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Nicely Designed Tiny Home

In doing an article for Mother Earth News on "Tools for the half-Acre Homestead," I've been searching through my old photos and this little place just popped out (sic). The pop-out windows are a brilliant way to expand the actual and physical space. By Bodega Portable Buildings. They make sound, well-designed portable tiny homes.

Citizenfour - Stunning Documentary About Edward Snowden

I am often struck by the fact that I don't get a clear picture of what's going on via the media. Even reading the New York Times every morning didn't give me an idea of just what went on with Edward Snowden and what he did. The documentary Citizenfour clarifies this wonderful man and his courageous act. I won't go on about it here, but urge you to see this Academy-award winning film and judge for yourself.

 Here is a quote from Wikipedia: 
"…Ronnie Scheib of Variety wrote 'No amount of familiarity with whistleblower Edward Snowden and his shocking revelations of the U.S. government’s wholesale spying on its own citizens can prepare one for the impact of Laura Poitras’s extraordinary documentary Citizenfour... far from reconstructing or analyzing a fait accompli, the film tersely records the deed in real time, as Poitras and fellow journalist Glenn Greenwald meet Snowden over an eight-day period in a Hong Kong hotel room to plot how and when they will unleash the bombshell that shook the world. Adapting the cold language of data encryption to recount a dramatic saga of abuse of power and justified paranoia, Poitras brilliantly demonstrates that information is a weapon that cuts both ways.…'"

Vintage Hawaiian Photos

I bought these at the Hanalei Coffee Roasters on the island of Kauai. They are published by Cool Breeze Productions, PO Box 11421, Honolulu, HI, 96828.

The Barefoot Farmer grows more than food

"Take a trip to Jeff Poppen’s Long Hungry Creek Farm and you’ll find a year-round farm. You’re also likely to stumble across some agricultural teaching moments or discover yourself in the middle of a 1,000-person celebration. And it's possible you’ll find all of that occurring simultaneously.
 Poppen, known to many as the Barefoot Farmer, uses his land to grow and raise food like plenty of other farmers do. But much more happens around his 250 acres in Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee, and most of it centers around Poppen’s many passions — a passion for small family farms, for community, for getting young people back on the land, and for healing the environment.…"
Comment from Anonymous

Exploring the World on Motorcycles

bayrider has left a new comment on your post "84-Year-Old Sailed Across Atlantic in Homemade Raft...":
"What a guy, what a life! Reminds me of Ted Simon who rode an old Brit motorcycle around the world for four years when he was 40, then did the same trip again at age 70. His books are classics for all bikers. He has lived for years on his homestead in Covelo CA.
Check it out. You have to poke around on the website a bit: 
"We are a family of 3 (Terry, son, Jack and Sandy) that travel on 2 BMW motorcycles. Terry and Jack ride on an 1150 GSA and I ride a 650 GS. We've been traveling by moto since Jack was 4, riding the dirt trails of Mt. Shasta forest, with Jack securely tucked in front with Terry. It was so comfortable for Jack that he would eventually fall asleep on the tank bag! Once Jack fit into the proper gear, we started heading out on long distance treks. Every year, we find ourselves wanting more and more, extending the time away by days and sometimes weeks. There is such joy in traveling together, in watching Jack learn more than a classroom could ever teach. From Canada to Iowa, Spain to Colombia, Jack is fortunate to have such experiences at the ripe old age of 10. Our goal is not only to show Jack the world, but to reinstill our faith in humanity, to go beyond the tragedies shown in the media and share our positive experiences with the world. Jack's only going to be young for so long, and it is our job as parents to give him the proper tools to succeed in whatever path he chooses. Sometimes it's hard, sometimes it's demanding, but it is all wonderful and would not be changed for anything. Cheers!"

Australian Beekeepers Invention: Honey on Tap

On 2/19/15, Kevin Kelly wrote in a message entitled
Automatic honey harvester:

"Might be revolutionary; might be hype.

To which I replied:
"Looks plausible. The FAQs read pretty well. You keep the normal brood chamber.
They ought to set one up in the UC Davis bee lab. You used to be able to stop in there and watch the bees through a glass cover do their pollen-directional dance.
If this really does work and doesn't get clogged, it's revolutionary. To not have to mess with extractors would be a boon for a family-sized bee colony."
Then Kevin emailed again:

"That crazy honey extractor has raised $ 2.5 million so far and counting.
If it does not work a lot of folks will be disappointed.
But I tell ya, Kickstarter-style crowd funding is very powerful.
-- KK"

California Honeydrops- Don't Let the Green Grass Fool You

I just heard these guys in a small venue tonight and they are fabulous. This a band that is on its way to major recognition, I think. At the Fillmore in an Francisco in September (not announced yet).

84-Year-Old Sailed Across Atlantic in Homemade Raft

Comment from Anonymous:
"Across the Atlantic - in a garden shed: Most 84-year-olds would settle for a Saga cruise. But this ancient mariner had other ideas. http://dailym.ai/1G0hD9r"

Note: Anthony Smith passed away in July 2014 at age 88: http://nyti.ms/17DNyxR

Tiny Homes For Homeless, Continued…

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post Tiny Homes For The Homeless Built Out of Dumpster ...":

Hi Lloyd, ran across some more articles on this fellow and had a look at his website.
He now has a TON of pics of his tiny homes for the homeless, which he has pretty much created from garbage.
Hunted this post out, to put the link on, in case anyone is interesting in building some of these, he has quite detailed pics of his work in progress, and MANY many finished homes.
I believe these pics are from a photographer who has photographed this man's work/art.

