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Adam's Outdoor Bathtub in Berkeley

Outdoor bathing for a Berkeley tiny home:

25 foot long art car inspired by the submarine from 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea.


Danny Strasser: Downhill Skateboarding in the Bobtrack Altenberg

"Full runs":

From Evan Kahn

Krugman Says Supercommittee Failure Will Be Good

Great op-ed column today's NYTimes by Paul Krugman:
"…In Democrat-world, up is up and down is down. Raising taxes increases revenue, and cutting spending while the economy is still depressed reduces employment. But in Republican-world, down is up. The way to increase revenue is to cut taxes on corporations and the wealthy, and slashing government spending is a job-creation strategy. Try getting a leading Republican to admit that the Bush tax cuts increased the deficit or that sharp cuts in government spending (except on the military) would hurt the economic recovery.
   Moreover, the parties have sharply different views of what constitutes economic justice.
   Democrats see social insurance programs, from Social Security to food stamps, as serving the moral imperative of providing basic security to our fellow citizens and helping those in need.
   Republicans have a totally different view. They may soft-pedal that view in public — in last year’s elections, they even managed to pose as defenders of Medicare — but, in private, they view the welfare state as immoral, a matter of forcing citizens at gunpoint to hand their money over to other people. By creating Social Security, declared Rick Perry in his book “Fed Up!”, F.D.R. was “violently tossing aside any respect for our founding principles.” Does anyone doubt that he was speaking for many in his party?…"
Full column: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/18/opinion/krugman-failure-is-good.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=failure%20is%20good&st=cse

Shantyboat Living

From Lew Lewandowski

Crab Season Open With Bang

The crab fishermen don't know what's going to happen each year, until they pull in their first pots. The sport season is open and things are looking good. Our friend Billy is holding this not-so-gentle giant and doesn't this guy have poisson-ality? He's pissed. (I was waiting for an action shot if he managed to grab Billy's finger.)
It's been a good year for fish around here. Amazing, what with the state of the world…

More on Kindle Fire

Rick Gordon found this very comprehensive article. (We ordered a Fire yesterday -- for one thing, to become familiar with it in order to see which of our books might work on it.)
"…The Fire is a marvelous device. And Apple and Amazon couldn’t have created a more complementary pair of tablets if they’d colluded on it. Want a tablet that does everything, and which does books exceptionally well? Buy an iPad. Want something more compact, and you’re not terribly interested in much more than content consumption? The Fire is aces. I feel as if every potential tablet consumer will recognize themselves in one of those two descriptions.…"

Intimate Spaces of Renowned Artisans

DeDuva has left a new comment on your post: "San Francisco Streets Last Sunday"
Thought you might like this Lloyd...
"Artists' Handmade Houses, published by Abrams with text written by Michael Gotkin and photography by Don Freeman, is a collection of handcrafted homes constructed between the late-19th century and mid 20-th century by the finest artists and craftsmen in America. Don Freeman captures the intimacy of these homes and the attention paid to every minute detail, from door knobs to stairwells to the structure of the house itself. The photographs in this book record exactly how the artists left the spaces when they dies or moved away. Some of the homes featured have been awarded National Historic Landmark status and several are open to the public, while some have fallen into disrepair or are in the hands of new owners.…
Posted by DeDuva to Lloyd’s Blog at November 17, 2011 10:00 AM
(My cousin Mike Kahn's sculptural village in Arizona, called "Eliphante," is the last chapter of this book.)

San Francisco Streets Last Sunday

Great Brick Building in Mission District, San Francisco

This a collage of 3 shots, so warped a bit. But you get the idea.

On the beach an hour ago

On the radio now: Found Love by Jimmy Reed

Tiny House Moved With Tractor

dear Lloyd
Your books have been a real inspiration to me and I can't wait for the next one. Thought you might find my own tiny house project kinda interesting. Here is a link to my blog:


NY Times knocks Amazon Fire

David Pogue, in a comprehensive New York Times article two days ago, reviewed all the Amazon tablets and, while recognizing the just-about irresistiblity of using Amazon, has these things to say about the Fire:"…It’s a chunky-thick, seven-inch, shiny black tablet. It’s actually running Android, the Google software that powers a lot of cellphones and other companies’ tablets, but you’d never guess it. Amazon has plastered over the Google design until not a speck of it is left showing.…
 … the Fire is not nearly as versatile as a real tablet. It is designed almost exclusively for consuming stuff, particularly material you buy from Amazon, like books, newspapers and video. It has no camera, microphone, GPS function, Bluetooth or memory-card slot. There is a serviceable e-mail program, but no built-in calendar or note pad.

