In the late ‘80s, artist Beverly Doolittle and her husband Jay decided they wanted a house on their 10 beautiful, naked acres in Joshua Tree and they tracked down super-organic architect Kendrick Bangs Kellogg, who immediately fell in love with the site. Beverly tells the Desert Sun "He was jumping all over the rocks like a mountain goat. He had been looking for rocks to build on.“ The couple gave him free rein and in 1988 work began on this concrete, steel, glass, and copper house, placed perfectly naturally on the rocky site and looking from the top kind of like a ribcage.
The house was finished in 1993 but interior designer John Vugrin spent several years making "tweaks.” The Doolittles didn’t move in until the early aughts, but now they want to downsize and have already left for Utah. They’re selling this gem—perfect for the fashionable Bond villain—for $3 million.
Late last month Matthew Plummer-Fernandez, the 31-year-old creative technologist for Goldsmith College’s Interaction Research Studio at the University of London, released what he’s calling ‘Disarming Corruptor,’ a piece of free software designed to distort 3D-printable blueprints such that only another user with the app and the knowledge of a certain key combination can reverse the distortion and print the object. That means any controversial file–say, a figurine based on Mickey Mouse or another copyrighted or patented shape, or the 3D-printable gun created earlier this year known as the Liberator–could be ‘encrypted’ and made available on a public repository for 3D-printing blueprints like the popular site Thingiverse without tipping off those who would try to remove the file.