I’ll be in the Pacific Northwest this weekend with my podcast Jordan, Jesse, Go! and our pals Stop Podcasting Yourself for a double blast of chatlarity. If you’re in Portland, Seattle or Vancouver, please come join us!
Friday night at eight (doors at seven), we’re in Portland at the Mission Theater with special guest Luke Burbank. Grab your tickets now.
Saturday night we’re at the Erickson Theater in Seattle with special guest John Roderick of The Long Winters. Tickets can be purchased right here.
Then Monday I’m speaking at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, with a special taping of Stop Podcasting Yourself (featuring me) to follow. It’s open to the public, and you can grab tickets here.
Since I’ve become a double-dad, my travel schedule has been much curtailed, so if you live in one of these spots, please do make the time to come out, because you won’t have another shot anytime soon. And it’s a great night out.
(Thanks to Tom Deja of Bossman Graphics for the posters)
The Selvedge Yard
Shinya on his custom Triumph “Needle”
photo by @scottpommier
Just realized this is the first Shinya bike I’ve ever seen; I saw it about three years ago, before I even had a bike. Incredible then, incredible now.
Looks like a ripoff of Lana. What do you say, motolady?
Before and after. #honda #moto #cb650 #caferacer #carburetionreclamation (at coffeetable workshop)
I work in a pretty cool building. #vsco #vscocam #vscophile #seattlebrewingco #seattle (at OLD SEATTLE BREWING AND MALTING CO. )
LA 1948 - 1,060 square feet.
In 1948 Levittown was in construction on the East Coast, Alfred Levitt, designed a small house based on the Cape Cod one floor and an unfinished “expansion attic” that could be rapidly constructed and as rapidly rented out to returning GIs and their young families.
The average size of the American household has diminished by about one person over the past 65 years or so, according to new data from the US Census Bureau. The average population per household now stands at 2.55, down from 3.67 in 1948.
The average cost of a new house in the US was $13,500. in 1950 teh average FHA financed home was 937 sf. The average Annual Salary was $3,600 and the Minimum Wage was 40 cents per hour.
Calculating that a home to be affordable it should be 3x but not exceed 4x family income, a new 1000 sf home for a single wage earner and family of 4 was affordable.
On the West Coast there was a more modernist single story style
Gregory Ain Mar Vista Tract, also known as Mar Vista Housing, is located in the western portion of the City of Los Angeles and consists of 52 parcels designed by architect Gregory Ain in the Modern style. Built in 1948, this residential development was shaped by the Fair Housing Administration’s desire to promote home ownership among modest-income families. Ain’s design of the Mar Vista tract achieved individuality through his ingenious placement of standard architectural elements, variations in setback and entrance location, as well as the imaginative integration of building and landscape design.
The Mar Vista Tract was designed by Gregory Ain in collaboration with Joseph Johnson and Alfred Day. Ain was a significant “second generation” modernist architect who had worked with and was influenced by the first generation of California Modern masters - European immigrants Richard Neutra and Rudolph Schindler.
Landscape architect Garrett Eckbo used a large number of planting materials from varying climates to create a park-like atmosphere along the streets, opening up space between houses to allow for more spatial social interaction, as opposed to creating boundaries and fences. These unique design elements allowed the Advance Development Agency to market Mar Vista Housing as “Modernique” to exemplify the development’s modern and unique design features.
Ain believed in bringing good design to the masses. During his youth, he lived for a time on a cooperative farming colony, founded by Job Harriman, a socialist his father had supported in the 1911 Los Angeles mayoral race. Ain belonged to the school of thought that espoused architecture’s potential to shape a more egalitarian world. He is credited as being the first architect to design a house that did not contemplate servants. A lot of Ain’s ideals were achieved in the “Modernique Homes” development, the name under which the Mar Vista Tract was marketed in 1948. The intent of the Mar Vista Tract was to create a housing development that provided cost efficient housing while advancing the cause of Modern architectural design.
The average size of the houses was 1,060 square feet, exclusive of the double garage. The sales price of the homes was about $12,000, considerably higher than the contractor-inspired houses around nearby Venice Blvd. that were then selling for about $5,000. The main selling points were the convertible features, the ultra-modern design, and colors.
