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  • Kettle to the metal

    We’ve been having static electricity problem in the house so we decided to take humidification seriously. Pots filled with water on the stove tend to be noisy so it was time to go legit with an actual kettle.

    Friends gave us this great deviceIMG_1948

    one vinegar bath later, it’s back in business.IMG_7957We haven’t had static electricity issues since the kettle came online, unlike its modern counterparts, it will never break.

  • We upgraded our wood splitting setup with an old tire

    It’s incredible the difference a tire makes, my favorite part is that it only takes away a bad part of splitting with a maul (bending over repeatedly) and takes nothing away from the joy of it.
     
    In one week end, we started the pile again and are quickly catching up.
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  • Porcupines are creatures of habit it seems

    I found where the porcupine lives, it uses the same path every day and eats from the same pine tree as last Winter.IMG_4233

    Straight into the collapsed barn

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    I should check the rubble for pirate treasures

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  • Multiaxis symmetrical drawing – A Mandala maker that doesn’t suck

    I’ve had a terrible time finding a good piece of software to draw mandalas with. To be honest, I don’t care what mandalas are but I’m obsessed with how cool it is to draw with replicated symmetry on multiple axis.

    Without further ado, here it is (drag your mouse to draw):

    I hope you find it addictive. Click to pop out.


    So wow… just wow, this blew up. This little tool ended up making the front page of Reddit in one amazing thread in which¬† many people shared their mandalas. It was an amazing day in many ways, first of all I’ve never seen so many positive comments in a single thread online. The amount of people who seem to have been positively touched by this program is humbling. Drawing mandalas is apparently great stress relief for many and I’ve received several personal notes on how much this program had done for them. I did not see that coming to say the least. Then the fact that this tools was picked up by real artists pushed it to build creations I didn’t even know it was capable of. Lastly, my solar powered raspberry Pi handled hundred of thousands of connections in a single day which turned out to be a technical challenge on top of the overwhelming response. When I set out to create this program, I did not have the slightest idea that it would hit such a sweet spot. I mainly wanted to scratch an itch and couldn’t find any good apps out there. It is a true privilege to have had the chance so see so many people use a tool I made, and have them report they were positively touched by it.

    Here is a few of the most amazing mandalas that were posted on the Reddit thread, this is what it looks like when real artists take over your tool :)

     

  • I placed the panels well

    but I didn’t think about the chimney :)IMG_7793

  • Ice on the outside, dew on the inside

    IMG_7804The greenhouse we installed last month is making a big difference even early in the morning. It will soon have its Raspberry Pi for monitoring. We have dreams of expanding the greenhouse into an oasis of life in the middle of Winter. Water, growing greens, bees staying warm. It could be multi-purposed in a very nice way.

  • Cool Duplo Project #39 – Chess Set

    Fine craftsmanshipIMG_0025

    Child making fart noises with glass for scaleIMG_0038

    The only rule we don’t follow is “en passant”Screen Shot 2016-12-20 at 9.21.50 PM