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By @ 08/25/14 in Crafting

The Cheshire Cat bike is back to its former glory and bound for the playa this Burning Man 2014.

We discovered on a Google image search of “Burning Man Costumes” that a burner snapped a pic of it on the playa in 2012:

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Motion Sensing LED Wall Fountain with Jackpot!

By @ 02/20/13 in Crafting

We saw a huge glass water wall fountain in a restaurant one night. Becca said we should get one for our apartment. Of course, I said why don’t we build one!

I had some left over wood from some other projects… so I settled on a design that would make good use of what we had. Top and bottom housing boxes would cover the pump, nozzle, and motion sensor. 

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By @ 12/27/12 in Crafting

Dream

Last year I went to a ten day silent meditation retreat called Vipassana. I’ve resisted writing about it until now because, well… much of my intention for the practice was to embrace the unknowable. It. Just. Was. Writing about it, saying what it was and wasn’t, seemed a betrayal of that intention.

But I’ll say this: it didn’t change me as much as it changed what I thought of as “change” and “me.” Everything is always changing–a flux field of constant creation, destruction, and transformation–and the “me” is that too. I mean, just look at the before and after:

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By @ 08/03/12 in Crafting

Burns are a lot of things. They start with 10 principles. But when those principles are applied with particular time and space constraints by a self-selected group of humans, it’s difficult to say what burns ARE.

One natural result of a couple principles (namely: Radical Self-expression, Communal Effort, and Participation) is that people build physical contraptions, or art, that others participate with. Cars are probably the most common form (because they’re also really useful) but people also make statues, boardwalks, mazes, gardens, sandboxes, swings, floats, slides, whatever… you name it, some crazy human has tried to build it.

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By @ 04/20/12 in Coding, Crafting

A few weeks ago, I decided to make a slide presentation to help explain the fairly complex vision of Datacosmos. I was tempted to buy Keynote for my mac, but wondered if there was some cooler web-based presentation software out there. After some searching I found Impress.js, a 3D presentation tool built in HTML, CSS, and Javascript. I fell in love.

Fortunately, I read the Source and found this helpful advice:

…if you want to build a great presentation take a pencil and piece of paper. And turn off the computer…

As it turns out, most slide presentations are terrible. A google search on “bad slide presentations” turns up some 30 million results. Guy Kawasaki and Steve Jobs have famously commented on the phenomenon. And dozens of books have been written about how to wow and annoy with slide presentations.

People hate bad slide presentations.

To hedge this possibility of sucking, I bought the book Presentation Zen and started reading. Here’s some stuff I learned:

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