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cleaning up

so what is with cleaning up the studio before starting a new project?

we always clean up the studio between projects. not that we don’t sweep up or clean up a bit at the end of the day, but the start of a new piece or project brings about a full on, extensive clean up. this is true even when we are slammed and back to back on deadlines. it’s one of our many rituals.

is it a form of procrastination? a way to get our thoughts organized and gear up? does it make the work any better? somehow set the mood?

who knows. maybe it is all of the above. somehow it works and makes us feel good about it and makes the studio a nice place to be.

craig on charlie rose

craig was on charlie rose this week. kinda liked how craig directed the conversation to his own talking points. one thing that craig newmark and jim buckmaster do well is stay true to their core values and vision of craigslist.

people that know us, know we dig craigslist.

if you live in sf, chances are you use craigslist a lot. transactions we have done via craigslist

  • recently gave away 4 contractor sized garbage bags of pure elm sawdust from a project that was made from salvaged elm hardwood. it was picked up by 2 guys + 1 girlfriend in her little car, who were going to take it back to berkeley for use in their composting toilet.
  • ram for our macbook within 2 hours after realizing that we needed it to run aperture for a presentation the next morning.
  • sold 2 lacie monitors and some misc. mac peripherals to fund my new mac display.
  • sold a used jetta within an hour. actually had to ask for the hour so that we could finish cleaning it.
  • purchased equipment for the studio including flat files, pipe benders, hazmat cabinet, sweets catalogs, power tools, bar fridge, microwave
  • bigger aquarium for our fat-tailed gecko
  • offload our design mags every january
  • found our studio and our awesome landlord, now friend
  • bought and sold tickets
  • found excellent vacation rentals
  • bartered some excellent work trades
  • gotten and given some excellent advice
  • bought and sold motorcycles and motorcyle parts
  • been to some fun craigslist parties back in the day
  • bought and had recycled planters delivered at no charge for the front exterior
  • once sold an epson c80 printer to an artist who only printed their work with epson c80 printers
  • sold and bought musical instruments
  • met a lot of kind, interesting, smart, quirky and eccentric people

in fact, i can honestly say that it is our main mode of acquisition/barter/liquidation. also can’t deny the entertainment value. if you peruse craigslist, you know what i mean.

now this is live/work

i thought our work/living situation was in close quarters. i can’t imagine what it must sound like.

reggie willits, his wife and child have been living in a batting cage for the last three years. seriously.

NYtimes article > life in a cage

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