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Recommendations of Cool Stuff

Usually when I see a list of quotes, there might be one or two that I like. Here they are all zingers:

• “I’ve always been very careful never to predict anything that has not already happened.” — Marshall McLuhan
• “The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.” — Dorothy Parker
• “Decisions are made by those who show up.” — Jennifer Pahlka
• “If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it.” — Albert Einstein
• “Not long ago what we have today was so implausible that nobody bothered to say it would never happen.“ — Marc Andreessen
• “The first 90% of a project is a lot easier than the second 90%.” — Tim Sweeney
• “If you don’t like change, you are going to like irrelevance even less.” — General Shinseki

 — Kevin Kelly

This is from Recomendo, a weekly newsletter from Kevin Kelly,  Mark Frauenfelder, and Claudia Dawson that "…gives you 6 brief personal recommendations of cool stuff": http://recomendo.com/

Also from Recomendo:
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Unlocking phone:
If you bought a phone that’s locked to a specific mobile carrier, you won’t be able to use it with another carrier until you get it unlocked. AT&T says they will unlock phones you’ve had for two years, but the process is so arduous that it’s never worked for me. They make it difficult on purpose, I suspect. But I’ve unlocked phones using an unlocking service on eBay and paying $6 per phone. I gave them the phone’s 15-digit IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) serial number and a day later they sent me an email to let me know it’s been unlocked. I have no idea how they do it, but it works. — MF

The Perfect Song and The Perfect Movie (From the Early '60s), All in One Day

Mr Postman, by the Marvelettes, 1961
I thought this was a Beatles song, but here is the original. The singing, the phrasing,
Way-yay-yay-yate Mr. Postman,
the enunciation, Dee-liver the let-ter, the sooner the bet-ter,
I'm just crazy about this song. It's on a 3-disc  collection: She's So Fine: The Rise of the Girl Groups, about 90 songs. The Chantelles, the Shirelles, the Bobettes, the Ikettes. I don't know of any singing like this nowadays.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=425GpjTSlS4








François Truffaut's Jules et Jim, 1962
Then, last night I watched this, with 5 friends in a small cabin in the woods, and was stunned. Just an absolutely perfect movie, a masterpiece. It's wonderful when a work of art can lift you into another realm.
I think I saw it about 50 (ulp!) years ago, but it didn't hit me then. (The Surf Theater was a small theater out by the beach in San Francisco's Sunset District that played foreign films in the '60s. For us California kids, it provided a sophisticated and different view of art and the world: Goddard, Ingmar Bergman, Truffaut, Kurosawa…)

Fsh with poissanality at Saigon Village restaurant in San Rafael yesterday



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#wildturkey last night in front yard of ranger's house near #muirwoods


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Baby Elephant Seal on Beach Saturday


Marine Mammal Center was on its way.
Relevant factoids:
1. Typical males are 16' long, weigh 3 tons.
2. They can hold their breath for 100 minutes and typically dive 1,000 to 2,000 feet.
3. They propel themselves up to 5 mph by using their tail fins.

Back home from #Mexico to vibrant #california spring in the garden. #fishpond


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Got our shipment of Small Homes yesterday!



Some say the world will end in fire…

In the last few months I've experienced extreme cold (Minnesota) and warm weather (80's here in Baja). It made me think of summers down here, which are just about unbearable, and the 2 extremes (as applied to being outside—I'm not talking about heaters in the cold or air conditioners in the heat). In the cold, you can bundle up to mitigate the extreme, but in the heat you're out of luck. One time in August down here, my landlord Yuca and I would go across the dusty road and lie down in the shallow river in T-shirts and shorts, then come back to my room and stand in front of the fan while soaking wet for a few precious moments of coolness.

Fire and Ice 
Some say the world will end in fire, 
Some say in ice. 
From what I’ve tasted of desire 
I hold with those who favor fire. 
But if it had to perish twice, 
I think I know enough of hate 
To say that for destruction ice 
Is also great 
And would suffice.
-Robert Frost

Devil's Claw



This plant will grab whatever part of you it touches.
From Wikipedia: "Proboscidea is a genus of flowering plant in the family Martyniaceae, some of whose species are known as devil's claw, devil's horn, ram's horn, or unicorn plant. The plants produce long, hooked seed pods. The hooks catch on the feet of animals, and as the animals walk, the pods are ground or crushed open, dispersing the seeds.

The fruits of all species are edible before they ripen and become woody, they can be steamed and eaten much like okra.…"

Dunebuggy




The Dude!



