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by Mobius
Wed Oct 26, 2011 4:02 pm
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Topic: Steve Jobs
Replies: 12
Views: 6596

He was not a nice man by any definition of the word "nice". He was a dead-beat Dad, never donated any of his money (unless it was done anonymously), was famous for his mis-treatment of employees, and while he started out correctly, with the "open platform" (a la Google) he totally destroyed what was...
by Mobius
Wed Oct 26, 2011 3:37 pm
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Topic: Want to build Usonian - Advise?
Replies: 85
Views: 67550

Having taken on the challenge to build a home based on FLW's Jacobs #1, I can tell you that no matter how much you think it is going to cost, add 50% to it to come out with a price closer to what it will ACTUALLY cost.

Whatever your budget is: it's not enough. :P
by Mobius
Sun Aug 28, 2011 7:51 pm
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Topic: Article: What's so great about Fallingwater?
Replies: 7
Views: 4171

As non-geniuses, it's easy for us to dismiss the claim that Frank "did nothing" for seven months. What we can't easily understand is that the mental capabilities of persons who are genuine geniuses exceed our own capabilities by such a margin, that we might call that person a magician if we didn't k...
by Mobius
Tue May 24, 2011 10:59 pm
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Topic: The Frank Lloyd Wright computer
Replies: 4
Views: 3691

Protip: But you don't care. Despite these flaws. :)
by Mobius
Tue May 24, 2011 10:57 pm
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Topic: Mobius?...Hypnoraygun? Are you still with us?
Replies: 16
Views: 7048

Yes yes - I am still in the land of the living. So too, fortunately, is the home I built in Christchurch. In fact it took no damage whatsoever. As it should, because it was built like the proverbial brick shithouse! :) A large portion of the city is a real mess though, and it will be 20 years before...
by Mobius
Thu Nov 25, 2010 7:17 pm
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Topic: If you were building a house today...
Replies: 7
Views: 4799

Large overhangs. Insulated tilt-slab concrete construction - requiring no finishing. Polished concrete floors in wet areas, cork tiles in the others. Almost-flat roof construction. Almost no painting required. Solar panels to heat water and/or floor slab (gas assisted). Triple glazed with Low-e Argo...
by Mobius
Thu Nov 04, 2010 8:05 pm
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Topic: Would FLW approve of "Tilt Slab" concrete construc
Replies: 6
Views: 4266

Would FLW approve of "Tilt Slab" concrete construc

I know Frank was enamoured with concrete - as it is such a plastic material, and will form any shape you want with relative ease. I also recall, from my reading of "Building With Wright" by Herbert and Katherine Jacobs that he placed a high value on a process of building a wall which resulted in the...
by Mobius
Thu Nov 04, 2010 7:43 pm
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Topic: Wright in the movies
Replies: 32
Views: 18872

In fact most of the footage from Bladerunner is NOT shot in the Ennis house. From memory only about 2 minutes of it is "genuine Ennis". The producers along with Riddley Scott, were allowed to create casts of the concrete blocks, and from these fibreglass version were created, and the sets were const...
by Mobius
Thu Nov 04, 2010 7:35 pm
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Topic: What health problems can cats cause to humans?
Replies: 6
Views: 3819

By far the most prevalent is Toxoplasmosis. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toxoplasmosis Up to 1/3 of the entire world's population is infected with the parasite. If you own a cat is it almost certain that you are infected. Normally it doesn't cause any symptoms after the first week (flu like ones for...
by Mobius
Mon Jul 19, 2010 6:33 pm
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Topic: Frank Lloyd Wright's struggles with officialdom
Replies: 80
Views: 41525

Building Wright-style

You may or may not be interested to learn of my experience when I built my version of Wright's Jacobs #1. Initially I created my own drawings using nothing but the 1.2m x .6m grid (slightly larger than FLWs 4'x2' grid) and expressed dimensions as ratios of this grid. When we had the working drawings...
by Mobius
Fri Apr 09, 2010 8:52 pm
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Topic: Goetsch-Winckler Usonian house
Replies: 149
Views: 93614

I have a lot of photos of the GW residence up at http://4sure.co.nz/gw/
by Mobius
Wed Feb 24, 2010 9:33 pm
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Topic: Completed Entertainment Cabinet Built In
Replies: 21
Views: 12371

The speaker is covered up when the TV is being viewed? I'd never countenance such a design! Even though it hides the TV - TV's should be connected to stereo equipment - even with only two speakers it sounds superior. And it does appear that the system is superior - I can't identify the speaker brand...
by Mobius
Wed Feb 24, 2010 9:23 pm
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Topic: First Wright house with radiant floor heating
Replies: 63
Views: 41204

Fascinating topic. What amazes me about the system FLW employed is what they didn't know about basic things at that time. For example, it was not known that steam follows the hottest pipe, and it therefore takes a very long time for a floor heated with steam to equalise temperature. And, of course, ...
by Mobius
Thu Feb 18, 2010 9:12 pm
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Topic: Do you use a PC or a Mac?
Replies: 21
Views: 10412

I use 4 PCs and 2 Macs. I have to say that I find the Macs simultaneously the best thing since sliced bread *AND* the most retarded and intentionally crippled devices I have ever owned. I have a good policy for Apple equipment: You're a retard to buy it new. Don't give Jobs your money, buy it second...
by Mobius
Wed Feb 10, 2010 9:04 pm
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Topic: FLLW and his cars
Replies: 13
Views: 8098

Hmmm. Bugatti? Ferrari? Lamborghini?

I can see him buying a Bugatti Veyron, and then having it seized by the bank 5 months later.

Then, perhaps he'd have a Mercedes SL convertible for the wife, and a Porsche Cayenne Turbo for himself.