Re: thoughts on domes and markets


I was on the homestead list for about a week seeing if there was some
construction/home/dome issues being raised over there, but I
unfortunately never saw one of his posts.  I do enjoy countering these
types of arguments with the simple question that if what they said was
true, why would I still be in business and why would I be building more
domes every year?  

I'd be happy to counter any such posts if you would be so good as to
forward them to me.  I just couldn't justify the time spent sorting
through the sheep and tree pruning discussions with no dome related
issues being posted.  That list really puts the dome lists to shame in
terms of activity.

Holly Deiser wrote:
> > Have the rest of you encountered this more militant form of
> > "domes suck syndrome"?
> Absolutely.  I am on a homestead list and there's a guy on the list who
> is a veritable cornucopia of information on all sorts of building
> techniques.  But he hates domes.  He adamantly believes that they are
> ugly, weak, inferior, and inherently leaky.  He apparently bases this on
> a single dome experience - some friends of his built a dome in the '70s
> and apparently it leaked like a sieve and was a total loss.  I think it
> can safely be said that there were a lot of poorly designed, poorly
> constructed domes that went up in that time period, but that's no reason
> to tar ALL domes.
> He does, however, absolutly LOVE the monolithic domes (concrete shell
> domes) which are expensive and extremely difficult for the
> do-it-yourselfer to build (I'd say impossible for me personally).
> Another guy I know has recently read a book called "A pattern Language"
> and has come away with the idea that domes are miserable pieces of shit
> that will turn their inhabitants in to miserable troglodytes - among
> other things he says that domes are nearly impossible to light (DUH!
> Well, maybe if you don't build in any windows!)  He also thinks that
> people are genetically inclined to live in boxes, another idea he
> apparently got from the above book.
> Outside of the people on this and the other dome list, I don't know
> ANYONE who doesn't think I'm insane at worst and foolish at best (and
> probably both) for trying to build my own dome, from scratch yet, not
> even from a kit.
> Holly ;-D
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