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Incredible Jumping of All Sorts

Dear Lloyd, Probably you will enjoy this video.... Wish you all the very best, keep going sending us very great stuff. Best regards from snowy Warszaw. Julien Croisier

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6XUVjK9W4o

Brad Pitt Houses in New Orleans' 9th Ward

"…In New Orleans they are known as "Brad Pitt Houses," because they are the brainchild of the actor. Pitt formed the Make it Right Foundation, and recruited top architects to design modern but hurricane-proof replacement housing. He raised $30 million for the project, and the houses, some with flamboyant touches like sweeping metal grillwork that extends from the front roof to the backyard, dot the neighborhood. In fact, there are now enough of them that tourist bus companies, spotting an opportunity, have begun to offer Brad Pitt Houses tours. In fact, they've become so popular that signs are up requesting that visitors not bother the occupants.…"
Article in San Francisco Chronicle by C.W. Nevius. Photo: Rod Lamkey Jr, AFP/Getty Images

Bobcat Hunting Gophers


Dear Lloyd,
Your blog is one of my very favorites, inspirational and informational. I won't even go into the fact that I still have my original copy of SHELTER, purchased in 1975 at a bookstore in Cleveland, Ohio.
   I thought you might enjoy these photos of a bobcat I surprised on an early morning hike at Sonoma Mountain outside Petaluma. He/She was hunting gophers when I came along (luckily with a telephoto lens!). I went to post these on Instagram and was dismayed to find that the bobcat hashtag was overrun with photos of hunters proudly holding up their beautiful dead bobcats (one hunter even referred to his kill as "nigga"). Sad, to me, anyway.
   So, please enjoy!
   Sincerely, Stefan (Gutermuth)

Vintage Rube Goldberg Auto Creations


From David Pescovitz on Boing Boing today.

More car photos:
http://darrinscarphotos.com/

Editor Losing It

So much material has been coming in to us lately that I've lost track of the origins of these 3 photos. Anyone out there send any one of these to us?



Your Biggest Carbon Sin May Be Air Travel

Article in NYTimes January 26, 2013 by Elizabeth Rosenthal
"…For many people reading this, air travel is their most serious environmental sin. One round-trip flight from New York to Europe or to San Francisco creates a warming effect equivalent to 2 or 3 tons of carbon dioxide per person. The average American generates about 19 tons of carbon dioxide a year; the average European, 10. So if you take five long flights a year, they may well account for three-quarters of the emissions you create. “For many people in New York City, who don’t drive much and live in apartments, this is probably going to be by far the largest part of their carbon footprint,” says Anja Kollmuss, a Zurich-based environmental consultant.…"
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/27/sunday-review/the-biggest-carbon-sin-air-travel.html?_r=0

Seeking Tiny House Builder in Berkshires

Lloyd, Thanks so much for your stunning support for small abodes. I'm looking for an instructor to teach a hands-on workshop intensive on how to build a tiny timber-framed house on a trailer. Location: my organic farm in the Berkshires Timeframe: Summer, 2013 Any suggestions? Cheers! Eli Rogosa Mystic Sheaf Bakery Colrain, Massachusetts (near Shelburne Falls) growseed.org 413 624 0214

Tiny Apartment in Soho/Insanely Well Designed


From Mike W

Jay Nelson's Latest Creations

Hey lloyd,
This is jay nelson, you featured some of my work in your tiny homes book.… I just want to give you an update of what I'm working on. A new camper work truck and a hanging sphere treehouse . Also a treehouse in mill valley.
   Hope you are well.
   The tiny homes book looks incredible (if I never told you)!
Best, jay nelson


Tennessee Tiny Homes

"Joe Everson builds portable tiny houses made to be taken with someone, wherever they may wander. The 100 to 120 square foot houses are built on trailers and are being used all over the country for people who want a minimalist and mobil lifestyle. The company is named Tennessee Tiny Homes."
http://shltr.net/10zj62b
https://www.facebook.com/TennesseeTinyHomes

Boat Roofed Shed in Wales


"The shed roof is made from a clinker built boat that is 14ft long and 7ft wide at its widest point. The boat is an inshore fishing boat made between 1900 – 1910. It was placed on a frame of 4 telegraph poles with cross beams. Once in place the walls were filled in using aluminium windows from a 1940′s caravan and single glazed windows from our 400 year old farm house.…"
From Tiny House Blog -- great story and pics
Sent in by Mike W

Rufous-sided Towhee Outside Kitchen Window


Good morning, sunshine!

