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Tiny Homes At Risk From New HUD Rule

"A proposed rule by the Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD) on February 9, 2016, threatens "full-time RV'ers," and further stymies those seeking to build their tiny house as a street legal home."

http://timbertrails.tv/Government-HUD-Rule-Could-Prohibit-Use-of-Tiny-House-as-Dwelling-Domicile-Primary-Residence

From Rick Gordon

Canadian Home in Our Book Inspires Home in Tasmania

Hey Lloyd, hope you are well and working hard at it on your next project!

My name is Pete Robey and my wife Blythe and I live in Tasmania. The little island attached to the bottom of Australia. Thought I would share with you that our house is the first approved cordwood home in Australia. It is currently featured in Australia’s Owner Builder magazine. You can get a link here at the bottom of the page: http://www.thehousethatworkedout.com
I bought your 3 books: Shelter, Builders of the Pacific Coast, and Homework early on before we had even confirmed style.
The Baird House from page 28-31 of Builders of the Pacific Coast just grabbed me. Thanks Mike Baird and to you too Lloyd (House) for this inspiration.

We designed our home with the same ideal: every room and every area of the home can pretty much engage with every other area of the home. The village TeePee idea.

We have a massive 4ft diameter, 20 ft long tree holding up the earth roof and our 2nd story doesn’t go all the way to the middle so we have plenty of space.

We don’t have stairs, preferring to use a gym rope as exercise to get to the 2nd floor.

Catch you later.

Pete

"Ecological Wildfire," a seminar by Steven Pyne, summarized by Stewart Brand

“We are uniquely fire creatures,” Pyne began, “on a uniquely fire planet.”  Life itself is a form of slow metabolic combustion—which eventually created oxygen and burnable vegetation that allowed fast combustion, ignited by lightning.  Humans came along and mastered fire for warmth, food preparation, and managing the landscape, and that made us a keystone species.  Humanity’s ecological signature on the world is fire.

Then we made fire the all-purpose catalyst for craft (clay, glass, metal) and eventually industry, shifting to the vast geological resource of fossil fuels.  That “pyric transition” made humans dominant on the earth, even to the point of affecting climate.  We used fire to clear much of the world’s forest for agriculture.

Then came a century of misdirection about wildfire.  The forests of Europe are mostly too wet to burn, but by the late 19th century the leading foresters in world came from there and taught their ignorance to foresters in North America and India, where the land depends on seasonal fire for ecological health.  National governments set about suppressing all wildfire, with catastrophic success. In the absence of the usual occasional local fires, massive fuel loads built up, and destructive megafires became the norm.  There was an alternative theory of a “restoration strategy” to manage wildfire in way that would emulate how lightning and native American burning kept the landscape ecologically healthy, but it has been applied haltingly and fractionally, and megafires still rule.

“The real argument for fire is that it does ecological work that nothing else does,” Pyne concluded.  “Charismatic megaflora” like redwoods need fire.  An ecologically rich mosaic of forest, savannah, and meadows needs fire.  Healthy prairie needs fire or it gets taken over by invasive woody plants. People trained only as foresters are blind to all that.  Wildfire practice now works best when it is guided by wildlife biologists who insist that red cockaded woodpeckers need fire-dependent longleaf pines, that grizzly bears need the berries that grow in recent burns, that pheasants need grassland burned free of invasive eastern red cedar.

The techniques for prescribed burns for a bioabundant natural landscape are now well honed.  They need to be applied much more widely.  When in doubt how to proceed, ask the ecologists, who will ask the animals.

—Stewart Brand
https://medium.com/the-long-now-foundation

Yes it's me and I'm in love again…

…with the Pacific Ocean, that is, in which I just paddled about a mile on my 12' Joe Bark paddleboard. First time paddling, first time swimming in over 2 months. Boy, did that activate some chi!

I saw a lone seal cavorting. It reminded me of a swimming teammate of mine in high school, Mike Barnato, who said he wanted to be reincarnated as a seal. I thought it might be Mike out there.

Fats Domino, "I'm in Love Again"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajWI1g7dNAk

GARY CLARK JR. - "When My Train Pulls In" (Live in Griffith Park, CA)


From Evan Kahn