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Homemade Teardrop-type Trailer

Note bike locked to trailer yoke and tire lock so someone can't tow it away. Parked on 48th Avenue in San Francisco out by Ocean Beach

Photos of San Francisco in '40s & '50s

Photo by Fred Lyon
Article in Slate by Jordan G. Teicher here
"At 90, Fred Lyon is a legendary San Franciscan photographer. He is now known for capturing the ethereal feel of the city and its people, but in the 1940s and ’50s, Lyon was scrabbling to gain a footing in the magazine industry. Luckily, it was a good time to do so: San Francisco was entering a new golden age, consumed by a post–World War II hunger for creative expression. His new book, San Francisco: Portrait of a City 1940-1960, out last month from Princeton Architectural Press, is a portrait of the city bursting with life, from its streets to its stores to its grandest palaces of art and culture.
Based 3,000 miles from New York—the center of the publishing industry—Lyon was left mostly to his own devices because editors knew he could be relied upon to organize, shoot, and deliver a story on deadline. What he strove for was “seduction, creating images that demanded more space than had been planned for them,” he said via email.…"
From Evan Kahn

Oregon Timber Frame Barn 2014

As I mentioned, I'm shifting over to putting more time into The Shelter Blog, and less into the personal posts on this blog. I'm trying to do 2-3 posts per week now on building, gardening, and the home arts. I have a lot of photos and info to share, accumulated over the years. As an example, here's the latest: http://www.theshelterblog.com/oregon-timber-frame-barn-2014/

Surfing Swans in Australia

From Aija Steele via Godfrey Stephens
See also: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQfSx6zEey0

10,000 People in Japan Singing Beethoven's Ode to Joy

"In Japan, it's an end-of-year tradition to sing "Ode to Joy," the final movement of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. The song is so well-known in Japan that it's known simply as daiku, literally "number nine." In Osaka, a 10,000-person-strong "Number Nine Chorus" of amateur singers performs daiku every December, to thundering effect. While there are some professionals involved (the soloists and orchestra), the Number Nine Chorus is largely a community effort. And the sound of 10,000 singers, trained or untrained, is unbelievable.…The Beethoven craze began, strangely enough, during World War I, when German soldiers being held as prisoners in Japan staged the very first performance of number nine here. The Japanese liked what they heard, and by the mid-20th century, number nine had become a holiday hit.…"