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Dominique Houseboat in the UK

"…Dominique’s current home is located in Bath on the Kennet and Avon Canal.…The living space is 30 feet long and 6 foot 2 in width. The narrow boat was first constructed in the 1970′s but has been completely restored from scratch.
The layout is as open as possible with large windows, storage is in the form of built-in units. Each area is designed for multiple uses and can be adjusted simply by a hinge or slide of slats.…
http://tinyhouseblog.com/page/2/

Running Away From Home in an Airstream


"1974 Overlander: After 3 years of dreaming about buying an Airstream trailer, we found and purchased one on September 22, 2008. Initially we thought it would be parked in the back yard, used as a reiki studio… somehow the next thing we knew we sold the house, packed up our stuff in bins and ran away from home.…"
http://airstreamdreaming.com/thedream/

NorCal Beach Graffiti #5

"Jeepers creepers, where'd you get those peepers?
Jeepers creepers, where'd you get those eyes?
Gosh all git-up, how'd you get so lit up?
Gosh all git up, how'd it get that size?…"
-Song written in 1938 by Harry Warren and Johnny Mercer

Sauerkraut and Kombucha in Berkeley

I just discovered this place. Best sauerkraut ever, (some with seaweed) Kim Chee, pickles, and — what I (who am admittedly given to superlatives) — consider the best drink I have ever ever had: a bottle of Tumeric/Ginger Kombucha ("A Naturally Fermented Herbal Soda)," bottled while we were there. This is a unique and brilliant shop I recommend to anyone in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lacto-fermentationn gets probiotic action going in your digestive system. I think their stuff is in some stores as well. Top quality. http://www.culturedpickleshop.com/

Meg and Joe's Tiny Home in Montana

http://blog.oregonlive.com/homesandgardens/2012/03/from_the_home_front_meg_and_jo.html

Frame of Mind


Frame of Mind from Steven Alan on Vimeo.

Anyone Find Substitute For Eudora With Mac Lion?

The only thing really bad about my MacBook Air is that Apple's new operating system, Lion, does not support Rosetta, which is the engine that makes the robust Eudora mail program run. I have used Eudora deeply for years and we can't find a substitute. MailForge is thus far an embarrassingly krappy mail program. Anyone solved this problem?

Old Beach Houses and Homemade Teardrop Trailer Today

Out on the Great Highway at Ocean Beach in San Francisco:




Nature Sanctuary at Findhorn Eco-village

Witty stone masonry!
From cool blog: http://frommoontomoon.blogspot.ca/

Overcast Skies, San Francisco Morning

I'm at Ritual Roasters on Valencia Street, serious baristahood + good wi-fi. BTW, Valencia between say 18th and 22nd Streets is a vital and hip part of SF these days. Just walk along these blocks and check out the cool shops and cafes.
   The City Lights event last night was great. I'm getting overflow crowds. This book has hit a nerve -- or nerves. Everyone seems to relate to it. People show it to a friend, and the friend won't give it back. I feel honored to appear at City Lights, one of the most gutty, independent, and artistic bookstores in the world.
   I'm just going to toss out some images from yesterday, all in North Beach except for the surfing:
 




Andrew Dickey: Unbelievable Trick Bike Riding

I surfed in Santa Cruz in the 50s, on long balsa wood boards, and sans rubber suits. By the 70s, surfing had evolved mightily, with warm wetsuits, lightweight polyurethane foam boards, and acrobatic maneuvers. I remember meeting one of my 50s-era surfing pals, Rod Lundquist, in the 70s, for a cup of coffee in Santa Cruz, and in talking about the new surfers, he said, "You know, if we could have looked into the future back then, and seen these guys, we would have thought it was science fiction." That's the thought I get watching Australian Andrew Dickey here.
Thanks to Kevin Kelly

390 Pound Skateboard


From Lew Lewandowski

Stormy Monday (Well, Tuesday & Wednesday)

