ADUs

Are you considering creating a dwelling space in your backyard or near your home? Here’s some info to consider:

WHAT IS A ADU?
An accessory dwelling unit (ADU), refers to a secondary residential dwelling unit located on a single-family lot. (These units can be referred to as a carriage house, granny flat, mother-in-law suite, auxiliary unit, English basement, or cottage; ADU is the technical term.)

A collection of ADUs built around one larger structure is known as a tiny house community. Both ADUs and tiny house communities are only allowed in certain states. “Construction codes tell you how to build your house,” explains Andrew Morrison, of Tiny House Build. “Zoning depends on where you’ll build your house.” Most of the country’s local building codes have been adopted from the International Residential Code (IRC) for one- and two-family dwellings, which contains size specifications like rooms (except bathrooms and kitchens) must be at least 70 square feet, while ceiling height must be at least 7 feet. Texas adopted IRC in 2001. Texas governor Rick Perry signed a bill to adopt the International Residential Code as the municipal residential building code for the state of Texas. It went into effect September 1, 2001, and gave cities until January 1, 2002 to transition and begin enforcing the new code.

Click here for the different building related agencies in Texas for their ICC info.

Zoning regulations are based off more local factors, and determine the size requirements of your home based on what zone it’s located in.

Click here for the Administrative Rules of the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs 10 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 80

DEED RESTRICTIONS
Check for deed restrictions. Real estate deed restrictions restrict or limit the way in which a property can be used. Deed restrictions generally run with the land regardless of property ownership. Deed restrictions can also take the form of conditions, covenants and restrictions.

UNRESTRICTED ZONING ORDINANCES
Texas has “unrestricted zoning ordinances”. As you might guess, this (lack of) zoning exists in mostly remote, rural areas throughout the country. The tiny house community Austin LiveWork is an exception, as it’s located 15 minutes outside of the city and is under no zoning governance. Builders are currently planning for tiny resident living over 10 acres of land.

Why Am I So Tired and Sleepy?

Why Am I So Tired and Sleepy?


Cat Man Do – Simon’s Cat.

Why Am I So Tired and Sleepy? The compound Adenosine (ah-DEN-o-seen) is one factor. Adenosine is produced in the human body by the degradation of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the molecule that serves as the “energy currency” for the body’s various cellular functions. The amount of adenosine produced in the brain thus reflects the activity level of its neurons and glial cells. The brain’s intense activity during periods of wakefulness consumes large amounts of ATP and hence causes adenosine to accumulate.

More About Neurons
The neuron is the basic working unit of the brain, a specialized cell designed to transmit information to other nerve cells, muscle, or gland cells. Neurons are cells within the nervous system that transmit information to other nerve cells, muscle, or gland cells.

More About Glial Cells
The glial cells surround neurons and provide support for and insulation between them. Glial cells are the most abundant cell types in the central nervous system. Types of glial cells include oligodendrocytes, astrocytes, ependymal cells, Schwann cells, microglia, and satellite cells. There are about 86-100 billion neurons in the brain. There are about the same number of glial cells in the brain. The glial cells do not carry nerve impulses. There are different types of glial cells: Astrocyte, Microglia, Oligodendroglia, Satellite Cells and Schwann Cells:
Astrocyte (Astroglia): Star-shaped cells that provide physical and nutritional support for neurons: 1) clean up brain “debris”; 2) transport nutrients to neurons; 3) hold neurons in place; 4) digest parts of dead neurons; 5) regulate content of extracellular space
Microglia: Like astrocytes, microglia digest parts of dead neurons.
Oligodendroglia: Provide the insulation (myelin) to neurons in the central nervous system.
Satellite Cells: Physical support to neurons in the peripheral nervous system.
Schwann Cells: Provide the insulation (myelin) to neurons in the peripheral nervous system.

