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Running in A Cocoon of Fog

Last night I went for a run along the coast. It was misty in the lowlands, but as I got up to maybe 500 ft. elevation, there was a thick fog. Pretty soon I could only see 10' in front of me on the fire trail road. There was a chorus of fog horns, all different notes. It was like moving through the clouds, like a fuzzy-edged cocoon of light from my headlamp. An hour later, back down to sea level and the pub, a pint of Anchor Steam porter, warmth and good fellowship on a misty night.

This and That on a Tuesday Morning

Lightweight tent: Nemo Obi Elite 1P, reviewed by Kevin Kelly on Cool Tools, this is an ultra-light, elegantly designed, one-person tent. I think it's a breakthrough design.
Lightweight rain gear: 02 Hooded Rain jacket. Another item I discovered as a result of a recent backpack trip (with outdated gear), also on Cool Tools (here). V. light, waterproof, highly compressible, cheap. I got pants as well.
Sanuk Sidewalk Surfers - "Vagabond" They don't look like much, but these are the most comfortable shoes I've ever had. A few months ago my son Will and I were visiting old surfing friend Richard Novak and longboard maestro Wingnut at Rich's office in Santa Cruz, and all four of us had on the same shoes.
iPhone 5: OMG! Just incredible. Seri alone (which people seem to bitch about): I can say "nearest gas station," or "nearest pizza," and lo and behold, there are lists in order of proximity. Camera functions are fabulous: clear videos, panoramic mode. Haven't even begun to explore possibilities, which seem endless. I want to get more up to speed on a smart phone, because that's the way the (young) world is going, and important for me to understand as a communicator. Also thinking about shooting photos on phone and blogging on the spot. I'll be such a modern guy.

NorCal Beach Graffiti #6

Lucinda Williams, Steve Cropper: When I Get Like This


Scroll down, click on song.

Random House + Penguin: What the Merger Means for Publishers, Authors, Readers

"…For the midsize and small presses, a merger like this only widens the gap, and puts smaller houses in the unenviable position of competing with a behemoth in the way a tiny e-commerce platform competes with Amazon.
   The silver lining: Big corporations market to the masses, and can at times leave niche opportunities untouched and emerging markets unnoticed. Small publishers -- and indie authors -- can capitalize on the fissures created beneath the immense weight of a mega-corporation.…"
By Jason Allen Ashlock, PBS Mediashift, October 29, 2012: here.

Tiny Home on 10 Acres, Washington, $69K

For…" those seeking privacy in a truly amazing setting. This custom built one story with loft is just under 500sq ft. The cabin sits on 10.6 fenced acres with a one acre horse corral. Property has other potential building sites all with pristine views of Lake Chelan, Cascade Mts, the Columbia River and Canada.…" Note: no water development on property

Small Home on Oregon Island With Living Roof

"A tiny house big on style, mighty where it counts. A small footprint, big use of re-use. Reclaiming, recycling, reinventing but definitely not rehashing. Fresh green design capped off with the freshest of new roofs, moss and green ferns.…" http://shltr.net/QTh0Rj Photos: Lincoln Barbour

Gimme Gimme Gimme the Honky Tonk Blues…

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Música de Semana":
Salut Lloyd,
Last thursday in Paris, the Stones played a secret show at La Trabendo club - it was a short warm-up before their anniversary concert in London. Only 700 tickets were put on sale, price: 15 euros (19 dollars US). Some views here.
   French magazine ''Les Inrocks'' puts on-line 10 ''chansons oubliées'' (forgotten songs): here. Great versions of Country Honk and High Heel Sneakers…

I guess we should be glad they're still alive, but Mick sure looks weird in the cut from Paris. On the other hand, some absolute gems courtesy of "Les Inrocks." Jeez, they hold up well.
Early version of Sneakers that I'd nver heard. Crude and perfect.

