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Is living off the Grid now a crime?

"'It has a bedroom, bathroom, kitchenette, all that.' Joey Gallo, a disabled vet facing homelessness under county orders, with his friend Lucky."

"Tough code enforcement has been ramped up in these unincorporated areas of L.A. County, leaving the iconoclasts who chose to live in distant sectors of the Antelope Valley frightened, confused and livid. They point the finger at the Board of Supervisors' Nuisance Abatement Teams, known as NAT, instituted in 2006 by Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich in his sprawling Fifth District. The teams' mission: "to abate the more difficult code violations and public nuisance conditions on private property."


From Rick Gordon

New house for Lakiya by Habitat for Humanity

Lakiya Culley, homeowner candidate through Habitat for Humanity, stands outside of her future residence and the Parsons The New School for Design and Stevens Institute of Technology's entry in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011 in Washington, D.C., Wed., Sept. 28, 2011. (Credit: Stefano Paltera/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Check photos from different years of this event (which continues through Oct 2 in D.C.): http://is.gd/lakiya

Music du jour: Dinah Washington singing "What A Difference A Day Makes"

Eustace Conway - Traditional Lifestyles of the 21st Century

Thanks to Phil Miano for this wonderful video. Eustace: "Most of the things people tell you are impossible really aren't."

Holy Cow! Check the lineup at this weekend's Hardly Strictly Blue Grass Festival

Free in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.( I just discovered the lineup…boy!)
Merle Haggard, Charlie Musselwhite, Emmy Lou Harris, Del McCrory, Ralph Stanley, Dr. John, Irma Thomas, Blind Boys of Alabama, Steve Earle, Robert Plant, Earle Scruggs plus all the bands I've never heard of…only in San Francisco!
I take my bike in the truck and park out at the beach, then ride to the park and ride back and forth between  the stages.

Bjork's island house

"This enchanting house is located on an island called Elliðaey near Vestmannaeyjar, a small archipelago off the south coast of Iceland. The house was given to singer, Bjork from her motherland as a 'Thank You' for putting Iceland on the international map."
Photo © Ivar Atlason
Thanks to Moon to Moon for reference

Captain's cabin - tiny house on high seaside cliff

Secret spot on Northern California coast. The tiny building, built many years ago by a sea captain, is like  the cockpit on a ship, on the edge of this ridge looking out to sea. (Cabin is just to the right of the trees; you can see the light colored stovepipe.)
Mussels and starfish on beach below

Free tiny buildings in Massachusetts

From Deek Diedrickson's blog 6 days ago:
"My brother spotted this FREE craigslist offer in MA (the town he lives in), but apparently somewhat too late (although some remain- MOVE FAST!) as he told me that he witnessed a crew, first hand, wrecking these storage lockers/sheds (at a marina/yacht club) and trucking the debris away. Oh the humanity! Windows, doors, perfectly good lumber- all being trashed. If you take a quick look at these little tiny sheds, they could easily be reconfigured into small guest houses or vacation cottages- in essense, aside from hauling them somewhere, its a FREE small house at your disposal- deck and porch roofing/canopy-framing included.…
   Contact Pete at 1-508-965-8181. "

The best book on anatomy in the world

Atlas of Human Anatomy [Paperback], by Frank H. Netter. About $100 new, but used copies are about $25.
A few years ago I had an operation for carpal tunnel syndrome by Robert Markison, a brilliant hand surgeon in San Francisco, to whom I will always be grateful for giving me back pretty full usage of my right hand. Markison is also a medical illustrator (not to mention that he designs and makes musical instruments and makes his own shoes, among other talents) and he recommended this book. From my years of editing fitness books, I've built up quite a collection of books on anatomy. But this book and the drawings therein are in a class of their own. It's hard to believe that one man -- Frank Netter --  could do all these intricate and exquisite drawings in a lifetime.
   I've meant to mention this book for some time, but it was an, er, accident two days ago that caused me to get it out. I was stepping off a ladder in the greenhouse and my foot hit a planter box and I found myself falling. (When I was in the air, I was thinking, this can't be happening.) I twisted around to avoid landing on my back and got my arm out to take the weight of the fall. Ugh! Sharp shoulder pain. I lay there wondering just how much damage I'd done. Long story short: two days of an ice bag and shoulder movement, and it seems to be mending. I really don't want to have shoulder surgery.

