Dyson DC-07 Adapter

March 22nd, 2014

Dyson didn’t make a cheap adapter that would allow their new floor attachments to fit on my old vacuum… so I made my own out of moldable plastic.



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Well-built Backpacking Stove, 1st Attempt

February 8th, 2014

I’m trying out a homemade design for a backpacking stove that combines a few of the best ideas I’ve seen with some solutions for their most common problems.



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Tool Rollups

February 8th, 2014

A friend gave me some pieces of synthetic leather from a couch that he threw out, and I turned it into a set of tool rollups (back in November 2013).

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The Toolbox I’ve Always Wanted

February 5th, 2014

I got my first toolbox roughly 17 years ago, and it’s been a constant struggle to find the right mix of tools and the right container to store them. But for tools with everyday utility, I finally managed to come up with a flexible recipe for a tool container that satisfies me. A set of connected steel tubes keeps my tools vertical so that I don’t need to dig in the bag — each tool is easily visible and accessible.

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Jade Pests and Alien Landscapes

January 20th, 2014

Today I pushed a borrowed macro lens and extender to its limit, to photograph some tiny pests on the pot of my jade plant.



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Crab Spider on Denim

October 12th, 2013

This crab spider was crawling across my jeans, so I took some practice shots with my borrowed 50mm lens.



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A Dragonfly And Her Eggs

October 12th, 2013

I found this dragonfly on the wing in Ithaca, NY.



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Wooly Aphids Look Like Tiny Flying Cotton Balls

October 5th, 2013

Wooly Aphids (Eriosomatinae) fly slowly and fairly aimlessly, looking like small tufts of cotton or fur. I never bothered to find out what they looked like while standing still until now. (Match head for comparison.)


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This Is What Happens When Flies Fail To Lay Eggs

September 30th, 2013

I killed a female housefly that hadn’t laid eggs before they hatched. This is the mess it made on my laptop (not counting other smaller piles of maggots that landed elsewhere).

There’s another picture, if you can stomach it.


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Insects from Shelburne, Vermont

September 3rd, 2013

Apparently, stick insects live in Vermont. This is the first one I’ve ever seen in the wild, anywhere.



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