August 26, 2005

Icee Juicee bench idea

An idea I had for an outdoor bench that uses the unique pinched-pyramid Icee-Juicee shape for the legs:
For those of you who never had Icee-Juicee treats, they're ubiquitous in school lunches, as evidenced here:
Posted by todd at 01:35 PM

August 24, 2005

Current listening

Top five albums I've been listening to in the studio:
  • Kid 606: Kill Sound Before Sound Kills You
  • Sonic Youth: Murray Street
  • The Mountain Goats: The Sunset Tree
  • The New Pornographers: Electric Version
  • Metric: Old World Underground
Posted by todd at 02:01 PM

August 20, 2005

Uberlist update

I updated my uberlist. Oh how times have changed since January.

Uberlist 2005

  1. See at least six live bands with friends (Dead Can Dance, Sept.)
  2. See two live plays with friends (planning to see Fej's show)
  3. Visit Oakland Museum (in December?)
  4. Visit Oakland Zoo (in December?)
  5. Pick a show at SFMOMA and don't miss it (in December?)
  6. See movies twice a month with Carrie & Fej (Jan, Feb, March done, not since)
  7. Read one contemporary novel or nonfiction book a month (Babel 17, Emotional Design, Six Hats Thinking, Diary of a Teenage Girl, King Rat, Turn Signals)
  8. Subscribe to Harper's (Done 12 Jan.)
  9. Go to NowHouse with Logan (Done 12 Jan.)
  10. Go see Cornerstone Gardens show (Done 10 Jan.)

  11. Run, Swim, or Bike four times a week (now up to six with tri training)
  12. Exercise at least 20 minutes a day (more like 1 hour with tri training)
  13. Run at least one Triathlon (November: Treasure Island Tri)
  14. Eat your greens (Been kinda sloppy about this-- need to do more)
  15. Potatoes twice/month max (Been pretty good about this, not as hard as I thought)
  16. Go to the dentist for cleaning & checkup (done, July)
  17. Brush and floss like you mean it! (Making progress)
  18. Confidential: Behavior (Working on it)
  19. Get new improved eyeglasses (Saving cash again...)
  20. Confidential: Planning
  21. Run Bay to Breakers in May (Done!)

  22. Invent every day
  23. Set up new studio space at Workspace  (Done!)
  24. Move prototyping stuff to Workspace, organize storage unit for storage (done! July)
  25. Set up online design portfolio (Setup basic one in July-- needs work)
  26. Execute on multipronged approach to reaching escape velocity
  27. Set up online store for simple direct-sale products (got nothing to sell yet)
  28. Design a simple lighting product for sale via Zinc Details &c.
  29. Take Rapid Viz class through City College (Done!)
  30. Design/Build tree protector planter box in front (Partly done)
  31. Believe
  32. Perservere

  33. Cook dinner with Tammy at least once a week (Jan-April OK, spotty since)
  34. Host a dinner party with Tammy
  35. Host an oyster tasting party with Meriko's help
  36. Learn to roast the perfect organic chicken (Roasted first one 11 Jan.)
  37. Learn Gma Kay's recipe for avgolemono soup (Discussed with Gma 8 Jan.)
  38. Learn Gma Kay's and Mom's recipe for Pumpkin pie
  39. Learn to make Perfect meringues
  40. Attend the mix-your-own Bordeaux workshop with friends
  41. Food tour of Ferry Bldg with Meriko
  42. Learn how to flip an omelette properly (Started with Thai omelette 4 Jan.)
  43. Learn how to make Pasta Pollaio
  44. Figure out which wines give me a headache, and why (Looks like red zin is a problem)
  45. Familia

  46. Go to dinner with Gma Kay at least twice ( Done 23 Jan., 10 July)
  47. Summertime visit to Fillmore compound (September 10th visit planned)
  48. Xmas with the family
  49. Check out the mine, maybe go visit (Done: checked it out online)
  50. Build something for Dan's farm
  51. Attend Greek Festival with the Perakis clan
  52. Visit Debbie and Cindy (September wedding!)
  53. Make wedding photo albums for Mom, Gma Kay, Debbie (2 done, 1 to go...)
  54. Visit the Jones farm in Oakdale
  55. Call everyone on their birthdays, mother's day, etc.

