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Tiny Houses: Getting Rid of Stuff

"I can't wait to get rid of more stuff!…"
From Hacker News here: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=6973545
From Bill Pollock

Friday Fish Fry

The Sky Ain't Cryin Big news around here is no rain, and none in sight. Dry dry dry.
The ground is cryin.
Mushrooms are hidin.
Creeks are dribblin.
Hills, usually verdant this time of year, are brownish green, oh my.
People I pass on my walks say, beautiful day, I grit my teeth and agree.
A beautiful day right now would be torrents of rain.

Foraged Firewood I rented a log splitter and Marco I split enough wood for two years in about 5 hours. Usually I pick up oak from the side of the road, but this year there was a ton of cypress and eucalyptus lying around, cut to firewood-sized logs, needing only splitting. Very few people around here get their own firewood these days; probably half the houses in these two small seaside towns are second units for city people who come infrequently. The do-it-yourself era around here ended years ago.

Killer Kayak The Hammer, made by P&H in the UK, is a new and uniquely designed ocean kayak. Check it out in the surf:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBNIKJEOBew
Note: you've got to put in a fair amount of time in order to maneuver around like this. If you live in the San Francisco area, check out the California Canoe and Kayak Co. in Jack London Square in Oakland. They must have over 100 boats in stock. If you're serious about buying a kayak and put down a $300 deposit, they will let you try out any number of kayaks over a three month period, keeping them for several days until you find the one that suits your needs.

Kindhearted Woman Blues - Robert Johnson
Kindhearted Woman Blues by Robert Johnson on Grooveshark

David Shipway's Indian Clubs

"Lloyd, I was trying to figure out what to make my son for Christmas, and saw your post on Indian Clubs. Off I went on Google....and what a discovery! If Amazon's sold out, then I'm gonna make some! I got digging in the lumber pile this morning and found some dry Douglas Fir 4x4, and had this pair of 2 pounders buffed up by mid-afternoon. The big challenge in turning these is to make the second one exactly like the first.
   I've been doing a bit of boogie with them to the shop radio , make sure there's swinging room for sure, and I feel ENERGIZED! Maybe I should read the operator's manual?
   Behind the clubs on Santa's workbench you can see a new pair of Xantho-cypress salad forks, some 90" Sitka spoon oars ready for collars, and a couple of experimental Yuloh pivots for the catboat, one Locust and one Rock Maple dipped in cuprinol. Godfrey will know what that's all about.

~david shipway
   sutil point (Cortes Island, BC)"
(David is one of the featured builders in Builders Of the Pacific Coast.)

Water, Sand, Light


Armagiddion War by Culture

Armagiddion War (John Peel Sessions) by Culture on Grooveshark
Check out the bass line.

James Kelly in Gnarly Downhill Skateboard Ride


"'James Kelly-Unbound..
After a successful, but challenging year on the downhill circuit, James Kelly comes home to ride some of his favorite hills. What's captured here is James completely unbound; a freeride session as good anything we’ve seen in years. A day away from the pressures of racing, a day to remember why he started skating, a day to let loose and just ride fast…'"

https://vimeo.com/channels/staffpicks/80317575

-Mike W"

Night Shot, Stinson Beach

It was actually quite dark. This is the work of a Sony Cybershot DSC RX100, Zeiss lens, "Handheld Twilight" setting.

Fare Thee Well, My Honey, Fare Thee Well

"'Inside Llewyn Davis': Oscar Isaac, Marcus Mumford, and the Punch Brothers perform a song from the film"
http://insidemovies.ew.com/2013/11/26/inside-llewyn-davis-clip/

Colored Ice Igloo

"Now there's a different type of tiny house!

Love your blog!!!

Jackie"

Click here.

Go to the post page…

"Hi Lloyd,
Seth here from Nelson Tiny Houses. I wanted to let you know we've started a building blog on our website. We are using it to keep people up to date on our builds, as well as share any information and tips we come across. If you have a chance, please share it with your audience. Thanks Lloyd,
Kind regards,
Seth"
Click here.

