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How sexy is your thermostat? Is it the boring, beige rectangle of plastic with the way too complicated controls that no one wants to mess with? Well, a group of former Apple employees, lead by the guy who created the iPod and iPhone, have recently introduced version two of their programmable, learning thermostat.

It's cool. Imagine a sleek polished steel cylinder capped with a glass lens, over a circular, 24-bit color display. With its five sensors for humidity, ambient light, near and far proximity sensors (it knows when you're home and when you're not) and, of course, a temperature sensor, it programs itself over a weeks' time learning your preferences for daytime, nighttime or anytime temperature preferences. Furthermore, it talks to your iPhone, iPad, computer, Android so you can control your environment from anywhere in the world. In addition, NEST listens to the weather service via the Internet so that it can calculate how many minutes it needs to warm-up or cool-down your home to the proper temperature before you return home.

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How many people love to weed their yards? How about irrigate, fertilize and prune? What if you could install a gorgeous, aromatic garden that weeded itself, didn't need regular irrigation, and fertilizing and pruning are actually forbidden? What if plants in this garden were so flexible that you could have a country cottage look, Japanese garden, woodlands, meadow or riparian look as well as attract butterflies, humming birds and snakes? Well, maybe not snakes.

Enter the native Southern California garden. Plants native to Southern California are draught tolerant in the summer, and grow their root systems during the wetter winter. Don't bother irrigating. Generally, they do not like to be watered artificially and drip irrigation could cause root rot. No fertilizer! They are accustomed to our soil conditions, some actually preferring poor, sandy or rocky soils. Some plants flower not only in the spring but also in the fall—a double bonus. Some plants are edible, or may be used as seasonings or as herbal topical treatments as Native Americans have for centuries. And, except for an occasional nibble by a hungry bunny, native Southern California plants generally don't like to be pruned, although some can be trained into a hedge or other form.

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Think of your childhood. Think of a place that you loved. Maybe it was the attic at Grandma's house with sunbeams straining through the shuttered dormers; or the tiny Victorian train depot converted to an ice cream shop with its wondrous wood gingerbread carvings; or maybe a "secret" room behind the drapery in a window seat overlooking an intimate garden. These are places that not only embed themselves into our visual memory forever, but carry with them a powerful, emotional message. The message could be that of mystery, awe, delight, comfort or safety—but whatever, it is a strongly emotional message coupled with this visual memory. A memory point is subtle, perhaps subconscious, but makes your home immediately appealing not only to you, but your family, as well as potential buyers when it comes time to move on.

It's a fun sport for me to visit the model homes of a typical track development. Every development seems to be the same: the street-side elevation greets you with a three-car garage, and an "imposing" front entry in your choice of Mediterranean fake stone, Cape Cod fiber-cement siding, or Craftsman Bungalow complete with all the traditional styling idioms. Look next door or across the street. The roof-lines and facades might be different, but the basic floor plans and window placements are the same.

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