Category Archive


My door is open: why I’m pretty public online about my home

Rockethaus is pretty public. I run two blogs dealing specifically with homes, I tweet pretty much all the time, and I am also a normal Young Professional living in America. A LOT of my life happens online, publicly, where other people have access to it, even people I don't know terribly well. We talk about parties, problems, events, and projects, and we do a lot of it completely in the open. My mom would argue that it's dangerous for people to know where I live and what my habits are, but I prefer to think it's part of community building.

Eavesdropping: one of the many joys of city living

Our condo faces onto a courtyard, and when the windows are open there’s definitely a little Melrose Place action that happens. We hear neighbors coming and going, having sex, spanking each other, etc. It’s always entertaining.

We can also hear the callbox at the front gate. Monday night, this is what Dre and I heard, as we sat on the couch staring each other silently with wide eyes that said, “Don’t start laughing! They’ll hear you!”

How grown-ups make new friends: handing out coupons

Making friends as adults is WEIRD. I actually had a conversation with Megan about it a few weeks back.

The Saminal has a solution…

A Portal-themed bedroom and a message board you pet to use in this week’s Monday Montage

Start your day with our collection of interesting articles on the web and photos from our readers. In these Clicky Links you’ll find lots of sites to waste a little time on — and you’ll see a raver-friendly penless message board.

Click through, too, to find our links on submitting YOUR stuff to Offbeat Home!

The upstairs neighbors walk so loudly I suspect they may wear concrete shoes. Halp.

Our neighbors upstairs walk REALLY loudly. This isn’t normal. The walking shakes our ceiling, scares our cats, and goes on late into the night.

I don’t think it’s right to try to confront people about walking, when the problem is probably that there isn’t enough insulation between their apartment and ours to mask the noise. Is there anything we can do from down here that can minimize the noise? Or is this worth talking to our neighbors about?

Five ideas to soundproof so you can turn video games up to 11 without waking the dead

Everyone needs a little soundproofing knowledge now and then, but nerds more than most. Here are our solutions for soundproofing your space.

I called 911 — and here’s what I learned

I’ve never had to call emergency services before, but when smoke started rolling into our apartment through the vents, I popped my 911 cherry. Everything turned out okay, but I’m so glad I got the chance to learn these important lessons.

My neighborhood kids love playing outside — but it’s disrupting my work. Help!

A gang of kids plays in my backyard all. day. So much screaming! It’s great that they’re rocking out, but I work from home and need a little quiet.