Russian Survives Freezing Weather In Tent For One Month


"Kosta has left a new comment on your post 'http://lloydkahn-ongoing.blogspot.com/2013/12/calgary-man-living-in-tipi-despite.html —Calgary man living in tipi despite freezing temper...':

Loyd see as russian survived in tent from film in minus 28 degrees on celsius nearly month http://piterhunt.ru/scripts/forum/showthread.php?t=42267
And there is continuation beside this histories in that place..."

In Russian, but pics tell story.

Grandpa Launch

I just got this email from my friend John Hulls, whose dad recently passed away. Brought tears to my eyes.
"Hi, Lloyd,
One bit of sad news, Robin, who always enjoyed his visits to W. Marin, meeting you and reading your blog, passed away. He stayed alert till the end, and rather fancied what the children's author, Phillip Pullman (The Golden Compass) did for his dad, which was to scatter his ashes by means of 4 Guy Fawkes skyrockets. Robin told me not to try it because of the huge fines in Massachusetts for illegal fireworks. However, I discovered a loophole in the model rocket laws, (private property/calculated flight plan, and stay out of controlled air space) and we scattered his ashes over his favorite sailing spot. The grandkids all got together to help build the rocket, which I modified, and you can see the results in this video. He would have been delighted to be on YouTube, too.
 - John"

Nature By Numbers


From Lew Lewandowski
(I turned off the repetitive music.)

Rocking Chair Built from Stump Of Rotted-out Cherry Tree With Hand Tools Only


From Godfrey Stevens/Steve Rankin

Tiny Apartments in Cities: Trending Concept

This is really a good video on the subject.



From Stewart Brand 

Two Videos From Deek Diedrickson


"…You see this tiny lil' place yet? I interviewed the guy for my book. So simple, and with a great locale....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uiKpXfqaTQ&feature=c4-overview&list=UUoYe2YOpqspuGAOB1Epe7GA
   AND....a tree house I just built for a client near Boston....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMkfM5ldgJo

-Deek"

New GIMME SHELTER Newsletter

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Two Great Music Documentaries

My favorite all-time music documentary is The Last Waltz, Martin Scorsese's film about The Band's last concert in San Francisco.
   Just last week I saw two very different music documentaries that I'd rate right up there along with The Last Waltz:
1. The Inside Llewyn Davis Concert Film, which took place in New York this September, songs from the movie, which is just about to open, curated by T-bone Burnett. All acoustic, an incredible and wonderful concert. Look at the lineup. It was on Showtime.
Click here.
2. Blues And The Alligator: The First Twenty Years Of Alligator Records (2011) I found this in Amazon Prime by typing in “music documentaries” in the search window. (I find a lot better music of this nature in Amazon Prime than in Netflix.) The trouble with most music documentaries is that they're heavy on the talk and light on the music. Not so here. So good. Koko Taylor, Lonnie Brooks, Hound Dog Taylor,  archival footage of Sonny boy Williamson, a charming bunch of 10-year-old kids singing the blues in a classroom…“Blues is a healing music!”, (Blues Iglauer) explains, “and as long as there’s a need to be healed, the Blues will live on.” PLUS, the photography is brilliant. Hail to Jim Downing, the creator! I just ordered the DVD.
Click here.

Old World Woodworking Tools

"Eric Hollenbeck is a master woodworker who owns and operates the Blue Ox Millworks in Eureka, CA. The Ox is a lovely short film about Hollenbeck directed by Ben Proudfoot…"
Sent by Kevin Kelly.
Also see: http://www.blueoxmill.com/ 
"Eric Hollenbeck, his family and staff welcome you to the Blue Ox Millworks, where the craftsmanship tools and techniques of the last century are utilized to produce authentic custom millwork for private homes and commercial buildings throughout the United States.  …"

11 Tiny Homes you can rent for a holiday getaway

Not all tiny homes are built from the ground up; the unique Wheel House near Kerikeri, New Zealand is actually an 85-square-foot cabin salvaged from a historic steamboat called the Minerva, and remodelled into a welcoming space with a double bed, fridge, plus other amenities that are just a short stroll away through the garden.… "
Click here.