Monday Wrapup

I'm two weeks past my shoulder operation, and practically stylin. A little better every day. I don't get to start therapy for another 3 weeks. Right arm better but still weak. Walked 5 miles yesterday, along beach with mixmaster ocean, water tussled and murky, 20+mph cold winds from north. Walking along thinking how gnarly it was, then realized how great it was to be moving. Every single time in my life I've forced myself to get out there and move (run, walk, bike, paddle, skate) I've felt immeasurably better. Get out there, stupid!
Around the homestead:
-Olives I've had about 15 gallons of small green olives in water, salt and vinegar for about 3 months, and they're practically ready. Still a hint of bitterness, but plump and flavorful.
 -Sauerkraut Another thing you just set up and nature's microorganisms do it all. You only add salt to shredded cabbage, maybe a little water. Used our own cabbage, and it's fermenting away in the 2-gallon Polish crock in the pantry.
 -Chickens W're getting 12-14 eggs a day from our little beauties. I favor the Golden Seabright eggs because the birds are so beautiful; maybe the beauty may come through a bit in the eggs, who knows?
 -Green smoothies I use the Blendtec blender a lot, make a green smoothie for lunch when I'm busy. Fresh greens from garden, fruit, protein powder…
 -Nightly vegetables Lesley has provided our vegetables from her garden practically every night for months. Broccoli cooked within minutes of picking is so different -- sweet.
 -Crabs It's a lousy crab season. However, son Evan has been catching them with one of those little snare traps off a fishing rod from shore.

Really Nice Tiny Home by Jade Craftsman Builders

"The Tiny House's overall size is 8' x 18' and it is built on a standard trailer. We can custom design and build to your specifications. The Tiny House is ideal for: ultra-efficient green home / guest house /  teenager's room /  vacation cabin / rental apartment / retreat center housing / home office/ personal studio."
Click here.

Go to the post page…

Washington, D.C., 1924. 'Washington Hunt motor car. The building is the Joaquin Miller cabin at Rock Creek Park.' National Photo Co."
http://www.shorpy.com/node/14473

Bikesailing


"Volusia County, Florida, circa 1903. 'Sailing bicycles on the beach at Ormond.' 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company."
http://shltr.net/11LXIad
From Godfrey Stephens

The Invisible Craftsman Builder: An Inconvenient Truth / Richard Olsen

Hi Lloyd, Happy new year. I hope it's off to a great start for you and yours.
   I wanted to share something I wrote recently, something I suspect you'll find entertaining at the least. It's part of an important [yet unpopular] discussion that you helped bring to the fore long ago.
   Considering the scene here in LA, which has a newspaper whose arts section refuses to acknowledge anything other than Midcentury Modern, I guess I should expect some sort of blacklisting. Maybe my house will be egged? :) I'd have to be naive to think that they'd be paying attention anyway...

Click here.

All good things your way,
richard (Olsen)

New Corvette

http://shltr.net/13W2LDm

Hushpuppy: "I like to have a party."

"PARK CITY, Utah — It was almost exactly one year ago that Quvenzhané Wallis, the star of “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” made her bad little self known to the world. After the premiere of the movie here at the Sundance Film Festival, Ms. Wallis, then 8, took to the stage with her cast mates and film crew. She received a standing ovation. Handed a mike, she introduced herself and announced, 'I like to have a party!' Cue the hearts melting of 1,300 audience members.…"

By MELENA RYZIK, New York Times. Published: January 23, 2013. Here.

