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Simple little homemade table

 I made this little table with used 2x2's for legs, and cedar fencing from Home Depot for the top. Put together with grabbers. I keep it in the room where we have the TV and it's easy to move around. The cedar smells wonderful. Quick and easy.

Tiny cars

Thanks to Michael J. for turning me on to tiny cars (for tiny houses): http://microcarmuseum.com/

"1959 F. M. R. Tg-500
In the summer of 1957, Fritz Fend was at the helm of his own company and was ready to produce his masterwork. His far-reaching concept was to produce a super Karo, in all respects superior to the three-wheeled scooter, particularly in terms of speed and handling.

Old Whole Earth Catalog collection for sale

"Saw Lloyd's recent blog re the Whole Earth Catalog. I have every issue of all the catalogs, WEReviews, Co-Evolution Quarterlies etc.…They have all been read and handled, so not pristine, but not tattered either.…Any ideas, outside of e-Bay or Craigslist where I might find someone interested in purchasing the collection?"

-Jon Scoville: foosounds@aol.com

Photos in garden yesterday

Gimme Shelter | Playing For Change

Check out the wonderful work being done by Playing for Change, putting together these clear recordings of musicians in different parts of the world

Sent us by Evan Kahn

Stones fans: get double album Exile on Main Street!

Holy smoke, is this good! Am I the only Stoner who didn't know about this? I listened to it at full blast while driving Lesley's Mini over the mountain road to Fairfax yesterday. It was like a movie, driving that spiffy little car over the mountain with this music playing.

Jeez, what power!

Thank you fo yo wine, Cali-fohn-ia.

Check it out on Amazon, where the 1st reviewer says it's their best album ever: http://www.amazon.com/Exile-Main-Street-Rolling-Stones/dp/B0039TD7RC/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1306946651&sr=1-1

I'm listening to it as I get back to layout of the tiny homes book, just had to take a moment

Beer and sausages in Fairfax

The Gestalt Haus, on Bolinas Ave. in Fairfax (Calif.) yesterday afternoon at a preliminary screening of a movie by Sam Lueck on the Dipsea Race. If you like good beer and sausages, this is the place. As you can see, it's a mountain biker's mecca.

Portable Bike Sauna By H3T Architects

"This sweet little sweat-pod that can be towed anywhere you please by tandem bike. Enveloped in translucent panels, the Bike Sauna allows users to park it in various locales, transforming any spot into a relaxing haven. But don't let its small appearance throw you off, apparently it can seat up to six people (granted, in probably somewhat close quarters). But inside there's everything that makes it cozy, like a real wood-fired stove.… "

From: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/05/portable-bike-sauna-h3t-architects.php

Via: Evan Kahn

Officials say man must tear down ‘Phonehenge’ house in L. A.

"Los Angeles county officials are demanding that a creative homeowner tear down a 20,000-square-foot domicile he calls "Phonehenge West"--or face up to seven years in jail.

Former telephone technician Alan Kimble Fahey began building the structure three decades ago in Acton, the Los Angeles Times reports. Fahey, who christened the project "Phonehenge" because it sits atop pilings modified from phone utility poles, says he intends to turn the compound into a museum.

The labyrinthine network of buildings where Fahey, his wife, and teenage son live even includes a 70-foot tower covered in Italian stained-glass windows, and a barn. Fahey uses a "motorized cart" to get between buildings, an earlier report said.…"

Post on The Lookout News blog by Liz Goodwin:


Sent us by Paul Adam Brown

Godfrey Stephens' sailboat Mungo is cruisin

Godfrey and his wife Megan plan to go cruising this summer on the Chief Mungo, along with their friends Bruno Atkey and Mecea in Bruno's boat Ola Suerte. The latter about to be launched after 20+ years of work. See Builders of the Pacific Coast for the work and lives of these two best friends.

World First BMX Triple Backflip - Jed Mildon May 28, 2011

Sent by Kevin Kelly:

Madrid's green wall

"The vertical garden, designed by Patrick Blanc, is 4 storeys high and takes up one outside wall, overlooking the plaza. It has 15,000 plants from more than 250 different species and most of it is flourishing.

There is an irrigation system which seems to be ongoing, given the gentle mist of droplets that emanates from the garden. The architects said that they wanted to 'create a very unusual encounter between the rough and the natural, ...to incorporate nature so there can be the smell of a garden where you would not expect it.'"


Yet more NYC Pix #2

Yet more NYC pix #1

Bowls made of plywood at MOMA. Were they made from real thick pieces of plywood, or were they bent?

Spiffy little Fiat on display at Book Expo America

The Hyena Men of Nigeria by Pieter Hugo

I'm back home and want to post a bunch of NYC pics before getting on to a ton of work here: making a notebook of all the cards and notes from my trip; sending out promised books; garden and maintenance work; and, most exciting of all, getting back to final layout of the tiny homes book -- especially after the great reaction I got to it all last week.
I saw a book on these guys at the MOMA bookstore just as they were closing Monday night. On his website, the photographer Pieter Hugo writes of his first discovery of these people in Lagos, Nigeria:
"In Abuja we found them living on the periphery of the city in a shantytown - a group of men, a little girl, three hyenas, four monkeys and a few rock pythons. It turned out that they were a group of itinerant minstrels, performers who used the animals to entertain crowds and sell traditional medicines. The animal handlers were all related to each other and were practising a tradition passed down from generation to generation. I spent eight days travelling with them."

The only books I can find online are $3-400, signed by the author. I'm going to call MOMA tomorrow to see if maybe this was a normal-priced version, and if so, order one.

Super black and white photos by super photographers

These were at the Haster Kraeutler gallery in Chelsea. The first 2 are by Richard Avedon; one of these had sold for $70,000. The cowboy is by Robert Frank, no listed price. There's just something about photos shot with film, and in black and white, that you don't get with digital, in color. You don't really see it here, in these digital photos, but the real things are stunning.