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Tugboat Tiny House

by Kent Griswold, tinyhouseblog, November 29th, 2011
"We weren’t looking to buy a boat, we definitely weren’t looking to buy a tugboat, we were just looking. We have a home in Port Townsend, Washington but the commute into the city for work was too much to do everyday, so at the time we were renting a house in Ballard (a neighborhood of Seattle). It was a nice house in a great neighborhood, but we really weren’t keen on being renters. When we saw the tug on craigslist we were just curious, but once we looked at the boat we realized we could stop being renters and have a place of our own in Seattle. A place on the water with a million dollar view.…"
http://tinyhouseblog.com/floating-homes/tugboat-tiny-house/

Timber Framing Workshop 2012: Build a Timber Frame Home

Ziggy's Cob Cottage is featured in our forthcoming book Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter. Next year Ziggy is hosting a timber frame workshop in northeastern Missouri. Date: June 10-23, 2012
Location: Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage
Cost: $2,000, 25% deposit
All-inclusive: includes lodging and 3 square meals a day at the Milkweed Mercantile Organic Cafe
Sustainable Design: Build a 300 sq. ft. timber frame house with passive solar design, greenhouse, roundwood porch and balcony.
All timber framing is to be completed using hand tools and traditional techniques exclusively –square rule layout, scribing, etc.
http://small-scale.net/yearofmud/2011/11/22/timber-framing-workshop-2012-build-a-timber-frame-home/

Tiny Tumbleweed House in North Carolina

"Over Thanksgiving break, I enjoyed reading about this small, energy-efficient home in North Carolina built using the Harbinger plan offered by the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company. Built to International Building Code requirements, the plan includes a loft, home office, kitchen, bathroom, living room, and deck — tightly placed in less than 500 square feet! Details are hard to come by, but Tumbleweed sells this plan for $695 and estimates that it costs about $33,000 in materials to build.…"
http://www.jetsongreen.com/2011/11/harbinger-tiny-house-north-carolina.html

Tiny Homes Are Where the Heart Is (Interview)

"Smith and Mueller set out to find what makes a home feel like home in their upcoming documentary, 'TINY.' They state houses have doubled in size since 1970, yet people don’t necessarily feel more at home in them. Thus, in their search, they’ve honed in on the folks of the tiny house movement.
Their findings were clear: “It is very rarely the size of a house that makes it feel like a home, so much as the relationships we fill them with.”
'So far we have found that for most people, home is more about the people they live with or near rather than the physical structure itself,' they said, noting that while many still enjoy the aesthetics of their small homes, people tended to place more emphasis on the world outside—their communities, or the land they live on.
There was a general agreement among people they met along the way that '…living small has shaped their lives for the better.'"
Published on November 27, 2011, by Joshua Philipp
http://techzwn.com/2011/11/tiny-homes-are-where-the-heart-is/

Starting Out Skateboarding

Hi, there,
Just saw Lloyd on Boing Boing talking about skateboarding. Truly inspirational. I'm 40 and have wanted to take up longboarding for a while, since I surf and need to keep training in the off-season. Can he please recommend to me what board is a good one to start with, and prefeably something not too pricey?
Thanks,
Lee

Lee: There are lots of good boards out there. I like the Loaded Boards, they're made of bamboo, assembled in the USA, and designed for carving, fun, and even dancing. (They are LONG boards, not the boards used by kids in the streets and on the ramps.) I have a Bhangra with Orangutang wheels and love it.
http://loadedboards.com/boards/bhangra
I also have n Indo Board, which is great for practicing balance at home. http://indoboard.com/shop/product-info.php?original_natural-pid1.html 

Starlings in Flight


Murmuration from Sophie Windsor Clive on Vimeo.
"Lloyd, if you haven't already, you've got to watch this amazing video of starlings from Islands and Rivers:
http://vimeo.com/31158841
Christopher"

Cats and tiny houses

"Sunday, marked the one-month anniversary of moving into the tiny house. We love the house and so do the cats. In short, we’re all happy and content.:"
http://rowdykittens.com/2011/11/two-cats-in-a-tiny-house/
This has the caption: "I spy a cat. Do you?"

