Tag Archives: culture

Information Bartering. Privacy and Social Media for you and me.

30 Jan

A is to B as C is to D. (deep breath, here we go)

Language is more powerful than the “duh facebook and the internet is not private” delegation supposes. The status update that made me comment on this is, if I may paraphrase [putting up a comment to claim ownership your boob shot photos is like writing a sentence on your cigarette pack to prevent cancer].
The topic as a whole is interesting on several fronts, which I will get into, but I’d like to unpack this statement a bit before moving on.
First is the wrongness of the conflation of the relation between legal statements and intellectual property rights and end user agreements, and the effect of a statement on, shall we say an activity and its closely correlated physical effects, i.e. smoking and cancer. Continue reading

Nuit Blanche 2011 coverage

12 Oct
Suited up for the future.

Suited up for the future.

http://www.kindleproject.org/blog/2011/10/07/feature-on-flightpath-toronto/

How can a public spectacle help to shape our ideas of how we interact with nature, space and cities? Can it really offer a tangible route for creative alternatives to transportation, civic engagement and an investment in how we live with a less harmful impact on the natural world? These questions have been on my mind for years, and in the context of Kindle Project, it has recently become relevant. As we set out to explore the most current incarnations of unique collaborative efforts on the blog these past two months, we came across one such effort that got our attention. Flightpath Toronto took place on October 1 as a part of Toronto’s Nuit Blanche, where for one sleepless night the city was transformed by hundreds of artists for the sixth annual sunset-to-sunrise celebration of contemporary art.

Gorgeous renderings of an inflatable utopia from the recent past.

5 Feb

http://dprbcn.wordpress.com/2010/07/05/les-utopies-gonflables-jean-paul-jungmann-et-le-groupe-utopia/

Old ass stuff.

16 Sep

My first video presentation for thesis class. It’s pure classic, like.

brickworks cloud prerender

1 Jun

Sino-Urgic Easter eggs

19 Apr

Joinery Test

31 Mar

I haven’t made any joints in a while, and I also haven’t seriously used my new tools, so I made these as practice. All the joints I’m using are simple variations of the lap joint and I’m using them to locate all the pieces. The simplest way would be to just glue everything together, as some have suggested. The next easiest way would be to drill holes and bolt the pieces together, as it was drawn in the initial concept. Personally I feel that joining the wood in this way is the most honest way to build this particular table, considering the history of the wood.

The first one below is shouldered for the connection between the rail and the table top piece, and the next joint below is for the rail and all the middle pieces of the table top.

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Harvest Table

30 Mar

I’ve been working somewhat steadily away at the harvest table, which is proving to be much tougher than expected, even by my standards and I’m used to pain and difficulty for every project.  The wood for this table is, as I said before, from the bottom of Lake Ontario, from what used to be Toronto’s docks. When the city expanded, the backfill from the construction was pushed into the lake, effectively burying the timbers that made up the old docks. They were rediscovered in the late 90’s during the condo construction along the Lakeshore. It was at that time that Lambos (don’t know if he has a last name), the person whom I bought the wood from, came into possession of said timbers.

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Green Living Show update. Recycling is a lot of work.

22 Mar

The updated urban agriculture fence is pictured above below. We’ve decided to build the whole thing out of wood reclaimed from skids, or pallets. You can find them behind Home Depot, at Home Hardware, and art stores. Basically any place that gets large product deliveries will have piles of these things. And since it’s a hassle for the store/warehouse to dispose of them, they’ve been more than happy to let us haul them away. I’ve been working with Peter from J&B Landscaping to collect and disassemble the skids, and so far we’ve spent about 13 hours over two days to harvest about 600 boards. Considering our calculated need of about 2000 boards, it will take us approximately 3 more full working days just to break down enough skids for the fence. (keep in mind that we’ll need about 8 of these panels to make the fence.)

Why are we using skids?

I’ve been curious about using skids as building material for a while. Indeed, I’ve been experimenting with scrap for a while as well. You can find all sorts of projects that use skid board as material, but I was personally inspired by Faye Mullen’s Skid Collector project (http://theskidcollector.blogspot.com/), which I got to see at XPACE last year. The skid collector is a story of obsession, love and redemption, in which the principle characters are Faye(or you) and those forlorn, abandoned skids. With love, a sharp plane, bees wax (or danish oil, whichever you prefer), and some buffin’, those lowly mules of our supply chain industry were restored, nay raised to a nobility that they previously did not possess. In short, they clean up well.

However, I realized my folly on the first day, when, after 7 hours of hard labour, we had about 340 boards. It’s one thing to disassemble and restore 5 pallets. It’s quite another thing to dismantle, de-nail, trim the edges, cut to length, and plane 2000 pieces of board. I’m estimating that it will take well over 102 man hours just to harvest enough wood. I will post pictures of the refinished wood, as well as the work-in-progress fence.

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Other things I have made. Kimchi, ribs, CRACKLING

21 Mar

I’m not a hobbyist, I’m a foodist. I cook because I want to EAT.