Off Grid Tiny House with two kitchens

"This is 12' x `12' cabin, it probably cost about $3000.…"

Pickle barrel house

On 9/23/11, Joshua Marker wrote in a message entitled: More watching:
Howdy Lloyd; I've been a big fan for some time, and You is my favorite mind-soothing reading. I live in SF. Link below to an interesting situation. A friend of mine lived in the harbor in Sausalito in the early 80s, is now a boatbuilder in Michigan where I grew up. He's a groovy fellow; took a brief break from boats to usher in this thing called the Internet to northern MI. But I digress - I wanted to tell you about his latest project, restoring the "pickle barrel house" in Grand Marais. It's a house made out of two enormous pickle barrels. . . big for barrels, small for a house. I thought you'd enjoy:
   I'll be going on the road in early Oct. To do repairs on the Pickle Barrel House in Grand Marais, MI. Should be interesting.
   Congrats on approaching the end line for the book! Looking forward to seeing it.

Tiny home = tiny (or no) mortgage

"Extra small is not a size that you typically think of when shopping for or building a home, but the economic times are causing homebuyers to downsize in a big way. It is not just a matter of selling a home with more square footage to buy and move into a house with less square footage either. In this case, it is about going down to the bare minimum of living space and bare necessities in life as far as your living space is concerned.…"
"…traditional mortgage lenders will not loan money on the home. With tiny home prices ranging from $16,000 to $40,000, homebuyers are choosing alternative methods to make the purchase. In many circumstances, they are using the proceeds of a home sale to buy the tiny home, which makes (it) a debt free home.
"Even if you do take out a …(loan), the payments on such a small mortgage amount will be next to nothing.…"

Boats at anchor yesterday

The last couple of years, with lousy fishing, there were hardly any boats anchored here. This year, the salmon and other fish have more or less returned, fishing is good, and everybody's back in the water.

Greenhouse gas emissions in producing different foods

"Two researchers at the University of Chicago estimated that switching to a vegan diet would have a bigger impact than trading in your gas guzzler for a Prius. A study out of Carnegie Mellon University found that the average American would do less for the planet by switching to a totally local diet than by going vegetarian one day a week....A Montanan who drives 40 miles to work might not have the option to take public transportation. But he or she can probably pull off a veggie stew.…" -Ezra Klein
Thanks to jhm for this

Los Angeles county using Nazi tactics to drive people off their land

At the end of the video, watch Supervisor Mike Antonovich refuse to answer an Antelope Valley resident about the county's "Nuisance Abatement Team." Hey, LA people, how about organizing to recall Antonovich?
"The Antelope Valley is a vast patch of desert on the outskirts of Los Angeles County, and a segment of the few rugged individualists who live out there increasingly are finding themselves the targets of armed raids from local code enforcement agents, who've assembled into task forces called Nuisance Abatement Teams (NATs).
   The plight of the Valley's desert dwellers made regional headlines when county officials ordered the destruction of Phonehenge: a towering, colorful castle constructed out of telephone poles by retired phone technician Kim Fahey. Fahey was imprisoned and charged with several misdemeanors.
   But Fahey is just one of many who've been targeted by the NATs, which were assembled at the request of County Supervisor Mike Antonovich in 2006. LA Weekly reporter Mars Melnicoff wrote an in-depth article in which she exposed the county's tactic of badgering residents with minor, but costly, code violations until they face little choice but to vacate the land altogether.
   'They're picking on the the people who are the most defenseless and have the least resources," says Melnicoff.…'"
  Sent us by Mark Anderson