Art Studio in Scottish Highlands

Hello there, greetings from the Highlands of Scotland - I have been meaning to write for the longest time - As an owner of a W.Cooper iron building and an original battered copy of An Illustrated Catalogue Of Goods Manufactured And Supplied By W.Cooper I was deelighted to find a 'kindred spirit' who appreciates these simple, beautiful, functional structures. (AND the amazing printed catalogues....) We also once built and lived in a turf roofed dome, and spent 18 months living in a yurt...but that is another story! We now live in an old croft house (much more practical...) in the far north of Scotland (Nedd--yes Nedd!)) in Assynt) and run an open art studio from a gypsy caravan. There are some interesting buildings in the Highlands....Many thanks for your books, your inspiration, and for being a totaly decent bloke! kindest reagards, Sara Garnett. www.albaartstudio.wordpress.com.

A Simple Fix for Farming

"IT’S becoming clear that we can grow all the food we need, and profitably, with far fewer chemicals. And I’m not talking about imposing some utopian vision of small organic farms on the world. Conventional agriculture can shed much of its chemical use — if it wants to.
   This was hammered home once again in what may be the most important agricultural study this year, although it has been largely ignored by the media, two of the leading science journals and even one of the study’s sponsors, the often hapless Department of Agriculture.…" Article by Mark Bittman, New York Times, Oct. 21, 2012

Small Cob House in Northern Spain

Hi there, I have seen your book on small houses and thought it was extremely nice... In case you're planning a follow up, here's a link to the website for our building project here in northern Spain: www.abrazohouse.org We started off with a genuinely small cob house, Snail Cabin, 15 round metres (later expanded to about 45) - 4 of us were living there for about 3 years. Now we've moved into a bigger house, but the small one is still there as a guest house.
All the best,

Bob Marley Appears on NorCal Beach

Gentleman who'd been drinking was sitting nearby, said, "Thas Obama with dreads."

Adventures in Working With Wood

"I've followed your stream of fantastic information…for quite a few years, monthly I seem to find something that really speaks to me on those pages.  I own most of your books from Shelter Publications and am particularly inspired by "Builders of the Pacific Coast."I believe a sequel to that book, if time and material permits, would be well received. I wanted to email you to say thanks and share some of the projects I've been involved with in the last few years here, at the website here. Much of my work from the last few years is in the portfolio section. I think you may enjoy, "Working with a Master," "Extended Point," and "Stevens Point IFTB,"  Thanks for your enthusiasm in the field of handmade construction and keep up the fine work. -Adam Valesano"

64-year-old Skateboarder

October 19, 2012
Lloyd, I took up longboarding about three months ago at the age of 63 (I'm 64 now). Thanks for the inspiration, since you're even older than me! And still longboarding. I too use a Big Stick. And also have taken some falls, but not since I went Big Stick. Here in Oregon we've got acorns and other woody stuff that falls on trails. I just got a 60" bamboo Norgeboard that seems more steady over such obstacles. I also blog about my adventures in longbording. See my "skateboarding" category: http://hinessight.blogs.com/hinessight/skateboarding/

Great Site For Off-road Rigs

From Mike W.:
"…go over to the Expedition Portal site…they have a forum dedicated just to Mitsu trucks…also a for sale section for all expo vehicles…great build threads throughout on many different rigs…"

Deek Tours Tiny Seattle Shipping Container House

Details: http://blog.makezine.com/2012/10/18/tiny-yellow-house-tours-the-surf-shack-container-house-plus-a-giveaway/

4-foot-wide 3-story House in Warsaw

Narrow house opening as art work in Warsaw/MONIKA SCISLOWSKA, Associated Press/October 19, 2012.
"Workers adjust a gate in front of one of the world’s narrowest houses, in Warsaw, Poland, Friday, Oct. 19, 2012. The two-level “Keret’s House” is no wider than 122 centimeters (48.03 inches) and was fitted into tiny space puzzlingly left between a pre-war house and a modern apartment block of the 1960s in downtown Warsaw. It is named after Etgar Keret, an Israeli writer of Polish roots who will be the first inhabitant of this artistic project of aluminum and polycarbonate. Photo: Alik Keplicz / AP"
NY Times article here.

Small Cob House in Northern Spain

Spotted Tussock Moth Caterpillar

This guy was ambling across the bricks yesterday. It turns into a very plain moth, with subtle colors. None of this pizzazz in the flying version.

From Large Condo to Small Home

This is really a nice home and story, of Melissa moving out of a large condo into a 500 sq.ft. home that had belonged to her grandparents.

