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Ella's Tiny Home

"Ella says: 'My house in FINALLY done! It’s been a little over a year since I started and it’s so exciting to see a house instead of a bunch of scattered projects.'"
From Kent Griswold's Tiny House Blog: http://tinyhouseblog.com/yourstory/ellas-tiny-house-update/

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

Holy smokes! I just looked at the lineup (San Francisco Golden Gate Park, Oct. 5-6-7, FREE): Doug Sahm, Boz Skaggs, Ralph Stanley, Emmylou Harris, Patti Smith, Elvis Costello, Dwight Yoakam, Del McCrory, Jerry Jeff Walker, The Cowboy Junkies, lots of lesser-known but real bluegrass…
   It's going to be a crazy weekend in the city: Fleet Week, Giants playoffs, the America Cup, and the bluegrass festival. When I've gone to it, I've parked my truck out at the beach and taken my bike into the park. http://www.hardlystrictlybluegrass.com/

Tiny Dogtrot House

"In Ramseur, North Carolina, a reincarnation of a modernist dog-trot house. The original was designed by Stephen Atkinson more than a decade ago and became a darling of design magazines. This one was built by Terrie Moffitt and Avshalom Caspi, psychology professors at Duke University, who saw the house on the cover of a book, and wrote to Mr. Atkinson. He made a bargain with them: they could have the plans free, but if they made substantial changes, he would charge them."

New York Times article 10/4/2012 by Penelope Green, Photos by Tony Cenicola/The New York Times

Tiny Strawbale Home

"Hi Lloyd, I've recently bought your book on Tiny Homes which was really inspiring.
   This was after my own tiny home project which is…now lived in by Anita's son Cai quite legally, as he is still part of her household, i.e. he goes to the main house to cook and wash.
Best wishes, Frank" (Hemming)

Back to Beach to Pick Up Surfboard

Got up at 6 this morning, got to Limantour Beach around 7 and started the 2-mile beach trek to pick up my surfboard. For how it got there (I buried it in the sand 2 weeks ago), click here and here. I put my 2-wheel surfboard carrier in a backpack so I wouldn't have to drag it after me. Here are pics of it. I had marked the spot in the lee of a north/south sand dune with 2 pieces of driftwood. Everythng was as I left it. 2 miles back to truck, enjoying many birds and a few sea lions in surf zone.

Peanut Butter by the Marathons

http://grooveshark.com/#!/s/Peanut+Butter/4bDmLY?src=5 They were known earlier as The Vibrations, earlier than that, the Jay Hawks. The same guys did The Watusi, Hang on Sloopy, and Stranded in the Jungle.

Don't Say No Until I Finish Talking

Close to 1000 people came to the film of the above title, a documentary about the life and work of film producer Richard Zanuck Monday night at the Samuel Goldwyn Film Center in Beverly Hills. After a short, heartfelt intro by Dick's wife and soulmate Lili, Stephen Spielberg spoke and said, "Everything I learned about producing, I learned from Dick." He talked about how Dick hired him to direct his first film, Sugarland Express. And how Dick and his partner David Brown backed him and fought the studio when Jaws was running way over budget. (It went on to become the highest grossing film up to that time -- and launched Spielberg's career.)
   Among people people interviewed in the film were Johnny Depp, Tim Burton, Ron Howard, Clint Eastwood, Michelle Pfeiffer, directors, screen writers, and Dick's family.

In Need of Tiny Homes

"NEW YORK — Scott Elyanow('s)…apartment measures 275 square feet, including the bathroom, kitchen and an entryway with overhead clearance of 5 feet 7 inches.…He lives and works in Manhattan’s West Village, where the crooked, cobblestoned streets are lined with 19th century buildings famous for charming but cramped apartments.
   If Mayor Michael Bloomberg has his way, the city soon will have far more tiny apartments to accommodate a burgeoning need for smaller, cheaper living spaces.…" http://shltr.net/scott275

Stewart Brand on Steven Pinker's Decline of Violence

"It’s pretty rare for a psychologist to permanently change how we think about history, but Harvard’s Steven Pinker has done that with his book, The Better Angels of Our Nature. 
The tragic view of history, he proves, is wrong; it has always been wrong. A close examination of the data shows that in every millennium, century, and decade, humans have been drastically reducing violence, cruelty, and injustice---right down to the present year.  A trend that consistent is not luck; it has to be structural. Real ethical progress, Pinker found, has come from a sequence of institutions, norms, cultural practices, and mental tricks employed by whole societies to change their collective mind and behavior in a peaceful direction.
   Humanity’s great project of civilizing itself is far from complete, but Pinker’s survey of how far we have come builds confidence that the task will be completed, and he illuminates how to get there.
   "The Decline of Violence," Steven Pinker, Herbst Theater, Civic Center, San Francisco, 7pm, Monday, October 8." - Stewart Brand

Spectacular In-the-curl Surf Photography

SoCal Paradise

Southern California starts just south of San Francisco. Santa Cruz is about 1/3rd LA. Santa Barbara 2/3. Weather warmer. More relaxed. More body in the body/mind ratio. Warmth, water, mellowness make body feel good.
   It's been 80 degrees at the beach. Good solid swell. Malibu pier this morning a dream, not hideously crowded, everyone getting waves, half the surfers not wearing wetsuits, some v. fancy longboard strutting. I got my first wave at Malibu Colony 58 years ago, and although it's super crowded now, there are moments like today, sweet spots in time, hallelujah. Air has been smog-free.
   Went for a swim this morning, out to the end of the Malibu pier and back. Water in 60s, clear, green, looks clean. Ah-ah-ah! Wish I'd brought my air mat and fins. This has been a great couple of days.

