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Bike/surf adventurers on the road

Yesterday I ran across these four people on bikes in point Reyes Station. They are: Robin Hill, Abe Greenspan (in the photo), Robin's dad Tyler Hill, and Chanel Walker. Since leaving South Lake Tahoe, they've been on the road for three weeks, heading south from the Oregon border, following the ocean down to Cabo San Lucas. Here's their blog: http://bikensurf.wordpress.com/
"About the Ride
In September 2011, fellow surf stylist and adventure extraordinaire, Abe Greenspan and my self (Robin Hill) will embark on an epic 3 month adventure, biking down the pacific coast surfing in Baja Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua. This trip is inspired by a love for adventure, and a humble appreciation for the ocean and a simple life on the road.…"

Old little log building for sale in Pennsylvania

Mary Haggerty sent us these photos of this beautiful little log building for sale (somewhere in Pennsylvania) by JC Woodworking 
I don't see this one on their website (above), but check out the 2-story log building. Here's what JC Woodworking wrote to Mary recently:

"…pictured a small, oak log summer kitchen. The building was used as the summer kitchen on a farm (apple orchard) in southern Pennsylvania and dates to the mid 1800's, possibly earlier. The overall size is 12 by 16'. It's a 1.5 story…Ceiling height on the first floor is 7' to bottom of the floor joists. On 2nd floor, height from floor to peak is 6'10" with a 30" sidewall. Wall height (exterior) is just over 10' and the height to the peak is 14.5'. 3 top plates need to be replaced….The rafters would also need to be replaced, but is in otherwise very good condition.…

…to reassemble this structure on your property; the cost to set the frame (with new replacement logs for the top 3 plates and new rafter system as well as leveling the sill plates to accommodate your foundation) is $6K plus travel to your site and lodging.…

Price for structure (including floor joists) dismantled and tagged as-is: $8000."

Talk by David Simon, creator of The Wire

What got me roaming around Kevin Kelly's writings was his recent recommendation of a video of David Simon, creator of HBO's The Wire, talking about capitalism, health care, Wall Street, corporate greed, the Republicans, poverty, America's blowing it on so many fronts, the futility of the drug war, the for-profit prison system -- and why Snoop (the real life Snoop) was recently arrested. At the end of this long and serious talk, he asked for questions, and quipped that everyone always wants to talk about Omar.

Frank Porter Graham Lecture 2011 with David Simon from James M. Johnston Center on Vimeo.

The Art of Endless Upgrades by Kevin Kelly

 Just ran across this post of Kevin's, from 16 April 2011:
"…It's taken me 60 years, but I had an ephipany recently: Everything, without exception, requires additional energy and order to maintain itself. Not just living things, but the most inanimate things we know of: stone gravemarkers, iron columns, copper pipes, gravel roads, a piece of paper. None will last very long without attention and fixing, and the loan of additional order. Life is maintenance.…"

I've just been cruising through Kevin's writings (kk.org). Tremendous amount of focussed,thought-provoking output.

Upgrade post here: http://www.kk.org/thetechnium/archives/2011/04/the_art_of_endl.php

Tiny Houses on the prairie

From http://tinyhouseblog.com/tiny-house/tiny-houses-on-the-prairie/:
“'Oh Snap! Homesteader Postcards, the Facebook of 1906' an article written by Heather Murphy at Slate features some really unique tiny homes built by homesteaders out on the prairies.
The images in this gallery were gathered over a period of 20 years by snapshot collector Michael Williams. They are featured in his book, Who We Were: A Snapshot History of America and at The Life and Death of Buildings…
Williams who spent over 15 years gathering these pictures at flea markets, antiques stores, and postcard fairs. The images were taken in South Dakota, North Dakota and Montana. Improvements were required by the homesteaders and those improvements were made using, tar paper, sod, bricks and wood. It just had to be sturdy enough to stand."

Modern Country - Norwegian blog

"But the most important thing I think is that Cabbages & Roses is Environmentally Friendly! All the ingredients are printed in the UK, just outside London. Furniture is vintage finds that Christina gathers on her travels, and fabric printing is ecofriendly and does not create a waste substances that are harmful to local water supplies. They want to keep their business small, and will not produce large quantities as it is often thrown away or sold at reduced prices. Selection of quality of products means that they last a long time and thus avoid the 'use and throw out'culture that drain our resources…. A philosophy I completely agree with!"

"Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful." ~ William Morris

Danny Macaskill - bike wizard - Industrial Revolutions

"Industrial Revolutions is the amazing new film from street trials riding star Danny Macaskill. Filmed and edited for Channel 4 's documentary Concrete Circus.

Industrial Revolutions sees Danny take his incredible bike skills into an industrial train yard and some derelict buildings.' Filmed in the beautiful Scottish countryside Danny Macaskill's latest film was directed by Stu Thomson (Cut Media/MTBcut) for Channel 4's documentary Concrete Circus."


More Rory Gallagher

Rory Gallagher, whooo!
I'm only 40 years late in discovering this incredible Irish bluesman. See post and comments at http://is.gd/rorygal



Sunday at the Bluegrass Festival

Went into SF yesterday, first stop the Apple store at the foot of Stockton Street. Big decision to make: the 11" or 13" MacAir and finally settled on the 11. Going to lighten my travel load all around. The Panasonic Lumix G1 has cut the weight considerably (from a Canon 20D) if I want to take a  serious camera along. I'm going to Hong Kong in early November to oversee printing of the Tiny Homes book and will take a few weeks to explore Borneo or some place yet to be determined. (One possibility is surfing on an island off the coast of China.)
I missed Dr. John, but heard the Blind Boys of Alabama, then Ray Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys. Totally wonderful. The Blind Boys have still got the power, after 60 years. There must have been 5000 people in the glade. "Take the high road to the valley (3 times) if you want to meet the promised land." Toward the end they said they'd just done their first country gospel album, and did a gorgeous 3-part harmony rendering of a white gospel song. By the end everyone was dancing, punching the air.

Ralph Stanley, 84, stood there all alone and sang:
"O, Death
O, Death
Won't you spare me over til another year…"

Then did a bunch of songs with the bluegrass boys and are they good!

I felt a tap on my shoulder, turned, and a guy passed me a joint. I usually think of weed partaken of at rock and roll and blues events, but the air was redolent with bluegrass smoke yesterday.

At 7:30 last night I went to The Riptide bar, a hip, warm neighborhood bar with good Feng Shui on Taraval out by the beach and heard CB Brand, a great little country band from LA playing classic country songs.  A great day of music.

Tiny House in a Landscape

From http://tinyhouseblog.com/
"Rune from Denmark sent me this photo for this weeks Tiny House in a Landscape. Rune says: Yesterday I came across this tiny house when I was out biking along Roskilde Fjord in Denmark. I immediately thought about your blog when I saw it, and took this picture thinking it might be a candidate for your Tiny House in a Landscape weekly update.

Here is a link to my DeviantArt profile page where this picture is also featured: http://xiaphidian.deviantart.com"

Rudderless under the Golden Gate

Fellow adventurer Doug Armstrong relates his scary adventure last weekend.(My neighbor Mark runs a 40 foot salmon trawler out of San Francisco and told me yesterday he got really scared motoring back in past Point Bonita last week.)
Doug: Robin and I set out on my Santana 22 at 8:55 Saturday morning from Horseshoe Cove at Fort Baker to sail out into the ocean and up to Muir Beach.  I’d sailed solo from Berkeley to Horseshoe cove the afternoon before and had an amazingly straight sail through Raccoon Straights and only a minimum of difficulty with the squirrelly eddies at the north end of the Golden Gate Bridge near the approach to the cove.  Saturday was the first time past the bridge for my boat, and I had some trepidation as we reached Point Bonita and turned north atop the large swells and up between the Headlands and the confused currents of the Potato Patch.

But all went without difficulty and we cruised beneath the fog to Muir Beach.  As there seemed inadequate protection to anchor there for lunch, we turned back toward the bay and continued our sail.

We made up to 6.2 mph (my iPhone’s GPS only reads land speed) as we sailed happily back toward home.  While we made our way back toward the bridge, I had some concern about the strength of the out going tide and the equally strong opposing wind.