Monthly Archives: July 2011


Out there, on computers all across the globe, Microsoft Access databases abound, with new data going in, but with little change to their structure (perhaps the last change was for “the Y2K problem”). Many of these, in machine shops, local museums, and little league offices, will exist for billions of years, perhaps even until the heat death of the universe. I’d like to change that. The first step in this process is a set of Ruby bindings for the mdbtools C library, which I’ve creatively titled libmdb-ruby [github].

Metrix Create Space in Eurostile

_DSC6770.JPG, originally uploaded by metrixcreate.

I made this laser-cut signage for Metrix in their house style: black and red, with Eurostile as the typeface. (The hanging sign now actually says “METRIX CREATE SPACE” instead of just “EAT”).

Up next: a laser-cut moveable letter board.

For less than one Stella, you can feed this hungry child

For less than the cost of a cup of coffee is a terribly awkward phrase. Consider substituting “Stella“, the name of an extremely rare $4 coin minted in 1879 and 1880. Sure, only 425 of them were made, but isn’t explaining the Stella preferable to using that phrase yet again?

Werner, North Dakota

Werner, North Dakota, originally uploaded by afiler.

The Lonesome/Crowded West of Google Street View

Santa Cruz de la Zarza, Toledo, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain

Torresandino, Burgos, Castilla y León, Spain

Les Tonnins, Montigny-sur-Canne, Nièvre, France

Gonges, Ville-Langy, Nièvre, France

Range Road 3074
Langham, Saskatchewan, Canada

Carretera Federal 2
near Janos, Chihuahua, Mexico

R27 Highway, Karoo region
near Brandvlei, Northern Cape, South Africa

Frontier Outpost
Port of Willow Creek, Saskatchewan-Montana border, Canada/US