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100 years of East London style in 100 seconds

Posted by Mark Frauenfelder on BoingBoing this morning:

"To announce the grand opening of Westfield Stratford City, which will soon be “the largest urban shopping centre in Europe”, Westfield created this fun short film, 100 YEARS / STYLE / EAST LONDON. The film, directed by Jake Lunt with The Viral Factory, amazingly gives the run-down of 100 years of East London fashion, dance and music in just 100 seconds."
From Laughing Squid, great website

Steens Doing Mud Plaster Workshops in Finland, Denmark

This morning I got an email from straw bale experts Bill and Athena Steen, who are in Denmark and Finland doing clay plaster workshops. "Friland (Denmark) is a big story, a mortgage free community with lots of experimental and alternative building happening. Too much to write about, but a visit to their website will tell more: http://www.dr.dk/dr2/friland.…"

Plaster carving by Athena and workshop participants

Old house with reed roof in Feldballe, Denmark

More photos of their trip at: http://www.caneloproject.com/clay-plaster-workshop-in-denmark/#more-1545

Navajo Rugs

Years ago I wanted to do a poster on navajo rugs, and did this rough layout. Never did the poster, but it's been on the wall in the office ever since.

13th Floor Elevators - You're Gonna Miss Me

David brought up the subject of these guys and Lew dug up this rough but potent old video on this Austin band in the '60s:

(Backup is a lot like "G-L_O_R_I_A Gloria…")
It's had over 800,000 views. If you watch this full-screen it's like a liquid black and white movie -- pretty striking. Actually like a B&w light show…

More music du jour: Lucinda Williams and Dan Penn doing "Dedicated to the One I Love," and Stevie Winwood doing "Thirty Second Lover" on a kick-ass album, just out: Dedicated - Steve Cropper - Salute to the 5 Royales

Video of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates Together 2003

I'd never seen Jobs in action. Wow! Go to the link below and scroll down to 3rd video, which is of him and Gates. At the end, when asked by the moderator about the conflicts between the two of them, Jobs said: "I think of most things in life as either a Bob Dylan or Beatles song. There's one line in a Beatles song that goes, 'You and I have memories longer than the road that lies ahead…'" You could hear this collective gasp from the audience.

Video of effective sea lamprey repellant

Posted by Mark Frauenfelder on Boing Boing, Friday, Aug 26th:

Video of effective sea lamprey repellant: (made from sea lampreys!). It does the trick.

A Few Treasures Above Kitchen Sink

Left to right in front: jade seal; piece of abalone found on trail to beach Mendocino county, very old, worn down; little blue shell found in Indian shell mound nearby; abalone; native California snail shell; in back, piece of worm-eaten bark from British Columbia.

Mt Tamalpais Fire Lookout Station

Gardner Fire Lookout
"Keep your eyes open to spot the Gardner fire lookout as you approach East Peak. Its native stone at first glance blends with the rock of the peak. Use of local materials was a major feature of the 'park rustic' style of many CCC projects. You will have an excellent view of the tower from the parking lot at the base of the peak. The park Visitor Center and a wheelchair-accessible picnic area are also located by East Peak.

The 1920th built this tower between 1935 and 1936. It is still an active Marin County Fire Department lookout. As you view the sturdy stone, wood and steel tower perched on the peak, imagine hauling all the materials up either by cable or by hand. That is how the veterans of the 1920th did it. They also built a water system, including the rock pressure pump house that you can see below the peak, and ran electricity and phone lines. According to Marin County Fire Department history, '. . . equipped with electricity, hot and cold running water, and telephone, this lookout was acclaimed 'The Deluxe Lookout Station of California.'"
Thanks to Bob Gagnier

1954 Vintage Diesel Living Vehicle for Sale in West Sussex UK

Email from Richard Jones in UK yesterday:
Hi Lloyd - spotted this Gem on ebay -I'd love to own and restore it, but far to many other projects and 9 month old baby. I don't think I could give it the time it needs.
It claims true "convoy" pedigree. This is when the young of UK abandoned their ordinary lives for life on the road going from music festivals to raves in a trail of hedonistic freedom !
Unfortunately the capitalist Thatcher government didn't like free radicals. Castle Moreton Rave drew tens if not hundreds of thousands and the authorities feared loss of control.
The Convoy was smashed by the iron fist of the iron lady. The Battle of the Beanfield at stonehenge saw the police smash up buses and trucks, travellers and horses. These were peoples homes and lives violently destroyed. Not to mention beautiful rare vintage buses !
Anyway - this one survived

Tis a mighty nice truck.
Hope all is well.