Tiny building of scrap materials in Germany

I just wanted to send you a quick note regarding a little place I've been building out of scrap material. It's tucked away in the corner of the garden maintenance area of the Auepark in Kassel. Shelter 2 came in handy many a time during it's initial construction. Thanks! Knowing that you are traveling to Frankfurt for the book fair and that Kassel isn't too far by train. I thought I would drop you a line and invite you by for a glass of Kombucha.
   I hope to be stopping by the book fair myself, so, hope to meet you. Look forward to the new publication!
   All the best,
   Gareth (Moore)

The Smallest Hotel in the World

"So here's the story: it's 1728 and you live in Amberg, a little Bavarian town somewhere north of Munich. You and your lady friend really, really want to get married, but there is a little snag; the council laws permit only homeowners to marry, and you're still stuck renting a place. But all is not lost! You pick up a little strip of empty land between two other buildings - just 2.5 meters wide. You run up a quick wall on the front, another on the back, slap a roof on top, and presto - you're a homeowner. The council falls for it, and allows you to get married.
   But now what? Well, it's not liveable, so you head back to the rental place to live, but you recoup your investment by selling the Eh'häusl (Little Wedding House) to the next couple with the same problem. And so on, and so on ...
   There is no reliable record of how long the practice continued, but the building survived, and in 2008 it received a complete refurbishment, transforming it into a luxury hotel. Total size? 56 square meters. Maximum number of guests at any one time? Two.
   But there's more! According to an old legend told by the locals, couples who spend their wedding night at the tiny hotel are guaranteed "…to live happily ever after and never get divorced!"
Via Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow

Fast food is more expensive than home-cooked food. Duh!

From this morning's New York Times, by Op-Ed columnist Mark Bittman:
"…it isn’t cheaper to eat highly processed food: a typical order for a family of four — for example, two Big Macs, a cheeseburger, six chicken McNuggets, two medium and two small fries, and two medium and two small sodas — costs, at the McDonald’s a hundred steps from where I write, about $28.…"
   "…In general, despite extensive government subsidies, hyperprocessed food remains more expensive than food cooked at home. You can serve a roasted chicken with vegetables along with a simple salad and milk for about $14, and feed four or even six people. If that’s too much money, substitute a meal of rice and canned beans with bacon, green peppers and onions; it’s easily enough for four people and costs about $9. (Omitting the bacon, using dried beans, which are also lower in sodium, or substituting carrots for the peppers reduces the price further, of course.)…"
   "…'Anything that you do that’s not fast food is terrific; cooking once a week is far better than not cooking at all,' says Marion Nestle, professor of food studies at New York University and author of 'What to Eat.' 'It’s the same argument as exercise: more is better than less and some is a lot better than none.…'”
   "…Real cultural changes are needed to turn this around. Somehow, no-nonsense cooking and eating — roasting a chicken, making a grilled cheese sandwich, scrambling an egg, tossing a salad — must become popular again, and valued not just by hipsters in Brooklyn or locavores in Berkeley. The smart campaign is not to get McDonald’s to serve better food but to get people to see cooking as a joy rather than a burden, or at least as part of a normal life.…"


Solar-powered village rises in nation's capital

22 Sept 2011: "Hundreds of college students from around the U.S., and even a handful of other countries, have been busy this week building a village of solar-powered homes on a park at the nation's capital.
  The timing could have been better: The contest comes as Republicans grill the administration over its awarding of a $528 million loan guarantee to a solar panel company that has since filed for bankruptcy.
  The village and the grilling reflect the state of a technology first touted in the 1970s. Solar panels have gotten cheaper and more efficient, creating a new generation of visionaries, but companies are still seeking federal help given competition from China, which subsidizes its industry, and the fact that solar is still more expensive than fossil fuels.…"
Photo by Stefano Paltera  /  U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

On a divisive dam, a snippy bit of graffiti

"Anonymous activist artists recently painted a “cut here” scissor graphic on the obsolete 200 foot tall Matilija Dam near Ojai, California. As the LA Times reports, a coalition of environmentalists, surfers, fishermen, and government officials have been working for years to have the dam removed."
via Laughing Squid