The Longest Beard: Walking Across China

"In 2007 Christoph Rehage, a German native studying in China, came up with the grand scheme of walking back home from Beijing to Bad Nenndorf (Germany). He calls it ‘The Longest Way’.
   Christoph embarks on this mission taking a picture every day while growing a beard. And it results in a mighty kickass beard.
Although he only made it one-third of the way from Beijing to Urumqi, he went back home to get his degree, he did accomplish something extraordinary…"
Click here.
From E. L. Walker

Simply Yoav --His Yurt and Life

"Hi Lloyd I saw this and thought of you, it's a great film about a simple life with ace music.
   -Robin"

Film by Amit Schwachter
"Simply Yoav is a short documentary about a young man who lives a unique way of life.
Yoav lives in a structure called “yurt” and tries to maintain as naturalistic a life as possible.
 I followed Yoav for a few days around his home and tried to capture his 'life style' in a day.…"

Shellfish Quarantine in Tomales Bay NOW

CDPH Warns Consumers Not to Eat Sport-Harvested Bivalve Shellfish from Monterey Bay and Inner Tomales Bay  Date: 12/13/2013  Number: 13-058  Contact: Anita Gore, Heather Bourbeau (916) 440-7259  SACRAMENTO  The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is advising consumers not to eat recreationally harvested mussels, clams or whole scallops from Monterey Bay or inner Tomales Bay in Marin County. The latter includes the area between Millerton Point and Cypress Point. Dangerous levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) toxins have been detected in mussels from these regions. The naturally occurring PSP toxins can cause illness or death. Cooking does not destroy the toxin.



Red Shouldered Hawk Here This Morning


This young beauty was here this morning, terrorizing the chickens, but he can't get to them due to our completely aviary wire-protected yard.

Moral Power for Climate Action

"The climate crisis is not an environmental problem. It is a human problem. Humans have caused it and only humans can act to avert catastrophe. Yet many of us continue to live as if this crisis isn't happening. Even those who accept the science, and care a lot. The time has come to go beyond the science, to a place of heart. The time has come to tap our deepest sources of moral courage and commitment.

https://vimeo.com/80328134

Mike W"

Another Beautiful Rowboat/Dinghy -- from Puerto Rico

"Good morning!
   Seeing the photo of the beautiful rowboat this morning made me think of one I saw yesterday evening at our local watering hole, what I thought of as a dinghy with sail-a-bility as well as a rowboat. In this case, it has a Seagull engine mounted on it.
   A friend sent this additional info: 'The sailing tender was built at the Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center in Beaufort NC. Traditional wooden sailing and rowing vessels are made here by folks from around the world.'
   Looking forward to the new book!
  'Being good and kind, that will carry you through the world." ~ Alvin, gardener at Biras Creek

My blog here."
   -MJ (Island Woman)
(A great blog! - LK)

Calgary man living in tipi despite freezing temperatures


"Connor Ferster has been living in a teepee on the eastern outskirts of Calgary since Sept. 15. He made the choice to “have a better relationship with the natural world.”
Photograph: Gavin Young, Calgary Herald
Sent us by Anonymous

http://www.calgaryherald.com/Calgary+blizzard+brazen+mice+teepee+life+test/9243333/story.html
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/calgarian-living-in-a-teepee-despite-freezing-temperatures-1.2453049

Bruno Meets Louie

I got into using a Mac tje same way I started doing a blog. Reluctantly. Heels dragging. But, eventually, I got with the program(s). Now I'm head over heels in love with my MacAir sand stunned and somewhatb amazed every day by what I can do online.
With the blog, once I got it figured out, I locked into it. For a self-styled journalist and communicator -- perfect! Embarrassing, perhaps, but I t       ahink about the blog every day. I'm a slow writer, and can only get afew posts a week out about what I'm doing, so I fill in with stuff I discover out there or people turn me on to.
    Pointy of all this: the blog has taken me away from these newsletters and ZI haveb to remind myself to sendn them out (because they reach a different audience (I don't read anyone's blogs). Herewith:

Big Sale of Our Books December-January

Shameless Commerce Department
Shelter books make good Christmas presents!

