Video Tour of the Root Simple Compound

Johnny Sanphillippo from Faircompanies.com shot a nice video tour of our house. Excuses for the audio–it was shot during a very windy day. And I really need to get around to painting the garage!

You’ll see our chicken coop. The video also features our rocket stove, horno and emergency potty plus a spin around the pantry. But the real star of this video is our 1920 bungalow. I wish they still build houses like this (sorry Dwell).

Thank you Ben Loescher and Kurt Gardella for building our horno and thanks to John Zapf for designing our chicken run!

On Living in Los Angeles Without a Car: A Debate

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Photo by Sarah Sulaiman LAStreetsblog.org.

Walkin’ in L.A., nobody walks in L.A.
Walkin’ in L.A.
Walkin’ in L.A., only a nobody walks in L.A.

– Missing Persons

Erik: It’s been nearly two months since a texting video producer totaled the car that Kelly and I shared: a 1993 teal Acura Integra hatchback. Except for a few car rentals, we haven’t been doing much driving. In short, we get to claim the olive wreath of eco-smugness: living car-free in the epicenter of car culture, Los Angeles. Not even the electric car driving Ed Begley Jr. can aspire to our level of self-righteousness. I’d like to continue the experiment.

Kelly:  Hmmm….do I get to be the bad guy in this debate? The car partisan? To me, it’s not so much a question of car or no car. I don’t like cars. I’d love to live without a car. The question for me is more like LA or no LA, because this city is built around the car. I want to live car-free, but I don’t want to do it here. I know it’s possible–we’ve been doing it. But it’s not pleasant.

Have you ever heard the term “pole shade”? It’s the thin sliver of shadow thrown down by the pole of a street light. People waiting for buses in LA huddle in the pole shadows, trying to shelter from the insanely intense LA sun. There are very few bus shelters here. Bus stops are ill-marked afterthoughts in an already unlovely urban landscape.  I stand in the pole shade, wondering if the bus will ever come, and I seethe about the way this city treats its pedestrians.

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Bread Class and Lunch at Jennie Cooks Catering

jenniecooksI’m going to be teaching a rye bread class and demonstrating how to create a sourdough starter at Jennie Cooks Catering on Saturday, June 1st at 1:00 pm. The class comes with lunch (and Jennie is an amazing chef).

To enroll email or call Jennie Cook to reserve your spot:
jenniecooks@jenniecooks.com
(323) 982-0052

CLASS #1 – THE BREAD BASKET

Guest Teacher: Erik Knutzen, Root Simple

On the Syllabus:
The Secrets of Sourdough
Magical Vegan Biscuits
Black and Blueberry Jam
Strawberry Balsamic Jam

For Lunch:
Sparkling White Sangria
Cashew Cream Savory Sourdough Bread Pudding
Classic Gazpacho (from Jennie’s upcoming cookbook!)
Wilted Spinach Salad
Strawberry Shortcake

This class is the first of a 3-part series! The regular price is $85 for a single class or $200 for all three. Price includes all ingredients, supplies, recipes, instructions, the take-home finished product you will make yourself, and a delicious meal! Oh and there will be booze, too! Sign up by Wednesday May 22nd for a $10 discount.

Saturday Linkages: The Usual Suspects–Goats, Bikes and Tiny Houses

3D printed slug trap. Via Modern Farmer.

3D printed slug trap. Via Modern Farmer.

Small House Living
Tiny Cabin With Fold-out Porches http://lloydkahn-ongoing.blogspot.com/2013/05/tiny-cabin-with-fold-out-porches.html#.UZO74lkyivE.twitter …

Spherical Tree Tents for Temporary & Permanent Dwelling | Designs & Ideas on Dornob http://dornob.com/spherical-tree-tents-for-temporary-permanent-dwelling/ …

Tokyo’s Tiniest Apartments are Like Expensive Little Closets | Designs & Ideas on Dornob http://dornob.com/tokyos-tiniest-apartments-are-like-expensive-little-closets/ …

DIY
Wooden Boat Building http://lloydkahn-ongoing.blogspot.com/2013/05

DIY garden gear made with a 3d printer: http://modernfarmer.com/2013/05/diy-garden-gear-made-with-a-3d-printer/ …

3D Printed Track Bike http://www.dudecraft.com/2013/05/3d-printed-track-bike.html#.UZO-C2bKjeA.twitter …

Goats, Just Goats
Goats in the house: modernfarmer.com/2013/05/farmer-mistakes-goats-in-the-house/ …

Moving
Susan Orlean: The Power of Walking While Working http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2013/05/20/130520fa_fact_orlean?mbid=social_retweet …

Streetfacts #4: Children Have Lost the Freedom to Roam http://www.streetfilms.org/streetfacts-4-children-have-lost-the-freedom-to-roam/#.UY_N3AF95YU.twitter …

Mexitech 3D tortilla printer “miMasa3000” available soon: http://boingboing.net/2013/05/16/mexitech-3d-tortilla-printer.html …

Bikes
As CicLAvia proves, Angelenos are eager to get out of their cars and onto bikes | http://OregonLive.com  http://www.oregonlive.com/cycling/index.ssf/2013/04/as_ciclavia_proves_angelenos_a.html …

“The Spokesman” A Great 3-Minute Video About Bikes http://is.gd/axokof

Mounted Handlebars http://decorhacks.com/2013/03/mounted-handlebars/ … via

Gutter Cloud http://decorhacks.com/2013/03/gutter-cloud/ …

Gross
Ignoring Bee Crisis, EPA Greenlights New ‘Highly Toxic’ Pesticide | Common Dreams https://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/05/09-3#.UY_JscCQt6N.twitter …

Shell’s racist pesticide ad, 1957: http://boingboing.net/2013/05/13/shells-racist-pesticide-ad.html …

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