My friend Dominic Muren from my days at Carnegie Mellon is now a professor and coordinator of the Design Studies program at the University of Washington. He gave a great talk at the Seattle dorkbot on Digital Fabrication – more specifically, creation and fabrication techniques that are accessible to you and me, not just big companies. He also leads a consultancy called The Humblefactory and authors a complimentary blog at Humblefacture.

This talk is just about making parts, not mechanisms really. However, mechanisms are made up of parts! So if you can make some of your own parts with the techniques he describes, you can then form them into assemblies. I’ll cover these creation and fabrication methods (and more) in Chapter 10: Making Things and Getting Them Made.


My solo show “The Great Recession” at PNCA in Portland, OR is a little over one month out. The listing just appeared on the PNCA website. Now I just have to finish making the work! The biiiiig work is mostly done, but there are a number of smaller works that have to be made, or finished, or framed-just-so.

BTW, I am from PDX, so this is officially a homecoming…



[Oscars 2010 Mejor Cortometraje] – Logorama

This is 16 minutes long animated film of logos and and advertising characters produced by a serious 3D house in France, and nominated for an Oscar, but yet in dire threat of lawsuits for use of corporate logos. At least this is according to the blogs, which, are… well… contradictory. But it is a hell of a great 13 minutes. Great villains, chase scenes, and a surreal vision of contemporary corporate life. It helps if you know Los Angeles.

Great fun. Sad truths. Fantastical visions.


I have just been asked to join the ARRL Public Relations Committee. I am very excited to join because I want to help connect the maker/hacker community to the ham community. It’s an exciting time because there is a huge growth in the maker/hacker community. It’s hip to tinker. Ham radio operators were the original makers and hackers. And I feel like makers and hackers could learn a lot from an organization where members are building their own portable devices that can send messages or remote control other devices around the world and through outer space.


Colt revolver

A site called Vintage Ad Browser has over 100,000 categorized advertisements from today all the way back to the 1840s. Categorized by type and date. A great resource for research. (tx @twhid)


The first 25% of my book was approved, an event that was punctuated by the deposit of 1/2 of my book advance into my account *smile*. My agent gets a well deserved 15%. Speaking of, I finally met Neil Salkind this past Thursday, when he was in town from Kansas to meet various authors, editors, etc. It was great to see his excitement about my book in person, and I feel honored as a first time author to be working with such an experienced agent and agency. We also walked up to ITP at NYU after coffee and met Tom Igoe and Dan O’Sullivan, the authors of Physical Computing whom he had worked with remotely but never met in person.

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Here’s a very interesting article from physorg.com on spray-on liquid glass:

Spray-on liquid glass is transparent, non-toxic, and can protect virtually any surface against almost any damage from hazards such as water, UV radiation, dirt, heat, and bacterial infections. The coating is also flexible and breathable, which makes it suitable for use on an enormous array of products.


keeping my privacy

Is there a word for the irrational and/or rational fear of becoming the target of direct marketers?



Today on Makezine.com I show how to see radio waves with a light bulb. Also in the post are instructions for how to build the light bulb detector.


I’m laughing out loud here at a list originally posted here after I found an excerpt posted on the MAKE blog, so I’m reblogging it. Here are my favorite bullet points:

2. Always quote at least twice the time you think it will actually take to do the job
(personally, I multiply my first time estimate by pi)

7. –Business WILL always be part of engineering. Get over it.
–Never underestimate the stupidity of the end user of your product. Make it fool and idiot proof if possible. This is very hard to do. It takes infinite intelligence to anticipate boundless stupidity.

8. K.I.S.S. The ideal design has zero parts. “An engineer is someone who can build for a dollar what a fool can build for twenty” – Robert A. Hienlein

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