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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.

Treehouse on Kauai by Jay Nelson

Jay Nelson is a gifted artist/builder. His mobile designs were featured in Tiny Homes: an electric car on bike wheels; an 8' dinghy that you can sleep inside (and carry a surfboard on the roof); a motorscooter with surfboard rack.


What's surprising is that his carpentry (and building design) are also outstanding. I especially like the way he uses used wood.

This is a treehouse he built on Kauai. It's not finished (but close).

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.

Yet More of Ambrose's Surfboards

Old school. No stinkin SurfTek boards here!

Awesome collection of hand-crafted/shaped by Ambrose surfboards.

Ambrose is south of the main part of Kapa'a, on the main highway.

He's a wise man.

See earlier post: http://bit.ly/1EYqd4F

Island Soul

I don't see any boards, but these guys gotta be surfers. Somewhere in Kapa'a, Kauai. Authentic, eh?

What I like here (aside from the soulfulness):
-hip roof, corrugated steel sheets
-porch area by subtraction. Think of it as the overall simple roof shape; then by moving walls inside, you get porch.
-up off ground on simplest of foundations.
-colors: red/green. I love the brick red color, especially window trim on Pacific west coast.

What You Gonna Do Now by Tommy Castro & Honey Honey

New Wooden Bridge in UK by Jonny Briggs

Hi Lloyd,

Just completed another bridge project. This was constructed using a hybrid of laminated plywood, steel and oak. Its the first time I’ve experimented with such large laminations!



Shots of Jameson's and Spectacular Spider in Kauai

I had so many experiences and shot so many photos during my 3 weeks in Kauai that I could do a mini-book, but there just ain't the time. So I'll put stuff up in dribs and drabs. This is Jeremy Hill and his girlfriend Jen (from San Diego) at Mariachi's bar/excellent restaurant in Kapa'a one night. They bought me a shot.

Jeremy showed me this photo he'd taken of a spider on the island, looks like a fanciful drawing.

A week later Jeremy and I ended up at the Bistro, another v. good restaurant in Kilauea and had a great visit while we ate dinner at the bar.

So much "content," so little time…

An Ode to Mount Tamalpais

It may be only a few thousand feet high, but nevertheless, it's a magic mountain.  With its redwoods, meadows, creeks, waterfalls, trails, animals, birds, endless vistas and hundreds of miles of trails, there are lots of us Bay Area residents who love it insanely.

"Hello Lloyd!  You've enjoyed my past films about Mt. Tamalpais and when recently we finished making this short film, I thought you'd appreciate this one quite a bit.  It's about one person's offering to a mountaintop that had been removed by the military during the Cold War... an offering for its healing.

So... I thought you'd be interested in seeing this 8-minute film "Mountains Made of Chalk, Fall into the Sea, Eventually."


The synergy of creative collaboration can result in magic beyond our imagining.  Witnessing Genna Panzarella paint this 8x10' mural of Mt. Tamalpais as it was when it was whole, literally inside of what used to be the mountaintop, is akin to stealing a peek through the kimono of mystery... the misty mystery of impermanence.

The project bears a great resemblance to the process of making a Tibetan Buddhist sand painting (and then blowing it away).…

-gary yost

Gross Passenger Liner in Kauai

A polluting, clumsy, resource-guzzling symbol of over-consumption docked at Nawiliwili, Kauai

Irene Tukuafu's Cherry Wood Banjo With Abalone Inlay

"My Tenor Banjo is made of cherry wood & there are some places that are walnut in the neck and peg head. I used some wood inlay for the side with some added crushed turquoise with epoxy glue then sanded that down. It's easier to use abalone shell.  This shell is gotten from Aqua Blue Maui LLC. WONDERFUL FOLKS to work with and their process of making abalone shell into a product that can be used easily....WOW. They have a great website and sooooooooo many colors to choose from. This shell that I'm using is from N.Z. but there are abalone shells from all over the world. They make it into the thin even stuff that is not even as thick as a credit card and can be cut by scissors.  All made there in Maui. And yes, I did inlay this abalone shell. I used super glue to make sure it stays where I put it.

So often a banjo overrules a small group of musicians. That's one reason why I like this style as it's not too loud. I used Baritone Ukulele strings on this banjo as that is the tuning. It's also called "Chicago tuning"...really it's just the last 4 strings of a guitar. Easy to play and enjoy. Not as heavy as your brother's Tenor Banjo. There are two other tunings that can be used with this banjo, making it very playable to folks who play other instruments.…"