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Jumping off the Cliff At Steamer Lane In 1956

That's me jumping (age 21). I'm wearing an old-fashioned wool bathing suit underneath my first wetsuit, a vest from the Dive 'N Surf shop in La Jolla, Calif., in 1956. This predated O'Neill's wetsuits. I sent my measurements to Dive 'N Surf and they mailed me the cut-out parts along with a can of Black Magic glue; I glued the edges together and then glued strips over the seams.

This was an improvement, but we still tried to stay dry as long as possible. On certain swells, we'd jump this 6 to 8 feet down to the water and if done properly, the upper body would stay dry.

 Chris Thompson is a filmmaker working on the story of Northern California surfing during the 50s and 60s (a far cry from surfing in the warmer Southern California waters). Recently I loaned him a bunch of my old photos, which he scanned; this is one of them.

A post 9 years ago about that time period in Santa Cruz: http://lloydkahn-ongoing.blogspot.com/2007/04/aloha-dave-devine_14.html
Photo by Spike Bullis


Scarlet ladies abound


Sacred in some circles, but require rather bizarre method of activating psychoactive properties. Fly agaric, amanita muscaria

via Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/_r_frKAMjJ/

Homemade wood-frame plane in UK cruises at 100 mph and is fully acrobatic

I herewith nominate this for my "post of year."
       -LK

Hey Lloyd,

Glad you've recovered from the initial shock of the wrist injury and seen sense to continue!

Thought you might appreciate a different wooden structure. It's a Flitzer Z1S, built with sitka spruce and birch ply (mostly 1mm). Constructed over around 10 years from plans, it flew for the first time at the end of August. Cruise is 100 mph and she's fully aerobatic. See YouTube G-ECVZ first flight and Z1S flight.

Best, Vic (Long, UK)




Want to go for a flight over the English countryside? All I gotta say is holy shit! Vic, you da man!

Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Didn't It Rain

Ziggy Marley “One Love” Guitar Center Sessions

How about this to start the week? What about the reincarnation going on here? And those backup singers!

Did I say I was going to give up skateboarding? Well…

You never miss the hand until the wrist is broke…

I was in a state of pain, shock, depression and self-castigation when I decided to quit:

http://lloydkahn-ongoing.blogspot.com/2015/12/the-day-i-gave-up-skateboarding.html

Update: I'll take 6 months or more to get the wrist break well healed, then devise some kind of right arm brace AND quit the stupid stuff, of which I did a lot. All my skating injuries have been while dicking around sans safety equipment.

I've got a state-of-art lightweight strong fiberglass cast, it's healing beautifully, am making and taking bone broth, calcium citrate, vitamin D3, and eating prunes (said to promote bone strength). Now out of a 2-week deep depression and feelin purty good. You can really appreciate the highs after abject lows. Whoo!

The human body is magnificent in so many ways. I mean bones (properly aligned) grow back together. We, the managers of those bones, set things up as well as we can, then just sit back and watch while the body knits itself back together. Milagro!

I'll probably skate 80% less but hell, I ain't giving it up. It's too god damn much fun! I've long planned to get pics skating on my 90th and 100th birthdays. I'm just gonna be a lot more careful.

Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson Reflecting on Their Heros, Django and Jimmie, and Aging

"We'd have taken much better care of ourselves if we'd known we was gonna live this long."
Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson
Song "Live This Long" from new album Django and Jimmie
http://bit.ly/1RwavYc

I caught Guitar Center interview on TV (Direct TV, ch. 239) with Merle last night, interspersed with songs from what looks like his latest band. Boy, are they good! Each song a jewel, each musician a master. Soulful sax weaving in and out, elegant pedal steel guitar…

Here's Okie from Muskogee . I've heard him say this song has many meanings.A bit tongue in cheek maybe?

Merle fans, try to find the other songs in this session, actually better than crowd-pleaser Okie.

Cock of the Walk here.


