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Renovation of old tiny house in France

"This is a beautiful old small home in Normandy, France that has been completely renewed. I like that the architect, Franklin Azzi, chose to keep the original small footprint relatively intact. There seem to be so many renovations that take an old small home and make it big. It’s nice to one that stayed relatively small."
More info: http://www.franklinazzi.com/dotclear/index.php?yport
From Michael Janzen's Tiny House Design

Crab(s) at market, Vietnam

 I find myself checking BoingBoing almost daily. A lot of it's too nerdy for me, but there's often art, soul, or humor. A spiffy, professional, blog with a steady stream of posts. Below photo from this morning, posted by Xeni Jardin:
"Crabs at a market in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, contributed to the Boing Boing Flickr Pool by BB reader Jenny Steeves (Twitter, blog) of Albuquerque, NM. Do take a peek at the larger size."

When you get to the larger size, click on "original," top right for big blowup. Art of the natural world.

Native American power

I taped together these Edward Curtis photos to put on  the wall. Wow!

Fog coming in from Ocean

After a week or so of warm weather, the fog rolled in last night at sunset. This is on Panoramic Highway near Mountain Home Inn, Mill Valley. Ocean (in background) blanketed in fog.

Google collage by Jenny Odell

"The Satellite Collection is a series of six digital prints that I made by collaging cut-out imagery from (the) Google Satellite. Each one is printed and framed at 24"x24."
-Jenny Odell

"Just finished the last one of the group of prints I’ll be showing at the final MFA exhibition; this one is called 195 Yachts, Cargo Ships, Tankers, Barges, Riverboats, Hospital Ships, Cruise Lines, Ferries, Military Ships, and Motorboats. A couple of them are from our very own San Francisco."

Perfect throw

From BoingBoing
"These South Asian gentlemen have their parotta-cooking down to an art -- they fling the bread with perfect, unseeing grace to one another. One has to wonder: why not move the tables closer together?"

Troglodyte dwellings in Iran

Photos of the dwellings in this village have been circulating on the web, titled: "Village in Afghanistan… Incredible!" This is actually the village of Kandovan in Iran, of which the Zoroastrian heritage website says:
"What makes Kandovan village so unique is that many of its homes have been made in caves located in cone-shaped, naturally formed compressed volcanic ash formations that make the landscape look like a gigantic termite colony. This method of dwelling makes the residents modern-age cave dwellers or troglodytes. (Troglodyte means cave dweller: somebody living in a cave, especially somebody who belonged to a prehistoric cave-dwelling community. Troglodyte also means somebody living in seclusion.)"

Lessons from the Grey Fox

Richard Vacha writes a column on tracking animals in our local paper, the West Marin Citizen. From his latest column on our native Grey Foxes:
"The fox is an expert at reading the forest or field for signs of unguarded baseline activity or for alarms. The fox seems particularly sensitive to out-of-context behavior typical of humans, particularly the unsettled mental state we often carry with us. Trackers commonly report that once they learn to truly quiet their minds and harmonize with spirit of nature, the fox begins to show itself…"
"The very term, fox-walking, implies a slow walk in a heightened state of awareness that moves beyond the immediate sensory input to a wider sense of what is going on in the whole landscape. This type of walking, coupled with wide-angle vision, (and) the dynamic use of peripheral vision, can quickly induce a calmness that animals in nature respond to. These are two of the primary tools of a tracker interested in establishing a deeper connection with nature. This is how the animals themselves become our teachers, as they have been since the dawn of man."
Photo by Jerry Litynski Photography

Ultra-tiny home in Japan

Sent us by Jim Macey:

(CNN) -- Fuyuhito Moriya is 39 and still lives with his mother, but in circumstances you would call a tad unusual. Moriya, an unmarried man, and his mother, Yoko, live in a house that's built on 30 square meters, that's the same as the size of a parking space for one car.
They live in what's called an ultra-small house, a genre of single family homes bred of Japan's economic stagnation and brought to life by architectural ingenuity.
Moriya wasn't sure that the land, which was originally sold as a parking space for a car, would be big enough for a single family home. But when he started doing research into ultra-small homes, he began to realize it might work.

