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  • The New ‘By Hand & Eye’ Website and Online Course

    Definitely worth a look! And an add to the Reader. Lost Art Press The authors of “By Hand & Eye” and “By Hound & Eye” have launched a beautiful and informative new website that you should add to your browser or RSS feed. The website is appropriately called “By Hand & Eye Online” and you […]

  • Arrest that ship!

    Now, the crew is hoping for drastic intervention. “We have had hopes for our ship owner and offered them chance to compromise. But now we are just waiting for the ship to be arrested,” said Captain Lyzhyn, referring to a legal process in which the crew ask Hong Kong courts to arrest the ship. Once […]

  • Shaker Air

    At the Albany International Airport, down the B concourse. 

  • Path of a Lightsaber

    Follow the journey of the Skywalker Saber through the entire Star Wars franchise in this awesome video edited by Christopher Sherwood. Music by Lucas King, based on The Force Theme by John Williams. Spoilers. But so good. via Path of a Lightsaber — TwistedSifter

  • This is a man…

  • Uppercase looking for stories on craft and wood

    Please share your products and projects in which wood is the primary material. Why do you choose to work with wood? What inspires you about the material? What are its characteristics that appeal to you? Interested? Submit something. Deadline is today (Mar 31, 2016).

  • Silhouettes of Ancient Buildings

    At the Archaeological Park of Siponto in Foggia, Italy, artist Edoardo Tresoldi (featured previously) has brought an ancient building site to life with an incredible, full-scale building made from wire mesh. Entitled Basilica di Siponto, the temporary installation resurrects the ancient port town’s… via Artist Resurrects Ancient Building Site with Incredible Wire Mesh Installation — TwistedSifter

  • Master & Apprentice

    In days bygone, most trades had an apprentice system. You had a master or masters who led a shop, some journeymen who did a lot of the work, and apprentices who learned the trade and swept up all the little (or physically demanding) work no one wanted to do. I see software as more trade […]

  • Social Factors and blogging on

    Boris, a member of my team at Automattic, takes a dive into how social factors influence blogging on My TL;DR: Having a community helps you thrive. Read the whole thing, it’s wonderful writeup. Social factors that promote persistent blogging Writing a blog is a hard and demanding task. It requires creativity, dedication and persistence. […]

  • Providence Views

    I’ve only been to Providence a couple times, but I was surprised how much this image connected with my memory of the place. If you’re in the area, this looks to be an interesting show. Tomorrow evening at City Hall, some of the buildings of Providence that I love and have photographed over the years […]

  • Shakeout

    View this post on Instagram A post shared by (@benchcrafted) Beautiful shot from my favorite maker of bench hardware (and knife blocks).

  • Timber

    Had a few trees taken down today, thanks to the crew at TreeMasters. One was a fairly old black oak that I’m going to have sawn into lumber. 44″ at the base, most of the bolle is around 24″ in diameter. I was very happy with the job the crew did. We get so much […]

  • You really can’t make this crap up

    The world of make-believe can be a scary place, but never fear: Thanks to a series of reimagined fairy tales published online by the National Rifle Association, classic characters like Hansel and Gretel are now packing heat. At the NY Times

  • And then double that

    From Estimating Time @

  • An interesting interview on understanding stats

    Just read a really interesting interview with David Spiegelhalter, the Winton Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk. Reminded me a lot of Calculated Risks, another great book on understanding stats. “There are three kinds of lies: Lies, damned lies, and statistics.” Few people know the struggle of correcting such lies better than David Spiegelhalter. […]

  • Photoviz: Visualizing Information Through Photography

    Felton has a new book coming out called Photoviz that looks … amazing. PhotoViz explores the intersection of photography, infographics, and data visualization. Combining cutting-edge technology and classic photographic techniques enables us to tell stories and visualize information more powerfully and compactly than ever: a full day of flights all at once, invisible Wi-Fi networks, […]

  • That Poor Oak

    We have a large (22″ diameter, 90′ tall) red oak that looms over the house. I’ve decided it’s time to take it down. It’s a nice tree, but I really don’t want to wake up one morning to the nice red oak in Jack’s bedroom. The question now is, of course, how should I have […]

  • Oh Happy Day

  • Imperial: 1, Metric: 0

    It’s so easy.

  • Little things

    See that tiny little screw on the end of the screw extractor? The interior torx fins stripped and Mandy couldn’t pull it to remove the needle from the giant 12′ long arm machine. That meant she couldn’t put in a fresh, sharp needle and was dead in the water for quilting. Amazing how tiny little […]

  • Chris Schwarz on Looking Sideways

    Chris was on the Looking Sideways podcast and the result was a pretty terrific interview. Worth a listen if you’re into making things.

  • Signage

    Mandy signing copies of her book after a lecture at our local book store. Fun times!

  • Old Measures

    How we measure the world around us is a reflection of how our society interacts with the world. To wit: The metric system is, in my opinion, the most efficient way to gauge everything around us. And that is exactly why I dislike it so. It is a system based on base-10 efficiency and little […]

  • Daft Beasties

    I love Automattic’s internal music p2.