Downhill Skateboarding Ballet

Beach Yesterday Afternoon

Above left, some kind of small shark I guess. Lots of small teeth.

"Tower Studio" - Small House Plans

"The Tower Studio is a small cabin with a garage on the lower level and a comfortable living unit on the second floor. A stove keeps things cozy while living above the fray. Oversee your land or enjoy a far vista from your own tower. This design could work well as a guest house or small starter."
From HousePlans.com:

Bird and Animal Skulls

Window in my office. Various birds on left. On right, from top down: raccoon. big bobcat, small bobcat, fox. I use industrial strength hydrogen peroxide to bleach bones white. Never use Clorox; it eats away the bones.

Blue Heron on Tower This Morning

Jerry Lieber (Lieber & Stoller), RIP

Jerry Lieber (at right, in photo), of the '50s songwriting team Lieber and Stoller, died Monday in Los Angeles at age 78. It's unbelievable, looking back, at the number of great songs these guys wrote: Hound Dog, Kansas City, Yakety Yak, Searchin', Poison Ivy, Smokey Joe's Cafe, Chapel of Love, Leader of the Pack, Jailhouse Rock,  Love Potion No. 9, There Goes My Baby, Ruby Baby, Loving You, Stand By Me, On Broadway, and on and on. One of my favorites is the little-known Loop-de-Loop Mambo, which was playing on the radio in LA (DJ Dick "Huggie Boy" Hugg) at 4 AM one morning in the early '50s on my first trip to LA in my roommate's Ford convertible -- have loved LA ever since. Lieber wrote the lyrics, Stoller the music. They wrote Hound Dog for Big Mama Willie May Thornton, and hated Elvis' interpretation. even though it became a mega-hit..

"Jerry was an idea machine," Stoller says in their 2009 memoir Hound Dog. "For every situation, Jerry had 20 ideas. As would-be songwriters, our interest was in black music and black music only. We wanted to write songs for black voices. When Jerry sang, he sounded black, so that gave us an advantage . . . His verbal vocabulary was all over the place – black, Jewish, theatrical, comical. He would paint pictures with words."

Heritage Salvage in Petaluma, California

"…a cornucopia of reclaimed Building Materials for your home, garden and commercial projects. Hand hewn beams and timbers, barnwood, redwood, fir, pine, hardwood, lumber, siding, flooring, slabs, mantles, planters, barn doors, gates, columns, and more.

Peruse our Salvage Boutique for unique custom wood furniture from rustic to refined – tables, benches, beds, wine racks, picture frames, shelving, mirrors and more."

1473 Petaluma Blvd. So.
Petaluma, California 94952
(707) 762-6277Tue-Fri 9am-5pm
Sat 10am-4pm
Mon by appointment only

More Woodwork by Jim Tolpin

"My most recent project: a small tool tote (for engraving tools) for my wife. Walnut sides; mahogany handle; pine bottom. No power tools used in construction. No measurements (i.e. numbers) used in the design or layout. In other words, I made it just the way an artisan would have designed and built it for the centuries up until the last one. And I enjoyed every minute of it!…"


 Click here for more shots in a Picassa web album: http://is.gd/jtolpin2

Kohl Christensen Cloudbreak julho 2011

"Rockin' at the Red Dog" Great Documentary

I can't find the comment on this blog that recommended this film, but whoever you are, I am so grateful. I've never seen a film that captured the special  spirit of San Francisco in the mid-60s as well as this one. It's hard to describe what went on in the Haight-Ashbury district from say, 1963 to 1967 (when the "Summer of Love" proved to be the death knell). It was a joyous, harmonious, sharing, open, friendly, and loving community, and the San Francisco music was unique. It wasn't London or New York or the Beatles, Stones, or Dylan; it was uniquely San Francisco, and the Red Dog Saloon in Nevada city played a key role in the music and style and spirit of the times.
If you were there, I'd hazard to say you'll love this movie. They got it right! A bunch of it was filmed in 1991, and all of these people are still together: articulate and insightful. Filmmakers and editors did a fabulous job of piecing together videos, stills and interviews. The  music! The clothing! The hair!
The Charlatans and Big Brother and the Holding Company stand up to the test of time. The latter was one of my favorite bands (before Janice came along). (Deadheads, there is no Grateful Dead music in this film.) There is one beautiful mandala-like sequence of the '60s posters,  giving you a sense of this powerful new art form. A bunch of wonderful black-and-white stills interspersed with moving footage. The reminiscing comes off well. There was joy then, boy was there, and it's adequately reflected here.
Plus the DVD is $3.99.

