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Little Trailer on Street in Oakland

Spotted this last week in an east Oakland neighborhood (on the edge of the really tough part of the city). Something about it just looked right. A guy came down the street and asked what I was doing. I told them that I  was working on a book on tiny houses, that I liked the trailer. He said it was owned by a woman and she paid $500 for it. He was wearing a pale jade pendant, and I pulled out my New Zealand jade pendant to compare. He wanted to know when the book was coming out; I said February, so he showed me where he lived (the little place behind that pink house) and I agreed to bring him a copy in February. Gonna get word out every way I can.

Tiny House on Cliff Side in Iceland

From Kent Griswold's excellent Tiny House Blog:
"Adam Witten recently was in Iceland on his honeymoon. He saw a lot of tiny houses in a landscape on the island and sent me this one to share with you. The picture was taken from Route 1 (the Ring Road) in south Iceland about 2 weeks ago, not far from Skaftafell National Park.

While many of the buildings in iceland are dull colors this little house on a farm just popped out from the cliff face when I saw it. Most of south Iceland is populated with little farms who’s buildings are all at the foot of the huge cliffs." http://tinyhouseblog.com/tiny-house-landscape/tiny-house-in-a-landscape-113/

Is It Possible to Build a Home for $1,000?

The Wall Street Journal, Sept. 16, 2011
Story by Dawn Wotapka
Photo by Ying chee Chui

"In some cities — New York, for example — many buyers think nothing of paying more than $1,000 per square foot for a home. But how about making one for $1,000?
  That’s the challenge architects at MIT tried to tackle. They recently unveiled the first prototype from the “1K House” project, an effort to produce low-cost homes in poor areas and regions struck by natural disaster. While the tiny price tag wasn’t possible, the mission remains noble.…"

Are "Tiny Houses" the Next Big Trend in Homeownership?

"…Although some experts claim the recent downsizing of the American home is simply a result of demographics (most new home buyers these days are first-time home buyers, who tend to need less space), I think it’s clear that America is undergoing a bit of a cultural shift in our perceptions of what we want from our homes. People are looking for a greater degree of simplicity, affordability and efficiency, and smaller houses support all of those needs.…"

Shown above: "Weller" by the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company

Tiny Homes Book Out of Here Monday

Photo of (l.-r.) Rick, David, Lew, me here last week, working on book cover. Today Rick, Lew, and I are going over the pages one last time, and Rick will FTP (send via computer) pages to our printers in Hong Kong on Monday. Our color tests seem to be right on. Next week we get the cover finished (still up in air). With 1,300 photos to choose from, it's an "embarrassment of riches." It's been a long haul, starting 2 years ago, and the last say, 8 months, in production. When the cover goes off, it'll be a huge burden lifted. (The book looks spectacular!)
I'll be going to Hong Kong in late October for the press check. In bookstores February 2012.

Pendulum Waves

Fifteen uncoupled simple pendulums of monotonically increasing lengths dance together to produce visual traveling waves, standing waves, beating, and (seemingly) random motion.

For more details see http://sciencedemonstrations.fas.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k16940&pageid=icb.page80863&pageContentId=icb.pagecontent341734&view=view.do&viewParam_name=indepth.html#a_icb_pagecontent341734
Sent us this morning by Fig.

Chicken Coop on Pedestal

On 9/14/11 at 1:03 PM -0700, Kevin McElroy wrote in a message entitled
Seeking more information on an unusual hunting lodge from ":

Hi Lloyd,
I'm a fan of yours, we have met a couple times and I am looking forward to your book on tiny homes. (I lived in a 1906 SF Earthquake shelter near the Panhandle, SF, from 2008-2010)
On page 228 of Homework, there is a picture of a Swedish hunting lodge on a stick. Wondering if you have any more information about that type of structure.
Seeing the picture of the Swedish hunting lodge in your book was inspirational for a chicken coop we built, "Coop-on-a-Stick" a.k.a. "Coopsicle" a.k.a. "Post-Modern."
We are writing a book on backyard chicken coop design, so I am trying to do a little research.
Thanks and keep up all the good work.
Kevin, in Oakland

Les Baricanes : des cocons au milieu des bois du Morbihan

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Artist Converts Trash Dumpster Into One Room Home":

Very bad feng shui... You'd feel better in a barrel !
Shelters for fishers in Estonia recycled as Baricanes for tourists...) :

Pallet Structure

"The Palettenpavillon by Matthias Loebermann is a structure made entirely from shipping pallets, ground anchors, and tie rods. Designed to be easily assembled and dismantled, and then entirely recycled at a later date, the resulting building is intended as a temporary meeting place."

Pallet Picnic Table


Plans for 7' x 8' Garden Shed

From Popular Mechanics:
Illustration by Eugene Thompson

Down Home Girl

I just ran across this great version of the song. I didn't know it was written by Jerry Lieber and --not in this case Mike Stoller, but -- Artie Butler. A beautiful bit of singing by New Orleans R&B singer Alvin Robinson: http://funky16corners.lunarpages.net/?p=1755.
Then check out the quite different Coasters' version. The Stones version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fp2q3yK8Lrs
Apparently there are no CDs or compilations of Alvin's singing -- a shame. Lost in time.

Satsuma Plums in Copper Pot

Música de Semana Pasada

Forgot to post this last week:
Photo at left from: http://physics.lunet.edu/blues/Mamie_Smith.html
Came into San Francisco on foggy coast at 6:30 this morning. The air was dense with negative ions from the big surf. Deep breaths energizing. As I crossed the Golden Gate Bridge, there was a Bach cantata playing; then as I was on Union, heading to Cafe Roma in North Beach, Mamie Smith singing "Crazy Blues," the first blues song to be recorded, in 1920, which, according to the DJ on BB King's Bluesville, sold 1 million copies the first year.

Purpose for the trip was to get filmed by Channel 7 news, riding my skateboard. Mike Shumann, sports guy (and ex-49er linebacker) for KGO (ABC) local news, is doing a story on me skating. Plus I like an excuse to come into SF on a Sunday, when much of Golden Gate Park is closed to traffic, and one of the two big downsides of skating — falling on pavement, and cars — is removed. There's a whole layer of stress removed when you can skate without worrying about cars.

Music du jour; "The Horizontal Bop," by Bob Seeger and The Silver Bullet Band, pure 100% rock n roll a la say "Hot Legs" by Rod Stewart.

Honeybee on Sunflower in Garden

BHUTAN: Hidden Lands of Happiness - by John Wehrheim

"Himalayan folksongs sometimes sing of beyul - hidden lands that can only be seen by those of pure heart and mind. Tucked into the towering peaks and steeply forested valleys of the Eastern Himalayas, the Bhutanese believe their country to be such a place.
Bhutan: Hidden Lands of Happiness is a geographical and cultural passage from the yak pastures along the Tibetan border to the rice lands of central Bhutan, this narrative takes the reader through the districts of Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Gasa, Laya, Lunana, Wangdi, Bumthang and Trongsa, trekking to remote hot springs and isolated hermitages then ending in the streets and nightclubs of the country’s capital, Thimphu Town.…" http://findingutopia.org/bhutan-images.html