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Bronze #starfish (about 4” diam.) on concrete bench outside #cliffhouse #sanfrancisco yesterday

Bronze #starfish (about 4” diam.) on concrete bench outside #cliffhouse #sanfrancisco yesterday

Rock=Crawling Toyota 4Runner

In Costco parking lot in Novato, Calif. last Friday. Makes me want to jump in and head for Baja…

Funky Old Yamaha

In San Francisco last Friday. It was bit rusty, but something about it was just right, like the poor old uncle of a Harley...

Monday Morning Fish Fry

On the Beach Reincarnation of the Whalebone Saloon, built a few years ago by Sean Hellfritsch and friends on a remote beach. It's at the base of a free-flowing creek that empties on to the beach, and has prolific watercress. 
Yesterday was a beautiful beach day, the calm before a week (hallelujah!) of storms and rains. I lay in the sun, ran a bit, jumped in the water, right back out -- brrr! Very few people on beach, one guy had a beautiful black piece of whale baleen he'd found. Later I came across what must have been a 25'-long whale rib, awesome to ponder the size of a creature with a rib of this size. This one, that had washed ashore in May, was a 79' blue whale.

Boogie Woogie At The Mall

Under the Golden Gate Bridge

From the top story of Fort Point, looking towards the hills of Marin. Click on photo to enlarge.

Fort Point, Under the Golden Gate Bridge

Note: Click on this image to get a much larger pic.
I often go under the bridge to check the waves. On Friday, they were hitting the seawall, with spray flying. I started talking to a park ranger, and he  told me to go inside the fort, and up to the top (four stories, cast iron staircases).
I grew up in San Francisco, I've been down there dozens of times, and I never knew you could go inside the fort. It's an amazing building, built in 1853-1861. It's open Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and well worth a visit. I'll post more photos in coming days. This was a thrill.

This got built in about an hour at the Concrete Boat pier south of Santa Cruz last week.

This got built in about an hour at the Concrete Boat pier south of Santa Cruz last week.

Wind and Solar Power Could Meet Four-Fifths of U.S. Electricity Demand, Study Finds

Solar panels cover the roof of UCI's Student Center Parking Structure. A new study co-authored by Steven Davis, associate professor of Earth system science, shows that the U.S. can meet 80 percent of its electricity demand with renewable solar and wind resources. Steve Zylius / UCI

Irvine, Calif., Feb. 27, 2018 – The United States could reliably meet about 80 percent of its electricity demand with solar and wind power generation, according to scientists at the University of California, Irvine; the California Institute of Technology; and the Carnegie Institution for Science.

However, meeting 100 percent of electricity demand with only solar and wind energy would require storing several weeks’ worth of electricity to compensate for the natural variability of these two resources, the researchers said.

“The sun sets, and the wind doesn’t always blow,” noted Steven Davis, UCI associate professor of Earth system science and co-author of a renewable energy study published today in the journal Energy & Environmental Science. “If we want a reliable power system based on these resources, how do we deal with their daily and seasonal changes?” 

The team analyzed 36 years of hourly U.S. weather data (1980 to 2015) to understand the fundamental geophysical barriers to supplying electricity with only solar and wind energy. 

Lloyd's Dumb Outdoor Adventure #46

Sometimes I feel as if I have some psychic forces protecting me, kind of like — to use a phrase bandied about in the '60s — the Lords of Karma. I think of them as aunts and uncles watching over my shoulder and saying, the dumb shit is in trouble again, let's help him out.
It happened once again yesterday.
I took my 12' Klamath aluminum boat w/15 HP Evinrude to a nearby bay (I'm not being specific about locale these days, due to the internet).
I went across the bay, landed, and gathered mussels and half a dozen rock oysters. pulled out and went to another beach, landed, and started digging littleneck clams (cockles). I dug for maybe 15 minutes, turned around, and shit! the outgoing tide had picked up my boat and it was 75 yards off shore, heading at a pretty good clip across the bay. What to do?

Garden Chair

Crude garden chair made out of old redwood fence posts. I discovered I could split the posts with a froe, did this for the 5 back pieces, about 1” thick. Next I'm going to make a bench, twice the size of this.

Great Day in Santa Rosa!

At the Rebuild Green ExpoThis has been an extraordinary day. By now, I'd say 20 people have come up to our booth about the influence of our books on their lives. It's not us, really, it's the people we show in our books. Readers are relating to these people and their lives, and it resonates with them. For example, this guy hauled out an old copy of Domebook 2, and this tattered copy of the original printing of Shelter and told us how important it was to him. A couple of guys told me they'd come across Shelter in their teen years; they were now in their 60s. Wow!
I've had meaningful discussions with landowners about septic systems, building codes, construction methods, building materials. It's great to talk to people about real things.
I think this is a real story here. 8,000 homes destroyed, the clean-up, and in the future, rebuilding. People here are motivated to do things better. Sun-heated water and sun-powered electricity. Building materials that cost the planet the least in pollution from their manufacture. Structural systems that are efficient and economical. Somebody could do a video of the rebuilding as it unfolds in coming months in Santa Rosa.