The accumulation of adenosine during waking periods is thus associated with the depletion of the ATP reserves stored as glycogen in the brain. The increased adenosine levels trigger non-REM sleep, during which the brain is less active, thus placing it in a recovery phase that is absolutely essential—among other things, to let it rebuild its stores of glycogen. Because adenosine is continuously metabolized by the enzyme adenosine desaminase, the decline in adenosine production during sleep quickly causes a general decline in adenosine concentrations in the brain, eventually producing conditions more favourable to awakening.

The human body clock is another factor.
Our bodies are in sync with environmental cues such as light and darkness to help determine when we feel awake and when we feel drowsy. This relates to when the body releases melatonin.

Melatonin is a factor.
Your body releases chemicals in a daily rhythm, which your body clock controls. When it gets dark, your body releases a hormone called melatonin. Melatonin signals your body that it’s time to prepare for sleep, and it helps you feel drowsy. The amount of melatonin in your bloodstream peaks as the evening wears on. Researchers believe this peak is an important part of preparing your body for sleep.

READ MORE:
What makes you sleep
Molecules That Build Up And Make You Sleep
The Neuron

Tonebone JDX Direct-Drive

Tonebone JDX Direct-Drive

Radial Engineering’s amp and cabinet speaker emulator.

*Guitar amp simulator for pedalboards
*Eliminates the need to bring an amp to the gig
*4 x 12 half-stack & open back combo tones
*Employs Radial’s popular JDX tone shaping

Click here to visit the website.

Specifications
Circuit Type: Class-A BiFET input buffer with electronic frequency shaping circuitry
Frequency Response: Shaped for guitar use
Dynamic Range: 83dB to 100dB
Total Harmonic Distortion:: <0.01%
Noise: -78dBU
Intermodulation Distortion: >0.1 @ -15dBu Out
Maximum Input: > +5dBu
Maximum Gain – input to XLR output: 0dB
Minimum Gain – input to 1/4″ output: -5.8dB
Clip Level – XLR output: > +5dBu
Output Impedance – XLR output: 600 Ohms
Output Impedance – 1/4″ output: 100 Ohms
Mechanical
Power: 40mA, 9VDC (center pin negative)
Construction: 14-gauge steel chassis and outer shell
Finish: Durable powder coat
Shipping Weight: 1.6 lbs. (.7 kg)
Size: 4.75″ x 3.625″ x 2″ (121 x 92 x 51mm)
Warranty: Radial 3-year, transferable
Specifications are subject to change without notice.
Hughes & Kettner Red Box 5 DI and Speaker Simulator

Hughes & Kettner Red Box 5 DI and Speaker Simulator

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Red Box 5

INPUT 6,3 mm (1/4“) jack
THRU 6,3 mm (1/4“) jack
OUTPUT XLR, balanced
POWER SUPPLY Phantom powered (48 Volts, 10mA)
EXTERNAL POWER SUPPLY 9-24 Volts AC or DC (optional)
BATTERY 9 Volts (optional)
DIMENSIONS 115 x 40 x 60 mm
WEIGHT 0,2 kg
How Lucky Am I?

How Lucky Am I?

I am a simple man, and I believe that often the right choices in life can be the simplest to make. When in question, do what is right. As our nation faces very difficult and challenging times during this election season, I think moving through them requires simply looking back at our core foundation. Why did the men and women of the American revolution want liberty in the first place? What role did their faith play in their lives? Have we forgotten the price for fighting injustice and how precious it’s reward is? Has our enjoyment of freedom for so long totally warped the framing of freedom’s entitlement?

“Not too long ago, two friends of mine were talking to a Cuban refugee, a businessman who had escaped from Castro, and in the midst of his story one of my friends turned to the other and said, “We don’t know how lucky we are.” And the Cuban stopped and said, “How lucky you are? I had someplace to escape to.” And in that sentence he told us the entire story. If we lose freedom here, there’s no place to escape to. This is the last stand on earth. And this idea that government is beholden to the people, that it has no other source of power except the sovereign people, is still the newest and the most unique idea in all the long history of man’s relation to man.

This is the issue of this election: Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capitol can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves.