Retired Engineer Having Fun

Boy, is this guy having fun! This was in Saturday's New York Times in the business section. It's more like monkey business. Made me laugh out loud.
“'Why Knot?' for example, uses 10 electric motors to drive 10 mechanisms to construct a four-in-hand knot on a necktie that it wraps around its own neck. Grasping, pulling, aligning and winding the lengths of the tie, Mr. Knot can detect the occasional misstep or tear, untie the knot and get it right. Unlike Rube Goldberg’s whimsical contraptions, Mr. Goldstein’s is no mere cartoon. It works, if only for Mr. Knot. He cannot tie your tie.

Mr. Goldstein might be exceptional for the range of his skills, but he is characteristic of a sizable — and with the first of the baby boomers retiring now — expanding cohort of pensioners. Smart, agile and creative, they catch a liberating wind upon leaving the bosses, bureaucracies, commutes and time clocks of their workaday careers to tackle something consuming and new, whether for material reward or none at all.…"
Article by Peter T. Kilborn, photo by Matt Roth for The New York Times
Here it is in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0atClPSTx8

Kauai Outdoor Living

I like the way this inexpensive connecting roof provides so much more useable space.

Look West, Old Man, Look West

This poster by National Geographic really struck me. The migration to Hawaii by Marquesas Islands sailors somewhere between 300-800 AD in open sailing canoes, along with plants and animals. When you look at this map of South Pacific Islands, you see what a feat that was. No GPS.

I had an interesting talk yesterday with my neighbor John Washington, who has sailed in this part of the world. How did these guys sail 2500 miles and land on the Hawaiian islands, which are way out in the ocean away from everything else? We concluded they combined many skills: astronomy, direction of swells, winds, birds and fish; intuition…

Somewhere I read that Polynesian navigation knowledge was passed along in oral tradition from navigator to apprentice, partly in song.

It caused me to reflect on my Euro-centric education. Western Civilization was required for Stanford freshmen when I went there. Nothing about China, India, the South Pacific, Buddhism, Zen, the great Khmer civilization, the Taoists, Chi Gung, the concept of chi… (Part of consciousness-expansion in the '60s was discovery of the rest of the world's civilizations and practices.)

So here I am looking westward. It caused me to take another look at Henrik and Ginni's 6800-mile sailboat journey from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico across this archipelago of islands. It's covered with lots of photos on 6 pages in Tiny Homes on the Move (pp. 156-61).

The Tahitians arrived around 1200 AD and things got brutal. Cook arrived in the 1700s.

It's fascinating history.

Treehouse on Kauai by Jay Nelson

Jay Nelson is a gifted artist/builder. His mobile designs were featured in Tiny Homes: an electric car on bike wheels; an 8' dinghy that you can sleep inside (and carry a surfboard on the roof); a motorscooter with surfboard rack.


What's surprising is that his carpentry (and building design) are also outstanding. I especially like the way he uses used wood.

This is a treehouse he built on Kauai. It's not finished (but close).

Wooden Topographic Model of Kauai

This was at a ranger station/museum in the Waimea area. Looks like it was done by some sort of computer-generated cutting tool. It's the entire 25 x 35 mile island of Kauai.

I shot this picture centered (at bottom) on Hanalei Bay—it's that perfect 2/3-circle. Look at the way the mountains fan out in the same pattern. Na Pali coast on right. I believe the sand you see half-way up on the right is Polihale Beach, end of the road.

Yet More of Ambrose's Surfboards

Old school. No stinkin SurfTek boards here!

Awesome collection of hand-crafted/shaped by Ambrose surfboards.

Ambrose is south of the main part of Kapa'a, on the main highway.

He's a wise man.

See earlier post: http://bit.ly/1EYqd4F

Island Soul

I don't see any boards, but these guys gotta be surfers. Somewhere in Kapa'a, Kauai. Authentic, eh?

What I like here (aside from the soulfulness):
-hip roof, corrugated steel sheets
-porch area by subtraction. Think of it as the overall simple roof shape; then by moving walls inside, you get porch.
-up off ground on simplest of foundations.
-colors: red/green. I love the brick red color, especially window trim on Pacific west coast.

What You Gonna Do Now by Tommy Castro & Honey Honey

New Wooden Bridge in UK by Jonny Briggs

Hi Lloyd,

Just completed another bridge project. This was constructed using a hybrid of laminated plywood, steel and oak. Its the first time I’ve experimented with such large laminations!



Shots of Jameson's and Spectacular Spider in Kauai

I had so many experiences and shot so many photos during my 3 weeks in Kauai that I could do a mini-book, but there just ain't the time. So I'll put stuff up in dribs and drabs. This is Jeremy Hill and his girlfriend Jen (from San Diego) at Mariachi's bar/excellent restaurant in Kapa'a one night. They bought me a shot.

Jeremy showed me this photo he'd taken of a spider on the island, looks like a fanciful drawing.

A week later Jeremy and I ended up at the Bistro, another v. good restaurant in Kilauea and had a great visit while we ate dinner at the bar.

So much "content," so little time…