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Love in Vain - Robert Johnson

Love In Vain - Robert Johnson by Robert Johnson on Grooveshark

Love in Vain - Stones

Love in Vain by The Rolling Stones on Grooveshark

Today’s Marijuana is Too Strong

“'Our potencies here are off the scale,' confirms longtime grower Todd Ellison, co-founder of Colorado Marijuana Marketing, a one-stop shop for weed-related entrepreneurs in search of marketing help. 'I have a guy who taught me to grow, who has been growing since the ’60s. And this stuff blows him away.' And Ellison agrees. 'I am almost 40. I’ve got three kids. You don’t want something that is going to lay you out and make you stupid all day.'

Why is dope so strong? Because plants with big, strong buds maximize the profit of the basement grower. Plus, the people who grow it and sell it also smoke it, and they’ve got high tolerances and a deep fondness for its effects. They like it strong.…

…newbies and those who have been burned by strong weed have a few options. They can make sure that the marijuana they are buying is mostly Cannabis sativa rather than Cannabis indica. Sativa is said to be more cerebral, more placid. Indica, on the other hand, is known for inducing what industry insiders refer to as 'couch lock.' If you are in your 40s or 50s, the dope you smoked in high school was probably sativa. 'Most of this country, people over 40, the fond memories we have of way back when, when pot made you want to play the guitar and dance in the field, were of sativa,' says Kyashna-tocha. 'We were importing from tropical places. But then we started having indoor production. If you grow indoors, you shift to the stuff that is going to maximize production: fast, short, and big impressive-looking buds. That is indica. The shift went to this more stupefying stoned high.…'” http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2013/03/marijuana_potency_returning_smokers_want_mellower_pot_strains.single.html

Paul Elkin, Maker of Many Things

A long video, but a good one.
Thanks to Mike W.

Big Shot, from Dr. John's Latest Album, Locked Down

Big Shot by Dr. John on Grooveshark

Car Camping 1920s Style

"Washington, D.C., or vicinity circa 1920. "Family in auto tourist camp." A novelty that would evolve into tourist cabins of the 1920s and '30s, the motor courts of the '40s and '50s and culminate in the motor hotel, or 'motel.'"
From Shorpy

Al Green, I'm So Tired of Being Alone

Tired Of Being Alone by Al Green on Grooveshark

Round Barns, Round Architecture

Jerry Freeze has assembled a huge collection of round barns and other round buildings. "My website is a tribute to Round Barns, Round Houses, Round Schools and in general Round Architecture." There are also a number of Jerry's paintings of barns, like this one.

Traditional Mongolian Yurt For Sale

$6,000, 250 sq. ft., Seattle

At Tiny House Listings, here.

Seaweed +Immersion at Beach / Dave McKenna on Radio

Went on long beach walk, collected this nice mass of nutrients for compost pile. I love to combine walking with bringing something home -- driftwood, mussels, clams, mushrooms, cattail pollen, Today was windy, glary at ocean, but I found a sort of protected cove with a shallow pool, and immersed. Hoo -- cold! But as soon as I was out, the chi was mos def higher.
   In the car, heard Terry Gross replay of interview with pianist Dave McKenna. In the studio, he played Thanks For the Memories, it was beautiful. Could not locate it on GrooveShark, but here is another by him, below.

Dave McKenna / Dream A Little Dream of Me

Dream a Little Dream of Me by Dave McKenna on Grooveshark

Are You Lonesome Tonight? / Elvis Presley

Are You Lonesome Tonight by Elvis Presley on Grooveshark

Playboy / Marvelettes

Playboy by The Marvelettes on Grooveshark

Stand By Your Man / Lyle Lovett

Stand by Your Man by Lyle Lovett on Grooveshark

Memphis Sound at White House

Fabulous music at the White House. The president and first lady look so good!

Want to Pass Out Some Mini Books?