Geodesic Domes

Woo-woo moment of the week: David Shipway sent me this link to a number of large geodesic domes. At the exact moment that I was copying this image, I was listening to Etta James singing these words in the Dylan song "You Gotta Serve Somebody":
"You may be a construction worker working on a home
You may be living in a mansion or you might live in a dome…"
Cosmic, or what?
   Although I gave up on domes (as homes) in the '70s, I still am fascinated by the math, by the 5 regular and 13 Archimedean solids, by the appearance of these shapes here and there in nature, by the beauty and truth of geometric mathematics.
http://www.kuriositas.com/2011/05/geodesic-magic-theres-no-place-like.html

Surfer/Photographer Going From Alaska to Chile

In today's email:
Danjit has left a new comment on your post "Bike/surf adventurers on the road":
Looks like an amazing trip!
Have you seen http://kepaacero.com/? One man, his surfboards, and his cameras documenting his trip from Alaska to Chile trying to surf as many unsurfed waves as he can.
Posted by Danjit to Lloyd’s Blog at November 25, 2011 12:59 AM
Video from Kepq Acero, surfer/blogger on the road:

Amazing Video: ‘Jet Man’ stunts alongside fighter jets over Alps


"Amazing pictures from Switzerland show where “jetman” Yves Rossy gave this incredible flying display, using a tailor-made jet pack. The aviation enthusiast leapt from a helicopter and performed a series of aerial acrobatics above the Alps. He then joined two jet planes in a synchronized flight. To synchronise their flight paths the jets reduced their speed to 220 kilometres per hour (137 miles per hour), which put their engines at a point close to stalling. Rossy’s previous aerial feats include flying the English Channel and looping the loop around a hot-air balloon.…"
http://pkcrunch.com/amazing-video-jet-man-stunts-alongside-fighter-jets-over-alps/

Dog on the Beach Tonight

I was walking on the beach tonight, a -1.7 low tide, and a dog came racing at me. She was like a slimmed-down wolf, slightly reddish/buff color with white on her belly and backs of legs. She was strikingly beautiful, the essence of canine grace and integrity -- wolf. coyote, fox -- same idea. She came barreling at me, then swerved and went beyond, down the beach. I turned. She came back, same thing on the other side. I was transfixed. As she turned to come back, her owner ran up and said Oh I hope she hasn't scar4d you, she's really just playful…
I said no, she's beautiful, and the owners knew what I meant, we were on the same wave length…

More Etta


I just ran across Baby, What You Want Me To Do? when I was looking for.Etta doing a remarkable version of Dylan's "Gotta Serve Somebody" I heard on the radio last week. Both Etta and Dylan fans, check this out. Graphics could be better, but its great to read the lyrics. What a poet! What a singer!

Etta Power -- Baby What You Want Me To Do/John Mayall/Mick Taylor/1982

Lawyer Joke

The United Way realized that it had never received a donation from the city's most successful lawyer. So a United Way volunteer paid the lawyer a visit in his lavish office.
   The volunteer opened the meeting by saying, "Our research shows that even though your annual income is over two million dollars, you don't give a penny to charity. Wouldn't you like to give something back to your community through the United Way?"
   The lawyer thinks for a minute and says, "First, did your research also show you that my mother is dying after a long, painful illness and she has huge medical bills that are far beyond her ability to pay?"
   Embarrassed, the United Way rep mumbles, "Uh . . . no, I didn't know that."
   "Secondly," says the lawyer, "did it show that my brother, a disabled veteran, is blind and confined to a wheelchair and is unable to support his wife and six children?"
   The stricken United Way rep begins to stammer an apology, but is cut off again.
   "Thirdly, did your research also show you that my sister's husband died in a dreadful car accident, leaving her penniless with a mortgage and three children, one of whom is disabled and another who has learning disabilities requiring an array of private tutors?"
   The humiliated United Way rep, completely beaten, says, "I'm so sorry, I had no idea."
   The lawyer concludes, "So... if I didn't give any money to them, what makes you think I'd give any to you?"
From Lew Lewandowski
We published a little book (edited by Michael Rafferty) called Skid Marks: Common Jokes About Lawyers, in 1988. Maybe we'll get it into eBook form one of these days. It's wicked.

