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26 Sep 2014

Had a fabulous time making my first coin ring. I chose to do a “birthday year” ring. Can’t wait to try other coins. I’m looking forward to a #Lincoln ring, a #Kennedy ring, an #Idaho ring and a #California ring.

Working this project brought me back to years ago when I took jewelry shop in High School (#SBHS). Was one of my favorite and most memorable classes - with a memorable teacher (Mrs. Lorber).

Many thanks to the guy who made this tutorial video:

8 Sep 2014

4 Sep 2014

Fascinating implications…

30 Aug 2014

Kyle Origami Wallet update:
Following up on my last post, I experimented with a new insert. Since the classic wallet typically held photos of loved ones, I began to wonder if this could be done with a paper version.

My insert comprises 4 pages, made from manilla envelope stock. The size is just perfect for a 3.5” x 5” photo.

Photos are held in place by mimicking the classic “photo corners” of old-time photo albums. 4 simple diagonal slits by each corner, for the photo to be fitted into, holds the photo perfectly. Future iterations might include a wax paper insertion to cover each photo.

Paper comes from paper-source.

30 Aug 2014

Kyle Origami Wallet update:
Following up on my last post, I worked a new insert into this specially made “Sovereign Chess" Wallet. Rather than blank notes, it holds 3 sets of chess notation sheets and a copy of the 16 Rules of Sovereign Chess.

Paper from Paper-Source.

26 Aug 2014

We recently came into possession of a bike trailer that works well with our Brompton bicycles. The only problem? Rather difficult to attach to the bike when you are by yourself. Since the Brompton does not “kickstand” the way a traditional bike does - requiring folding - this created a two-fold problem:

1 - The bike needs to be fully locked into play in order to attach the trailer.
2 - The bike does not accommodate traditional kickstands because the kickstands either interfere with the folding processes of the bike or are oversized to the frame of the Brompton.

The solution?
A 16” rear axle mounting bicycle kickstand - or a “Wald” mount.
The kickstand is easy to install, stays out of the way of the folding-up process and does not get in the way of your stride when walking/carrying the bike.

Again, this is one of the instances where I was scouring the internet for solutions to a very niche problem. I put this out there in the hopes that others who might be in a similar pickle might find this useful.

cf: http://bit.ly/WALDMOUNT

26 Aug 2014

Wrote on behalf of Cinema In Focus today. Got picked up by #Noozhawk. Also ran through the points in this video. Had a great time using #screenflow.

23 Aug 2014

18 Aug 2014

I recently came across this great photo on Pinterest, depicting an origami wallet. Naturally, I scoured the internet trying to find instructions or source information. All I had to go on was what was depicted in the design credit: “Design: Hedi Kyle” I became so frustrated because as I ran through various leads on Google, I saw:

  • Some instruction but it was so poorly written, it was unfollowable
  • Some mention of “Hedi Kyle” but not definitive enough to tell where to find instructions
  • A mention of “Hedi Kyle” in connection to a book by Helen Hiebert, “Playing with Paper" but nothing was ever clear enough to tell me if the book merely mentions Kyle’s work or if it publishes the instructions as a whole (??). Naturally, I called bookstores, wishing to look through the book before buying but nobody was stocked with it. It was not available electronically, except on the Nook (not my favorite). I finally risked and just bought the book. It had it.
I write all this to say, if you end up being like me and want to make this thing, "it’s in the book" - you are safe to buy it. There. I spelled out what the internet was too vague to do. Hopefully the Google and Bing elves will crawl through this post and you’ll be able to find this bit of useful information.

While it is my view that, in principle, “origami is free”… I won’t be publishing my own instructions - even though I think I could improve on both the book and the internet. I have no need to debate this principle with any lawyers.

Lastly, Kyle/Hiebert did some beautiful work in putting together instructions for a wallet/notebook. With some slight modification, I was able to make a wallet with “inner pockets” - more like a traditional wallet. Further, I determined measurements that would make the pockets more of a “business card” size. I list them below.

Original sheet of paper measured to 12” x 20”
I reduced mine to 10” x 16.6”

Orignal measurement calls for an 8” mark
My mark comes in at 6.6”

For making the double-sided insert, I began with a paper of 10” x 20.7” From there, I just duplicated the instructions on both sides of the sheet for making pleated folds. The whole insert gets folded in half and sewn in.

I also found that the original instructions call for three holes and some simple sewing, to bind the notebook. Whether sewing in my internal wallet or sewing in the notebook, I didn’t care for how loose things turned out - so I triplicated this process and made a total of 9 holes (three smaller bindings). This worked MUCH much better. You should be able to see this in one of my pictures of the blue wallet.

9 Aug 2014

Appropriate 404 page for a movie site.

Appropriate 404 page for a movie site.

22 Jul 2014

11 Jul 2014

It was such a beautiful night out.  A nice night to hike up to Balanced Rock and enjoy the cool evening air and the gorgeous vista before me.

It was such a beautiful night out. A nice night to hike up to Balanced Rock and enjoy the cool evening air and the gorgeous vista before me.

11 Jul 2014

Idaho panos…

12 Jun 2014

One of my wife’s birthday gifts - this is one of Mpix’s “metal prints” - photo is float mounted on a 1/16” aluminum sheet. My son and I snuck away to pose this shot, unbeknownst to her. Came off really nice. I shot this only using an iPhone.

One of my wife’s birthday gifts - this is one of Mpix’s “metal prints” - photo is float mounted on a 1/16” aluminum sheet. My son and I snuck away to pose this shot, unbeknownst to her. Came off really nice. I shot this only using an iPhone.

15 May 2014

My best man came to me and asked me for help on how to set up a short podcast he wanted to record.  Recordings were for his daughter’s class, as they travel in New York on a field trip.  He wanted to make his recordings and have them time-released each day of the trip - since he wouldn’t necessarily be in an area with an internet connection.

Start-to-finish, this was a fun project to help produce.  I thoroughly enjoy podcasts and think they are a fantastic medium.  I get such a kick, posting a recording and seeing it automatically pull-down on any android device or iPhone.  Publishing at its finest!

Here’s the link to his podcast; it’s first recording posts on May 17th, 2014.  It takes its inspiration from Garrison Keillor’s “The Writer’s Almanac.”

My best man came to me and asked me for help on how to set up a short podcast he wanted to record. Recordings were for his daughter’s class, as they travel in New York on a field trip. He wanted to make his recordings and have them time-released each day of the trip - since he wouldn’t necessarily be in an area with an internet connection.

Start-to-finish, this was a fun project to help produce. I thoroughly enjoy podcasts and think they are a fantastic medium. I get such a kick, posting a recording and seeing it automatically pull-down on any android device or iPhone. Publishing at its finest!

Here’s the link to his podcast; it’s first recording posts on May 17th, 2014. It takes its inspiration from Garrison Keillor’s “The Writer’s Almanac.”

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