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Daily Flash # 3 From Sunny Coast -- Crystal Shimmer/New Camera

Doesn't show up that well here, but the hanging crystal here atop Louie's shop reflects sunlight in shimmering green flashes or reds,  depending on where you're standing. There are cases where a camera just can't replicate reality.

I'm pretty excited to be shooting once again with a honker Canon -- the T5i Rebel with super 18-135mm EF-S IS STM Lens, a poor man's 5D. The shutter lag of my smaller cameras just not acceptable. Already getting good people shots. This lens is smooth, fast, silent (although the shutter goes ka-womp, but hey, I'm a photographer…)

Daily Flash #2 From Mendo -- Swimming Hole

Very few people come here, path is overgrown, no one today for miles, no clothes, lying on warm sand, water maybe 64. Getting immersed in water anywhere is magical, you are now part of the creek/river/lake/ocean…

Daily Flash # 1 From Mendocino County

Coming down a dirt road at 7 this morning, heading into town for latte and wi-fi (+ ginger scone), Third Rate Romance playing on 102.3 FM, "Real Country," enjoying the real country surroundings, redwoods and tan oaks, then on Highway One from Pt. Arena to Gualala, Gregory Isaacs singing Tan So Back, reggae an integral part of Mendo culture, my Honda Fit continuing to be a nimble delight to drive, sunny morning on the coast, healthy kelp beds off shore, the ocean blue…

Louie and I went down to the Pt. Arena pier yesterday. This salmon boat was being hauled out of the water. Later we went into Franny's Cup & Saucer, one of the best bakeries anywhere, to get some almond croissants for afternoon tea; this sign in window, ain't it the truth…

   In a few minutes, I'm heading north along  the coast and will cut across the mountains to Philo, thence northeast to Hopland and this year's SolFest.

45 Days Camping on Island in Southern England

Hi Lloyd, hope all is well. Came across this great little movie the other day - thought you might enjoy it and like to share it? I found it very touching, really got into my head. Hope you like it.
   Cheers,  Rich (Jones)

"Published on Jan 19, 2013 During the summer of 2012, I camped for 45 days on Darnet Island in the Medway Estuary. Whenever the sun shone, i was able to charge my solar panel video camera batteries and shoot some film. Here's what I made from the footage. The book I made that tells of my time on the island, called 'Otherness', is now out."

Trike Drifting

Potpourri: the $63,000 machine that transforms pot plants into concentrates

"Evergreen Health Center looks like a typical medical marijuana dispensary nestled in a strip mall.… What distinguishes this Bremerton, Washington, pot shop from hundreds of others in the state’s Puget Sound region is its industrial-grade botanical oil extraction machine. A five-foot-high monstrosity of stainless steel tubes, valves, and gauges, it looks like some diabolical contraption one of Flash Gordon’s nemeses might use. Evergreen uses this extraction apparatus to distill cannabis plants into concentrates that users can ingest via vaporizer, pipe, or medible.…"
From Boing Boing here

Beijing Orders Demolition of Rooftop Art

"BEIJING — In a city brimming with look-at-me architecture, the sprawling addition that Zhang Biqing, a health care magnate, built atop his 26th-floor apartment is a showstopper.
   Constructed with ersatz boulders, crisscrossed by trellises and walkways and dotted with the occasional shrub, the two-story aerie resembles the idealized mountains depicted in classical Chinese paintings — except the requisite lonely monk of yore has been replaced by a flashy karaoke parlor. The entire 8,000-square-foot addition, as it turns out, is illegal. On Monday, The Beijing Morning Post featured a front-page photograph of Mr. Zhang’s garish rooftop expansion, along with disturbing accounts of how the well-connected entrepreneur blithely ignored his neighbors’ complaints during the six years he spent creating his craggy villa atop a luxury gated complex in western Beijing.…"
From The New York Times here
Photo: Luo Xiaoguang/Xinhua, via Associated Press

Surfer Alexandra's Tiny Home on a Point in Devon, UK

Dear Lloyd,
My name is Alexandra Dahl and I am a 37-year old surfer living in North Devon, on the SW Atlantic coast of England.
   I have been here for 10 years now and it truly is the most beautiful place I have ever lived. It is home.
   About 5 years ago me and my boyfriend of 6 years separated and I was in desperate need of somewhere to call home. I needed a place that would shelter my broken heart, give me peace and quiet and I wanted to be right by the sea. Where I live the property is insanely expensive and cheap places to rent are rare and you only really get them through word of mouth. I needed to take matters into my own hands.
   Between the beaches of Saunton and Croyde, perched above a right-hand point break, was a little old unloved building we call the Old Coastguard Station. It was in need of some TLC. It is tiny, exposed and legend had it that several people/ surfers from the area had tried to rent it, without success.

