A couple of months with the MakerBot

At the beginning of the year, I picked up a MakerBot for (relatively speaking) cheap.  As best as I could tell, it was “last year’s model” and being closed out to make room for updates — but the nice thing about the MakerBot is that it is Open Source and modular.  As updates occur, you … Continue reading A couple of months with the MakerBot

Pioneer Courthouse, 1875

There is a local blog I follow, Vintage Portland, that digs through the city archives and posts vintage photos of Portland every few days.  Last month, they posted a photo of Pioneer Courthouse from 1875, with a school in the background that is now PDX’s living room, a.k.a. Pioneer Courthouse Square.  I really enjoyed the … Continue reading Pioneer Courthouse, 1875

The business card companion cube

A few years ago, I ran across Ned Batchelder’s instructions for making a business card cube. Since then, I have made dozens of them, including a few conjoined cubes that form Tetris pieces. It occurred to me the other day (about a year or two too late to hit the Portal craze and at least … Continue reading The business card companion cube

Most expensive cat toy redux: iPad + Meowmania

It looks like I am a little late to the party on this one.  Various technology blogs have now featured videos of cats and dogs on the iPad.  (…although technically I did this on day two, but have been lazy about posting.)  As with the iPhone and Meowmania post, this is the Meowmania [iTunes link] app, … Continue reading Most expensive cat toy redux: iPad + Meowmania

The Game Grid is powered by Unix

I first saw the most recent Tron Legacy trailer when jwz posted the video a week ago.  I remember seeing the brief scene when the kid is looking at the computer console and being mainly focused on the on-screen keyboard.  “Oh yeah, I remember that from the original Tron.  They had iPad keyboards long before … Continue reading The Game Grid is powered by Unix

My personal devolution in shaving

Back in ye olden days, when people still used the word “ye” in a non-ironic fashion, folks shaved with knives.  That is, when they shaved at all.  Archeologists have found shaving blades dating back to at least 3000 BC.  In the late 1700s a Frenchman was looking at a carpenters’ plane — that thing used … Continue reading My personal devolution in shaving

The things I have taken past airport security

There are a small handful of surprising things I have taken past airport security in recent years. Some of them were knowingly, some of them were forgetfulness.  This is a pictorial chronicle of those items. One of the first questionable items I managed to get past security was “The Bill of Rights – Security Edition.”  I got this … Continue reading The things I have taken past airport security

The fractal martinis

The following pictures are of fractal martinis.  They are extremely poor excuses for fractal martinis, being recursive only two generations, but technically they are still fractal.  They are fractal in the same way as “yo dawg, I heard you like martinis, so we put a martini in yo martini…” but I still find them entertaining. … Continue reading The fractal martinis