CARTE DE VISITE

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.”

29 Apr 2014

Nessun Dorma

I don’t know much about operas. In fact here’s what I have in my head:
Busty broom-hilda type ladies wearing historically inaccurate horned viking helmets and singing ballads in languages that I do not understand.

A fair understanding? No.

But I do know “Nessun Dorma”… Or I thought I did. Or at least I’m familiar with its beautiful, passionate performance thanks to Luciano Pavarotti and the many different ways commercials and movies have utilized this particular aria. I know it and like it enough to have it on my starred playlist on Spotify.

On a fluke, I recently decided to look up what the song was actually communicating. My interest soared and ascended as I read and followed the various connections leading me to the whole story of the opera. It is well worth knowing about.

"Nessun dorma" (English: "None shall sleep") is an aria from the final act of Giacomo Puccini’s opera Turandot, and is one of the best-known tenor arias in all opera. It is sung by Calaf, il principe ignoto (the unknown prince), who falls in love at first sight with the beautiful but cold Princess Turandot. However, any man who wishes to wed Turandot must first answer her three riddles; if he fails, he will be beheaded.

In the act before this aria, Calaf has correctly answered the three riddles put to all of Princess Turandot’s prospective suitors. Nonetheless, she recoils at the thought of marriage to him. Calaf offers her another chance by challenging her to guess his name by dawn. (As he kneels before her, the Nessun dorma theme makes a first appearance, to his words, “Il mio nome non sai!”) If she does so, she can execute him; but if she does not, she must marry him. The cruel and emotionally cold princess then decrees that none of her subjects shall sleep that night until his name is discovered. If they fail, all will be killed.

As the final act opens, it is now night. Calaf is alone in the moonlit palace gardens. In the distance, he hears Turandot’s heralds proclaiming her command. His aria begins with an echo of their cry and a reflection on Princess Turandot:

"Nessun dorma! Nessun dorma! Tu pure, o Principessa, nella tua fredda stanza, guardi le stelle che tremano d’amore, e di speranza!"
(English translation: “None shall sleep! None shall sleep! Even you, O Princess, in your cold bedroom, watch the stars that tremble with love and with hope!”)

"Ma il mio mistero è chiuso in me; il nome mio nessun saprà! No, No! Sulla tua bocca lo dirò quando la luce splenderà!"
(“But my secret is hidden within me; none will know my name! No, no! On your mouth I will say it when the light shines!”)

"Ed il mio bacio scioglierà il silenzio che ti fa mia!"
(“And my kiss will dissolve the silence that makes you mine!”)

Just before the climactic end of the aria, a chorus of women is heard singing in the distance:
“Il nome suo nessun saprà, E noi dovrem, ahimè, morir, morir!”
(“No one will know his name, and we will have to, alas, die, die!”)
Calaf, now certain of victory, sings:

"Dilegua, o notte! Tramontate, stelle! Tramontate, stelle! All’alba vincerò! Vincerò! Vincerò!"
(“Vanish, o night! Fade, you stars! Fade, you stars! At dawn, I will win! I will win! I will win! “)

Written in the 1920s, the opera was unfinished at the time of Puccini’s death in 1924, and was completed by Franco Alfano in 1926 - which makes this all the more interesting since the whole story of this opera is a bit of a puzzle. It makes one wonder how Puccini would’ve ended it, had he been able to complete this masterpiece.

The whole story is well worth reading and can be read in synopsis here.

16 Apr 2014

I draw what appears to me…

I draw what appears to me…

16 Apr 2014

A series of quotes that I ran with their respective speakers (exception being the “Walking Liberty,” which has no specific personification.
This was a great exploration into touching on the respective personalities of American history.

5 Apr 2014

Having a blast running Yellow Dog Linux on my old PPC (A mac powerbook G4). Still a learning curve but seems to run MUCH faster than Tiger. Even offers multiple desktops and decent animations.

5 Apr 2014

6 Mar 2014

I didn’t make these in time for our Oscars party, but these were too cool to pass up.

5 Mar 2014

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