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BC Floathouse Inspired by Tiny Homes

"Good Afternoon!
Tiny Homes was amazing and inspired us to downsize and simplify life. This 425sq ft floathouse sits on an 825 sq ft float. It is our primary residence and is permanently moored in Tofino BC on the Tofino Whaling Wharf.
   It is an extensively renovated Oyster Shack from the 1980's and has served as a residence since that time. Children have been raised in this tiny floating home over the years and it had a back room added on.   My wife, Kim, and I have had the house for 2 years now. It is a simple floating life.

Life Sized Driftwood Elephant Sculptures by South African Artist

"South African artist Andries Botha has constructed some of the most life-like elephant sculptures over the course of his artistic career. The artist is known for incorporating traditional elements and using raw materials like driftwood to produce his mammoth creatures. His public installation piece titled You Can Buy My Heart and My Soul, originally installed for Beautfort's second Triennial of Contemporary Art by the Sea in 2006, replicates a family of elephants trailing along the coastlines in Beligium.
   With a team of 10 African artists, Botha labored over the detailed figures to create lifelike renditions of the majestic creatures that could easily fool visitors with their realistic silhouettes. Each sculpture is made of driftwood and layers of wooden plates bolted down to a metallic skeleton. The construction and materials are comparable to that of Heather Jansch's driftwood horse sculptures, though their environments and messages differ. With this installation Botha's intentions were not confined to simply representing an elegant animal, but to draw attention to the importance of perseverance through the creatures' tireless efforts and subsequently the amount of diligent labor put into each figure."
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Sent us by D. B. Day IV

Tiny House Magazine

Check out Kent Griswold's (relatively) new Tiny House Magazine here. Kent runs the exceptional Tiny House Blog here, which features a new tiny house every day.

Ikea Hackers

"Somewhat commercial but I have found many re-purposing ideas that translate away from the blue / yellow motif.
-Mike W"
Ikea hackers is a site about modifications on and repurposing of Ikea products. Hacks, as we call it here, may be as simple as adding an embellishment, some others may require power tools and lots of ingenuity.
At left: …a sad white IKEA's Expedit cabinet hacked with pallets. I've suspended it, drilled and cut in different points to hide wires and added a colored IKEA's LED stripe to get an even cooler look! 
Due to its irregular surface, to keep it clean I've topped it with a 6 mm thick laser cut PVC cover sheet that works just fine for what I had in my mind, it shows perfectly what's below it and add value to its shades. 

Humans of New York

"ABOUT My name is Brandon and I began Humans of New York in the summer of 2010. HONY resulted from an idea that I had to construct a photographic census of New York City. I thought it would be really cool to create an exhaustive catalogue of the city’s inhabitants, so I set out to photograph 10,000 New Yorkers and plot their photos on a map. I worked for several months with this goal in mind. But somewhere along the way, HONY began to take on a much different character. I started collecting quotes and short stories from the people I met, and began including these snippets alongside the photographs. Taken together, these portraits and captions became the subject of a vibrant blog, which over the past two years has gained a large daily following. With nearly one million collective followers on Facebook and Tumblr, HONY now provides a worldwide audience with glimpses into the lives of strangers in New York City."
Scroll down these wonderful photos: http://www.humansofnewyork.com
From Kevin Kelly

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Daily Flash -- Fishing Kayak

Yesterday spotted this guy coming in from the ocean. Don't know if he caught any fish, but what a great rig! Human-powered salmon trolling. He was paddling strongly and moving at a fast clip.

Sleeping Pods For Homeless People

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Sent us by Andy Couturier

News Room

Right now I am loving this series. Writing is so good, dialog snappy. Reviews have had a bit of snark and I think it's true that the dialog is unrealistic in its speed and complexity and snappy repartee, but I love it. The episode tonight, "One Step Too Many," was flawless. I don't watch much TV, but this is on my like-list-of-late, along with The Wire (best of all time), Deadwood,  Justified, Treme…

Daily Flash #4 -- Heading Over the Mountains

Yesterday I left Pt. Arena, heading for the SolFest gathering in Hopland. I took a new route over the coastal mountains, from Elk to Philo on the Greenwood-Philo Road. Beautiful 17 mile drive through the redwoods, farms with v. old apple trees, always a rush to be on a road (I've) never (before) travelled. "Are You Drinkin' With Me, Jesus?," rowdy song by Mojo Nixon, then "Honky Tonk Women" by Travis Tritt, country road music.

Harlan & Anna Hubbard - Homestead Life On the Fringe

"It was here in this Trimble County, Ky., river bottom that Harlan and Anna Hubbard spent 34 years living off the land by tending goats, gardening, canning, fishing, weaving, gathering wood and scavenging for useful items that washed ashore.…
"…By all accounts, the Hubbards graciously invited everyone in, often fed them and led tours of their quaint household, which to this day lacks electricity, plumbing or running water.…"
The Hubbards remind me somewhat of Helen and Scott Nearing, who wrote Living the Good Life (1954). They were heros of '60s homesteaders, gardeners and builders.
Click here for Hubbard story.
Sent us by Mike W, who spotted it on Flying Tortoise blog from New Zealand.