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Dilbert's Ultimate House

michael posted more than 9 years ago | from the no-duh dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 290

angkor writes "Dilbert's Ultimate House (DUH) is the product of the combined wisdom of thousands of Dilbert readers, plus the help of real world experts, and it's online for viewing at dilbert.com/duh. Are you tired of tripping over the cat's litter box in your bathroom? Dilbert's house has its own bathroom just for the cat. Do you hate dragging a Christmas tree into the house every December just to throw it away in January? Dilbert's house has a huge closet off of the Great Room where he stores a fully decorated artificial tree on wheels..."

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frost frost (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10395525)

frost forst

Re:frost frost (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10395588)

Re:frost forst

In Soviet Russia (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10395528)

In Soviet Russia, house DILBERTS YOU!!!

god my dick hurts when i piss (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10395538)

what is that?

Re:god my dick hurts when i piss (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10395699)

You nailed Taco's wife, didn't you?

Dogbert (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10395548)

Dilbert's house isnt complete without an evil mastermind.

Re:Dogbert (2, Interesting)

RPI Geek (640282) | more than 9 years ago | (#10395596)

There's a pet room in the house, check it out, assuming you'd realy call Dogbert a pet. Also in the pictures there IS a dogbert.

Re:Dogbert (3, Funny)

justkarl (775856) | more than 9 years ago | (#10395665)

assuming you'd realy call Dogbert a pet

I don't know...He does so much, he's practically an associate.

Re:Dogbert (1)

91degrees (207121) | more than 9 years ago | (#10395938)

I don't think a dog room would be a good idea. Dogbert would get the run of the house, and Dilbert would be tied to a leesh in the dog room

Cat bathroom, but.. (3, Funny)

grunt107 (739510) | more than 9 years ago | (#10395563)

where is ratbert's toidy?

Re:Cat bathroom, but.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10396328)

Not only that but I don't remember Catbert living with Dilbert. Shouldn't that Catroom be a Dogroom?

Not applicable to /. readers (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10395566)

It has an excercise room. Sorry.

Re:Not applicable to /. readers (5, Funny)

Kenja (541830) | more than 9 years ago | (#10395625)

"It has an excercise room."

It has to have an excercise room, otherwise you couldn't not use it.

I'm confused (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10395728)

It has to have an excercise room, otherwise you couldn't not use it.

Or

you could not not use it

Should mean

you could use it

But doesn't, but what about

otherwise you could'nt, not use it

Or

otherwise you could not, not use it

Perhaps

otherwise you could'nt not, use it

Giving up

otherwise you could, not, not, use it.

Re:Not applicable to /. readers (4, Interesting)

wizatcomputer (798648) | more than 9 years ago | (#10395666)

Also, the patch panel for the netwrking is way too neat. In the true engineer-style, it should be at leaste somewhat messy. Also, that's way too few hook-ups. How can you plug in the interent-enabled fridge into such a small patch panel? Or what about the auto-heat toilet seat cover? Where is it going to plug in? I think that the wiring needs just a little more "geekness".

Re:Not applicable to /. readers (4, Interesting)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 9 years ago | (#10396095)

It has an excercise room. Sorry.

I'll have you know I regularly ride a bike over 100 miles each weekend. It's amazing how much you can totally geek out on GPS/HR monitor/Cadence/Altimeter, etc. Check out out he HAC4.

My ultimate apartment was next to the hardware store, within walking distance of grocery and many restaurants and across the street from a theater with stadium seating. Too bad it was about 40 miles from all the cool electronics shops in Silicon Valley.

Three most important points to consider when buying a house (or renting an apartment):

Location

Location

Location

Re:Not applicable to /. readers (-1, Troll)

edittard (805475) | more than 9 years ago | (#10396184)

I'll have you know I regularly ride a bike over 100 miles each weekend.
You've made the fairly common error of mistaking us for someone that gives a fuck.