Melissa’s Small House by Kent Griswold on October 19th, 2012, on Tiny House Blog

Andre Muniz Gonzaga’s Unusual Painted Rocks


Blues, Nomadics, TV, Politics, Reggae on A Sunday Afternoon

Boy have I been in a funk. Partly due to a banged-up shoulder, partly the hot dry weird windy weather, partly lack of exercise, partly too much time on road. Takes me days to catch up upon return. I'm stayin  home a whiles.
  Weather shifted dramatically this morning. Way cooler, clouds in sky, feeling of vibrancy about. Along with 2 tiny cups of crema Malabar Gold monsoon espresso, and a great blues selection by Bill Wax on Sirius radio's blues station, things are lookin up. For ex., "Ax Sweet Mama," by James Luther Dickinson.
Tiny Homes on the Move: Wheels & Water is rolling (and floating), about 40 pages laid out. Each book we do is like setting sail for an unknown destination. Here we're out in the ocean, wind in sails, charting course as we go. Exciting!
Google Do I love it! I can find just about anything. For example, at times I'll get a Goole Alert to an article I'm interested in; if the link doesn't go anywhere, I can type in a sentence quoted in the article, and bingo!
TV of Late
Treme Great episode last week, lots of good music (by previously obscure authentic New Orleans musicians), wonderful scene between La Donna and the Chief (who was Lester in The Wire), exquisite acting (and communication and humor) between two powerful people.
Boardwalk Empire I'm back into it. Gave up on it last season, but it's now in a really good mode. Nucky more human; costumes, era (prohibition—1920s-30s) impeccably portrayed.
Bill Maher The closer the election gets, the more relevant Bill is. Last night the most contentious panel ever, but with great appearances by Gary Hirshberg of Storyfield Farm with totally convincing reasons to vote yes on requiring GMO labeling, and Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone telling politics like it is.

The Romney/Ryan Tax Plan


City Lights Podcast of Lloyd's Tiny Homes Talk

Dear Friends,
Greetings from City Lights! We wanted to let you know that a recording of Lloyd Kahn's event at City Lights Bookstore on March 28th is up at http://www.citylightspodcast.com/tiny-homes-simple-shelter-by-lloyd-kahn/ as part of our Live! From City Lights podcast series. A podcast of readings and archives from City Lights Books & Publishers, Live! From City Lights gets shared across our social networks, to our 22,200+ @CityLightsBooks followers on Twitter, and 14,800+ fans on Facebook.…
Tiffany Jimenez
City Lights Publishers
San Francisco, CA 94133

Música de Semana

Lennon/Stones I saw 2 documentaries on TV this last week. One was "Imagine," which I thought was a really good documentary about John Lennon; it was put together in 1988. It made me miss John. The other was the 1982 Stones concert film directed by Hal Ashby in 1982, and I thought it basically stunk. This from a long-time Stones fan. It looked to me like a bad time in their musical lives. Mick's prancing not just weird, but creepy. It looked like everyone was coke- or speed-fueled.
The Wrecking Crew My musician son Will got me a ticket to a screening in a few weeks in San Francisco of the 2008 documentary, The Wrecking Crew. They were a mostly unheralded group of musicians who played backing for the Beach Boys, Sonny & Cher, the Mamas and Papas, and were Phil Spector's Wall of Sound. It's hard to see this, as it's never been released (I think they can't get funding to pay for copyright permissions for all the songs) and I'm excited to be able to see it.
Grooveshark I've said it before, but this is a tremendous resource for music lovers. You can play any song or any album. Not download, but play. I'm surprised by how complete it is.

