Jimmy Lizama on Voyage L.A.

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Jimmy is a powerhouse. Voyage L.A. did an interview with him recently, you can read the whole thing here, but I’m going to leave you with my favorite quote:

My legs are pumping, face in my wind, the sun shining down upon rays of pure joy and adrenalin. 10 minutes later I’m at Hollywood and Wilcox and wouldn’t you know it: a third fucking bus and I was 10 minutes early. I had just taken the bicycle red pill.

The Spirit of Bimini Article

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An exterior view of the Bimini Hot Springs building, circa 1920. From Wikipedia.

A resident of the L.A Eco-Village wrote this article in 2001: The Spirit of Bimini.  Bimini Place is the street where we are located, and it was named after a chain of islands in the Bahamas where Juan Ponce de Leon once searched for the fountain of youth. Well, to be more accurate, it was named after the Bimini Baths, a bathhouse with natural hot springs that was operated here in the 1920’s.

The article is written in the first person, as if the place where telling its story. It’s an interesting read. Thanks to T.H. Culhane for having been part of our history.

A Drill-Powered Flip Book Animation

It isn’t easy to predict what people will like. I’m used to this by now as a practicing artist. Yet, the popularity of this post caught me by surprise. I had been posting work in progress pictures of a flipbook animation I was working on, when I finished assembling the frames I wanted to test it and the easier thing was to chuck it in a drill. It looked cool so I posted it on my Instagram . The next day I got a request to be featured on the awesome Doodlers Anonymous blog, there is a lot more information on that post so if you are interested you should check it out. And after that, it was DesignBoom, and BoingBoing (BoingBoing!) and Laughing Squid and even a one minute feature on a morning show on ABC.

It has been fun and I’m grateful for the attention. If you want to see more of my work head over to my website wolfCatWorkshop.com or follow me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.

Talking about roof beekeeping, jigs, and password generators

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You might think: “what is a password generator doing on the Eco-Village blog?” But I’m here to tell you we get to play with all sorts of things. I had the privilege to be a guest on episode 8 of the Opposable Thumbs podcast and among other things we talked about getting a beehive on one of our buildings and a little bit about the history of this place. If you have taken a tour in the past few years you probably saw the shared tool shop where the item pictured above was made. Give it a listen or check out this blog post on my website for more details.

A sun-drenched moment in time

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Lois Arkin – Photo by Alex Brook Lynn

This article written by Alex Brook Lynn and titled “A Stay At This Sun-Drenched, Eco Oasis In LA Is Cheaper Than A Hostel And More Peaceful, Too” features some beautiful photographs (also by her) and a very good description of todays Los Angeles Eco-Village. It’s really nice to get these snapshots that capture brief moments in time, moments that will pass as our project evolves. Thank you Alex!

Video: LA Eco Village: self-reliance in car-free urban homestead

This half hour video filmed by Johnny Sanphillippo  (his blog at Granola Shotgun) is a great little tour of our Eco-Village.  The video had 15000 views in the first 5 days (and climbing) and there are a ton of comments on YouTube (that are perhaps worth checking out).     Check out other popular videos by faircompanies.com on Kirsten’s youtube channel.

Also, thanks to our very inspiring friends at RootSimple for sharing this video on their website.  Johnny also made a fantastic video about them that you should go watch right now.