Leisure Town (1, Interesting)

scaaven (783465) | more than 9 years ago | (#10395571)

Does anyone remember the site "Leisure Town", in the episode Comedy Crises the main character takes all these Dilbert cartoons and adds his own text. he posted them all over his office and people just flipped out because the stuff was so raunchy and explicit. the Leisure town guy (in real life) was contacted by the Dilbert company's lawyers and he was forced to change the comics to stick figures or risk being sued. anyways, that was funny

Re:Leisure Town (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10395750)

It's called the Dilbert Hole [pied.nu]

Re:Leisure Town (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10396049)

For once on /., I can truly say that a link caused me to practically choke as I attempted to stifle the laughter at work!!!!
That stuff is hilarious!

Kids, Wife? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10395583)

Kid's bedroom? Wife's bathroom? this can't be dilbert we are talking about.

Re:Kids, Wife? (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10395658)

Absolutely. He likes to be prepared but sadly cannot self analyze himself enough to be able to know that they are futile.

Re:Kids, Wife? (3, Insightful)

datastalker (775227) | more than 9 years ago | (#10395835)

When Scott Adams put this project out to the DNRC, he said that it had to be a house that could *eventually* hold a wife and kids, and remarked that it was, after all, Dilbert.

He also suggested that we (I'm a member of the DNRC of course ;) ) might make the house so wonderful that Dilbert could use it to attract a potential wife.

Since it's a no maintenance house and has separate areas for the pets and kids, it may stand a chance of achieving that goal! ;)

Well, he did have a girlfriend... (4, Funny)

devphil (51341) | more than 9 years ago | (#10395856)


...and after they'd been dating for several weeks, Scott Adams drew one strip where Dilbert shows up to work with his necktie completely flat.

What do you get... (5, Funny)

me98411 (754004) | more than 9 years ago | (#10395586)

What do you get when thousands of Dilbert readers put their minds together and design a house?

slashdot effect? :)

As with all things that belong to Dilbert.... (4, Funny)

Viceice (462967) | more than 9 years ago | (#10395589)

... soon to become Dogbert's Ultimate House...

And does Bob and his brood still live under the couch?

soil (5, Insightful)

fiftyLou (472705) | more than 9 years ago | (#10395590)


Come on.
That greenhouse [dilbert.com] needs a good hydroponics system if Dilbert's looking to get any quality chronic.

Luxury! (5, Funny)

daveho (235543) | more than 9 years ago | (#10395603)

Well, when I say 'house' it was only a hole in the ground covered by a sheet of tarpaulin, but it was a house to us.

Re:Luxury! (1, Funny)

mforbes (575538) | more than 9 years ago | (#10395767)

tarpaulin? you had tarpaulin? we had to make due with branches and leaves!

Re:Luxury! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10395873)

Yeah, but did either of you two have to put up with all the gunfire?

Re:Luxury! (1)

KeepBreathing (201613) | more than 9 years ago | (#10396474)

A hole in the ground eh? Perhaps the designer of the Dilbert house could take a page or two from this guy. [cp-tel.net]

Kid's rooms (1)

Zebbers (134389) | more than 9 years ago | (#10395605)

Look at the Kid's rooms. Ummm. What children would want that?

Overall nothing thrilling. I got excited but then disappointed with the actual results. I read a lot of Dilbert and don't see why he would be all that thrilled about energy efficiency and all the other mumbojumbo. He seems more a gadget head and as a gadgety cutting edge home it's lacking.

Re:Kid's rooms (2)

Jesrad (716567) | more than 9 years ago | (#10396009)

I read a lot of Dilbert and don't see why he would be all that thrilled about energy efficiency and all the other mumbojumbo.

That's because he's an engineer, and a genius one at that, and because, in the long run, this "mumbojumbo" is what matters the most. You can rearrange the interior when you feel like it, you can add toys, furniture, whatever, but you're not going to change the orientation or insulation of the whole house once it's built.

Re:Kid's rooms (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10396027)

He's an engineer, logic and efficiency are primary characteristics.

May a thousand fists of death pummel you for your lack of Dilbert knowledge!!!

Never heard of that. (4, Interesting)

Chess_the_cat (653159) | more than 9 years ago | (#10395607)

Are you tired of tripping over the cat's litter box in your bathroom?

