Category Archives: Life

Things That Make Me Smile No.133: Gingerbread House

It’s a little early for Holiday carols, but there’s more than just music to celebrate the winter season as demonstrated by this gingerbread house that should stun and amaze. They even replicated the artwork in Waddesdon Manor. It makes me … Continue reading

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The Third NaNo 2017 Progress Report: Distractions

Consistency hasn’t really been a thing this year, but I have managed to write–something–every day. I did a little better on average, I think, but managed to burn through a good bit of my cushion this week, then raised it … Continue reading

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Things That Make Me Smile No.132: Creativity

With NaNo (National Novel Writing Month) just around the corner, as in starting tomorrow, it seemed an appropriate time to share a short animated film that exemplifies creativity and perseverance in a lovely story: Also, today is the last day … Continue reading

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Things That Make Me Smile No.131: Automata

Using the same techniques as the late 1700s automata The Writer (shown here), Francois Junod recreated the famous Russian poet Alexandre Pouchkine in 2006 with more flexibility in function using 3548 mechanical parts. He both draws, signs his name, and … Continue reading

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5 Interesting Links for 10-13-2017

Note: Videos may auto start with sound so be prepared. Primitive (Innovation) A demonstration of how to make sandals out of available plants to protect your feet in a forest. It reminds me of my sister’s string work, only with … Continue reading

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