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Cardigan Critter Cam By Paula Werme

This just in as a comment on a recent posting. Paula lives in a yurt in New England and has pics of moose, a bear, what looks like a cougar, predator tracks in the snow, wild turkeys. Some shot at night with what I'd guess is a motion-activated camera.

LET IT DIE by Douglas Rushkoff

First part of article written March 15, 2009:
"With any luck, the economy will never recover.

In a perfect world, the stock market would decline another 70 or 80 percent along with the shuttering of about that fraction of our nation’s banks. Yes, unemployment would rise as hundreds of thousands of formerly well-paid brokers and bankers lost their jobs; but at least they would no longer be extracting wealth at our expense. They would need to be fed, but that would be a lot cheaper than keeping them in the luxurious conditions they’re enjoying now. Even Bernie Madoff costs us less in jail than he does on Park Avenue.

Alas, I’m not being sarcastic. If you had spent the last decade, as I have, reviewing the way a centralized economic plan ravaged the real world over the past 500 years, you would appreciate the current financial meltdown for what it is: a comeuppance. This is the sound of the other shoe dropping; it’s what happens when the chickens come home to roost; it’s justice, equilibrium reasserting itself, and ultimately a good thing.

I started writing a book three years ago through which I hoped to help people see the artificial and ultimately dehumanizing landscape of corporatism on which we conduct so much of our lives. It’s not just that I saw the downturn coming—it’s that I feared it wouldn’t come quickly or clearly enough to help us wake up from the self-destructive fantasy of an eternally expanding economic frontier…"

Out My Window - 360º Documentary

This is an unusual series of panoramic shots of people's lives in highrise apartments in various parts of the world.

"HIGHRISE is a multi-year, multi-media, collaborative documentary project about the human experience in global vertical suburbs, under the direction of documentary-maker Katerina Cizek……"

Sent us by Sheila

Pine Siskins in the Evening Primrose

A few nights ago in the garden. This is a view from our kitchen table. Every meal we eat here, there are tons of birds to watch (unless it's dark).

Sirius satellite music on my early morning trip into San Francisco Tuesday: Marty Stuart:
The bridge is washed out
and I cain't swim,
And my baby's
on the other side.

Lyle Lovett: Stand by Your Man, this is great!
Muddy Waters: Country Boy
The Itals: Smile Knotty Dread
Garnet Silk: Oh Me Oh My

Jerry's tree-branch framed kiva

Jerry Tergis built this canvas-covered structure on the banks of a northern California river.

Sunset Magazine's new cookbook

Article in today's New York Times by Kim Severson

"BEFORE Alice Waters picked her first Little Gem lettuce and Wolfgang Puck draped smoked salmon across a pizza, California cuisine meant something else.

"The other California cuisine was being served on a million patios in the Golden State by relaxed cooks who grilled thick cuts of beef called tri-tip and built salads from avocado and oranges. They used red chili sauce like roux, ate abalone and oysters, and whipped sticky dates into milkshakes. It was the food of the gold rush and of immigrants, of orchards and sunshine.…

"'What Sunset has done really well is reflect the changes in the way people in the West live,' said Barbara Fairchild, who will retire as editor in chief of Bon Appétit in November. 'It’s a style of living and cooking that really is different.' She moved from the East Coast to Los Angeles with her family in the 1960s. It was the first time she had ever seen an artichoke or an avocado. Her father began grilling over the big built-in brick barbecue while the children cooled off in the above-ground pool.

"Dinners, especially in the summer, were salads. Red meat gave way to chicken or fish — quite a radical departure for many family menus then.…"


How about Sunset's corporate headquarters? Photo by Heidi Schumann for the NY Times

Korean Underground Earth House by Byoung Soo Cho

"Korean architect Byoung Soo Cho has built an underground house outside Seoul. Called Earth House, it’s not as fancy as some iterations of the subterranean abode, drawing instead on Cho’s very unpretentious inspirations: Taoist minimalism and the utilitarianism of the silos, barns and sheds Cho has come to love as a professor at Montana State University. Arguably, the Korean House also reveals a love of big sky: the 23-foot square courtyard is really the crown jewel of the place, which consists of six tiny rooms built mainly of concrete and recycled wood."

Graffiti on beach tonight

Down at the beach tonight

Mendocino in the '70s

New book. Looks like another century! There's a great Flash mini-version of entire book so you can preview every page: http://www.blurb.com/books/31099
"The 60s happened in the '70s."

Silver Sebright bantam chickens

We now have a flock of about 24 bantams, maybe 7 of which are these Silver Sebrights. We have one Golden Sebright. I fell in love with these beautiful birds a few years ago when I saw a 10-year-old girl's flock at the Mendocino County Fair. They lay very small eggs, are a bit skittish, but oh those white feathers outlined in black! We get all our chickens from Murray McMurray Hatchery; they come via the U.S. post office overnight.

Here's a good blog with a lot of practical hands-on tips for raising chickens in urban or suburban areas: http://urban-agrarian.blogspot.com/

Into the Amazonian Rain Forest

"…I had traveled by car, plane, boat and foot — more than 100 miles from conventional civilization — to reach a place where the old ways have not been forgotten, where local people interpret the world through their dreams and the forest spirit known as arutam is said to inhabit the mighty kapok tree, and where healing and insight is sought from a hallucinogenic plant brew the Achuar call natem, known elsewhere as ayahuasca, or 'vine of the soul.'"
Article and photos in NYTimes by writer and photographer Andy Isaacson

The era of Republican Mean Girls - Maureen Dowd

"We are in the era of Republican Mean Girls, grown-up versions of those teenage tormentors who would steal your boyfriend, spray-paint your locker and, just for good measure, spread rumors that you were pregnant.

These women — Jan, Meg, Carly, Sharron, Linda, Michele, Queen Bee Sarah and sweet wannabe Christine — have co-opted and ratcheted up the disgust with the status quo that originally buoyed Barack Obama. Whether they’re mistreating the help or belittling the president’s manhood, making snide comments about a rival’s hair or ripping an opponent for spending money on a men’s fashion show, the Mean Girls have replaced Hope with Spite and Cool with Cold. They are the ideal nihilistic cheerleaders for an angry electorate.…"

-Maureen Dowd, yesterday's NY Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/17/opinion/17dowd.html?_r=1&hp