I figure there should be a good thread for minimal living spaces that are worth looking at. Someone mentioned www.stealthsprinter.com in a side thread and I'm glad I saw it - amazing work they did!
I was just looking at this:http://www1.ttcn.ne.jp/~gyo/English/campingcar.htm - and figured it needed a place to go on here too. This thing is insane. Some Japanese dude fabricated a two-story house that folds down (!!!) into a small truck trailer. It's all mechanized, with pneumatic cylinders that lift the entire second story up. The second story is this immaculate Japanese tatami room with shoji windows, and the downstairs is a kitchen, bathroom, storage - outrigger dock with a 2 meter wide deck that folds out.
It's super conspicuous so it wouldn't work for boondocking. Rather, I should say, it's inconspicuous when folded down, but when you need to live in it it's like a Transformer and would stand out like a sore thumb. But it's really gorgeous.
When you find cool minimal / mobile living stuff post comments! I love looking at this stuff for inspiration and ideas.
This is probably my favorite tiny house: http://cabinfever.us.com/Shelter_Series.htm It's 2 bedrooms and only 640 sq feet. Less than $60k for the prefab, which includes fixtures. The house is designed so that you don't need to use electric lighting during the day.
Wow, I can't believe I missed this link during my research. That is almost exactly what I would do if I didn't have the attention span of 3 days.
Stealth sprinters for life....
and yeah, the Japanese are awesome when it comes to best utilizing small spaces. LOVE IT!!!
Whoa. That Japanese truck is amazing. I've thought about turning my bed area into a Japanese room like that, with tatamis and futons that shove under the cabinet. Could use it for an awesome tea room during the day.
I've been in Japan for just over a week now. Todd and my Japanese teacher, Michiru, just left yesterday. My friend Brian is still here. Michiru took us to a bunch of places we'd never been before, and guided us through the murky Japanese-speaking waters. Todd took a lot of great photos (same camera setup as me -- NEX-5 with 50mm/1.1 lens). While the memories are still fresh in my mind, I'll share a few stories from the trip.
Hi there. I'm Cory, Lead Programmer for Kung-Fu Kingdom, and I'm going to occasionally be writing articles on how to make programming a complex video game both EASY and FUN EASIER and BEARABLE!
We're writing Kung-Fu Kingdom using a platform called [XNA](http://creators.xna.com). I've worked with a lot of game frameworks, and this particular one has a lot of advantages, but the two big ones are:
1. You can write code in any .NET language, which means you get to use C#, a very nice programming language with a lot of great features. 2. You can compile your project for the XBox 360 Community Games platform.
I'm compelled to note that the primary disadvantage of XNA is that it's currently (and will be for the foreseeable future) Windows only.
Now, XNA is great, and it's based on DirectX, the Microsoft graphics layer that Windows has used for ages. But it's new, and like everything else Microsoft does, when stuff is new, it doesn't work well with others. In particular, they've also recently released a new GUI framework called Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF). It's desirable in a lot of cases to mix your game framework with your GUI framework, so you can, say, make a nice looking set of tools to build your game with.