June 27, 2005

I like robots

This is a cool article about some illegal immigrant high schoolers beating MIT in an remote controlled underwater vehicle contest. Hopefully the beavers went home with some valuable lessons instead of just a mouth full of bitter.

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Japan Quick Vids

Some digi-cam movies from our Japan vacation:

Kodama in the woods. Can you hear them?


Assuring a space in paradise via a hole in Todaiji.


Prolly no one cares about this video of Aritsugu.


Cool kids doing Taiko in Asakusa area.


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June 23, 2005

Core 77

Industrial design site I found when looking for info on foam modelling.


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June 22, 2005

finger joints and drawing

finger joints and drawing
finger joints and drawing
last sunday, tried my hand at finger joints and then did a lesson in 'Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain'. the box wasn't perfect (lots of oversaws and gaps and nothing's square), but the pieces fit. i'm satisfied with that for a first try.

this was a lot better than my first try at dovetails. that was just plain painful. since then, got a rigid dovetail saw, a marking gauge, and looked up how to chop with a chisel.

thought the book would give a sense of scale to the frame, but the frame looks huge. it's only 12" x 14" on the outside.

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the making of...

If you haven't seen it yet, check out our little video.
the making of...
the making of...
this is a behind-the-scenes shot of the mamemomoko short 'a love story'

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oh daikon, my daikon

Did some knifework practice last week. Check out the series.
oh daikon, my daikon
oh daikon, my daikon
the daikon will be my primary partner in this dance.

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June 09, 2005

Log Entry

1 mile morning jog around the neighborhood

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June 08, 2005

Knife Sharpening Results

Knife Sharpening Results
Knife Sharpening Results
Sharpened my cheapo knife in practice for when I need to sharpen my nice new knives. For comparison, I dragged the length of the knife blade across the edge of this grocery bag using only the weight of the knife. Even a crappy amateur job of sharpening a knife can make a big difference. The angle's all inconsistent along the edge, but it's still sharper thanks to some Japanese waterstones and some internet tutorials.

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I've witnessed casting, but never tried my hand at it. I don't remember enough of the setup process to replicate what I saw as a kid, but this might be a good start. Cast aluminium... What common cheap things are cast in aluminium? Can you just add silicon to molten aluminium and get the desired effect? Reading pages 1-6 of this steam casting tutorial will also help.

Another link.

And another.

Info on alloying.

First link is promising.

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Flea Market

Thinking of going to a fleamarket in San Jose this weekend. Prolly Saturday. Ping me if your interested.

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June 06, 2005

Book Binding

I remember seeing some classes for book binding at a paper store. Sounded interesting, but by the time we found out about them, they had already happened. This seems like a useful tutorial.

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June 03, 2005

June 01, 2005

Blank Page, Copyrighted

The blank page has been copyrighted. What are all the paper makers and writer's block sufferers to do?

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