Daily Flash: Jay Nelson/Mollusk Surf Shop

Last week I met Kevin Kelly in San Francisco at Trouble Coffee to talk about his forthcoming book, Cool Tools (which looks sensational), and we walked a couple of blocks over to Mollusk Surf Shop. Artist Jay Nelson had just completed this cocoon-shaped loft, and below is a photo of the interior of his little 8-foot surf boat (see page 180 of Tiny Homes).

Surfing Couple on Road in Mexico, Central America in 1967 VW Bus

Bryan and Jen and Karma, the wonderdog… "We are now officially nomads and are living on the road. The PanAmerican highway to be specific (or at least near it).…"

Great story on this couple in a converted 1967 Type II VW bus on the road in Mexico and Central America (with surfboards of course).

From Tiny House Blog here.

Monday Daily Flash #3 -- (One of the) World's Worst Sentence(s)/Not Mainstream

From Sunday's New York Times, "Open Book" by John Williams:
Delightful or Disastrous?
The Economist’s Prospero blog has suggested that some of the world’s worst sentences appear in Philip Mirowski’s new book, “Never Let a Serious Crisis Go to Waste.” One offender: “The nostrum of ‘regulation’ drags with it a raft of unexamined impediments concerning the nature of markets, a dichotomy between markets and governmentality, and a muddle over intentionality, voluntarism and spontaneity that promulgates the neoliberal creed at a subconscious level.” On the flip side, the London-based Times Higher Education deemed the book a “delightful bramble,” though the author’s “own precise vantage point is deliberately impossible to discern.”
“I don’t think I’m mainstream. I think what I am is lots and lots of different cults. And when you get lots and lots of small groups who like you a lot, they add up to a big group without ever actually becoming mainstream.” — Neil Gaiman, describing his fan base to The Guardian

Monday Daily Flash #2 -- Bird Punks

In the last month, 3-4 young scrub jays have showed up in the garden. We've taken to throwing them bits of cracked corn on the ground. Whereas the grownups are very wary and circumspect, these punks squawk their heads off raucously when we go out to feed the chickens. Such noive! (I seem to remember a comment from one of the old Whole Earth publications about blue jays sounding like creaking door hinges.)
 Yesterday I sat still in a chair and got this guy to come to within a few feet. He would eat a bit of corn, then grab another piece, put it down, dig a hole, and bury it. THEN -- he would cover the hole with a leaf or twig. How he's going to remember where he buried all this loot is beyond me.

Monday Daily Flash #1 -- Purple Petals on Streets of San Francisco Last Week

Walked past this spot, got about a half block…hey, wait a minute, were those purple blossom petals? Went back.

SolFest On Again This Year -- Saturday August 17th

This event hasn't happened for several years. It was so popular and crowds got so large that it put a strain on the town of Hopland (California). Now it's back, for one day only -- Saturday, August 17th. We'll have a booth, selling books, and I'm doing my presentation,"The Half Acre Homestead" at 4 PM.
   Hopland is about 2 hours north of San Francisco on Highway 101. The Hopland Brewery is apparently closed now, but for great beer/dinner on the way back south, the Ruth McGowan Brew Pub in Cloverdale is a winner -- you can see the beautiful copper and stainless brew kettle and tanks from the bar, and can take home a growler or two of fresh brew.

Surfer Ken Bradshaw Chats w/ Jim Clash About His 85-ft. Wave

New Skateboard Can Go Down Stairs

"Stair-Rover is a longboard unlike any other. It’s designed from the ground up to surf the entire city. The unique eight-wheeled mechanism makes the board equally at home cruising smooth pavements or gliding down steps. From the curb outside your house to a double flight of stairs, the Stair-Rover scuttles over obstacles with ease."
Click here.
From Mike W