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Tiny, Winter-Proofed, 215 Sq. Ft. Leaf House

"…a line of tiny homes designed specifically to take on cold northern winters.…a 35-gallon (132-liter) water storage unit, pull-out sofa bed, overall there's 215 square feet of space in its 20-foot length…
   It was built with FSC tongue and groove cedar siding, metal siding, triple-pane Northern Windows, steel stud construction, spray foam insulation, Energy Shield wrap, low-VOC wood finishes and paint, a Sun-Mar composting toilet, GE propane range, Kohler sink, Pegasus shower, tankless water heating, Ecoheat electric baseboards, Broan ventilation, LEDs, dimmable CFLs, birch plywood and ultralight drywall finishing, etc.…" Details at Jetson Green.

Why Not to Boycott the Election (and to Vote for Obama)

…"A few weeks back, there was an email suggesting that frustrated voters 'boycott the election.' My first thought was that this 'brilliant' idea likely originated with Karl Rove.
   Then I was reminded of an 'Aggie' story I heard while living in Texas. An Aggie comes home unexpectedly to find his wife in bed with his best friend. The Aggie goes to his nightstand, pulls out a gun … and puts it to his own head. When the wife and friend start to laugh, he says, 'What are you two laughing at? You’re next!'
   And that pretty much sums up how I feel about boycotting the election. Sure we have a lame choice – between the sorry-ass Democrats, and the scary-ass Republicans. But by blowing this one off – or even casting a vote for one of the worthy third party candidates – we are shooting ourselves in the head. We are missing an opportunity to make this election mean something other than what the lame-stream media is telling us it means.
   By overwhelmingly re-electing Barack Obama, and restoring a Democratic majority to both Houses of Congress, we can send a powerful message to the world, to our leaders and most importantly, to ourselves.…

NorCal Beach Graffiti #7

Hurricane Sandy 2012: Tiny Home Survives Disaster Without Any Damage

Nov. 1, 2012
"There are definitely strong opinions about the idea of tiny homes. Most people can't even imagine comfortably living in one, let alone the thought of it surviving a natural disaster. But located on the Outer Banks in North Carolina stands a 96-square-foot home that has fought off the devastating wrath of Hurricane Sandy.
   Built freely out of found materials, the Scrap House, as its owner Ted Fort refers to it, withheld 55-60 MPH winds with an estimated six feet of water without leaks, flooding or exterior damage. "As far as I can tell, there is [no damage] whatsoever. The house has proved to be remarkably resiliant," said Fort…" From HuffPost here. Photo: Patricia Fort

Cedar Skull Drum by Godfrey Stephens

Copper topped yellow cedar skull drum by Canadian artist Godfrey Stephens, whose website is here.

Tiny Home in Northeast Portland

Published on Oct 30, 2012 by Cassandra Profita "John Labovitz lives in a custom-built tiny home on the back of an Isuzu truck in northeast Portland. He makes the most of his 119 square feet with a single cooking burner that runs on denatured alcohol, a tiny wood stove, a desk that doubles as a seating area, and space-saving designs he borrowed from boat-builders."
Note the windows at eye level. Like Lloyd House's converted Ford Van on Hornby Island, BC, this band of windows brings the outside in. Many of the scaled-down tiny homes so prominent in the media now, without such light, seem claustrophobic by comparison. -LK
Story on Ecotrope here.

Running in A Cocoon of Fog

Last night I went for a run along the coast. It was misty in the lowlands, but as I got up to maybe 500 ft. elevation, there was a thick fog. Pretty soon I could only see 10' in front of me on the fire trail road. There was a chorus of fog horns, all different notes. It was like moving through the clouds, like a fuzzy-edged cocoon of light from my headlamp. An hour later, back down to sea level and the pub, a pint of Anchor Steam porter, warmth and good fellowship on a misty night.

This and That on a Tuesday Morning

Lightweight tent: Nemo Obi Elite 1P, reviewed by Kevin Kelly on Cool Tools, this is an ultra-light, elegantly designed, one-person tent. I think it's a breakthrough design.
Lightweight rain gear: 02 Hooded Rain jacket. Another item I discovered as a result of a recent backpack trip (with outdated gear), also on Cool Tools (here). V. light, waterproof, highly compressible, cheap. I got pants as well.
Sanuk Sidewalk Surfers - "Vagabond" They don't look like much, but these are the most comfortable shoes I've ever had. A few months ago my son Will and I were visiting old surfing friend Richard Novak and longboard maestro Wingnut at Rich's office in Santa Cruz, and all four of us had on the same shoes.
iPhone 5: OMG! Just incredible. Seri alone (which people seem to bitch about): I can say "nearest gas station," or "nearest pizza," and lo and behold, there are lists in order of proximity. Camera functions are fabulous: clear videos, panoramic mode. Haven't even begun to explore possibilities, which seem endless. I want to get more up to speed on a smart phone, because that's the way the (young) world is going, and important for me to understand as a communicator. Also thinking about shooting photos on phone and blogging on the spot. I'll be such a modern guy.

NorCal Beach Graffiti #6

Lucinda Williams, Steve Cropper: When I Get Like This


Scroll down, click on song.

Random House + Penguin: What the Merger Means for Publishers, Authors, Readers

"…For the midsize and small presses, a merger like this only widens the gap, and puts smaller houses in the unenviable position of competing with a behemoth in the way a tiny e-commerce platform competes with Amazon.
   The silver lining: Big corporations market to the masses, and can at times leave niche opportunities untouched and emerging markets unnoticed. Small publishers -- and indie authors -- can capitalize on the fissures created beneath the immense weight of a mega-corporation.…"
By Jason Allen Ashlock, PBS Mediashift, October 29, 2012: here.

Tiny Home on 10 Acres, Washington, $69K

For…" those seeking privacy in a truly amazing setting. This custom built one story with loft is just under 500sq ft. The cabin sits on 10.6 fenced acres with a one acre horse corral. Property has other potential building sites all with pristine views of Lake Chelan, Cascade Mts, the Columbia River and Canada.…" Note: no water development on property

Small Home on Oregon Island With Living Roof

"A tiny house big on style, mighty where it counts. A small footprint, big use of re-use. Reclaiming, recycling, reinventing but definitely not rehashing. Fresh green design capped off with the freshest of new roofs, moss and green ferns.…" http://shltr.net/QTh0Rj Photos: Lincoln Barbour