of my friends have avoided CF bulbs because of…

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Bluenile Children’s Organization

Posted in Philanthropy, Seattle on January 11th, 2009 by leodirac – Comments Off on Bluenile Children’s Organization

Seattle Times just ran a story about a local non-profit that I’m quite fond of. Blue Nile Children’s Organization has been supporting orphans in Ethiopia for years. For $30/month donors, mostly local to Seattle, provide Ethiopian children with basic necessities and access to education. Now they’re expanding the scope of their support by building a medical clinic in Addis Adaba. From the ground up. It’s quite impressive. It will be run by Ethiopian doctors, with regular visits from US and Candian physicians who will help both provide care and train the local staff in specialty procedures. If you’d like to…

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Spinning Spaghetti Monster

Posted in Ego, Hacks, Humor, Seattle on August 10th, 2008 by leodirac – 1 Comment

Last week I went to a different kind of Dork Bot meeting here in Seattle called the Catastrophic Cacophony Workshop. It was a maker-style event where we broke up into teams of people and in 90 minutes had to build a robotic musical instrument out of one supplied motor and whatever other parts we could scrounge together. Our team started with the basic idea of a repetitive percussive instrument with multiple hammers hitting multiple objects. So we constructed a platform to hold the motor and used tennis rackets to make a rotating frame that held a series of arms that…

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