We just did our 4th printing of these 2" X 2-1/2" mini Tiny Homes books (32 pages); now over 20,000 in print. If you would like a bunch to give away (children love them), we'll send you a batch (say 10, 20, or 30). Send yr. address, # of mini books you want, to tinyhomes@shelterpub.com, and we'll ship to you. The very best type of advertising for Tiny Homes, which has now sold over 40,000 real size (9" X 12") copies. We hope for them be given out to kids, plus people who will spread the word.

Tiny House With Curved Roof in Taiwan

Island Woman did some internet sleuthing, and found out that this is located in Taiwan. (See the 2nd comment, below.)
 Click here.

Home for $1100 in 1916 Sears Roebuck Catalog

Made in America
Update: As pointed out in comment by Anonymous, this was only for plans + materials. You still had to build house.
From Jim Macey

Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu/Lloyd Price

Rocking Pneumonia & The Boogie Woogie Flu by Huey “Piano” Smith & The Clowns on Grooveshark

30+ acres, Old House Near Tucson $125K

"33.35 acres, remote, private, yet only 25 minutes drive to Tucson, AZ. Located SW of Tucson, adjoining Coyote Mtn. Wilderness, just east of Kitt’s Peak. End of the road property with great view of miles, can see anyone coming. End of the power pole run, 3000 gallon water tank with well. Old house needs remodeling but is full of lovely woodwork. $125,000 cash, or if tiny house building minded individual(s) want to partner with me, let’s talk. …" Click here.

North House Folk School

If only I didn't live so far away from The North House Folk School, I'd be hanging around there a lot. The number of classes they have is amazing. Birchbark canoes, blacksmithing, tool making, timber framing, fiber arts, on and on. I'm just looking at one page, and I'd take the class on making a crooked knife, and another on sharpening. They are in the northwest corner of Minnesota, on Lake Superior, up Highway 61 (yes, that same Highway 61 -- "…7th mother, 7th son…") from Duluth.
   Get their catalog if you like making things with your hands (or if you have kids who want to learn some hand-made skills): http://www.northhouse.org/

Weeping Cherry in Full Blossom

Beginner's Guide For Building Small Shed

This is a very good book on construction of a small building. The author is a good teacher; he walks you through the entire process of construction, from foundation to roof, in a way that's understandable to novices. The drawings are great: helpful and friendly. Ostensibly for kids building clubhouses, but it's also a very good starting manual for anyone building their first small structure.
From Storey Publishing here.

Ike & Tina Turner - On The Road: 1971-72

Big night for me last night. After months of study and procrastination, I finally have a computer hooked up to the house TV. A Mac Mini, wireless keyboard with trackpad, and I have, like a trained monkey, learned to go between computer, TV, and DVD player. I wanted the computer rather than a "smart TV," so as to have the full monty of options (not be limited by a smart TVs functionality).
Rick set it up and walked me through it, and last night I gingerly went into Amazon Prime and found: "Ike & Tina Turner - On The Road: 1971-72."
   It's grainy and handheld, like a home movie, and I was mesmerized. OMG! What a beautiful woman! Tina and the girls together - dancing and singing are just hi voltage -- stunning. The roughness of the documentary is comfortable, you feel like you're there. The photography is non-intrusive. The band, I mean Ike may have been a mean son of a bitch, but what a band! ("Proud Mary" is a great album of Ike and Tina's, with chronological order of songs.) Tina is shown cooking, talking, rehearsing with the girls, she's down to earth.

Sam Cooke, Bring It On Home To Me (Live, 1963)

Bring It On Home To Me by Sam Cooke on Grooveshark
This is what I think of as the real Sam Cooke. Live at a smoky nightclub in Miami, the crowd singing and cheering. "I can see everybody's with me tonight!" It's on "Live at the Harlem Square Club," maybe my most favorite album of all time:  It's live, raw, natural, exciting compared to his more popular, carefully recorded songs in later years. This song, well, "That's not all Sam will do for you..." You bet.

Barista Art

"You know my beans will be unbrewed,
You know that I would be a liar,
 If I were to say to you,
The caffeine content was much higher."