Mandy's Firefly Tatoo

Mandy is one of the baristas at Trouble Coffee in San Francisco. She had this done last night, in one sitting. "I have a pretty high pain threshold."
I asked about the fireflies and the jar and she said something like, "You know how kids will collect fireflies, and they'll put the top on, and then they'll be dead…" She designed it herself. Tattooing by Nick Rodin at Blackheart Tattoo

Old Beach House in San Francisco This Morning

Jeb Corliss " Grinding The Crack"

Sent in by Jan Janzen

American dream fits into 96 square feet

From the Charleston City Paper. Story by Paul Bowers, photo by Jonathan Boncek
"…A tiny house, they reasoned, takes less building material than a standard-size house and costs very little to heat and cool. And of course, if they bought or salvaged all the materials up front and built it themselves, there would be no rent or mortgage to pay.
   What's more, with a tiny house built on a standard 16-foot trailer bed, they can rent a truck, pick up their home, and move to the mountains for the summer, escaping hurricane season and seeking out less sweltering climes where they can live without air conditioning. In the long run, they can also figure out a work schedule that allows them to summer with friends who own farmland in North Carolina, Tennesssee, Georgia, or the South Carolina Upstate and help tend to their farms. For Tremols and Baele, migrant labor is the dream.…"

Extreme Treehouses

"Bill Compher reaches his 100-ft.-high Cascade Range aerie via this 44-ft.-long suspension bridge, strung from a nearby Douglas fir."

Godfrey Stephens' Sailboat Mungo

Sailing in BC waters this summer. Photo taken in the middle of Juan de Fuca Strait by Henrik Lindstrom when Godfrey and his wife Megan sailed the Mungo to Port Townsend, Washington, from Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC. Henrik's boat "Misty" is featured in Tiny Homes.
Sent us by Tilikum

Godfrey's website 

MTV Meets SunRay Kelley

Here's a film of master natural builder SunRay Kelleys homestead in Washington, as shown on MTV's Extreme Cribs series. MTVs sound track sucks in  my opinion, seems like they're trying too hard to be hip and peppy, but it's a chance to meet SunRay's daughter Kumara and see a bunch of his wild buildings. SunRay was featured in Builders of the Pacific Coast.

Tiny Homes Finish Line in Sight

I don't mean to go on and on about it, but the book looms so large in my mind these days, it's the main current running through my life and we're in the final week, Been agonizing over the cover and title page for several weeks, a dozen mock-ups. Yesterday my friend Louie showed up to help me, and he hung in with me all day as we tried dozens of things. Louie says what he thinks, and it's great getting fresh perspective. At the end of the (hot) day, we went down to the beach. I went swimming; the tide was coming out of the lagoon fast and the water was warm, maybe 60º, and I
swam with the tide, felt like I was flying.

This morning I came out and surveyed the results (+ the carnage, shown here) and it's lookin pretty good. Lew and Rick are coming in today and the 3 of us will work on it. By the time we get it done, the cover will be the work of 5-6 people.

Confucius was a joker, Kafka was a spook…

Lyrics to Come a Rain by Kevin Welch:

Jesus was a pagan, Woody was a punk
Gandhi was a soldier, Hendrix was a monk
Leonardo was an alien, Plato was a scream
Vincent was a flower child, Elvis was a dream
Kurosawa was a samurai, Achilles was a gimp
Django was a miracle, Rasputin was a pimp
Piaf was a siren, Callas was the sea
Martin was a king on earth
in all his majesty

Come a rain, come a rain now

Confucius was a joker, Kafka was a spook
Rumi was a homey, Bukowski was a duke
Fellini was a scientist, Dante was a thug
Buddha was a cowboy, Amelia was a stud
Einstein was a psychic, Stalin was a hick
Marilyn was Marilyn, Picasso was a trip
Marley was a preacher, Columbus was a dope
Houdini was a rascal, Hank Williams was a ghost