Photo: Paul A. Hebert/Getty Images

The Power of a Hot Body

I've had this New York Times article by Diane Ackerman sitting around for a few weeks; it's on the subject of capturing body heat, as the French have done with the Paris Metro:

"…Savvy architects from Paris Habitat decided to borrow the surplus energy from so many human bodies and use it to supply radiant under-floor heating for 17 apartments in a nearby public housing project, which happens to share an unused stairwell with the metro station. Otherwise the free heat would be lost by the end of the morning’s rush hour.…"

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/29/the-power-of-a-hot-body/

Lloyd's Skateboarding on Russian Website

So much is going on in my life right now that I have a hard time sorting it all out, much less writing about it. I've started backing away from publicity ops because they take so much time, but I did one "media thing" last week before my shoulder operation because I thought the photographer and the project were so cool.
   I met Vladimir Yakovlev at Trouble Coffee in San Francisco. He was here from Moscow photographing people for his book The Age of Happiness, 70-100 year olds who are active and lively. The Russian version sold 5000 copies (a $50 book) in the first month in Russia.) Now he's about to publish an English version in the USA. It's a stunning book.
   This was such a great guy to work with. He shot a bunch of photos, and I loved his photographic-journalistic instincts. Now here is a journalist! (See Wikipedia on him here.)
   He and a friend came out here yesterday. A wonderful visit, to meet people from such a different part of the world, yet to be so completely in sync.
   Some photos and some of our conversation just appeared on Vladimir's website here. To see other people on the website, click here.
   For The Age of Happiness on Facebook, click here.

Photo: Vladimir Yakovelev

California High School Students Build Tiny Home

Story on Tiny House Blog here.

Wooden Spoons in UK by Barn the Spoon

http://barnthespoon.blogspot.co.uk/
Sent us by Bob Dow

The Modern Cabin Website

This website shows that there are, by golly, some very good residential architects out there: http://themoderncabin.com/
This building, called The Walkabout, by Nick Deaver and Stacy Pearson

GoPro on a Trombone



From Rick Gordon

Fishing Cabin

Look what was in this morning's email, from Jerry Young. What a beauty! And moreover, it's by architects (Miller Architects, Montana). Will wonders never cease? (Check out the red door on the interior of this place.) (I bet the architects have seen the Madonna Inn in Southern Calif.)
More pics of this place at Tiny House Swoon, which has v. tasty photos of tiny homes.

Red skies yesterday morning did indeed mean sailors' warning, for there's so much cloud cover this morning it didn't get light until 7AM. Hoping for some good rain. (So are mycelia.)

Música de día: I just put on Steve Cropper's album "Dedicated," where he collaborated with a bunch of singers. Check out these 3: "Dedicated to the One I Love" with Lucinda Williams; "Right Around the Corner"/Delbert McClinton; "Say It"/Bettye La Vette. I'm sure I've mentioned this album before, but I just rediscovered it. My kinda guitarist. Great way to start the day…

Things are poppin around here right now…

Mystic Roots, Great Cali-Reggae Band

I'm too out of it culture-wise these days, living in the sort-of country, to know the presently cool musical groups, but once in a while I stumble upon something, like this delightful band.
   California to the hilt. Singer at mike: "How many people here have smoked ganja tonight?" All hands in audience go up. A little band from the Sacramento Valley, they've got reggae right. "California reggae is pumpin…"
   Kind of special to me because I spent teenage years on my dad's rice farm in Colusa, a town of 3,000 people, and hung out with Colusa kids. My best friend in Colusa, Jim Davison, was a pianist, and I played the uke. A lot of boozing and singing. My first real sweetheart, Roxana. Parties, driving, swimming, cheeseburgers, root beer milk shakes, KGMS late night rock 'n roll from Sacramento… It was special for me, a San Francisco kid, to be accepted into teenage culture of this small town -- so I'm partially a Valley native.
   Anyway, Colusa's not too far from Chico, so to have hung out in this area 60 years ago, and now hear this Sacramento Valley/Jamacia fusion was a jolt. Here's some progress. Evolution. Seeds of Rastafarai have grown in NorCal farm country. To tell the truth, I find a lot of reggae boring, but these guys fresh and vital. Plus Katherine has got some chops. A rich voice, lots of power…
   Surfers, I guarantee you're gonna like this CD: http://shltr.net/mysticrts (There's also a DVD with this CD, haven't seen it yet).

