•In Friday’s NY Times, in a review of State of Play (Russell Crowe et al), critic A. O. Scott referred to Ben Affleck “…wielding a Philadelphia accent as thick and inauthentic as low-fat cream cheese.” NYT, 17 April 09

•Dashiell Hammett:

“Smoke Stink. Heat. Noise….” -Red Harvest

“Beginning night had reduced night to a thin smokiness when Spade sat up….” -The Maltese Falson

“A bullet kissed a hole in the door-frame close to my noodle….” Red Harvest

•California license plate the other day: OBVS

•Jonathan Greene just wrote to say that the quote I attributed to Mark Twain (“I didn’t have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead.”), was in fact by Blaise Pascal, and research turned up the following:

“Je n’ai fait celle-ci plus longue que parce que je n’ai pas eu le loisir de la faire plus courte.”

Translation:” I have made this [letter] longer, because I have not had the time to make it shorter.”

Blaise Pascal, Lettres provinciales, letter 16, 1657:

•Words I dislike: veggie/yummy/goody/munchies/impact (as a verb)/”have a good day”

•Mel has a sign on his studio door saying Don’t Tell Me What Kind of Day to Have!

•Just leverageing some content here…

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

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