Restaurants in Venice & Malibu

•Larry's on Windward, half-block from Venice Beach, 27 beers on tap, big sports TVs, good food. •Restaurant Hama on Windward, 2 blocks from beach. Super sushi place, noted for very fresh fish. •Poke-Poke,1827 Ocean-Front Walk, v. popular place Hawaiian rice/fish/wasabi etc.
•Reel Inn Fresh Fish Market & Restaurant, Hwy One near Topanga Canyon road. I mentioned this before, great seafood, draft beer, sit outside, surfer hangout.
At left: 2 fish tacos, shrimp cocktail, dark draft, $17 at Reel Inn

Desert Travel

Here at The Coffee Bean, espresso-wi-fi cafe in the Malibu Country Mart, a kind of out-of-the-way shopping center northeast of the Malibu pier (where the surf is pumping this morning), just followed up on a nice comment from White Knight, found his v. cool blog - http://bit.ly/UDPHMt - with reference to Sand, Wind, and Stars blog, on serious desert travel.
"For two weeks we shall re-enact many of the daring escapades of the legendary Long Range Desert Group in a pair of original 1943, World War Two, Jeeps. Our expedition, limited to just eight people, will drive through the stunning dunes of the Great Sand Sea. Explore the Gilf el Kebir, a plateau the size of Switzerland. Camp under the stars a million miles from the nearest town. Stand in the Cave of the Swimmers, immortalised in the film, The English Patient. Live for that Ice Cold in Alex moment as we celebrate in exactly the same bar as they did 70 years ago. This is no cruise along the Mediterranean coast, but the real thing, sweat, steam and fatique, but with a fully equipped logistics team on hand to cook, wash up and guide us through some of the most beautiful desert scenery on the planet."

Tiny Home in Dumpster

Olé LA

I flew to LA yesterday, the occasion being a film tonight about my college roommate, Richard Zanuck, who died unexpectedly a few months ago. It's a documentary on him, titled "Don't Say No Until I Finish Talking." It was completed just before he passed away.
  I'm staying in the Erwin Hotel in , Venice Beach, a Joie de Vivre hotel, a block from the beach and it's  warm, blue-sky LA beach weather. Totally.
   I spent yesterday roaming the boardwalk with 2 cameras. It's LA at its max. Performers, freaks, skaters, artists, babes, hunks, especially on a Sunday, it's a dizzying array of let-it-all-hang-out SoCal. Click here for photo album from yesterday.

Barns of Utah and Idaho

Hi Lloyd In reading one of your books (I think that it was Homework), you mentioned that you were contemplating doing a book on barns and that you wanted readers to send you materials about barns in our area. I live in Northern Utah and have attached two links to two pdf documents on barns in Southern Idaho and Northern Utah. I hope that you get a chance to review these documents as I believe that the information in these pdf documents are consistent with the type of information you put out in your books. There are a lot of great information and pictures in the pdf documents on barns. I enjoy reading your books and blog and thanks for sharing all the information about building!
Shawn http://www.bearriverheritage.com/content/WYSIWYG/Idahobarnbook2nd%20edition%20final%20copy.pdf

Lessons Learned From 4-day Backpack Trip

Going off for more than a day or two with all food, water, and shelter on yr. back is a big deal, at least for me. The very idea of being independent of cars, buildings, and people is exhilarating, but also serious. No backup. I learned a lot:
Go lighter. Here are a few lightweight items I learned about for this trip: clockwise from top left: Snowpeak titanium pot, nesting cup, 4" x 5," from REI; blue propane tank and Snowpeak Gigapower tiny stove - fits in white box, 1-1/2 x 2 x 3-1/2," ignition starter; Thermarest Neolite Xlite mattress -- ultralight, comfy (buy from Zappos); lower left, Solo Stove, wood burning survival stove, the alternative to gas or propane, boils water fast with twigs. Plus Kevin Kelly says he just discovered an ultrlight stand-alone tent, which he 's going to put on Cool Tools.
More water. A lot more. Plus, I think, electrolytes.
Go slower. Afterwards I realized I was going non-stop. Over 10 hours the 1st day. I need  more down (explore) time.
Beach Camping has its own specific requirements. Tides, wind, scarcity of water
Future trips: Doing this opened up the world of walking cross-country to me. Soon I'll go from my doorstep into San Francisco. Swim across Bolinas channel (this channel I can handle!), then to the Golden Gate Bridge completely on trails, no pavement. This'll be a cinch after my trip. Maybe 6 hours. Another trip in future: hike the Lost Coast in Humboldt County…