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I had a pretty great work setup in Boston at the wonderful and quirky coworking space Industry Lab. I’m sad to leave that behind, but our new place in Seattle does have space for a home office, so I’m giving that a try. After unpacking, I had to spend just a little time getting the 3d printer re-calibrated, which presented a great opportunity to print out some parts for a project I’d had in mind for a good while.

We have a great hand-cranked pasta maker that I’ve used to turn out some great meals. But the truth is, it really requires three hands — one to turn the crank, one to feed the sheet of pasta in, and one to guide the sheet out. They do sell a motorization kit, but it’s pricey, and I figured it wouldn’t be too hard to use our KitchenAid mixer to power the pasta maker. Long story short, it worked:

You can also check out the slightly longer version of the story, which includes CAD file downloads (so you can make this yourself).

posted February 2, 2015 – 10:55 am

The big news I haven’t posted about here is that we’re moving back to Seattle in a couple of weeks. It’s been a while coming, and now it’s happening, and soon! Among many other things, I wanted to finish up a project in the woodshop before we left, so I spent a good amount of time in there before the holidays working on a gift for some friends. Here it is:

Speter-Sperber Table

You can read all about the table (and see some more photos of the finished product as well as the work in progress) here.

posted January 5, 2015 – 10:41 am

It’s been hard to motivate myself to post anything recently — a lot of bad stuff going on in the world makes me feel, well, badly, about posting much of anything that isn’t a rant here, and we all know how much fun those are to read.

But I’m going to put the rant(s) on hold for now, and share some photos of our recent trip to Australia. It was the last of our big trips for the year, and also marked the last wedding (out of 7!) we attended in 2014.

Sydney Skyline

We had a great time with friends in Sydney and got out several times on sailboats into the harbor (hence the photo above). Our social time didn’t leave much room for touristing, but I still think we got a good feel for the city (Dina had been there before, also). If you go, be sure to check out New Shanghai in Ashfield for excellent soup dumplings.

We also explored Australia’s East Coast — we visited the Blue Mountains, Brisbane, and Port Douglas/Cairns for some snorkeling on the reef. All lovely spots, though I suspect we wouldn’t have enjoyed Brisbane as much on our own (we visited with a friend who showed us around).

Three Sisters, Blue Mountains

The reef really was something special, and well worth a visit (in case you’re at all on the fence). We had great snorkeling trips from Port Douglas with both Sailaway and Calypso. Unfortunately, the waterproof camera stopped working after the first day, leaving lots of amazing stuff unphotographed.

Sea turtle

More photos are up here.

posted December 17, 2014 – 12:14 pm

We’re back from weddings number 4 and 5 of the year, having had a great time in Spain and Italy at two remarkable and remarkably different events. Lots more photos to follow; for now, this:

posted August 31, 2014 – 8:09 pm

I finally had a chance to post some photos from our trip to Taiwan earlier this year. You may recall that we were in Taiwan just over a year ago, and had a wonderful trip then. Our friends there got engaged in the intervening time, and we were happy to take another trip over for the wedding. (As a side note, this is the first of eight weddings we’re invited to this year, four of which are international! Yikes!)

I went a few days before Dina for some bachelor party fun — a deep-sea fishing trip off the coast of Taiwan to a tiny little island in the Penghu Archipelago.

Dave, Abe and Brian

Back in Taipei after the wedding, Dina and I had a chance to see some dragon boat races on the river, and of course we ate tons of dumplings.

Dragon Boat Race Panorama

We also had a great time visiting our favorite hot springs resort in Beitou, which left us relaxed and happy:

Post-hot springs

The full set of photos, including a few from our trip through Seattle on our way home, is up here.

posted July 19, 2014 – 8:39 am
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