Inauguration Photos

There was a unique 22"-wide B&W photo in the NYTimes this morning (p.A13) showing maybe 200 people at the inauguration, with inset captions ("Bill Clinton," "James Taylor," "John A. Boehmer," etc. By photographer Doug Mills…which led me to checking out Doug's slide show, 25 excellent slides of the inauguration (now here's a photographer!) You can go through it like a slow motion movie.

Now here's a First Lady!
http://shltr.net/inaugslide

French Protestors Build 50 Pallet Buildings to Stop Airport

Hi, i'm arthur, a french reader of shelter and homework and i do things with old paletts sometimes too. It happen something really great in france, near Nantes, in the village of Notre-Dame-des-Landes : the company Vinci want to build a second airport and destruct 40 farms and 2000 hectars. Ecologist movement, people who want to live free and activist have built a lot of wood houses to resist. Maybe it is 40 or 50 cabins and houses now. Police tried to stop it but they can't. I put some links of pictures : http://zad.nadir.org/spip.php?article636 http://www.flickr.com/photos/valkphotos/sets/72157632092769815/ http://www.citizenside.com/fr/photos/politique/2012-12-12/72306/notre-dame-des-landes-societe-de-sommation.html#f=0/627341
http://youtu.be/O9ctMsvU2rs
You can join them at zad@riseup.net

Red Sky This Morning…The 20/20/20 Rule For the Deskbound

It was vivid scarlet about a minute before this. (iPhone 5 panorama)
Good advice in NYTimes this morning for us keyboard users, article by Tara Parker-Pope: "…Jack Dennerlein, a professor at Northeastern’s Bouvé College of Health Sciences in Boston who specializes in ergonomics and safety, suggests a variation on the 20-20-20 rule used to reduce eyestrain. In the case of the eyes, the rule is to take 20 seconds to look at something 20 feet away (instead of your computer), and repeat this every 20 minutes. But Dr. Dennerlein notes that this eye rule can be applied to movement as well. Every 20 minutes, walk 20 feet away for 20 seconds or more. Stop by a co-worker’s desk. Get a cup of coffee. Pace. Just don’t sit.…" http://shltr.net/XwKjMc

Lately (Ugh!) Around Here

Jeez, has this been a shitty week. And jeez, am I a big baby. Yes. Any body part goes wrong and I'm devastated. I look at friends like Sherm in his wheelchair, can't move a muscle or talk these days and he perseveres, and gets a twinkle in his eye when I give him shit. Or a bunch of my high school friends, who I saw recently at a 60th reunion. I should not complain.
  I had surgery to repair a rotator cuff repair a week ago,and it was only arthroscopic, for christsake, you know, "…minimally invasive." Well I'll tell you, my body does not like any kind of invasion. My arm's been strapped to my side,with the bladder for an ice machine inside the bandage, all week. Can't tie own shoes. Can barely sleep, have never slept on my back. After 3 days of the pain pills (oxy), I felt so groggy and shitty, I quit them. I don't understand people taking oxy "recreationally"). Makes me feel like I'm in a hazy, fuzzy tunnel. I'll deal with some pain in exchange for some mental clarity.
   Anyway, just started getting into gear last night. I had given Lucky Peach magazine several hundred of my photos to do a story in their next issue, which is on "the apocalypse." The angle on me being homemade shelter, gardening, foraging, stuff you can do for yrslf in tough times. They let me comment on the 6-page layout (turned out great, they used about 50 of my photos), and I went through it with them yesterday (Sunday), and this got me back into the communication groove. Issue will be out mid-Feb.