San Francisco's Oldest Skateboarder


http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/sports&id=8442522

Derek "Deek" Diedricksen: Micro-Architect & Tiny House "Mad Scientist"


Derek "Deek" Diedricksen: Micro-Architect & Tiny House "Mad Scientist" from TINY on Vimeo.
"Derek “Deek” Diedriksen is a tough guy to pin down.
His love of tiny architecture is first on a long list of creative pursuits—including radio DJ, comic book artist, musician (currently heading a Rage Against the Machine tribute band), blogger, author and full-time dad.
His blog, Relaxshacks.com, and his book, “Simple Shacks, Humble Homes” is devoted to micro-architecture and living in small spaces, but the structures he builds aren’t necessarily meant for living in full time. Closer to forts or pods, his “Hundred-dollar-homeless huts” and greenhouse-office-shelters are inspired by the salvaged materials that Deek finds in local dumps, thrift stores and second-hand building lots. A sort of D.I.Y. mad scientist, he’s been featured in the New York Times, NPR, Readymade and Make Magazine.…"
http://www.elephantjournal.com/2011/11/tiny-house-mad-scientist/

House Made of Junk in New York State


"Jim Juczak hates mortgages. When he started building his home in rural Jefferson County, he resolved to stay out of debt. The house he finished five years later is an 18-sided structure with 3,000 square feet of space. It is mortgage-free. And much of it is made from junk.
   The support beams are salvaged from a bowling alley that was being demolished. A two-story concrete column that supports the center of the house is made from scrapped manholes.
   Windows, interior doors, sinks, tubs and other materials were bought cheap or salvaged for free after being removed from renovated buildings.
   And the mortar for the outer wall was made from paper sludge, a waste material from a nearby mill. Juczak had to get a special permit from the state Department of Environmental Conservation to divert the sludge from a landfill.
   'Everyone gave it (the permit) with much humor, because this is basically garbage,' Juczak said. 'You know -- 'Oh, my gosh! He's living in a house made of trash!…'"
Full article: http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2008/10/king_of_scrounge_north_country.html
From Lew Lewandowski, at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Shelter-Publications-Inc/91849471589

Sculpture in Berkeley Window Last Friday

Placard says:
"Alana Chlarson -- 'Cry Baby' feels the effect of the economy.
Ceramic, underglaze, acrylic paint."

CatMan Roams Mill Valley Side Street

This afternoon. New to me.The artist is ZZ.

Early American Homestead Shacks (1907-1920)


"Personalized postcards became a fad in the early 20th century; you could get any photo printed on photo paper stock and send it in the mail. The following are postcards of homesteaders in front of their new residences in South Dakota, North Dakota, and Montana, taken between 1907 to 1920. The subjects are dressed in their finest garments; they sent the cards to family members in other parts of the country to show off their new lives.
Credit: Collection of Michael Williams/courtesy Michael Williams."
http://www.slate.com/slideshows/arts/homestead-postcards.html#all 

My Skateboard Appearance on Tomorrow's Tuesday Night News

Mike Shumann, sports anchor (among other things) on local ABC News, did a story on me skateboarding a few months ago and it's appearing tomorrow night at 6:45 on Channel 7, ABC News in San Francisco. Also at 9:50 0n Channel 13.
I spent a great few hours in Golden Gate Park with photographer Abe Mendoza on a Sunday morning, and then Mike came out and we sat in the sun and talked. He did his own filming, a Renaissance kind of newsman. Mike was a wide receiver with the 49ers in the Joe Montana days; he's the real deal.
   I get all this media attention as a skater but in reality my skills are quite minimal.  It's just that I'm so old. I'm in awe of real skateboarders, they are unbelievable (and muchly under-acknowledged) athletes --coordination, grace, guts.

