Category Archives: Oversight

From The Archives: Kitchen

I’ll never forget our conversation over the lease – “If another $25 is a problem for you, you shouldn’t rent here”. Thanks, Landlord Gary. You reminded me that the right environment has value, and that my stress was groundless. Goddamn, … Continue reading

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Cashed And Carry

Out for breakfast with Dana, this ATM caught my eye. Stateside, most ATMs are anchored to architecture; this one is on wheels. In hostile environments, feet of mobility can mean higher security than being fixtured to the wall. LoJack – … Continue reading

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From The Archives: Meat.

A year of my life living in Russia. Not nearly long enough. There, I learned so many gorgeous Russianisms from the lips of so many gorgeous Russians. One sticks out in my mind particularly. “In every joke, there is a … Continue reading

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From The Archives: An Introduction.

I moved away from home. I never stopped moving. A million miles, a thousand moving boxes, a three digit address. Ten terabytes of digital imagery. From The Archives is a new thing about the old things – I’m just going … Continue reading

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Droid 2 Global Cyanogenmod USB not working FIX

So, I just upgraded my D2G to Cyanogenmod 7.1.0. Like many other people, I had immediate problems with USB. The symptoms are as follows: I plug the USB cable into my computer and into my Droid 2 Global. The Droid … Continue reading

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CETUSA is Dead; Long Live CETUSA.

The world is a better place today. Guestworker Alliance and State Dept advocates deserve major kudos for their work shutting down CETUSA. Here’s the NYTimes take on it. For those of you not totally keyed in on the story, the … Continue reading

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PORTLAND: Learn how to build a DIY Book Scanner.

I’ll be hosting a workshop on building DIY Book Scanners at BrainSilo on Sunday. Paper Upgrade, my host, is a Portland non-profit dedicated to helping students digitize their study materials. They use DIY Book Scanners to do their work. BrainSilo … Continue reading

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Future Pictures

Delacroix, on researchers at Cambridge, 1850: “Since the light of the star which was daguerreotyped took twenty years to traverse the space separating it from the earth, the ray which was fixed on the plate had consequently left the celestial … Continue reading

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Twenty Eleven, Thirty.

What a year this has been. The last of my twenties. From the first few hacks onward, I knew it would be something special. I felt it in my bones. I was ready for it. But I couldn’t know how … Continue reading

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DOES IT TURN PAGES?

One of the best things about my community is that it is just chock full of awesome people. One of the bad things about being the “DIY BOOK SCANNER guy” is that people always ask “DOES IT TURN PAGES?”. Well, … Continue reading

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Forgetting about Tasty and Healthy Food.

Cabinet Magazine, Issue 42 has images from one of my projects! They did a fantastic article on Soviet food and used images from here. Thanks, Cabinet. Have always loved your work. Also a huge thanks to Dima Solyanoy for introducing … Continue reading

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Wearable Computers.

Recently, Sara rekindled my interest in wear and tear, particularly how it manifests in consumer electronics. I have many great examples of wear, but none more profound than my Dell Precision M70. Few people know that Dell made high quality … Continue reading

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Just Before The Dawn.

More travel, less distance. More action, less acting. More gifts, fewer demands. Quitting awful, early. Moving on. Away from ulterior motives. Away from the lovesick, the neurotic, the conditional From attachments, abusers, and contracts. Toward risk Of my own choosing. … Continue reading

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Update from Ace Monster Toys.

Sorry for the radio silence, I’ve been swamped. Al Jigen Billings has an awesome post talking about my latest work:

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How To Start A Truck With A Can Opener

Or, “The utter uselessness of car alarms”. Sequence of events: 1. Key fob for my car alarm dies, I am about 1 mile from home, in Richmond, CA, in the Iron Triangle. 2. I walk to RadioShack (also 1-2 miles … Continue reading

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Goodbye, Los Angeles.

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POSTING NOTICE

It’s often tough to get in touch with me. For the coming weeks and months, it is going to be tougher, starting now. I’m going to be traveling constantly. Please, if something is an emergency, or needs my input now, … Continue reading

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Daniel Reetz on CNNI

First Kathrine: Then Daniel: Article here: http://newsstream.blogs.cnn.com/2011/04/14/saving-a-stranger-from-slavery/ I talked about what happened with Kseniya and Svetlana. Thanks to Cory Charles for the opportunity.

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Boltcutters Don’t Come In Pink, Part II

Bethany is my niece. She’s been around for 643 days. About time that somebody got her some boltcutters. You know, like everyone else got.

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Don’t Just Sit There, Do Something!

Almost a year ago, I helped some friends of mine out of a very bad situation. Today, Abigail Pesta’s article tells the story better than it has ever been told. Two pictures I haven’t shared yet: The car from which … Continue reading

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