Earlier today I watched a TED talk by philosopher and cognitive scientist Dan Dennett. He was lecturing on the evolution of cute, sexy, sweet, and funny. Watch here. The basic premise is that these qualities are not inherent in the object that is cute, say for example a baby, but that we have evolved to believe babies are cute because it is evolutionarily advantageous for our species to find babies cute. The value is assigned by us onto the object. This is why babies are cut
The O'Brien house is starting to take shape. Below is the before version and the current state of construction. The old side porch addition has been torn off, the new foundation is in and basement walls of the new addition are up. You can see how much difference adding overhangs made on the existing dormers. Also notice how much better the house looks without it's shutters, even though it doesn't yet have siding.