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New (Very) Tiny Home in British Columbia

"Reidy’s tiny houses incorporate salvaged materials that create a space with character, warmth and beauty…
   The “V” house, named such for it’s versatility, is 108 square feet and includes salvaged road signs for roofing, corrugated metal siding, and locally milled wood.
   It also features a composting toilet, mini fridge, two-burner stove, sink, sleeping loft, and French doors that turn the outdoors into an extension of the house with options for add-ons such as a shower, propane heater and water heater. While a tiny house, by definition, is a small space, they don’t have to feel that way, says Reidy. 'In a tiny house, the design allows you to feel that all aspects of home are met within the small space. High ceilings and the feeling of expansion to the outside help the charm and simplicity of the space trump its actual size.'"
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Mannish Boy - Muddy Waters with Johnny Winter, 1977

Mannish Boy by Muddy Waters on Grooveshark

Bamboo/Thatched Huts in India, Great Vernacular Building Website

"In the Nilgiri hills of Taml Nadu, India live the Toda people in rolling meadows and shola forests. This is an example of their architecture, known as an Arsh. Two arches made of long bunches of bamboo are lashed together with cane. The arches support eleven Podh, strong poles running the length of the building. At 1ft (30cm) intervals a hoop of bamboo is lashed over the podh forming a ribcage. On this sticks are tied horizontally forming laths to which rows of thatch are lashed.
   To give a grand look to the facade a cylindrical bunch of hay is attached. The interior is windowless and dark consisting of a single space. A raised earthen platform takes up much of one side for sitting and sleeping. A fire is kept farthest from the small door, typically 2ft 6" (75cm) high. The fire, which smokes continuously, is key to protection from the weather and termites. You can see more pictures and read here about Toda architecture."
There is a ton of vernacular/natural building on this excellent website: http://naturalhomes.org/

Bad Boy Off-road Toyota

"This 2007 FJ has been built to take you on just about any trail or trip you desire. It of course retains its Toyota build quality, but has been upgraded with an extensive list of modifications to include items for protection, recovery, and performance. To prevent front-end damage and provide an aggressive look, a Viper 4x4 bumper has been mounted along with a set of Hella LED fog lights for an improvement in visibility. In case you've wandered in just a little too deep don't worry, the truck has been equipped with an ARB Safari Snorkel for clean dry air as well as an 8,000 lb winch to pull your truck, and your pride, out of the drink. A rough country suspension system has replaced the standard setup to provide an additional six inches of lift for larger tires, and more importantly off road clearance. At the back of the truck, the owner installed a Viper 4x4 rear bumper with an integrated rear view camera to improve visibility past the oversized spare tire. If you're searching for a trail ready truck with a lift, winch, bumper, and more, then check out this FJ Cruiser…" http://www.expeditionportal.com/vehicules/4x4/toyota-other-models/2117-la-aduana-2007-toyota-fj-cruiser.html
Check it out on Ebay Motors here.

The Aerocar - 5th Wheeler Camping in 1929

"Windpowerjohn has left a new comment on your post Car Camping 1920s Style:

Aviation pioneer Glen Curtis built the first 5th wheel - the Aerocar - for camping around 1929."

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40 Year Anniversary for Shelter

"It was 40 years ago today, Sgt Pepper taught..." oops! -- wrong decade, wrong band.
   40 years ago, in the summer of 1973, my friend Bob Easton, along with his wife Jeanine and baby daughter, moved to Bolinas, and we spent three months putting together the book Shelter. I did the writing on an Adler portable typewriter in the tower loft (up a ladder) and Bob did the layout in the attached shake-covered geodesic dome. Our typist was Joe Bacon, from New Orleans, "fastest typist in the west."

   In photo, l.-r,: me, Joe, Bob with baby Chandra, Jeanine at lunch in my dome one day during production of Shelter in 1973. For the rest of the above, see my latest GIMME SHELTER newsletter at: http://www.shelterpub.com/_gimme/_2013-05-07/gimme_shelter-2013-05-07.html

The Marble Caves of Chile Chico

Carved into the Patagonian Andes, the Cuevas de Mármol are located on a peninsula of solid marble bordering Lake General Carrera, a remote glacial lake that spans the Chile-Argentina border. Formed by more than 6,000 years of waves washing up against calcium carbonate, the smooth, swirling blues of the cavern walls are a reflection of the lake's azure waters, which change in intensity and hue depending on water levels and time of year. Located far from any road, the caves are accessible only by boat. Thirty-minute tours are operated by a local company, weather and water conditions permitting.
Click here. More photos here.

