I live off-the-grid and out in the sticks in Humboldt County CA.  I have no phone, no data plan and no internet service at home.  I come to an internet cafe in town about once a week.  So, look for updates about once a week.  Look for humorous content (at least I think so) unless something really pisses me off, then you’ll hear about that.  Enjoy

48 responses to “About

  • Tejbans Kohli

    John, Love your twists! Bobby

  • Archana

    I just noticed i am on your blogroll!
    Thans a tonne man!

  • Sihka

    Hey John,

    Love your style and perspective. Im from Istanbul, wanna get that whipphit thing for myself and friends. I tried back in Thailand it was hell of fun! So I just get the whip dispenser, and whippit gas?

    Cheers my friend,


  • BadAlice

    I was brought here by the Star ship Enterprise.

  • BadAlice

    Strange madness. ELO.

  • acephalist

    I stumbled across your blog via an article you wrote for Fifth Estate. You write some good stuff man. Bob McKee sounds like a complete douche.

    • john hardin

      Thanks for the kind words. Bob has his good qualities. He knows the land around here well, and genuinely cares for it. There are reasons people like him. Humboldt County, on the other hand, is brutal to the poor, and we have plenty of injustice around here to oppose, without worrying about the small problems of rich land developers.

      btw, thanks for including a link in your new blog, looking forward to reading more from the Acephalist

  • Regina Atkins

    Hi John,

    I am CRAZY about your tin can lanterns… we love your style and site and want to buy them!!! Feel free to call me at (949) 292-9506



  • Lucy Collins


    I enjoyed reading your blog very much,and referenced one of your cartoons on my site, with a link back to yours as acknowledgement. Hope that’s ok (and that it generates some traffic for you!).


    Lucy Collins

  • drafter

    Maybe I am missing something however the Segue that John Finley was operating and his horses Dakota and Debbie was pulling was most certainly not 28 thousand dollars. It was also not built in 1947 maybe 2009 as it is a kit that is bought from an on line company. Rare is not a term I would use since anyone can purchase this same item which is available in quantity.

  • Nanette Rae Freeman

    Hello John Hardin. I would love to talk with you about creating a tin can chandelier for me.
    Please email me. Thanks!!!

  • Feral Human

    I hope you heard Bill Honsal and Estelle Fennell on KMUD yesterday telling us to raise the sales tax so we can have a better funded police state, there was a lot of potential fodder there for a cynical blogger.

    When I asked how much they spend maintaining their MRAP, Honsal ducked the question and said it belongs to EPD, but it might come in handy some day eventually. Bud Rogers just about shat himself on the air when he heard they had one.

    I’ve been meaning to ask Estelle when exactly she went over to the Dark Side, but didn’t get around to it this time.

    You have the best blog in So Hum.

    • john hardin

      Thanks Feral, for the kind words. No I didn’t hear the show, but this weeks post is all about No on Measure Z. I hope you’ll read it and share it with as many people as possible. We need to stop this madness before it starts.

  • ishan

    hi john
    not sure if greg got ahold of you.
    do you guys want to play with us sat or sunday?
    like sit in with us.
    and record?
    would be fun.

    • john hardin

      Hi Ishan, Thanks for the invitation! We are here for the anarchist book fair, but we brought recording gear, in case the opportunity arose. We’ d love to hear you play, and record your set tonight, if possible.

  • Katya

    Hi John (and Amy)

    I met you at the library last Friday! Just finished reading the post about ‘laziness’—so nice to know there’s others out there!!!

    I haven’t read all that’s in the archives yet, I want to go slow and savor them slowly:)

    Thanks for putting this all out there, and for helping make me feel like I’m not so alone in this gorgeous but culturally sterile wasteland. SoHum-where the only thing that ever gets done is putting on the next boogie…

    Maybe we could start a club or something.

    • john hardin

      Hi Catherine, It was really nice to meet you on Friday, I’m glad that you are enjoying the blog. I think a club would be a great idea. It’s been on my mind to have an event in Garberville for lygsbtd readers. I think we’ll have to make that happen, maybe even this Spring.

  • Shawn

    Hey there –

    I stumbled across 1-G707+FX/Hallucigenia Sparsa several years ago and quite liked it but your site vanished and I was never able to order that CD. Any chance of ordering it from you now? I am a 707 player myself and I loved your off-the-grid set up!

    best regards,

    • john hardin

      Wow, Shawn, Great to hear from from a fellow G707 player, and from someone who remembers my music form over a decade ago. Yeah, I still have copies of Hallucigenia Sparsa, 1-G707+FX, as well as Never Turn Your Back on the Sea, an album of G707 solos recorded live in natural environments around the country, and produced entirely with solar power. They’re $7 each, plus $3 per order for shipping, or $20 even for all three, shipping included. Cash, check or money order to John Hardin, P.O. Box 2301 Redway, CA 95560

      Your blog, http://www.pyraphonic.com looks great too. I love analog synths, and it’s great to see so many new ones. I especially loved the Delptronic CV controled cowbell. Too much! Your song “You” sounds great too. Very nicely done. Thanks, John

  • Shawn

    Fantastic – I’ll send $20 your way! Thank you for the compliments. Cool to connect! Cheers, Shawn

  • kristinaraepatterson

    Hi John! Remember me? I used to be Kristabel. Well, really, I still am, I mean, you can take the girl out of the xanax….

    Just wanted to say that you’re the best thing to happen to the Lost Coast Outpost. xoxox

    • john hardin

      So nice to hear from you Kristabel! Of course I remember you. Thanks for all of the encouragement. Are you still in the Yucatan? That sounds like a blast! Glad to see that you are blogging again.