This is Paul Meredith, owner of Buzzard's Bar and Grill near San José del Cabo. It took me 3 days to figure out who he reminded me of. As of in The Great Lebowski…

Check out Photo-Collage of My Week in Baja

Boy am I havin fun! It's been a perfect week down here. In the water at 7:30 this morning, a shower and now latte and raisin roll and good wi-fi. I wish I had more time to do stuff like this. Idea! I'll make a little short-run book of the trip. Where's my clone, anyway?
It's so easy down here now, and it was so hard 20-30 years ago. My great little Baja bug was under water twice, I had a sketchy relationship with the cunning landlord of the palapa I rented (for $1,000 a year), the place was destroyed in a hurricane of Nov 4 cuatro de Noviembre in the '90s, and on…
Now there's a smoothly paved road 12 mi. out to Shipwrecks. Funny, there don't seem to be many people around at all. Part of that being wealthy people buying (or building) trophy houses that they rarely visit. Summer's the south-swell surfing season down here and Nov-Dec-Jan are prime times for people fleeing cold climes, but March seems perfect, it's really comfortable, cool at night and April winds haven't started. Surprisingly, I found nno mention of the surf online. There's nothing like checking out the surf in person.
 I still love San José del Cabo. Wandering around the quiet streets. Last night at dusk, Chilón and I walked down to the palm grove by the San José river; it was—the perfect Spanish word—tranquillo. Tortillas de nopales in a little roadside shack, with la cocinera patting out fresh tortillas…

My Instagram on the web this morning came out like a poster for the past few days:

https://www.instagram.com/lloyd.kahn/?hl=es

Gas-guzzler Boats of the Rich and Famous


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At the yacht harbor in Playita, just east of San José del Cabo. How about the hull design of the top one—I'll bet that baby moves. 

Ooo-wee what a tool! #layout #collage #maker #instagram


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I asked Chilon how he did his Instagram collages and it took him 2 minutes to show me how to use#layout, #instagram #collage #maker. Wow! Last night at the #carnival...


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Lots of red on this trip


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Just had excelente green enchiladas/beans/rice plus Mexican apple soda for $5. Off beaten tourist path.


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#surf at #shipwrecks this morning. Only one guy out. 6-8 ft. faces, not showing up on any surf report


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SMALL HOMES Now Available

Our new book Small Homes: The Right Size is now available at independent bookstores, and Amazon — as well as from us: www.shelterpub.com/building/small-homes

Shameless Commerce Dept. This is, I think, the best building book we’ve ever done. (Yes, I’m sure I’ve said this before, but it keeps reoccurring to me.)  Shelter is everyone’s favorite; it captured the times, it inspired thousands of homes. Builders of the Pacific Coast is in some ways, my best book. It’s an odyssey of discovery where the reader rides shotgun with me over a 2-year period. Cohesive and focused.

BUT Small Homes is so useful to so many people in this era of astronomical home prices and rents, that I think it’s hugely important. It offers alternatives to people looking for rentals on Craigslist or homes on Zillow. Here are 65 very different homes, of different materials, in different parts of the world. The idea, as with all our building books is to use your hands to create your own shelter.

Two things I’ve discovered about this book (after seeing the finished product):
  1. There are a lot of homes out in middle America – Minnesota, Indiana, Missouri, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, more so than in any of our other books.
  2. It sparkles. Largely due to Rick’s considerable Photoshop skills, a motley assortment of photos from contributors have been rendered in colorful detail. I was stunned when I saw the first book off the press. The photos draw you in.

You Can Take the Boy Out of Baja…


Monday early evening, March 13, 2017
I’m out in a wonderful thatched-roof domicile about 12 miles east of San José del Cabo; it looks out to the ocean and gets the sea breezes. The surf is up and there was only one surfer out today. Surfing has become too much of a hassle for me lately, crowds and age the main detractors. With skateboarding, there’s no problem getting up, and there are no crowds. The drawbacks are, yes, pavement and cars (and age, que lástima).
So I’ve been swimming. Jeez, if I lived where water was this warm I’d be in it every day. Tonight I bagged it because of the shorebreak – steep beach means you can get handled coming back in – as I did yesterday, rolled around and thoroughly pounded – sand in hair, ears, coating body, I mean I was sanded!

#surfers #skateboarders, bring your longboard if you're coming to surf in #loscabos. The 12-mile newly paved road out to #shipwrecks is hill after hill, smooth pavement, few cars.


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Perfectly proportioned little hip roof building at Shipwrecks Beach. #architecture #building #thatch #bamboo #palapa


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And Now, Red…

On side street in San José del Cabo. Sign says "Casa dela güera." Not "guerra" as in "war." Güera is listed as "blond" in Spanish dictionary.

I'd never think of putting blue and pink together but it totally works.


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Sign at Buzzard Bar & Grill


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Table and chairs made from #pallets. Mexican ingenuity. #palletfurniture #design #recycle


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Lloyd y Chilon pasado noche


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View out window of my almost-on-the-beach palm-roofed cabin at Buzzard Bar and Grill, 15 min. east of #sanjosedelcabo. Wonderful place off beaten tourist path, good food. I' m only one staying here but the outdoor restaurant is packed for lunch and dinner.


