Today at Nine Stories Furniture

Posted: April 24th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Blog | Comments Off on Today at Nine Stories Furniture

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My friend Andrew of Nine Stories Furniture has added a cool page with day-to-day pix of his shop work. I always like to see whats going on in there, so I’m pretty psyched!


Links

Posted: April 19th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Blog, Links | Comments Off on Links
Midtown

View from Jobsite – Midtown Manhattan

Video of a carpenter with no hands – he does all the work using only his feet. I love watching him use the grinder to sand the wood.

Volvo’s inflatable child seat concept¬† for cars – the deflated unit folds into its own backpack. Awesome… don’t know if they will actually sell them or if its just a proof of concept thing.

Early Jim Henson video of a robot – for an AT&T ad.

An awesome chandelier with glowing pickles hooked up to high voltage! While you’re at it you should check out the webpage of the folks who did this – Bompas & Parr. They seem to specialize in event planning & installations with food. Think Neon & Jello. Their images are gorgeous – and they have put together some incredible events/projects etc.

Photographers document NYC locations 10 years apart. Fom 2nd Ave Deli to a Chase bank. Alas.


Copper Wire Recycling

Posted: April 13th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Blog | Comments Off on Copper Wire Recycling

Found this great page over at Notcot with tons of truly beautiful photographs of a Russian foundry recycling old copper into beautiful, new spools of copper. Fantastic photos with descriptions  Рmy favorite is when the photographer notes that he melted a tripod while photographing the casting of metal blanks!  Also its interesting to see the second stage of refinement where all the metal blanks are hung in a giant electrolysis bath which separates the pure copper from impurities. (the page is written in Russian but my links are filtered through Google Translate)


Synergy – One Mouse to Rule Them ALL

Posted: April 8th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Blog | Tags: | Comments Off on Synergy – One Mouse to Rule Them ALL

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A LOT of my time these days is spent at the computer. I’ve got 2 computers I use side by side – a Macbook Pro and my new Dell desktop. Up until now had to use 2 different mice/keyboards for them which can get very frustrating. I’ve always wanted a “ONE Mouse (and keyboard)” solution. I tried some of the KVM cables that can connect peripherals from 2 computers together but I’ve found them a little buggy (slow to switch, and sometimes I get problems restarting my PC without the keyboard USB switched the correct way first).

Just the other day I was procrastinating and searching on the internet for a simpler solution – I was actually looking for a simple USB switcher – thinking that since the KVM switchers handle audio & video maybe a USB-only fix might work better.

But I found an even better way to fix the problem. SYNERGY. Its a software solution, and so far (I’ve used it for 3 days now) it is AWESOME. Since the keyboard and mouse are connected to the Dell, my PC is the “server” and the Mac is the “client”. If I’m working on my PC and I want to send off a quick email, all I have to do is move my mouse to the right and it appears on the screen of my Mac. Since the keyboard switches with the mouse, I can use my PC keyboard to type up a quick email, send it, and – with a leftward swipe of my mouse – I’m back in PC land.

So far the only issue I have is the control keys don’t work on the mac (command, option, control) – But I think I can fix that if I put some time into it – it looks like Synergy has some utilities to address that. It probably doesn’t help that I use a mac keyboard on the Dell (I just like the feel of an Apple keyboard) and I’ve had to remap some of the control settings so it works on the PC (using Sharpkeys).

I keep expecting some huge problem to crop up, but so far it is fantastic. Thanks SYNERGY!

 

 


Linkss

Posted: April 5th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Blog | Comments Off on Linkss

Good example of quick & dirty problem solving : Video of a restaurant fella Peeling apples with a cordless drill.

Funny Unhappy Hipsters blog. Helps put all that contemporary design and architecture into a more human frame of reference.

Cool Candle that melts into a whole new candle.

I like this new Night Light concept – LEDs built into receptacle coverplate : SnapRays Guidelight kickstarter page.

Thanks Andrew over at Nine Stories Furniture for posting a few pix of my recent site work (which he has been of great help with)

Love this Tool Snob Review of a rather alarming multi-tool marketed to truckers. He compares it to something you’d see wielded in The Road Warrior.

Spax fasteners. Love them – look at all the little tooths on the screws.