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new link, new look

so as you have gathered, i did a little reorganization of the server and updated the blog with a new look.

it’s good to be able to have a bit more control over the blog.  it may also be a form of procrastination.  i was really supposed to be working on something else.  but it only took a day or so and best of all  . . .it was fun.

glad that you made it over, or if it’s your first time, made it here.

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.


our neighbor, a master woodworker, is closing his studio of 27 years.

he’s been working on scaling down for the past couple of years and periodically brings us some cool objects, books or materials that he uncovers. needless to say, he has a lot to uncover after 27 years. so everything is going at a great price or even free. oh, the temptation. not only is it a great price - the spiritual energy could never be matched.

we promised each other, after the last time we moved our studio, that we would keep our acquisitions to a minimum. we reiterated our agreement on our way over the first day to help him move some materials and dig some hardwood out from the bottom of a stack. beautiful california walnut. we couldn’t resist.

and he told us to look around. . . .and then, the japanese planes. had to have a few. and we agreed that was it.

the next day we went over to see how it was going and came away empty handed. good job. there were lots of things we could have hoarded.

the next day we took him lunch and saw the boxes of cool fasteners. why not. and a dremmel attachment and some great, deep reach clamps that are no longer made . . and the hammers. i was weak. i took them all. yes, let it be known. i have a weakness for hammers and mallets. think what you will. i don’t care.

so much for editing.

well actually, a few years ago we would have taken it all. so i guess we have come a certain distance. we also have some great materials and tools from one of the finest artists in the west coast.

and i have used one of the hammers several times this week. ha.

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