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Polyphonic Harmony in Georgia

I mentioned to Rick (Gordon) the other day that I had heard that vocal harmonizing had its roots in Europe, and that I once had a CD with 5-part vocal harmony (but couldn't find it). Rick, who is a singer in addition to being our book builder as well as tech meister, turned me on to the below. It gave me chills. It led me to exploring Georgian singing.

I wonder if Leonard Cohen has heard this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-uK8Ac-rYY


If anyone digs up more of this wonderful singing, please leave a comment.

Little building in small Marin county town

Stretch To Start the Day

I haven't done this for a while, but just got back in to doing it every morning when I fire up the Mac. I have it up at the top of my bookmarks.

Tiny House, Big Living - HGTV Show on Tiny Homes Seeking Builders

We recently got this press release. I haven't seen the show, so don't know what it's like.

They're looking for people who are about to build and live in a tiny home. If you contact them, let us know the outcome.

Contact them here:

Asparagus on Haida Gwai

Photo: Lloyd Alter
(You probably have to be over 50 to get this.)

Hayes Carll & Bonnie Whitmore - Another Like You

Street art by Zio Ziegler, cool-looking surf shop on 3800 block of Noriega, SF - was closed with "gone surfing" sign when I was there yesterday.

Auto showroom with lots of unique vintage autos on Van Ness near O'farrell, San Francisco

Small home out by beach, San Francisco

Gabrielle Garland Art Exhibit Opens Saturday in Chicago

Gabrielle Garland is a prolific New York-based artist whose main focus right now is on homes and dwelling spaces. Her little homes are whimsical and alive. Here is what The Hughes Gallery in Australia wrote about her:

"…Focusing on areas of human habitation, Garland does not seek to directly depict these spaces, but rather to communicate the ways we experience place. To that end she twists the rules of perspective to better suit the shift in focus and vantage point that occurs when we are in a room or outside a building. Memory is integral to the process. Garland takes photographs to remind her of the experience of a space and when translating them to drawings she combines alternative perspectives from different photographs to create 'a kind of virtual collage allowing many different systems of order to exist in a single piece.…'"

 There is a wonderful body of her work at http://gabriellegarland.org/ and an exhibit opening in Chicago on July 22nd (tomorrow): http://www.corbettvsdempsey.com/2016/06/24/gabrielle-garland-2/

Leroy Neiman painting, gallery same block as Buena Vista Cafe, SF Wed nite

3800 block of Noriega, SF, great shops, stores. New to me.

Full Moon on Ocean Last Night

May the sun
bring you new energy by day.
May the moon
softly restore you by night.
May the rain
wash away your worries.
May the breeze
blow new strength
into your being.

May you walk
gently through the world
and know its beauty
all the days of your life.
                                     Apache Blessing

Progress on SMALL HOMES Book

We just finished what will probably be the middle section of the book, "Small Homes in Cities and Towns," 67 photos on some 20 pages. When Rick showed me the finished pages, I was thrilled. Some times I'll muddle my way through a project, starting with no concept of how it will come out, and the whole, as  they say, is greater than the sum of its parts, i.e., synergy.

We've got 200 out of 224 pages done now. I have this great feeling, having worked for so many months, because:
1. we're close to the end (to printers in November, out February 2017)
2. it looks so darned good!

Annual joy: looking at apples on a tree I planted 6-7 years ago -- right outside studio door.

Sea Otter in Santa Cruz

Looks like he's got an abalone or big clam on his belly. They use rocks to crack open shells. I had a friend in high school, Mike Barnato, a swimmer, who said he wanted to be reincarnated as a sea otter.

Street art, 6:30 AM, corner Filbert/Columbus, San Francisco

House in San Francisco Last Week

No Shoes No Shirt No Service

House in Santa Cruz last week

Bikes and Banjos

"The unconventional life of I, seeking thrills in hills of thighs, thighs of hills, on bikes resonating along the twang of banjos and books whispering beside the silence of now. Leave your mind, gasm a little and become one with the dingus, sporadic, raw and original material included. - T.P"

I caught up with Trevor a few weeks ago and he gave me his new online photo journal:

Here's my encounter with him in 2012: http://lloydkahn-ongoing.blogspot.com/2012/01/ride-down-mountain-this-afternoon.html

Bringing Back California's San Joaquin River

At 85 years of age, organic raisin farmer and lifelong river advocate Walt Shubin is not slowing down. He has dedicated the last 65 years of his life to restoring California’s once-mighty San Joaquin River to the wild glory he remembers as a young boy. Driven by his passion for the river, and despite worn out knees and joints, he takes us on a journey to help us understand why this river is so important to all of us as well.
From David Shipway

Painting on wall by Jim Phillips at NHS, Inc. (skateboards, snowboards, surfboards, Santa Cruz bikes ) in Santa Cruz yesterday

Kevin Kelly Speaking About His New Book "The Inevitable" in San Francisco July 14th

"We’re at just the beginning of the beginning of the digital world for humanity, says Kevin Kelly.  But some deep trends have already emerged that can reliably be conjured with and braced for.  Kelly calls them inevitable.

The internet was inevitable, he says, but Wikipedia was not.  Smart phones were inevitable, the iPhone not.  The twelve deepest trends he labels: Becoming; Cognifying; Flowing; Screening; Accessing; Sharing; Filtering; Remixing; Interacting; Tracking; Questioning; and Beginning.

Kevin Kelly is the author of Out of Control, New Rules for the New Economy, Cool Tools, What Technology Wants, and now, The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future.  He is one of the founding board members of The Long Now Foundation.…"
-Stewart Brand

"The Next 30 Digital Years," Kevin Kelly, the Herbst Theater, Civic Center, San Francisco, 7pm, Thursday July 14.  The show starts promptly at 7:30pm.

A Month-long Love Affair With Scotland

This is a link to all my posts from this Spring in Scotland. Above is the view from the "bothy" (hut) on a hillside on the Isle of Eigg, where we spent a week. That's the Isle of Rum across the water.

Close Encounters With Creatures Medium and Small on Warm Summer Night

I went on a slow 4-mile run on a coastal trail the other evening. A skunk ambled across, then cottontails, one after the other. These little rabbits seem to have proliferated. I counted 9 of them in all. A young deer stood stock still as I went by, his ears revolving and tracking me like radar antennas. At a hillside pond, swallows were swooping down to skim the water, picking up insects and leaving ripples on the smooth surface.
Driving home along the coast that night, I spotted the wily coyote that I've seen before, standing by the side of the road. "Let the Juke Joint Jump" by Koko Taylor was playing on the radio. I backed up so the coyote was about 20 feet from my rolled-down window and turned up the volume. He stayed right there—his first experience with the blues. Fittingly, this song is on Koko's album titled Force of Nature.