Gringo Sailing Little Proa (Catamaran) Along Gulf Coast of Mexico, Central America

"Two days ago was the most dramatic day yet. I saw a breakwater at the mouth of a river after a nasty afternoon´s pounding and waited outside in the crazy water near the sandbar whilst some fishermen in a lancha hauled a net from the muddy water, then I waved them over to ask for advice on entering. They were amazed at my appearance (I get this a lot) but took it in their stride and showed me which side of the entrance was best, and off I went. The waters rose, and after a short while we had launch commit, there was no turning back. I wish I could have filmed this, but the battery on the Go-Pro headcam had died and my hands were too full to hold another camera as we heaved inwards, the seas rising and breaking behind, me surfing at warp factors that would have had Scotty bitching about his engines again, the rudder hissing and throwing a tail of spray up behind us, me pulling on the tiller like mad to stop us slewing sideways under the brown wall chasing us. Then a mad crosswave struck and the boat went under the next breaker, but both hulls burst forth immediately and charged on , then the same thing  again, this time the emergency paddle is ripped from its lashings but hung on by a thread, and my sunglasses were gone but suddenly we were passed the worst and into calmer water and the lancha catches up and its pop-eyed crew say something like Jesus motherfucking Christ mate! and before I reach the pretty little town I am famous, the Gringo who came in from the cold.…"
http://bit.ly/XbgYH2
Sent by Godfrey Stephens

1948 - 1950: Lustron Homes Post-War America Experiments With Pre-Fab Housing










John Kaay has left a new comment on your post "Demolition of 187 Low-cost Prefabs in UK Slated":

This reminds me very much of the Lustron home my family lived in around 1950 - 1955, in Evergreen Park, Illinois. Prefabricated, everything made of steel in a factory. Even the closets and cabinets were built in steel. Here's a link: http://architecture.about.com/od/periodsstyles/ig/House-Styles/Lustron-Homes.htm

Tiny Homes For Oil Field Workers

"My name is Stew MacInnes, founder and CEO of Maximus Extreme Living Solutions. My company builds self-contained living units. Self-contained living units (as we see them) are tiny homes that are permanently affixed to a mobile steel platform and are designed to have the hell kicked out of them time and time again and keep coming back for more!
   In all seriousness, we originally designed our homes to withstand the extreme rigors that are associated with the exploration and extraction of domestic energy. We designed our homes to withstand the weather conditions and terrain of the oil fields located in Alaska and North Dakota. We figured that if our homes could handle those conditions, then they could withstand a weekend jaunt to Yosemite.…"

"Yes You Can Build Your Own Tiny House"

"By the end of this year, I will have moved five times. With each move, I’ve left behind furniture I painstakingly collected, books I promised myself I’d read, and kitchen utensils too grody to justify hauling around the country one more time. Every so often, I fantasize about my life in an alternative universe—a universe in which I don’t have the urge to buy the full DVD set of The Wire or a second cover for my Kindle, and instead live with only the bare necessities in a yurt on a picturesque hill in Sweden. You know the lifestyle I’m talking about—you’ve seen the Pinterest boards. The tiny house movement, as it is often called, has plenty of drooling fans on the sidelines, but who actually lives that way? Who is gutsy (or crazy) enough to give up their carefully selected apartments, their kitchens, and their personal space to live in what boils down to a grown-up treehouse?…" http://shltr.net/yestiny

Simple Rocket Stove

Posted by Keith Levy, whose brilliant home on wheels (The Flying Tortoise) is featured in Builders of the Pacific Coast, link sent us by Mike W: http://bit.ly/W69BkS

Menthé's Cabin in France

Yogan is a skillful and prolific French carpenter whose treehouse was in Tiny Homes (pp. 154-55). Isn't this a beauty?

hi lloyd! i want to you see our new cabine, the house of Menthé:
http://shltr.net/cabaneMenthe
wheels and water is finish? when you come in france?
yogan

Cat plays shell game

From Boing Boing

Chinese Tiny Home on Bike

"Beijing’s People’s Architecture Office (PAO) and People’s Industrial Design Office (PIDO) have designed and built a mobile home so small that it can be folded up, accordion-style, and carted around on the back of a tricycle.…"