These LA houses as of 2011 listed for approximately $700,000 to $1,000,000. Today in 2013 The average household income with two wage earners is approx $52,000. Real median family income has fallen 6.4% to $52,163 since peaking in 2007. Obviously these houses are not affordable by the average LA family. For a new home to be affordable it would need to be priced in the range of $150,000 but not more then $200,000. Considering $150/sf a 1000 sf house for the average family of less then 3 this is doable, but look around. Who is building 1000 sf affordable houses today? and do realize that 50% of American families can’t afford even this.
The VF1000 range of Honda motorcycles was made from 1984 to 1988. The VF1000 is named after its V-4 998 cc double overhead cam 16 valve engine. There were three main models in the VF1000 range, the VF1000F (also known as Interceptor), the VF1000R and the VF1000F2.
The spread of the black death.
Poland, tell us your secret.
Poland is the
If I remember correctly, Poland’s secret is that the jews where being blamed all over europe (as usual) as scapegoats for the black plague. Poland was the only place that accepted Jewish refugees, so pretty much all of them moved there.
Now, one of the major causes of getting the plague was poor hygiene. This proved very effective for the plague because everyone threw their poop into the streets because there were no sewers, and literally no one bathed because it was against their religion. Unless they were jewish, who actually bathed relatively often. When all the jews moved to Poland, they brought bathing with them, and so the plague had little effect there.
Milan survived by quarantining its city and burning down the house of anyone showing early symptoms, with the entire family inside it.
I reblogged this tons of times, but the Milan info is new.
Damn Italy, you scary.
Poland: “Hey, feeling a bit down? Have a quick wash! There, you see? All better”
Milan: “Aw, feeling a bit sick are we? BURN MOTHERFUCKER, BURN!!!!!”
Also, this might have something to do with it: from what I understand, O blood type is uncommonly… common in Poland. Something to do with large families in small villages and a LOT of intermarriage. The black plague was caused by a bacterium that produced, in its waste in the human body, wastes that very closely mimic the “B” marker sugars on red blood cells that keep the body from attacking its own immune system. Anyone who has a B blood type had an immune system that was naturally desensitized to the presence of the bacterium, and therefore was more prone to developing the disease. Anyone who had an O type was doubly lucky because the O blood type means the total absence of ANY markers, A or B, meaning that their bodys’ immune system would react quickly and violently against the invaders, while someone with an A may show symptoms and recover more slowly, while someone with B would have just died. Because O is a recessive blood type, it shows in higher numbers when more people who carry the recessive genes marry other people who also carry the recessive gene. Poland, which has a nearly 700 year history of being conquered by or partnering with every other nation in the surrounding area, was primarily an agricultural country, focused around smaller, farming communities where people were legally tied to, and required to work, “their” land, and so historically never “spread” their genes across a large area. The economy was, and had been, unstable for a very long period of time leading up to the plague, the government had been ineffective and had very little reach in comparison to the armies of the other countries around for a very very long time, and so its people largely remained in small communities where multiple generations of cross-familial inbreeding could have allowed for this more recessive gene to show up more frequently. Thus, there could be a higher percentage of O blood types in any region of the country, guaranteeing less spread of the illness and moving slower when it did manage to travel. Combine this with the fact that there were very few large, urban centers where the disease would thrive, and with the above facts, and you’ve got a lovely recipe for avoiding the plague.
Interestingly enough, as a result from the plague, the entirety of Europe now has a higher percentage of people with O blood type than any other region of the world.
WHY IS THIS ALL SO COOL
When Tumblr teaches you more about the plague than 12 years of school ever did.
Just to throw a nod in, as a medieval historian, this is all credible, and is the leading theory as to the plagues effectiveness at this point. So. Enjoy your new knowledge!
In episode 314, after announcing they are having a baby, there is a discussion of what kind of dad Dave will be. Will he be strict or the fun, cool dad he thinks he will be.
After listening to Stop Podcasting Yourself for all these years and listening to all of the warm and amusing ways Graham…
Four set squares, four reels of tape, four stickers.