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Fire Lookout Station in Montana

Encountering Space: The Fire Lookouts of Montana
"Working deep in the back country of Montana’s rugged Rocky Mountains, Pittsburgh-based photographer Tom Persinger photographed three men who spend their summers perched high atop peaks keeping watch over some of our nation’s most pristine places miles from the nearest road or modern convenience. Day and night they scan the horizon for curly gray wisps of smoke rising from the forest below: a tell tale sign of fire.…"

13th Floor Elevators - You're Gonna Miss Me

David brought up the subject of these guys and Lew dug up this rough but potent old video on this Austin band in the '60s:

(Backup is a lot like "G-L_O_R_I_A Gloria…")
It's had over 800,000 views. If you watch this full-screen it's like a liquid black and white movie -- pretty striking. Actually like a B&w light show…

More music du jour: Lucinda Williams and Dan Penn doing "Dedicated to the One I Love," and Stevie Winwood doing "Thirty Second Lover" on a kick-ass album, just out: Dedicated - Steve Cropper - Salute to the 5 Royales

Video of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates Together 2003

I'd never seen Jobs in action. Wow! Go to the link below and scroll down to 3rd video, which is of him and Gates. At the end, when asked by the moderator about the conflicts between the two of them, Jobs said: "I think of most things in life as either a Bob Dylan or Beatles song. There's one line in a Beatles song that goes, 'You and I have memories longer than the road that lies ahead…'" You could hear this collective gasp from the audience.

Video of effective sea lamprey repellant

Posted by Mark Frauenfelder on Boing Boing, Friday, Aug 26th:

Video of effective sea lamprey repellant: (made from sea lampreys!). It does the trick.

A Few Treasures Above Kitchen Sink

Left to right in front: jade seal; piece of abalone found on trail to beach Mendocino county, very old, worn down; little blue shell found in Indian shell mound nearby; abalone; native California snail shell; in back, piece of worm-eaten bark from British Columbia.

Mt Tamalpais Fire Lookout Station

Gardner Fire Lookout
"Keep your eyes open to spot the Gardner fire lookout as you approach East Peak. Its native stone at first glance blends with the rock of the peak. Use of local materials was a major feature of the 'park rustic' style of many CCC projects. You will have an excellent view of the tower from the parking lot at the base of the peak. The park Visitor Center and a wheelchair-accessible picnic area are also located by East Peak.

The 1920th built this tower between 1935 and 1936. It is still an active Marin County Fire Department lookout. As you view the sturdy stone, wood and steel tower perched on the peak, imagine hauling all the materials up either by cable or by hand. That is how the veterans of the 1920th did it. They also built a water system, including the rock pressure pump house that you can see below the peak, and ran electricity and phone lines. According to Marin County Fire Department history, '. . . equipped with electricity, hot and cold running water, and telephone, this lookout was acclaimed 'The Deluxe Lookout Station of California.'"
Thanks to Bob Gagnier

1954 Vintage Diesel Living Vehicle for Sale in West Sussex UK

Email from Richard Jones in UK yesterday:
Hi Lloyd - spotted this Gem on ebay -I'd love to own and restore it, but far to many other projects and 9 month old baby. I don't think I could give it the time it needs.
It claims true "convoy" pedigree. This is when the young of UK abandoned their ordinary lives for life on the road going from music festivals to raves in a trail of hedonistic freedom !
Unfortunately the capitalist Thatcher government didn't like free radicals. Castle Moreton Rave drew tens if not hundreds of thousands and the authorities feared loss of control.
The Convoy was smashed by the iron fist of the iron lady. The Battle of the Beanfield at stonehenge saw the police smash up buses and trucks, travellers and horses. These were peoples homes and lives violently destroyed. Not to mention beautiful rare vintage buses !
Anyway - this one survived

Tis a mighty nice truck.
Hope all is well.

Downhill Skateboarding Ballet

Beach Yesterday Afternoon

Above left, some kind of small shark I guess. Lots of small teeth.