http://shltr.net/thonbike

great tiny homes article on bankrate last week

here i sit propped up in bed, an ice machine hooked up to my shoulder, macair and iPhone 5 at hand, (such a modern guy!), typing with one finger/no caps. (making less mistakes.)  i had rotator cuff surgery yesterday, something i've put off for years because of the long recovery period, but all the years of propelling self through world, shoulder strain of paddling surfboards, kayaks, and the inevitable falls from running, biking, skateboarding -- and rotator cuff tear needed fixing.
i feel so great now that it's done, and i'm day one into the 6-week/3-month markers, and full strength at 6 months. grrrr!
   it's really a great time for shelter right now. the tiny homes book just took another jump. 40,000+ copies in one year
   v. interesting article in bankrate, the big financial services website, last week. writer sonya stinson wrote a well-balanced article on tiny homes here, focusing on the practical, rather than the bohemian/artistic domiciles. i got quoted accurately, for once:
"Kahn says the current tiny-homes movement, spurred partly by the downturn in the economy, is a bit of a throwback to the late '60s and early '70s.… It's an idea that's been around, but all of a sudden a lot of people are thinking in terms of getting smaller rather than larger," says Kahn."
   "(He) has noticed a growing interest among boomers in building small accessory dwelling units to accommodate aging parents.…Portland, Ore., and Santa Cruz, Calif., have ordinances that make it easier for people to build these additional units in their backyards," he says.…
  what's interesting is that sonya has made a case, with examples, of a mainstream approach for smaller homes. not everyone wants a tiny home, but the concept of small-er is a very powerful idea in these difficult (and scarce) times.
Photo: (c)johny87-fotolia.com   
music du jour, and i'm sure i've mentioned it a few times, sam cooke's masterpiece "live at harlem square" playing on grooveshark right now. "…that's not all sam will do for you."
   spring is gonna be a powerhouse this year…

Sculpture made from typewriter parts

From Boing Boing:

48 YouTube Videos on Tiny Homes

http://shltr.net/48vids

This is quite a collection, many on shipping containers converted into tiny homes.

Shipping Container Tiny Home in California

Fair Companies has ton of great videos on tiny homes: http://faircompanies.com/ Here is just one:

Bill Niman's Turkey Farm

Bill Niman, who started the high quality Niman Ranch, with humanely raised, non chemicalized beef, now runs a turkey operation. He has about 300 turkeys that he uses for egg production. Once hatched, the turkeys are raised near Turlock, California, and I'll bet they're about the best turkeys you can find (haven't tried one yet).

Tiny Kids on Bikes in Snow, British Columbia

From our PR person in British Columbia, Kim Herter:
"…I wanted to share a little video of my son and his pal, Daniel on their snow bikes -- created by Daniel's dad, Tim Van Driel. It's a great little clip -- mostly of Daniel (brown outfit), but some fun shots of my little guy, Theo, in orange. Daniel wore a little camera clipped to his helmet for some of it. We were at Cypress Mtn. -- a 45 min drive from my house where there is NO snow so it's pretty amazing to see how wintery it is up there on the local hills. 400cm+…"

Tiny Revolution-On The Road to Life

Nostalgia for the Hippie Building Heyday

"…The creative explosion ignited by the back-to-the-land builders of the 1970s was memorialized by many photographers, most notably Art Boericke and Barry Shapiro, who produced a best-selling book, Handmade Houses: A Guide to the Woodbutcher's Art. In centuries to come, historians will probably note that the era of the hippie builder was the last chapter of a century-long period in American history — namely, the closing of the American frontier."
http://shltr.net/hippiebuilders

Thanks to Mike Litchfield for heads up on this article.

Dobbertin Surface Orbiter: Stainless Steel Amphibious Vehicle/Boat

Howard Huges has left a new comment on your post "Turning Oil Tanker Trucks Into Homes" (here):

"http://shltr.net/tankerhome
Not as crazy as it would appear. This resourceful fellow made his out of a milk transport tank."

"Living Large in a Little Home"

Really nice review of Tiny Homes in today's Charlotte Observer; great to have a reviewer that gets it:

"Editor and former carpenter Lloyd Kahn’s new book takes us into the world of small homes at a time when big homes, big mortgages and the ruins of a big housing bubble have demonstrated the perils of excess.…"

http://shltr.net/livlarge

Simon's Thriving Allotment Garden in UK



http://simonsallotment.blogspot.co.uk/ 
Simon sent us the link to the planned demolition of a bunch of small homes in the UK (see previous post), and has this wonderful blog of his garden in an allotment patch of land in the UK.