Order any 2 - 4 books: 30% discount.
Order any 5 - 9 books: 40% discount.
Order any 10 or more books: 50% discount.

Ordering more than 1 copy of any book is OK.
Sale ends January 31, 2014
Click here: http://www.shelterpub.com/

BTW, Tiny Homes has had a big surge in sales in November and the first part of December.

Terrifying Hike on Steep Mountain Cliffs in China

"Redditor AdventurousHuman posted the photo of hiking China's Mount Huashan. The trail is one of the most dangerous in the world.
The trails up Mount Hua Shan involve steep staircases, vertical ascents, and a plank trail consisting of wooden platforms bolted onto the mountainside.…"
Click here.
Sent by Jack Fulton

Housetruck in Hebrew



From Mike W. This is translated from the Hebrew. I've left the text unedited.
House on wheels, free from cables
"Almost 50 animator Joseph Tayyar tired from the bustle of the city and cables property. He bought a new truck and made it with his own hands, to satisfy all needs, (including electricity and water) - and even expands a bit when it's parked. Now he dreams of building a village on wheels, the people who choose to live differently…(the idea was born in his mind four years ago. Years spent planning and construction of the house, where did it all himself. '' True, I gave up on a lot of things - books, clothes and other unnecessary things we all hamsters at home. But I gained freedom. Real freedom. Freedom of movement, that allows me to live near the beach, in the desert, in a beautiful grove or even a city. Freedom from property tax, electricity companies, cable and water corporations''
Photos: Ilan Nachum
http://tinyurl.com/nt5e256



Treating Allergies With Pills or Drops Instead of Shots

"A Stallergenes machine acts as a pollen vacuum cleaner. The pollen is used in the drug company’s immunotheraphy treatments."
Photo by Vincent Arbelet/Stallergenes

This photo caught my eye in yesterday's NYTimes.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/06/business/treating-allergies-with-pills-or-drops-instead-of-shots.html?_r=0

Miguel Elliot's Cob Gingerbread House

"Cob gingerbread House
September, 2013

This House was built out of pallets filled with straw and then covered in cob. It has LED lights running through the stained glass."
http://www.livingearthstructures.com/

Rowboat With Beautiful Lines

From Godfrey Stephens.
It's at Oak Bay, Victoria, BC, Canada

Podcast of My Talk at Commonweal on "The Half Acre Homestead"

From a few weeks ago. The 1st part is mostly about local homebuilding, gardening, and farming in our town in the '70s. Also domes, building advice, discussion of the '60s and the Whole Earth Catalog, tiny homes and more. The last part, where I show slides of maybe 100 tools, doesn't work for an audio broadcast, but we're working on a a slide show with brief voiceover that we'll post, probably in a few weeks.
http://tns.commonweal.org/podcasts/lloyd-kahn-2/

Here is a list of the tools, with links to the manufacturers: http://www.shelterpub.com/_homestead/tools.html

UK Farmer Builds $250 Hobbit House With Used Materials

"It looks like something straight out of Middle Earth – and the story behind it is almost as fantastical.

This cottage cost just £150 to build, using only natural or reclaimed materials, and is now rented out for a fee of fresh milk and cream.
   And with no mains electricity, gas or water, the bills don’t come to much either.…"
More photos and a video here.
From David Wills

A Really Nice Dome

November 15, 2013

"Hi
have you seen this?"

Ladia (Ladislav Blaha)
http://shltr.net/1kbBPGc

Insecticides in Marijuana

Organic growers have been saying this for years. One grower told me (somewhat facetiously) years ago, "People are smoking Paraquat." Now the scientists are catching up. Lesson here: know your grower.
"…On the pesticide issue, Raber said it's important to remember that smoking a marijuana bud that's been sprayed with chemicals is far different than eating a non-organic tomato. First and foremost, he said, there are no controls over what's sprayed on marijuana crops. And, while most people would rinse off a tomato before eating it, they can't wash a bud before putting it in their pipe. The body also has filters in place for things that are ingested, he said, but not for what's inhaled.
   'You don't have the first pass metabolism of the liver,” he said. “You don't have the lack of absorptivity going through the stomach or the gut lining. It's a very different equation when you're inhaling.'

