I got an email today that started:
greetings Dustyn,

where to begin? I’ve been a fan for some time but honestly think I’ve only ever seen-in-person a solar charging station. I have yet to encounter your work at Eyebeam, but I hope your residency is going well.


Makezine.com is running a contest to win a copy of my book, Fashion Geek: Clothes, Accessories, Tech as part of their Geek Chic month.


Last weekend I went to visit my little brother at MIT. Then while at the MIT Press book store, I saw my book, Fashion Geek. Being the dork that I am, I took a photo. I think the book store workers thought I was crazy. There was also a giant photo of fellow NYC Resistor co-founder, Bre Pettis on magazine beside my book. I guess the maker community is a pretty small place.


While working on my NYU class on combining simple machines, I stumbled upon this gear ring. Ben Hopson collaborated with entrepreneur Glen Liberman of Kinekt Design to realize this first piece in what will be a line of kinetic jewelry. My first reaction: I want one. My second reaction: I want to collaborate with them on future designs! I took an intro to silversmithing class a few years back at Studio 174, which has since split into Liloveve and Fitzgerald Jewelry. They both do beautiful work, but alas, no gears. I’ll definitely be in touch with Ben Hopson and Kinekt soon.


I asked Servo City if I could use some of their images in my book, and here’s the email they sent:
Yes, you are welcome to use the images…and thanks for asking.
Please send us a copy when completed, we would love to see it and we could help promote it as well on our site.

Excellent! Of course I’ll be sending them a complimentary copy, and I love the unsolicited offer to promote it. This is going to be great.


Actually, the offer from American Express was mailed to Dustyn Robot, my official company name:

You see, Dustyn Robot is registered as a sole proprietorship. In NY state (not sure about others), you can’t register a sole proprietorship with a name that ends in an S that makes it plural – believe me, I tried. So when I register as an LLC one of these days, it will be Dustyn Robots, but for now, I’m just one robot.

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