Wednesday, January 25, 2012
By Elysia Walton, SnapSpace Solutions Team
January 25th, 2012
January. We have just turned a new year, and with it we welcome a fresh start. Hopefully you have made some resolutions for this New Year, or maybe you are continuing last year’s resolutions. Whatever goals you plan to achieve, some history on January may give you a better appreciation for this cold, fresh month:
On January 4th, 1643, Isaac Newton was noted physicist, mathematician, and astronomer. Imagine that! About 370 years ago the person whom we all read about, in every history and science book, was named for his actions and remembered for the amazing inventions that would shape the world—one of which would enable us to see to the stars.
In 1809, also on January 4th, Louis Braille invented a reading system for the blind. Sound familiar? You guessed it. Mr. Braille used his last name for his invention, and we see this invention nearly everywhere we go; fast-food restroom doors, fancy hotel elevators, yes, without Braille the blind would also be blind to the written world. However, Mr. Braille’s invention has enabled the blind to ‘see’ a bit more than before, not through their eyes, but instead through their fingers.
On January 13th, 1930, the Mickey Mouse cartoon first appeared in newspapers throughout the United States. That’s right—January, the freezing-cold month, is the birth month of Mr. Mickey Mouse, the beloved little creature that, though he is now over eighty years old, has lasted the test of time and is still close to most American’s hearts. He is the little mouse that rowed a row boat, and won Minnie’s heart. Yes, Mickey is nearly as famous as our flag itself, he is such a well-known, big part of American history.
Another January invention is Doublemint™ gum. January 19th happens to be the 97th anniversary of the day Doublemint™ gum was trademark registered. So why don’t you go out and buy yourself a pack of Doublemint™ for good ol’ time’s sake.
Two different historical events happened on January the 20th, seventy-two years apart. In 1857 on January 20th, William Kelly patented the blast furnace for manufacturing steel. Just imagine where we would be if Mr. Kelly hadn’t invented this. Also on the 20th, but in the year 1929, (much closer to the 21st century) the first outdoor feature-length talking motion picture played. It was called “In Old Arizona”, thus our drive-in movies were born.
Evidently January is a pretty popular month! It is not just about the ringing of a new year, or icy asphalt. No, January is more. January contains birthdays and anniversaries of many historical events we are all familiar with. Alas, before you fall asleep tonight, or bid January goodbye until 2013 next Tuesday night, remember what January means. Chew yourself a piece of Doublemint™ gum while watching Mickey, and enjoy the stars through a telescope…
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
By Elysia Walton, SnapSpace Solutions Staff
January 11, 2012
January 11, 2012
With SnapSpace Solutions, the possibilities for affordable housing are endless. SnapSpace homes are more affordable and last longer than the typical home due to the recycled container base. These affordable houses can be ultra-personalized and are built to be extremely efficient. SnapSpace homes can even be customized with solar panels, rain water collectors, and rooftop gardens—substantially lowering the electric, heating, and water bills.
Affordable housing in Maine, and around the country, is an issue that many people currently struggle with. Whether it is housing for the elderly, large families, single parents, or young adults—the wide range of situations make it a very real struggle in our society. Waiting lists for existing units and subsidy programs are long, and many who need affordable housing do not qualify for these programs. Even if a person does qualify for subsidized housing there is a significant lack of it, which inevitably leads to homelessness. Many folks with disabilities are also in a tough situation when it comes to affordable housing. If they are unable to get a sufficient job to cover the financial requirements to purchase or rent a home, then they are out of luck. Of additional concern is the fact that much of the affordable housing available today is of very low quality, and in some situations can even be dangerous.
If you look at the statistics for affordable housing the results are unsettling. In 2005, more than ninety percent of the renters living in Scarborough, Maine, could not afford the median priced, single family home. (about $300,000) In addition, even if the search is narrowed to “affordable” house prices only, the amount is still about $150,000. (Portland, Maine metro area.) Conclusively, these houses are not necessarily in good condition, which you would expect for such a price tag.
Practically futuristic, container homes are presently unknown to much of the general public, but are a sure future pop-culture item. The affordability will not empty your wallet, yet the quality will leave your friends jealous. Anything is possible with container buildings, and SnapSpace Solutions would love to bring this unique opportunity to own such a structure in your price range public.