Austin to Shelter Homeless in a Tiny House Village

"In Austin, Texas, a project to offer affordable housing to some 200 chronically homeless citizens is on the move. Community First! Village, which has been in the planning stages for nearly 10 years, is set to soon break ground on a 27-acre property sprinkled with tiny houses, mobile homes, teepees, refurbished RVs, a three-acre community garden, a chapel, a medical facility, a workshop, a bed and breakfast, and an Alamo Drafthouse outdoor movie theater.…"
Click here.

Food From the Sea

I'm the dunce fisherman of my family. My grandfather had a bait and tackle shop in San Francisco in the early 1900s (and made bamboo fishing rods), my dad was a fresh and salt water fisherman, my brother Bob has for years had a Double-ended Monterey, my brother Carl fished commercially for a while. And me -- I guess I just don't have the patience -- if they're not biting, I'm outta there.
 
 BUT I'm trying to increase my seafood intake. Saturday went on long beach walk with my buddy Jack Fulton, picked up some mussels (had for dinner last night). Jack shot this pic of me heading out to the mussels.
   Then last night I managed to catch 4 eels and now I'm gonna prepare them to be smoked tomorrow.
   It's, um,  possible I've said all this before -- ah, me.

Inspiration To Build in California From Shelter Books

"Hi Lloyd,
I'm writing for a couple of reasons.  First is to say thanks for all the inspiration and information.
   In 2007 a friend gave us a copy of Homework. Thus began our quest to find our own little piece of the earth to create our idealized "artist playground."  Sometimes we would lose faith and moan "Why can't it still be the 1970s so we could just go out and find an old farm that no one wants anymore. If only we had a time machine!" Along the way we picked up a copy of Shelter and then things really kicked in. Our senses of belief, freedom and possibility where bolstered and we plowed on through the seemingly endless array of realty jargon, money questions and what-the-hell-are-we-doing moments.

Camping on the Beach

Each time I do it, I don't know why I don't do it more often. Last week, coming down the coast, I parked and hiked for about 45 minutes to get to a secluded Sonoma County beach. I had a new super lightweight tent and I ended up like the Keystone Cops setting it up because I hate reading directions. It took me like a half hour to do something that should've taken four minutes.
   But it was a nice night. I roasted a local pigeon (from the freezer), and a potato and onion, both wrapped in foil, over the coals. Half a bottle of red wine. Sat around the fire for a few hours, surf crashing, no electronic devices.

Progress on Tiny Homes on the Move Book

Rick has been working over a month now on the 1000 images in the book, using Photoshop to enhance (and sometimes rescue) the photos. He's just about finished. As of a few days ago, we finished layout of the last pages. Next we've got a round of corrections, then proofreading, then printing out the entire book full size on Epson proofing paper.
   For the last week I've been fooling around with a title page showing people in the book. Here's the latest version, just finished this morning. Scissors and removable scotch tape at this stage.
    We're working on a bunch of ideas for the cover. Nothing solid yet. Subtitle: Wheels & Water.
   Target date is books in stores by May.
   We've had orders for 2100 copies of Tiny Homes this month, and the month isn't even over. Saving our bacon.

The Yurt Compound of William Coperthwaite

A sad and somewhat eery coincidence: Bill was killed in an auto accident yesterday (the day before this was posted), driving alone on slippery roads in Maine. I've known him for 40 years, stayed at his place in the Maine woods, and he visited our home last year. He was a grand man. Click here for news story.



Click here.
Sent by Lew Lewandowski

Floating Alongside a Feeding Western Grebe in the Blue Glassy Water

Late yesterday afternoon I went for a paddle. It was glassy, no surf, like Lake Tahoe. I headed out towards the reef, paddling directly into sun low on horizon. You never know with the ocean. It can be gnarly and unfriendly, or lovely and perfect. Which it was yesterday. No surfers at all.
   My paddleboard (Joe Bark 12' Surftek) just flew on the smooth water, it felt like the sun was pulling me, I had a wake. Ready to head for Hawaii. Well, not.
 