Barista art: http://baristart.tumblr.com/

Sent us by Richard Jones

Early Spring Poppy in the Hills

"Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow" by the Persuasions

papa oom mow mow by The Persuasions on Grooveshark All vocal, no instruments! I've thought of these guys traveling for a gig. No instruments to carry. Compare to a standup bass player.

To the Beach With The Boys

And I do mean boys. The Plichta brothers, ages 9 and 11, are my youngest friends. Going on a hike with them, as I did last night, is like having radar and sonar for anything on the ground, in the air, or in the water. Like a heightened sense of perception. They notice everything, last night a beetle, a termite, a snake "Shall I catch it?" "No." "Look how the sunlight lights up this pine tree bud." What's this?" about innumerable objects. They're into bones and feathers and anything that moves (or used to move). Once they called me over excitedly in the parking lot to see a dried and squashed gopher. They joke a lot. Last night they noticed how the frogs stopped singing when we got close. Here they are inspecting the driftwood sauna structure built by Dylan on the beach.
They picked right up on this minimalist rock/wood project someone had left on the beach. On the way back we stared at the just-sinking sun on the horizon, hoping for the green flash, but it didn't happen.

The Olympics "(Baby) Hully Gully"

(Baby) Hully Gully by The Olympics on Grooveshark

Blossoms on Weeping Cherry

I'm shooting pics of it every few days as it blossoms up. Grass is green, wildflowers starting in hills, my time of year! Taurus and the burgeoning energy of Spring…

Alejandro Escovedo, "California Blues"


California Blues by Alejandro Escovedo on Grooveshark

The Compleat Blogger

I have to tell you, doing this blog is too much fun. Ridiculous. I am getting such good feedback. We were stymied by Blogger's (Google's) refusal to help fix something that was broken in Blogspot (couldn't make change on template, etc). So we put it in a post, got immediate feedback and as a result, I believe, Rick's got it fixed. Shame on Google, they are behaving like monopolists here.

Tiny Homes On the Move I realized the other day that for a month or more I have mysteriously been getting just enough material (photos and text) to do layout. It's coming in from contributors in a flow that's just about exactly equal to what I can handle in doing the rough 2-page spreads.
   I'm getting close to the halfway mark. Here's what just got finished:
-4 pages on the Moron Brothers, two Kentucky buddies who play bluegrass and fish, hunt, and trap on their shantyboat in the Kentucky River. These guys are fun! Check them out here.
-4 pages on Sisters on the Fly, a group of over 1,000 women who have vintage trailers and go fly fishing and horseback riding and sit around campfires in camp-outs, just us girls. They are also fun.
-A high-speed asymmetrical catamaran, a "Proa" that recently crossed the Pacific, from San Francisco to the Marquesas Islands.
-"Guided By The Stars," the 6 Vaka Moana 66-foot outrigger sailing canoes from Polynesia, which spent a few days in our bay in 2011. We've got photos of them here and in other parts of the Pacific Ocean. They navigate by the stars; wind is their only power.
-A beautiful little (54 sq. ft. floor space) Vardo, gypsy wagon-shaped, on a trailer that's a great spare movable guest room.
   The studio here is pretty out of control. A blizzard of notes to self. So going on right now. Hey, maybe this is the golden age of communication…

Panorama on Beach

iPhone 5 panorama. Distorted, but I like triangle of glassy water. You can never tell what the ocean will be like until you get there. It's a being of infinitely different moods.

Blogger Problem — No Response from Support

Rick, who handles tech maintenance for this blog has been unable make changes on the blog's template for the last several months. He's tried repeatedly to get in touch with Blogger support, with no success. (Blogger no longer offers any direct support — just a forum where users can commiserate and try to answer each other's questions).

The problem in detail is here. The quick summary is that every time he tries to get to the Edit Template page, it redirects immediately to a blank page, so that no edits can be made, and the template can't even be replaced with an older backup.

