New Octave

I’m easing up on the one-a-day posts on this blog. Change of course in my life.

Finishing Tiny Homes on the Move was sort of a punctuation point in my work. And now, having finished a couple of months of promo (I love being out there, meeting tons of like-minded people, seeing old friends, exploring new territory, but getting there and back is the problem — air travel and too many hours of driving/sitting).

I knew an artisan dope grower years back in Santa Barbara and he said that his plants would be almost dormant for a while and then, in a burst, would grow. Ideas are like that: you’ll think about something on and off, now and then, and suddenly—Eureka!—breakthrough. You’ve put it all together, a new level of, um, consciousness.

Likewise I was in the Gasser photo store in San Francisco once and a hip tattooed bike messenger was telling the counter guy that he’d just had his first kid. “It’s a whole new octave, man.”

Body and Soul Plato had it right: balance intellect/mind with the physical. I’ve gotten too far away from the body of late. Now that I’m back home, I’m swimming a little, running a little, about to cycle and kayak. I have 15 lb Reebok dumbbells at the computer, by the TV, and you can do a lot of light weight training this way. (I’m going to do a short video of office workout equipment soon.)

Time Off From Connectivity For the 1st time in a couple of years, I’m turning off the computer on weekends. No more Saturday or Sunday blogging. A relief! Opens up a whole world of other things to do.

I practically never have my cel phone on—only when I’m on the road. I invariably miss messages from people who are connected 24/7. I hardly ever check email on phone.

Gizmos: MacPro, 3 printers, MacAir, iPhone, Garmin GPS, Olympus OM-D, Sony Cybershot RX-100, Go-Pro…it goes on: digital projector, portable speakers, blah blah…Email, texts, wi-fi problems on the road, roaming, battery life, (boy, does it sneak up on you!)…

Local Food Best salmon season in years here. I’m looking for a medium sized one from fisherman Andrew now that I have time to smoke it (and make lox). On weekend I made a new batch of sauerkraut and juiced apples, got some hard cider going,

Blogging I can’t get 1% of the interesting stuff I run into in this world out there in these posts, and from now on it’ll be scattershot.

TheShelterBlog I’m starting to post more material on, which is looking better by the day, thanks to Evan, Rick and Lew. Our goal is to build this blog into the digital Shelter, meaning the message of our 1973 book Shelter now ongoing in digital form in the 21st century.

We’ll alway produce books, but this is our way of getting the word out daily.

There is really no other blog like this, with this focus on handmade, homemade, owner-builder, carpenter, gardener. homemaker and related subjects. Note you need the “the” in the URL to get to the right place.

Over and out this foggy/sunny Thursday morning…check out these 2 songs from John Fogerty’s new album, “I Wrote A Song For Everyone:” Fortunate Son, with the Foo Fighters, Fogerty sounding as strong as 30 years ago, and Proud Mary with Jennifer Hudson. Allen Toussaint and the Rebirth Brass Band. Made me think of Ike and Tina’s Proud Mary…

Fortunate Son (with Foo Fighters) by John Fogerty – on Grooveshark
Proud Mary (with Jennifer Hudson feat. Allan Toussaint & Rebirth Brass Band) by John Fogerty on Grooveshark

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:

8 Responses to New Octave

  1. Of course, I'll still probably check the blog "daily"….just in case….but that sounds like the way to go. I'll send out the carrier pigeon if I really need to get a message to you….

  2. Lloyd, when you're at the computer, doing your workout, somehow I think you're going to dig this deep. I'm sure you remember "Hello Stranger" by Barbra Lewis. The opening cords on the B-3 are iconic of 60's pop music, and instantly recognizable to anyone who had their ears open at the time… That said, check out this modern cover of it, by Julia Holter…
    Hoping you enjoy it as much as I do, because if you do, you can share it with way more people then I could ever dream of doing, and this group deserve to be better known.


  3. all good..

    interesting, life, in general, is pretty much as you described above. ebb and flow. It is good that you are thinking of taking the space and time to enjoy both, ebb and flow.

    am sure when something sparks your imagination, we will get a nod…look forward to it as always.

  4. Lloyd, I just want to take the opportunity to say thankyou for many years of enjoyment reading your Blog. It led me to your books which I prize. I read your blog, and smile inside and out. Ouspensky talks of the Law of 7 or The Universal Octave, but you already know it through experience and we too through your ever truthful and honest observations. Ever grateful.

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