House in Utsunomiya2 is a minimalist house located in Tochigi, Japan, designed by Soeda and Architects. Upon designing this house, the architects were asked to design within a very limited budget as well as fulfilling the following specific requests from the client: double-height living room with sufficient natural light to be placed at the center of the house, three private rooms, and a large terrace. The site is located in the suburb of a provincial city, along a bus route linked to/from the city center.


BREAKING: The Two Racist Ringleaders of the University of Oklahoma SAE Video Have Been Revealed As Now-Expelled Former Students Lvvi Pettit & Parker Rice

Here’s the info about Levi Pettit (left), courtesy of Heavy:

Levi Pettit has been identified as the second Oklahoma University student and Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity member seen in a video that has gone viral making racist chants. The 20-year-old Pettit and the other SAE member who has been identified, Parker Rice, were both expelled from the university Tuesday morning.

Pettit, Rice and other members of the fraternity are seen singing, “there will never be a n***er SAE,” in the video, filmed on a bus en route to a party. The chant, which has drawn disgust worldwide and led to the shutdown of the fraternity’s University of Oklahoma chapter, continues “you can hang them from a tree, but they’ll never sign with me.”

Both Rice and Pettit are from the Dallas area. Both students scrubbed their social media pages from the internet.

Levi’s parents have issued an apology, albeit a lame apology.

In an apology posted on a website created by his family, Brody and Susan Pettit said:

As parents of Levi, we love him and care for him deeply. He made a horrible mistake, and will live with the consequences forever. However, we also know the depth of our son’s character. He is a good boy, but what we saw in those videos is disgusting. While it may be difficult for those who only know Levi from the video to understand, we know his heart, and he is not a racist. We raised him to be loving and inclusive and we all remain surrounded by a diverse, close-knit group of friends.

We were as shocked and saddened by this news as anyone. Of course, we are sad for our son – but more importantly, we apologize to the community he has hurt. We would also like to apologize to the – entire African American community, University of Oklahoma student body and administration. Our family has the responsibility to apologize, and also to seek forgiveness and reconciliation. Our words will only go so far – as a family, we commit to following our words with deeds.

Both Pettit and Rice can appeal their expulsions from the University of Oklahoma.

Rice is one of two students expelled so far by OU President David Borden. The other student has yet to be named.

An expulsion letter from OU’s President David Boren dated March 10 says the student is being removed from the school “because of your leadership role in leading a racist and exclusionary chant which has created a hostile educational environment for others.” The letter notes that the student has until March 13, 2015, to lodge an appeal with the school’s Equal Opportunity Officers. A hearing on the expulsion must be held by March 23.

Sigma Alpha Epsilon does not have any black members. Our source said the frat had one pledge this year who was black, but he did not become a member.

Oklahoma’s KFOR reports

that the last black member for SAE at OU was 14 years ago and named William Bruce James II.

Sigma Alpha Epsilon (ΣΑΕ, also SAE)

was founded at the University of Alabama in 1856 and is now one of the largest Greek-letter social college fraternities in North America. Two of its founders were Noble Leslie DeVotie and Nathan Elams Cockrell. Both were part of the Confederacy in the Civil War, and DeVotie was the first man to lose his life in the Civil War after accidentally drowning.

According to the history of SAE on the fraternity’s official website:
Founded in a time of intense sectional feeling, Sigma Alpha Epsilon confined its growth to the southern states. By the end of 1857, the fraternity numbered seven chapters. Its first national convention met in the summer of 1858 at Murfreesboro, Tennessee, with four of its eight chapters in attendance. By the time of the outbreak of the American Civil War in 1861, fifteen chapters had been established.

A French Wikipedia page

alludes to a possible KKK past:

[Co-founder] Wade Foster served under Confederate General (and Ku Klux Klan founder) Nathan Bedford Forrest during Civil War. Some controversy exists regarding the post Civil War activities of some of the founders. It was speculated that many of the early members of were indeed members of the KKK. To be sure, 6 of the 8 founders served in the Confederate Army.
KKK ties are not mentioned on the English version of the SAE page.
However, SAE has had documented trouble with racial discrimination in the recent past.

The New York Times reports

that in 1982 members at the University of Cincinnati got in trouble for a racially demeaning party “celebrating” Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday

Huffington Post reports

that in 2013 SAE members at Washington University in St. Louis got suspended for singing racist remarks at black students.

Huffpo also reports

that in 2014 University of Arizona SAE members were suspended, this time for harassing Jewish students, including using a Hitler salute.

Here’s more information on Parker Rice (right), also courtesy of Heavy

A University of Oklahoma student who preferred to remain anonymous revealed to Heavy that Parker Rice was the leader of the racist chant in the viral video.

Meanwhile, The Daily Mail received confirmation from Rice’s high school, the Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas.

Rice also apologized for the incident in a statement to the Dallas Morning News that said in part:

I know everyone wants to know why or how this happened. I admit it likely was fueled by alcohol consumed at the house before the bus trip, but that’s not an excuse. Yes, the song was taught to us, but that too doesn’t work as an explanation. It’s more important to acknowledge what I did and what I didn’t do. I didn’t say no. …. My goal for the long-term is to be a man who has the heart and the courage to reject racism wherever I see or experience it in the future

Rice is from the Dallas area and graduated in 2014 from the prestigious, $16,000-a-year Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas.

