Archive for July, 2009

“SOME PIG” ですか?

July 26, 2009


What is this spider trying to tell us?

Roppongi Hills, Tokyo, Japan, 3:30 pm, July 26, 2009.


Pour Lighting

July 17, 2009

pour lighting

The picture above shows a lamp I made from a plastic Ikea watering can (this particular model seems to have been discontinued… I couldn’t find it online) and an Ikea Vedum lamp.

The Vedum lamp looks like the picture below when it’s used as it’s supposed to be.

ikea vedum lamp

Here’s what I did:

(1)  sawed off the tip of the watering can with a hacksaw.

(2)  cut off two of the legs of the base tripod (couldn’t cut them all off because the wire runs through one of them and I didn’t want to risk damaging the rubber shielding).

(3) Pushed the fiber optic spray portion of the lamp through the spout, hiding the tripod inside the can.

(4) cut a hole for the power cord in the bottom of the can (in the photo the hole would appear at bottom right if it were visible).

(5) dropped a rock into the can to keep it from tipping over.

Crudely executed…. I’ve been meaning to make a nicer version of it for a long time but haven’t gotten around to it.

For more ideas about modifying existing Ikea products, check out ikeahacker.

And for possibly the funniest, coolest lamp of all time, check out the Doglamp, created by Karlssonwilker.


July 15, 2009


Cursive Bookshelf

July 15, 2009

Low angle view

Crudely drawn in Google Sketchup…

I’d love to build one of these but don’t really know how to do the joinery in a way that would be sturdy enough.

I also don’t know Sketchup well enough to figure out how to get rid of the black triangles that are visible at the joints — those are not an intentional part of the design.

Comments welcome!


July 13, 2009


Tip of the hat to co-inventor John Gaitanis, M.D.