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Australian Beekeepers Invention: Honey on Tap

On 2/19/15, Kevin Kelly wrote in a message entitled
Automatic honey harvester:

"Might be revolutionary; might be hype.

To which I replied:
"Looks plausible. The FAQs read pretty well. You keep the normal brood chamber.
They ought to set one up in the UC Davis bee lab. You used to be able to stop in there and watch the bees through a glass cover do their pollen-directional dance.
If this really does work and doesn't get clogged, it's revolutionary. To not have to mess with extractors would be a boon for a family-sized bee colony."
Then Kevin emailed again:

"That crazy honey extractor has raised $ 2.5 million so far and counting.
If it does not work a lot of folks will be disappointed.
But I tell ya, Kickstarter-style crowd funding is very powerful.
-- KK"

California Honeydrops- Don't Let the Green Grass Fool You

I just heard these guys in a small venue tonight and they are fabulous. This a band that is on its way to major recognition, I think. At the Fillmore in an Francisco in September (not announced yet).

84-Year-Old Sailed Across Atlantic in Homemade Raft

Comment from Anonymous:
"Across the Atlantic - in a garden shed: Most 84-year-olds would settle for a Saga cruise. But this ancient mariner had other ideas. http://dailym.ai/1G0hD9r"

Note: Anthony Smith passed away in July 2014 at age 88: http://nyti.ms/17DNyxR

Tiny Homes For Homeless, Continued…

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post Tiny Homes For The Homeless Built Out of Dumpster ...":

Hi Lloyd, ran across some more articles on this fellow and had a look at his website.
He now has a TON of pics of his tiny homes for the homeless, which he has pretty much created from garbage.
Hunted this post out, to put the link on, in case anyone is interesting in building some of these, he has quite detailed pics of his work in progress, and MANY many finished homes.
I believe these pics are from a photographer who has photographed this man's work/art.

Retired Engineer Having Fun

Boy, is this guy having fun! This was in Saturday's New York Times in the business section. It's more like monkey business. Made me laugh out loud.
“'Why Knot?' for example, uses 10 electric motors to drive 10 mechanisms to construct a four-in-hand knot on a necktie that it wraps around its own neck. Grasping, pulling, aligning and winding the lengths of the tie, Mr. Knot can detect the occasional misstep or tear, untie the knot and get it right. Unlike Rube Goldberg’s whimsical contraptions, Mr. Goldstein’s is no mere cartoon. It works, if only for Mr. Knot. He cannot tie your tie.

Mr. Goldstein might be exceptional for the range of his skills, but he is characteristic of a sizable — and with the first of the baby boomers retiring now — expanding cohort of pensioners. Smart, agile and creative, they catch a liberating wind upon leaving the bosses, bureaucracies, commutes and time clocks of their workaday careers to tackle something consuming and new, whether for material reward or none at all.…"
Article by Peter T. Kilborn, photo by Matt Roth for The New York Times
Here it is in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0atClPSTx8

Kauai Outdoor Living

I like the way this inexpensive connecting roof provides so much more useable space.

Look West, Old Man, Look West

This poster by National Geographic really struck me. The migration to Hawaii by Marquesas Islands sailors somewhere between 300-800 AD in open sailing canoes, along with plants and animals. When you look at this map of South Pacific Islands, you see what a feat that was. No GPS.

I had an interesting talk yesterday with my neighbor John Washington, who has sailed in this part of the world. How did these guys sail 2500 miles and land on the Hawaiian islands, which are way out in the ocean away from everything else? We concluded they combined many skills: astronomy, direction of swells, winds, birds and fish; intuition…

Somewhere I read that Polynesian navigation knowledge was passed along in oral tradition from navigator to apprentice, partly in song.

It caused me to reflect on my Euro-centric education. Western Civilization was required for Stanford freshmen when I went there. Nothing about China, India, the South Pacific, Buddhism, Zen, the great Khmer civilization, the Taoists, Chi Gung, the concept of chi… (Part of consciousness-expansion in the '60s was discovery of the rest of the world's civilizations and practices.)

So here I am looking westward. It caused me to take another look at Henrik and Ginni's 6800-mile sailboat journey from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico across this archipelago of islands. It's covered with lots of photos on 6 pages in Tiny Homes on the Move (pp. 156-61).

The Tahitians arrived around 1200 AD and things got brutal. Cook arrived in the 1700s.

It's fascinating history.

Wooden Topographic Model of Kauai

This was at a ranger station/museum in the Waimea area. Looks like it was done by some sort of computer-generated cutting tool. It's the entire 25 x 35 mile island of Kauai.

I shot this picture centered (at bottom) on Hanalei Bay—it's that perfect 2/3-circle. Look at the way the mountains fan out in the same pattern. Na Pali coast on right. I believe the sand you see half-way up on the right is Polihale Beach, end of the road.