  • Save The Deschutes

    We our own conservation issues with the Battenkill and other steams here in upstate NY, but this is pretty terrible. Worth a watch. Thanks for the heads up Timmy! via Save The Deschutes — Trout Bummin.

  • Yosemite’s “Firefall”

    When the setting sun hits Yosemite’s Horsetail Fall just right, the upper reaches of the waterfall glows gold and red. From a distance it can look like some kind of ‘firefall’. This particular one was filmed on February 15, 2016. via Exploring Yosemite’s Fabled “Firefall” — TwistedSifter.

  • The Epic Grand Finale of MythBusters

    Discovery has posted a preview of the MythBusters epic Grande Finale, which airs on March 5, 2016, followed by a special reunion episode featuring all five hosts of the show. Jack is going to be so sad this show is over. It’s a long time favorite. And me too. via The Epic Grand Finale and […]

  • NYTimes: What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team

    What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team If you lead people in tech, really if you work in teams, period, you need to read that.

  • Learning Git

    Going through some papers today, I found an old print out of Git from the bottom up, a paper that really helped me get Git. From the intro: Welcome to the world of Git. I hope this document will help to advance your understanding of this powerful content tracking system, and reveal a bit of the […]

  • Good software takes ten years

    Usually it is our impatience that defeats us. There are so many other distractions tugging at us that it is difficult to devote ourselves unswervingly to one particular bit of creative work with the unhurried effort that a first-class job takes and we are content to give less than our best. The craftsman’s best needs […]

  • A Collection of Curiously Impossible Dogs

    Impossible Dogs by Grant Snider on Incidental Comics via A Collection of Curiously Impossible Dogs at Laughing Squid

  • Linkage: Why Do Humans and Some Animals Sneeze?

    SciShow host Michael Aranda explains why humans and some species of animal sneeze. The simple and long-standing explanation is that a sneeze clears irritants out of the nose and sinuses, but Aranda points out that there might be more to it than that. via Why Do Humans and Some Animals Sneeze?.

  • Circles

    Some fun with proportions and circles.

  • Architecture and emotion

    The dominant architecture today has only existed for a century and has not developed a coherent architectural language – and apparently it does not want to. Each modernist architect wants to do something new or different, and hence there has been no growth of a pattern language. This, Salingaros believes, causes it to generate feelings […]

  • The Turbo Encabulator

    Pretty sure this is exactly what I sound like when I talk about work.

  • Cookin

  • New PUP

    Pretty neat. I know these games… I still love this one by PUP though

  • Intaglio Printing Technique Video – Briony Morrow-Cribbs — Briony Morrow-Cribbs – Etching, Prints & Illustrations

    Printmaker and illustrator Briony Morrow-Cribbs shows how she makes copperplate etchings, like the ones that appear in Chris Schwarz’s new book The Anarchist’s Design Book. Really cool to see this old process being kept alive. From: Intaglio Printing Technique Video by Briony Morrow-Cribbs

  • Superb Owl

    From today, last year. Our little buddy, the Boreal Owl.

  • Goals, Process and Mastery

    One of the things I’m looking forward to is getting to a point where the process recedes and the image itself is what becomes important. It’s less about the process and more about the images I’m making. I think that’s the biggest goal. To me, that’s the essence of mastery. The process just is, and […]

  • Coordinate

      I thought rubbing your stomach while patting your head was difficult. This … wow.   Hattip Twisted Sifter: This is What Happens When You Ski Down a Mountain and Swing Your Phone Like a Lasso

  • She spins me right round (of left?)

    This is making my poor brain hurt. I love it! Found on Kottke: Trippy spinning optical illusion

  • New Massive Attack

    This probably dates me, but I’ve always loved Massive Attack. Good to see them putting out some new stuff. Found out at Light + Shade

  • Earth has 💕

    Earth is actually made up from two planets which came together in a head-on collision that was so violent it formed the Moon, scientists have concluded. Initially it was believed that the Moon was created when a smaller planet called Theia grazed the Earth and broke up, sending a smaller chunk into space where it […]

  • Star Wars: TFA – Anime Opening

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens, if the opening was in the style of an anime. hat tip giant Cypress

  • Danish Cord Stool

    Found at Danish Cord Stool And a cool video on how to weave a Danish Cord seat:   But you probably have to click through.

  • Happy Birthday Lu

  • Ever wonder how to solder?

    Well, this excellent video series on YouTube pretty much covers it.

  • Wyld Stallyns Covers

    Wyld Stallyns Covers

    That’s pretty much what this is.

  • A Toyota on Mars: Addendum

    Remember the scene from the Arnold Scwharzenegger Conan the Barbarian where Conan becomes a musclebound superhero because some evil bastards make him push a grinding wheel for ten years? Let’s say Conan has to apply 50 pounds of force. That’s 222 newtons. That lever-arm looks to be about 2 meters long, for 444 newton-meters of torque […]