Only 4 of my Tuesday night running friends showed up in the heavy downpour last night. They took off up the valley, and I dressed in head-to-toe rain gear, with Muck Boots, and headed for the beach. Wow! Wind felt like 40-50mph, driving rain in from the ocean. You know how raindrops might be as big in circumference as say a pea, well, these were the size of cherries. I couldn't look directly at the churning ocean, I needed swimming goggles. I was in the eye of the storm. Foam from waves was skidding along on the sand. The creek (of the estero) was pounding, sluicing out to the ocean. Good to be alive.
   I was struck by the power of the natural world. Maybe the earth IS a living entity, and these worldwide catastrophes are the planet reacting to shoddy treatment by humanoids. Whatever…
   The rain is better late than never. The soil in the woods and on the hills is moist and fragrant. Gonna be a lush Spring…
   I'm in North Beach in San Francisco right now. BB King was playing Stormy Monday as I drove in along the coast in the pre-dawn darkness.
  I'm excited to be doing a Tiny Homes slide show tonight at City Lights, a still vital and relevant independent bookstore.
 

Timber Framing/Barn Dismantling in Wisconsin

When I did a slide show at Bookshop Santa Cruz last week, I met Mike Yaker, who had come to Santa Cruz to put up a barn he had dismantled in Wisconsin. You timber framers will want to check out his wonderful website: www.woodjoiners.com.

Tiny Studio on Salt Spring Island

"DestinationOM's Studio on Saltspring Island, BC.… It happily stood up to 100km/h + winds the night before last. I built the entire studio (8' x 12') including all the entire trim/electrical and finishings for $2300. The floor and the stairs cost $1100! So the rest of the building cost $1200 - free windows, door, metal roofing and almost free bevelled cedar siding. The floor is made of birch ply with 5 coats of hi gloss varathane; the stairs were custom made by a friend on the island called www.toughtinywelder.ca.…
   -Guarang"
http://www.destinationom.com/

Sleeping Inn on Fjord in Iceland

From Kent Griswold's Tiny House Blog a few days ago. If I had to choose one tiny house blog, it'd be this one. He does one new post a day.
"This week’s Tiny House in a Landscape is called a Sleeping Inn…. the fjords of Iceland) by Trey Ratcliff from Stuck in Customs (check out this great travel photography blog - LK). I have featured Trey’s work before as he seems to appreciate tiny structures and photographs them quite frequently.
   The West Fjords of Iceland are full of adventure, wonderful scenery and beauty. With volcanic craters, lava flows, hot springs, and geysers. Also many glaciers and stunning waterfalls. A perfect place for a little sleeping inn!

Invisible Worlds Through the Microscope

"This is a cyclops, freshwater copepod. The size of the animal is about 0.5 mm. It is a female carrying eggs, close observation can reveal red dots inside the eggs, the red dots are the single eyes of the developing babies.
   The image resolution is 4200x3000, which is enough for 10x14 prints in publications and looks perfect on larger prints (like 12 x 18) on the wall. Metallic prints give better feel of the creature. Adjust crop the way you want it, however, printing on a maximum size paper with tight crop is not recommended to avoid quality reduction.
   Also consider buying small items like fridge magnets."
http://www.microworldsphotography.com/

Cowaboogie!


"Cows being released from winter housing react to being let free in a meadow"
From http://www.metafilter.com

Funky Wind Generator in Nicaragua


"Hi Lloyd -
I love reading your blog and seeing all of the inspiring photos and stories.
   My husband and I visited Little Corn Island in Nicaragua last fall and took these photos of the homemade generator at the cabin where we stayed:
   We thought you might be interested in seeing them.
   We just ordered your tiny homes book this evening. Can't wait to see it!!
   -Meghan"
http://shltr.net/windgen

