Wilderness Details

About a year ago, my friend Nolan invited me to Yosemite to do some camping and rock climbing.  Reticent about rehashing a forgotten part of my youth–and newly wary of the risks involved, I decided to join him for what he told me was a short, easy climb.  The climb itself did turn out to […]

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Make Nice Things! Part Two.

A table is a mechanism for preventing your stuff from hitting the ground when you drop it.  Gravity is the earth’s own organizational force for keeping your stuff from floating away; tables take advantage of this force by keeping your stuff the right amount of distance away from the ground. A table thus needs to achieve […]

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Make things, even crappy things.

Rid yourself of the standards of creating an objet d’art.  Instead, make an “object day-art.” I would like to persuade you to make stuff.  Persuading you to make stuff begins with thinking about object day-art in the context of stuff in general.  We love stuff.  We seek it, we cherish it, we love it (Carlin, 1986). […]

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