Rice’s grandmother was JoAnn “Jody” Johnston, who passed away in 2011. According to her obituary, she was a member and later alumni advisor to the Tri Delta sorority at the University of Oklahoma. That sorority was widely reported to also be on the bus where the infamous racist video was filmed. 

According to a statement issued by the sorority,

they are not under investigation by the school. Parker Rice’s mother is named after JoAnn.

According to Bloomberg.com,

Rice’s father is Bob Rice, who was vice president of a real estate firm in Texas and now serves as senior vice president and manager of the Texas office at

Weeks Robinson Properties LLC.

Meanwhile, Rice’s involvement in the video has made life more difficult for an Oklahoma State University student who shares his name. The other Parker Rice received a call from CNN, and interview requests from other outlets, after the name got out, according to media blogger Jim Romenesko. The Oklahoma State student said in his Facebook post, “He has ruined the Parker Rice name. This guy also sometimes uses my email address at stores in Oklahoma and I get his receipts. I really don’t like this guy.”

In short, I am glad that Rice and Pettit got expelled, but every single person who uttered those derogatory words, whether it be students, teachers, or the like, should be expelled or fired.

Look at all those subway stops! No, it’s not NYC. This is what  L.A. could look like…

If you live in a city and take public transit, you’ve probably looked at the system map and thought to yourself, “I wish this thing went everywhere.”

You’re not alone. There’s a whole bunch of daydreamers just like you who’ve considered the additional subway lines, bus routes, and train tracks it would take to bring more people to more places. Some of them have even mapped these ideas out. The internet is full of these fantasy transit maps, where professional transit planners and dedicated amateurs alike imagine how public transit in our cities could look.

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Hi guys. My name is Nikolai. I’m 17 years old this November, and I am a transboy. This is my laptop. My laptop is my safety blanket, it’s the only thing that keeps me sane. I draw and I play video games to calm down and to keep myself busy. As you can see, it’s not doing very well at all. The screen will not stay up on it’s own, pieces continuously fall off, and the battery is pretty well shot.

My father, stepmother and I live out in the middle of nowhere– no bus routes, and everything is too far to walk to. My current situation with added mental illnesses makes it very hard for me to find a job. I cannot ask my father to help me with this, because we’re already very light on money, and I am in need of many other things (clothes, medication etc.).

This is very embarrassing for me to ask, but…

I need help. I have a donate button on my blog and very very cheap commissions, with info on my blog.

Please, please please help me, guys. I don’t know how much longer this laptop will last, and I don’t know how long I’ll last without a laptop. Even just reblogging this would help me so much.

Thank you.

The idea is to install it at stations where buses stop for a few minutes at a time, in high-traffic areas or at the end of the route. The bus will get in a quick charge, enough to top off the battery. When charging is complete, the pantograph pops back up into the Busbaar’s stand and the bus gets going again.

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Todays Bus Adventure;

   Monday, February 06, 2012

So I met up with Savannah at around 9:30 this morning. We waited on the bench at the bus stop and we talked for a bit and she showed me a schedule she made for me of the bus route I’ll take when I start classes. At 9:48 I looked up and was like “Hey, that’s our bus-” and kept watching as it drove.right.past.us. So my words kind of just died off and I was confused as I turned to Savannah.

“Uh, Sav, that was our bus…right? There isn’t like another one or something…?" 

"I can’t believe it passed us by like that! Cass, that was our bus! We need to run down to my house, I left the booklet of the bus times there.” So I said okay. Well half way to her house she looks into her backpack and is freaking out. 

“What’s wrong?”

“My wallet! It’s not here! I swear I just had it! Did I put it in my bag, Cassy?”

“I thought you did…-”

“It’s not here. I left it at the bus stop on the bench. Here, run back down there and get it.”

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I need a car!

Please help me!  I’m so sorry to do this.

I fucked up and ruined my last car.  It was 100% my fault, and I have learned from the experience.  I wish I could give you some story that would say “it wasn’t my fault, trust me” but it was my fault and the only reason you should trust me, is I’m a better car owner for it.

I am getting a big financial aid check in March so I could buy a car then… but in the mean time, I need get get to class and I can’t do that without a car.  I do not live on a bus route and things where I live are too spread out for a bike.  I also have class on two different campuses, one on the exact other side of the county than I am.

If it was going to be OK for my mental health, I’d go live at my dad’s for a month to make this work… but my mental health can’t handle that, and neither can his. 

I am in desperate need of ANYTHING you could give.  My goal is about $2,000 and I can refund you through paypal after March 11 if you need/want.  Just say in the memo that you want a refund, and I can do that for you.

So if you could donate or loan me ANYTHING it would BEYOND helpful.

If you can’t donate/loan, please signal boost this!  I am in DESPERATE need of a car.

paypal: zoe.eriksen@gmail.com 

Thank you all so much in advance, even if I don’t get enough.

bus simulator 2014 but like. you don’t play the game in which you simulate running a bus company but you are literally a passenger on a bus. you move your character to the seat you want and you can just turn your view point so you’re looking out the window and the landscape just rolls by. DLC’s that include more bus routes. you can just sit back in your chair and relax and enjoy a 40 min bus journey to calm down