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Designing a knife block

Recently the what-can-I-optimize-next? gaze fell upon our knife block, but my exhaustive web searches for a suitable replacement came up empty. In the world of knife blocks, something with a smaller footprint and more capacity did not seem to exist. Once I’d reached the end of the internet-of-things-to-buy, I turned to Etsy, which I’ve started to use lately as a marketplace for custom-made goods. I’ll search for something, and if I’m lucky, there will be a “Request a custom order…” banner beneath an item I like. In this case, I found a design that inspired me made by a seller, Jimmy Essien of The Aurora Artisan, who was willing to work with me.

Maple Knife Block by Jimmy Essien of The Aurora Artisan
The knife block that got my wheels turning

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Animated QR Code Logo

There was a public service announcement I saw on TV in France which had a QR Code permanently displayed next to the chyron. It was amusing to me because the graphic was all white, so when the video behind it was light in color, the QR Code became unintelligible. I snapped a few quick shots as examples.

QR Code on TV in France on a black background
QR Code on TV on a black background
QR Code on TV in France on a white background
QR Code on TV on a white background

The double irony is that because they inverted the colors of the QR Code, many readers can’t decode it even when the background happens to be dark! (What’s white in the codes above should be black on a white background.) I struggled to get ZXing to decode it until I manually inverted the colors in Gimp. Same with the QR Droid app. And what does it encode, you might be curious to know? A generic Facebook page URL:

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Colors of San Francisco

Racial Dot Map of San Francisco, by Dustin A. Cable
Racial Dot Map of San Francisco (source)

Got a lot of enjoyment out of this article in Wired, The Best Map Ever Made of America’s Racial Segregation.

Prints of paintings of my photos

So I’m browsing the shops along Valencia Saturday afternoon when I stumble upon some prints of Eric Rewitzer’s paintings of my container ship photos. The print on the right is one of my favorites—his rendition really transforms the photo I took while we were docked at the Port of Balboa in Panama City.

Eric Rewitzer's PANAMAX paintings of Justin Watt's container ship photos at Aggregate Supply
Annie and Eric’s artwork for sale at Aggregate Supply

Photogenic arch

We had a few hours to kill before my cousin’s wedding (in December), so Matthew and I decided to escape the hotel and visit the Gateway Arch. There was a momentary break in the clouds just after we arrived that created some really nice reflections on its stainless steel skin. I had the 35mm lens with me (instead of my usual 21mm), hence the tightly framed, almost abstract perspective of these shots.

St. Louis Gateway Arch

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