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Huge Waves at Mavericks Today

"Ion Banner loses control on a giant wave during the first heat of the Mavericks surfing contest Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010, in Half Moon Bay, Calif."
Photo: Ben Margot / AP
Also, see article (link below) about rogue wave injuring dozens of spectators on a sea wall at today's contest.

Takumi Company of Seattle—Traditional Japanese Carpentry

"TAKUMI COMPANY was established in 1987. Its goal is to integrate the ancient tradition of Japanese woodworking into the culture of the Pacific Northwest and the United States.…Dale Brotherton began working in this field in 1978. He spent 6½ years in traditional full time apprenticeship with a well known teahouse carpenter in the San Francisco Bay Area.…Dale then spent 2 years as a 'journeyman' in traditional residential construction in Nagano-Ken, Japan, expanding his skills, studying traditional building design and structural layout. With nearly 9 years of intense study accomplished, Dale returned to the USA founding Takumi Company. Since then he has… (completed) over 80 projects for private customers, institutions and municipalities.

Beach Hut in England

I'm continuing to post the occasional photo from our trip to Europe when time permits. This is one of several hundred 10' X 10' beach huts on the outskirts of a fishing village on the southeast coast of England. See posting "Tiny Beach Huts in England" of Wednesday Nov 25, 2009 for more details (here).

Schwinn Cruiser Art

On the wall of a Northern California seaside house

A Roomy 178 Square Feet Apartment in Brooklyn

In today's New York Times: Zach Motl’s tiny studio apartment in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. Rent: $944/month.
Article by Penelope Green
Photo by Robert Wright for The New York Times

Dodge Road Van

This Dodge van (in Mill Valley on Sunday) looks just about right. For road people, it's a tough choice between a van and pickup truck w/camper shell. Each has distinct advantages, too complex to get into here. I've got a 4X4, 4-cylinder Toyota Tacoma, but if I had a van, it would be something like this (with more "aggressive" tires). You travelers will know what I mean.
Dieter Klose wrote a good article on this in Builders of the Pacific Coast (p. 249): "SUV, Pickup Truck,…or…Van?"

On the Road in Rain-Soaked Marin County

The hills, which are golden in summer, are a lush green this time of year. Shot yesterday on the way to Nicasio from Olema.

Bal Mandr Public School's Bike-Powered Schoolbus

This delightful photo is floating around on the web. It's apparently a schoolbus of the Bal Mandir Public School in Laxmi Nagar, Delhi, India.
-Photo at: http://img.moonbuggy.org/bal-mandir-public-school/
-Sent us by Godfrey Stephens

Country Cabins

Lou Ureneck built a cabin in the hills of Western Maine and writes about it in detail on the below blog.
This photo at left (not Lou's) is one of a bunch from Lou's readers: "This classic Southern cabin is actually in Connecticut. John-Paul Philippe, a New York painter and designer, says that it was built around 1820 near Grandfather Mountain, N.C., and then moved to its present location in 1980. He bought it in 2006. The logs are chestnut and tulip poplar, according to John-Paul. Some of the interior beams are locust wood."
Lou's blog: www.mainecabinblog.com

Got New 13" MacBook Pro

Boy, do I love it!

My old one was: 15" MacBook Pro (2006 version)/2.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor/1GB RAM/160GB SATA Hard Drive/Mac OS X 10.4.11 (Tiger).

The new one is: 13" MacBook Pro (Unibody; mid-2009 version)/2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor (different generation of processor)/4GB RAM/500GB SATA Hard Drive/Mac OS X 10.6.2 (Snow Leopard)

The keyboard is the same size as on the 15" and it's a pound lighter, and is it snappy! Apple continually improves things. The keyboard is backlit, v. big improvement; screen is brighter; it's faster; don't have to push button to open it…

Yes, I've Got A Problem With Dwell Magazine

Unhappy Hipsters
When Dwell Magazine started out some years ago, I liked it. I wrote the editor, congratulating her. Well, it soon changed and now (to my mind) it's a purveyor of soulless, smug living. I mean, what kind of people live in these dwellings? Do they work 72 hours a week, have no kids, eat out (or pick up take-out), and just want a sterile atmosphere to come "home" to?
Where's the warmth, the color, the reality and sometimes funkiness of a rich life? The magazine's subtitle is: "At Home in the Modern World," Really?

Jakub Plichtman sent me this website devoted to panning Dwell, as well as other modernistic magazines:

See NYTimes article on the website here.

Wilderness Fishing, Spinning Wool, Vintage Pics & Posters

This is a blog about the outdoors, crafts, making beer, fishing, etc.
"Upon reaching the summit of Mount Winchell in 1868, Judge E.C. Winchell wrapped himself patriotically in a flag, took a swig from a wicker-woven flask, and 'addressed formal salutations to the witnessing mountains and fired double-charges of gunpowder over the canyon and forest, arousing crashing reverberations that leaped from cliff to distant cliff, swiftly redoubling in the morning air.'”

5 Good Reasons to Consider Living in a Yurt

Photo at left, and the "5 Good Reasons" at: http://bit.ly/bN1cQo
Also, see Becky Kemery's great book: YURTS: Living in the Round at: http://www.yurtinfo.org/bookstore.php