Friday, November 16, 2007

World Clock

Here's an interesting and sobering website that measures various world statistics such as births, deaths, oil consumption, military expenditures, and much more. You can look at the stats on a yearly, monthly, weekly, and daily basis.
World Clock

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Micro Mobile Home Design

This is what I'm saving my 401K for. Too freakin' cool. Check out the link below for an animation of all the amazing things the Verdier can do.

Volkswagon Westfalia Verdier

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Mills River

There was still some fantastic leaf color this weekend for a quick camping trip on North Mills River. We had a great spot by a trout filled creek.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Northern California

Here are some images from our trip to California in September. A big shout to Denis for his unending hospitality. We hit the city for 3 days including the Treasure Island Music Fest, and then drove north up Route 1 for about 120 miles. Over the next week or so, I'll be posting many more photos on my flickr site, so check out the full load there:
My Flickr Page

view from denis' apartment

The festival included my new fav built to spill as well as spoon, clap your hands..., m ward, and modest mouse. A very cool scene just across the bay from downtown.

muir woods

the pacific

robin and our free ride on route 1

a wild chapel in sea ranch

robin inside the chapel

View of redwoods from our cabin at St Orres Inn.
This Inn and Restaurant was built by the owners in a Russian style, which relates to the region's history. The main buildings are timber framed and hand crafted throughout with incredible attention to detail. The cabins varied in size and shape with some having elaborate copper domes and stained glass.

St. Orres Inn

Gable detail on a new out building

a bedroom at one of the cabins

one of the original barns at the sea ranch

View from Route 1

We are ready to go back...

Monday, September 3, 2007

Berryville 2007

The annual Berryville party was big fun as always. Thanks to Micki and Will for being such gracious hosts. We also went to the demolition derby at the Clarke County Fair (my first).

A nice hike on the farm - jon, will, robin and amelia

Anna and I working the chalk art

Sunset on the farm Saturday night

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Riverview Arson

Several months ago, a neighbor friend and myself made yard signs and a banner protesting a steep slope development on Riverview Drive in West Asheville. The 15 house development clear cut over 3 acres on a steep hillside with approx. 40%+ slope. We talked to various neighbors about the development and asked if we could put a sign in their yard.

All the neighbors we spoke with were angered and frustrated with the development and sympathetic to our cause. Some offered to pay for the signs and some offered to help put them up. Folks driving by thanked us and gave us thumbs up. The sense of community was an incredibly rewarding experience.

As previously posted, an arsonist set fire to one of the houses last weekend. While I am not surprised by the fire and not very sympathetic to the developer, I by no means endorse the intentional destruction of private property. Arson is not a constructive means of protest and only serves to deteriorate a community and waste resources. The person responsible should be punished.

Mountain Xpress Article
The only positive I can see from this is more press and attention being paid to how we develop our land. Hills need trees.

Sunday, August 5, 2007


A house burnt to the ground the other night across the street from my property. The house was part of an unpopular development of 15 identical homes built on steel stilts. The developer had clear cut the land, some of which is over 40% slope, which raised protest from the neighborhood in the form of yard signs and banners. Arson is a probably cause and potentially associated with "eco-terrorism".

Asheville Citizen Times Article

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Don Mueck is a London-based photo-realist artist. Born in Melbourne,Australia, to parents who were toy makers, he labored on children's television shows for 15 years before working in special effects for such films as Labyrinth, a 1986 fantasy epic starring David Bowie.

Friday, July 13, 2007

American Green TV

AMERICANGREEN.TV is a brand new organization based here in Asheville. I was interviewed by Kurt Mann during a green building tour, but that clip hasn't been produced yet, so i'm not famous yet.

Friday, July 6, 2007


On a recent hike along the Blue Ridge Parkway, I thought about the importance I hold in having something to show for my life. Documenting the events of our temporary lives for others to see and learn from is at the center of our cultural evolution. So far, I have been profoundly bad at documenting my experiences and thus, I've joined the 21 century and started a blog in hopes of having some posterity to speak of. Its ironic that bits of data spinning though intangible cyber space has become the mode of choice for said posterity, however, the ability to instaneously share oneself with the world is a powerful tool.

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