I got some seaweed at the reef, started paddling back. Up in front of me was a Western Grebe, floating. Elegant black and white head and neck. He didn't seem concerned as I got closer. Then he dove, just under the surface, completely submerged, spun around, then came up and gulped down the little fish he'd snagged.
   I got closer and closer and this dude was not concerned. I passed within a few feet of him and he just kept up swimming, diving, eating. I hung out with him for maybe 5 minutes. What a great end to the day.
   Occasionally an animal (or bird) lets me into their world. Field mice around my feet when I was 12, conversations with owls (several times), a loon that rocketed underneath my paddleboard one day, an elegant grey fox that used to show up when we barbecued, coyotes more than once with their penetrating savvy out in the hills…
   Dried out seaweed on woodstove last night, this morning turned it to rough powder in the blender, now putting on eggs, meat, potatoes. Salt + ocean flavors.
Photo: Wikipedia (no indication of photographer)

Nelson Tiny Houses in BC, Canada

These look like very well-built, tasteful tiny homes.

"…inspired by the mountains, forests, lakes and culture of this special part of southern British Columbia. As such, we view building tiny houses as a place where science meets art, where trade meets craft, where a shelter becomes a home.…"
http://www.nelsontinyhouses.com/
 

Quonset Home in British Columbia

"Was curious if any have used metal quonset buildings as residences.. Here's one in the Canadian Kootenays ( BC )…Flickr link for current photos…looks great..…

Mike W"

Cool Tools Sensational!

It's big, like the Whole Earth Catalog and Shelter (11" x 14"). That's just one of the brilliant things about this book, an analog-if-you-will version of Kevin Kelly's 10-year-old CoolTools website/blog. Cool. Tools.
   What's great about the website is getting weekly WEC-type perceptive reviews; it's embarrassing how many things I got from reading CT. A wrench, a light, a bunch of books, foldable reading glasses…It's pretty much my favorite place to visit online.
   But  having it all together (472 pages!) in color, big like this -- I'm happy as a pig in mud thumbing through it, opening to random pages, skipping back and forth, savoring the bookness. This kicks the ass of any possible electronic versions. Put down the iPads, Kindles, and smart phones, folks, and get a  Real Book!
   It's got a ton of useful, inspiring, wonderful tools;  the reviews are hip, tight, and informed.
   Disclaimer: a) Kevin is a friend, b) I've talked to him about this project on and off for years, and c) I wrote a bunch of reviews that ended up in the book.
   I need to digest it a bit before writing a review, but just wanted to tell you to get it. Trust me. It's a major cultural accomplishment.
Note: The 1st printing is sold out (in advance orders by booksellers). I'm guessing it'll hit bookstores around Thanksgiving.

Tuesday Night Moonrise After Storm, SF lights


Ah, the limitations of digital presentation.
Moonlight on water sparkling quicksilver.
I'm gonna print out these 4 pics and make a 3' long panorama.

Hmm -- might we be going into an appreciate-the-analog phase about now?
Lyrics to song here.
Shot with Sony Cybershot DSC RX100

1935 Avions Voisin C25 Aérodyne

"…The 1934 Paris show was a showcase for other groundbreaking French offerings, including the Citroën Traction Avant and the Renault Aeroprofil.
   Voisin was known for his exotic creations, but the C25 Aérodyne was the topper; it suggested the limitless artistic possibilities of automotive design, even though the extreme costs associated with bringing it to life probably helped to doom the company.
   By 1934, the handwriting was really already on the wall for Voisin’s somewhat quixotic dream of designing the world’s most perfect automobile. Chronically underfinanced — a condition worsened by the Depression — Gabriel Voisin had already let go many of his top people. He was unable to upgrade his smoky 6-cylinder sleeve-valve engines.
   But there was no scrimping on the design.Voisin’s cars employed construction methods, and lightweight materials like aluminum and magnesium, developed for use in aviation. The company used airplane-style fender struts to reduce body flex, aerodynamic wheel covers and a fastback profile with an integrated trunk.
Evolved from the C24, the new Voisin was brimming with revolutionary curiosities — a retracting sunroof, fold-down rear seats, a shortwave radio and even rudimentary turn signals.
Click here.

