How to show the insides of things

July 29th, 2014


The inside of a Helm boot


The parts in a Public Lab Desktop Spectrometer.

Barcelona & Bilbao trip: Fab 10 and Public Lab Spain

July 15th, 2014


Red line to Logan


Spectrometer workshop, resulting in Galileo-shuttle-style papercraft design.


Later that night, Joris showed Ilan his giant screw. 3D printed with a stock Ultimaker by connecting a really long z-belt to the ceiling! Joris is an incredibly talented modder of 3d printers.


Later at the Valdaura Green Fab Lab.


Ecovative-style mushroom furniture designs.


Amazing aerial photography folks who made an RC plane out of foam core.


Glowing objects in the surf.


Infragram Kite mapping, days later in Bilbao with Pablo Rey of and Juan Pablo Torrente of – the new stadium.


Monkfish by Pablo.


At the chain factory, fun with fake tilt-shift.


Futura! At the site of the Bilbao MakerFaire.


Special surprise upon return — a Brandywine doing quite well.

Three Little Figs cup sketches

June 29th, 2014


Just doodling. Sadly my cup illustration career has not yet begun.

Aircraft carrier carrier carriers

June 25th, 2014

One reason I found these so alarming:

Was this drawing I did a few years ago:


Ships to ship ships

June 25th, 2014

I’ve doodled a lot of aircraft carrier carriers but I don’t believe this is real.

How many ships could a ship shipping ship ship if a ship shipping ship could ship ships?


But they can’t. I don’t believe it. Help.

Kickstarter idea: Hermit crab animal costumes

June 22nd, 2014


Sauna suits

June 22nd, 2014


Things I never knew I always wanted, plus poses I never knew I always needed.

Oil Test Kit illustrations for 4×6 thermal label printer

June 9th, 2014

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It’s a start… needs finer lines and I also just need to get more practice with this style, esp. the white on black stuff.

Phishing-like emails from MediaTemple

May 21st, 2014

I registered a new domain name at a week ago, and shortly afterwards, received a suspicious-looking email from that looked like this:

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I immediately assumed it was a phishing attempt (and not a great one, since they didn’t even have MediaTemple branding, colors, logos) and spammed it. I even hovered over the “Verify” link, and it led to a address — haha, yeah right.

I began to worry that someone was scanning new domain registrations and emailing all new domain owners, and that MediaTemple customers were being targeted. Since it’s a grid system, I don’t want other customers on a resource-shared system to be compromised by a botnet or something, and to take my own servers down. So I reported it to the 24hr support chat, and was assured:

Benjamin Pettersen (Tue, 5/6/2014 03:35:38 pm) – Our Abuse team will look into this report ASAP, thank you for letting us know.

I also emailed on Benjamin’s recommendation, forwarding the excerpted email and asking them to look into it. I received back this alarming note:

Abuse Team <>
May 7

to Jeffrey 
The link is valid and not a phishing email. 

Michael M
Abuse Engineer | (mt) Media Temple
Office: 877.578.4000 | Mobile: 310.936.2418 

Whoa! I called to confirm, and was told by Eric that indeed, such emails are sent “by ICANN” and have been sent because of a partnership with ICANN to meet new regulations they put in place as of January 1st. GoDaddy and other domain registrars have to do something similar.

Now, MediaTemple has a Knowledge Base article about this, which displays the email and says:

If your domain was registered on or after February 17, 2014, you will see the following message, sent from “”

However, no warning or notice from MediaTemple is sent before the email arrives, so it’s up to the customer to dig this article out — not to mention that the link in the email goes to the even more suspicious By the way — if you go to, you see this:

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Nice, MediaTemple. does not inspire much more confidence that I’m not being scammed.

I’m a longtime MT customer and have always been super happy with and dedicated to their services. But if they’re making it a policy of encouraging customers to click on mysterious links with no prior proof that they’re actually from MT, then they’re encouraging people to be victims of phishing attacks.

Worse yet, that they have dismissed my concerns three times and assured me that this way of doing things was “vetted by their legal team” and their security team — well, that’s really concerning. I’m not only concerned as a MT customer, but was just trying to be a good samaritan and report a possible oversight.

A solution would be pretty straightforward. An email — or a notice at the moment you register a domain — clearly explaining that you’ll be receiving the verification email from a 3rd party address, which will link to a address, would be confidence inspiring. A real solution would be making the email come directly from an address.

This shouldn’t be a big deal to fix. Please, MediaTemple! Get serious about it!

Jurassic Park: the script

May 13th, 2014

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I couldn’t find the original files from when i was a kid, so i just rewrote it. Someone already found a bug:

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