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Tiny Kids on Bikes in Snow, British Columbia

From our PR person in British Columbia, Kim Herter:
"…I wanted to share a little video of my son and his pal, Daniel on their snow bikes -- created by Daniel's dad, Tim Van Driel. It's a great little clip -- mostly of Daniel (brown outfit), but some fun shots of my little guy, Theo, in orange. Daniel wore a little camera clipped to his helmet for some of it. We were at Cypress Mtn. -- a 45 min drive from my house where there is NO snow so it's pretty amazing to see how wintery it is up there on the local hills. 400cm+…"

Tiny Revolution-On The Road to Life

Nostalgia for the Hippie Building Heyday

"…The creative explosion ignited by the back-to-the-land builders of the 1970s was memorialized by many photographers, most notably Art Boericke and Barry Shapiro, who produced a best-selling book, Handmade Houses: A Guide to the Woodbutcher's Art. In centuries to come, historians will probably note that the era of the hippie builder was the last chapter of a century-long period in American history — namely, the closing of the American frontier."

Thanks to Mike Litchfield for heads up on this article.

Dobbertin Surface Orbiter: Stainless Steel Amphibious Vehicle/Boat

Howard Huges has left a new comment on your post "Turning Oil Tanker Trucks Into Homes" (here):

Not as crazy as it would appear. This resourceful fellow made his out of a milk transport tank."

"Living Large in a Little Home"

Really nice review of Tiny Homes in today's Charlotte Observer; great to have a reviewer that gets it:

"Editor and former carpenter Lloyd Kahn’s new book takes us into the world of small homes at a time when big homes, big mortgages and the ruins of a big housing bubble have demonstrated the perils of excess.…"


Simon's Thriving Allotment Garden in UK

Simon sent us the link to the planned demolition of a bunch of small homes in the UK (see previous post), and has this wonderful blog of his garden in an allotment patch of land in the UK.

Here is the Wikipedia def. of "allotment." You see them along train tracks throughout Europe. Weekend gardeners, community gardens, little shacks/sheds…Totally wonderful.

Demolition of 187 Low-cost Prefabs in UK Slated

"Time is running out for Europe's largest prefab estate. Lewisham Council, London, is planning to demolish all but six of the 187 prefab bungalows that make up the Excalibur Estate in Catford - and replace them with 371 modern homes. This is unique 12-acre complex of prefabricated buildings. Built in 1945 and 1946 by German and Italian prisoners of war, the Excalibur Estate was supposed to be a temporary solution to the damage caused by the Luftwaffe's bombs.
   Prefabs were built for returning soldiers and their families and provided what was, for those times, high levels of luxury. Designed by the Ministry of Works, they had two bedrooms, a fitted kitchen with a fridge and cooker, running hot water and an indoor toilet. They became known as Palaces for the People.
   These one-storey bungalows were meant to last just 10 years. However, the Excalibur Estate is still standing and there is a strong sense of community here. The council has done little work to the prefabs over the years and any improvements have been made by the tenants.
   This unique slice of 20th-century social history is about to disappear. The process of 'decanting' has now begun, which means people have been asked to move out of the prefabs by the council. Sadly, the empty houses have become dumping grounds and are quickly falling into disrepair, which has dampened the mood on the estate.
Sent by Simon in the UK

Secrets and Lies of the Bailout by MattTaibbi

By Matt Taibbi, January 4, 2013, Rolling Stone
"It has been four long winters since the federal government, in the hulking, shaven-skulled, Alien Nation-esque form of then-Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, committed $700 billion in taxpayer money to rescue Wall Street from its own chicanery and greed. To listen to the bankers and their allies in Washington tell it, you'd think the bailout was the best thing to hit the American economy since the invention of the assembly line. Not only did it prevent another Great Depression, we've been told, but the money has all been paid back, and the government even made a profit. No harm, no foul – right? 


Liberty Tools - Huge Selection Used Tools in New England

There's No Place Like Here: Liberty Tool from Etsy on Vimeo.
Thanks to Mike W.

Tony Serra Comes For A Visit

Tony is one of my oldest friends (60 years). We both lived in the Fiji house at Stanford. A fraternity, yes, but a highly unusual one. A lot of unique, non-traditional, and/or eccentric boys. Tony was into philosophy --  Socrates, Plato, Hume, Spinoza, etc. -- partying, and howling at every full moon. He at first had a football scholarship, and later worked his way through college.
   Upon graduation ('56), he and his wife Judy took a 4-month Vespa trip all over Europe, and he wrote me a bunch of letters. The one that got me was about taking a  boat from Barcelona to Ibiza, and the dolphins swimming in front of the boat in the moonlight.
   I graduated in '57, and, along with my wife Sarah, took a boat from NYC to France, hitch-hiked to Milano, bought a new Lambretta, and toured Europe youth-hostel-style for 3 months, California kids out of their country (and state) for the first time, an experience with life-long memories. All because of Tony's influence.
   In the early 60s he had his law degree and was working for the Alameda county DAs office. I was an insurance broker in San Francisco. We took a trip to Baja, went camping in Mendocino, and would go out to hear music in SF.


This is a nice site on the tiny homes. I've found some interesting posts there lately. http://tinyhousetalk.com

Turning Oil Tanker Trucks Into Homes

This has got to be a joke, right? http://shltr.net/oilhome

Can you imagine anything more creepy? Oil? Oil?