Music & Notes From the Road

I have "content" up the kazoo these days. Don't know what to do with it all. I'm continuously compulsively shooting pics and making notes. I'm way backed up. I'll just toss bits and pieces out when I can. 2 weeks ago on the road I was listening to the Elvis station on Sirius radio. Are You Lonesome Tonight is a breathtakingly beautiful ballad. Next they played Elvis doing What'd I Say; never heard this version before. Same arrangement, orchestration, vocal backup as the great Ray Charles original.
  Sign at sleazy looking fundamentalist Christian church on the road near Weaverville: "His blood was poured out for your sins." Yeow! Speak for yourselves, brethren! Patti Smith said it elegantly: "Jesus died for somebody's sins but not mine…" in the intro to Gloria on Wild Horses, brilliant song, brilliant album.
  Last week in Santa Cruz I visited a friend who, like me, is, um, bald on top. When I left he said, "Keep the shiny side up."
  A comedian on Raw Dog said, "…so I took it old school."
  The Stanley Brothers: "I'll hush up my mug if you'll fill up my jug with that good ole mountain dew."

The Scale of the Universe

From Paul Wingate this morning:
The URL below was a fun ride for me. Some of the best traveling I have done in a while! Scale is so important to understanding.
  Left me a little dizzy looking at the known Universe centered on my small screen.
  Many discoveries and clarifications.
  I now know why I can not find my top Quarks - They get hidden under the bottom quarks. The neutrinos are even harder to keep track of.
  Some things don't seem right in scale, but.........
http://htwins.net/scale2/scale2.swf?bordercolor=white

Buckminster Fuller Exhibit in San Francisco

Pictured: 1913 Alfa Romeo Castagna Aerodinamica
This Thursday is the opening of The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's exhibit: "The Utopian Impulse: Buckminster Fuller." They called a few months ago, wanting to interview me on my experiences with Bucky. I told them it would be a negative interview, to wit:     1. Fuller did not invent the geodesic dome; the first geodesic dome was built in Jena, Germany in 1922, designed by Dr. Walter Bauersfeld. Fuller secured a patent in 1954, and always claimed he was the inventor. (Full story on pp. 180-81 of Shelter.)
 2. Nor did Fuller invent the tensegrity sphere or the tensegrity mast, both of which he claimed credit for. They were invented by a student of his at Black Mountain College, artist Kenneth Snelson.
 3. His Dymaxion car was obviously based on the 1913 Alfa Romeo Castagna Aerodinamica.
 4. I was an early fan, but as time passed, I became disillusioned with Fuller and pretty much all of his concepts. Don't get me started.
   So they filmed me expressing these admittedly negative views, and it apparently will be part of the exhibit, from March 31-July 29, 2012 at SFMOMA, 151 3rd St., SF. I like to accentuate the positive, but sometimes it's just not possible.

My Appearances This Week

Yesterday I spent 2 hours at the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association Spring Gathering in San Francisco. I signed and gave away 50 copies of Tiny Homes to various booksellers. It's wonderful to be in a room completely filled with book people.
   This Wednesday I'm doing a slide show/ book signing for Tiny Homes at City Lights Bookstore (7PM, Wed., March 28, 261 Columbus Ave., San Francisco).
 

Small Modular Buildings of Recycled Wood

Just sorting through my notes from the past few weeks, this is a company in Oakland, California, that designs homes, but also has a series of small buildings (144 sq. ft. and larger) featuring salvaged wood and modular construction
   "RIKYU House blends the elegance and sensitivity of traditional Japanese design with a sincere and holistic commitment to green building. Through a patented building system enabling custom design and the use of standardized parts, RIKYU House is aesthetically beautiful, environmentally conscious, and affordable."
http://www.joinerystructures.com/

House on Its Own Island in Panama

Hello Lloyd,
…I was first introduced by my husband 12 years ago to your work. One day I plan on building a home of my own with my own hands.
   Anyway, I thought you might like this picture I took a couple years ago while on vacation in Panama. We were staying in Playon Chico, this is a tiny island nearby that I think was no longer lived in when I took this. It is the most beautiful and peaceful place I've ever been, full of kind and wonderful people.
   Hope you're well, thanks for all you do,
Caitlin and Shannon