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Stewart Brand on Alan Weisman: Humanity's Impact, Nature's Resilience

Alan Weisman recently wrote the book, The World Without Us. Last week he gave a talk as part of the Seminars About Long-term Thinking put on by The Long Now Foundation. Stewart Brand summarized the talk in a brief piece titled Humanity's impact, nature's resilience, closing paragraph of which was:

"Weisman's message is one of reconciliation. Wherever humanity backs its impact off even a little, nature comes swarming back. From the new part-wolf coyotes taking up residence in New England to the rare and exquisite red-crowned cranes prospering in Korea's Demilitarized Zone, accomodating nature always rewards humans."

http://longnow.org/seminars/02010/feb/24/world-without-us-world-us/

Unidentified Car in London

Shot this photo in September. I didn't take note of what type car it was, but it looks rare.

Skating Before the Storm

The storm is just hitting as I write this/ Earlier this morning I walked out to the cliffs and watched the dark clouds swirl in. The wind was blowing 30-40 mph. Yeah! The air was like elixir. This is what I call a beautiful day. Decided to go skating, since no one was in town. No surfers, fishermen, tourists. No cars. There's a section of cliffside road that's been closed to through traffic, so it's much safer to skate. I made about 3 runs; these days I focus on shifting weight from left foot for left turn to right foot for right turn. I've been thinking lately about all the automatic reactions in one's body that deal with the complexities of balancing. I never thought about this when younger but now being, um, older, I tend to observe my physical actions more. Skating helps me keep open the brain-body connection. On the last run I held my umbrella out to catch the on-shore wind blowing up from the beach and it pulled me up the hill (somewhat).

High-quality Macro Photos Shot on iPhone

"It is not so novel anymore that a cell phone comes with a built in camera; it's now the norm. But a certain phone fitted with a camera that produces high-quality macro images which rival those of stand-alone cameras finally prompted me to give up my Canon.

This slideshow is a compilation of some of my favorite iPhone shots, using its macro lens feature."
-By Trevor Reichman on February 25, 2010 on Treehugger

Kawasaki ER 6F Motorcycle


Saw this beauty in London in September (2010). Review of it: http://bit.ly/9EcGool

For Sale: Repurposed, Recycled and Renovated Atlas Missile Base

Worried about a nuclear attack? Got $2.3 million? Here's a "luxury home with its own private airport," built on top of a 9-story underground missile silo, with the top 2 stories converted into a 3-bedroom, 2-1/2 bath underground living space. It's in the Adirondack Mountains in N.Y. state. Here's how the real estate agent describes the underground structure:
"The Silo has a climate constant/approx, 58 degree earth ambient temperature. It is 52' diameter x 178' deep / 9 floor steel superstructure. Entire steel superstructure hangs from gigantic spring suspension system designed to absorb shock of a direct nuclear hit."
Just the thing for some wealthy Tea Party patriots awaiting the Rapture.
-Available from 20th Century Castles, LLC
-Originally discovered at: http://www.treehugger.com/, a great website

More Beach Graffiti

From last week

Rooftop Cooling in Turkey

"Passive ventilation, utilization of rainwater as a natural cooling system, and blending with the surrounding landscape makes this home ideal for outdoor living. Global Architectural Development designed the Exploded House located in Bodrum, Turkey."

What Can You Do With 1300 Pallets?

This is a pavilion that was built out of 1300 pallets for the nordic alpine skiing world championship in Oberstdorf, Germany in 2005. http://blog.bellostes.com/?p=1940

The First MacIntosh


Just ran across this again. No clue as to where it's from. Looks like it's signed "MS."
This is exactly what happened when we got our first Mac in the late '80s. Michael Rafferty, who was working for Shelter then, started doing everything on the Mac, while I was still using my Adler portable typewriter, and laying out pages with X-Actos and glue. Took me years to migrate over…
(Actually I still do initial layout manually.)

Spacy Treehouse in Portland


Wilkinson Residence
Portland , Oregon
Designed: 1997
Completed: 2004

"Located on a flag lot, a steep sloping grade provided the opportunity to bring the main level of the house into the tree canopy to evoke the feeling of being in a tree house.…"

100+ Photos of Huge Waves at Mavericks Contest

The S. F. Chronicle has 100+ photos of the contest last week.
"Ion Banner tries to catch a wave, but eventually wipes out on this one in the first heat. Surfers from around the globe braved the 50-foot-high swells at Mavericks Surf Contest in Half Moon Bay, Calif., on Saturday, February 13, 2010. Chris Bertish of South Africa was selected the winner."
Photo: Carlos Avila Gonzalez / The Chronicle
http://bit.ly/cYlqNv