What We’re Reading: September 21-25

Green living, home values, bartering, a pizza-toting rodent, cool homes, crypts, drones, REALTOR® safety, and an Amazon Prime deal!

How green is your community? There are some out there working toward net-zero energy. Check out these suburbs with a vision for the future.

Do you have $350,000 and a desire to live in a shack in San Francisco? You’re in luck!

What would you do if you couldn’t access the cash needed to buy essential items? Take a page from the current situation in Greece.

Pizza Rat. Need we say more? He did win the internet this week. Though, Shake Shack Squirrel gave him a run for his money.4899671067_224f26808b_m Hungry Dudes/flickr/2010

Real estate Transformers: more than meets the eye!

The archaeology world is abuzz after a world-renowned archaeologist theorized that Queen Nefertiti’s crypt, which has yet to be discovered, may be hidden in the same tomb as her son’s, King Tutankhamun. The Egyptian Antiquities Ministry has finally given the approval to examine the tomb using radar. And now, we wait…

Drones: they’re not just for aerial photography, military exercises, and Amazon deliveries…apparently they build bridges, too!12970826404_a6fbdf0f16_m Michael MK Kohr/flickr/2014

REALTOR® safety is always on our minds. Now there is a new app  in honor of Beverley Carter that  is intended to keep our REALTORS® safe.

In honor of Amazon’s Emmy wins, Amazon Prime Memberships are being offered at a discount TODAY ONLY.

What We’re Reading: September 14-18

Work/life balance, Microsoft, Apple, IoT, privacy, Cloudgate, book awards, new streaming service, and Corgis.

After reading this article, Denmark really does sound like one  of the Happiest Places on Earth.15819201611_bf0762af72_q Carlos ZGZ/flickr/2008

Oh, Microsoft. Facepalm.

Don’t get too excited, but Apple might allow you to have more control over your phone’s app real estate. Not soon, but at some point in the future. In the meantime, iOS 9 is available and here’s a handy field guide to new features.

Do you have to qualify burglars as “alleged” when you can quite clearly see who and what they are doing via your wifi-enabled security system? Maybe if we considered how people break into our homes, we could defend our homes better.

Roomba has its own camera now, making it a much smarter vacuum. Is a smart vacuum something we needed? Whatever, it’s on our wish list now.

A public library in New Hampshire is taking a stand for privacy and hopes more libraries will join them. Afterall, it’s what libraries do.

Love it or hate it, it’s pretty cool to see how Chicago’s Cloudgate, more commonly known as  The Bean, was constructed.5712490395_245f2127d2_q O Palsson/flickr/2011

Facebook is finally giving the public what they want — a dislike button. Well, maybe not exactly a dislike button, but an option other than “like.”

National Book Awards are presented annually in November — here is the long list of potential honorees.

Shut up and take our money, BBC!

What’s better than a REALTOR®? A Corgi posing as a REALTOR®.

What We’re Reading: September 7-11

Libraries, population distribution, boomeranging, tidiness, multitasking, #[in]authentic, Apple news, monarchy milestone, and Welsh.

You’re supposed to keep library collections in a cool, dry place. Well, they got the dry part down.

How evenly distributed would you guess the population of the world to be? Spoilers: it’s not even at all. It makes sense when you see these maps. If you’re looking to redistribute yourself, you might want to check out this list of best cities for certain kinds of people.

It’s not just Millennials that are boomeranging to their parents’ house. What is causing more and more adults to move back in with their folks?

Is decluttering as bad as hoarding? Any behavior can be considered bad when it goes to extremes.

Are you one of those people trying to juggle 5 tasks at once? Multitasking can be done — find out mindful tips to stay on several tasks.

Who better to parody the unrealistic lives of the Instagram hip glitterati than Barbie?

The new iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus were announced at Apple’s Sept. 9 event — check out the new features! Apple Pencil was also announced. Yes, really.

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On the other side of the pond, it took Queen Elizabeth II 63 years, 7 months, and a day to break this record.

While we’re on topics across the Atlantic, can you correctly pronounce Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch?  This weatherman sure can!

What We’re Reading: August 31-Sept 4

Snoring, ch-ch-ch-changes, REALTOR® Building, smart cars, Nutella, Tiny Houses, the past, the future, design, inventories, biometrics, and wizards.

Snoring rooms sound like a fancy re-branding of the guest room, but hey, it’s now a trend in the UK. Some designers would say staying away from trends in home design is a better choice.

Last week Instagram announced it would allow rectangular photos and landscape orientation in addition to its classic square format. Sounds well and good until your feed is ruined by the different formats. Keep it visually pleasing. Something is different about Google, too.8553993019_9fc6933b7e_qmcdordor2001/flickr/2013

The Silver Skyscraper was the name of the building that preceded the REALTOR® Building and it was only 25 feet deep! Built in 1929, it was replaced by the REALTOR® Building in 1963.

Cars are more computer than machine these days. No, computers are machines…whatever. How many of your car’s smart features do you use?

Some people love Nutella way too much, so a German designer has created a Nutella lock.  Which snack would you lock?

The Tiny House trend — touted as a way to save money, but who among you could really go through with it? 8419779961_e07657cb50_m Tammy Strobel/flickr/2012

Of course, if you need more room, and demand a unique design with a prehistoric flare, this home just hit the market.

Are you ready to live in a world where you don’t have to wrangle 50 different passwords? Here is your weekly reminder that we live in the future. Also in future news: will the next generation buy their homes online?

Some flags are appropriate to fly, some flags need to be changed due to geopolitical shifts, some flags represent pride, but most flags are actually horrible, from a design perspective.

Toronto and Vancouver house hunters know what happens when a housing inventory shrinks and prices skyrocket — do you?

In a (sadly) fictional world, Harry Potter’s son started Hogwarts this week. Can you guess which house he was sorted into?