Berkeley Cops Bash Poet

Excerpt from op-ed NY Times piece by Robert Haas, 11/19/2011. (Robert Hass is a professor of poetry and poetics at the University of California, Berkeley, and former poet laureate of the United States.)
"…the deputies in the cordon surged forward and, using their clubs as battering rams, began to hammer at the bodies of the line of students. It was stunning to see. They swung hard into their chests and bellies. Particularly shocking to me — it must be a generational reaction — was that they assaulted both the young men and the young women with the same indiscriminate force. If the students turned away, they pounded their ribs. If they turned further away to escape, they hit them on their spines.
   NONE of the police officers invited us to disperse or gave any warning. We couldn’t have dispersed if we’d wanted to because the crowd behind us was pushing forward to see what was going on. The descriptor for what I tried to do is “remonstrate.” I screamed at the deputy who had knocked down my wife, “You just knocked down my wife, for Christ’s sake!” A couple of students had pushed forward in the excitement and the deputies grabbed them, pulled them to the ground and cudgeled them, raising the clubs above their heads and swinging. The line surged. I got whacked hard in the ribs twice and once across the forearm. Some of the deputies used their truncheons as bars and seemed to be trying to use minimum force to get people to move.…"
Photo by Ben Margot, Asociated Press
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/20/opinion/sunday/at-occupy-berkeley-beat-poets-has-new-meaning.html?_r=3&pagewanted=all

A New Day Here for Me and Shelter

I slept most of the weekend. Getting back from the Green Festival marked a turning point por moi. I was exhausted. The end of 2-year's work on the tiny homes book. The last 4-5 months pedal-to-metal to get it done. I've been neglecting the physical for the mental (if you call it that). I haven't been doing my homesteading chores and worse, have neglected what Plato termed the "gymnastic." I haven't balanced out Mac work with physical exertion.
The three trips I made this month all had to do with the book. Selling foreign rights in Frankfurt, overseeing printing in Hong Kong, and early display at the San Francisco Green Festival. Whew! I have the image of bulldogging a steer, staying with it until it's grounded. A bit hard to realize it's done. Still a big promo campaign to wage, but the stress is gone, thank the lord. Jim Morrison said something like, when you finish making a record, you're released to work on the next one. True that.
I've got a lot of the local world to explore now -- beaches, woods, trails, roads, lakes. I went down to the beach last week and was stunned by the beauty. It was so deep and meaningful. We are told how fucked up the world is every day, yet my heart was bursting with joy. I felt so privileged, and all it took was a mile or so walk. ( I realize that I repeat the same thing more or less frequently, but goshdarnit, the wild world just reaches out and grabs me again and again.)

Plato's "music:" Boz Scaggs on radio doing Lend me A Dime hits just the right note this sunny/cloudy cool coastal day. A new week, a new year.

Tiny Home on Wheels

From http://tinyhouseblog.com/

Stacy Buys A Tiny House

Stacy "…felt like it was time to draw a line in the sand and make some important decisions about her future and her security. She went on Craigslist, found a room available in an apartment close to her work where she could walk, and split living expenses with her roommates. She sold her car, bought a bicycle and cut her expenses down as much as possible. She paid down her remaining student loans and credit card bills. Once those were paid off she began looking at her long-term housing options that would allow her to live life without being married to a job. A friend told her about a really cool website called Tiny House Blog that features lots of cool, inexpensive homes and ideas about living simple. She decided this was the approach she wanted to take. Now that her debt was eliminated from cutting her lifestyle back, she could throw more money at her savings to purchase a tiny house. Sure enough, faster forward a couple years and she was fired from her job. Her company was feeling the cutbacks from the recession and was forced to let her go. Stacy felt she had saved enough money to look for a tiny house to purchase. She went online and found one exactly right for her. She purchased it, parked it in a friend’s back yard, found a part-time job at a local market and was good to go. Even though her job was only part-time, she still managed to set money aside each month because of her extremely low monthly expenses. Now she worked less and saved more. She did this by realizing that her housing was her biggest expense, creating a plan, taking action and sticking with it.…
http://tinyhouselistings.com/tiny-houses-the-ultimate-recession-proofer/

Downhill Skateboarding at 70 MPH


Dalua Downhill - Episode 4 Teutonia (English Version) from Zeppelin Filmes on Vimeo.