Crabs, Leaves and -- RAIN!

The crabs are hoppin,
Leaves are droppin,
and rain drops are starting to fall.
It looks like a monster crab season. Not only are there a lot of them, but they are both large and meaty. The sport fishermen have been hauling in limits (10 per person) for 2 weeks, and the commercial season started Friday…Leaves on trees finally dropping; we've got enough trees on our land that we have a local source for the compost pile. Nothing better than oak leaves in compost. Plus I've got a healthy population of hungry red worms transforming garbage into sweet-smelling black soil…And, after too much dry weather, we're finally getting R-A-I-N! "GENTLE ISENTROPIC LIFT SHOULD PROVIDE SLIGHTLY GREATER PRECIPITATION VALUES ALONG THE COASTAL HILLS WITH EXPECTED TOTAL PRECIPITATION ALONG THE NORTH BAY HILLS AND BIG SUR RECEIVING 1.5 TO 2.0 INCHES. THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA MAY SEE 0.25 TO 0.50 INCHES OF TOTAL PRECIPITATION…Yahoo!…The air smells sweet right now with the first drops, with the real action to start this afternoon…If I don't wimp out, I'm going to hike in the rain tonight along the coast…


Loop De Loop Mambo by The Robins on Grooveshark I have an affection for this song. The first time I went to LA, 18 years old,  in my roommate's Ford convertible, this was playing on the radio as we drove along the coast at Malibu at 5 AM. I've loved LA ever since.

Try a bigger breakfast


"When you eat a day’s worth of food really does make a difference, according to Daniela Jacubowicz, a professor at Tel Aviv University.  In a recent study, published in the journal Obesity, she randomized 93 overweight and obese women into 2 groups and followed them for 12 weeks.  Both groups ate 1400 calories a day, consuming a healthy variety of poultry, fish, egg whites, vegetables, fruits and whole grains.  The ‘breakfast group’ had 700 calories for breakfast, 500 for lunch and 200 for dinner.  A sweet treat was included as part of their breakfast, such as a small chocolate bar, to stave off cravings for the rest of the day. The ’dinner group’ had exactly the same foods in reverse order - 200 calories for breakfast, 500 for lunch and 700 for dinner.  I presume that their chocolate bar came with dinner.
   At the end of 12 weeks, the results were striking.  The ‘breakfast group’ lost an average of 19 pounds while the ‘dinner group’ lost 8.  Waist circumference decreased by 3 inches in the ‘breakfast group’ compared to 1.4  inches in the ‘dinner group.'"…
More here: http://sadjascolumns.blogspot.com/

Tiny Happy Homes

"Tiny Happy Homes is the second tiny house company launched by Joe Everson, currently best known for Tennessee Tiny Homes. Joe is moving to Denver.…
   'My parents just retired and moved into the 400 square foot tiny home in my backyard that we built for my grandma who spent her final years there. My brother and my father will keep Tennessee Tiny Homes running here with my crew while I go out west looking for adventure and to grow Tiny Happy Homes.…'”
 http://tinyhouselistings.com/tiny-happy-homes/

Monday Morning Fish Fry

Day at the beach Yesterday I walked a few miles along the coast, carrying my wetsuit, surf mat and fins in a backpack. I've had the mat for over a year and never used it. It was sunny, the ocean glassy, surf 3-4 feet, but breaking straight across. Suited up -- gotta bite the bullet sometime -- and hit the water. Two surfers out, getting creamed each time they got up…When I got out, surf had jumped to 4-6', breaking kah-wump with big thick lips…Bottom line: surfing a mat ain't as easy as I thought, or as easy as it looks. I had a hard time getting in the right place at the right time. I did get one ride, but also got pounded a couple of times. But you know, at my age, I ain't complainin, just getting in the water always generates chi…On the way back, there were these rock sculptures, hadn't been there a few hours earlier.