Here is the Wikipedia def. of "allotment." You see them along train tracks throughout Europe. Weekend gardeners, community gardens, little shacks/sheds…Totally wonderful.

Demolition of 187 Low-cost Prefabs in UK Slated

"Time is running out for Europe's largest prefab estate. Lewisham Council, London, is planning to demolish all but six of the 187 prefab bungalows that make up the Excalibur Estate in Catford - and replace them with 371 modern homes. This is unique 12-acre complex of prefabricated buildings. Built in 1945 and 1946 by German and Italian prisoners of war, the Excalibur Estate was supposed to be a temporary solution to the damage caused by the Luftwaffe's bombs.
   Prefabs were built for returning soldiers and their families and provided what was, for those times, high levels of luxury. Designed by the Ministry of Works, they had two bedrooms, a fitted kitchen with a fridge and cooker, running hot water and an indoor toilet. They became known as Palaces for the People.
   These one-storey bungalows were meant to last just 10 years. However, the Excalibur Estate is still standing and there is a strong sense of community here. The council has done little work to the prefabs over the years and any improvements have been made by the tenants.
   This unique slice of 20th-century social history is about to disappear. The process of 'decanting' has now begun, which means people have been asked to move out of the prefabs by the council. Sadly, the empty houses have become dumping grounds and are quickly falling into disrepair, which has dampened the mood on the estate.
http://shltr.net/palacesdemo
Sent by Simon in the UK

Secrets and Lies of the Bailout by MattTaibbi

By Matt Taibbi, January 4, 2013, Rolling Stone
"It has been four long winters since the federal government, in the hulking, shaven-skulled, Alien Nation-esque form of then-Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, committed $700 billion in taxpayer money to rescue Wall Street from its own chicanery and greed. To listen to the bankers and their allies in Washington tell it, you'd think the bailout was the best thing to hit the American economy since the invention of the assembly line. Not only did it prevent another Great Depression, we've been told, but the money has all been paid back, and the government even made a profit. No harm, no foul – right? 

Wrong.

Liberty Tools - Huge Selection Used Tools in New England


There's No Place Like Here: Liberty Tool from Etsy on Vimeo.
Thanks to Mike W.

Tony Serra Comes For A Visit

Tony is one of my oldest friends (60 years). We both lived in the Fiji house at Stanford. A fraternity, yes, but a highly unusual one. A lot of unique, non-traditional, and/or eccentric boys. Tony was into philosophy --  Socrates, Plato, Hume, Spinoza, etc. -- partying, and howling at every full moon. He at first had a football scholarship, and later worked his way through college.
   Upon graduation ('56), he and his wife Judy took a 4-month Vespa trip all over Europe, and he wrote me a bunch of letters. The one that got me was about taking a  boat from Barcelona to Ibiza, and the dolphins swimming in front of the boat in the moonlight.
   I graduated in '57, and, along with my wife Sarah, took a boat from NYC to France, hitch-hiked to Milano, bought a new Lambretta, and toured Europe youth-hostel-style for 3 months, California kids out of their country (and state) for the first time, an experience with life-long memories. All because of Tony's influence.
   In the early 60s he had his law degree and was working for the Alameda county DAs office. I was an insurance broker in San Francisco. We took a trip to Baja, went camping in Mendocino, and would go out to hear music in SF.

TinyHouseTalk

This is a nice site on the tiny homes. I've found some interesting posts there lately. http://tinyhousetalk.com

Turning Oil Tanker Trucks Into Homes

This has got to be a joke, right? http://shltr.net/oilhome

Can you imagine anything more creepy? Oil? Oil?

Treeman Shaping Big Cypress Tree Tonight

Riding bike down my road tonight,and here was treeman extraordinaire Jack Oakander giving this grownup Cypress tree a nice graceful shape. Jack's company, Pacific Slope Tree Co., does tree work in the San Francisco area, especially Marin County. Sun just starting to set, can see it shining through bottom of tree.