Dan & Gypsy Jess build a home of Craigslist trash in Texas

"Dan and I started out together on a travel trailing adventure. While we were staying in Florida, we met a guy that shared our similar traveling spirit. He and his wife left their home, got a school bus, and hit the road traveling for 3 years. He gave us a book called Home Work by Lloyd Kahn. The book was filled with inspiring stories and photographs of people that made handbuilt shelters that they call home. So, eventually God led us to our new home "The Shady 80". We gathered up a lot of free wood, and windows, and made our home. We have not paid for a single piece of wood. Our kitchen is made from wooden crates that held the glass for the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium. I realize that a lot of my other pictures are at home…we'll see what I can come up with for now till we get back. Oh yeah, this is not the final product…we are still not finished with it yet."

Crabs and eggs

It looks like the best crab season in 3 years. By virtue of loaning my crab pot to Boone and Billy, I've been getting fresh crabs a few times a week. A typical San Francisco meal is cracked crab, sourdough garlic bread, salad, red wine or beer.
The Dungeness crab is a marvel of nature. They're out there crawling all over the bay and ocean bottom, scavenging. The meat is sweet, high in protein and minerals. A local resource that hasn't been killed off, hallelujah!

Josh, local fisherman, told me a while ago, "The ocean (here) is healthy!"

Commercial crab season opened today.

Below are 6 pullet eggs (bantam Auracanas and Silver Seabrights) for an omelete. I love these little eggs. I think bantams are probably more efficient (feed/output ratio) than full-size birds. Also, bantams make a lot more sense in urban, suburban, or near-neighbors' locales.

Launch of new book on lawyer Tony Serra — Sat. Nov 20, 5PM, San Francisco

There was a "60 Minutes" program on Tony maybe 20 years ago. So I don't have to explain who he is, go to:

"Meet Tony Serra and author/artist Paulette Frankl at the book launch at 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 20, 2010 at Fort Mason Center, Room C-370.
LUST FOR JUSTICE: The Radical Life and Law of J. Tony Serra (ISBN # 0-615-38683-0) is the first and only book to appear about San Francisco’s charismatic counter culture lawyer, acclaimed one of the ten top criminal defense lawyers of the century. His long career has made him an icon of the underdog and a champion of civil rights leaders, a hero to some, a trickster to others, always a force to be reckoned with in court.
More about LUST FOR JUSTICE can be seen at http://www.lustforjustice.net/

Partially-full disclosure: Tony's one of my oldest friends (55+ years!). Little is it known that I introduced Tony to marijuana in the '60s. We smoked it over ice cubes, then went out to hear jazz sax player Art Pepper at a Fillmore district club. Tony kept saying, "I don't feel anything…"

Review of Builders of the Pacific Coast

Great review by Keith Goetzman in the Utne Reader blog. It's so great when someone gets it.
"…a photo-splashed book full of amazing, rustic, wood-built dwellings and shelters on islands and in other remote seaside locations in the Pacific Northwest.
The area's huge trees and ubiquitous driftwood lend themselves to curvaceous, organic design, and these builders take full advantage of these qualities in structures that range from a Hobbit-like gazebo to a spherical treehouse to grand but still-earthy luxury homes and spas. Many of the homes are reachable only by boat and perched in impossibly beautiful settings.
There's a strong countercultural thread to these builders, many of whom were inspired by Kahn's 1973 book Shelter, a bible of sorts for that decade's back-to-the-land movement. And Kahn's laid-back writing style is full of metaphysical allusions and meandering asides about his travels, giving it a whiff of patchouli and B.C. bud. But looking at these homes, it's hard to doubt that there's 'a vortex of creative carpentry energy in this part of the world,' as the book states. Moss roofs, bentwood railings, hand-carved details, natural motifs, and Native influences complement the area's mossy, foggy splendor and speak to its natural and human history.…"
Photo: loft in dome by SunRay Kelley in Builders of the Pacific Coast