"Tower Studio" - Small House Plans

"The Tower Studio is a small cabin with a garage on the lower level and a comfortable living unit on the second floor. A stove keeps things cozy while living above the fray. Oversee your land or enjoy a far vista from your own tower. This design could work well as a guest house or small starter."
From HousePlans.com:

Bird and Animal Skulls

Window in my office. Various birds on left. On right, from top down: raccoon. big bobcat, small bobcat, fox. I use industrial strength hydrogen peroxide to bleach bones white. Never use Clorox; it eats away the bones.

Blue Heron on Tower This Morning

Jerry Lieber (Lieber & Stoller), RIP

Jerry Lieber (at right, in photo), of the '50s songwriting team Lieber and Stoller, died Monday in Los Angeles at age 78. It's unbelievable, looking back, at the number of great songs these guys wrote: Hound Dog, Kansas City, Yakety Yak, Searchin', Poison Ivy, Smokey Joe's Cafe, Chapel of Love, Leader of the Pack, Jailhouse Rock,  Love Potion No. 9, There Goes My Baby, Ruby Baby, Loving You, Stand By Me, On Broadway, and on and on. One of my favorites is the little-known Loop-de-Loop Mambo, which was playing on the radio in LA (DJ Dick "Huggie Boy" Hugg) at 4 AM one morning in the early '50s on my first trip to LA in my roommate's Ford convertible -- have loved LA ever since. Lieber wrote the lyrics, Stoller the music. They wrote Hound Dog for Big Mama Willie May Thornton, and hated Elvis' interpretation. even though it became a mega-hit..

"Jerry was an idea machine," Stoller says in their 2009 memoir Hound Dog. "For every situation, Jerry had 20 ideas. As would-be songwriters, our interest was in black music and black music only. We wanted to write songs for black voices. When Jerry sang, he sounded black, so that gave us an advantage . . . His verbal vocabulary was all over the place – black, Jewish, theatrical, comical. He would paint pictures with words."

Heritage Salvage in Petaluma, California

"…a cornucopia of reclaimed Building Materials for your home, garden and commercial projects. Hand hewn beams and timbers, barnwood, redwood, fir, pine, hardwood, lumber, siding, flooring, slabs, mantles, planters, barn doors, gates, columns, and more.

Peruse our Salvage Boutique for unique custom wood furniture from rustic to refined – tables, benches, beds, wine racks, picture frames, shelving, mirrors and more."

1473 Petaluma Blvd. So.
Petaluma, California 94952
(707) 762-6277Tue-Fri 9am-5pm
Sat 10am-4pm
Mon by appointment only

More Woodwork by Jim Tolpin

"My most recent project: a small tool tote (for engraving tools) for my wife. Walnut sides; mahogany handle; pine bottom. No power tools used in construction. No measurements (i.e. numbers) used in the design or layout. In other words, I made it just the way an artisan would have designed and built it for the centuries up until the last one. And I enjoyed every minute of it!…"


 Click here for more shots in a Picassa web album: http://is.gd/jtolpin2

Kohl Christensen Cloudbreak julho 2011

"Rockin' at the Red Dog" Great Documentary

I can't find the comment on this blog that recommended this film, but whoever you are, I am so grateful. I've never seen a film that captured the special  spirit of San Francisco in the mid-60s as well as this one. It's hard to describe what went on in the Haight-Ashbury district from say, 1963 to 1967 (when the "Summer of Love" proved to be the death knell). It was a joyous, harmonious, sharing, open, friendly, and loving community, and the San Francisco music was unique. It wasn't London or New York or the Beatles, Stones, or Dylan; it was uniquely San Francisco, and the Red Dog Saloon in Nevada city played a key role in the music and style and spirit of the times.
If you were there, I'd hazard to say you'll love this movie. They got it right! A bunch of it was filmed in 1991, and all of these people are still together: articulate and insightful. Filmmakers and editors did a fabulous job of piecing together videos, stills and interviews. The  music! The clothing! The hair!
The Charlatans and Big Brother and the Holding Company stand up to the test of time. The latter was one of my favorite bands (before Janice came along). (Deadheads, there is no Grateful Dead music in this film.) There is one beautiful mandala-like sequence of the '60s posters,  giving you a sense of this powerful new art form. A bunch of wonderful black-and-white stills interspersed with moving footage. The reminiscing comes off well. There was joy then, boy was there, and it's adequately reflected here.
Plus the DVD is $3.99.

