Thursday, May 13, 2010
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
From what I understand it was partially founded (if not completely founded) by Kelly Malone, of Indie Mart fame.
I’d like to take a class there soon, perhaps Sewing 101.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
I got accepted to be a Maker at San Francisco’s Maker Faire, which takes place May 22nd and 23rd!!!
I’m extremely excited, because it’s basically the equivalent of a science fair for adults, so I get to act out all my geekiness with other geeks in one place. Granted, some of those geeks might be using flame throwers and tesla coils, I’ll be almost as cool.
I’ll be teaching people how to construct and use a rotational casting machine. This machine is very useful, as it allows people to cast hollow objects – which means you can make more things with less material. Also, they are light weight and hollow, so you can turn them into lights and other cool stuff.
I created an Instructable for how to make one almost two years ago, and I received an enormous amount of emails about it, so not I’m taking it up a notch and doing real-time demonstrations. I’m thinking about making hollow chocolate things…maybe unicorns, we’ll see!
So, come see me at the Maker Faire!!!
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
A good friend of mine, Ken, is getting ready to do a big bicycle race from San Francisco to Los Angeles (545 miles in 7 days) – to help raise money to stamp out AIDS.
Ken is apart of a bigger team who have united under the name Red Pencils, which also happens to be a group of people that all work in advertising. Because of their profession, the website they built to help raise money for this ride is pretty amazing. In their words, “We ride for all those we’ve lost, and all who will be lost before a cure is found. “
They outline why they are racing, who the riders are, and even reveal a character known as the Masked Rider. I think they did a fantastic job of making their cause engaging and entertaining. Consequently, I’m now donating .10 to every mile that they complete during their training for the race. I hope they make me a poor man ;)
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
Hayes Valley Farm is an urban farming project based in San Francisco, which is situated on a former freeway entrance. The property has been neglected for years, and it is highly encouraging that the city is willing to allow this organization to temporarily convert the space into something that will help unify neighbors and improve the space.
Their goal is to create a place where people come regularly to meet and connect with each other, and encourage the connection and understanding of the vital life systems that support human kind.
They will be holding a series of workshops and activities that will help truly bring this farm to life. So, in case you were ever curious about how to mulch properly or create your own greenhouse, Hayes Valley Farm is there to help guide you.
I’m very interested to see how this develops, and what sort of impact it has on the local neighborhood, especially since it has a much more visible presence than the Fort Mason Community Garden, another SF based agriculture project.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Here's a documentary that covers founder, Andy Myint, and his reason for building this non-profit.
Monday, February 8, 2010
Highly recommended, and very insightful.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Fortunately, a few people have managed to take the "always on" mentality and flush it down the web 2.0 toilet. While I still prefer to maintain a fun, stalker-esque awareness of my friends and their whereabouts, others have chosen to scale back and focus on the relationships that matter. Enter the Web 2.0 Suicide Machine.
Here's its self-description:
"This machine lets you delete all your energy sucking social-networking profiles, kill your fake virtual friends, and completely do away with your Web2.0 alterego. The machine is just a metaphor for the website which moddr_ is hosting; the belly of the beast where the web2.0 suicide scripts are maintained. Our service currently runs with Facebook, Myspace, Twitter and LinkedIn! Commit NOW!"
I love the concept, but I'm not ready to sever my digital connection. As long as I remember that there is no substitute for the real deal, I'm certain I'll never have to commit web 2.0 suicide. How about you?