People keep their cat's litter box in the bathroom? Might as well keep it in the kitchen or your bedroom. Why keep it in a room where you spend a lot of time? Do people like smelling cat shit? I keep mine in the basement. If you don't have a basement keep it somewhere where no one goes.

Re:Never heard of that. (2, Interesting)

henrik (98) | more than 9 years ago | (#10395664)

People's cat litter boxes smell? Use the correct litter box sand, please.

Re:Never heard of that. (1)

Leffe (686621) | more than 9 years ago | (#10395697)

Obviously you've got two bathrooms, one where you but the cat's litter box and another one where you can spend time... I came up with it first, I knew I should have patented it...

Re:Never heard of that. (0, Offtopic)

WormholeFiend (674934) | more than 9 years ago | (#10395705)

that's why I trained my cat to do his business directly in the toilet bowl. [cnn.com]

I was unable to train him to flush, though...

Re:Never heard of that. (1)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 9 years ago | (#10396241)

I was unable to train him to flush, though...

Pah! Any decent engineer would be able to knock up an auto-flush using an IR sensor, a couple of timing circuits and a small aubergine.

Re:Never heard of that. (4, Insightful)

American AC in Paris (230456) | more than 9 years ago | (#10395716)

If you don't have a basement keep it somewhere where no one goes.

As someone who has lived in his share of one bedroom apartments, I can safely say that a good chunk of cat owners don't have such places in their residence.

Bedroom, living/dining room, kitchen, middle of the hallway, bathroom: take your pick...

Re:Never heard of that. (1)

fireduck (197000) | more than 9 years ago | (#10395850)

bathroom it the worse place for it though. i had a roommate in college who had a cat; the box was in our bathroom. whenever i'd get out of the shower, i'd step on those little clay pellets that the cat would invariably fling all over the floor. and being clayey pellets, they'd stick to my feet and be fairly unpleasant.

man i hated that apartment. (although the roommate who might have been using my deodorant and comb was worse)

Re:Never heard of that. (1)

American AC in Paris (230456) | more than 9 years ago | (#10395981)

...yes, the bathroom is a lousy place for a litterbox, where else would you have put it?

(As for mess and such, that's more a function of your lazy roomie failing to keep the damn box area clean. It's surprisingly easy to sweep that stuff up off a dry bathroom floor...)

Re:Never heard of that. (1)

Bozdune (68800) | more than 9 years ago | (#10396204)

How about not sharing your house with a member of another species? Just a thought.

Re:Never heard of that. (1)

Pig Hogger (10379) | more than 9 years ago | (#10396471)

bathroom it the worse place for it though. i had a roommate in college who had a cat; the box was in our bathroom. whenever i'd get out of the shower, i'd step on those little clay pellets that the cat would invariably fling all over the floor. and being clayey pellets, they'd stick to my feet and be fairly unpleasant.
The problem is easily solved by putting the box in the bathtub. All the crumbs stay in the bathtub which you hose down with the telephone shower before taking a shower.

Of course, you remove the box before using the bath tub...

And it forces you to thoroughly scrub the bathtub with bleach each time you want to take a bath, so it keeps the bathtub presentable.

I only wish the (french) roommate would not forget to put back the box in the bathub after he takes his monthly shower... (But at least, he doesn't swipe the deodorant).

Re:Never heard of that. (2, Informative)

Skater (41976) | more than 9 years ago | (#10395726)

You must not change it often - when my cat uses the litter, it stinks for a couple minutes but then clears right up.

I keep my cat's litter box in the bathroom because I have nowhere else to put it. I have no basement, no closets that are out of the way, etc.

--RJ

Re:Never heard of that. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10395731)

You're actually supposed to clean or change the litter once in a while. A well maintained litter box does not smell like shit.

How useless (1)

2nd Post! (213333) | more than 9 years ago | (#10395748)

Why have rooms that no one goes? You're paying for a useless room?

Re:Never heard of that. (1)

dschuetz (10924) | more than 9 years ago | (#10395928)

People keep their cat's litter box in the bathroom? Might as well keep it in the kitchen or your bedroom.

