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977 clicks; posted to Business » on 15 Aug 2022 at 8:30 PM (6 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2022-08-15 4:02:49 PM  
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2022-08-15 7:38:39 PM  
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2022-08-15 8:10:44 PM  
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2022-08-15 8:43:32 PM  
I hate bamboo. The asshole who owned my house before me planted bamboo and I've been in a war with it for 13 years.
 
2022-08-15 8:49:00 PM  
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2022-08-15 9:11:45 PM  
ahhhh...........The sweetest bamboo
 
2022-08-15 9:39:05 PM  
I have layered/compressed bamboo flooring.  Easier to install than hardwood, looks nifty, and is superhard.  I could definitely see that as structural material.
 
2022-08-15 9:43:22 PM  
There's a great architecture series on appletv that showcases elaborate bamboo homes.
 
2022-08-15 10:13:51 PM  

Rapmaster2000: I hate bamboo. The asshole who owned my house before me planted bamboo and I've been in a war with it for 13 years.


We have been looking into putting bamboo along the back fence, but the non-spreading kind is crazy expensive.
 
2022-08-15 10:49:48 PM  

Rapmaster2000: I hate bamboo. The asshole who owned my house before me planted bamboo and I've been in a war with it for 13 years.


You should send them a thank you note because the next time you get into a super stylized sword fight your gonna need that bamboo.
 
2022-08-16 2:46:49 AM  

Bonzo_1116: I have layered/compressed bamboo flooring.  Easier to install than hardwood, looks nifty, and is superhard.  I could definitely see that as structural material.


I have heard great things about it. I wish you the best.

But I am reminded of an odd case among my many colorful not-so-close relatives. Bamboo is said to symbolize good luck in Japanese culture, and in Chinese culture, it represents honesty, integrity, modesty and loyalty. This relative was leading a more or less normal life and then started down a long downward spiral involving drug use, mental illness, divorce, bankruptcy, sexual ambiguity and promiscuity, estrangement, homelessness, and eventually numerous health problems and suicide.

The catalyst had been the installation of bamboo flooring. No kidding. It was so expensive for this person, living as a young couple with a small child, that it touched off numerous financial problems and a chaotic lifestyle that spun spectacularly out of control. The flooring was so nice that they had to have it. They took enormous risks to get it and everything just blew up. They lost the house and everything else. I heard about it after the fact. It is such a bizarre story.

It has nothing to do with the flooring, but it had everything to do with the flooring. I guess it could have been anything, but it wasn't. Sorry to be a downer about it. I am struck by the irony and the "fate" of it all.

Totally on the other hand, obviously it is nice enough and valued enough by people that they have just got to have it. Which is nice.
 
2022-08-16 3:01:53 AM  
As with many things, cars, appliances, building materials, clothing, etc. there is a ton if inertia by manufacturers and captured regulators that keeps the present supply chain and practices from changing. I know that research into the use of bamboo as a structural material has been ongoing in Japan for over two decades, but adopting the use of bamboo has to overcome so much safety approval, and then wider use, and then cost and production issues. At every step of the way, the use of cheap, conventionally used materials and construction practices will be the cheaper alternative.

We also know that luxury homes can be built with novelty and expensive materials, but people getting their first home will want cheap and normal. Banks will want to lend for cheap and normal. Insurers will want the same.

It is too bad. Change will come so slowly because it involves so many chicken and egg obstacles. Maybe plutocrats and their crazy spending are the only way out of that logjam. We need kooky eccentric rich people who can accept their own risks and build things their own way. They can validate and propagate new technologies. If they are going to be super consumers they might as well be useful for something. Let them peacock new technologies and kickstart new "good ideas" for the future.

/ I have a bamboo baseball bat. It rocks. Some leagues allow them.
 
2022-08-16 5:22:50 AM  
You'd better never bother with me ol' bamboo
 
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