Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

Though the name is a little ambitious (this font will not likely save rainforests), the concept is incredibly cool: a font that requires less ink.

The free EcoFont, by SPRANQ.

(via Dan)

Mini E

Saturday, November 22nd, 2008

(photo credits: BusinessWeek)

BMW will soon release the “Mini E” – an electric version of the beloved Cooper Mini. A pilot program will release 500 Mini Es for lease in Los Angeles and New York.
BusinessWeek Link.

The Voyage of the Kon-Tiki (with Junk)

Sunday, August 10th, 2008

(photo from Ambient Images)

Sailing in a watercraft made from junk, from Los Angeles to Hawaii, the JUNK team is raising awareness about plastic junk in our oceans.

JUNK blog

(via Notcot)

Disposable Cups 2.1

Thursday, June 5th, 2008

[This is an update of an earlier post.]

Cool idea: this disposable paper coffee cup is actually a ceramic mug.

Maker Faire 2008 is ON!

Saturday, May 3rd, 2008

Oh man . . . my creativity gland is sore from spending the day at the 2008 Maker Faire. I don’t even have the energy to make a video of it; below are some photo highlights.

If you live in the Bay Area: GO!
It’s happening tomorrow (Sunday) also.
GO! . . . and be crafty.

Bonus Round: Hacker Mullet!

Maker Faire 2008

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

This Saturday and Sunday (May 3nd – 4st) is Make Magazine’s third annual ‘Maker Faire’ – a festival of DIY and all things hacker.

At the San Mateo County Fairgrounds, adult day pass $25, student $15, child $10.

Here’s a video I made of last year’s Maker Faire:

Home and Garden: Antipersonnel Gardening

Monday, April 21st, 2008

Last Fall, someone tried repeatedly to break into a neighbor’s apartment – windowscreens torn or pulled off, and attempts to pry open the window locks. I helped her to better fortify her windows and I decided it would be wise to protect my own.

I went with minor antipersonnel gardening: planter boxes beneath all of the windows, each filled with cacti. The project itself cost around $25 for each antipersonnel planter box, and it took an afternoon to do. IKEA (at the time) had sets of 3 small cacti for ~$5.00 and single large cacti for ~$5.00 each.

Some points to consider:
• This won’t prevent anyone from breaking in if they are hellbent on doing so. It provides ‘disincentive’ – making it uncomfortable or more difficult to casually approach and open windows from the outside. They provide a visual threat (I’ve considered adding poison oak to some of the planter boxes, also).

• The cost is relatively low.

• It is easy to do – Screw the planter box into the bottom of the window sill. I suggest you use BBQ tongs or pliers to handle the cacti when you’re planting them.

• It is easy to maintain – Cacti are low-maintenance and often only need watering on a monthly basis.

• It looks cool – every time I look out the window, it looks like I’m in Arizona.