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“Containers make lousy houses.”

I thought this comment was worth bringing front and center. Also, I don't necessarily endorse or love everything I put up on this blog. I put up stuff that I find interesting.

"Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Tiny Homes: Container Housing in Salt Lake City":
I get in trouble from container zealots when I say this, but I owned a container for over ten years—and they make lousy houses. They are short, hard to insulate, hard to cut doors and windows in, have flat roofs that leak, they are noisy and wet inside due to condensation, and, in general, make very good containers and very poor houses.
   When somebody makes a "house" from a container, they usually have to build a miniature stick built house inside, with framing, insulation, and interior walls. Due to the fact that ordinary carpenters dont have the metalworking skills, this usually costs MORE than if you just built a little house from whatever materials are locally used and local workers are fluent in- wood, concrete, brick, adobe, you name it. Me, I am a metalworker, and, periodically, I get paid to cut windows in one, or weld tabs for studs, or drill holes for wiring or stovepipes, and I will continue to take their money... Ries"

Human-powered Circumnavigation of the Earth by Jason Lewis

"Expedition 360 was a successful attempt at one of the last great firsts for true circumnavigation: reaching antipodal points on the surface of the globe using only human power (no motors or sails). Bicycles, in-line skates, kayaks, swimming, rowing, walking and a unique pedal powered boat were used by Englishman Jason Lewis and an international team to travel over 45,000 miles across five continents, two oceans and one sea (12th July 1994 - 6th October 2007)." www.expedition360.com
Sent us by Rich Jones

Cook's Illustrated

I fell in love with this magazine the first time I laid eyes on it. The layout, the drawings, the consistency. There are no ads! The design is elegant. The front cover and rear cover of each issue are always lovely paintings of food by two different artists: Robert Papp and John Burgoyne.
   Not only does it look good in the graphic arts sense, but the articles and recipes look to be a cook's delight.
    It's tied in with the TV and radio shows America's Test Kitchen.


Ghost Town Buildings

What a beauty! It's in Silver City, Nevada. Notice how the top window has been placed off-center so as not to conflict with the cupola roof below. The eaves look straight and true, indicating a sound foundation. This website, by photographer Steve Bingham, is a treasure trove of ghost town photos.

Click here.

Twentysomethings/Henry Alford

There was a well-written, funny, perceptive article in the New York Times today (actually dated 5/1/13) by Henry Alford on Williamsburg (in Brooklyn). I've been telling people over the past few years that these twentysomethings are different.; they're a new ballgame.
   Henry not only gets what's going on with young people, he likes them:
   "I like this generation of young folk. Their food is terrific, and they find even the most insignificant things “awesome.” I admire their adventuresome quality vis-à-vis fixed-gear bike-riding and their non-prudishness in the face of nudity. Yes, their attention to detail on the fronts of locavorism and beard care can verge on the precious, but I’d much rather have a young Abe Lincoln serve me his roof-grown mâche than I would have an F. Scott Fitzgerald vomit all over my straw boater. Today’s twentysomethings are self-respecting, obvi.
   If every youth movement says as much about the status quo as it does about itself, then this new eco-conscious, agrarian-seeming, hair-celebrating nexus of locavorism is maybe telling us that the rest of us need to plunge our fingers into the rich loam of the earth, literally and metaphorically.…"
   Click here. I subscribe to the Times, so get the full stories on their website. If you don't, I'd go buy today's paper if possible, this article (in the Style section) is worth it. I think it's a journalistic reporting masterpiece. Very funny, and some exquisite turns of phrase. Ridic. Obvi.

Tiny Homes: Container Housing in Salt Lake City

"…a Salt Lake City man is taking an out-of-the-box approach to one of the problems of poverty by offering an in-the-box solution: “tiny homes” cheaply and efficiently constructed out of used shipping containers."

Click here.

Lovesick Blues - Hank Williams

Lovesick Blues by Hank Williams on Grooveshark
From a great Hank Williams album: Low Down Blues

Louie's Sailboat Comes Down to Sausalito

My friend Louie recently sold his sailboat, the Roy Fox, to his friend Bill, and last week, Louie, Bill, and Titsch sailed the boat from Bodega Bay down the coast to Sausalito. Actually, they motored all the way, leaving Bodega at sunset in order to come under the Golden gate Bridge with an incoming tide. When I met them in Mill Valley, they been up all night, freezing, and were wind burned and wiped out.
 We had dinner at Frantoio's; I'd seen the restaurant, but never been there before. Not only is the food great, but a feature at this very Italian restaurant is a giant olive press for making olive oil. During olive pressing season, the press operates night and day, so customers can watch the magic of oil coming from olives while having dinner.
   With a bottle of Pinot Noir, the hardship of 20 sleepless hours at sea faded into memory, and we had a great dinner.

Tiny Home: Round Cordwood Cottage With Living Roof

"…light-weight living roof, thanks to using sedum which grows happily in shallow soils."
From Rob and Jaki Roy's Earthwood Building School website here.

Love in Vain - Robert Johnson

Love In Vain - Robert Johnson by Robert Johnson on Grooveshark

Love in Vain - Stones

Love in Vain by The Rolling Stones on Grooveshark

Today’s Marijuana is Too Strong

“'Our potencies here are off the scale,' confirms longtime grower Todd Ellison, co-founder of Colorado Marijuana Marketing, a one-stop shop for weed-related entrepreneurs in search of marketing help. 'I have a guy who taught me to grow, who has been growing since the ’60s. And this stuff blows him away.' And Ellison agrees. 'I am almost 40. I’ve got three kids. You don’t want something that is going to lay you out and make you stupid all day.'

Why is dope so strong? Because plants with big, strong buds maximize the profit of the basement grower. Plus, the people who grow it and sell it also smoke it, and they’ve got high tolerances and a deep fondness for its effects. They like it strong.…

…newbies and those who have been burned by strong weed have a few options. They can make sure that the marijuana they are buying is mostly Cannabis sativa rather than Cannabis indica. Sativa is said to be more cerebral, more placid. Indica, on the other hand, is known for inducing what industry insiders refer to as 'couch lock.' If you are in your 40s or 50s, the dope you smoked in high school was probably sativa. 'Most of this country, people over 40, the fond memories we have of way back when, when pot made you want to play the guitar and dance in the field, were of sativa,' says Kyashna-tocha. 'We were importing from tropical places. But then we started having indoor production. If you grow indoors, you shift to the stuff that is going to maximize production: fast, short, and big impressive-looking buds. That is indica. The shift went to this more stupefying stoned high.…'” http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2013/03/marijuana_potency_returning_smokers_want_mellower_pot_strains.single.html

Paul Elkin, Maker of Many Things

A long video, but a good one.
Thanks to Mike W.

Big Shot, from Dr. John's Latest Album, Locked Down

Big Shot by Dr. John on Grooveshark

Car Camping 1920s Style

"Washington, D.C., or vicinity circa 1920. "Family in auto tourist camp." A novelty that would evolve into tourist cabins of the 1920s and '30s, the motor courts of the '40s and '50s and culminate in the motor hotel, or 'motel.'"
From Shorpy