http://daluadownhill.com
From Kevin Kelly

Adam's Outdoor Bathtub in Berkeley

Outdoor bathing for a Berkeley tiny home:

25 foot long art car inspired by the submarine from 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea.

http://laughingsquid.com/the-nautilus-aperture-door/

Danny Strasser: Downhill Skateboarding in the Bobtrack Altenberg

"Full runs":


From Evan Kahn

Krugman Says Supercommittee Failure Will Be Good

Great op-ed column today's NYTimes by Paul Krugman:
"…In Democrat-world, up is up and down is down. Raising taxes increases revenue, and cutting spending while the economy is still depressed reduces employment. But in Republican-world, down is up. The way to increase revenue is to cut taxes on corporations and the wealthy, and slashing government spending is a job-creation strategy. Try getting a leading Republican to admit that the Bush tax cuts increased the deficit or that sharp cuts in government spending (except on the military) would hurt the economic recovery.
   Moreover, the parties have sharply different views of what constitutes economic justice.
   Democrats see social insurance programs, from Social Security to food stamps, as serving the moral imperative of providing basic security to our fellow citizens and helping those in need.
   Republicans have a totally different view. They may soft-pedal that view in public — in last year’s elections, they even managed to pose as defenders of Medicare — but, in private, they view the welfare state as immoral, a matter of forcing citizens at gunpoint to hand their money over to other people. By creating Social Security, declared Rick Perry in his book “Fed Up!”, F.D.R. was “violently tossing aside any respect for our founding principles.” Does anyone doubt that he was speaking for many in his party?…"
Full column: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/18/opinion/krugman-failure-is-good.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=failure%20is%20good&st=cse

Shantyboat Living

http://shantyboatliving.com/2011/defining-shantyboat-lifestyles/
From Lew Lewandowski

Crab Season Open With Bang

The crab fishermen don't know what's going to happen each year, until they pull in their first pots. The sport season is open and things are looking good. Our friend Billy is holding this not-so-gentle giant and doesn't this guy have poisson-ality? He's pissed. (I was waiting for an action shot if he managed to grab Billy's finger.)
It's been a good year for fish around here. Amazing, what with the state of the world…

More on Kindle Fire

Rick Gordon found this very comprehensive article. (We ordered a Fire yesterday -- for one thing, to become familiar with it in order to see which of our books might work on it.)
"…The Fire is a marvelous device. And Apple and Amazon couldn’t have created a more complementary pair of tablets if they’d colluded on it. Want a tablet that does everything, and which does books exceptionally well? Buy an iPad. Want something more compact, and you’re not terribly interested in much more than content consumption? The Fire is aces. I feel as if every potential tablet consumer will recognize themselves in one of those two descriptions.…"
http://www.suntimes.com/technology/ihnatko/8816567-452/review-kindle-fire-is-no-ipad-killer-but-it-is-a-killer-device.html

Intimate Spaces of Renowned Artisans

DeDuva has left a new comment on your post: "San Francisco Streets Last Sunday"
Thought you might like this Lloyd...
"Artists' Handmade Houses, published by Abrams with text written by Michael Gotkin and photography by Don Freeman, is a collection of handcrafted homes constructed between the late-19th century and mid 20-th century by the finest artists and craftsmen in America. Don Freeman captures the intimacy of these homes and the attention paid to every minute detail, from door knobs to stairwells to the structure of the house itself. The photographs in this book record exactly how the artists left the spaces when they dies or moved away. Some of the homes featured have been awarded National Historic Landmark status and several are open to the public, while some have fallen into disrepair or are in the hands of new owners.…
http://www.pdnphotooftheday.com/2011/06/9838
Posted by DeDuva to Lloyd’s Blog at November 17, 2011 10:00 AM
(My cousin Mike Kahn's sculptural village in Arizona, called "Eliphante," is the last chapter of this book.)

San Francisco Streets Last Sunday


Great Brick Building in Mission District, San Francisco

This a collage of 3 shots, so warped a bit. But you get the idea.