This has been going on since Blogger stopped access through the old interface several months ago. No support email gets any response, and repeated posts on the forum don't either. Many other reports can be found in the forums concerning people who can't get any help from Support.

If any of you have any suggestions, or especially if you have an inside track to some human being at Google who might help, we would really appreciate it. It's time to change the masthead and update the listings for our books.


Sunday afternoon, am listening to "America's Back 40," great Sunday afternoon program on KPFA by Mary Tilson. All my kind of music. A lot of pleasant surprises by Mary, who's obviously got a great collection.
   Also, our local radio station, KWMR has a unique selection of music.
A few days back, I drove north and took a long beach walk and returned with mussels and seaweed (for garden and food). These days I get the smaller mussels, big ones are pretty tough. If I'm in a hurry, I'll just steam them in a little water, red wine, and chopped parsley and garlic.This time the broth turned out purple from the wine. Infusion of ocean essence.
  Had a pigeon 2 nights ago. They've proved tough, so I hung this one for few days and it was really good. With red wine, rice, garden greens.
   I just read the chapter "Aging Game Birds" in Hunt, Gather, Cook by Hank Shaw, a very good book (Rodale) on obtaining and cooking from the wild. Also was reading about cooking pigeons in Chez Panisse Cooking by Paul Bertolli/Alice Waters. They serve a lot of pigeons at the restaurant, they say. They have a recipe for making broth from the bones, which are baked or grilled, then chopped up with big cleaver and simmered an hour in light beef or chicken broth. I'm going to try it in the next day or two, with the pigeon bones and duck bones. Got to be good.

Watermelon Trailer

Photo by Bob Marlow

From here.

New England Stone Walls by Kevin Gardner

This sent us by Eva. It's pretty long, and I haven't watched it all, but I sure would if I lived where there was stone. Looks like a very thorough explanation of the principles of stone walls with and without mortar. A great explanation of why stone wall joints should not be lined up under one another.
   I loved this part: "Every stone in the world has an ambition…" -- pause, twinkle in his eye --"that ambition is to sink to the center of the earth as soon as possible…"

Dr. John/Great Blue Heron/Hopi Artifacts/Blogging/Rain/Chickens/Etta James

Ooo-wee! I'm totally alone, a very rare circumstance on this half acre of land, with all the multiple activities going on here. Playing Dr. John doing "Such A Night" with The Band at their "Last Waltz" concert (my all-time fave music movie). (If you go looking for this song, you have to clickon "albums," then scroll way down; it's on the left.)
Great Blue Heron Yesterday Rick and I were working in the office and I noticed movement outside the window. This magnificent creature had landed on the roof, and was peering over the edge at our fishpond. Stunning. Royalty.
    It wasn't like seeing ducks or pigeons or doves or quail or crows or even Oregon Juncos or Rufous-sided Towhees. This was something else.
  You rarely get close these very wary birds,  I think, due to the fact that it takes them so long to get airborne, they're extra cautious --  continually scanning 360.
  I shot photos through the window. He flew down to the pond (bye-bye goldfish!) and I snuck out of the office slowly and came around to the front door of the house, hoping to get pics of him at the pond. As soon as I moved the (glass-paned) front door, he took off. He spotted me through two panes of glass, at a distance of about 40'. Wary.

Jay Shafer & Fourlightshouses.com

Jay Shafer, probably the most prominent guy out on the tiny house scene, has left Tumbleweed Tiny Houses and is now running his shop at http://www.fourlightshouses.com/. This is his first tiny house, moved many times on wheels, now located in his back yard.

Rain Rain Come Today

Went for long walk on beach late this afternoon. Sun still out, with storm coming in from southwest. On behalf of plants in the woods, grass on the hills, and the aquifers, (and myself), am hoping for as much rain as possible in the next few months. Note crow in bottom pic. Two of them were riding wind currents back and forth, horizontal with beach, just holding wings out. As I climbed back up the cliff, the horizon had darkened, and 10 minutes after this photo was shot, fog had drifted from ocean to land.

