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Ranching Out

My wife wants to buy a ranch, and I’m… where to begin? For starters, we’ve only just managed to get a house in the suburbs up and running, and overseeing a ranch seems like a real jump from there. Secondly, for a property to qualify as a ranch, don’t you need to be raising cattle …

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50 Shades of Orange

What is orange? Does peach qualify to go under that umbrella? What about terracotta, butterscotch, or persimmon, for that matter? More to the point, what is the prevailing opinion on this? Regardless of the technical definition, it’s imperative that I please this client, and she made it extremely clear that the staircase must be orange. …

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Revival of the Epic

They said it couldn’t be done. Well, check me out, world. I’m the CEO of the southern hemisphere’s only theme park inspired by Finnish folklore. That’s right – Kalevala Land is go! It’s still in the early stages – we haven’t actually built it yet – but still, the investors are there, and so is …

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Covetable or Crass?

I’m not above flipping through the odd home and lifestyle magazine – say, Rogue Living – and having a good hard gander at the latest in luxury interiors. I like a trendy kitchen splashback as much the next person, and I get a kick out of new approaches to tiling. Like, how are people still …

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No Judgement…

Fashions come and go, but you know what sticks around? Quality construction. Like, it literally endures through time, whereas things made primarily for the purposes of fashion tend to come apart in one way or another. This is not to have a dig at fashion, but more just to point out its transience. That might …

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Works For Me

What does your home office say about you? Everyone has one these days, whether it’s a laptop on an upturned milkcrate shoved in the corner of your bedroom, a cosy nook with a desk, a shelf and a few pot plants, or an actual, dedicated room with its own sound system and lockable door (luxury). …

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Paranormal Property

Kids are full of weird requests. Whether it’s a peanut butter sandwich without the peanut butter, or a banana that’s an orange, or a pet boa constrictor, or harpsichord lessons, there’s no end to the outlandishness. I thought I’d heard it all, but even I was taken aback when Francis asked if we can buy …

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Humanity’s Tale

Humanity has created many terrible things. The pocket watch. Bulldogs. Unicycles. Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. But finally, it looks like we’re doing something right. I am ALL over this new trend of solar energy for everyone. Wind power is also incredible, but there’s just…less going on. Wind turns the turbines, and that’s it. …

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Cars, Profit, Skeletons!

Until I hit fifteen, I had ZERO interest in cars. My parents just drove me everywhere, I took the bus to school, and I was old enough to appreciate the idea of sitting there and not having to do anything while people exert some degree of effort to get me places. And then my friends …

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A Worthy Conversation

Every now and then, I like to browse the various chat bots that exist on the internet to see if any reach my own level of intellect and understanding. I’ve so far been disappointed each and every time, although several have been near-misses. I was talking to a chat bot on a site that sells …

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