Friday, April 21, 2006


i posted something on the instructables site, but i didn't have enough pictures to really show the process. After this weekend I probably will.

All of the iterations I had come up with won't be presented tomorrow, but this process has helped me hatch some new ideas that will soon come to fruition. Tomorrow I'll just have new materials (styrofoam, watermelon) and images shown, but no new processes, really. Mustard cups are out for the moment, and the kinetic lantern is at stage: "prototype 2, incomplete", but i've got proof of concept and I've worked out some important ratios...

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

GP stencil first attempt

GP always used to say 'it doesn't matter if you win or lose'

these shots (1, 2, 3, fullsize)are some first trials with a stencil of GP (my grandfather), with help from uncle james. i like it, but i have to put some thought into paper, colors, and the "je nay say qua".

Monday, April 17, 2006

Maker's Faire

hey yall. i'll be at the Maker's Faire this weekend, so come check it out if you're in the neighborhood. San Mateo it is, and I'll be trying some new iterations of that pumpkin I carved last halloween. I'm gonna do a watermelon version, a mustard-cup version, a foam-core version, and and and...

it will be shit-awesome.

i'm looking forward to it. I'll post an instructable as soon as i can.

tax day.

i found this graph interesting today. it shows the historical variance in the minimum and maximum income tax rates. i wish i could see this alongside some "social programs" or "quality of life" indicators.

Thursday, April 06, 2006


I'd often thought of nostalgia as a basic part of the human condition. Some people are more nostalgic than others, but I thought it was an illness rooted in the human experience of time - an effect not just of memory and aging, but a wish that a moment of life was not so ephemeral.

The text below from the Straight Dope brings that into question.
We get nostalgic for Victorian Christmases. What did Victorians get nostalgic for?

... to paraphrase musical philosopher Dan Hicks, you can't miss it if it won't go away. Nostalgia, like Rice Chex, antacid tablets, and Dan Rather, is a product of modern urban industrial society, which is continually assaulted by change (AKA progress, for the optimists among us) and where most people have lost their sense of connection to the land. In a traditional agricultural society there's nothing to get nostalgic about, since you're still living on the land and yesterday was pretty much the same as today.

Longing for the past dates from the early 19th century, not long after the start of the industrial revolution in England. (The word nostalgia wasn't widely applied to said longing until after World War I, having previously signified a pathological case of homesickness.) Early promoters of nostalgia included the poet William Wordsworth and the novelist Sir Walter Scott, whose novel Ivanhoe (1819) launched a fad for chivalry. Romantic literature appealed to city folk, now a bit disenchanted with urban life (as the philosophes of a previous generation had not been) and thus inclined to a sentimental view of the lost joys of nature, childhood, and the past.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Nightline and Tahoe

it seems that the Tahoe videos are getting some press. I just got this email through YouTube.
I'm emailing from ABC News and the show Nightline. We're doing a piece tonight on these Chevy Tahoe videos and would love to speak to you if you're in the New York area. Please give me a call.


Shani 212 555 5555

When I first saw the Tahoe ads, I thought, well, these are going to make it on some of those viral video shows on cable. I also considered writing to some news desks. But then I thought about a presentation I saw a few years ago. This media artist who did bill-board mods was talking to a group of media-activists about the impact his work had on the advertising intentions of the spoofed billboards. He mentioned (I think in the context of legal threats he had received) that he thought that his spoofs of advertising actually increased "mindshare" of the spoofed product, and so didn't hurt the advertiser's work at all, but rather enhanced it by drawing more attention to it (his spoofs were often featured in local news broadcasts), even when his spoofs were very critical of the products being sold or the advertising methods. He claimed it wasn't his goal to undermine the spoofed products, but just to enjoy himself.

I wonder if he was just talking shit to cover his ass from legal attack (that he had materially damaged the spoofed party), or if its true that even critical press enhances sales of a product just by increasing mindshare. I'd like to know, but I don't have time to look for the answer right now.

Monday, April 03, 2006

news on the wetware front

There's an article (that I'm posting in the comments section of this old blog entry) that may relate to the sensation I described in the "severed" 1-min video. interesting.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Tahoe Ad

hey, this came up yesterday in my inbox:
The smartypants over at GM are running a contest to "make your own" commercial for the gas-guzzling Tahoe SUV. People are giving them just what they deserve. These are likely to be yanked sooooooon, so get 'em while they're hot!

I pulled down one of my favorites:

check out youtube for more.

I also made my own that moved away from the environmental theme of most of the ads.

-later chaters.