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Take a 2-1/2 minute break from your computer

I've put this up before, but did so again now because it's such a good break from the stifling physical effects of computer work. I should do it more often. I have it bookmarked.

Moon on ocean on way home from Berkeley

Small homes in Berkeley #5

Small homes in Berkeley #4

Small home in Berkeley #3

Small homes in Berkeley #2

Small homes in Berkeley - had half hour to kill , drove around on west side of Gilman, shooting pics.

Aluminum chassis Tesla electric car at Corte Madera showroom. Batteries under floorboards.

Huge structure on 2nd Street, San Rafael, Calif. sign says it's part of PGE cleanup campaign. PCBs?

The Steen Family's Latest Straw Bale Building Project

Bill and Athena Steen, the strawbale/earthen plaster maestro/maestra team from Arizona are helping build this home, which will be featured in our new book, Small Homes.

Bill writes: "Interior adobe wall in a clay plastered straw bale house we are helping our boys build in Sonoita, AZ."

(Bill shoots pretty much all his photos with an iPhone, has been doing it for a few years. I've finally come around to doing this. Both of us still use the big cameras (him a Nikon, me an Olympus OM-D) for serious shoots, but the iPhone for every day shots. The new iPhone 6S has a super new camera.)

Tile Mural on San Francisco Steps

This is a on short dead-end at the northern end of California Street at Lincoln Park golf course.

Why I'm a Publisher -- 3 Minute LK Interview By Yuichi Takeuchi

Last April, I was visited by Yuichi Takeuchi, an artist, carpenter and treehouse builder from Japan.

Yuichi said he'd been heavily inspired by our book Shelter. He was making a movie called Simplife and wanted to interview me.

Here's the result, 3 minutes long. In the last part, I say, "I like to tell people what I see going on in the world..." Yeah!

I've had a lot of Japanese people come here -- media, builders, artists, publishers --  in recent years and they've all been wonderful -- kindred spirits of the Pacific Ocean.

Yuichi's website and on Flickr:

Another corner of the production studio. I'm going to be putting up a bunch of posts, pix from around the homestead, to practice with Instagram.

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Portion of Our Office This Afternoon

Portion of our office. Note skunk skin on chair. I'm doing some posts to check various facets of Instagram.
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Old sled at Ed and Marilyn Stiles' home

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Cotton Patch Rag - Texas Fiddle Jam

Innovative Airstream Trailer Design

The vintage Airstream is making a hip comeback everywhere across the U.S., and it’s no surprise why. The adorable, quintessentially-American mobile trailer that’s been “selling like gangbusters” has become much more than just a shiny head-turning symbol for the open road. These days the adorable silver camper is being revamped into food trucks, hair salons, and even retro-chic hotels by enterprising folks who love its durable and iconic silhouette. We’ve rounded up seven of our favorite Airstream renovations that might just get you dreaming of a polished aluminum camper for yourself.…"
Article by Lucy Wang
(No photo credit on Inhabitat)

Love the Rain - Toots

Woke up at dawn to crashing thunder, it started pouring! A little over 6/10". It smells fresh, starting to rain again right now. There are so many good and gratifying things about this after such a long and horrible dry spell…