Skateboard Blues - Hittin the Road Jack

Crash My skateboard falls usually occur when I'm tired, at night or in late afternoon. Tuesday night I was skating, using my Big Kahuna stick. It's like a pavement paddle, about 6' long, with a rubber stopper at one end and you use it to scoot along. WELL, I guess it was a eucalyptus pod, my board stopped and I didn't. Fell backward, landed on wrist and elbow on pavement -- pretty intense shoulder pain. There are 2 foremost things in my mind when I fall and am lying there: First, how badly am I hurt? Second, did anyone see me? (hoping not). It's now a few days later and the shoulder is a bit better. Ah me. I ain't givin up. Not yet.
Deek Pic is of me and Deek Diedrickson, author of the unique tiny house book, Humble Homes, Simple Shacks, Cozy Cottages, Ramshackle Retreats, Funky Forts, and Whatever the Heck Else we could Squeeze in Here. Deek's not only an author, but artist , raconteur, and one of the most active guys in the tiny homes movement. We met for a beer at The Pelican Inn in Muir Beach a few weeks ago.
Music du jour: Mike Auldridge. Album: "Dobro, Blues, & Bluegrass." http://shltr.net/QuNoM8

Tiny Home With Metal Siding in Texas

"…A minimal dwelling retreat consisting of a mere 320 square feet. As a retreat for thoughtful repose, the Marfa lightbox embraces the site and landscape of the south west. Offering unique connections to the local landscape and the landscapes beyond, including the stellar and fictional."

© Candid Rogers Studio/ Chris Cooper Photography

Car Tent For Stealth City Camping

"The car tent is a tent designed to look like a car cover, so you can go camping in the city without being disturbed. And really, who doesn't go camping in the city? When you get hungry you just shoot a business man and cook him over an open flame. Delicious!" http://shltr.net/OEYL5T
From Manfred Flemme

High School Student Builds Own Tiny Home


Small, Flat-bottomed Sailboat

"It was the dream of returning to those simple pleasures that inspired thoughts of S.C.A.M.P. (Small Craft Advisor Magazine Project). That and a persistent desire to go over "there" - that place we often see but are unable to reach. It seems to happen on every cruise. Never mind that we're usually sailing the smallest boat around for miles, we always come upon some ultra-shallow lagoon or serpentine tidal stream that disappears into the reeds, trees and rushes. To get in there - to really commune with nature - a boat needs to be light, shallow and easily propelled - and preferably flat-bottomed in case we decide to stay right though the ebb." http://shltr.net/XiEEvv
Sent us by Lynne

Life Underneath the Surface

There was a piece of smoked salmon in the frig that sat there too long and went moldy. As I buried it in the compost pile, I thought about how, in a short time, the worms and microorganisms would turn it into black, fresh smelling soil. Every food scrap from our kitchen for over 40+ years has now been incorporated into garden soil.
   A few weeks ago, I buried some freeze-dried packets of food and an apple inside a paper bag in sand dunes, so that I could get to it on my hike. Just 2 days later, when I dug it up, something had chewed through the paper bag and eaten about 1/4 of the apple. I looked out over the 4-mile long sandy beach and realized that there is life beneath the surface as far as the eye could see, based on the life I found in that one square foot of sand.
   On the subject of gardens, I'm often amazed that when you plant seeds, the plants shown on the seed packet sure enough do grow. The seeds are instruction packets for the elements, telling soil, sun, air and water what to form.
   I got about 4 hours of sleep last night. I'm pretty comfortable in the back of my truck. I sleep in neighborhoods away from street lights, never at the beach or other cop-patrolled areas. It's a beautiful sunny fall day in Santa Cruz, I'm down here to go to a surprise birthday party for an old and dear friend.

Small Craft Advisor

More here.

From my seafaring pal, Canadian artist Godfrey Stephens

Charlie Musselwhite in Santa Cruz

After the reunion, which I really enjoyed, I went out to Ocean Beach and ran for an hour on the sunny sand. (October is really our best time of the year.) Fiddled around in SF until 10 or so, called my son Will in Santa Cruz (where I was heading for the next day) and asked him who was playing at Moe's Alley, one of my all time favorite clubs. "Charlie Musselwhite." Whoo! I hot pedaled it to S. Cruz and caught Charlie's last 2 numbers, which included Christo Redemptor, and Charlie and band were in fine form. Then Will and I had an beer in another tavern. It's now, ahem, 3:09 AM and I'm at Ferrell's 24-hour donut shop with wi-fi and preparing to go sleep in the back of my truck for the few hours until sunrise. I love Santa Cruz for a lot of reasons. I was conceived here. I was a beach lifeguard in the mid-50s. I surfed here when there were no wetsuits and surfing was not crowded. When I was at Stanford, I arranged my classes so I was through for the week at noon onThursday, and would ride my Harley 45 over to SC and stay until Sunday night.

