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Layout of Pages on Last Home in Our Book SMALL HOMES

Just did layout of the last home in our next book, Small Homes: The Right Size. It's a 2-family home converted to a duplex in San Francisco,. Downstairs is Jay Nelson, his wife Rachel Kaye, and their daughter Romy; upstairs is Dalia Burde — all 3 are artists (probably Romy (above) too).

This is what's called a "tenants in common" agreement, where 2 parties buy a home together. Listen up, people looking for homes in cities, here's a way to cut costs in half with the important prerequisite that you're compatible (and remain so) with each other.

At left: staircase between the 2 units, in the back yard.

We've got another month or so to go on the book. I've been neglecting a bunch of things, like working out, blogging, traveling—to get it done. Boy, do I want  to get it done!

Next we're working on the "front matter" and "back matter," as well as the all-important, the big kahuna—the cover. We're probably changing from a single home on the cover to a collage of 14 photos. I'm going to put up our cover choices here for general feedback pretty soon.

Listening to this song just now: Marty Raybon - There's A Ghost In This House - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=St1-_JQwidosong now:

A Pirate on the Santa Cruz Boardwalk


Hillary's Shimmy

I just about jumped out of my chair when she did that. It was so playful. She was having fun. Body language zinger.

Making tomato sauce today


So You Think Your Place Is Small?

"Jack Leahy, 25, a musician, lives in a crawl space reached by a ladder (in Williamsburg, Brooklyn). He can stand at the entry, but after that the headroom decreases to about 5 feet. The good news is the rent is $450 a month.…"
Photo Alex Wroblewski/The New York Times
Story by Kim Velsey
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/18/realestate/so-you-think-your-place-is-small.html?_r=0

Artist Yulia Brodskaya's Quilled Paper Paintings

"Utilizing vibrantly colored paper, artist and illustrator Yulia Brodskaya  creates unique three-dimensional portraits that reflect the beauty found in old age. Each work contains a palette of colors that remain at the center of her focus, recently concentrating on precious jewel tones that also serve as the title for each portrait. Previously Brodskaya had referred to these quilled pieces as drawings, but the more expressionistic her style becomes, the more her work reflects a painterly approach.
'I used to say that I was drawing with paper, but I believe with this technique I’ve found a way to paint with paper,' said Brodskaya to Colossal. 'I mix strips of paper as I would mix paints on a palette. These artworks are all about color and the unique, tactile feel that paper strips add to it. The portraits resemble oil and acrylic painting (especially from a distance), but with a textured paper twist.…'"

http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2016/09/quilled-paper-portraits-yulia-brodskaya/?src=footer

Velomobiles

Dear Lloyd,
My name is Benjamin, I´m an English teacher from Bielefeld, Germany and an avid follower of your blogs.
Maybe you find this interesting for your blog as well: These guys from London / France build velomobiles from wood using techniques from the times when airplanes were made of wood. Very skilled craftsmen with beautiful vehicles - I think these guys reserve much respect :-)
This is NOT advertising - I´m just fascinated by these vehicles !!!!! :-)
http://www.mosquito-velomobiles.com



Protection from birds for strawberries in new raised beds


Italian Dairy Generates All Its Electricity AND Is Beautifully Designed

"We took in the processing facilities and digesters, also painted by Tremlett, where cow dung is transformed into electricity. Since 2007, Castelbosco farm has been entirely powered by energy produced on the premises, from the cows’ excrement; Locatelli sells the electricity he does not use. Last year, he and Cipelletti, along with the artist Gaspare Luigi Marcone and the art collector Massimo Valsecchi, opened the Shit Museum in 10 rooms on the castle’s first floor. It’s a charmingly unmodern space that showcases paintings, objects, video art about poop, a display about the dung beetle (also the museum’s logo) and a giant coprolite. …"
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/29/t-magazine/cow-poop-design-museum-castelbosco-farm.html?_r=0
Photo: Alex Majoli/Magnum Photos
Article: Christine Smallwood

Stuffed #tiger at Academy of Sciences, San Francisco


Seeing it close up is a shock - so huge - this one maybe 9 ft. long, 600 lbs. According to Wikipedia, the largest reported was 11ft. long, almost 900 lbs.

The Truth About Tiny House TV Shows

I've been contacted 3-4 times by TV producers regarding tiny homes. Each time I've felt that they weren't searching for the reality of the subject, but trying to shoehorn something into a phony story line. Reality shows are bad enough, but pre-determined phony reality is worse. Here's a good article on the subject: http://rockymountaintinyhouses.com/the-truth-about-tiny-house-tv-shows/ 

"…The crew shows up to tiny house build in progress. The customers are in over their heads. They need the house finished in two weeks. They need these super cool expensive features in order to meet their needs. Their budget is a completely unattainable, $30,000. Trucks get stuck, storms roll in, vendors miss deliveries, old wood bridges threaten to fall into the river, the house tries to roll off a cliff…Somehow in the end it all comes together and the people are left with their dream tiny house. Folks, this just isn’t how it works.…"
-Greg Parham, Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses


Victoria & Albert Museum Exhibition - "You Say You Want A Revolution?" - opens Sept. 10, 2016 in London

I got interviewed via Skype (with which I'm not too comfortable, at least doing an intercontinental interview) by the BBC yesterday. A last-minute deal.

The Victoria and Albert Museum has an exhibit opening next week titled:
"You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966-1970"
"How have the finished and unfinished revolutions of the late 1960s changed the way we live today and think about the future?"

They've been working on this a long time; they came to our house with a camera crew about a year ago; then a month or so ago, V&A personnel along with four British reporters interviewed Stewart Brand and me for several hours in San Francisco. What were the 60s like? What role do the Whole Earth Catalog have in the countercultural revolution? Etc.

 Here's the news program that ran in the UK last night: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p046zwdy

 Here's info on the exhibit: https://www.vam.ac.uk/exhibitions/you-say-you-want-a-revolution-records-and-rebels-1966-70

Industrial building in Berkeley, California


Beware, White Man…

"Beware, white man, of playing with magic of the primitive. 
It may be strong medicine.
It may kill you.
Ye, sons and daughters, foster children of the cities, if ye would go to the wilderness in search of your Mother, be careful and circumspect, lest she lure you into her secret places, whence ye may not come back."
-Jaime de Angulo, The Lariat

Bug in Berkeley today


I've owned 4 of them. To have owned one is to love them. Drove cross country, NY to San Francisco both in 1957, again in winter 1960 with 3 adults, one baby/100 gallons coast-to-coast, gas 40 cents per gallon=$40 total; went thru snowstorms, 35 horsepower...

Queen Anne Style Architecture in Berkeley Today.


How many of today's carpenters could build like this?