On the beach an hour ago



On the radio now: Found Love by Jimmy Reed

Tiny House Moved With Tractor

dear Lloyd
Your books have been a real inspiration to me and I can't wait for the next one. Thought you might find my own tiny house project kinda interesting. Here is a link to my blog:
http://pristinefarmexperience.wordpress.com/2011/11/09/little-house-big-project/

Tyler

NY Times knocks Amazon Fire

David Pogue, in a comprehensive New York Times article two days ago, reviewed all the Amazon tablets and, while recognizing the just-about irresistiblity of using Amazon, has these things to say about the Fire:"…It’s a chunky-thick, seven-inch, shiny black tablet. It’s actually running Android, the Google software that powers a lot of cellphones and other companies’ tablets, but you’d never guess it. Amazon has plastered over the Google design until not a speck of it is left showing.…
 … the Fire is not nearly as versatile as a real tablet. It is designed almost exclusively for consuming stuff, particularly material you buy from Amazon, like books, newspapers and video. It has no camera, microphone, GPS function, Bluetooth or memory-card slot. There is a serviceable e-mail program, but no built-in calendar or note pad.

Warren Buffet: "I could end the deficit in 5 minutes…"

From: http://occupywallst.org/forum/warren-buffets-solution/
Warrren Buffett, in a recent interview with CNBC, offers one of the best quotes about the debt ceiling:
"I could end the deficit in 5 minutes," he told CNBC. "You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election. The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3 months & 8 days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people demanded it. That was in 1971...before computers, e-mail, cell phones, etc. Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took 1 year or less to become the law of the land...all because of public pressure.…"

Steve Jobs in 1996: The Parable of the Stones

"Steve Jobs really turned on the charm for Robert X. Cringely in the newly rediscovered 70 minute interview shot for Cringely's 1996 PBS special "Triumph of the Nerds" and being prepared, in unedited form, for theatrical release next week.
My favorite part part is when Jobs answers the question "What's important to you in the development of a product?" with a dig at John Sculley's Apple (AAPL) and a parable about a can of rocks":
http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2011/11/11/steve-jobs-the-parable-of-the-stones/
From Rick Gordon

Tiny Log Cabin in the Adirondacks

Hi Lloyd,
Love your blog! I've been checking in daily for some time now. Anyway, I ran across these photos of the construction of a little log cabin on the grounds of the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, NY. Fascinating to see how each log is notched and all.  Have a great weekend.
-Kathy
 Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage - to move in the opposite direction. - E.F. Schumacher

http://is.gd/tinylog


Tiny Houses Built From Hollowed Out Logs in 1800s

From the Tiny House Blog, worth checking often for anyone interested in the subjext:
"Zol Fox emailed me an interesting article showing some of the logging history of the Northwest and included in the email a couple of pictures of tiny houses built from hollowed out logs.
The size of the trees that were taken down in the Northwest 150 years ago is something impressive. We are not likely to see anything like this in this area ever again. Below I’ve shared a few of those photographs." http://tinyhouseblog.com/tiny-house/tiny-houses-of-the-historic-northwest/

Viking Barn in Sweden

Reconstructed Viking farm in Ale near Göteborg, Swedenhttp://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fil:Viking_house_Ale_Sweden.jpg

Isetta Mini Car Pulling Euro Teardrop Trailer

Great photos of unusual trailers at thesam1984_1's photostream: http://is.gd/minicartrailer

Greenough Surfboats

George Greenough, the ultimate Waterman, who was the first photographer to get inside a curl with movie camera (on kneeboard), designed a series of super little fast surfer-friendly boats. Anyone know of one for sale?

