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From Rick Gordon

Northern California Ocean Rich With Life Right Now

What fishermen call "bait fish" (anchovies, herring, sardines, grunion, and smelt) have been abundant of late, attracting both fish and birds (which were swooping and diving this day last week). Can't see them that well here, but the right third of this scene is dense with birds. Hey, gimme a "hard copy" of this photo, so I can see what's going on.

Elvis Doing "It's Alright Mama", and "Baby What You Want Me To Do?" In a '68 TV Specisl

This was an NBC TV special recorded live June 26, 1968. The small crowd is great for his connection with the audience. He's so comfortable. Boy was he cute!
And the music, wow!
Channelling Jimmy Reed like this…
(Stop the followup song -- in the white tuxedo --on the 2nd video.)

We're Up On Tumblr!

The first part of the complete reorganization of our "social media" is now up and running: http://shelterpub.tumblr.com/. To start, we've posted 10 photos from our building books. This was set up by Sean Hellfritsch. Tumblr will be our photography platform.
We have over 7,000 photos in our 6 building books, and I have something like 15,000 photos (film and digital) dating back to the '60s, maybe 1/3rd of them on building(s).
We are currently working on redesign of my blog, the Shelter blog, Twitter and FaceBook pages, Shelter's website, and getting Instagram rolling.
With all this going on, I'm not posting very often these days, but I intend to get rolling with Instagram soon, and coordinate my Instagram photos with this blog.
Stay tuned.

B. B. King's "The Thrill Is Gone," performed on a Gayageum by Luna Lee

The guyaguem is  a " …Korean zither-like string instrument…" (Wikipedia).

From Rick Gordon

A Change is Gonna Come - Aretha Franklin

Rick Gordon just sent me this. When she hit the first"…come," it sent an electric shock to my brain. Pins and needles for lack of a better metaphor. 1967.

It's A New Dawn, It's A New Day…

This is the most vital, vibrant time of my life. A lot of things are falling in to place, or about to.

I look around these days, at the garden, or the book production process, or attempts to gather, hunt, or fish for food, or my workshop—and think, this is pretty good. A lot of it a long time in the making.

The book SMALL HOMES continues to unfold before my eyes. I'm in daily touch with, typically 4-5 contributors (as many as 25 emails in some of the folders), getting large enough photo files, editing text, doing pasteup. Not in any special order -- well actually, in the order in which it comes in.

I'm really excited about getting a new iPhone 6 (s Plus) (hoping tyo make my way through the AT&T maze so as not to pay full price -- I have another year to go on my present contract). I think Instagram will be perfect for my daily photos, I may be wrong, but it seems Instagram is replacing blogs -- at least with the millennials. BTW, there's a good article on this age group (11-33-year-olds)by James Wolcott (an excellent writer) in this month's Vanity Fair. I think I can get a journalistic flow going this way, and use blog for the writing impulse-- like here (and link them together).

We're revamping our website (being built in SquareSpace as we speak by Sean Hellfritsch) and it's lookin elegant. By the end of the year, we'll have a completely different looking internet "presence." It's important for us because we have so much"content" -- maybe 15,000 photos, a good portion of these on homes and building. We're also going to redesign theshelterblog and make good on my promise of getting mostly original stuff there, rather than recycled material that's already been posted (much of which, however, is great and worth sharing).We're going to build it, with the hope they will come.

I'm negotiating with publishers in Russia,China, and Brazil about foreign translation rights for our book Stretching (now in 24 languages).

Got my (12' Klamath aluminum) boat with15 HP 2-stroke recently rebuilt Evinrude motor working well and improving my lame backing-up-of-trailer technique.

Going to build a sleeping platform. I got really excited yesterday laying it out -- 10'x10', -- just putting 4x4's on pier blocks, 2x6 joists on top of them made me realize that I miss building. This is gonna be fun!

The Monarch butterflies are back in greater number than years, there are big flocks of quail patrolling every corner of the garden, a beautiful young fox appeared this morning, scaring the chickens, and them scaring him too. At the beach yesterday, windy, high tide, I got 3 weathered 2x4s, 3 bird skulls -- each a different bird -- a lot of dead birds the last month, big bag of seaweed for garden, and check out this bit of avian skeletal artistry, what is I believe the sternum with cortacoid/clavicle still attached by one remaining tendon.

Mountain Bikes

A bunch of state-of-the-art mountain bikes at a Marin county (Calif.) pub last night. Riders are affiliated with Tam Bikes of Mill Valley and are all kick-ass in the hills.
Photo by Hans Frey

1952 Flxible (Sic) Clipper Bus

Spotted on the road last week by John Rainbow

Multi-Story Used Wood Seaside Treehouse

Belgian designer Jean Paul Lespagnard built this tree house in collaboration with American artist Ethan Hayes-Chute at the Villa Noailles in Hyères, on the Mediterranean coast of France.
Photo by Ethan Hayes-Chute
Thanks to Peter Robinson and Peaspeculiars (see comments below)for tracking this down.

This is what a $350,000 house in San Francisco looks like

Listed (17 September, 2015) by realtors as a “distinguished home in need of work.”

In San Francisco, "…it’s clear that money has lost all meaning."
From Rick Gordon

Yogan Carpenter Meets SunRay Kelley

French carpenter Yogan and his friend Menthe have made their way up the coast to SunRay Kelley's compound in Washington and say:
"SunRay make a new crazy project , we work with him, very cool…"
Above: Yogan's photo of SunRay's solar/bio=fuel powered diesel truck
More on Yogan's trip: http://yogan.over-blog.com/
Yogan started his trip here a month ago; read about it here: http://lloydkahn-ongoing.blogspot.com/2015/09/yogan-carpenters-pacific-coast-journey_4.html

Malawi Vernacular Architecture -- 4700 Photos!

Thanks to E. Johansson for this wonderful website.

"I am a registered architect with a passion for African vernacular architecture. I wish to connect with others with similar interests to preserve African vernacular architecture before it vanishes. The overall goal is a database, which currently does not exist online for most African countries."
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River Rock Bottom - Pokey La Farge

2-1/2 Minute Posture/Stretching Routine You Can Do At Your Computer

I'm sure I've put this up before, but I just got reminded of it this morning, did it, and will try to do it daily. This time I did it while waiting for a Photoshop action to finish.