We do. Actually, there's a little space under the counter for a chair, and the litter box goes there (we don't have the chair). That way, it's protected on three sides, the cats have to walk over a throw rug as they leave (which catches much of the litter spill), and then they've still got a lot of bathroom to traverse before they get to the bedroom (so any other tracked litter stays there). Also, this way we empty it every morning just before we hop in the shower, so it never really gets to stink.

We don't want it in the kitchen (food prep and cat poop -- yum!) or the laundry room (dropping wet clothes too near a litterbox -- yum!), and since our basement is unfinished, we don't want it down there. Plus, being in our bathroom pretty much ensures that it's somewhere that our guests will never go, so their visits to our house are kept more pleasant.

Re:Never heard of that. (2, Insightful)

fatman22 (574039) | more than 9 years ago | (#10395957)

The litter box goes in whatever room the cat wants it in. It's their house and you're just there to feed and entertain them.

On a side note, those LitterMaid automatic litter boxes are expensive but worth every penny.

Re:Never heard of that. (1)

Pfhreakaz0id (82141) | more than 9 years ago | (#10395959)

or, if you have a cat door, they just go outside and crap. We actually have two cat doors, one to the garage to where the food is kept, and one outside. Cat's come/go as they please and the sum total of maintenance is when our one cat that can meow comes by to let me know he's out of food and/or water and I go fill it up. Cat's like these are the ultimate geek pet: extremely low maintenance.

Re:Never heard of that. (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10396325)

http://angryflower.com/bobsqu.gif

Re:Never heard of that. (1)

BlurryEyed (134070) | more than 9 years ago | (#10396478)

I keep mine at the pet store... along with the cat.
I think we're all happier that way.

And all this time I thought... (4, Interesting)

garcia (6573) | more than 9 years ago | (#10395608)

After reading through the stacks of Dilbert cartoon books in my college apartment's bathroom I was under the assumption that Dilbert's house looked something out of a third grader's art class.

Turns out I was completely wrong and it looks like something out of Art 453, The CGI of Star Wars and how it can be applied to comics.

I guess I preferred living in a world of Simpsons where I didn't have to mentally map out the entire episode based on a "fact" or look at Dilbert's house in anything except black and white pencil.

That's just me though.

Re:And all this time I thought... (1)

SammyJ (590557) | more than 9 years ago | (#10395654)

Perhaps you're so surprised (or confused?) because you failed to actually read the article. This was a design of Dilbert's "dream" house, not the house he currently lives in. A subt hint would be the article title, "Dilbert's Ultimate House".

Re:And all this time I thought... (1)

garcia (6573) | more than 9 years ago | (#10395787)

Perhaps you're so surprised (or confused?) because you failed to actually read the article. This was a design of Dilbert's "dream" house, not the house he currently lives in. A subt hint would be the article title, "Dilbert's Ultimate House".

He lives in a world of B&W pencil. It seems just wrong to me for his ultimate house to be in anything but the same.

nice but (0, Offtopic)

bhima (46039) | more than 9 years ago | (#10395609)

I love this house but...

I think it's HUGE

Re:nice but (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10395837)

Am I missing some bit of humor here? Is HUGE an acronym for something that I don't get?

the problem with unconventional houses (5, Insightful)

WormholeFiend (674934) | more than 9 years ago | (#10395630)

is that in some areas, you simply cannot build them, because your neighbours might complain that your house makes their house's property value go down.

I live in such an area. :(

Re:the problem with unconventional houses (1)

TykeClone (668449) | more than 9 years ago | (#10395671)

Then move. Subdivisions with that kind of rules aren't too big not every one of them has those kind of rules.

Or seek a variance.

Re:the problem with unconventional houses (1)

WormholeFiend (674934) | more than 9 years ago | (#10395737)

I'd have to move to another city, find another job, etc. or move in a rural area with an insane commute time.

The whole area around the city is like this.

It's even more insane north of Toronto, near Canada's Wonderland. The houses there are so similar, you can get lost like in a rat maze.

Re:the problem with unconventional houses (1)

TykeClone (668449) | more than 9 years ago | (#10395803)

Ahh - the wonders of city life.

How much control do your neighbors have over a floorplan?

