Love Living Deliberately? Bid on This Replica of Thoreau's Walden Pond Cabin

National Portrait Gallery, Wikimedia Commons // Public Domain
National Portrait Gallery, Wikimedia Commons // Public Domain

Fans of Walden have the rare chance to live like its author. A replica cabin, mimicking the one Henry David Thoreau lived in at Walden Pond for two years beginning in 1845, is going up for auction, according to Wicked Local Concord.

Built for the Thoreau Bicentennial in 2017 by a Henry David-obsessed company called Thorough Homes that makes Walden-inspired cabins, the petite house is situated on Thoreau Farm, the writer’s birthplace. The 10-foot-by-15-foot cabin is beyond cozy, with room for a bed, a desk, and not much else. The modern replica was built with a slightly larger door and no chimney or fireplace so it could be accessible for those with disabilities, but otherwise, it’s much like the original, and was built using some of the same techniques. It features cedar shingle siding, a rough-sawn cedar ceiling, reclaimed floors made of heart pine wood, and reclaimed windows.

Thoreau Farm has a two-year lease on the cabin from Thorough Homes (for a mere $1), but the organization is looking to move it early because of limits on how many structures the farm is allowed to have on the property at once. The auction is a fundraiser, and 40 percent of the sale proceeds will go to the Thoreau Farm Trust.

Should you take it upon yourself to buy the cabin, though, know that before you can use it to live deliberately, you'll have to move it deliberately. And somewhat quickly. “The winning bidder will be responsible for moving the cabin before November 1, 2018 and be responsible for the costs associated with moving the cabin,” the auction site specifies. Luckily, it’s made to slide right off its foundation onto a flatbed truck.

The estimated value of the cabin is $30,000. Interested? Bid here.

[h/t Wicked Local Concord]

Kodak’s New Cameras Don't Just Take Photos—They Also Print Them

Your Instagram account wishes it had this clout.
Your Instagram account wishes it had this clout.

Snapping a photo and immediately sharing it on social media is definitely convenient, but there’s still something so satisfying about having the printed photo—like you’re actually holding the memory in your hands. Kodak’s new STEP cameras now offer the best of both worlds.

As its name implies, the Kodak STEP Instant Print Digital Camera, available for $70 on Amazon, lets you take a picture and print it out on that very same device. Not only do you get to skip the irksome process of uploading photos to your computer and printing them on your bulky, non-portable printer (or worse yet, having to wait for your local pharmacy to print them for you), but you never need to bother with ink cartridges or toner, either. The Kodak STEP comes with special 2-inch-by-3-inch printing paper inlaid with color crystals that bring your image to life. There’s also an adhesive layer on the back, so you can easily stick your photos to laptop covers, scrapbooks, or whatever else could use a little adornment.

There's a 10-second self-timer, so you don't have to ask strangers to take your group photos.Kodak

For those of you who want to give your photos some added flair, you might like the Kodak STEP Touch, available for $130 from Amazon. It’s similar to the regular Kodak STEP, but the LCD touch screen allows you to edit your photos before you print them; you can also shoot short videos and even share your content straight to social media.

If you want to print photos from your smartphone gallery, there's the Kodak STEP Instant Mobile Photo Printer. This portable $80 printer connects to any iOS or Android device with Bluetooth capabilities and can print whatever photos you send to it.

The Kodak STEP Instant Mobile Photo Printer connects to an app that allows you to add filters and other effects to your photos. Kodak

All three Kodak STEP devices come with some of that magical printer paper, but you can order additional refills, too—a 20-sheet set costs $8 on Amazon.

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13 Inventors Killed By Their Own Inventions

Would you fly in this?
Would you fly in this?

As it turns out, being destroyed by the very thing you create is not only applicable to the sentient machines and laboratory monsters of science fiction.

In this episode of The List Show, Mental Floss editor-in-chief Erin McCarthy takes us on a sometimes tragic, always fascinating journey through the history of invention, highlighting 13 unfortunate innovators whose brilliant schemes brought about their own demise. Along the way, you’ll meet Henry Winstanley, who constructed a lighthouse in the English Channel that was swept out to sea during a storm … with its maker inside. You’ll also hear about stuntman Karel Soucek, who was pushed from the roof of the Houston Astrodome in a custom-designed barrel that landed off-target, fatally injuring its occupant.

And by the end of the episode, you just might be second-guessing your secret plan to quit your day job and become the world’s most daredevilish inventor.

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