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I fell in a mountain lake when I was 4 years old, and before my dad reached down off the dock and dragged me out, I clearly remember looking around (the lake was clear) and loving the underwater scenery, and to this day I love being immersed in water.


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Pericú Revolt of 1734

In which the Pericúes, the tribe of southern Baja California, offed Padre Tamaral of the San José del Cabo mission. What's extraordinary is that it's depicted in this tile plaque on the church here. Their revolt lasted for 3 years.

On A Totally Tourist Cruise

Chilon, his girlfriend Carolina, and Carolina's girlfriend Claudia and me went on a big boat sunset cruise to El Arco de Los Cabos yesterday. Maybe 100 people, dinner and all you could drink. Party time! A good DJ, lots of dancing, people got pretty hammered everyone had their extrovert persuasion on and you know what? It was fun!

We went around the tip of land and into the Pacific Ocean on the west side to watch the sunset.

A mother whale and her calf were frolicking, the little one kept leaping and slapping and once in a while, mama would go airborne with her 20-30-or-so tons, to everyone's delight. Boat guys said it was the first of the season.

La Catrina beckoning turistas into un restaurante on main drag in #sanjosedelcabo. For story of this iconic Mexican figure, google "catrina."


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Old wall at cafe, good latte, wi-fi in shady courtyard looking out into sunny blue sky day, off to good start

I could not believe the airport scene at Los Cabos International. Must have been 1,000 people lined up to get through customs. Then the (Enterprise) car rental took forever. Finally made it to my friend Chilon's apartment in San José. Even though the place has changed phenomenally since I was last here (8 yrs. ago), e.g. Walmart, McDonalds, etc., it's still quiet and peaceful in the old part of San Jose. We had tacos with nopales, then Chilon took me on a tour of the extensive neighborhoods of cracker box row houses as well as the shacks made of tarpaper and corrugated metal of squatters.
Crime is heavy duty here right now. The tourist industry blacks it out, but there are weekly murders in San José. Apparently when drug kingpin El Chapo was arrested, several gangs started to fight it out for territorial rights and it's an ugly undercurrent to the sun and surf and booze and party scene in these parts.
BUT: one thing that hasn't changed since I started coming here in the 80's is the ocean. The sand is buff-colored, with large grains that make for crunchy walking. No one else on beach. The water is clear blue/green; foam on sand like whipped cream, I've been here less than a day and in water twice, swimming carefully to help in rehabbing torn shoulder muscles. Swimming relaxed, not fighting the cold -- nothing better. The buoyancy, weightlessness, salt, blue, immersion in El Oceáno Pacifico. I forgot how much I love it here. There is still the "real Baja" if you know where to look for it.

Checked in at palapa room at Buzzard Bar & Grill, got into water at dusk. Not too cold not too warm, the exquisiteness of swimming without wetsuit. 4 people showed up for dinner in this rig. #baja #sanjosedelcabo #beach #loscabos #mexico


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5 miles high


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I had window seat, at 33,000 feet, was fascinated for entire 2+ hour flight, combing (visually over every geological convolution, mountains valleys peaks meadows desert Gulf clouds like fluffy cotton as well as the defined contours of civilization...


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Back to Baja Once again

I'm taking off tomorrow morning -- for a week in and around San José del Cabo. For about 12 years, I went to Baja whenever I could. I kept a 1983 4-wheel drive Toyota truck down there, would fly down, drive 12 miles east of town along the coast, let out air pressure in tires to about 7 lbs and drive 2 miles on the sandy beach to a place gringos called Roosterfish Cove, put up my flea market tarp for shade, unfurl the rooftop tent for sleeping, and hang out for 3-4 days, all alone, surfing, swimming, running on the beach, seldom wearing clothes. In hot months, it was pretty unbearable from 11 AM to 5 PM, but the early mornings and early evenings were exquisite.

It's been 8 years since I was last there, and I know it's built up immensely. I'm taking fins. Haven't surfed in months, due to cold water here and a damaged shoulder. I'll see what happens down there. I'm staying at a few different places on the beach. Meeting my good friend Chilon when I get there, he's making lunch for us.

Here are some posts from years back: http://lloydkahn-ongoing.blogspot.com/search?q=baja

Stay tuned.

Lou Reed - Strawman

Hey Lloyd,

I know you feature songs on occasion, so thought I would send you this one featuring Lou Reed's Strawman…lyrics under 'show more'  on vid page…

Mentioned on the Mendocino Freethinker blog… take care, hope to see you at one of your talks on the Mendo Coast…

Mike W

Great Blue Heron

Majestic birds, very spooky -- at slightest perceived movement, they will take off. I shot this through the living room window yesterday morning, it was at the pond, looking for fish.

A Sensible Article on Geodesic Domes

I seldom see a writer who gets the dome persuasion right, but this guy gets it.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/mcafee-eric-548

Here are my conclusions, after 5 years of domebuilding: https://www.shelterpub.com/domes/#refried-domes%20