L-R: Cow Skull, Baja ; Horse Skull, Nevada


Fur Coat From Roadkill


via Instagram: http://shltr.net/1IbPTBB

Just laid out most of my roadkill skins with an eye to making a coat. Problem is, I hate to cut off the faces, especially foxes, Bobcats. May just pin together, keep rearranging...just think, these were just all going to rot on road...

Kitesurfing Huge Waves at Peahi (Jaws), Maui, December 9, 2015


Maui's finest watermen including Kai Lenny, Jesse Richman, Robby Naish, the Porcella brothers, take on Jaws… Windsurf, kite surf, tow in, SUP and all while Dan maneuvers his Hughes 500D (helicopter) like a DJI Phantom to get the shot nobody else dares to get.
From Dick Ryerson via Bob Kahn

Rare, old photos of indigenous Sami people showcase their ancient and traditional way of life

"The Sami people (also Sámi or Saami), traditionally known in English as Lapps or Laplanders, are an indigenous Finno-Ugric people inhabiting the Arctic area of Sápmi, which today encompasses parts of far northern Norway, Sweden, Finland, the Kola Peninsula of Russia, and the border area between south and middle Sweden and Norway.…
Their best-known means of livelihood is semi-nomadic reindeer herding. Currently about 10% of the Sami are connected to reindeer herding, providing them with meat, fur, and transportation. 2,800 Sami people are actively involved in herding on a full-time basis. For traditional, environmental, cultural, and political reasons, reindeer herding is legally reserved only for Sami people in certain regions of the Nordic countries.…"
http://www.whitewolfpack.com/2015/12/rare-old-photos-of-indigenous-sami.html
From Rick Gordon

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SunRay Kelley's New Treehouse

Hi Lloyd and friends:
Just thought you might like to see some photos of SunRay's latest creation -- a funky little treehouse nestled in ponderosa pine trees, built during the recent 20th anniversary Natural Building Colloquium in Kingston, New Mexico. I have a bunch of images on my website here: http://www.theyearofmud.com/blog/
It's a beautiful structure, particularly the roof. Hope you enjoy!
- ziggy
p.s. By the way, I'm greatly looking forward to the next book!

Brian 'Ziggy' Liloia
Natural Building Workshops & more

The Day I Gave Up Skateboarding (Yesterday)

Busted! Compound fracture of my wrist, that is. It happened just when skating was going so good. A great new board, a downhill section in town closed to traffic for a few weeks, my continued obsession with the sheer fun of skating. But in the back of my mind, I promised myself to quit if I ever had a serious crash. It wasn't at high speed or anything, it was just goofing around on the street in San Francisco and suddenly the board shot out from under me and I fell back and instinctively blocked the fall with my arm. I just about fainted when I  looked at my wrist; it might be the single most worst moment in my life.
I drove to Marin General Hospital in kind of a daze, shifting with my left hand, and they were incredible. I lucked out in getting a wonderful surgeon. I walked into the hospital in such a mess, and walked out about 24 hours later with everything put back together.
I've got two plates and pins in my wrist and it will heal up fine, but if I were to continue skating and damaged that arm again, who knows what could happen. I'm fond of my right hand.
Am I mature or what?
(This is being written by me speaking into a microphone with MacSpeech Dictate, which by the way, is a wonderful alternative to keyboarding.)

Superforecasting — Stewart Brand's Summary of SALT Talk by Philip Tetlock

Will Syria’s President Assad still be in power at the end of next year?  Will Russia and China hold joint naval exercises in the Mediterranean in the next six months?  Will the Oil Volatility Index fall below 25 in 2016?  Will the Arctic sea ice mass be lower next summer than it was last summer?

Five hundred such questions of geopolitical import were posed in tournament mode to thousands of amateur forecasters by IARPA—the Inatelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity--between 2011 and 2015.  (Tetlock mentioned that senior US intelligence officials opposed the project, but younger-generation staff were able to push it through.)  Extremely careful score was kept, and before long the most adept amateur “superforecasters” were doing 30 percent better than professional intelligence officers with access to classified information.  They were also better than prediction markets and drastically better than famous pundits and politicians, who Tetlock described as engaging in deliberately vague “ideological kabuki dance."