Come a rain, come a rain now

Treehouse in France

Wed, 14 Sep 2011
Dear Lloyd... Thank you so much for the books you've created. I came across them through my Dad who was given Builders of the Pacific Coast as a gift for a tattoo he did... inside it read "dear Jim, here is some wood porn for you". I've always dreamed of a book that contains the images you've put together.
I cycled to this amazing tree building in France. I thought you might like to see it http://erinmacairt.blogspot.com/ .
Wishing you all the best, and look forward to your next book


The Barefoot Architect, Eco-friendly Cabaña, Surfing in Nicaragua

Surfer couple Kim Obermeyer and Holly Beck using our book The Barefoot Architect to build an "Eco-friendly Cabaña in Northern Nicaragua." When you go to this site, check out Holly riding her longboard -- she rocks!  (It's on right side, under "Recent Posts," titled "Longboarding at La Bahia." She just floats up from paddling to standing position and then shreds. She also runs a women's surf camp in Nicaragua, Suave Dulce.

Still Life in Windowsill

 I walked into the house last night and just about fell over when I saw these dahlias illuminated by the late afternoon sun on the breakfast nook windowsill.

Interior of Wharton Esherick House

"…when I recently visited the Wharton Esherick house in Pennsylvania. Or rather, the Wharton Esherick Man Cave, as I began to see it. It seems almost sacrilegious to say that Esherick was a furniture designer. He was a sculptor, who worked in wood; his work was as useful as it was beautiful, it brought art to craft and craft to art. It was completely sui generis; no one could possibly imitate the lyrical, organic lines of his style. He made everything from water jugs and chairs to stairs and buildings. He might be considered the "godfather" of the Studio Furniture Movement.…"
                                                                           -Dominque Browning
I should add that it was the crew of All Ages Productions who turned me on to Esherick last week. These are 4 guys (3 from Philadelphia) who were here on Friday shooting a video of me; they are doing 30 2-minute videos of different people for Sailor Jerry Rum (which I personally approve of, ahem, ahem). These will all get posted eventually on YouTube.

Wharton Esherick House (Now Museum)

"I had never heard of Wharton Esherick before this visit, but I found his work fascinating. He started to build this house in 1926, and continued to add to it until his death in 1970. It was particularly interesting to see the house in the Fall, as he colored the house to match the fall colors.…"
(In Philadelphia/Valley Forge area)
Photo by elston (Chuck Schneider)

Stewart Brand's Summaries of the Seminars About Long-term Thinking

It takes me too long to get into San Francisco to see the seminars hosted by Stewart Brand, but I really enjoy Stewart's succinct summaries. (Back in the Whole Earth days I was surprised that no one ever commented on the quality of Stewart's pithy, concise, often witty reviews.) 
On the "Learning to Learn Fast" seminar by Timothy Ferriss last week:
"To acquire 'the meta-skill of acquiring skills,' Ferriss recommends approaching any subject with some contrarian analysis: 'What if I try the opposite of best practices?'  Some conventional wisdom---'children learn languages faster than adults' (no they don't)---can be discarded.  Some conventional techniques can be accelerated radically.  For instance, don't study Italian in class for a year before your big Italy trip; just book your flight a week early and spend that week cramming the language where it's spoken.  You can be fluent in any language with mastery of just 1,200 words.…"
Here are 100 of his pared-down summaries of the SALT seminars for three bucks on the Kindle:

Little Trailer on Street in Oakland

Spotted this last week in an east Oakland neighborhood (on the edge of the really tough part of the city). Something about it just looked right. A guy came down the street and asked what I was doing. I told them that I  was working on a book on tiny houses, that I liked the trailer. He said it was owned by a woman and she paid $500 for it. He was wearing a pale jade pendant, and I pulled out my New Zealand jade pendant to compare. He wanted to know when the book was coming out; I said February, so he showed me where he lived (the little place behind that pink house) and I agreed to bring him a copy in February. Gonna get word out every way I can.