  56. Art

    1. Make at least two seasonal thank-you cards, and use them. (gocco!)
    2. Make Nose Lamp (first proto in April, getting close to final production)
    3. Make a self-portrait in color lino cut
    4. Take Printmaking class through City College (deferred til Spring 06: taking Graphic Design FA 05)
    5. Make a two-color holiday card with Tammy
    6. Participate in Spring and Fall Open Studios, Holiday trunk show (showing in Fall open studios)
    7. Finish detailing on dining room table
    8. Finish Honeycomb lamp & sell (Finished: selling at open studios)
    9. Build floor plant lamp (Partly done)
    10. Learn formal matting
    11. Help Forrest figure out new photo mount techniques


    1. Volunteer for nonprofit (FUF?)
    2. Donate to nonprofit (Done 12 Jan.)
    3. Create a design for annual Arch. for Humanity event
    4. Attend O2 / EcoArch event
    5. Reconnect with Andy (Done)
    6. Reconnect with Derek (Done)
    7. Collaborate with Joe Sparks somehow (May not happen this year.)
    8. Use them thank-you cards
    9. Take a weekend class with friends
    10. Make a new friend
    11. Make someone's day when they need it most
    12. (Done)


    1. Visit Steve in San Diego (Done weekend of Feb. 26th)
    2. Visit Lori in LA (Sept. 8th/9th)
    3. Check into seaplane flying lessons: price and time (Done)
    4. Instead of watching TV, go to public places and watch people
    5. Go diving in Monterey with Bob
    6. Short, cheap trip to warm place with Tammy: Mexico? Arizona? Oahu? (Big Island in November)
    7. Picnic in the Marin Headlands
    8. Eastern Sierra trip with Jen: July 4th? (Went to Iceland instead)
    9. Visit Julia Morgan columbarium (Chapel of the Chimes, Oakland)
    10. Wander around Treasure Island with map of 1939 Golden Gate International Exhibition
    11. See Diego Rivera's Pan-American Unity Mural at CCSF
    12. Map out two Secret Government Installations: send data to CLUI


    1. Enter condo lottery (Done: didn't win)
    2. Fixing wiring in Living Room
    3. Install overhead lights in kitchen
    4. Lay insulation over kitchen
    5. Tile WC
    6. DIY install new windows in Living Room
    7. Use gift cards to fill in missing housewares
    8. Knock out old vent pipe space
    9. Check out tankless water heater options
    10. Seal attic over pocket doors
    11. Plant another fruit tree in the backyard
    Posted by todd at 01:36 PM

August 14, 2005

White box homes for global disasters

Those of you who remember the foldup yurt I was working on a few years ago might find this interesting: Global Village Shelters is now sending foldup cardboard emergency shelters to places like Grenada that were recently hit by hurricanes.
The design is pretty simple: it's a foldup box with a pyramid roof. The design relies on a newly developed material for its strength and for sound/thermal insulation. The material is three-layer corrugated cardboard that has been chemically treated to resist moisture and fire. The design team (Ferrara Design) has partnered with Weyerhauser to make this new material.
GVS_full_front1.jpg GVS_details1.jpg GVS_assembly_instructions.jpg
GVS_three_units1.jpg GVS_two_connected1.jpg

There's something kind of creepily reassuring about the idea of sending these things to a region recently struck by disaster. The design aesthetic is, well, white and sterile, like a nurse's uniform. The iconic house shape (one front door, one window at the back) says "This is a safe house" to people seeking shelter in a time of need.
Posted by todd at 08:18 AM

August 03, 2005

Firefly lamps

Making progress on the lamps for Fej's play. Almost done!
Posted by todd at 04:23 PM

August 01, 2005

Prisms from a sparkling planet

Ok so I've been creating and testing computer models of non-imaging Fresnel lens-based solar concentrators again (it's just something I do). Anyway, I've come up with a new way to test them and it generates some neat images:
The end goal is the LSU, another ongoing project.
Posted by todd at 10:14 AM