Re:the problem with unconventional houses (1)

RazzleFrog (537054) | more than 9 years ago | (#10395854)

If his is anything like mine then they don't care what you do inside the house as long as the outside is consistent with their code.

Re:the problem with unconventional houses (1)

WormholeFiend (674934) | more than 9 years ago | (#10395905)

I don't have a house yet, I'm currently looking into getting one.

My first idea was to get a contractor to build me the house I wanted, but even that is hard around here... I've been told that developers are granted permits by the city to build on large tracts of land, where they sell their cookie-cutter houses.

There is also a requirement to have a lawn, and not to let it grow wild.

Damned conformists.

Call if conformnity but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10395979)

... it keeps the riff raff out!
You wanna live in an area where you are free to park your car up on cinder blocks in the front yard and let the grass grow wild all around it? Go right ahead.

Re:the problem with unconventional houses (2, Insightful)

SydShamino (547793) | more than 9 years ago | (#10396302)

Do NOT move somewhere with an HOA. You'll end up regretting it. Our house looks fine - really, but our neighbors mow their lawn twice a week (yes, they do) and keep all sorts of tacky stuff that makes their house look "good" to the HOA and our house look "bad". And I do take care of the lawn.

Ideally, live somewhere where the neighbors have to follow an HOA but you don't. Like in the original ranch house of a farm that was cut up into a subdivision - the property the original house is on might not have the deed restriction.

If that's not possible, go for no HOA. It will be better, I promise.

(Earlier this year we took out a flower bed to return it to part of the lawn.) The HOA sent us warnings and then fines for letting "weed" (i.e. grass) grow in a "bed" (that no longer exists). Hassle, hassle.

Re:the problem with unconventional houses (1)

TykeClone (668449) | more than 9 years ago | (#10396339)

You've got to love those private property rights!

Re:the problem with unconventional houses (1)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 9 years ago | (#10396073)

But in those other subdivisions, all the houses are weird!

Re:the problem with unconventional houses (1)

Jeff DeMaagd (2015) | more than 9 years ago | (#10396122)

Yeah, I think rows of cookie cutter houses planted around wandering-style roads is weird.

The variations of the houses allowed are usually from a small pallete of light colors, and the houses have almost "plug-in" modularity, where the most variance you see is like a mirror image, with or without a garage.

RE: unconventional homes (1)

King_TJ (85913) | more than 9 years ago | (#10396291)

This is true, but honestly, I think sometimes it's just a case of a few eccentric people who came before you ruining it for everybody.

Case in point. Not too far from where I live, there's a guy (fancies himself an artist, I suppose) who was known for his decorating up the front of his house in bright neon. He had neon lights surrounding his front windows and his street address lit up in neon over his door, etc. Later, he added on a room to one side of his place - and instead of creating a flat, level room as any sane person would do, he designed it so it slopes upward at about a 30-35 degree angle. (I guess the furniture in there is bolted down to the floor or something?)

After all of this, I'm fully expecting the municipality to impose some new rules on home remodeling and construction....

YUqO FAIl IT (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10395635)

operating systems the BSD license, BE NIgGER! BE GAY! do, or indeed what Completely before As liitle overhead could sink your

Aaaaauguggggh! I was Dilbert in the 80s! (4, Interesting)

Speare (84249) | more than 9 years ago | (#10395636)

I will have to drag out the pencil sketches of a house layout I drew as a teenager in the 1980s. It has a LOT of similarities to the DUH, including a tower and interior patio horseshoe floorplan.

Instead of a motif of elongated curvature, though, I was working with hexagons, and mine was a split-level, not a flat ranch. My movie theater was above the two-car garage.

The tower wasn't a plain observatory, but a hollow tower designed for evaporative cooling: a good way to cool the central patio in the summer is to have a high evaporative "swamp" cooler at the top of a hollow tower, and let the cooled air fall down and into the patio area.

Junk expands to fill the space available. (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10395660)

If you aren't organized, having a giant house won't help you. The closet for the Christmas tree will get filled up with other stuff and you won't be able to get at the tree when you need it. One of the first rules about labor saving devices is that labor saving devices don't. They mostly just occupy space.