Today: 60th High School Reunion in San Francis

Boy, how do I describe the last 16 or so hours? Got up at 5AM, went to Cafe Roma In San Francisco, then around noon to the 60th reunion of my class of Lowell High School, SF,1952 at the St. Francis Yacht Club. Here are a few pictures of people, and a few pages of Roz's scrapbook. In the group at the bottom, I'm at the right with my date, Bobbie Brazier, totally cute sister of my best friend, John Brazier.

Great Slide Show of Cob Houses

This has had 275,000 views.
By photographer Warren Kirilenko, Boiling Frog Productions™
www.wkphotography.ca/ www.BoilingFrogProductions.com

Memphis Slim - Sassy Mae


Finally back to work on Wheels & Water book, after two trips. Today doing 4 pages on a young woman living on (and sailing) her own sailboat. I've got about 15 or so pages lined up to lay out now. Such good stuff.

Youngest Ever Tiny Homes Book Reader

From Michael McNamara in British Columbia: "…Here's a photo of our granddaughter Bella reading her copy of Tiny Homes at her first birthday party.…"

North House Folk School

Just got their new catalog. This is an amazing school on the banks of Lake Superior, with classes on boat building, blacksmithing, basketry, sailing, building, foods and a lot more. If you (or your kids) want to learn some of the almost-forgotten skills and crafts, I recommend checking them out: http://www.northhouse.org/

Airstream Trailer For Rent Berkeley $750/month

Offered for 7 months: Full size bed Pull out couch for additional guest bed Wrap around window for great natural light Full Original Kitchen in good condition Brand new medium-sized electrical refrigerator Heat and AC BRAND NEW HARDWOOD FLOORS Full bathroom with shower, toilet and sink Tons of storage for clothes, food The trailer is in perfect living condition and requires little to no maintenance Emily - 415 994 9337
-From Abbey Phalen

Go to the post page…

Yesterday I drove to Petaluma to shoot photos at the Tin Can Tourist trailer rally. This is a group founded in 1919 and these days it's all about vintage trailers. http://www.tincantourists.com/
  I shot a bunch of homes in Petaluma and some farm buildings in the countryside, and also got photos of 3 trailers that will go in our Wheels & Water book. I'll post some photos of Petaluma homes and countryside in the next few days.

Ultralight Backpacking/Rental Tools

I recently sent Kevin Kelly some info on going light and he replied:
"The premier site is Backpacking LIght, which is a paid subscription site! Backpackinglight.com
   Also good is Brian Green's. He is very creative. http://www.briangreen.net/ http://www.briangreen.net/2012/09/roundup-of-my-posts-on-lifehackercom.html 
   But the granddaddy of ultralights is Ray Jardine. Look at his trips! Applachian Trail 7 times, Pacific Crest 3 times, Divide Trail, 3 ties, bike across America 3 times, row across ocean, ski to north pole, he's insane. He makes his own gear super lightweight gear and recommends you do the same. http://www.rayjardine.com/index.shtml"
Also, check out an excellent in-depth review of rental tools on Kevin's Cool Tools site (stump grinder $100/day, posthole digger $80/day, log splitter $100/day, etc.): http://kk.org/cooltools/archives/7072

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

Holy smokes! I just looked at the lineup (San Francisco Golden Gate Park, Oct. 5-6-7, FREE): Doug Sahm, Boz Skaggs, Ralph Stanley, Emmylou Harris, Patti Smith, Elvis Costello, Dwight Yoakam, Del McCrory, Jerry Jeff Walker, The Cowboy Junkies, lots of lesser-known but real bluegrass…
   It's going to be a crazy weekend in the city: Fleet Week, Giants playoffs, the America Cup, and the bluegrass festival. When I've gone to it, I've parked my truck out at the beach and taken my bike into the park. http://www.hardlystrictlybluegrass.com/

Back to Beach to Pick Up Surfboard

Got up at 6 this morning, got to Limantour Beach around 7 and started the 2-mile beach trek to pick up my surfboard. For how it got there (I buried it in the sand 2 weeks ago), click here and here. I put my 2-wheel surfboard carrier in a backpack so I wouldn't have to drag it after me. Here are pics of it. I had marked the spot in the lee of a north/south sand dune with 2 pieces of driftwood. Everythng was as I left it. 2 miles back to truck, enjoying many birds and a few sea lions in surf zone.

