I was writing the chapter on motors and motor control and realized I was referencing a lot of Sparkfun.com’s products. So I emailed Sparkfun to ask if I could use some of their product photos in my book – and here’s there response:

Thanks for contacting us. Yes, you may use our photos in your book with the proper credit (something like “image used with permission from SparkFun Electronics” would work fine). All we ask in return is that you send us a complimentary copy of the book once it comes out in the fall. We are honored you are mentioning our products in your book and we’ll look forward to reading it. Please let me know if you have any questions regarding the images or if you need higher resolution images.

Thanks again Dustyn, and best of luck with your book!


I’ll be giving a 2 hour demo/workshop on 3D modeling this Wednesday at 3rd Ward in Brooklyn – see event announcement here. We’ll be using Alibre Design, a program that’s comparable to Solidworks and other expensive 3D modeling software but has a free demo version and a capable standard version for just $97. You can use 3D modeling to work out the details of a mechanism, then directly export the files for 3D printing or machining. Alibre also lets you create 2D profiles of 3D parts that you can export and send directly to a laser cutter.


Thank you to Lauren Schmidt, Matt Bninski, and Jennifer Pazdon for braving the miserable weather last night and giving me some great feedback on chapters 4-6! Between that and a couple people that are reviewing the text remotely, I’ll be in good shape for my 50% submission tomorrow. Phew!


I’ve scheduled my next Book & Bribe party on March 13th, just before my 50% deadline on March 15th. If it’s anywhere near as successful as my last one, I’ll have a lot of edited papers to go through the next day, and a renewed sense of confidence that what I’m writing makes sense.

The deal is that I invite a bunch of people over, then bribe them with beer/wine and food so they’ll read a few chapters of my book. This time it’s chapters 4-7. Leave a comment if you’d like to come and I haven’t reached out to you yet.


The Fairytale Fashion Collection was presented on February 24, 2010, at Eyebeam Atelier in Chelsea, New York City. Models hit the runway while a quartet of circuit bending DJ’s created music from a hacked sewing machine and conductive felt. Seated front row were celebrity scientists, designers, and school children.


My friend Dominic Muren from my days at Carnegie Mellon is now a professor and coordinator of the Design Studies program at the University of Washington. He gave a great talk at the Seattle dorkbot on Digital Fabrication – more specifically, creation and fabrication techniques that are accessible to you and me, not just big companies. He also leads a consultancy called The Humblefactory and authors a complimentary blog at Humblefacture.

This talk is just about making parts, not mechanisms really. However, mechanisms are made up of parts! So if you can make some of your own parts with the techniques he describes, you can then form them into assemblies. I’ll cover these creation and fabrication methods (and more) in Chapter 10: Making Things and Getting Them Made.


My solo show “The Great Recession” at PNCA in Portland, OR is a little over one month out. The listing just appeared on the PNCA website. Now I just have to finish making the work! The biiiiig work is mostly done, but there are a number of smaller works that have to be made, or finished, or framed-just-so.

BTW, I am from PDX, so this is officially a homecoming…



[Oscars 2010 Mejor Cortometraje] – Logorama

This is 16 minutes long animated film of logos and and advertising characters produced by a serious 3D house in France, and nominated for an Oscar, but yet in dire threat of lawsuits for use of corporate logos. At least this is according to the blogs, which, are… well… contradictory. But it is a hell of a great 13 minutes. Great villains, chase scenes, and a surreal vision of contemporary corporate life. It helps if you know Los Angeles.

Great fun. Sad truths. Fantastical visions.


I have just been asked to join the ARRL Public Relations Committee. I am very excited to join because I want to help connect the maker/hacker community to the ham community. It’s an exciting time because there is a huge growth in the maker/hacker community. It’s hip to tinker. Ham radio operators were the original makers and hackers. And I feel like makers and hackers could learn a lot from an organization where members are building their own portable devices that can send messages or remote control other devices around the world and through outer space.


Colt revolver

A site called Vintage Ad Browser has over 100,000 categorized advertisements from today all the way back to the 1840s. Categorized by type and date. A great resource for research. (tx @twhid)

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