origami holidays

December 17, 2009 by

Here’s the card that our firm is sending out this year.  I decided to go analogue this year and stray away from my usual digital fare.  The origami reindeer (instruction by Peter Engel) is probably one of the most complicated model I have ever completed, and it was also the first time I folded in years.   Probably not the best idea at the time.   The reindeer is made from an 18″ square mylar paper, and took me 3 hours to complete.  Anyone who has work with mylar can tell you that it is not one of the quieter paper when folded.  Hayley kicked me out of the bedroom because it was too noisy, then my mom kick me out of the living room and into the basement because she can hear me from her bedroom.  Anyways, it was fun, and it definitely help rekindle my love of origami.


it’s snowing…

December 12, 2009 by

inside our home! No, the roof is not leaking, sanding is in full swing at the house, everything is covered with festive dust!

deconstructive architects

December 11, 2009 by

Over the weekend, we finally did what we wanted to do ever since we got the house – we knocked down the mudroom in the back. We had some room left in the waste bin and the first snow storm was just around the corner so we knew it was now or never. With BJ’s help, we took turn and tool it down in no time. As it turns out, destroying something is a lot more fun than constructing something. We think Hayley just found a new calling in life. She sure knows how to handle a crowbar. A side note, we finished mudding and started sanding the upstairs bedroom. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

flexible radio – the new school of old school

December 2, 2009 by

We have no internet or TV at our new home, forcing us to become radio junkies.  We are both actually very addicted to CBC radio, and try to listen to it every chance we get.  That was the only thing to look forward to while we were commuting to work from Mississauga.  A nice small radio is hard to find, that’s why I am smitten with the Flexio Solar FM Radio by EOL/ITRI & Scenario Lab.  The only downsize with these is that they are preset to one station, but that’s fine with me.  All I need is one for CBC radio 1, and another for Q107 and I am set.

Yanko Design

and so…the saga continues

November 30, 2009 by

Mudding continues slowly, but with the skillful guidance of Dad and BJ we getting through it. I spent almost all of yesterday in a tiny linen closet upstairs that will be first stop on the tour for anyone I can convince to peak their head in. Pretty funny that I ended in the closet once I got the hang of it!

mud fight

November 29, 2009 by

Here is a quicky update on our renovation. We have most of the mudding up. The second floor is ready for sanding, and the main floor is waiting for the final coat. After that, we should be getting ready to paint, so I hope you have your painting gears for the “PAINT PINT PIZZA” extravaganza!!

diy – your own lil’ CNC

November 17, 2009 by

I have always wanted a CNC machine, but at a cost of tens of thousand, it was always a pipe dream.  That is, until now.  DYILILCNC is a project by Chris Reilly and Taylor Hokanson.  The pair of Chicago artist and educator created an open source set of plans and instructions, available to download, to make an inexpensive CNC machine for around $700.  Not only can you cut with a router bit, but you can use other tools such as markers or pens to do precise drawings.  This will be my on-going project.

DIYLILCNC via Core77

lego – nakagin capsule tower

November 13, 2009 by

the Nakagin Capsule Tower is one of the best examples of Japanese Metabolism.  Unfortunately, it will be taken down in the near future for a more conforming building.  This Lego creation perfectly encapsulate the essence of the building, even down the fact that each capsule can unplug from the main structure.


Space, Time & Reality via The Brothers Brick

when a barcode is not just a barcode

November 11, 2009 by

Barcodes can be found on just about everything we buy today, and from what Hayley tells me, they are always a pain to incorporate into the packaging design.  Well, why not turn that eyesore into something of an eye candy.  Design Barcode has been doing this for years, mainly with Japanese clientele.  Designs start at $1,500 for a ready made design, plus a licensing fee of $200 per year.  A custom and exclusive design will cost you $4,000.  This might not be much for major retail products, but for things like limited-print-books, the pricing can be a bit steep.  Plus, I don’t think that it would be that hard to do.


via swissmiss

it’s official – we have cold beer

November 10, 2009 by

And other cold beverages.  We got the refrigeration working yesterday so I promise there will be cold beer for the future help force.  In our design haste, we did overlook one thing.  We realized that our Ikea fridge which has a pair of french door, requires significant clearance on either sides for the door to open in order for the drawers inside to be fully accessible.  Right now, we have it butt up against the wall on one side, meaning that the fridge door itself can only open to about 95 degrees.  We can get the draws to come out a bit, but not fully open, so we will have to see what we can do.  They didn’t teach you this kind of stuff in architecture school.