designed birthday, 999 ways

This was one of my birth­day gifts. Picked it up at my favorite book store, Joseph Fox on San­som Street, Philadel­phia. Only a short walk from our stu­dio on Wal­nut Street. If you need to be inspired or want to check out how many of the things you own are one of the 999; you’ll have to pick up your own set. Bring along your shop­ping cart or plan on tak­ing a cab ride these pup­pies are hefty.

I’ve begun putting post it notes to mark the objects I own… the oth­ers I can add to my objects of desire.

Phaidon Press – Inter­na­tion­al Book Publisher

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This is a view of one of the draw­ing spaces in my stu­dio at Sher­man Mills. The draw­ing that is on the wall was in it’s ear­ly stages. It’s com­plete now and has a name, north coun­try. It is one of two draw­ings select­ed for inclu­sion in the smARTS GROUP SHOW. The sec­ond titled carv­er road is a small­er piece. The draw­ings are impres­sions from my last vis­it to the Adiron­dacks. You are invit­ed to see the work and vis­it my stu­dio on June 3rd from 3–7pm. Direc­tions and more about the show can be found at

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dovetail or origami : wharton esherick


For my birth­day we decid­ed to make a vis­it to the Whar­ton Esh­er­ick Muse­um. I’m not real­ly inter­est­ed in the fur­ni­ture very much; its the build­ings that inter­est me. This pho­to gives you an idea of what can hap­pen when you build your own place. I saw this inter­sec­tion and thought: “wow its a fold­ing thing — sort of a cross between a hand machine cut dove­tail and origa­mi. The col­or of the sur­face is lumi­nous in the over­cast light. The mix­ture of magen­ta and blue imi­tate a spring­time sunset.

The con­trast of tex­tures is end­less and I want­ed to spend more time out­side than in; lucky for me since you can’t take pho­tographs inside.

How about more about origami:


Reser­va­tions are required so call ahead: 610. 644. 5822

The muse­um is locat­ed only a short dis­tance from the south­west bound­ary of Val­ley Forge Nation­al His­toric Park off Exit 24 of the Penn­syl­va­nia Turnpike.

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save the internet!

Do you want Comast to own the net? Do you want any­one but the pub­lic to con­trol the net?

I read this essay today and need­ed to pass it around. The big guys are start­ing to bind up one of the last demo­c­ra­t­ic spaces we know. A place for free expres­sion and diver­si­ty of view­point is in dan­ger. Con­gress may vote this week.
You can take action. go to

War on The Web by Robert B. Reich

Thurs­day 11 May 2006

This week, the House is expect­ed to vote on some­thing termed, in per­fect Orwellian prose, the “Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Oppor­tu­ni­ty, Pro­mo­tion and Enhance­ment Act of 2006.” It will be the first real bat­tle in the com­ing War of Inter­net Democracy.

On one side are the com­pa­nies that pipe the Inter­net into our homes and busi­ness­es. These include tele­com giants like AT&T and Ver­i­zon and cable com­pa­nies like Com­cast. Call them the pipe companies.

On the oth­er side are the peo­ple and busi­ness­es that send Inter­net con­tent through the pipes. Some are big out­fits like Yahoo, Google and Ama­zon, big finan­cial insti­tu­tions like Bank of Amer­i­ca and Cit­i­group and giant media com­pa­nies soon to pump lots of movies and TV shows on to the Internet.

But most con­tent providers are lit­tle guys. They’re mom-and-pop oper­a­tions spe­cial­iz­ing in, say, antique egg-beat­ers or Brook­lyn Dodgers mem­o­ra­bil­ia. They’re anar­chists, kooks and zealots ped­dling all sorts of crank ideas They’re per­son­al pub­lish­ers and small-time inves­ti­ga­tors. They include my son’s com­e­dy troupe-stream­ing new videos on the Inter­net every week. They also include gazil­lions of blog­gers-includ­ing my hum­ble lit­tle blog and maybe even yours.

Until now, a basic prin­ci­ple of the Inter­net has been that the pipe com­pa­nies can’t dis­crim­i­nate among con­tent providers. Every­one who puts stuff up on the Inter­net is treat­ed exact­ly the same. The net is neutral.

But now the pipe com­pa­nies want to charge the con­tent providers, depend­ing on how fast and reli­ably the pipes deliv­er the con­tent. Pre­sum­ably, the biggest con­tent providers would pay the most mon­ey, leav­ing the lit­tle con­tent peo­ple in the slow­est and least-reli­able parts of the pipe. (It will take you five min­utes to down­load my blog.)

The pipe com­pa­nies claim unless they start charge for speed and reli­a­bil­i­ty, they won’t have enough mon­ey to invest in the next gen­er­a­tion of net­works. This is an absurd argu­ment. The pipes are already mak­ing lots of mon­ey off con­sumers who pay them for being con­nect­ed to the Internet.