  • kristinaraepatterson

    I’m back in Humboldt now…all my parasites are gone (!), and I’m getting back into the swing of this American life.:/ I’ll be going back for Dia de los Muertos, though, so hopefully there’ll be a lot of fun, drunken stories to tell. Hope you’re having a great day!

  • Otis B. Driftwood

    Funny story about the Laundromat. Do one about the rip off store Chataqua. Home of the $100 bag of groceries and wilted veggies.

  • Bhogart this

    John I think you’re hilarious and your sardonic humor sheds a good needed light on things around here… Keep an eye out for a gift in your mud box

    • john hardin

      Thanks Bhogart this, for the compliments.

      • Bhogart this

        You’re welcome. I too think you should do a story on chatagua.. My wife and I went to Florida and cypress Grove chevre made in Cali (arcata or Petaluma) was cheaper in Jacksonville!! And Cali strawberries in season are more expensive in Michigan !

      • Bhogart this

        More expensive than in Michigan I should say… I think you could do a great job if uncovering lot of b.s. around humco, Cali, the world,judging by the your fearless choosing of subjext matter.. Perpetrated by dope yuppies, yuppie crossbreeds, yuppie rednecks, redneck yuppies, greedy hippies, weird idealouges, bankers, chp officers, and meth heads alike

      • john hardin

        Thanks Bhogart, I think Rays and Chatauqua both deserve some scrutiny. I’ll see what I can do.

  • Lizardly

    Real hippies are not greedy but we do have some poseurs around here.

  • Love Conquers All

    I’ll admit, i felt insulted once by an op-ed article you published in lost coast. I Thought FU John Hardin. I continued to read from lost or kym over the next year, then something clicked. I realized more of the articles & comments were permeating hate & violence towards people down on their luck, if it is their fault or not, it is something i was raised against. Somehow i had fallen into the darkside! Maybe it was the cookies, i don’t know! Thing is, I found myself loathing people I passed on the street & I even yelled at a few, including Ron. Anyday in town became an anxiety stress filled day! It was draining me dry, when all of a sudden, i realized my behavior was not making any difference but perpetuating the problem. I was helping beat a dead horse with the rest of the mob. I strayed away from the Love, I was taught from this community! I somehow had traded love for hate & judgemental views this community is now plagued with. How did this happen, i wondered, as i cried, I somehow lost myself. So i began inching away from those i know would not hear me. I began trying to find things to do with a more positive outcome for the community, avoiding groups that use judgement for change. Since then, i have felt so much better. No longer i feel anxiety in town. I nod hello to anyone i pass, those that deem themselves normal, those deemed loser by most, addicts, dealers, gang bangers, doesnt matter cause i remembered, “Words that emanate from the heart reach the heart!”
    Then this morning i remembered your article that pissed me off long ago and giggled. Little did i realize then, you cracked the mirror I used, to look at life the way I wanted to look at it. You helped me find myself again & i want to thank you for that.

    • john hardin

      Dear LCA, Thank you so much for that very moving comment. It made my day! I think that’s the nicest thing anyone has said about my writing. Thank you for taking the time to write. I really appreciate it.

  • Reading the tides

    Man.. Sometimes I just love you, and sometimes I’m just wanting to wrong your neck. I guess that’s what you’re going for.. Wed probably get along in real life, but you use such grandiose statements and nasty insults that it’s hard to know if you are sardonic or just jaded.. But you do hate on sohum a lot and you write about it on the list coast outpost.. Really strange. And you talk smack on EVERYONE, which can be good, but do you really want the energy thrown your way after doing that? You seem like a energy aware person, and maybe you are immune to the vampire energy attacks and what not, but for the peace of the magical word space, couldn’t you help from hate? Do you want any peace because I’ve found that we are reflections of everything else and vice versa,manifesting this reality together. Found that out through mushrooms and music, just like you, right? So are you for real or just seeing who you piss off and get going because it’s fun? You could probably develop good kind folk to surround you and share you visions for what may be ethically and environmentally correct. Or maybe just don’t talk shit on sweet old ladies like Bonnie BlackBerry that actually, in the eyes of an outlaw, (not a criminal, an outlaw), does a lot more than you or most people and pubkically trying to expose and say hey, answer this question.. So peace to you and Amy, cuz when I see you walk around town I worry people are insulting you and angry with you behind your back .. Well, they are. That’s cool I guess, but there is a way to convey your ideas and not stir up so much disgust.. Just some thoughts.

    • john hardin

      Thanks for taking the time to write. A lot of people love my work because I say the things that are on their minds, and a lot of us are really sick of greedy drug dealers using their money to dominate the debate around here, but I don’t hate anyone. Just because you don’t like having your illusions shattered, or seeing your friends insulted in print is no reason to project your emotions onto me. Like I say, Sometimes I’m joking, sometimes I’m half joking and sometimes I’m serious, but sometimes It’s hard to tell the difference. If I wrote the way you suggest, even I wouldn’t bother to read it. People read my work because they find it entertaining and I write because I get a kick out of it, and people pay me money for it. I find Southern Humboldt culture such a rich source of material because these guys have been feasting on their own bullshit for so long that they have no idea how ridiculous they’ve become. I just point it out. I’m not worried about angry people insulting me behind my back. No one cares what drug dealers think anyway, if they think at all. Please, introduce yourself the next time you see Amy and I in town. Really, we’re some of the nicest people you are likely to meet in SoHum.

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