Flaming Duck a la Lloyd

-Flaming Duck We've had a domestic (humanely raised, yada yada) duck in the freezer for a while. I come from a duck-hunting family and during the season we had wild duck every week. I've cooked plenty of wild ducks (500 degrees -- let me know if you want my Mom's recipe for roast duck), but never a domestic one. I set it up on the rotisserie rod on the Weber Genesis outdoor grill (which we use for everything of the meat persuasion), with a pan underneath to catch the fat. Things were going well, duck turning, fat dripping and I turned the grill up a bit, went out to the studio to do something, forgot the grill; when I got back, it was -- shit! -- smoking madly. Opened the cover and flames about 2 feet high were shooting up out of pan. Well, I'll tell you, don't throw water on a grease fire. Poom! Baking soda (a cooler head than mine prevailing) finally did the trick (in the pan after duck was removed). It put the fire out but ruined my plans for the duck fat. Duck fat donuts? Well, for sure, French fries. The duck turned out flavorful, like jerk chicken, the flames enhanced the flavor. The great chef.
Music del Momento The Turbans. I rediscovered them, hearing "When You Dance" on the radio. Just got CD The Best of the Turbans, and there are some stunning songs. This is what we were listening to in college ('55-57). This a 4-man vocal machine, with great arrangements, heavenly harmonies. An outrageous falsetto by Al Banks. Some of their songs are on Grooveshark here. (Skip all the tracks by "Hadji & the Turbans"). Check out "Congratulations," Sister Sookey," "All Of My Love…"


Animal encounters in the last week:
-Dead skunk on road. Nice shiny winter pelt, no smell (it happens every once in a while). I left it there since I skinned a beautiful skunk a few weeks ago.
-Freshly killed deer. Passed this up if for no other reason than my shoulder is still in recovery period -- all the more so because I tweaked it picking up oak firewood off road -- dumb shit! So am taking a step backward and giving those tendons time to heal. Rly.
-2-3 foxes this week. Bushy tails. Stepping smartly. Foxes are back. About 20 years ago we had tons of small animals around, including many foxes, and some kind of disease got most of them: raccoons, skunks, foxes, possums -- populations severely diminished. But now they're on the rise. I love watching foxes -- elegance of the Candidae family.
-A coyote who ran away, then stopped and looked back at me. Mischief in eyes.
-Salamanders ambling mindlessly across trails and fire roads -- as soon as there's moisture.
-Line of about 20 pelicans single-file, flying about a foot above the waves. They often get into the updraft of waves and fly without moving wings. Watched them from above, and they flew around a cove and circled a few times before settling.

Blendtec Blender/Green Smoothies

I'm tempted to say that this tool is a life changer, but I'm prone to exaggeration, so I'll just say it's a game changer. The game being that by mid-day I'm usually rolling with my writing or book layout and don't like to take the time to make a decent lunch.
   Enter the Blendtec and "green smoothies." I combine greens plus fresh or frozen fruit, vitamins, protein powder, almonds, hemp seeds and whatever else I see around, turn on the Blendtec and have a delicious drink while working. I do it 2-3 times a week.
   I'm getting fresh-from-garden raw greens -- parsley, kale, chard, or lettuce, whatever looks good, plus fruit, protein, carbos, vitamins. There are tons of recipes for green smoothies. I use Gold Standard vanilla whey protein -- good flavor, high protein (something like 55 grams in 2 scoops): info here.
   This is a big powerful machine and it can be used for any number of things. It's nothing like the blenders most of us are familiar with. In addition to smoothies, you can chop, juice, grind grain, and make soup or ice cream.
   I got it for $400 from Amazon here. Expensive, but high quality, highly useful, long lasting.
   For a comparison between the Blendtec and the other super blender, the VitaMix: click here.  You can also do a search for "Blendtec vs. VitaMix" in Google for more comparisons.
   For the CoolTools review of the VitaMix, click here.