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Spotted this little house in a eucalyptus grove last week. About 18" wide, 2' high. Maybe an abandoned doll house.

Kevin Kelly in Mongolia

"…The wildness is a deception. Scattered in nearly every vista of Mongolia are the round white tents of nomads. We know these tent houses as yurts; they call them ger (pronounced gair). They are the primary home to about 1 million nomads. Today’s nomads retain a lifestyle relatively unchanged from that of their forebears in important ways. Living as I do—in a world teeming with smartphones and Wi-Fi, smart TVs and self-driving cars—it is a remarkable thing to travel among them.
The nomads are herders and typically own about 1,000 animals—mostly sheep and goats, but cows, horses, dogs, camels, and yaks as well. You could think of them as ranchers who move their ranch seasonally. They set up their ger in spring for maximum summer pastures, then they move it again for winter feeding. This movement is not north to south as might be expected, but from lowlands to highlands, or even from open valley in summer to hidden hilly nook in winter to escape the wind, which is more punishing than the cold.…"
-Kevin Kelly

Leaves on San Francisco street Friday

From "Modern Times," a B&W masterpiece by Charlie Chaplin.


Paulette Goddard, Charlie's beautiful waif girlfriend has found them a house. "It's not Buckingham Palace," she says. Charlie walks in and a beam falls on his head.

One of the funniest movies of all time. It's a silent film, but made when sound was available. Charlie apparently felt that the Little Tramp wouldn't work with sound, so this is silent. In the end the Little Tramp and Paulette walk off into the sunset, and this was the end of this character.

Hayes Carll and Bonnie Whitmore, "Another Like You"

Hayes is performing at Slim's in San Francisco, Sunday, November 7 at 7 PM.

Basque Shepherd's Trailer


I went to the 65th (!) reunion of my class of 1952, Lowell High School, San Francisco, on Friday. About 80 people out of a class of 250 attended. Even though I've taken a different direction (wealth, politics) than most of them, I still love seeing these friends of 70+ years.

It was held at the Basque Cultural Center in South San Francisco, and this wagon was parked out in front. The curved roof, with bed at one end is, I believe, an excellent configuration for a tiny home, far better than the poster boy for tiny homes, the steep gable roof with ladder to loft for sleeping -- a bad design, in my opinion, for many reasons. Here you can have drawers under the bed, and the curved roof gives you a feeling of spaciousness, as opposed to the claustrophobia of many tiny home designs.

This is also the basic design for the vardo of the Roma people in Europe.

At first glance I thought it was a funky BMW 2000, but it turned out to be (I believe) an Alfa Romeo Giulia, built 1962- 1978. On 46th Ave. in SF. Soulful little car.

Go to the post page…

Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen celebrates after the Pirates victory over the Baltimore Orioles 5-3, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, in Pittsburgh. Look at that elevation! (And joy.)

Photo by Keith Srakocic/AP

I picked this up from here, a great blog:
http://tomclarkblog.blogspot.com/

Driftwood Beach Shack


This is from a 64 page book I'm just finishing laying out: Driftwood Shacks: Anonymous Architecture Along the California Coast. It's a new format and if it works, I'll be publishing a bunch of smaller books on various subjects. Limited print run. not one of our major bookstore distribution books.

Red-shouldered hawk got trapped in netting box over strawberries this morning. I let him out after a few photos.

The California Fires, October, 2017

By Lloyd and Lesley Kahn
Saturday morning October 14th
We went to bed last Sunday night with no inkling of what was happening. About 3 AM, a fierce wind started blowing and we smelled smoke. At daybreak we learned that it came from fires some 60 miles away, mostly in neighboring Sonoma county. It’s been a grim week.

Everyone seems to know people or have relatives that have lost their homes. My brother was luckier than most with his farm in the Napa Valley: he lost a barn, tractor, Toyota Tacoma, and an accessory building, but his house was OK. He has 2,000 olive trees and they were not burned, but he’s not sure if they’ll be ruined by the smoke. It was his biggest crop ever.

Whale Skull on Beach

Skull of 79 foot blue whale that washed up on local beach 5 months ago. This is about 8 feet across. These creatures are enormous; this one probably weighed 150 tons. The tongue weighs 3 tons. Baby blue whales gain 200 pounds in weight every day when growing.

Fishing Shack in Italy

In 2003, after the Frankfurt Book Fair, I took a RyanAir cheapo flight from Frankfurt to Pescara on the Adriatic coast of Italy. From there I took a train south, then a ferry to Isole Tremiti, an archipelago of islands. I came back to the mainland and drove along the coast and spotted this shack, called a trabucco. Said to have been invented by the Phoenicians, trabucci allowed fishermen to cast nets without being tossed around in boats in rough weather. (Just ran across this in going through old photos.)

Footwear of Cinderella's ranchero boyfriend

Santa Rosa Fires

Fountain Grove, near Santa Rosa yesterday. We're not in any danger (so far), but it makes me realize how vulnerable we are in this part of the world. 15 dead so far, Santa Rosa devastated. Winds down today but air still smoky here, 60 miles from nearest fire.
Photo: Ken Porter, The Press Democrat

#beach bunker

Skeleton on Beach Yesterday

 Don't know what kind of animal. Harbor seal? Beautiful warm late afternoon, I swam out, harvested fresh seaweed, then picked watercress next to robust beach waterfall for dinner. If you're willing to walk a mile or more, you can get to beaches with no other people.

Primitive Technology: Tiled Roof Hut



Be sure to read the 'SHOW MORE."

Photo of Earth From 106,000 Miles Up

"The first image taken by NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft after completion of its Earth Gravity Assist maneuver on Sept. 22, 2017, cropped to show in greater detail the spacecraft’s view of Earth from 69,000 miles (110,000 kilometers). The image has been rotated so that Earth’s north pole is located at the top, and the Baja Peninsula is visible above and to the right of center. Cloud cover and the Pacific Ocean dominate most of the image, but Hurricane Maria and the remnants of Hurricane Jose can be seen in the far upper-right portion of the image, off the east coast of the United States. This image was captured by NavCam 1, a black-and-white imager that is one of three cameras comprising TAGCAMS (the Touch-and-Go Camera System), which is part of OSIRIS-REx’s guidance, navigation, and control system."
Credits: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona"

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2017/osiris-rex-snaps-pictures-of-earth-and-the-moon

Note: you can see the outline of the Baja peninsula, delineated by the narrow black band running at an angle, up and right of center. The black is the Sea of Cortez.

So Long, Tom

Asian Vitruvian Man



Leonard Da Vinci's Vitruvian Man: