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Hillbilly Rock by Marty Stuart

Hillbilly Rock by Marty Stuart on Grooveshark

My New Skateboard

Just put this together and it feels good. My little street truck. I wanted a short, low-to-ground board, so cut down my old Tamalpais board and added risers and some really good trucks and wheels from Loaded Boards. Turns really well, still in testing stage. Gonna notch out 4 corners to avoid board rubbing against wheels on sharp turns. Possibly I'll reconfigure with a board maybe 3" longer.

Trip Into San Francisco Yesterday


My friend Louie and I started out the morning with Irish coffees and split a crab omelette out by the beach. Beautiful sunny day, fresh ocean breezes AND whales now migrating north. Lots of them cavorting off Ocean Beach, on their way back north after having calves in Baja.

Then, since I was looking for leather to make knife sheaths with (been making custom handles for Russell hand-in-USA carbon steel knives). We ended up going to the S. H. Frank Co on 17th street and it was an amazing place. Been there over 100 years, tons of leather, animal skins, tools. I got some leather working tools and some leather. Excited to finally have the punches, cutter, leather scissors, etc. so I can work leather.

No-Till Farming in North Dakota

Another '60s concept that has now resurfaced with increased vigor: soil-conserving, no-till farming. In the '60s, all us gardeners were reading 90-year-old Ruth Stout's How to Have a Green Thumb Without an Aching Back, wherein she just kept adding bales of straw to her garden and tucking seeds under the rotting mulch -- no digging.
Then in 1978, Japanese farmer Masanobu Fukuoka published One-straw Revolution: Introduction to Natural Farming. It seemed fringe-ish at the time, and in fact Wendell Berry commented that it wouldn't work in America.
Well, things have moved along, and there was an article in last week's New York Times by Erica Goode about North Dakota farming methods that "…promote… leaving fields untilled…" and "…mimic the biology of virgin land, can revive degenerated earth, minimize erosion, encourage pants growth and increase farmer's profits…"
No chemical fertilizers or fungicides, can you believe it?
So wonderful to read about good things nowadays…
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/10/science/farmers-put-down-the-plow-for-more-productive-soil.html?_r=0

Sunset Last Night


The "Bo Diddley Beat"

I listened to this CD the other day for the first time in a few years. It's an eclectic compilation of songs by all sorts of musicians using this beat, which was not original to Bo Diddley, but used extensively by him. It's called kpanlogo and originates in Ghana. It's a wonderful beat. I'm pretty sure you'll know it when you hear it.

Bo Diddley bought his babe a diamond ring
If that diamond ring don't shine
He gonna take it to a private eye…

SO, for some cosmic reason on last night's quite wonderful "Bakersfield and Beyond" Thursday radio show on our quite wonderful local station, KWMR, on came this song by the "cowpunk" LA band Lone Justice with the same beat.
East of Eden by Lone Justice on Grooveshark