Ray Harryhausen (1920 - 2013)


The four and a half minute compliation of every Ray Harryhausen animated creature in feature films, presented in chronological order.
Posted an hour ago by Mark Frauenfelder on Boing Boing.

Also on Boing Boing today, posted by Xeni Jordan, "Charles Ramsey interview, rescuer of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus…": http://www.youtube.com/watchfeature=player_embedded&v=axCn04iXkBg

Tiny Home by Kirk Metson on Vancouver Island, BC

http://shltr.net/kirktiny

Sunday Morning Misc.

Why, there's a change in the weather, there's a change in the sea… We had a week of hot weather, and then yesterday afternoon, clouds moved in and the temperature dropped about 25° and we even had a few drops of rain, but not enough to matter. I tell you, if we get some real rain, I'm going to be out dancing in it. A local surfer/fisherman said to me the other day, “Everything I do involves water."
Work, work… I'm actually out here working seven days a week, or at least every day that I'm not traveling somewhere. I love it all, really -- e-mail, blogging, feedback, working on this new book -- but I'm looking forward to taking some time off to do other things next year. Fishing, hiking, a trip to some warm water, probably Hawaii; gardening, foraging. One of my goals for the next few years is to greatly increase the amount of food I bring home from fishing, hunting, and foraging. It's doable, it just takes getting away from the keyboard.
Rock 'n roll in Mill Valley Sweetwater was a great nightclub in Mill Valley for many years. For example, I walked by it one afternoon maybe 10 years ago, and the chalkboard outside said "Tonight: Pinetop Perkins.” Holy shit! I went, and was he great. 83 years old, immaculate purple suit, lavender tie, sparkling piano, flirting with young women. (Oops, I think I've written this before -- whatever.) Sweetwater was then closed for a number of years, but now it's reopened in a larger venue, and is maybe even better than ever. Good food, good stage visibility, good vibes.
Friday night I got a pass from a friend who works there, had a couple of really good sliders, a very dark beer on tap and, along with packed house saw the band Zepparella, a 4-woman band channeling Led Zeppelin; it was a good show.
Confession  I suspect I repeat myself, not too infrequently, these days. Here's the reason: memory is not infinite. You can't recall everything you've ever done (or written) in the past (unless you're one of those geniuses portrayed on 60 minutes a few years ago). So as daily experiences, and the years, accumulate, the memory part of your brain has to dump something out to take in the new stuff. Right?
   (I have a feeling I've written this before.)

Stewart Brand's Whole Earth Catalog, the book that changed the world

From an article (long one) in yesterday's The Observer, by Carole Cadwalladr, here. Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images

"…But then, it's almost impossible, to flick through the pages of the Catalog and recapture its newness and radicalism and potentialities. Not least because the very idea of a book changing the world is just so old-fashioned. Books don't change anything these days. If you want to start a revolution, you'd do it on Facebook. And so many of the ideas that first reached a mainstream audience in the Catalog – organic farming, solar power, recycling, wind power, desktop publishing, mountain bikes, midwife-assisted birth, female masturbation, computers, electronic synthesizers – are now simply part of our world, that the ones that didn't go mainstream (communes being a prime example) rather stand out.…

"It changed the world, says Turner, in much the same way that Google changed the world: it made people visible to each other. And while the computer industry was building systems to link communities of scientists, the Catalog was a 'vernacular technology" that was doing the same thing.…

"John Markoff, who wrote What the Dormouse Said: How the Sixties Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer Industry, says, simply: 'Stewart was the first one to get it. He was the first person to understand cyberspace. He was the one who coined the term personal computer. And he influenced an entire generation, including an entire generation of technologists'.…
 
"Kevin Kelly, the founding editor of Wired magazine, tells me how he first came across the Catalog when he was still in high school 'and it changed my life. But then it changed everybody's life. It inspired me not to go to college but to go and try and live out my own life. It was like being given permission to invent your own life. That was what the Catalog did. It was called "access to tools" and it gave you tools to create your own education, your own business, your own life'.…"
Sent us by Vic Long

Riding the Dream - Adventure Blog - Rock Climbing, Snowboarding, Surfing

"On the final day of September 2007, I left Jasper Alberta Canada without any agenda, plans or time. Living simply from my passion of photography and writing, living a freedom life while riding my Suzuki DR 350 motorcycle in search of rock climbing, surfing and experiencing different cultures along the way. Now nearly 100 000 km, 19 countries and 4 years later... I continue to ride the dream... north from South America. You can follow my stories and collection of images through my blog.
                                                                 -Alain Dennis"
 http://ridingthedream.blogspot.com/