October 28, 2004

Good news: we win!

According to my highly accurate voter mind-reading technology, it appears that W is on his way out, and Earth will be saved from imminent destruction by aliens from planet Zagfjiklaz.
Build your own freakin' election scenario.
Posted by todd at 01:54 PM

the little people

Am I the only one that finds the discovery of tiny human skeletons completely amazing? What's especially interesting about this discovering for me is that there are cultures all over the world that have myths about tiny people that lived at the same time as us Homo sapiens, but until now they've been dismissed as fanciful. Could it be that the Menehune, Leprechauns, and other such little people actually existed?
Posted by todd at 12:04 PM

October 21, 2004

Photo frame product reaches market

Well, it's been a few years since I worked on this line of photo viewing and storing products along with Ian Coats MacColl, Tylor Garland, and a few other designers at Inventures/BrandNew Partners, but finally after much business model tweaking, one of the products has been released in shops nationwide, via a spinoff called Imago Products, based in the Bay Area. Some of the most interesting products may never make it to market, but that's the reality of making Things to Sell.

Here's the product announcement from Imago Products:

Imago Products LLC announces the launch of the Photopodô, a new stylish system for getting your photographs super-organized so you can actually find and share them.

The Photopod fits everything together in one central place: prints, index print, negatives, backup disk and labeling. A durable and clear plastic case protects photographs from dust, weather and harmful UV light; and with the index print and labels visible from the outside, itís easy to see the contents. The system includes a protective envelope for easy storage of negatives and a backup CD, while storage racks holding up to five Photopods allow easy organization on the coffee table, in a drawer, or on the wall.

Photopods are available immediately at the following stores, with more coming soon:

San Francisco
99 Missouri Street (415) 433-2724

401 Hayes Street (415) 552-1717

2162 Polk Street (415) 563-2220

Zinc Details
1905 Fillmore Street (415) 776-2100

New York
125 Greenwich Street (212) 898-4300

Mill Valley
Photo Sprint
1217 Strawberry Village (415) 381-3911

The Museum of Contemporary Art
220 East Chicago Avenue (312) 280-2660

Fort Worth
The Modern Art Museum
3200 Darnell Street (866) 824-5566

www.imagoproducts.com coming soon!

Posted by todd at 09:14 AM

October 19, 2004

Another lost opportunity

A couple years ago, in design school at CCA(C), we had a project where we were required to design a tool of some kind. I chose to design a line of butane-powered tools that included several variations on a butane-powered portable hot glue gun. At the time I thought it was a good idea, but after the school project was over, I never really pursued it.
Butane-Powered Portable Hot Glue Gun Then, a few days ago I received one of those "Asian Sources" magazines that showcases products produced by Asian contract manufacturers (mostly in China and Taiwan). There, on the back cover, was the product I'd thought of but never pursued.
This seems to be an ongoing theme in my life, the ideas I think of several years before they appear, but never really pursue hard enough, or get discoraged with. I'm really working on bringing my ideas to market, but it is very difficult.
Posted by todd at 12:54 PM | Comments (0)

October 18, 2004


Some things are simply elegant, and some are not.
Posted by todd at 01:39 PM

October 17, 2004

Height / Weight

Height: 6 ft. 2 inches

Weight:185 lbs.

At the dive shop on Wednesday, I found out I now weigh 185 lbs. I don't feel fat-- maybe it's all muscle?

Posted by todd at 09:50 AM

October 16, 2004

moira band review

As part of the Great Effort to Define Music, more music advice, from Forrest:

<*moira*> you should check out Nautilis, the Horrorist (cuz he's funny,
<*moira*> not cuz the music will overjoy you), Metro Area, and Umek

<*moira*> Justus Kohnke is super-smooth deep techno with vocals over the top
<*moira*> Johannes Heil is straight up duff duff techno with the odd bit
<*moira*> of melody and tribal drum programming
<*moira*> the Pentax is techno or minimal house immersed in an acid bath
<*moira*> and left to sit for about a week (listen to it and you'll see

<*moira*> and the Kompakt comp is a super-sweet collection of well-made
<*moira*> pop trance, techno, and electro-disco-house with some minimal
<*moira*> flair

<*moira*> then there's the Dopplereffekt record, which is supposedly
<*moira*> electro but is more like old Tangerine Dream trapped in a
<*moira*> black hole

<*moira*> and the Luke Eargoggle record, which is Legowelt stripped down
<*moira*> and meaner

Posted by todd at 11:42 AM

danh band review

Just found this when I was cleaning out my old laptop:

<*danh*> lightning bolt, forcefield, the hidden cameras, the
<*danh*> capricorns, the ben gunn band
<*danh*> i wonder if any of that lives in the itunes store
/m danh I haven't heard of any of those. what kinda music?
<*danh*> lightning bolt = http://www.villagevoice.com/issues/0310/maerz.php
<*danh*> capricorns = 2 texas girls who sing with their casio keyboards
<*danh*> hidden cameras = like the Polyphonic Spree, except they are
<*danh*> extremely gay and canadian
<*danh*> ben gunn band = some band from LA that sings about pirates

Posted by todd at 11:36 AM