Camera Talk

(This only  for camera nuts. Others won't be interested.) Can we talk?
My first was a Kodak Baby Brownie at age 12. First photo was of Puddles the hippopotamus at the SF Zoo. Next camera, from Uncle Walter, who had an Oakland camera shop, a Rolleicord (not Rollieflex), shot pix on 3-month Lambretta motor scooter trip through Europe. Next when I was in the Air Force in Germany ('58-'60), the secret service guys on our base let me use a little Leica fixed lens (35 mm I believe); the b&w's I shot with it are so luminous. I was in charge of the base photo lab, so learned the techniques and developed and printed b&w for maybe 8 years.
Then in the '60s a Nikon and Nikkormat (one with TRI-X, other with color slide film), both with fixed 50 or so mm lens -- the photographer had to zoom by moving back and forth. Traveling in US, Canada, shooting pix for Shelter. Shot '65 Bob Dylan concert Providence RI from stageside, Tri-X, some of my best photos ever.
Then the Olympus OM1 came along, half the weight of Nikons, a wonderful system and I ended up with about 7 lenses, 2-3 bodies. That was it for many years.
Then I got my first little digital point and shoot, a-ha.!

Elvis on a Sunny Sunday Morning San Francisco

I'm at Ritual Roasters on Valencia Street. I used to totally love the place, great baristas (creme, crema), great baked goods, sunny side of street Mission district location, rockin' wi-fi (no password required, why don't more places do this I mean, c'mon…). Then it got redesigned, I didn't like as well, but this morning it seems in another incarnation. Four elegant (all tall) counter people, every one of them with something going. Creamy creme-y latte, flaky almond croissant, AND this great music, sounded like a real hot singer doing an Elvis cover, say like Lyle Lovett doing "Stand By Your Man." No, I was told, this was early Elvis. It's really pure. I just ordered a CD of "Elvis at Sun", and what looks to be a great compilation of DVD footage and CDs: http://www.amazon.com/Presley-Elvis-At-Sun-Records/dp/B003D4D2QO/ref=sr_1_1_vod_1_pur?ie=UTF8&qid=1321209228&sr=8-1

And took a chance and bought a vinyl lp (AmazonUK) titled "The Sun Years LP - Elvis Presley" for about $22 delivered. No description of it.  I'm about to look for a good turntable. I'm glad I didn't throw out my LPs. Hey, there's a quality in vinyl beyond what digital can do…duh! One of these days I'm going to write an article about all the ways that people are discovering the good in the old. Finding the right balance…

I love this city!

Junk-rigged Sailboats

Pictures of old junk-rigged sailboats:
http://junkrigassociation.org/Default.aspx?pageId=1131445

Pictures of The Junk Rig Association's members' boats:
http://junkrigassociation.org/photo_gallery

From Godfrey Stephens

San Francisco Green Festival

Here are a few shots from today:

Ford Fiesta Hybrid

Dash Hemp Clothing Co. from Santa Cruz. These are very nice shirts, washed-out colors. There are a lot of organic, green, hemp type clothing stands. Many nice natural-looking women's' clothing outfits.

Off The Grid Converted Houseboat Parked on Land in Tennessee

Kingston, Tennessee, 250 sq. ft., $19,500.
"Do you love boat life? This is a boat conversion like none other. 1968 Owens cabin cruiser restored on land. No utilites involved. Rain water is collected and used for exterior use. Nearby spring used for interior water. Solar panels, wood stove, and propane used for other sources of power. Square footage is only an estimate."
http://tinyhouselistings.com/off-the-grid-converted-houseboat-parked-on-land/

Tiny Rustic Log Cabin For Sale in Texas

Sitting here at the Green Festival, ran across this little beauty.
http://tinyhouselistings.com/small-rustic-log-cabin-for-sale/

Timber Framers, Barn Buildings, Cottages, Yurts in Pennsylvania

"M&M Timber Framing is a building and design company located in Northwestern Pennsylvania. We specialize in heavy timber beam construction. We design and construct a variety of unique buildings. Whether you are interested in residential homes, or needing barn building and repairs, or looking for a cozy cottage or cabin. We are a company that prides itself in innovative design concepts and constructing structurally sound buildings. Our approach in the building process actually reduces construction time and labor costs, which translates into cost savings for home owners.

We are seeking home owners that are looking for a building and design company that thinks outside the box. Our buildings are rustic and whimsical in design, we encourage home owners to partner with us in the design process. Many agree that the residential home market lacks creative and innovative designed homes. We ask why settle for an ordinary home, when you have an option to build a one of a kind home with us. Contact us."
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