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Lesley's quilts - open studio + In and around the homestead late Nov. 2010

Billy came to the door yesterday afternoon with an abalone he'd got a few hours earlier, and two big crabs. Lesley's had a ton of people over at her "Open Studio" this weekend, so last night we had abalone and white rice, a simple and wonderful meal. Tonight cracked crab.
In the words of Josh the fisherman, "The ocean's really healthy here right now." (Can you believe good news like this nowadays?)
I went out for a paddle in the lagoon Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving. Late afternoon, I couldn't believe how cold the water was and only my hands and arms were in it. Turned out to be San Francisco's coldest day in 100 years. Took an hour to get warm by the wood stove.

Lesley's studio will be open tomorrow (Sunday Nov. 28)  She's working on a beautiful quit right now of Japanese fabrics. She's also got necklaces, hand-woven shawls, and a bunch of quilts.
Info if you're in the neighborhood (West Marin): http://www.coastalmarinartists.com/
Also: http://www.lesleycreed.com/

Sculptural hi-voltage towers proposed in Iceland

“This design transforms mundane electrical pylons into statues on the Icelandic landscape.
Making only minor alterations to well established steel-framed tower design, we have created a series of towers that are powerful, solemn and variable. These iconic pylon-figures will become monuments in the landscape. Seeing the pylon- figures will become an unforgettable experience, elevating the towers to something more than merely a functional design of necessity.
The pylon-figures can be configured to respond to their environment with appropriate gestures. As the carried electrical lines ascend a hill, the pylon-figures change posture, imitating a climbing person. Over long spans, the pylon-figure stretches to gain increased height, crouches for increased strength or strains under the weight of the wires.…"

Small modernistic cottages in Nova Scotia

From Kent Griswold's Tiny House Blog:
"…The Shobac Cottages of Nova Scotia were designed and built by Brian MacKay-Lyons on historic land settled by the Acadians during the 1600′s. The four identical cottages, large studio and octagonal barn are used for rentals, private events and a design/build internship program called the GHOST lab.
Each 800 square foot cottage has 7-foot tall windows that frame the ocean view of the Atlantic. They each contain two bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, one bathroom, two decks, a wood stove, dining area, living bay and custom tile and maple floors.…"

Tuba Skinny - New Orleans street band

Great jug band. I love the tuba! If you go to their website and click on "Music," you can play their whole album. Such good stuff.
Got this from boingboing

Danny MacAskill - "Way Back Home" - NEW street trials riding short film

Unbelievable bike riding. Sent us by Steve Maxon.
"Way Back Home is the incredible new riding clip from Danny MacAskill, it follows him on a journey from Edinburgh back to his hometown Dunvegan, in the Isle of Skye."

You can read about it and watch the interviews with Danny at http://www.redbull.co.uk/waybackhome

World's oldest living organisms by Rachel Sussman

See Stewart Brand's summary of Rachel Sussman's recent talk/slide show at Seminars About Long-term Thinking in San Francisco.
The Missing Science of Biological Longevity
"Creative photographer Sussman showed beautiful slides of very elderly organisms. The captions were as crucial as the images---naming the species, the place, and the approximate age. You can see many of them here: http://is.gd/hAVNO
The series began with the only animal---an eighteen-foot brain coral in the waters of Tobago, thought to be 2,000 years old. An enormous baobob in South Africa might be 2,000 years old. Then there is the astounding welwitschia mirabilis of the Namibian desert, a conifer that feeds on mist, with the longest leaves in the plant kingdom.…"
Photo: Sentinel tree (2,150 years old; Sequoia National Park, California)

3-story Duck Blind Near Forrest City, Arkansas

Sent me by Don Manoukian. Pix by "TonyC."
   1st level hides 4 boats underneath and has room for 2 Hunters and has 2 dog doors.
   2nd level has a full kitchen with fridge, 2 stoves, electricity for lights, living room with 2 couches and satellite TV, theater seats around the "porch of the blind" to sit 14 guys comfortably. A side porch has a running toilet, a stainless steel grill for cooking whole rib-eyes for lunch and a bar to make all the Mojos and margaritas. Machine hard wired to car batteries.
   3rd level is the "crows nest" with room for 3. It's about 25' up in the trees and most of the time you are shooting down on the ducks.
The food scraps we throw out draw a lot of ducks and make the fishing good too."
(See 4th comment below, by one of the hunters.)

Carbon fiber bikes

I've fallen in love with these bikes. They're sculptural, anatomical. This one, at the low end of the scale at StudioVelo in Mill Valley, is around $3K. These guys carefully fit the bike to the rider.

I'm looking for a used one. Can't justify this much expense right now. Having one would get me out on the road; perfect cross-training for running, no knee impact..
Any cyclists out there 5-7", 5-8" upgrading to a new one, selling old one?