Music du jour: Keep on Smilin' by the Wet Willie Band/I Don't Trust You Man by Willie Big Eyes"Smith/Amsterdam Rag by Ben Prestage

Huichol Indian bead-dazzled Volkswagen Beetle in Mexico

From BoingBoing, posted by Xeni Jardin, via Rick Gordon:
"People look at a 1990s Volkswagen Beetle named "Vochol" during an exhibition on Huichol culture at the Museum of Puebla, near Mexico City August 10, 2011. The name "Vochol", was conceived from a combination of "Vocho," a popular term for Volkswagen Beetles in Mexico, and "Huichol", a Mexican indigenous group. The car was decorated by indigenous craftmen from the Huichol community living in the states of Nayarit and Jalisco, using traditional beads and fabric. According to local media, the work will be auctioned after its exhibition in Paris and Berlin next year, with funds and proceeds going to the Huichols."

Picture taken August 10, 2011. REUTERS/Imelda Mediana

Gypsy Wagon by Jim Tolpin

Jim Tolpin is a woodworker, author, and a faculty member of the Port Townsend (Washington) School of Woodworking. This is one of his gypsy wagons.

Sent us by Phil Miano

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This weekend during a lull in book production…

Mountain creek

Went off on bike yesterday in search of sunshine. It's been the foggiest summer I can remember. When I got back down to the bottom of the hill, 2 friends came along on their bikes. As we stood there, the sun came out, and we rejoiced.

On the nose


My 5 Hours in the Hospital: $32,000

About a year ago I got whacked by a log sliding down a hill. ( http://lloydkahn-ongoing.blogspot.com/2010/08/wham-bam-accident-in-woods-friday.html). Didn't knock me out, but struck my ribs and face, knocked me to ground. I drove home. The paramedics came and decided I needed to go to the hospital, so off I went in the ambulance. I wasn't worried about cost, since I had Medicare. They ran me through a battery of tests, including cat scans of my head, chest x-rays. I'd lucked out, nothing other than a slightly cracked rib and cuts and bruises. I was out of the hospital in about 5 hours.
I got the bill yesterday, over a year later: $32,368,35! (Medicare paid all but $300.)
Some of the major charges:
-Emergency room: $8,997
-Trauma level III: $12,420
-CT scans head: $6,733
-Ultrasound $1,041
A couple of thoughts from all this:
1. Medicare works, at least for those lucky enough to have it. It's a program the Tea Partiers and Republicans would never have allowed through, just as they're trying to scuttle health care for U.S. citizens.
2. Ooo-wee, are hospital costs expensive! I'm grateful for the fine quality of care, but if I didn't have insurance, I'd hold off an all this stuff unless things were dire. (Here they weren't.) No one said anything to me about the costs while I was in the hospital.
I saw a guy being rescued a few years ago out in the hills, he'd been lost all night. A helicopter came and when they EMT came down with the basket, the guy asked the price and when told $6,000, he said "No thanks," and the chopper flew off.
3. The big problem right now is not in making medical care available to citizens, but the high costs of it as it stands.

Huge Russian Sailing Ship in San Francisco

From the San Francisco Chronicle, 8/19/11:
"The Russian sailing vessel Pallada came under the Golden Gate Bridge on Friday and tied up at Pier 27 for a four-day visit. The Pallada, which is 354 feet long, is said to be the fastest large sailing ship in the world, capable of speeds up to 18 knots.…"

Cabin in Montana, Moon in Sky

Email we received Friday:
I wanted to write and say thanks to Lloyd Kahn and company for the Shelter series of books.
I just went through all of them again last night.
I never get tired of reading those books.
I attach a picture of our cabin in Montana.

Thanks for the inspiration.
Your Pal,
Jeremy Goers
AFMO Zigzag Ranger District
Mt. Hood National Forest