The pipes fig­ure they can make even more mon­ey dis­crim­i­nat­ing between big and small con­tent providers because the big guys have deep pock­ets and will pay a lot to trav­el first class. The small guys who pay lit­tle or noth­ing will just have to set­tle for what’s left.

The House bill to be vot­ed on this week would in effect give the pipes the green light to go ahead with their plan.
Price dis­crim­i­na­tion is as old as cap­i­tal­ism. Instead of charg­ing every­one the same for the same prod­uct or ser­vice, sell­ers divide things up accord­ing to grade or qual­i­ty. Buy­ers will­ing to pay the most can get the best, while oth­er buy­ers get less­er qual­i­ty, accord­ing to how much they pay. The­o­ret­i­cal­ly, this is effi­cient. Sell­ers who also have some­thing of a monop­oly (as do the Inter­net pipe com­pa­nies) can make a killing.

But even if it’s effi­cient, it’s not demo­c­ra­t­ic. And here’s the rub. The Inter­net has been the place where Davids can take on Goliaths, where some­one with­out resources but with brains and guts and infor­ma­tion can skew­er the high and mighty. At a time in our nation’s his­to­ry when wealth and pow­er are becom­ing more and more con­cen­trat­ed in few­er and few­er hands, it’s been the one forum in which all voic­es are equal.

Will the pipe com­pa­nies be able to end Inter­net democ­ra­cy? Per­haps if enough of the small guys make enough of a fuss, Con­gress may lis­ten. But don’t bet on it. This Con­gress is not in the habit of lis­ten­ing to small guys. The best hope is that big con­tent providers will use their for­mi­da­ble lob­by­ing clout to demand net neu­tral­i­ty. The finan­cial ser­vices sec­tor, for exam­ple, is already spend­ing bil­lions on infor­ma­tion tech­nol­o­gy, includ­ing online bank­ing. Why would they want to spend bil­lions more pay­ing the pipe com­pa­nies for the Inter­net access they already have?

The pipe com­pa­nies are busi­ly try­ing to per­suade big con­tent providers that it’s in their inter­est to pay for faster and more reli­able Inter­net deliv­er­ies. Ver­i­zon’s chief Wash­ing­ton lob­by­ist recent­ly warned the finan­cial ser­vices indus­try that if it sup­ports net neu­tral­i­ty, it won’t get the sophis­ti­cat­ed data links it will need in the future. The pipes are also qui­et­ly reas­sur­ing the big con­tent providers that they can pass along the fees to their customers.

Will the big con­tent providers fall for it? Stay tuned for the next episode of Inter­net democ­ra­cy ver­sus monop­oly capitalism.


Robert Reich is pro­fes­sor of pub­lic pol­i­cy at the Richard and Rho­da Gold­man School of Pub­lic Pol­i­cy at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley. He was sec­re­tary of labor in the Clin­ton administration.

Video of Moby:
Audio clip of Moby:
Air Amer­i­ca inter­view with Moby:
CNN high­lights Moby:
AP sto­ry on Moby:
REM’s announce­ment:

truck pinhole camera project


If you know what a pin­hole cam­era is then I’m sure you find this con­cept intrigu­ing. If you want to know more about pin­hole cam­eras you can google it. Basi­cal­ly it is a cam­era with­out a lens, just a lit­tle hole that the light trav­els through to the back of the cam­era where the film resides.

So now what you want to do is imag­ine a truck with a hole in its side being the cam­era. You want to see this don’t you? Ok head on over to


This is a won­der­ful site that takes you on a jour­ney with a group of four peo­ple trav­el­ing around with the worlds biggest cam­era. Look there’s the hole in the side of the truck! They are in Spain right now mak­ing real­ly big pho­tographs. Going to Pho­toEs­pana. (sor­ry, could­n’t get the accent to work)

If you want to make your own pin­hole and try this on a small­er scale there are plen­ty of good options. You could make one out of an oat­meal box. Or go over to Lomo and buy one of these sweet wood­en pin­hole cam­eras. They have a great descrip­tion of how a pin­hole cam­era works here.

Wan­da Scott has a ter­riff­ic site. She makes pin­hole cam­eras out of anything!



June 3rd will be a art­ful day at Sher­man Mills. I will be par­tic­i­pat­ing in the open stu­dios and enter­ing work for inclu­sion in the juried show. A brand new gallery space is being read­ied now for a show that will con­tain works from the Sher­man Mills ARTS com­mu­ni­ty. Build­ing 32 the largest of the artist stu­dio build­ings will have an open show in the first floor lounge. Open stu­dios work includes paint­ing, draw­ing, fiber arts, glass, ceram­ics, and scupture.

smARTS GROUP SHOW open­ing will be from 3–7 pm

music by Don­ald Robin­son Quartet

Oth­er com­mu­ni­ty events and shows include:

East Falls Glass­works : Open House with glass blow­ing demonstrations.

