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"All Hands on Deck…"

Tiny Homes has been selling so well that we have to do a speedy 7th reprinting. I just wrote to Rick and Lew -- regarding our 3-man team needing to converge Monday to get the changes done -- and said "All hands on deck Monday."
  Which brought to mind Procul Harum's "A Salty Dog," an epic of the sea which starts out with seagull cries and "All hands on deck…"
   Which I'm playing now, still amazed at this masterpiece of a rock opera. Wonderful still, 45 years later…
 

Steve Arene's Dome in Thailand

"In 2011 I had a wonderful visit with my friend Hajjar Gibran. For years he has inspired me with his creative ideas. This time he was building domes at his retreat center in northeast Thailand. He and his wife offered me a spot on their mango farm to build my own dome.
With Hajjar's guidance and design ideas, along with my own, and his son-in-law Tao's masonry skills, I had my dome home up and painted in six weeks.
For a lot of great photos, click here.
Sent us by David Shipway

Why This Tiny Home Did Not Work Out in the Long Term

"Well… I feel a little sheepish about not writing for so long! But. It is my blog. ;)
   Actually though, I feel more sheepish because we moved out of the tiny house in December… and I am just now posting about it! Yes. That’s right. We no longer live in our tiny house. What happened? Well, ultimately, the Tiny House was just not meeting our needs.
   We still have it, and will be using it as a guest house on our new property. But it was just too small! Both Shane and I agreed that we could live in a tiny house ALONE no problem. Haha? We lived in it full time from May 2012 through November 2013 – 18 months – a year and a half. I’d say we gave it a good run.…"
This was on this blog a year ago. I keep telling people that the important message in the tiny house "movement" is to get smallerKudos to Carrie and Shane Caverly for their honesty (and follow-through). 
Click here.

Thursday Morning Fish Fry -- Home on a Wing and a Prayer

WELL! In retrospect I think it was sheer exhaustion. Finishing the new book after a speeded-up schedule, too little sleep, too much caffeine, 3 major trips back to back -- I don't do airplanes/airports well at all -- and I got to Hawaii -- long anticipated, oh boy, warm water -- wrote a blog post the first morning there about how rich my life was, and keblam, the next day folded like a limp hot air balloon…Long story short -- it's been about 2 weeks of feeling like shit + severe neck pain and I'm finally on the other side…I recognized a couple of things during this episode: (1) I'm a total wimp about  being sick. It's the end of my world; I don't suffer feeling bad or low-chi gladly and (2) I haven't had sufficient empathy for people that are ill or in pain. The neck thing made me realize what people who have say, back pain, are going through. Holy shit! Well, a big fat (800 mg) Ibuprofen cured the neck pain -- voila -- plus there was a music documentary of George H. W. Bush's 1989 inauguration -- blues, baby! -- and a killer version of "Hey Bo Diddley" with Bo and Ronnie Woods that was extraordinary -- and I started to move my neck, and sweet Jesus, I feel alive again, and ready to get on with my life. I might even jump on my skateboard this afternoon.
   Whenever things break down like this for me, I can count back to at least 6 dumb things I've done, in combo. Here there were like 9. Look at the amount of stuff I was carrying -- no checked bags -- plus I was walking up all the stairs, not using escalators, in airports, to get a workout. Yes, yes…

Curved Tree House

From Pinterest here. Unfortunately, like so many photos on Pinterest, there is no way to track down the photogtrapher.

Jimmie Rodgers Blue Yodel #6

Blue Yodel #6 - 1930 by Jimmie Rodgers on Grooveshark

Emi Sunshine Sings the Blues

Lew just showed me his on his FaceBook page before he left the office tonight. Sure brightened up the rest of the day!

Photos From Hong Kong #1

Been going through photos from recent trip; will post a few now and then when I get time.

Stewart Brand's Summary of Mariana Mazzucato's Recent Seminar at Long Now Foundation

Date: Tue, 25 Mar 2014
Subject: [SALT] Government as radical, patient VC (Mariana Mazzucato talk)
"The iPhone, Mazzucato pointed out, is held up as a classic example of world-changing innovation coming from business.
   Yet every feature of the iPhone was created, originally, by multi-decade government-funded research.  From DARPA came the microchip, the Internet, the micro hard drive, the DRAM cache, and Siri.  From the Department of Defense came GPS, cellular technology, signal compression, and parts of the liquid crystal display and multi-touch screen (joining funding from the CIA, the National Science Foundation, and the Department of Energy, which, by the way, developed the lithium-ion battery.)  CERN in Europe created the Web.  Steve Jobs’ contribution was to integrate all of them beautifully.
   Venture Capitalists (VCs) in business expect a return in 3 to 5 years, and they count on no more than one in ten companies to succeed.  The time frame for government research and investment embraces a whole innovation cycle of 15 to 20 years, supporting the full chain from basic research through to viable companies. That means they can develop entire new fields such as space technology, aviation technology, nanotechnology, and, hopefully, Green technology.
   But compare the reward structure.  Government takes the greater risk with no prospect of great reward, while VCs and businesses take less risk and can reap enormous rewards.  'We socialize the risks and privatize the rewards.'

West Vancouver Rustic Waterfront Cabin for Sale

"... this is the best waterfront value in the Gulf Islands & only 8 min from Vancouver. 17,000 sq ft lot with 65 ft of WATERFRONT frontage. This rustic cabin is in original condition with lots of life left & an incredible waterfront view. Features include, low bank access to water, rain water catchment system. Private westerly facing lot with deep water moorage option directly in front of property. Can be sold together with Lot 40. Call listing agent for details..."
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How Tiny House Communities can Work for Both the Haves and the Have Nots

"Ryan Mitchell lives and breathes tiny houses. He has been running the popular website The Tiny Life for the past five years; is currently planning a tiny house conference for approximately 120 people in Charlotte, N.C., where he lives; and has written a book on tiny living that’s due to be published in July. To top it off, he recently finished construction on a tiny house of his very own..."

Click here.

Tiny homes making big inroads in inner city Portland

"According to Michael Andersen at the Bike Portland blog, tiny homes (or ADUs, accessory dwelling units) now make up about three percent of new dwellings in the city of Portland, with one in ten new homes considered 'tiny.' These living spaces of 800 square feet or less are tucked into backyards, built on wheels and ready to be towed around to their resting grounds, or made-over from old garages."
Click here.