Green Snake and Neon Tetra Fish at California Academy of Sciences (San Francisco) Last Week

Snark snark: this place is vastly overpriced ($35 general entrance fee for one day), not very well designed, and compliments the weirdness and architectural absurdity of the De Young Museum across the way from it. Sorry, it just pisses me off. The old academy and museum were just fine and in harmony with the bandstand with its pollarded trees outside.

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:

3 Responses to Green Snake and Neon Tetra Fish at California Academy of Sciences (San Francisco) Last Week

  1. I totally agree. Went to see the show on color, could have been in and out of entire building in less than half an hour. Waste of money and time

  2. $35 bucks for one day? wow…

    very sad, really, as it will exclude many.

    I can remember (does this make me OLD?) when places like this were $35 dollars for a family pass for the entire year.

    Made many visits to places like this with kids (at old rate). Too bad, this will now likely be out of reach of most families.

  3. I'm so glad you've expressed much the same detestation as my own for the new DeYoung. 35 bucks for one visit to the Academy of Sciences is unthinkable to me. I guess culture and learning are strictly for the well-to-do these days.


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