Music du jour: Keep on Smilin' by the Wet Willie Band/I Don't Trust You Man by Willie Big Eyes"Smith/Amsterdam Rag by Ben Prestage

Huichol Indian bead-dazzled Volkswagen Beetle in Mexico

From BoingBoing, posted by Xeni Jardin, via Rick Gordon:
"People look at a 1990s Volkswagen Beetle named "Vochol" during an exhibition on Huichol culture at the Museum of Puebla, near Mexico City August 10, 2011. The name "Vochol", was conceived from a combination of "Vocho," a popular term for Volkswagen Beetles in Mexico, and "Huichol", a Mexican indigenous group. The car was decorated by indigenous craftmen from the Huichol community living in the states of Nayarit and Jalisco, using traditional beads and fabric. According to local media, the work will be auctioned after its exhibition in Paris and Berlin next year, with funds and proceeds going to the Huichols."

Picture taken August 10, 2011. REUTERS/Imelda Mediana

Gypsy Wagon by Jim Tolpin

Jim Tolpin is a woodworker, author, and a faculty member of the Port Townsend (Washington) School of Woodworking. This is one of his gypsy wagons.

Sent us by Phil Miano

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This weekend during a lull in book production…

Mountain creek

Went off on bike yesterday in search of sunshine. It's been the foggiest summer I can remember. When I got back down to the bottom of the hill, 2 friends came along on their bikes. As we stood there, the sun came out, and we rejoiced.

On the nose


My 5 Hours in the Hospital: $32,000

About a year ago I got whacked by a log sliding down a hill. ( http://lloydkahn-ongoing.blogspot.com/2010/08/wham-bam-accident-in-woods-friday.html). Didn't knock me out, but struck my ribs and face, knocked me to ground. I drove home. The paramedics came and decided I needed to go to the hospital, so off I went in the ambulance. I wasn't worried about cost, since I had Medicare. They ran me through a battery of tests, including cat scans of my head, chest x-rays. I'd lucked out, nothing other than a slightly cracked rib and cuts and bruises. I was out of the hospital in about 5 hours.
I got the bill yesterday, over a year later: $32,368,35! (Medicare paid all but $300.)
Some of the major charges:
-Emergency room: $8,997
-Trauma level III: $12,420
-CT scans head: $6,733
-Ultrasound $1,041
A couple of thoughts from all this:
1. Medicare works, at least for those lucky enough to have it. It's a program the Tea Partiers and Republicans would never have allowed through, just as they're trying to scuttle health care for U.S. citizens.
2. Ooo-wee, are hospital costs expensive! I'm grateful for the fine quality of care, but if I didn't have insurance, I'd hold off an all this stuff unless things were dire. (Here they weren't.) No one said anything to me about the costs while I was in the hospital.
I saw a guy being rescued a few years ago out in the hills, he'd been lost all night. A helicopter came and when they EMT came down with the basket, the guy asked the price and when told $6,000, he said "No thanks," and the chopper flew off.
3. The big problem right now is not in making medical care available to citizens, but the high costs of it as it stands.

Huge Russian Sailing Ship in San Francisco

From the San Francisco Chronicle, 8/19/11:
"The Russian sailing vessel Pallada came under the Golden Gate Bridge on Friday and tied up at Pier 27 for a four-day visit. The Pallada, which is 354 feet long, is said to be the fastest large sailing ship in the world, capable of speeds up to 18 knots.…"

Cabin in Montana, Moon in Sky

Email we received Friday:
I wanted to write and say thanks to Lloyd Kahn and company for the Shelter series of books.
I just went through all of them again last night.
I never get tired of reading those books.
I attach a picture of our cabin in Montana.

Thanks for the inspiration.
Your Pal,
Jeremy Goers
AFMO Zigzag Ranger District
Mt. Hood National Forest

New River Gorge Bridge

New River Gorge Bridge, 876' above the New River, Fayette County, West Virtginia. Photo © Thomas R Fletcher. Prints for sale at: http://fineartamerica.com/featured/new-river-gorge-bridge-black-and-white-thomas-r-fletcher.html

Re: my posting quoting Maureen Dowd about Obama

I felt that the Iowa mom nailed the issue of Obama standing up to the whacko and reckless Tea Partiers. When Obama was elected, I was moved to the point of tears (during the inauguration, specifically -- see video below) and I'm  disappointed in a lot of what's happened, but think back to the president we had before this one!

