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(Mother Nature Network)   University professor is going to teach students how to live in a dumpster. Finally a college class that gives students lessons that are actually applicable in today's world   (mnn.com) divider line 21
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2013-10-10 09:23:05 AM  
makeameme.org
 
2013-10-10 10:03:00 AM  
Professors McQueen and MacGraw?
goodbyelikeabullet.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-10-10 10:07:00 AM  
Tiny home living is nothing new.  A dumpster however is a terrible shell.  The homeowner would need to own or rent land, it would be horribly inefficient to insulate, it would be near impossible to meet building codes in 99% of communities, you'd need to zone it as a trailerable camper, so it would need wheels and have to meet some minimum standards for road use.

Basically, this is several steps more foolish than teaching his students how to live in a trailer park, and to just renovate a trailer home.  Teaching students how to live in a trailer park would have the added advantage of exposing them to real people who are living on a budget.
 
2013-10-10 10:10:50 AM  
A Dumpster? Ho, man, I wish. Dumpster-brand trash bins are top-of-the-line. This is just a Trash-Co waste disposal unit.
 
2013-10-10 10:19:54 AM  
buffalobeast.com
 
2013-10-10 10:20:39 AM  
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"and don't get me started on MEAT."

/King Of The Hill.  Best written show on TV.
 
2013-10-10 10:21:41 AM  

Ker_Thwap


Teaching students how to live in a trailer park would have the added advantage of exposing them to real people who are living on a budget.


Exposing them to trailer park life would also be an excellent way to ensure they take education seriously.
 
2013-10-10 10:28:39 AM  

Englebert Slaptyback: Ker_Thwap

Teaching students how to live in a trailer park would have the added advantage of exposing them to real people who are living on a budget.


Exposing them to trailer park life would also be an excellent way to ensure they take education seriously.


With enough education, they'll be able to afford groceries AND the meth their neighbors are selling?
 
2013-10-10 10:29:29 AM  
Make it an unpaid internship and all of a sudden you have a great credit course for a Journalism programme.
 
2013-10-10 10:29:39 AM  
i honestly think one of the most important life lessons we should be trying to instil in young people at the moment is not to buy shiat they don't need. i dont think many people truly appreciate that any big commercial organisation is solely in existence to part you from youur money. not keep you clean... not sell you furniture... not feed you.

part you from your money.

if they could get money out of you by kicking you in the balls, they'd do it.

im not on some mad, anti capitalist conspiracy theory trip here - i realise the vast majority of people in these commercial organisations are decent and honest, but once a company gets to a certain size, and there's sufficient degrees of separation between the shareholders and the decision to use sweatshops, or replace good quality cocoa butter with crappy palm oil, the decline is inevitable

im on a one woman crusade
 
2013-10-10 10:31:58 AM  

mama2tnt: With enough education, they'll be able to afford groceries AND the meth their neighbors are selling?


Screw doing meth. They're too smart for that. After they get done with their education, they'll take a look at their student loans and start selling meth.
 
2013-10-10 10:36:52 AM  

mama2tnt


With enough education, they'll be able to afford groceries AND the meth their neighbors are selling?


That's not quite the educational poster I had in mind, but sure.

"Twinkies or tweaking? With a great career, you can have both!"
 
2013-10-10 10:47:44 AM  

Englebert Slaptyback: Exposing them to trailer park life would also be an excellent way to ensure they take education seriously.


My sister claims that her time working in a paint factory was a strong motivator to get through college.
 
2013-10-10 10:55:14 AM  
And how will this be different from a typical dorm room?
 
2013-10-10 10:56:26 AM  

Lady J: i honestly think one of the most important life lessons we should be trying to instil in young people at the moment is not to buy shiat they don't need. i dont think many people truly appreciate that any big commercial organisation is solely in existence to part you from youur money. not keep you clean... not sell you furniture... not feed you.

part you from your money.

if they could get money out of you by kicking you in the balls, they'd do it.

im not on some mad, anti capitalist conspiracy theory trip here - i realise the vast majority of people in these commercial organisations are decent and honest, but once a company gets to a certain size, and there's sufficient degrees of separation between the shareholders and the decision to use sweatshops, or replace good quality cocoa butter with crappy palm oil, the decline is inevitable

im on a one woman crusade


The problem with tiny homes and pretending you can live in a dumpster is it's a fairly horrible expression of anti consumerism.  Correct me if I'm wrong, but the only way to do this semi efficiently is to make a little community on a piece of land.  Within a generation or two the idealistic minded founders are gone, and it's a communal trash heap.   I am aware of one hippie community that's survived nicely in VT, but it's by invite only and the homes are over $300,000.  I love the "thought" of tiny homes, but in practice they end up being an extra 4,000 pounds of waste parked out in someone's back yard.

I doubt that I'm wrong in that you're surrounded by wall to wall consumer products.  Everyone draws the line differently on what "excess" is.  Your version of living simply is different than my version of living simply is different from a tribal villagers version of living simply.  I try not to judge, but you can't just teach kids that one level of consumerism is right, and another is wrong.
 
2013-10-10 11:04:51 AM  
Has anyone mentioned yet that Zoidberg lives in the Planet Express dumpster?  Because that would be ironic.
 
2013-10-10 11:04:54 AM  

Lady J: im not on some mad, anti capitalist conspiracy theory trip here


I am. It works for me.

/but yeah, "living in a dumpster" is not a good way to express anti-consumerism.
 
2013-10-10 11:12:58 AM  
In other news, at some point Fark had an article about a guy that turned dumpsters into cramped living spaces complete with plumbing and air-conditioning.
 
2013-10-10 11:20:04 AM  
Is this an article about my apartment?
 
2013-10-10 11:31:06 AM  

dryknife: And how will this be different from a typical dorm room?


You mean a typical dorm room today, or a typical dorm room in 1983?

Did they start welding multiple dumpsters into "suites" with their own bathroom, an adjoining gym with climbing wall, and a food court where a dude in a paper hat woks you up a pasta bowl?
 
2013-10-10 11:33:19 AM  

cryinoutloud: After they get done with their education, they'll take a look at their student loans and start selling meth.


That's bad.  If you're the kind of college student who accidentally borrows that much money, you might not be the kind of college student who should be attempting chemistry.
 
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