   Tiny Homes On The Move is moving, albeit slowly. Rick has been working over a month, doing Photoshop work on the 1,000+ photos, many of which need resuscitation; on some of these he's performing minor miracles, bringing out lacking color, depth and sharpness…I had a sort of breakthrough Friday when I cancelled a planned kayak adventure to Drake's Estero and stayed here and got the intro and credits pages done, had been putting off for weeks. Now that everything is laid out, we will spend a month or so making corrections, and coming up with a cover.
Half Acre Homestead: I'm doing a presentation on tools Friday here at Commonweal. Click here.


Pickup Truck With Custom Camper For Sale in UK

"Hi Guys,

I'm selling my handmade demountable timber truck camper cabin in the UK. It might be of interest for you to see.

It was a joy to make and own but like all things, it has to go at some point!…

Matt Hayman (Handmade Matt)"

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Custom Gypsy Wagon For Sale in Oregon -- $14K


"…the 'Ladybug' features custom antiqued copper accents on both interior and exterior, cedar interior walls with pine exterior, a real cobble wood floor hand laid piece by piece, and a hand built custom Dutch door. Ladybug can sleep two people however, it does not have a bathroom.
   This gypsy wagon, also known as a vardo wagon, is new – and was designed and built in 2013 in Salem, Oregon.…"
http://tinyhouselistings.com/gorgeous-homemade-gypsy-wagon/

My Dream Home

Louie pointed this out to me on Thursday; he pulled the truck over, somewhere south of Ft. Bragg on Highway One, pointed down, and said, "There's the house for you."

Totally!

I'd be in or on that water every day. I can only dream…



Homemade Gypsy Wagon For Sale in Oregon $14K


Up The River Last Week

Louie's house, the river, Titsch and Louie on our 3-hour river walk last Wednesday:






70 DIY Tips From Popular Mechanics

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70 DIY tips, thought you might enjoy, from Popular Mechanics: http://www.popularmechanics.com/home/skills/know-your-stuff-the-110-best-diy-tips-ever#slide-1


"Hole in One
Enlarged screw holes can be quickly repaired, we said in March 1972, by filling the hole with a wooden golf tee. Use a hacksaw to saw the tee flush with the wood's surface, then sand and finish."

Dan Price's Underground Hobbit House


Dan Price's Hobbit House was featured in our book Home Work in 2004.

"He’s got no wife, no money, but he’s happy in his 'hobbit hole.'

Dan Price left behind a stressful life as a photo-journalist after his marriage fell apart, and he wound up in a meadow outside Joseph, Ore. He now lives in an underground hutch burrowed into the hillside. 'I like being able to do what I want to do,' Price told NBC. 'I don’t believe in houses or mortgages. Who in their right mind would spend their lifetime paying for a building they never get to spend time in because they are always working?'”
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Photo: NBC News

End-of-October Trip Up North Coast

Took off at 6AM Wednesday, dark, ultra foggy, it was like driving in a tunnel -- until I got to Jenner and it cleared. I stopped and trespassed to skate at Sea Ranch; there never seems to be anyone in any of those houses, maybe 90% unoccupied, just me and the propane guy…met my friends, Louie,Titsch, and Pepe for breakfast at Trinks in Gualala, great food, great wi-fi…that afternoon, Louie, Titsch and I hiked a few miles up the river to an old homestead and had home-smoked salmon, salami, Irish cheddar cheese, sourdough baguette, bottle of Louie's v. excellent 2009 Primitivo red…that night after drying out (had to wade thru river at various spots) and warming up, we barbecued a flank stake in Louie's new open hearth fireplace in the shop, my olives, a salad …yesterday another great breakfast at Queenie's (somewhere south of Medocino, prowled around Mendo town (awfully precious these days, then to Ft. Bragg, still a real town…on the way back we went to the very weird Garcia River Casino. just slot machines, no kraps or blackjack, a few morons sitting at machines, smoking, losing money, I just don't get it. HOWEVER, Louie got $1 worth of nickels and won $45 in the nickel machine and we quit right there and went to the bar in Pt. Arena cove and had beer on tap (mine Black Butte Porter) and fried calimari…now Friday morning and I'm heading south…can't post pix because I haven't got my rebuilt Sony DSC RX100 camera coordinated with my MacAir…

SURF MAT TURBO TIME II : NEXT LEVEL