I had to turn volume way up on this clip.

It's such a beautiful duet, with Bettye LaVette and Jon Bon Jovi. They way Jon (I never knew he could sing like this!) sings "…but I know-o-ee-o-o, change gonna come…" and Bettye loves it and reaches for his arm.

Godfrey Stephen's Sailboat rounding Clover Point

Godfrey Stephens and his wife Megan on the Mungo II, rounding Clover Point on Vancouver Island, BC, on their way to Lesquiti Island
Photo by Heather Jones, August 14, 2011

Montana hobbit house

"The Hobbit House, in northwest Montana, about a three-hour drive from Spokane, Wash., is a guesthouse. Number of units: one. But it is a large unit. The Web site, which the reporter studies before arriving, shows a 1,000-square-foot structure built into a hill, on a 20-acre site dotted with structures that range from small to perfect for squashing with your foot: a four-foot stump-shaped troll house, a few round-door hobbit houses with chimney pipes and several shoe-box-size fairy houses.…"

Definitely weird setup here (maybe Steve should've kept smoking pot), but I liked the photo (by Janie Osborne for The New York Times.

Article NY Times Aug 10, 2011 by Joyce Wadler: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/11/garden/the-hobbit-house-in-montana.html

Field of Dashed Dreams

From Maureen Dowd's Op Ed column in the Aug. 16 2011 issue of the New York Times:
"…After assuring Obama that she was a supporter, an Iowa mother named Emily asked the president at a town hall at the Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah what had gone wrong.
Standing in a setting that was Martha Stewart-perfect - a red barn with an American flag, surrounded by white pines, red cedars and pink zinnias - the president looked breezy in khakis and white shirt. But he seemed to tense up as Emily spoke.
"'So when you ran for office you built a tremendous amount of trust with the American people, that you seemed like someone who wouldn't move the bar on us," she said. "And it seems, especially in the last year, as if your negotiating tactics have sort of cut away at that trust by compromising some key principles that we believed in, like repealing the tax cut, not fighting harder for single-payer. Even Social Security and Medicare seemed on the line when we were dealing with the debt ceiling. So I'm just curious, moving forward, what prevents you from taking a harder negotiating stance, being that it seems that the Republicans are taking a really hard stance?…'"


Progress on Tiny Homes Book

Last week we reached a critical point with this book: all pages done and accounted for. It's the first time in over a year that I haven't had the stress of putting together more pages.

As I've mentioned before, I do layout with a small color copy machine, scissors, and removable scotch tape, I print out color contact sheets (maybe 6 to an 8-1/2 X 11" sheet of cheap Epson paper), lay them out on the layout table, then blow up or reduce on DCP-9040CN Brother copy machine.  I print out text in 2 and 3 columns. then scotch-tape the photos and text to 18" X 12" layout sheets. Some of them that look great as is go directly to MacMeister Rick, others go to nomadic artist David Wills, who adds his painterly touch in tuning up design.

I like doing the first step in a kind of old-fashined way. Maybe a bit like the sound of vinyl records. If I'm not mistaken, there's almost a movement these days to look back at pre-digital art and design and music and see what's missing. It's not that "…the old is new again," it's more that the old is being reexamined for layers of richness that get filtered out in the bits and bytes process. Anyway, I start by hand.

I'm still shuffling pages, like a deck of cards. It's assuming its own form, its own order. Pretty exciting for me, after all this time. In fact all of us are looking at this evolving book. Pretty unique!

Roadside firewood and pool in mountain canyon

Tuesday afternoon I cleared out  the back of my truck and took off with my chainsaw. Earlier that week I'd spotted a bunch of recently-cut eucalyptus by the side of the road in Mill Valley. I enjoyed the change of pace, from the computer and office stuff to a straight-forward physical chore. A relief. It reminded me of when I quit building domes in the '70s, good riddance to all the mathematical precision and caulks and plastics, and I got a used Ford pickup truck and started scrounging for used lumber and other building materials in debris bins on the streets of San Francisco. More like it!
The wood was still there and was straight-grain euc and still wet, so easy to cut. I loaded up the truck to max, then headed home. The sun was out high up on the mountain (months of fog at beach this summer), so I parked and took off down a trail lined with manzanita bushes, the 6PM sun shining through the green leaves and red-bark branches. I got to my favorite watershed, and took off down a steep faint deer trail along the edges of the creek. Lo and behold here was a deep pool I hadn't remembered. Cold yes, but once out, all bodily systems are on GO. A high without a letdown. Made my way downstream, hopping rocks and at one point nervously traversing creek on 30-foot-long redwood log. Got down to road, ran back to truck, then on home at sunset.