I have spent some time on ships and have always been impressed by how neat and orderly they are. Everything aboard is necessary and gets used regularly because there is no room for unnecessary stuff. (Unfortunately, I am surrounded by 'stuff' because I didn't learn from the experience.)

If I were dilbert (2, Funny)

ShatteredDream (636520) | more than 9 years ago | (#10395681)

I'd need a room with padded walls to come home to after a grueling day of putting up with the pointy-haired boss.

Re:If I were dilbert (1)

justkarl (775856) | more than 9 years ago | (#10395756)

I'd need a room with padded walls to come home to after a grueling day of putting up with the pointy-haired boss.

You mean you don't have one already?

6000 sq. ft. house for a single geek? (4, Insightful)

hattig (47930) | more than 9 years ago | (#10395706)

hahaha, it includes a "kids room" ... like that'll ever happen.

And as for the exercise room, yeah right.

Home theatre, yes. Home office, yes. He doesn't need a double bed.

And yes, 6000 sq. ft. in the area of Silicon Valley too ... lol.

Still, it looks pretty and is more sensible about making areas of the house that will be used rather than not used.

Re:6000 sq. ft. house for a single geek? (1)

karnal (22275) | more than 9 years ago | (#10395982)

Did you even read any of the article attached to this?

It's to help Dilbert "grab a girl" as well, so the other rooms might have functionality one day....

Oh who am I kidding, you're right....

I know someone who does that (3, Informative)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 9 years ago | (#10395717)

Dilbert's house has its own bathroom just for the cat.
I know someone who has the cat litter box in an unused room. The only problem is, "out of sight, out of mind". So the damn thing doesn't get changed often enough. Uggh!

Nice for Scott and his family (3, Interesting)

mykepredko (40154) | more than 9 years ago | (#10395719)

Nice house that seems to reflect the owners tastes and desires without going overboard. Some might disagree due to the turret paying homage to the character that paid for it, but its nice to see a celebrity's home that doesn't try to match Aaron Spelling's mansion.

myke

Priorities... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10395725)

An important open source developer just died, and you people have the gall to be joking about crap like this already? You people need to get some priorities...

Not quite ultimate (5, Insightful)

BrK (39585) | more than 9 years ago | (#10395775)

IMO, the ultimate house has no cats, but thats just me.

The exercise room is woefully inadequate. And the "Wiring Center" is pitifully small. My home theater room alone has more cables than that. I have an entire wiring closest that is about 8'x 10' with many dozen runs of Cat5 and RG6 coming into it (for a house that is not yet 100% wired, and only about 70% of the size of the DUH.

Re:Not quite ultimate (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10395913)

Only 8'x10' for wires? That's nothing. My entire house is a wiring room. Why, just last night on the way to the bathroom I pulled down two televisions and a G4 Mac when a gap in my coaxial carpeting allowed my foot to take hold underneath and yank seven cables and wake a 13 foot python that had felt at home enough to make its nest there. Some might call this "tripping" or "dangerous." I call it "geek chic."

Re:Not quite ultimate (1)

Kehvarl (812337) | more than 9 years ago | (#10396110)

only a 13 foot python? You must not have enough cable for the big ones to feel comfortable moving in.

RE: Duh....Nice... (1, Funny)

fshalor (133678) | more than 9 years ago | (#10395789)

I actually like it. At least parts of it. The site was running a bit slow, but we haven't quite /.'d it yet. I'm gonna fire up some wget's and see what happenes... (just doing my part)

The pics looked pretty good, and I will probably take note of some of the "requirements" that the house had to have.

I think that was a mac on his workroom table:)

Lameness Filter (0, Troll)

ari_j (90255) | more than 9 years ago | (#10395791)

combined wisdom of thousands of Dilbert readers, plus the help of real world experts


I was going to post that combined wisdom here, but Slasdhot won't allow empty comments.

MOD PARENT UP (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10396132)

Hahhahahahaha!! That's hilarious. Looks like you're getting modded down though by some empty-minded moderators.

Chi (2, Funny)

Outosync (214525) | more than 9 years ago | (#10395793)

But can it pass a Feng Shui test

That is truly .... (5, Funny)

Windscion (712683) | more than 9 years ago | (#10395818)

the dork tower.