You and I are told increasingly we have to choose between a left or right. Well I’d like to suggest there is no such thing as a left or right. There’s only an up or down—[up] man’s old—old-aged dream, the ultimate in individual freedom consistent with law and order, or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism. And regardless of their sincerity, their humanitarian motives, those who would trade our freedom for security have embarked on this downward course.

In this vote-harvesting time, they use terms like the “Great Society,” or as we were told a few days ago by the President, we must accept a greater government activity in the affairs of the people. But they’ve been a little more explicit in the past and among themselves; and all of the things I now will quote have appeared in print. These are not Republican accusations. For example, they have voices that say, “The cold war will end through our acceptance of a not undemocratic socialism.” Another voice says, “The profit motive has become outmoded. It must be replaced by the incentives of the welfare state.” Or, “Our traditional system of individual freedom is incapable of solving the complex problems of the 20th century.” Senator Fullbright has said at Stanford University that the Constitution is outmoded. He referred to the President as “our moral teacher and our leader,” and he says he is “hobbled in his task by the restrictions of power imposed on him by this antiquated document.” He must “be freed,” so that he “can do for us” what he knows “is best.” And Senator Clark of Pennsylvania, another articulate spokesman, defines liberalism as “meeting the material needs of the masses through the full power of centralized government.”

Well, I, for one, resent it when a representative of the people refers to you and me, the free men and women of this country, as “the masses.” This is a term we haven’t applied to ourselves in America. But beyond that, “the full power of centralized government”—this was the very thing the Founding Fathers sought to minimize. They knew that governments don’t control things. A government can’t control the economy without controlling people. And they know when a government sets out to do that, it must use force and coercion to achieve its purpose. They also knew, those Founding Fathers, that outside of its legitimate functions, government does nothing as well or as economically as the private sector of the economy.”

The preceding was an excerpt from Ronald Reagan’s speech, A Time for Choosing, given on October 27, 1964.

Do The Right ThingsPut God first. Don’t rely on the government or anyone else to make decisions for my personal life – a mature, responsible adult should be capable of choosing what’s best for their home and family. Rely on family, friends and neighbors first, then the government to help support areas where others or myself are not capable. The government should be secondary to these things with elected officials acting as our representatives.

“Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.” John F. Kennedy

WE are first responsible to help care for our families, neighbors, fellow citizens and communities. WE must accept the responsibility for the future. The day-to-day responsibilities in every area of our lives.

Winston Churchill said, “The destiny of man is not measured by material computations. When great forces are on the move in the world, we learn we’re spirits—not animals.” And he said, “There’s something going on in time and space, and beyond time and space, which, whether we like it or not, spells duty.”

We have a duty to do the right things while we still have the freedom to choose.  Many have already sacrificed for it. We are blessed and lucky to have it.

Think on These Things
“8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think on these things. 9 Whatever you have learned and received and heard from me, and seen in me, put these things into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”  Phillipians 4:8-9, Berean Study Bible.

Post RNC and DNC: My Four Things

Post RNC and DNC: My Four Things

$148 million dollars and two weeks later, the RNC (Republican National Convention) and DNC (Democratic National Convention) have ended and I am motivated to do four things:

  • Remember God’s priority in my heart and every aspect of life. If we remember Him, He will remember us.
  • Remember to pray every day for our leaders, nation and world.
  • Live out my best for family, friends and neighbors to make our communities, cities, states, country and world a better place.
  • VOTE! Educate myself. Pray & think about it. Make a choice.

Love one another. Live better. 

Lookout for corruption. Be aware of wrong. Ask why. Government belongs to US – We The People!

Remember these dates:
Sept. 26 — Presidential debate at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio
Oct. 4 — Vice presidential debate at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia
Oct. 9 — Presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis
Oct. 19 — Presidential debate at University of Nevada-Las Vegas
Nov. 8 — Election Day

The 2016 Republican National Convention was estimated to have cost $64 million dollars. The 2016 Democratic National Convention was estimated to have cost $84 million dollars. Could the nominations and decisions be made without such costly events? The parties know who there candidates will be before the conventions take place. Couldn’t the savings of minimizing the events be passed on to the real-world causes, issues and tragedies being used by both parties to further their agendas?  Portions of the convention expenses are paid by tax-payers who aren’t even allowed to attend.