Blossom of flannel bush where I dumped firewood. Going to rent my neighbor Mark's homemade splitter and will end up with maybe 2 cords of firewood for coming cold months.

Stop Coddling the Super-Rich

New York Times Op Ed By Warren E. Buffet
August 14, 2011
"…Last year my federal tax bill — the income tax I paid, as well as payroll taxes paid by me and on my behalf — was $6,938,744. That sounds like a lot of money. But what I paid was only 17.4 percent of my taxable income — and that’s actually a lower percentage than was paid by any of the other 20 people in our office. Their tax burdens ranged from 33 percent to 41 percent and averaged 36 percent.

If you make money with money, as some of my super-rich friends do, your percentage may be a bit lower than mine. But if you earn money from a job, your percentage will surely exceed mine — most likely by a lot.…"

Steve Jobs Biography Set for November Release

Excerpted from article in today's NYTimes by Nick Bolton:
"…Based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years — as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues — Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.
Simon & Schuster also said that Mr. Jobs cooperated with the book, but 'asked for no control over what was written nor even the right to read it before it was published.'”

“'He put nothing off limits. He encouraged the people he knew to speak honestly,” Simon & Schuster said in its book synopsis, saying that “his friends, foes, and colleagues provide an unvarnished view.…'”

Autumn colors on the beach

Skating the mountain at sunrise this morning

There's a 1.3-mile stretch of curvy downhill road on our mountain that's closed to cars from dawn to dusk. There's been a local tradition dating back to the '70s of kids skating it on full-moon nights. Since I can't skate as well as the kids (can't slow down enough on steep parts to avoid getting out of control), I use a Carveboard, a very large skateboard with pneumatic tires and a deck that tilts way over so that you can carve deep corners and slow down. I've done it before, but not for a few years.
Fall seemed to arrive yesterday, after months of fog, and skies were clear all day long. I got up at 4:30 and drove to the bottom of the hill. I tied a rope around the Carveboard and towed it up like a dog on a leash. The moon was one day past full (left of center in pic above), and going down over the ocean, as dawn lit up the hills. There was a cottony blanket of fog over the ocean and San Francisco. At one place the side of the road looked like it was painted a vivid yellow. I took off and immediately wondered why I don't do this more often. It doesn't cost anything. It's just right here and available all the time, like the mountain trails and waterfalls and the beach.  Towards the bottom, a car was coming up and I was, um, on the wrong side of the road, but all was well.
I may get my GoPro camera more securely attached to my helmet and do it again tomorrow. Fun!

Ocean-going canoes from Polynesia in our waters

Several weeks ago I published a photo I shot of a large sailboat anchored here in our bay. I'd heard it was from New Zealand. More recently I found out that this was one of a fleet of 7 vakas moanas, or ocean-going canoes, each boat with a crew of about a dozen sailors from Samoa, New Zealand, Tahiti, Fiji and other Polynesian islands. They're making a film called "Our Blue Canoe," to alert people to the pollution that is threatening our oceans. No fossil fuels; their only propulsion is the wind and a small amount of power for engines from solar panels. They are using celestial navigation.

"Okeanos – Foundation for the Sea have rebuilt seven ocean-voyaging vaka moanas, together with the help and expertise of the Polynesian people. The design of our vakas use a fusion of both traditional and modern methods and materials. We followed our ancestor’s design, but incorporated more sustainable materials to lessen the impact on our environment. Fibreglass hulls replace timbre to protect our forests and we’ve added eight solar panels on the back of each vaka to power our engines. Natural gas is the only fossil fuel used, which is employed solely for cooking. Like our ancestors before us, we use no running water. Voyaging on our vaka, we are continuing to revive our ancient Polynesian cultural traditions while exercising respectful stewardship of our ocean."

Two days ago the4y left San Francisco, heading south along the coast.
Photo © Rui Camilo

Food preparation around here

My own food chores came to a head last night. I was making up a brine for smoking this salmon, and toasting nori seaweed (200 degrees in oven, which didn't make it taste any better -- got to figure this out, it's such nutritious (and free) stuff), when we discovered that our rooster, which had killed one of his own baby chicks the day before, had wounded 2 of the remaining 3. This is the loudest, most aggressive rooster we've ever had, and this was over the line. He is now headless, cleaned and plucked and headed for stew thus weekend. And boy is it quiet around here.

I made sourdough oat flour and cattail pollen pancakes last week. Ground the oat groats into flour just before mixing it up. The pollen is a deep yellow. Buttermilk, a little baking soda (interacts with acidity of b'milk), eggs, a little sugar, no oil.

Just made my first batch of sauerkraut. Simple, just salt and cabbage in a glazed crock with a waterseal; the lactic acid in sauerkraut is supposed to do wonders for health.

Salmon is now smoking in my Little Chief electric smoker with alder and hickory chips. Will vacuum seal and freeze when done.

Make bench out of pallets

Small sustainable community in UK

Email from Richard Jones:

Hi Lloyd hope all is well and tiny homes is shaping up.

Thought you might enjoy this article in the Observer newspaper at the weekend.
I had never heard of this legendary bus trip. The magic bus going overland to India was the only legend to reach my consciousness.

My reality changes this summer. I was supposed to be taking a group of delinquent kids for a canoe expedition in Sweden. But it all fell through a few days before. So we did the annual pilgrimage to Avebury - Stone Henge's older sister (less police, a pub in the middle and an old drove track to camp in) We do this pilgrimage by bicycle as its far easier to dodge the police road blocks and get around the vast site.
Every year more and more…camping areas get shut down. My faith was restored when we headed up to the Sanctuary - the end of the Ridgeway - the oldest road in Europe. There was the remains of the convoy - the free radicals. the horsedrawn, bus and van dwellers - Hooray they still existed! My heart was warmed there was still life on the roads. still hope and freedom.

Slash and Burn as the New Normal: Feral Capitalism Hits the Streets/Counterpunch

Excerpts from article by David Harvey on Counterpunch, responding to media reports of the riots in London:

"...But the problem is that we live in a society where capitalism itself has become rampantly feral. Feral politicians cheat on their expenses, feral bankers plunder the public purse for all its worth, CEOs, hedge fund operators and private equity geniuses loot the world of wealth, telephone and credit card companies load mysterious charges on everyone's bills, shopkeepers price gouge, and, at the drop of a hat swindlers and scam artists get to practice three-card monte right up into the highest echelons of the corporate and political world....

Spanish girl downhill skateboarders

Hey hey hey!

Etta James: You can leave your hat on

Talk about covers, this is a wicked take on the Randy Newman son. She's backed by the excellent Roots Band at the House of Blues in LA in 2001. She is so bad! I can think of another instance where she took a macho male song and turned it on its ear, a woman talking sexy to a man: "Work with me Henry," years ago, cover of the classic, "Work with me Annie," by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters.  She's a powerhouse.

I was listening to Etta one time when I realized that great singers (like her, Otis, Sam Cook, Aretha, Al Green, etc.) always do exactly the right thing. There are many choices to make for a singer, and the tempo, timing, inflection, ad libs, etc. are always perfect. Zing! Right in there. I heard Howlin' Wolf earlier today and it sounded so powerful -- 50 years later. I'm afraid I'm going back and back in time in my musical tastes of late. Where is the equal of Muddy Waters in this day and age?

San Franciso apartment rent rises as vacancy rates fall

Article in 11 Aug 2011 San Francisco Chronicle by Carolyn Said:
"Apartment hunting in San Francisco has turned into a competitive sport with hopeful renters swarming open houses and experiencing more rejections than contestants on "Survivor."

"You have to pounce as soon as you see an ad you like," said Chris Covert, a manager at Symantec who was among 18 people vying for a $1,395 Nob Hill studio last week. "It's definitely nuts.…"

"…vacancy rates are falling and rents are rising in the city. RealFacts says that the average monthly asking price in San Francisco for studio apartments in complexes with at least 50 units hit $1,801 this year, up 13 percent from $1,595 a year ago. Across apartment units of all sizes, landlords at these big complexes are now asking for an average of $2,361 a month, up 5 percent from a year ago.…"

Nice stone masonry/Buddhist seedlings

Top: nice stone work in Mill Valley. It's starting to look like Fall. Above: seedlings with Buddha front and center at Zen Center garden at Green Gulch Farm, Calif.