My favorite thing at this year’s Maker Faire in San Mateo, California, is the Sashimi Tabernacle Choir, an old Volvo sedan with 250 animated fish and lobsters attached to it, all singing and dancing to music. Go to their website and watch the video. It’s hilarious.
Big software companies are not your friend. — Alan Cooper
Sometimes, you just have a pig’s head laying around.
Aaron and Keating use this old livestock trailer to move the sheep around. It’s hitched to Keating’s flatbed truck out in our field.
Turned bowl, uncompleted. Claro Walnut. 12” across.
The whole practice of management didn’t exist before industrialization. Management *IS* about managing factories and workers. — Alan Cooper
Airborne dust is always a big problem in a power-tool shop such as mine. I recently built a steel and wood shelf to hold my dust filter up in the air above my wood turning lathe. It really helps to keep the air clean.
At the top of the ridge there’s a dip that forms a saddle, or what the Italians call a “col.” There’s a sentinal oak tree at either end of the col, and in this picture I’m standing under one of them looking across at the other.
In the mornings, the valleys are filled with fog that evaporates away as the sun rises.
There is no such thing as “First Mover Advantage.” There IS, however, “First Winner Advantage,” and it is often imagined to be the former. — Alan Cooper
Sunrise through the foxtails.
Katee’s Barn, seen from the Tall Barn.
Sunset over the manger-fence behind the Tall Barn.
When you finally think you’ve streamlined the interaction enough, keep streamlining. — Alan Cooper
Fava beans are notoriously hard to shell. Sue and I developed a little assembly line process to make it easier. I slit each pod with my Swiss Army Knife, and she removed the beans from the pods. Working together we filled this basket. Sue made pesto from the beans. Mmmmm.