Missing one thing... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10395822)

Where's the bondage room?

No Quagmire room... (0, Troll)

FerretFrottage (714136) | more than 9 years ago | (#10395897)

at least they got that part right-Allllriiiiight

Where's the floorplan? (2, Insightful)

SSonnentag (203358) | more than 9 years ago | (#10395917)

I don't see a floorplan for this wonder house. Interior and Exterior views can't fully describe the layout. I want a floorplan!

Where's the damn price tag ? (3, Insightful)

elpapacito (119485) | more than 9 years ago | (#10395948)

Beautiful house, very much approaching an engineer mentality...but hey no matter what I couldn't find a cost extimate or a decent cost analysis.

Point being...my dear Scott, Dilberts out there probably will never be able to afford that house considering the rabbit exponential breeding rate of pointy haired bosses.

it's a fake (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10395950)

Dilbert would never have kids.

Wow. (3, Interesting)

Pig Hogger (10379) | more than 9 years ago | (#10395953)

Remembering the seventies energy crush, there was plenty of designs for underground houses (go to the library and peruse old Popular Science and Popular Mechanics back issues from that era).

Building underground makes sense; where I live, there is also an extensive downtown underground network (in light gray on this map [stm.info] ;interconnected city blocks are in pink) which everyone raves about (especially during winter), so it's not that silly an idea.

However, the most striking feature of the house is the master closet adjacent to the master bedroom which leads to two bathrooms. I've been reading an interesting series of books about the evolution of the architectural distribution of rooms as social customs evolved. A long time ago, in France, posh houses had precisely that, dressing rooms adjacent to the bedroom that led to bathrooms (the only difference was that the husband and wife had separate bedrooms). The setting makes a lot of sense.

And it proves that history repeats itself... There is a lot to learn from the past.

Re:Wow. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10396292)

That's not just a feature of old french houses. I grew up in a house where all the bedrooms had a dressing room that allowed entry to the bathroom, and closet.

Next up, people will discover the revolutionary idea of seperating the toilet from the shower, bath and sink.

Its so artificial (4, Interesting)

GabrielF (636907) | more than 9 years ago | (#10395961)

This might not be a popular opinion here, but this house looks so cold and engineered and artificial. There's something to be said for the aesthetics of a lawn that isn't astroturf and a house that hasn't been built entirely around the principle of energy (and everything else) efficiency. Of course I'm not currently living in a drafty two-hundred year old monstrosity with leaky plumbing, I might change my mind if I was, but I get the feeling that such a house would be infinitely more livable than this thing.

Re:Its so artificial (4, Funny)

bhima (46039) | more than 9 years ago | (#10396138)

You do realize that the whole thing is CG... YES?

Hee hee hee (2, Funny)

TheHawke (237817) | more than 9 years ago | (#10396134)

I can see playing paintball around this house would be a blast! BUT! That turret would be a deathtrap for any joker that got into the top of it. hmm....

Veteran: "Ok, I want you to go to the top of that turret and defend it."

Newbie: "erm, ok!"

Veteran: *thinks* "at least he'll be out of my hair for the time being..."

*Splat*Splat*Splat*Splat*Splat!* HIIIIITTT!

Which software was used? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10396153)

Is there any Linux software out there capable of rendering architecture like this house? Which program was used to generate these images?

Fantastic work (1, Informative)

Jesrad (716567) | more than 9 years ago | (#10396361)

As someone with a strong interest in energy-efficient, environmentally-sound house building techniques, this is a fantastic way to both rise awareness of current possibilities for reducing dramatically electricity bills (though the house could have used some grey water [oasisdesign.net] system combined with tanks for rainwater, and a seperate sewage treatment and containment system [securesites.net] .

The guided tour pages are a treasure of information, especially the one on the exterior design, which introduces nice construction materials and other very neat gadgets.

some parts of the concept are right (1)

ragnar (3268) | more than 9 years ago | (#10396464)

I happen to like traditional homes, but the commentary brings up some good points. Most people don't use a formal dining or living room. A house should be built for the way it is used, but of course there are consequences when it comes to reselling.
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