Tiny House on Cliff Side in Iceland

From Kent Griswold's excellent Tiny House Blog:
"Adam Witten recently was in Iceland on his honeymoon. He saw a lot of tiny houses in a landscape on the island and sent me this one to share with you. The picture was taken from Route 1 (the Ring Road) in south Iceland about 2 weeks ago, not far from Skaftafell National Park.

While many of the buildings in iceland are dull colors this little house on a farm just popped out from the cliff face when I saw it. Most of south Iceland is populated with little farms who’s buildings are all at the foot of the huge cliffs." http://tinyhouseblog.com/tiny-house-landscape/tiny-house-in-a-landscape-113/

Is It Possible to Build a Home for $1,000?

The Wall Street Journal, Sept. 16, 2011
Story by Dawn Wotapka
Photo by Ying chee Chui

"In some cities — New York, for example — many buyers think nothing of paying more than $1,000 per square foot for a home. But how about making one for $1,000?
  That’s the challenge architects at MIT tried to tackle. They recently unveiled the first prototype from the “1K House” project, an effort to produce low-cost homes in poor areas and regions struck by natural disaster. While the tiny price tag wasn’t possible, the mission remains noble.…"

Are "Tiny Houses" the Next Big Trend in Homeownership?

"…Although some experts claim the recent downsizing of the American home is simply a result of demographics (most new home buyers these days are first-time home buyers, who tend to need less space), I think it’s clear that America is undergoing a bit of a cultural shift in our perceptions of what we want from our homes. People are looking for a greater degree of simplicity, affordability and efficiency, and smaller houses support all of those needs.…"

Shown above: "Weller" by the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company

Tiny Homes Book Out of Here Monday

Photo of (l.-r.) Rick, David, Lew, me here last week, working on book cover. Today Rick, Lew, and I are going over the pages one last time, and Rick will FTP (send via computer) pages to our printers in Hong Kong on Monday. Our color tests seem to be right on. Next week we get the cover finished (still up in air). With 1,300 photos to choose from, it's an "embarrassment of riches." It's been a long haul, starting 2 years ago, and the last say, 8 months, in production. When the cover goes off, it'll be a huge burden lifted. (The book looks spectacular!)
I'll be going to Hong Kong in late October for the press check. In bookstores February 2012.

Pendulum Waves

Fifteen uncoupled simple pendulums of monotonically increasing lengths dance together to produce visual traveling waves, standing waves, beating, and (seemingly) random motion.

For more details see http://sciencedemonstrations.fas.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k16940&pageid=icb.page80863&pageContentId=icb.pagecontent341734&view=view.do&viewParam_name=indepth.html#a_icb_pagecontent341734
Sent us this morning by Fig.

Chicken Coop on Pedestal

On 9/14/11 at 1:03 PM -0700, Kevin McElroy wrote in a message entitled
Seeking more information on an unusual hunting lodge from ":

Hi Lloyd,
I'm a fan of yours, we have met a couple times and I am looking forward to your book on tiny homes. (I lived in a 1906 SF Earthquake shelter near the Panhandle, SF, from 2008-2010)
On page 228 of Homework, there is a picture of a Swedish hunting lodge on a stick. Wondering if you have any more information about that type of structure.
Seeing the picture of the Swedish hunting lodge in your book was inspirational for a chicken coop we built, "Coop-on-a-Stick" a.k.a. "Coopsicle" a.k.a. "Post-Modern."
We are writing a book on backyard chicken coop design, so I am trying to do a little research.
Thanks and keep up all the good work.
Kevin, in Oakland

Les Baricanes : des cocons au milieu des bois du Morbihan

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Artist Converts Trash Dumpster Into One Room Home":

Very bad feng shui... You'd feel better in a barrel !
Shelters for fishers in Estonia recycled as Baricanes for tourists...) :

Pallet Structure

"The Palettenpavillon by Matthias Loebermann is a structure made entirely from shipping pallets, ground anchors, and tie rods. Designed to be easily assembled and dismantled, and then entirely recycled at a later date, the resulting building is intended as a temporary meeting place."