Peanut Butter by the Marathons

http://grooveshark.com/#!/s/Peanut+Butter/4bDmLY?src=5 They were known earlier as The Vibrations, earlier than that, the Jay Hawks. The same guys did The Watusi, Hang on Sloopy, and Stranded in the Jungle.

Stewart Brand on Steven Pinker's Decline of Violence

"It’s pretty rare for a psychologist to permanently change how we think about history, but Harvard’s Steven Pinker has done that with his book, The Better Angels of Our Nature. 
The tragic view of history, he proves, is wrong; it has always been wrong. A close examination of the data shows that in every millennium, century, and decade, humans have been drastically reducing violence, cruelty, and injustice---right down to the present year.  A trend that consistent is not luck; it has to be structural. Real ethical progress, Pinker found, has come from a sequence of institutions, norms, cultural practices, and mental tricks employed by whole societies to change their collective mind and behavior in a peaceful direction.
   Humanity’s great project of civilizing itself is far from complete, but Pinker’s survey of how far we have come builds confidence that the task will be completed, and he illuminates how to get there.
   "The Decline of Violence," Steven Pinker, Herbst Theater, Civic Center, San Francisco, 7pm, Monday, October 8." - Stewart Brand

Restaurants in Venice & Malibu

•Larry's on Windward, half-block from Venice Beach, 27 beers on tap, big sports TVs, good food. •Restaurant Hama on Windward, 2 blocks from beach. Super sushi place, noted for very fresh fish. •Poke-Poke,1827 Ocean-Front Walk, v. popular place Hawaiian rice/fish/wasabi etc.
•Reel Inn Fresh Fish Market & Restaurant, Hwy One near Topanga Canyon road. I mentioned this before, great seafood, draft beer, sit outside, surfer hangout.
At left: 2 fish tacos, shrimp cocktail, dark draft, $17 at Reel Inn

Olé LA

I flew to LA yesterday, the occasion being a film tonight about my college roommate, Richard Zanuck, who died unexpectedly a few months ago. It's a documentary on him, titled "Don't Say No Until I Finish Talking." It was completed just before he passed away.
  I'm staying in the Erwin Hotel in , Venice Beach, a Joie de Vivre hotel, a block from the beach and it's  warm, blue-sky LA beach weather. Totally.
   I spent yesterday roaming the boardwalk with 2 cameras. It's LA at its max. Performers, freaks, skaters, artists, babes, hunks, especially on a Sunday, it's a dizzying array of let-it-all-hang-out SoCal. Click here for photo album from yesterday.

Lessons Learned From 4-day Backpack Trip

Going off for more than a day or two with all food, water, and shelter on yr. back is a big deal, at least for me. The very idea of being independent of cars, buildings, and people is exhilarating, but also serious. No backup. I learned a lot:
Go lighter. Here are a few lightweight items I learned about for this trip: clockwise from top left: Snowpeak titanium pot, nesting cup, 4" x 5," from REI; blue propane tank and Snowpeak Gigapower tiny stove - fits in white box, 1-1/2 x 2 x 3-1/2," ignition starter; Thermarest Neolite Xlite mattress -- ultralight, comfy (buy from Zappos); lower left, Solo Stove, wood burning survival stove, the alternative to gas or propane, boils water fast with twigs. Plus Kevin Kelly says he just discovered an ultrlight stand-alone tent, which he 's going to put on Cool Tools.
More water. A lot more. Plus, I think, electrolytes.
Go slower. Afterwards I realized I was going non-stop. Over 10 hours the 1st day. I need  more down (explore) time.
Beach Camping has its own specific requirements. Tides, wind, scarcity of water
Future trips: Doing this opened up the world of walking cross-country to me. Soon I'll go from my doorstep into San Francisco. Swim across Bolinas channel (this channel I can handle!), then to the Golden Gate Bridge completely on trails, no pavement. This'll be a cinch after my trip. Maybe 6 hours. Another trip in future: hike the Lost Coast in Humboldt County…