Portions were televised so I did take time to view some of the political ruckus – making sure to catch Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton’s nomination acceptance speeches. Supposedly political conventions are for delegates from each state and U.S. territories only.  The “delegates” are elected officials from the party and others who have achieved rank within the party organization.

Proverbs 28:2 “A ruler with discernment and knowledge maintains order.”

God remember America.

 

 

Dallas Cowboys 2016 Training Camp Schedule

Dallas Cowboys 2016 Training Camp Schedule

The Dallas Cowboys leave for 2016 Training Camp in Oxnard, California on Thursday, July 28 and practice begins July 30.

Click here for the graphic.

Important Dates: 

Friday, July 29
1 p.m. – News conference

Saturday, July 30
12:30 p.m. — Walk-through
2 p.m. — Garrett news conference
6 p.m. — Practice

Sunday, July 31
12:30 p.m. — Walk-through
2 p.m. — Garrett news conference
6 p.m. — Practice

Monday, August 1
12:30 p.m. — Walk-through
2 p.m. — Garrett news conference
6 p.m. — Practice

Tuesday, August 2
12:30 p.m. — Walk-through
2 p.m. — Garrett news conference
6 p.m. — Practice

Wednesday, August 3
Player off day

Thursday, August 4
12:30 p.m. — Walk-through
2 p.m. — Garrett news conference
6 p.m. — Practice

Friday, August 5
12:30 p.m. — Walk-through
2 p.m. — Garrett news conference
6 p.m. — Practice

Saturday, August 6
12:30 p.m. — Walk-through
2 p.m. — Garrett news conference
6 p.m. — Practice

Sunday, August 7
4:30 p.m. Blue/White Scrimmage

Monday, August 8
Player off day

Tuesday, August 9
12:30 p.m. — Walk-through
2 p.m. — Garrett news conference
6 p.m. — Practice

Wednesday, August 10
12:30 p.m. — Walk-through
2 p.m. — Garrett news conference
6 p.m. — Practice

Thursday, August 11
12:30 p.m. — Practice
2 p.m. — Garrett news conference
7 p.m. Walk-through

Friday, August 12
TBD

Saturday, August 13
7 p.m. – Cowboys at LA Rams

Sunday, August 14
Player off day

Monday, August 15
12:30 p.m. — Walk-through
2 p.m. — Garrett news conference
6 p.m. — Practice

Tuesday, August 16
12:30 p.m. — Walk-through
2 p.m. — Garrett news conference
6 p.m. — Practice

Wednesday, August 17
12:30 p.m. — Practice
2 p.m. — Garrett news conference
7 p.m. — Walk-through

Thursday, August 18
Return to Dallas

Friday, August 19
7 p.m. — Cowboys vs. Miami, AT&T Stadium

Dallas Cowboys Officially Move In

Dallas Cowboys Officially Move In

After about 30 years at Valley Ranch, the Dallas Cowboys have officially moved into their new headquarters in Frisco, Texas. Little Jerry World includes dining, retail shops and a hotel along with the state-of-the-art sports facility.

The Cowboys break camp in Oxnard, CA on August 18, then head toward Dallas for their game against Miami on August 19. From that point, they’ll being practicing in Frisco.

Peter Kim on the Future of Social Media

Peter Kim on the Future of Social Media

Notes on the future of social media from the 2016 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity presentation by Peter Kim

  • the way it is used now will be gone
  • it will be shoppable. not just viewing and reading text or clicking a link. you can make the purchase immediately.
  • it will be snackable. shorter and more concise content – only a few seconds. So that users can get it, digest it and move on.
  • it will be automated – artificial intelligence (AI) will take over. Higher yields can be gained by utilizing analytics, patterns, etc….
  • it will be connective. Back to the original purpose of connecting societies; the world.

Avoid clutter, interruption and irrelevance.

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