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Sleepy Man Banjo Boys - Bluegrass From New Jersey Kids


Published on Jul 5, 2013
"All under the age of 16, brothers Jonny, Robbie and Tommy Mizzone are from New Jersey, a US state that's better known for the rock of Bruce Springsteen than the bluegrass of Earl Scruggs. Nonetheless, the siblings began performing bluegrass covers, as well as their own compositions, at a young age. Here, they play three dazzling songs in three different keys, passing the lead back and forth from fiddle to banjo to guitar."

Shelter Looking for Apprentice or Part Time Employee and/or Website Designer

The paradox is that we're getting this incredible feedback, now daily, and sales of our books have dropped off. We want to:

1. Redesign our website
2. Get Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and our blogs working to reach people. We have tons of "content."
3. Produce more short videos
4. Consult with internet-savvy people
5. Get word out more broadly about our books
6. Get theshelterblog audience large enough so we get income from it.

Ideally we'd find a person who who understands blogs, "social media," and how to build a new website.
Contact us if you or anyone you know might be interested in working with us: shelter@shelterpub.com

Will, Lloyd and the Rainbow Girls

I went to see the Rainbow Girls Friday night and thought they were fantastic. Great vocal harmonies, and they all kept switching instruments. After they finished, my son Will (a drummer) and I were talking to them outside the bar and Will mentioned that I had published Tiny Homes and one of them screamed, "Oh I love that book!" Pretty soon we were hanging out with all 4 of them. They all knew at least one of our books.
Check them out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzF9sUCsRm0
People in Oregon: they'll be there August 26th-30th: http://www.rainbowgirlsmusic.com/

Small Homes Book Under Production

I'm rolling with layout of Small Homes. It's like magic: I start with a bunch of photos and columns of text and start assembling. I'll pick a lead photo and blow it up on my little (inexpensive)  6-year-old Brother DCP-9040CN color printer/copier and start laying things down, getting pics to size on the copy machine, shifting stuff around, adding text, taping it down with Scotch removable tape and voila, it's lookin pretty good.

Note: we want to hear what people are doing about shelter in cities (other than paying $3500/month for a studio apartment in San Francisco). Email us at smallhomes@shelterpub.com

I've got so much going on right now, what with the book production, and also due to the fact that our sales have dropped off (in the midst of incredible feedback), so we're working on marketing. Goal is to get people in bookstores just to pick up one of our books.

I'm back in the water after about 20 years of running (mostly on the mountain). Swimming and paddling my (12' Joe bark Surftek) paddleboard, which whisks through the water. The other day I got in a strong outgoing tide, paddling hard, and was going at least 10 mph, if not 15, water spraying from the bow, pretending I was a speedboat. The water in the ocean is uncharacteristically warm right now. Some days 65 degrees. Am I in LA?

Robert McKinney's Cozy Motorhome

I really like the curved roof (a la gypsy wagons) for small spaces. More restful, less claustrophobic than the steep gable roofs of so many tiny homes.

"Hi Lloyd,
Thanks for all the awesome publications. I think I have them all, except your latest.…I used to live in an old Cortez motorhome for years and drove all over the west to help build straw bale buildings, a couple there in Marin.
 I've lived in my latest motorhome for 5 years now. The wall are insulated with straw and reeds, which will soon be earth plastered. It will also have a solar heated radiant floor. It's has a completely shielded and isolated electrical system to eliminate EMFs.
I'm also in the process of completely reconstructing a single wide trailer using my new straw wall system that I'm hoping will be easy for anyone to reproduce. It will be extremely fire resistant, inexpensive to build and have a higher R value than most "tiny homes".

Here's a few photos of my current home. It's a Ford CF 7000 with a 20 ft alum. box I've altered a bit.
-Robert McKinney"

Jay Nelson's Suzuki Camper Built for Foster Huntington

Jay Nelson's work has been featured in Tiny Homes and Tiny Homes on the Move. Foster Huntington's Toyota Tacoma camper was featured in Tiny Homes on the Move.

From Foster:
"The car is a Suzuki SJ410. It's the predecessor to the Samurai and has a 1 liter 4-cylinder engine.
The camper is made out of marine plywood and thin copper sheeting. The camper has a sleeping space that's just over 6 feet long over the cab.
 Jay Nelson designed and built the camper in two weeks with some help from some friends."

Jay's Website: http://www.jaynelsonart.com/
More on Jay: http://lloydkahn-ongoing.blogspot.com/search?q=jay+nelson
Foster's website: http://www.arestlesstransplant.com/
More on Foster: http://lloydkahn-ongoing.blogspot.com/search?q=Foster+huntington

Pacific West Coast Ocean Warmer

Hi Lloyd, warm ocean down there! But same up here in BC.  Droughts in the rainforest, this year's salmon in big trouble.
Readers of your blog can see the ever-changing blob for themselves here:
Drag the view you like and click anywhere to get a reading of sea surface temperature anomaly.  Click on "earth" to get full menus - wind mapping at any elevation too, very cool.
I've been tracking this slow-moving ocean heater for months, there were some +5.3C hotspots out there last week.
David Shipway
Cortes Island, BC, Canada

There ARE a Few Good Architects in the USA: Lake/Flato Architects in Texas

"HACIENDA JA JA
Alamo Heights, TX

Nestled beneath the canopy of the live oaks, the home is a natural partner with its neighbors in scale, with porches allowing its residents to easily engage with activity on the street.

Carefully sited to preserve and to protect the live oaks, to promote cross-ventilation and to maximize natural daylighting, the home is also designed to avoid solar thermal gain during the summer and capture passive solar heating during the winter. Rainwater is collected from the roofs and stored in a below-ground tank; during most of the year, captured rain water will supplant domestic water for all landscape irrigation needs."
http://www.lakeflato.com/projects/homes.asp
Suggested by Michael Gaspers