Crafts for Liv­ing Gallery : Philadel­phia Guild of Handweavers.

Juried show of emerg­ing and acknowl­edged weavers and fiber artists.

Sher­man Mills in East Falls : a diverse com­mu­ni­ty where peo­ple live work and play.

Click here for google map to find us. 

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Survivors’ Stairway from World Trade Center Endangered

I read this in the NYTimes today.

The last above-ground rem­nant of the World Trade Cen­ter — a bat­tered but still —rec­og­niz­able stair­case down which hun­dreds fled to safe­ty on 9/11 from the infer­no in the north tow­er — is one of the most endan­gered his­tor­i­cal places in Amer­i­ca, the Nation­al Trust for His­toric Preser­va­tion said today.
The last above-ground rem­nant of the World Trade Cen­ter — a bat­tered but still—recognizable stair­case down which hun­dreds fled to safe­ty on 9/11 — has become one of the most endan­gered his­tor­i­cal places in America.

Sil­ver­stein Prop­er­ties has not made a com­mit­ment to pre­serve the stair­case and we’re urg­ing them to do so,” said Richard Moe, the pres­i­dent of the trust, a pri­vate, non­prof­it orga­ni­za­tion that uses its con­sid­er­able influ­ence in place of any actu­al reg­u­la­to­ry power.
Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times

You may need to be reg­is­tered if the sto­ry is more than a week old.

I looked for a pho­to­graph that I could place here but every­thing has a copy­right notice and I found a site that the sur­vivers have cre­at­ed to help save this haunt­ing piece of his­to­ry. This is the best one I have found so far.

Look­ing at this stair­way instant­ly remind­ed me of the memo­r­i­al to the dead of the USS Ari­zona at Pearl Har­bor. It is a place frozen in time. Those that vis­it are trans­port­ed to a place silent yet vibrat­ing with the events that took place there. Sav­ing this stair­way says some­thing more than build­ing a memo­r­i­al; it grounds us in truth that sur­rounds us.

apple vs apple


Well, the deci­sion is in… Apple can use the apple.

Does any­one real­ly know who Apple Corps is any­more? The granny smith that adorned the last of the Bea­t­les Albums is a dim mem­o­ry. Do they con­tin­ue to dis­trib­ute Bea­t­les music I real­ly don’t know. I do know that I have been wait­ing and wait­ing and wait­ing for Bea­t­les music to be remas­tered and avail­able in dig­i­tal for­mat. What are they thinking?
This image is a cap­ture of the Apple Corps web­site. One screen and if you look at the bot­tom (you can enlarge the image by click­ing on it) you can see that the page is a place­hold­er. This is an exam­ple of the kind of think­ing that led Apple Corps to believe that they would win in court. What kind of think­ing — old think­ing.

The out­come of the tri­al appeared in the bag to me; espe­cial­ly when I read this:

In 1991, Apple Corps sued Apple Com­put­er again, alleg­ing that by adding sound to com­put­ers, the com­put­er com­pa­ny was in vio­la­tion of the 1981 agree­ment. This time Apple Com­put­er paid $26.5 mil­lion. The com­put­er giant agreed that although it may be involved in dig­i­tal music, it would not pack­age, sell or dis­trib­ute any phys­i­cal music mate­ri­als, such as CDs.

The idea of trans­fer­ring bits and bytes that are just data until they meet an appli­ca­tion at the end of anoth­er piece of hard­ware is still not in Apple Corps field of vision. It cost them this case.
It is 2006 and Bea­t­les music is still not avail­able in dig­i­tal form. What are they think­ing. Seems to me if the con­cen­trat­ed on get­ting their music into dig­i­tal form for dis­tri­b­u­tion on the web they could have made the mon­ey they spent to go to court.

Steve Jobs’ cheery response — “We are glad to put this dis­agree­ment behind us. We have always loved The Bea­t­les and hope­ful­ly we can now work togeth­er to get them on the iTunes Music Store”

The ques­tion is will Apple Corps con­tin­ue to pos­ture or get their music on the web?


growl capture


Growl is one of my favorite new technologies.

It allows appli­ca­tions to pro­vide [the user] infor­ma­tion about actions they have tak­en with­out you hav­ing to switch out of the appli­ca­tion that you are cur­rent­ly using. I love that it lets me know when a down­load is com­plete or that I have got­ten new mail and I can scan the sender, sub­ject, and a short excerpt of what is con­tained in the message.

Growl is cur­rent­ly ver­sion 0.7.4

It’s a 2 MB download

Requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or above.

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