Warren Buffet: "I could end the deficit in 5 minutes…"

From: http://occupywallst.org/forum/warren-buffets-solution/
Warrren Buffett, in a recent interview with CNBC, offers one of the best quotes about the debt ceiling:
"I could end the deficit in 5 minutes," he told CNBC. "You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election. The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3 months & 8 days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people demanded it. That was in 1971...before computers, e-mail, cell phones, etc. Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took 1 year or less to become the law of the land...all because of public pressure.…"

Steve Jobs in 1996: The Parable of the Stones

"Steve Jobs really turned on the charm for Robert X. Cringely in the newly rediscovered 70 minute interview shot for Cringely's 1996 PBS special "Triumph of the Nerds" and being prepared, in unedited form, for theatrical release next week.
My favorite part part is when Jobs answers the question "What's important to you in the development of a product?" with a dig at John Sculley's Apple (AAPL) and a parable about a can of rocks":
From Rick Gordon

Tiny Log Cabin in the Adirondacks

Hi Lloyd,
Love your blog! I've been checking in daily for some time now. Anyway, I ran across these photos of the construction of a little log cabin on the grounds of the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, NY. Fascinating to see how each log is notched and all.  Have a great weekend.
 Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage - to move in the opposite direction. - E.F. Schumacher


Tiny Houses Built From Hollowed Out Logs in 1800s

From the Tiny House Blog, worth checking often for anyone interested in the subjext:
"Zol Fox emailed me an interesting article showing some of the logging history of the Northwest and included in the email a couple of pictures of tiny houses built from hollowed out logs.
The size of the trees that were taken down in the Northwest 150 years ago is something impressive. We are not likely to see anything like this in this area ever again. Below I’ve shared a few of those photographs." http://tinyhouseblog.com/tiny-house/tiny-houses-of-the-historic-northwest/

Viking Barn in Sweden

Reconstructed Viking farm in Ale near Göteborg, Swedenhttp://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fil:Viking_house_Ale_Sweden.jpg

Isetta Mini Car Pulling Euro Teardrop Trailer

Great photos of unusual trailers at thesam1984_1's photostream: http://is.gd/minicartrailer

Greenough Surfboats

George Greenough, the ultimate Waterman, who was the first photographer to get inside a curl with movie camera (on kneeboard), designed a series of super little fast surfer-friendly boats. Anyone know of one for sale?

Camera Talk

(This only  for camera nuts. Others won't be interested.) Can we talk?
My first was a Kodak Baby Brownie at age 12. First photo was of Puddles the hippopotamus at the SF Zoo. Next camera, from Uncle Walter, who had an Oakland camera shop, a Rolleicord (not Rollieflex), shot pix on 3-month Lambretta motor scooter trip through Europe. Next when I was in the Air Force in Germany ('58-'60), the secret service guys on our base let me use a little Leica fixed lens (35 mm I believe); the b&w's I shot with it are so luminous. I was in charge of the base photo lab, so learned the techniques and developed and printed b&w for maybe 8 years.
Then in the '60s a Nikon and Nikkormat (one with TRI-X, other with color slide film), both with fixed 50 or so mm lens -- the photographer had to zoom by moving back and forth. Traveling in US, Canada, shooting pix for Shelter. Shot '65 Bob Dylan concert Providence RI from stageside, Tri-X, some of my best photos ever.
Then the Olympus OM1 came along, half the weight of Nikons, a wonderful system and I ended up with about 7 lenses, 2-3 bodies. That was it for many years.
Then I got my first little digital point and shoot, a-ha.!

Elvis on a Sunny Sunday Morning San Francisco

I'm at Ritual Roasters on Valencia Street. I used to totally love the place, great baristas (creme, crema), great baked goods, sunny side of street Mission district location, rockin' wi-fi (no password required, why don't more places do this I mean, c'mon…). Then it got redesigned, I didn't like as well, but this morning it seems in another incarnation. Four elegant (all tall) counter people, every one of them with something going. Creamy creme-y latte, flaky almond croissant, AND this great music, sounded like a real hot singer doing an Elvis cover, say like Lyle Lovett doing "Stand By Your Man." No, I was told, this was early Elvis. It's really pure. I just ordered a CD of "Elvis at Sun", and what looks to be a great compilation of DVD footage and CDs: http://www.amazon.com/Presley-Elvis-At-Sun-Records/dp/B003D4D2QO/ref=sr_1_1_vod_1_pur?ie=UTF8&qid=1321209228&sr=8-1

And took a chance and bought a vinyl lp (AmazonUK) titled "The Sun Years LP - Elvis Presley" for about $22 delivered. No description of it.  I'm about to look for a good turntable. I'm glad I didn't throw out my LPs. Hey, there's a quality in vinyl beyond what digital can do…duh! One of these days I'm going to write an article about all the ways that people are discovering the good in the old. Finding the right balance…

I love this city!