You need to have svn installed, of course. If you want to improve it, here’s the gist.

tmsupportpath="/Library/Application Support/TextMate"
if [ ! -d "$bundlepath" ]
  echo "First time, eh?  Making $bundlepath..."
  mkdir -p "$bundlepath"
if [ ! -d "$tmsupportpath/Support" ]
  cd "$tmsupportpath"
  echo "Checking out the most recent Support folder..."
  svn co
cd "$bundlepath"
svn co$1.tmbundle
svn up *.tmbundle
osascript -e 'tell app "TextMate" to reload bundles'
cd "$tmsupportpath/Support"
svn up

Andrew and I were recalling BBC’s The Box today when I wondered if people have tried living in shipping containers.  I know there have been many efforts to sell prefab homes based on shipping containers as low-cost, eco-friendly housing solutions, but I’ve never heard of someone living in one while it was shipped around the world.

I thought this might be a cool idea for a story: who lives in shipping container communities on boats and at port?  What kind of relationships and norms form under such fleeting conditions?  Could this ever be economically feasible if shipping a container from China to the US costs $8000?  Any ship carrying house containers could carry freight beneath them, but I guess the only way it could work is if passengers were willing to pay as much or more than their weight in freight was worth.

I also started thinking about how this might work in space.  Rotating container bays for simulated gravity?  Completely self-sufficient shipping container space homes?