Thursday, May 31, 2007

Two pictures

I posted on Ricedaddies about how well little league was going with Rabbit Dragon. I'm really thankful that he's having a positive team sports experience. Really though, I'm just happy with this picture of RD and his team mates! I didn't notice the composition until I uploaded the shot and cropped it a bit, it reminds me a bit of that famous photo of the flag raising on Iwo Jima, with the raised arm and the faces all obscured, except for Rabbit Dragon's.

The second picture I've really enjoyed recently is the one of Princess Pony, within a huge Serra sculpture, from our recent trip to Seattle and its recently opened public sculpture park.

Hubwear Fashion Empire expanding

photo: hubwear on emyduck via flickr

George Aye, proprietor of Hubwear out of Chicago, sends word that:

We are extremely pleased to announce the launch of our brand-spanking-new website! It has been in the works since the winter.

The best, shiniest new features of the site are:

* Live preview of your routes - on real shirts worn by real people.

* Updated colours for mens, womens and kids.

* Kids! OMG, we almost forgot! We have finally launched our line of Roundtrip kids t-shirts, all in lowercase letters and oh-so-cute.

* A new "One way" option for shirts that have a one way ticket outta here. Know someone who's moving? One way makes a great gift.

I was so stoked about the kids tees that I ordered a couple for my nephews up in Seattle. I guess I should call my brother and let them know they're coming....


Sunday, May 20, 2007

Maker Faire

photo: plastigami by Andy Lee

The thisislarry clan headed up to the Maker Faire today, between our now-standard Little League game Saturday and a pair of birthday parties for friends of Princess Pony on Sunday afternoon.

Stacks of mind-blowingly cool stuff, from DIY mechanical frog dissections hosted by Ambidextrous magazine, to the giant human-powered nose-picking machine, to an experimental duo of electronic cellos named the Trees of Pythagoras, to good old-fashioned robot wars (Rabbit Dragon's fave) -and we only saw maybe a third of what was there!

Also got to find out alot more about the TechShop, a new DIY open-access workshop here in the bay area. Very cool, and very tempting.

My favorite single piece, in terms of elegance, simplicity, scale, and trying to do one thing well, was IDEO alumni Andy Lee 's plastigami series of prototype furniture (pictured above). Especially as Andy's booth was situated between the loud experimental instruments, and the DIY glitter-and-paint kids projects (Princess Pony's fave), his nice white prototypes were an oasis of calm. Doh, I forgot to buy one of his $3 plastigami frogs....

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