Pallet Picnic Table


Plans for 7' x 8' Garden Shed

From Popular Mechanics:
Illustration by Eugene Thompson

Down Home Girl

I just ran across this great version of the song. I didn't know it was written by Jerry Lieber and --not in this case Mike Stoller, but -- Artie Butler. A beautiful bit of singing by New Orleans R&B singer Alvin Robinson: http://funky16corners.lunarpages.net/?p=1755.
Then check out the quite different Coasters' version. The Stones version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fp2q3yK8Lrs
Apparently there are no CDs or compilations of Alvin's singing -- a shame. Lost in time.

Satsuma Plums in Copper Pot

Música de Semana Pasada

Forgot to post this last week:
Photo at left from: http://physics.lunet.edu/blues/Mamie_Smith.html
Came into San Francisco on foggy coast at 6:30 this morning. The air was dense with negative ions from the big surf. Deep breaths energizing. As I crossed the Golden Gate Bridge, there was a Bach cantata playing; then as I was on Union, heading to Cafe Roma in North Beach, Mamie Smith singing "Crazy Blues," the first blues song to be recorded, in 1920, which, according to the DJ on BB King's Bluesville, sold 1 million copies the first year.

Purpose for the trip was to get filmed by Channel 7 news, riding my skateboard. Mike Shumann, sports guy (and ex-49er linebacker) for KGO (ABC) local news, is doing a story on me skating. Plus I like an excuse to come into SF on a Sunday, when much of Golden Gate Park is closed to traffic, and one of the two big downsides of skating — falling on pavement, and cars — is removed. There's a whole layer of stress removed when you can skate without worrying about cars.

Music du jour; "The Horizontal Bop," by Bob Seeger and The Silver Bullet Band, pure 100% rock n roll a la say "Hot Legs" by Rod Stewart.

Honeybee on Sunflower in Garden

BHUTAN: Hidden Lands of Happiness - by John Wehrheim

"Himalayan folksongs sometimes sing of beyul - hidden lands that can only be seen by those of pure heart and mind. Tucked into the towering peaks and steeply forested valleys of the Eastern Himalayas, the Bhutanese believe their country to be such a place.
Bhutan: Hidden Lands of Happiness is a geographical and cultural passage from the yak pastures along the Tibetan border to the rice lands of central Bhutan, this narrative takes the reader through the districts of Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Gasa, Laya, Lunana, Wangdi, Bumthang and Trongsa, trekking to remote hot springs and isolated hermitages then ending in the streets and nightclubs of the country’s capital, Thimphu Town.…" http://findingutopia.org/bhutan-images.html

Homemade Hardwood Housetruck in Australia

More from Luc Beauparlant (see post "Luc's Log Sauna Shipped from Quebec to Australia" below):
"I am attaching a photo of this great  "hotel room " where i stayed for your collection. Home made hardwood camper."

Pomeranian puppy reacts to howling wolves

RealBeat, A Sound Sampler App to Make Music With Everything

From Laughing Squid (big fave of mine these days):
"Digital sound artist Jörg Piringer shows how to use his RealBeat sound sampler app in…using…kitchen sounds."

Artist Converts Trash Dumpster Into One Room Home

On Laughing Squid via Kevin Kelly, film by Kim Aranson:

"Kim Aronson made a short video about Berkeley-based artist Gregory Kloehn, who has retrofitted a trash dumpster into a one room home complete with stainless steel fixtures and wood floors."

Surf Art by Steve Andrew

Received earlier today:

Hi Lloyd,
Came across your blog a few months a go and it is really inspiring. I'm an artist from the UK …My main inspiration is waves and surfing but i could turn a photo into a painting for a different feel. Here are a few examples of my work and keep blogging :)
Many thanks,
Steve Andrew