A room with a view ?

Clear Glass Restrooms in Switzerland

Here’s a picture of a public toilet in Switzerland that’s made Entirely out of one-way glass. No one can see you in there, but when you are inside, it looks like you’re sitting in a clear glass box. Would you use it?


CATWOMAN: The movie

1 Star

anne marie and I just got back from Catwoman, the new Halle Berry movie. There’s two hours I’ll never get back! I went in with very low hopes, and was still disappointed. The story was terrible, it was simply one music montage after another. The dialogue actually made The Chronicles of Riddick look good, if you can believe that. The action sequences use a 3D version of Halle that would have looked good in a movie done entirely in 3D, but mixed with live action they didn’t really work. This movie relies entirely on Halle’s cleavage. Strong thumbs down on this one.

DVD Studio Pro 3.0

Apple: DVD Studio Pro 3.0

My DVD Studio Pro 3 upgrade came today. I can’t wait to explore the new features…

  • Render-free Transition Preview
    Add transitions to menus, slideshows and tracks and preview instantly.
  • Alpha Transitions
    Blend menus, titles and video imagery using new Alpha Transitions.
  • Graphical View
    See projects in storyboard form with nodes and connections.
  • DTS Audio®
    Author using DTS audio, Dolby Digital Professional AC-3 and stereo.
  • Photoshop Integration
    Edit and update Photoshop assets seamlessly within DVD Studio Pro 3.
  • Compressor 1.2
    Encode to SD MPEG-2 using superior optical-flow technology.
  • Jacket Picture
    Add a professional, differentiating detail easily.
  • Output in More Formats
    Format for every major DVD player, including DLT.
  • Import iDVD 4 Projects
    Update and enhance projects with ease.
  • Edit with Power
    Do more, faster using DVD Studio Pro enhanced editors.

BBQ Summer

Crate & Barrel BBQ

Our building has finally approved BBQ’s on the balconies. The bylaws still need to be re-written and sent to the attorney. Then all the residence get 30 days to look them over. But if no one raises a fuss, we hope to be grilling by mid September.

Good thing too, we had bought our grill before the vote was over 8-)

Linked slides create a colorful, indoor escape

ReadyMade's Slide Lamp

From ReadyMade

by Steven James
Now that a digital camera has become nearly as essential to going abroad as a passport, slide shows are a thing of the past-much to everyone’s relief. Still, it’s hard to resist the appeal of those palm-sized transparencies. Here’s a way to put vacation photos on display without holding friends captive. Link a group of slides taken at some far-flung locale together to create a lampshade that offers a colorful, indoor escape-from bad lamp design, if nothing else. On your next excursion, bring along a few rolls of slide film (bonus: it’s less expensive than the print variety) and try taking thematic shots of bad motels, perhaps, or exotic plant life. Sure, you’ll have to go to the photo lab to get them developed, but it’s worth the trip. I mean look at this thing!

How to make the slide lamp:

  1. Once you’ve decided on the length of your shade, you can determine the number of mounts you’ll need for the project. (I used 48 slides in circles of 12.)
  2. Measure and cut the same number of lumen paper squares-one per mount. (The project can be completed without the lumen paper, but it helps diffuse the light and show off your images, so go the extra mile.)
  3. Use a paper template (Fig. 1) to drill six holes in the first slide mount, then use this first mount as your template to drill the remainder of the slides.
  4. All holes should be at least 1/8" away from the edge of the mount. Don’t drill the center bottom hole in the last row of slide mounts.
  5. Use the glue stick to attach one paper square to the back of each mount. The paper should just cover the inside edge, but not touch the film or cover the perimeter holes. Place the paper-backed mounts under heavy books and allow them to dry overnight.
  6. With the shade frame attached to the lamp base, use the open jump rings to connect the slides to one another. Create rows of six, to be mounted horizontally.
  7. Close the rings.
  8. Attach the first row of six to the frame, then, on the other side, attach a second row to the first row at both ends, completing the circle of 12 slides. Continue to add rows until you’ve completed the shade.
  9. Add a light bulb and escape all over again


  • Standard type A lampshade frame, at least 8.5" diameter
  • 48-60 mounted slides
  • 48-60 1.5" x 1.5" squares of heavy parchment white lumen paper
  • 150-175 10mm 16-gauge silver-tone jump rings
  • Table lamp with standard type A base


  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors or paper cutter
  • Drill template
  • Electric drill
  • 1/16" drill bit
  • Two pairs needle-nose pliers
  • Acid-free glue stick
  • heavy books for pressing

Altoids Speakers

Ready Made's Altoid Speakers

Congratulations to Ken Kirkpatrick, winner of ReadyMade’s MacGyver Challenge with these mini-speakers he made out of a couple of tins of Altoids, some headphones, & some playing cards.

How to make Altoid speakers:

  1. Dismantle the headphones and remove the speakers.
  2. Use a pin to poke a small hole in each of two playing cards, then glue the speakers to the cards, lining up each speaker with the hole.
  3. Use an awl to poke a hole in the back of each tin, then thread the speaker wire through the holes.
  4. Reconnect the wires by twisting them together and burning the plastic coating off with a lighter. Then tape them off.
  5. Place the foam padding from the headphones inside the tins, open side up, to cushion the speakers.
  6. Trim the cards to fit inside the tins, place them inside (use glue if necessary), and crank it, dog. The sound’s a little tinny, but loud enough for making out.


adVIVUM: Poetic Elements

A friend of ours has launched his new web site. He is in the process of starting his own furniture company, called “adVIVUM”. anne marie and I went to see some of his work at his exibit this weekend at the San Francisco Furniture Market.

[ www.advivum.com ]

Nepoleon Dynamite

Nepoleon Dynamite

2.5 Stars

Saturday night ann marie and I saw ‘Nepoleon Dynamite’, at the Embarcadero. I’m not sure if I would give this one a thumbs up, or down. It was a little different than I had expected. From the trailer I thought it was set in the 80’s, but it is actually current day. It takes place in a small, rural town, I forget the state. The 80’s references are because they are poking fun at little farm towns being 20 years behind the rest of the country. It had a few funny moments, but overall I think it was just OK. I did like the ending though. It also had an awesome opening credits sequense. It was quite original I think.